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Descriptive Summary
Biographical or Historical Note
Collection Overview
Collection Arrangement
Administrative Information
Controlled Access Headings
Collection Inventory
Series 1: 095 Duncan, Robert: Tribunals, Passages 31-35
Series 2: 096 Creeley, Robert: As Now It Would Be Snow
Series 3: 097 Kyger, Joanne: Places To Go
Series 4: 098 Bromige, David: Threads
Series 5: 099 Bukowski, Charles: Post Office
Series 6: 100 Wakoski, Diane: On Barbara's Shore
Series 7: 101 Wakoski, Diane: Greed, Parts 5-7
Series 8: 102 Clark, Tom: Green
Series 9: 103 Creeley, Robert: St. Martin's
Series 10: 104 Koller, James: California Poems
Series 11: 105 Jess: Translations
Series 12: 106 Kelly, Robert: Flesh Dream Book
Series 13: 107 Eshleman, Clayton: Altars
Series 14: 108 Antin, David: Meditations
Series 15: 109 Elmslie, Kenward: Circus Nerves
Series 16: 110 Cooney, Scamus: The Black Sparrow Press-A Checklist
Series 17: 111 Grossinger, Richard: Book of the Earth and Sky, Books I and II
Series 18: 112 Haas, Robert B.: A Primer for the Gradual Understanding of Gertrude Stein
Series 19: 113 Bromige, David; Kelly, Robert; Wakoski, Diane: Christmas Book: The Nest; Yesod and Malkuth; The Magi
Series 20: 114 Sorrentino, Gibert: Corrosive Sublimate
Series 21: 115 Bowles, Paul: The Thicket of Spring
Series 22: 116 Morris, Wright War Games
Series 23: 117 Whalen, Philip: Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head
Series 24: 118 Tyler, Parker: The Will of Eros
Series 25: 119 Ford, Charles Henri: Flag of Ecstasy
Series 26: 120 Wakoski, Diane: Smudging
Series 27: 121 Kelly, Robert: Ralegh
Series 28: 122 Bukowski, Charles: Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Series 29: 123 Haas, Robert B., ed.: William Grant Still and the Fusion of Cultures in American Music
Series 30: 124 Palmer, Michael: Blake's Newton
Series 31: 125 Dawson, Fielding: The Dream/Thunder Road
Series 32: 126 Stepanchev, Stephen: The Mad Bomber
Series 33: 127 Kelly, Robert: The Pastorals (Sparrow 1)
Series 34: 128 Eshleman, Clayton: The Sanjo Bridge (Sparrow 2)
Series 35: 129 Clark, Tom: Smack
Series 36: 130 Creeley, Robert: Listen
Series 37: 131 Blackburn, Paul: Early Selected Y Mas
Series 38: 132 Wakoski, Diane: The Pumpkin Pie
Series 39: 133 Wakoski, Diane: Form Is An Extension of Content (Sparrow 3)
Series 40: 134 Finlay, Ian Hamilton: Honey By the Water
Series 41: 135 Bromige, David: Three Stories (Sparrow 4)
Series 42: 136 Dawson, Fielding: The Greatest Story Ever Told: A Transformation
Series 43: 137 Shepard, Sam: Hawk Moon
Series 44: 138 Bukowski, Charles: While the Music Played (Sparrow 5)
Series 45: 139 Creeley, Robert: The Creative (Sparrow 6)
Series 46: 140 Loewinsohn, Ron: The Leaves
Series 47: 141 Eshleman, Clayton: Coils
Series 48: 142 Grossinger, Richard: Two Essays (Sparrow 7)
Series 49: 143 Eshleman, Clayton: Human Wedding
Series 50: 144 Meltzer, David: Hero/Lil
Series 51: 145 Wakoski, Diane: Greed, Parts 8, 9, 11
Series 52: 146 Antin, David: After the War (Sparrow 8)
Series 53: 147 Cassavetes, John: Minnie & Moskowitz
Series 54: 148 Bukowski, Charles: Love Poem to Marina
Series 55: 149 Jaffe, Sherril: Young Lust & Others (Sparrow 9)
Series 56: 150 Oates, Joyce Carol: A Posthumous Sketch (Sparrow 10)
Series 57: Forthcoming Titles September 1973/January 1974; Checklist & Order Form
Series 58: Financial Records

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Black Sparrow Press archives, 1967-1974

2611

Collection Overview

Title:
Black Sparrow Press archives
Dates (Inclusive):
1967-1974
Creator:
Black Sparrow Press
Abstract:
Black Sparrow Press is the name of John Martin's small avant-garde press in Santa Rosa, California, operating from the mid 1960s to 2002.
Abstract:
The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, galleys, proofs, setting copies, and hardcover and paperback copies of the books (nos. 95-150) published by the Black Sparrow Press, and financial records, 1967- 1969.
Collection Number:
2611
Size:
18 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

John Martin founded the Black Sparrow Press in Santa Rosa, California, in the mid 1960s. One of the few who published avant-garde work profitably, Martin closed the literary house in May 2002. He sold the backlist of Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, and John Fante to Ecco; the Wyndham Lewis line to Ginkgo Press of Corte Madera, California, and the rest of the list went to David Godine in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Collection Overview

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, galleys, proofs, setting copies, and hardcover and paperback copies of the books (nos. 95-150) published by the Black Sparrow Press. Authors include Paul Blackburn, Paul Bowles, Charles Bukowski, John Cassavetes, Robert Creeley, Robert Edward Duncan, Clayton Eshleman, David Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Sam Shepard, and Diane Wakoski. Also includes financial records, 1967- 1969.

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Collection Arrangement

Arranged annually by publication 095-150 and a financial records series.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Black Sparrow Press archives, RBM 2611, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Black Sparrow Press

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Collection Inventory

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3 copies, 1 sewn proof copy

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3 copies, 1 leather bound

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2 sets

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1 copy

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2 copies

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2 sets

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2 sets

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2 copies

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3 copies-1st, 2nd, 4th printing

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies; 1 inscribed, 1 numbered

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2 copies, 1 inscribed and numbered

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2 copies, numbered 8 and 10

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2 sets, 1 uncut

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3 copies, 1 vanity edition, velvet-covered

3/16-17

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies

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3 sets

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2 copies

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3 copies

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies

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3 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies

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1 inscribed

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1 inscribed

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with rejected photo

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2 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies

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with corrections

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corrected

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2 file copies, inscribed

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2 copies, 1 slipcased

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2 sets

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3 sets

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2 copies

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2 sets

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies, 1st and 2nd printings

10/11

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

10/12

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4 sets

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4 sets

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2 sets

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2 copies

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3 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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2 copies

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John Martin's copy

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2 copies

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1 with rejected cover

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1 in slipcase

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4 copies

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2 sets, 1 annotated

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2 sets, annotated

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2 copies, 1 inscribed

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3 copies, 1 numbered

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uncut

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