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MELTZER MSS.

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Inventory

Correspondence

  • An index is available.
  • Box 1: 1954-1967
  • Box 2: 1968-1971, June
  • Box 3: 1971, July-1975
  • Box 4: undated

Writings

  • This section includes the writings of David Meltzer, arranged in alphabetical order by title or first line as designated by the author. Some effort has been made to cross reference variant titles of essentially the same work, but it is by no means complete. Portions of stories, collections of poems, or no other works in revised form may be located under more than one title.
Box 4 (cont.) Abra- Birth
  • Abra. illus. By John Brandi. Incl. Typescript and water colors. July 1970; photocopy of typescript draft
  • The Agency [novel]. Carbon typescript; carbon typescripts of The Agent How Many Blocks [novels]. 1967-68. In back binder.
  • Albion Bison [poem]. Typescript with autograph corrections. Apr. 4, 1972. 2 leaves
  • All the Way Home [story]. Typescript. 10 leaves
  • Apple [poem]. Several drafts, typescript. June-July, 1974. 83 leaves
  • Ascension [poem]. 2 drafts, typescript. 2 leaves
  • Bark. 4 drafts, typescripts and photocopy of final typescript. 1972
  • The Bird [story]. 2 drafts, 11 leaves and 14 leaves, typescripts
  • Birth. Typescript, 1972. approx. 370 leaves, photocopy copy; 2 drafts of tape transcript; galley proofs
Box 5 Birth (cont.) - Epic
  • Birth (cont.). proofs
  • Blind Art's Martian Blues [story]. Typescript draft. 12 leaves
  • Blue Rags; for radio, a romance. Typescript of final draft, 1974. 23 leaves
  • Blues in Black and White. 2 drafts, typescript. In blue binder. Oct. 12, 1952
  • Bolero. Several drafts, typescripts. 35 leaves
  • Brain-Plant, vol. 1 (Lovely) [novel]. Carbon typescript, 175 leaves; typescript outline
  • Brain-Plant, vol. 2 (Healer) [novel]. Carbon typescript, 168 leaves
  • Brain-Plant, vol. 3 (Out) [novel]. Carbon typescript, 183 leaves; notecards
  • Brain-Plant, vol. 4 (Glue Factory) [novel]. Carbon typescript, 185 leaves; autograph notes on scratch paper, 6 leaves
  • Carla [novel]. Typescript, 118 leaves; typescript and carbon of partial revision each 14 leaves (note: alsotitled Paula.)
  • The Cherry Tree [poem]. Several drafts, typescripts. 6P
  • Collected Poems. Typescript of poems in brown binder, 79 leaves; anonymous criticism of "The Individualist" on notepaper, 1 leaf. 1950-51
  • Contemporary Poets of the English Language. Several drafts, typescripts, Sept. 2, 1973
  • Cracks - For Jah [poem]. Several drafts, carbon typescripts. March 1971
  • The Creator [story]. Typescript, 26 leaves. May 26, 1955
  • Cthonic Fragments [poems]. Typescript drafts for poems that later appeared in Dark Continent; approx. 120 leaves
  • Dark Continent. Incl. 2 sets of galleys (1st galleys and authors copy); page proofs; carbon of final typescript; carbon typescript of some 1st draft material; proof of cover print; sample proof of title page; sample proof of cover
  • Dark Continent. Several carbon typescript drafts of parts of Dark Continent. 1967
  • Darn That Dream [poem]. Typescript drafts. June 30, 1971
  • Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud, Music. 2 drafts, typescript
  • Django. 2 drafts, carbon typescripts. (See also "Green Atom")
  • Green Star Stud: A Trilogy. vol. 1 (Star) [novel]. Carbon typescripts, 171 leaves
  • Dream Star Stud: A Trilogy. vol. 2 (Dream) [novel]. Several drafts of a fragment of the first chapter, 9 Leaves
  • Eats. Several drafts of a proposed but unfinished cookbook review, typescript
  • Eden book. Several drafts, typescript and carbon typescript. 1970
  • Epic. See Saga
Box 6: The Evil Old Man - Kabbals
  • The Evil Old Man [sketch]. Typescript draft, 2 leaves
  • Eyes Are Windows. 2 drafts, typescript. Note: also contains typescript drafts of material for Dark Continent
  • The Eyes, The Blood. Several drafts - typescript, carbon typescript and photocopy; page proofs. 1970-1973
  • Face. Several drafts of Books 1 and 2, typescript
  • Face. Typescript and photocopy of typescript for Book 1 and part of Book 2
  • First Decision. Typescript; reader's report
  • Five. Typescript. Includes "VAV," "Tree," "Face," "Lights," "Cracks"
  • From a Mischnah. 2 drafts, typescript; proofs of From a Midrash (title change) as published in Tens; selected poems 1961-1971
  • From ASAPH [poem]. Typescript drafts, 4 leaves
  • From: SEFER Ha-ADAM [poem]. Typescript draft, 2 leaves
  • The Frozen Roses. Typescript, June-July, 1956. 38 leaves
  • Harps. Typescript drafts
  • Henry Miller Book Review for Kulchur. Early drafts, typescript. Aug. 1965. 33 leaves
  • Hero (of Hero/Lil). Several typescript; carbon transcript and photocopy of typescript drafts; photopcopy
  • of drawings. 1969
  • Hero (of Hero/Lil). Carbon of final transcript
  • Hero. Proof of cover for Hero
  • Hero/Lil. Carbon typescript of Lil (illustrated); sheet of deletions to be made from typescript; galleys for
  • Hero/Lil
  • A High Time [story]. Typescript, 12 leaves
  • The Hungry Hawk [story]. Typescript, May 1965. 20 leaves
  • I am Marvin Repnick [1st line of story]. Typescript, 9 leaves
  • Interview of David Meltzer conducted by Barry Alpert. Photocopy of heavily corrected typescript, 36 leaves; typescript of later draft, 28 leaves. Oct. 4, 1973
  • Introduction for Roman Books catalogue 1962. galley proofs; typescript of 1st complete draft; carbon typescript of 15 letters between Meltzer and U. Grant Roman or Jim Roman, Sept. 21, 1962 to Apr. 13,1963
  • Isthmus. Carbon typescript of 1st draft. 5 leaves
  • Handbook of the Invisible. Typescript of early drafts; typescript of final 1st draft; typescript of late (final?) draft
  • Kabbala Anthology. Typescript and autograph preliminary notes, 120 leaves
  • Kabbal Anthology - J. Hirschman material. Typescripts, carbon typescripts and autograph
  • translations by Hirschman
  • Kabbala Anthology. Photocopies of texts to be used in anthology

Box 7: Knots - Our Happy...

  • Knots. Galleys: 2 copies of 1st set, one corrected; carbon of final typescript; artwork
  • The Last Mask Gone: an incident. Typescript of 1st draft, 13 leaves. Dec. 22, 1955; 1 miscellaneous sheet, apparently unrelated
  • Let Me Tell You. By Meltzer and Michael McClure. Carbon typescript, 2 leaves
  • Light for JRW. Early drafts, carbon typescript and photocopy
  • Lil. Typescript of early drafts; carbon typescript "From: Lil", 10 leaves; carbon typescript of final
  • revisions, 5 leaves
  • Liner Notes. 3 drafts, typescript, 2 with autograph revisions. March 1969
  • The Lover [story]. Typescript. 2 leaves
  • The Lover; Or, An Old-Fashioned Romance. [unpublished "partial" of erotic novel]. Carbon typescript. 33 leaves
  • Luna. Several drafts, typescripts; autograph notes; research correspondence. ca 1969-1970
  • The Man From the Family Clinic [story]. Typescript, 12 leaves
  • March 1, 1973 [poem]. 3 drafts, typescript
  • March 7, 1973 [poem]. 2 drafts, typescript, one with autograph corrections
  • The Mark [story]. Typescript, 12 leaves; rejection notice
  • The Martyr [novel]. Carbon typescript, 179 leaves; outline, 2 leaves
  • Memorial. Typescript, 6 leaves
  • Message Found in An Angel's Novae [story]. Typescript, 9 leaves; reader's report
  • The Monkey's Side of Life [story]. Typescript, 12 leaves
  • Monologue in a Lost Tense. Carbon typescript in blue binder. Oct. 1951-June 1952
  • The Monument [story]. Typescript, 11 leaves
  • The Mouse [story]. 3 drafts, typescript
  • Mouse. Carbon typescript, 2 leaves
  • My Town [novel]. Typescript, 91 leaves; typescript and autograph notes, 29 leaves; outline. ca 1954
  • Night Before Morning. 2 drafts of Book I, typescript; draft of Book II, typescript. ca. 1960
  • A Night; or Burlesque Downtown [story]. Typescript with autograph corrections. 21 leaves
  • Night Reel [poem]. Typescript. 1 leave
  • Night Reel-Night Real [poem]. Typescript with autograph corrections. ca. 1970
  • Night-Light Texts [poem]. Typescript. Mar. 12, 1970. 2 leaves
  • Notes on Melville. Typescript of notes for a projected essay
  • Once Upon a Time. Incomplete draft of television play, typescript
Box 8: P-T
  • Parents, Children and Things [story]. Typescript. June 12, 1955
  • Paula. See Carla
  • The Peace That Frees/ The Dead is Life [poem]. Typescript with autograph corrections. May 5, 1958. 31 leaves
  • Peter Le Blancā¬¦[biographical sketch]. 6 drafts, typescript. 7 leaves
  • Pinball [story]. Typescript drafts. 13 leaves
  • Poems at San Francisco. Typescript drafts. ca. 1968-1969
  • Poems 1957. typescripts of most Meltzer poems published in Poems by David Meltzer and Donald Schenker, 1957
  • Poems, January 1959. typescripts in tan binder. 40 leaves
  • Poetry: 1951-1953 (New York) vol. 1. typescripts in white binder. ca. 125 leaves
  • Poetry: 1952-1953 (California) vol. 2. typescripts in orange binder. ca. 125 leaves
  • Poetry: 1954. typescripts in red binder. ca. 100 leaves
  • Poetry Primer. 5 drafts, typescript , of p. 10 of introduction
  • The Prickbook of Rosy Thorns [poem]. Typescript. Sept. 1959. 11 leaves
  • The Process. Notes and typescript drafts of poems. ca. 200 leaves (2 folders)
  • Prose 1951-1953. typescript drafts of short stories and essays in grey binder. ca. 130 leaves
  • Ragas/1-25 [poems]. typescripts in tan binder. Jan. 13-16, 1959
  • Rain Poem. 3 drafts, typescript. 18 leaves
  • Randall the Artist [outline for novel]. 3 leaves
  • Randall, The Artist; or, Portrait of the Artist as a Trembling Image [novel]. Typescript in brown binder. Aug.-Sept. 1955 329 leaves
  • Resurface [introduction to re-issue of San Francisco Poets]. 2 drafts, typescript; bibliography. Feb. 22, 1975
  • Revolution [essay]. Typescript drafts. 5 leaves
  • Saga [novel]. Typescript of beginning. Sept. 12, 1954. 42 leaves. [s.fr. Epic]
  • Séance [poem]. Typescript. 7 leaves
  • Short Stories: 1954 (Volume One). Typescript drafts in tan binder
  • Short Stories: 1954 (Volume Two). Typescript drafts in black binder
  • Sister Dear [story]. Typescript. 7 leaves
  • Songs. Typescript and autograph drafts of songs for Sperent Power
  • Songs of David Dog the Lion [poem]. Carbon typescript drafts. 9 leaves
  • Sound Movie. Autograph notes for sound track. 1 leave
  • The Stage [poem]. Typescript. 2 leaves (appears to lack p. 15, 18)
  • State Grant [poem]. Several drafts, typescript and carbon. Ca. 1971. (also titled: Well-Fair Stage)
  • Summer Poems. typescript. July-Aug. 1955
  • Ten Acts, or Vaudeville, A Play. Typescript and carbon drafts
  • The Ten Lost Books of the Ten Lost Prophets. 2 incomplete drafts, carbon typescript. (Some of the material later appeared in Yesod)
  • Thanitopsis In Drag [poem]. Carbon typescript. Oct. 11, 1952. 70 leaves
  • Tools [poem]. Autograph draft. 1 leave
  • Tree [prose poem]. Carbon typescript. 4 leaves
Box 9: Vampire Poems - Z
  • Vampire Poems; October 16th, 1959. typescript. 7 leaves
  • VAV [poem]. Several drafts, typescript. ca. 1972
  • Waiting [novel]. Carbon typescript in blue binder. Jan 28-Sept. 5, 1953. 130p.
  • Waiting Again. Incomplete draft, typescript. May 12, 1955. 7 leaves
  • War-Song; A Monologue [story]. Typescript. 7 leaves
  • We haven't learned to see [poem]. Carbon typescript. 1971. 2 leaves
  • Well-Fair Stage. See State Grant
  • A Womb With A View [story]. Typescript. 9 leaves
  • The World of John Foley [novel]. 3 typescript drafts and excerpts from drafts. ca. 1955
  • Yesod . Carbon typescript. (see also: Ten Lost Books and Ten Lost Prophets)
  • YHShWH (Davka). Carbon typescript of poem and commentary.
Miscellaneous-drafts, fragments, etc.
  • Notebooks. 24 volumes containing poetry, trip notes, drawings, etc.
  • 1955-1956: The Black Book.
  • 1958, March-October: 9 numbered, 3 spiral bound notebooks.
  • 1959-1960: orange spiral bound notebook.
  • 1961: Black bound volume.
  • 1961-1966: Black bound volume.
  • 1962: [1st line] cables, bands threads, cardsā¬¦
  • 1963: [1st line] They are outside.
  • 1964 [1st line] NEVER NO MOE.
  • 1964: [1st line] driving car dream.
  • 1964: [1st line] Chein-Hexagram (cont.)
  • 1966: Theogony.
  • 1970: [1st line] ladder from large airplane.
  • 1971-1972: Small looseleaf volume, unbound.
  • n.d.: 3 spiral bound volumes.
Box 10: Tree Books; Tree journal
  • Catalog (mss.) of Tree publications.
  • Branchings :
  • Codrescu, Andrei. For Max Jacob. [1971]. Typescript, 16 leaves
  • Tree Books:
  • Brandi, John. Desde Alla. [1971]. Typescript draft, 74 leaves; galleys, 21 leaves
  • Drachler, Rose. Burrowing in, Digging Out. Berkeley, 1974. Xerox of ms.; Xerox of galleys, corrected; page proofs; sample cover. 88 leaves
  • Fishman, Charles. Aurora. Berkeley, 1974. Xerox of page proofs, corrected; ms.; photocopy and typescript; paste-up. 50 leaves
  • Hirschman, Jack. Aur Sea. Berkeley, 1974. ms.; Xerox of galleys; graphics; page proof; sample cover. 113 leaves
  • Hirschman, Jack. Scintilla. [1971]. Ms.; 2 sets of galleys, corrected. 94 leaves
  • Jabes, Edmond. Elya . [1973]. Xerox of ms., 105 leaves; 2 xeroxes of paste-up, corrected, 9 leaves; 2 paste-ups 187 leaves.; page proof, 99 leaves (4 folders)
  • Kruglick, Lewis. Unknown Angel. [1970]. 2 Xeroxes of ms,. 34 leaves graphics; page proof, 6 leaves
  • Rothenberg, Jerome. A Book of Testimony. Cover designs; ms,. 27 leaves; 2 sets of galley proof, 9 leaves each
  • Rothenberg, Jerome. Fragments form the Pirke Abot of Rabbi Eleazer & the Pearl. Berkeley, 1974. Xerox of ms., 16 leaves
  • Tarn, Nathaniel. Section: The Artemision from the Lyrics From the Bride of God. 1973. Xerox of ms., 21 leaves; galleys, 9 leaves; graphics
  • Tarn, Nathaniel. Section: Dutch Artemis or the Holland Bride from the Lyrics From the Bride of God. Photocopy of ms., 9 leaves [unpublished?]
Tree Books:
  • 1. The Book of Noah. Trans. By Jack Hirschman. Xerox of ms., 8 leaves
  • 2. Eleazor of Worms. Tree Tracts. Trans. By Alexander Altman and Jack Hirschman. 1974. Xerox and holograph, 26 leaves
Tree (journal)
Tree 1. Winter 1970
  • Art work
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts
  • Page proofs
Tree 2. Summer 1971
  • Art work
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscript
Box 11: Tree (journal) (cont.)
  • Page proofs
  • Proofs
Tree 3. Winter 1972
  • Art work
  • Galleys (3 folders)
  • Manuscript
  • Material omitted
Tree 4. Winter 1974
  • Manuscript
  • Page proof - Xerox
  • Unbound sheets; table of contents; graphics
Tree 5. Summer 1975
  • Manuscript
  • Writings by others (All are poems unless otherwise identified)
Box 11 (cont.)
  • Folder 1: A-J
  • Branaman, Beth. Recipe
  • Brent, John. Chemical Blues; Letter, n.d.
  • Floris, A. Stuffy Surroundings. Carbon typescript; Sunbathing. Autograph
  • Hartman, Robert. For Me
  • Hoyem, Andrew. In a corner squats [1st line]
  • Folder 2: Detro, Gene
  • Footnote to a Dedication/For Jennifer Love Meltxer [essay]. Carbon typescript.
  • Folder 3: Haselwood, Dave L.
  • Connections. Typescript
  • Slack Poem. Typescript
  • Folder 4: K-Z
  • Kandel, Lenore. I thought Id give up [1st line]. Typescript
  • Kupferberg, Tuli. I Say. Carbon typescript
  • Lippincott, Bruce. Girl From Froggy Bottom. Typescript.
  • Margolis, Martin. First Generation. Carbon typescript.
  • O'Connell, Walter. Return of the Explorer. mimeo; Egress. Mimeo
  • Raworth, Tom. Cinema 1. typescript
  • Reed, John. The beast [1st line]. Typescript
  • Rudolf, Anthony. Yael and Elya by Edmond Jabes [book review]. Typescript
  • Schenker, Don. The Alphabet Bird. Typescript. Aug 10, 1972
  • Vermont, Charlie. The Last Jew in the Bronx. Typescript
  • Weishaus, Joel. Turning. Carbon typescript. Jan. 1971.
  • Wiater, Michael. Feel better in the Morning. Typescript. July 4, 1971
  • Folder 5: Kruglick, Lewis
  • A Letter From Brixton Prison [memoir]. Xerox of typescript
  • Folder 6: Kruglick, Lewis
  • Poems. carbon typescript and Xerox of typescript of several poems, including:
  •    Autumn Song
  •    Awareness of intra-musculature [1st line]
  •    Cantor
  •    Dream Song
  •    The Groan [1st line]
  •    Inside the body [1st line]
  •    It's how the Kid's folks [1st line]
  •    It's your transparence [1st line]
  •    The Lizard in my Head
  •    Maya
  •    My Whore [1st line]
  •    O your medieval childhood [1st line]
  •    Painting by William Blake
  •    Shrove Tuesday
  •    The System
  •    Well, there's just no further [1st line]
  •    Your voice is house [1st line]
  • Folder 7: Kruglick, Lewis
  •    Trance/Positions. Typescript (Xerox)
  • Folder 8: Korte, Mary Norbert
  •    Beginning of Lines/Response to Albion Moonlight. Mimeograph
  •    Poems to grow into. Autograph draft, signed, illustrated.
  • Folder 9: Lowenfels, Walter
  •    Loving You In the Fall out (extracts). Typescript (photocopy)
  • Folder 10: Malanga, Gerard
  • Poems. typescript (Xerox)
  • Folder 11: McMurtry, Larry
  • Breeding Darrell [story]. Typescript
  • The Everlasting Arms [story]. Typescript
  • There Will Be Peace in Korea [story]. Typescript
  • Folder 12: McMurtry, Larry
  • Contemporary American Poetry and Prose [speech]. Typescript
  • Folder 13: Nelville, Kris
  • Phil Kabolinsky-ex football [1st line, story]. Typescript
  • Folder 14: Olay, Lionel
  • Man in Space [story]. Carbon typescript
  • Folder 15: Steiner, John
  • For David Meltxer. Typescript. Nov. 7, 1970
  • Folder 16: Tarlow, Idell
  • Poems. typescripts and carbons of 49 poems.
  • Folder 17: Whalen, Philip
  • Acacias: Rain. Typescript
  • Sad Song in the Antique Manner. Typescript
  • (Untitled). Typescript
  • Waterlilies. Typescript
  • Folder 18: Unidentified authors
  • & on the seventh day petals fell in Petaluma
  • and why [1st line] (by B.S.)
  • As the hats of [1st line}
  • Charcoal marks anoint the drawing board [1st line]
  • Dear david [1st line] (by___, Lee)
  • Drdvd -snotften tht I tak it upn misieff [1st line]
  • The flotsam on the water [1st line]
  • For David
  • for david Meltzer from sheila's dream of oct. 2. (by ____, Sheila)
  • for the good of the rose [1st line]
  • A group of people sit cross legged [1st line]
  • in the havoc room of old fame's custom [1st line]
  • lionel david tina & fam
  • poem to be recited by a young girl
  • Prophecy (by Jules Supervielle, trans. by Bob Stock)
  • Revelation at Courthouse Park
  • San Francisco Newsboy Cries
  • Scarlet Witch
  • shining discovery of a fink [1st line]
  • someday ill find that long sought [1st line]
  • stop talking [1st line]
  • A Strange Wild Song (by L.D.)
  • the golden child walks [1st line]
  • this is it: [1st line] (by i. [Idell Tarlow?)]
  • This One Summer
  • U.S. Highball
  • Waiting [1st line]
  • witty draining minds of slough [1st line]
  • You should always look over ther [1st line]
  • you gondie somdayanyounoit [1st line] (by ____, Robert)
  • Miscellaneous
Box 11 (cont'd)
  • Audio tape
  • Drawings (4 folders)
Box 12
  • Engraving block from "The Process"
  • Financial statements
  • Photographs
  • Printed matter
  • Miscellany
  • Map case
  • Miscellaneous artwork
  • Posters

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