Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Loujon Press mss., 1962-1969, consist of correspondence to Jon and Louise Webb of the Loujon Press from friends, printers, literary figures, and patrons dealing with the struggle of the Webbs to operate an independent fine printing business.

Jon and Louise Webb, founders and operators of the Loujon Press first of New Orleans and later Tucson, Arizona, design, print, bind, and distribute their own publications. In 1961, the first issue of the Outsider, a literary quarterly, appeared with poems by Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, and many then-unknown poets. The first Loujon book, It Catches My Heart in its Hands, by Charles Bukowski, was an innovation in book design and received wide recognition, as have their subsequent publications. Order and Chaos Chez Hans Reichel by Henry Miller received the Type Design Corporation award in typography, type direction and design in 1966. For these books the Webbs used an antiquated hand-operated press. In 1967 Donald Borzak of Service Offset Corporation in Chicago began organizing a group to buy a modern machine-run press for the Webbs. A year later the press was installed, and the fourth and fifth numbers of the Outsider appeared shortly afterwards.

The correspondence in this collection deals with the contents of future issues of the Outsider; with sales, promotion, or praise of Loujon books; with the campaign of Donald Borzak to buy a press for the Webbs; with solicitation letters, replies, progress reports addressed to "Dear Group"; with printers discussing the technical questions about the press; and with the Lilly Library and Borzak and Webb concerning Indiana University's part in the purchase.

Correspondents in the collection include Glen C. Adams, Mrs. Elizabeth (Winters) Bartlett, John Bennett, Sara Betty Berenson, Philip Boatright, Donald Borzak, John W. Boyd, John Braden, Millen Brand, Ashley Buck, William Rae Cagle, Wesley Payne Callender, John William Corrington, Allan Covici, David Curry, Jerome Cushman, Leo Daugherty, Rolf Gunter Dienst, Louis Dudek, Dan Duryea, J. M. Edelstein, William Robert Eshelman, Marcus J. Grapes, Loren Gruber, William Armstrong Katz, Harry Lewis, Samuel Joseph Marino, Jack Micheline, George Robert Minkoff, Jens Nyholm, James Roman, Will Slotnikoff, Robert Brown Voitle, Herbert Faulkner West, William B. Wisdom, Noel Young.

Collection size: 127 items

Additions to the collection: Loujon Press color separations of Henry Miller's drawings published in his Insomnia or the Devil at Large (1970).

6 items

Collection size: 6 items

Related manuscripts: Loujon Press mss. II

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