Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Origin mss., 1960-1962, consist of the editorial office records of the poetry magazine Origin, edited and published in Kyoto, Japan, by Sidney Corman, Will Petersen and Ami Petersen.

The collection has been arranged in three sections: 1) Correspondence, 1960-1962. The great majority of these letters are written to Sidney Corman in his capacity as editor of the magazine. They are from contributors and others interested in contemporary poetry, and are basically concerned with contributions, requests for copies of Origin, criticism of contemporaries and descriptions of activities participated in by various individuals.

Correspondents represented include Carroll Arnett, Marvin Bell, Carol Berge, Robert Bly, Ernest M. Carmichael, Frederick Eckman, Mary H. Eldredge, Seymour Faust, Robert Francis Grady, Jonathan Edward Greene, John Haag, William Harmon, Jack Hirschman, Frank William Jones, LeRoi Jones, Robert Kelly, Gerrit Lansing, James Laughlin, Carl A. Linder, Arthur McFarland, Kenneth Alan McRobbie, Mrs. Kathleen (Fraser) Marshall, Jeffrey Masson, Norman Moser, Alden A. Nowlan, Padraig O'Broin, Simon Perchik, Timothy Reynolds, Rhoda Rissin, Beverly Shafer, Gilbert Sorrentino, Raymond Souster and Alden Van Buskirk.

2) Writings. These are manuscripts of poems and articles submitted for publication in Origin. Authors included are: Robert Kelly and Charles Nicol. Material of this type accompanied by a covering letter is filed with the covering letter in the correspondence section of this collection. It includes writings of Ernest M. Carmichael, Mary H. Eldredge, John Haag, Beverly Shafer and Alden Van Buskirk.

3) Printer's copies and proofs of Origin, arranged in order of the numbers of the magazine. See the Manuscripts Catalog for further information.

Collection size: 343 items

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