Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

JONES, L. MSS.

The Jones, L. mss., 1950-1961 (principally 1958-1961), consist of the editorial office records of two little magazines, Yugen, 1958-1961, of which LeRoi Jones, 1934- , poet, and Hettie Cohen were editors, and "The floating bear," 1961, of which Jones and Diane Di Prima, poet, were editors. Also included are manuscripts and proofs of certain books published by the Totem Press.

The collection has been arranged in three sections:

[1] Correspondence, 1955-1961. This consists in the main of letters to LeRoi Jones and Diane Di Prima from contributors and others interest in expressing the opinions of the "beat generation." The letters are basically concerned with matters regarding contributions, criticism of contemporaries, and descriptions of activities participated in by various individuals.

Correspondents represented include Daisy Aldan, Donald M. Allen, John Ashbery, James Baldwin, Bill Berkson, Wallace Berman, Paul Blackburn, Robin Blaser, Raymond Bremser, William S. Burroughs, Paul Carroll, Bruce Conner, Sidney Corman, Gregory Corso, Robert Creely, Judson Crews, Edward Dahlberg, Fielding Dawson, Ellis Dorfman, Edward Dorn, Richard Edson, Larry Eigner, Edmund L. Epstein, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Max Finstein, John Fles, Allen Ginsberg, Louis Ginsberg, Jack Green, Barbara Guest, Lorraine Hansbury, Jack Hirschman, Andrew Hoyem, Langston Hughes, Steve Jones, Robert Kelly, John Kerouac, Kenneth Koch, Seymour Krim, Dale Landers, Alfred Leslie, Denise Levertov, Stephen Levine, Ron Loewinsohn, Walter Lowenfels, Desmond McCarthy, Michael McClure, William F. McNaughton, Edward Marshall, David Meltzer, Jack Micheline, John Montgomery, Barbara Ellen Moraff, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Gil Orlovitz, Rochelle Owens, Ron Padgett, Stuart Z. Perkoff, John Perreault, Stan Persky, Donald Phelps, Ezra Loomis Pound, Marc Schleifer, Howard Schulman, Alan Shavzin, Michael Shayer, Gary Snyder, Harriet Sohmers, Carl Solomon, Gilbert Sorrentino, Raymond Souster, A. B. Spellman, Jack Spicer, George Stade, George Stanley, David Rafael Wang, James Waring, Jon Edgar Webb, Philip Whalen, John Wieners, Elias Wilentz, Theodore Wilentz, Johnathan C. Williams, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky.

[2] Mss. of poems and articles submitted for publication in Yugen and "The floating bear" and mss. and proofs of publications of the Totem Press. Authors of manuscripts and writings submitted for publication in Yugen and "The floating bear" included are: John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, Paul Blackburn, Robin Blaser, Raymond Bremser, Harold Briggs, Robert Carlton Brown, William S. Burroughs, Paul Carroll, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Judson Crews, Fielding Dawson, Fivos Delfis, Diane Di Prima, Edward Dorn, Russell Edson, Larry Eigner, Charles Farber, Max Finstein, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Bobb Hamilton, Langston Hughes, Thomas Jackrell, LeRoi Jones, Steve Jones, John Kerouac, Tuli Kupferberg, Denise Levertov, Ron Loewinsohn, Walter Lowenfels, Michael McClure, William F. McNaughton, Edward Marshall, Mason Jordan Mason, James Boyer May, David Meltzer, Barbara Ellen Moraff, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer, Peter Orlovsky, Ron Padgett, Stan Perksy, Thomas Postell, Jr., Howard Schulman, Gary Snyder, Carl Solomon, Gilbert Sorrentino, A. B. Spellman, Ben Spellman, George State, C. Jack Stamm, George Stanley, Philip Whalen, and John Wieners.

Books published by the Totem Press, for which the mss. are included in the collection are [a] Jones, LeRoi. Preface to a twenty volume suicide note. (New York, Totem Press, [c. 1961]). (Galleys included.) [b] Kerouac, John. The scripture of the Golden Eternity. (New York, Totem Press, [c. 1960]). [c] Loweinsohn, Ron. Watermelons. (New York, Totem Press, [c. 1959]). [d] McClure, Michael. For Artaud. (New York, [Totem Press, c. 1959]). [e] O'Hara, Frank. Second Avenue. (New York, Totem Press, [c. 1960]). (Page proofs included.) [f] Snyder, Gary. Myths & Texts. (New York, Totem Press, [c. 1960]). (Page proofs included.)

[3] Editorial make-ups and proofs of Yugen, arranged in the order of the numbers of the magazine. Included are:

No. 1, 1958. Editorial make-up. Lacks cover, advertising, pp. 22-24, and illustrations.

No. 3, 1958. Editorial make-up. Lacks cover, advertising, and illustrations. Page 24 varies greatly from printed content.

No. 4, 1959. Editorial make-up. Lacks cover, advertising, p. 28, and illustrations.

No. 7, 1961. Galley proofs. Holograph emendations. Lacks cover, contents, advertising, illustrations, and p. 63.

Unused editorial make-up dated Jan. 1, 1959, 5 pp.

Collection size: 569 items

Related manuscripts: Jones, L. mss. II

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