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Paul Blackburn Papers, 1935-1967

Collection Overview

Title: Paul Blackburn Papers, 1935-1967

Predominant Dates:1935-1967

ID: MS/MS/ms014

Creator: Blackburn, Paul (1937-)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 07/03/1968

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Paul Blackburn Papers consists mostly of letters from Blackburn to Walter Hamady, owner of Perishable Press, Ltd., Madison, Wisconsin, concerning publication of Reardon [Stompout] poems, collection commemorating the death of poet Robert Reardon, 10 items. Typescript [photocopy] of [six] poems included; proofs of pages 8 and 9 of the book; two proofs of poem It might as well be spring, separately printed by Hamady as a broadside, one on white paper, revised by Blackburn, the other on hand-made paper, corresponding to the first proof before revision.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 938.  Purchase from Henry Wenning, July 3, 1968.

Accession number 1459.  Purchase from Barry Scott, December 9,1976.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Frances Mary Frost to N. Carr Grace, 1946: November 29Add to your cart.
Accession 1459.
Folder 2: Ann Bowman to N. Carr Grace, 1955: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Accession 1459.
Folder 3: Blackburn to Walter HamadyAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Blackburn to Walter Hamady, in reply to [offer] to print some of his poems, 1966: July 22.Add to your cart.
Suggests three possibilities, and favors short group of poems in memory of Robert Reardon. Discusses, briefly, nature of the poems, potential sales. Describes small edition he is currently preparing in answer to prompting by African friends for more American poems with social consciousness. Comments on quality of Hamady's work. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 2: Blackburn to Walter Hamady stating his final thoughts on inclusions in the book, 1966: October 9.Add to your cart.
Describes, briefly, past and present situation at McSorley's Alehouse where memory of Reardon is strong. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 3: Blackburn to Walter Hamady enclosing photographs for the book, 1966: November 29.Add to your cart.
Explains origin of each. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 4: Blackburn to Walter Hamady writing him to visit with him while he is in New York, 1966: December 5.Add to your cart.
Relates his upcoming activities for the week. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 5: Blackburn to Walter Hamady explaining some errors, 1967: January 2.Add to your cart.
Mentions recent periodical appearances. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 6: Blackburn to Walter Hamady returning proofs, 1967: January 17.Add to your cart.
Discusses certain correction and final arrangements and apologizes, with explanation, for his delay. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 7: Blackburn to Walter Hamady, apologizing for delay in checking copy and excusing Hamady for a typographical error, 1967: February 23.Add to your cart.
Discusses current position on his public poems and doubts their integrity as a collection. Explains copyright regulations.(Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 8: Blackburn to Walter Hamady providing instructions for sending copies of the book and requesting notification of prices for soft cover editions, 1967: March 8.Add to your cart.
(Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 9: Blackburn to Walter Hamady announces arrival of first dozen books; requests [five] copies in hardcover and 50 soft cover for McSorley's, 1967: March 29.Add to your cart.
(Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Item 10: Blackburn to Walter Hamady reports quick sales of book at McSorley's and says he gave one to Temple University library, 1967: May 1Add to your cart.
Remarks about higher prices charged by Bob Wilson(?) and wishes Hamady had not sent them to him. Relates background of Ron Caplan and suggests Hamady may use him as assistant if needed. Remarks that the book is lovely. (Typed letter, signed. 1 page)
Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Reardon Stompout Poems, [1966-1967]: WinterAdd to your cart.
(Typescripts and typescript [photocopy]. Title page with epigram from Cemetery Hill [poem] by Ed Sanders. Dedicated to Eunice and Maia. [Six?] poems and 16 Haiku. Light manuscript revision. 14 pages.) <a name="subseries2_2"><font color="#FAFDD5">__</font></a>
Folder 5: The List [poem] and St. Mark's-in-the-bouwerie [poem], [1966-1967]Add to your cart.
Reardon poems. (Corrected page proofs, pages 8 and 9, 2 items)
Folder 6: It might as well be spring [poem], 1967Add to your cart.
(Proofs of a broadside poem produced on hand-made paper by Walter Hamady's Perishable Press. 2 items)
Series 3: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Photograph of Frances Mary Frost inscribed to N. Carr Grace, [1935]Add to your cart.
Accession 1459.
Series 4: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Drawing of Paul Blackburn by Judy Bisgyer, 1944Add to your cart.
Inscribed to N. Carr Grace. Accession 1459. (Pencil on off-white paper. 1 item)