Finding-Aid for the David Meltzer Papers (WTU00081)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Box and Folder Listing


Collection Outline

I. General correspondence. (1966-1969),

II. Material toward The San Francisco Poets.

III. Material toward Rock Tao.

IV. Material toward Greenspeech ca. 1970

V. Material toward Isla Vista notes ca. 1970

VI. Material toward Letters and numbers ca. 1970

VII. Material toward Round the poem box ca. 1969

VIII. Material toward Yehudal.

IX. Material toward Yesod ca. 1969

X. Columns for Los Angeles Free Press. ca. 1969.

XI. Material toward Patchen essay. ca. 1970

XII. Miscellany.

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorMeltzer, David, 1937-
TitleDavid Meltzer Papers,
Dates: 1955-1971.
Quantity: ca. 345 items
Identification: MSS081

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Biographical Note

Meltzer was born in Rochester, New York, but spent some of his youth as a rock musician in Boston and, in the late 1960's, in California. Meltzer has produced well over 50 books in little more than 25 years. An integral figure in the California small press scene of the 1960's and 1970's, Meltzer has published most of his books through small presses such as City Lights, Unicorn Press, and Robert Hawley's Oyez Press.

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection holds a wide variety of materials.

Correspondence in the Meltzer Collection includes a number of letters to and from Hawley which provide an interesting insight into Oyez Press and its production of some of Meltzer's books.

Out of Meltzer's California experiences came the book, Rock Tao, Meltzer's personal reflection upon rock music of the sixties. Because the book required so many copyright permissions for song lyrics, it was never published; drafts, galleys, and other material toward Rock Tao form an integral part of Washington University's Meltzer collection.

In addition to writing numerous collections of poetry, Meltzer has edited a number of anthologies and the significant collection of interviews, The San Francisco Poets (1971). The book consists of interviews, poetry, and bibliographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, Lew Welch, Michael McClure, Richard Brautigan, and William Everson. Material toward this collection, including correspondence, manuscripts, editorial material and the interview audiotapes, comprise about a third of the Meltzer Papers.

Also included in the Meltzer Papers are manuscripts and editorial matter toward several of Meltzer's other publications including Yesod (1969) and Letters & Numbers (1970), as well as various Meltzer essays and columns for the Los Angles Free Press.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to significant portions of the collection held by David Meltzer

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Administrative Information

Source of Collection

Purchased from Herbert Howarth. 1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff August, 1969EAD encoded finding-aid complete March, 2001

Accruals

Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

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Box and Folder Listing

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Box/folder
1/1-2

I. General correspondence. , (1966-1969), (90 items.)

Consists of personal and professional correspondence including a large number of letters from Meltzer to the American bookseller Henry Wenning.
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Benveniste, Asa, Trigram Press, Ltd.,
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, 1969:
, June 17, (TLS, 1p)
, August 1, (TLS, AN, 1p)
, August 18, (TLS, 1p)
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Brilliant, Alan, Director, Unicorn Press.,
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, 1968:
, December 18, (TLS, 1p)
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Elliott, Leslie, MacMillan Company.,
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To Hawley, Robert,
, 1967:
, March 9, ((TLS, 1p))
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Guy, Chaundline.,
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, 1969:
, October 13, (TLS, 1p)
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Harms, Robert S., Chicago Daily News, Sun-Times.,
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To Hawley, Robert,
, 1966:
, August 30, ((TL[x], 1p))
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Hawley, Robert, Oyez Press.,
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, 1965:
, May 22, (TLS, 1p)
, May 28, (TLS, 1p)
, June 29, (TLS, 2p)
, July 21, (TNS, 1p)
, October 4, (ALS, 1p)
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, 1966:
, June 26, (Telegram, 1p)
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Kaufman, Alison, Los Angeles Free Press.,
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, [1969]:
, October 14, (ANS, 1p)
, October 20, (TLS, 1p)
, November 12, (ALS, 1p), ANS by Meltzer on recto
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Meltzer, David, 1937-, American author,
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To Wenning, Henry, American bookseller,
, [n.d.],
, ((TLS, 1p))
, ((TLS, 1p))
, ((TLS, 1p))
, ((TNS, 1p))
, ((TLS, 2p))
, ((ANS, 1p))
, ((TNS, 1p))
, ((TLS, 1p))
, ((TLS, 1p))
, 1966:
, September 3, ((TLS, 3p))
, September 15, ((TLS, 4p))
, September 28, ((TLS, 5p))
, October 25, ((TLS, 2p))
, 1967:
, January 22, ((TLS, 2p))
, February 8, ((TLS, 1p))
, March 4, ((TLS, 1p))
, May 29, ((TLS, 1p))
, June 24, ((TLS, 2p))
, July 2, ((TLS, 2p))
, August 2, ((TLS, 1p))
, August 21, ((TLS, 3p))
, September 19, ((TLS, 3p))
, November 5, ((TLS, 2p))
, 1968:
, January 8, ((TLS, 3p))
, January 27-28, ((TLS, 1p))
, March 3, ((TLS, 2p))
, March 21, ((TLS, 3p))
, May 17, ((TLS, 2p))
, July 29, ((TLS, 2p))
, August 28, ((TLS, 1p))
, September 20, ((TLS, 2p))
, October 12, ((TLS, 2p))
, November 17, ((TLS, 1p))
, December 18, ((TLS, 2p))
, 1969:
, January 4, ((TLS, 2p))
, [February] [14], ((TLS, 1p))
, March 28, ((TLS, 1p))
, April 2, ((TLS, 2p))
, May 15, ((TLS, 4p))
, May 19, ((TLS, 1p))
, May 31, ((TLS, ANS, 1p))
, June 3, ((TLS, 1p))
, June 15, ((TLS, 1p))
, June 15, ((TLS, 1p))
, July 3, ((TLS, 2p))
, July 24, ((TLS, 1p), Drawing by Meltzer in text of letter)
, August 14, ((TLS, 1p))
, October 11, ((TLS, 2p))
, December 8, ((TLS, 2p))
, 1970:
, January 6, ((TLS, 4p))
, February 1, ((TLS, 3p))
, March 8, ((TLS, 3p))
, March 19, ((TLS, 1p))
, March 30, ((TLS, 3p))
, May 17, ((TLS, 2p))
, June 10, ((TLS, 2p))
, July 17, ((TLS, 2p))
, August 8, ((TL, 4p))
, August 31, ((TLS, 2p))
, 1971:
, January 11, ((TLS, 2p))
, January 14, ((TNS, 1p))
, February 18, ((TLS, 3p))
, April 14, ((TLS, 2p))
, June 21, ((TNS, 1p))
, August, ((TLS, 2p))
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Murphy, Rosalie, Editor, St. James Press.,
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, 1969:
, March 24, (TLS, 1p)
, April 11, (TLS, 1p)
, May 31, (TLS, 1p)
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Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982, American author.,
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, 1969:
, July 14, (TLS, 1p)
, July 25, (ANS, 1p)
, August 6, (TC, 1p)
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Wenning, Henry, American bookseller.,
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, ((TL[cb], 1p))
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, 1970:
, January 13, (TL[cb], 2p)

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Box/folder
1-4/3-30

II. Material toward The San Francisco Poets., (69 items.)

Consists of correspondence, notes, drafts of introduction by Meltzer, drafts of transcribed interviews, and 10 reel-to-reel audiotapes of interviews toward The San Francisco Poets, later revised and reprinted as Golden Gate (Berkeley: Wingbow Press, 1976).
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Box/folder
1/3
II. 1. Correspondence and notes., (31 items.)
Consists of correspondence (1969-1970) to and from Meltzer relating to The San Francisco Poets, notes by Meltzer, and a proof of the cover for the book.
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Everson, William, American author.,
, 1970:
, April 30, ((ALS, 1p))
, May 6, ((ALS, 1p))
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Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, 1919-, American author.,
, 1970:
, April 1, ((ALS, 1p))
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McClure, Michael, 1932-, American author.,
, [n.d.],
, ((ALS, 1p))
To Wenning, Henry, American bookseller,
, [n.d.],
, ((TLS, 1p))
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Snyder, Gary, 1930-, American author.,
, 1970:
, March 18, ((ALS, 1p))
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Box/folder
1/4-5
II. 2. Introduction. Consists of 5 Ts drafts of Introduction by Meltzer., (5 items.)
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Box/folder
1, 3/6-8, 23
II. 3. Kenneth Rexroth Interview. Consists of tapes, audiotapes, and transcripts of interview with Kenneth Rexroth, , 1969: Aug 8. (9 items.)
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3/23II. 3. a. Tapes. Consists of 2 reel-to-reel audiotapes of interview with Kenneth Rexroth, Side one of tape A holds a portion of interview with William Everson., 1969: August 8. (2 items.)
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1/6-8II. 3. b. Transcripts. Consists of 3 transcripts of interview in various stages of revision., (3 items.)
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Box/folder
1, 3/9-12, 24
II. 4. William Everson Interview. Consists of tape and transcripts (showing various revisions) of interview with William Everson., (8 items.)
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3/24II. 4. a. Tapes. Consists of 1 reel-to-reel audiotape of interview with William Everson, Part II of Everson interview filed in Ser. II.3.a on side I of Rexroth interview., 1970: January 9. (1 item.)
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1/9-12II. 4. b. Transcripts. Consists of four transcripts of interview in various stages of revision., (4 items.)
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Box/folder
2-3/13-15, 25
II. 5. Lawrence Ferlinghetti Interview. Consists of tapes and transcripts (showing various revisions) of interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, , 1969: Sept 23. (9 items.)
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3/25II. 5. a. Tapes. Consists of 2 tapes of interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, , 1969: September 23. (2 items.)
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2/13-15II. 5. b. Transcripts. Consists of tapes and transcripts in various stages of revision., (5 items.)
, 1969: September 23. Ts, Ts(x). heavy revision. 67p. Folder contains photograph of Ferlinghetti, biographic and bibliographic information about Ferlinghetti (2 pp.) and the complete tape transcript with Auto revisions by Meltzer.
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Box/folder
2, 3/16-19, 26
II. 6. Lew Welch Interview. Consists of tape and transcripts (showing various revisions) of interview with Lew Welch, , 1969: July 17. (8 items.)
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3/26II. 6. a. Tapes. Consists of 2 tapes of interview with Lew Welch, , 1969: July 17. (2 items.)
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2/16-19II. 6. b. Transcripts. Consists of transcripts of interview in various stages of revision., (6 items.)
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Box/folder
2, 3/20, 27
II. 7. Michael McClure Interview. Consists of tapes and transcripts (showing various revisions) of interview with Michael McClure, , 1970: Jan. 7. (3 items.)
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3/27II. 7. a. Tapes. Consists of 2 tapes of interview with Michael McClure, , 1970: Jan 17. (2 items.)
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2/7II. 7. b. Transcripts. Consists of transcript of interview., (1 item.)
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Box/folder
2/21-22
II. 8. Gary Snyder Interview. Consists of 2 transcripts of interview with Gary Snyder, , [1969]. (2 items.)
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Box/folder
4/28
II. 9. Philip Lamantia interview. Consists of 1 tape of interview with Philip Lamantia, , (n.d.). (1 item.)
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Box/folder
4/29-30
II. 10. Setting copy. Consists of Ts draft with extensive auto revisions, photocopies of printed poems by the authors interviewed, TLS from Gloria Desch of Ballantine Books, and a copy of The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings [poetry collection] by Lew Welch., (3 items.)

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Box/folder
5-7/31-42

III. Material toward Rock Tao., (44 items.)

Consists of drafts, notes, clippings, galley proofs, publisher's mock-up of book, and TNS from Meltzer which identifies the various materials.
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Box/folder
5-6/31-37
III. 1. Drafts and notes., (ca. 40 items.)
Consists of drafts, notes, clippings, fragments, and drawings toward Rock Tao.
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Box/folder
7/38-39
III. 2. Publisher's mock-up., (3 items.)
Consists of publisher's mock-up of manuscript with some editorial markings and includes TNS by Meltzer describing contents.
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Box/folder
7/40-42
III. 3. Galley Proofs., (3 items.)
Consists of 3 sets of galley proofs with extensive editorial markings. Filed in galley case.

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Box/folder
7/43

IV. Material toward Greenspeech. , ca. 1970 (10 items.)

Consists of material toward Greenspeech, (Goleta, CA: Christopher Books, 1970) including drafts of poems and author's notes.

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Box/folder
7/44.

V. Material toward Isla Vista notes. , ca. 1970 (5 items.)

Consists of 3 drafts toward Isla Vista Notes (Goleta, CA: Christopher Books, 1970).

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Box/folder
8/45-46.

VI. Material toward Letters and numbers. , ca. 1970 (22 items.)

Consists of material toward Letters and Numbers(Berkeley: Oyez Press, 1970)including drafts of poems, fragments, and drawings.

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Box/folder
8/47

VII. Material toward Round the poem box. , ca. 1969 (7 items.)

Consists of drafts of poems for Round the Poem Box, (Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969).

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Box/folder
8/48

VIII. Material toward Yehudal., (2 items.)

Consists of drafts, one signed by Meltzer, of the poem, Yehudal. A portion of the poem was published in The Aldebaran Review,2.

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Box/folder
8/49-50

IX. Material toward Yesod. , ca. 1969 (27 items.)

Consists of drafts of poems for Yesod, five TNS and drawings by Meltzer, galley proofs and partial page proofs toward Yesod(London: Trigram Press,

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Box/folder
8/51

X. Columns for Los Angeles Free Press. , ca. 1969. (49 items.)

Consists of various drafts of published and unpublished essays for Meltzer's column under the title Green Atom, for the Los Angeles Free Press, 1969. Also included are several logo designs for the column.

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Box/folder
8/53

XI. Material toward Patchen essay. , ca. 1970 (19 items.)

Consists of Ts notes and partial drafts of essay on Kenneth Patchen for Contemporary Poets of the English Language (London: St. James Press, 1970).

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Box/folder
8/53

XII. Miscellany., (8 items.)

Consists of a photograph of Meltzer, postcard, flyer, 4 issues of Poetry Workshop Notesand a poster for a reading by Meltzer which is filed in Oversize.

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