Guide to The Reaper Records, 1979-1989

Processed by Patricia White.
Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to The Reaper Records, 1979-1989

Collection number: M0512

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Patricia White
Date Completed:
1989 Dec.
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Reaper Records,
Date (inclusive): 1979-1989
Collection number: M0512
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: Records pertain to the editorial process of THE REAPER, its production, finiancial management, and other miscellaneous business, as well as the literary interests and opinions of its editors and contributing authors. Included is correspondence between the poetry editors Mark Jarman and Robert McDowell; letters received from authors, subscribers, and others; submitted manuscripts; production files for most issues consisting of original contents, paste up, galleys, artwork, related correspondence, and printing flats; grant applications; mailing records; clippings and reviews; and other business records.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The Reaper Records. M0512. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1988.

Biography

The Reaper, a small poetry and fiction magazine founded by Robert McDowell and Mark Jarman, was an important voice in the movement in American poetry known as the New Narrative or the New Formalism, which began in the late seventies. The movement attacked the free verse poetics of autobiographical experiences that the Beats had espoused in the 1950's . The New Formalists argued for a return to meter and rhyme, recognition of the importance of narrative, and the inclusion of public as well as private experience. From Issue #1, published in 1980, to Issue #19/20, the final issue, to be published in 1990 , The Reaper was strongly committed to narrative poetry and published many of the authors working in this new form including Dana Gioia, Rita Dove, Frederick Morgan, Liam Rector, Chris Semansky, Chase TWichell, and Rusty White. In addition, The Reaper published Jarman and McDowell's reviews and critidal essays on modern poetry that prompted reviewers to call it "feisty and iconoclastic."

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The records of The Reaper, dating from 1979 to 1989 , are arranged in three series : correspondence, issue files, and business files. They document the editorial process of the journal, its production, financial management, and other miscellaneous business aspects, as well as the literary interests and opinions of its editors and contributing authors.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Carter, Jared.
Cervantes, James.
Dove, Rita.
Eberhart, Richard, 1904-.
Flynn, Richard.
Gioia, Dana.
Haas, Barbara.
Hall, Donald, 1928-.
Hilton, David, 1938-.
Jarman, Mark.
Joselow, Beth.
McDowell, Robert, 1953-.
Mastro, Mark Anthony.
Morgan, Frederick, 1922-.
Rector, Liam, 1949-.
Semansky, Chris.
Twichell, Chase, 1950-.
Wilhemous, Tom.
American literature--20th. century.
Poetry, modern--20th. century.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1980-1989

Scope and Content Note

Series I , Correspondence, is divided into two sections . The first contains correspondence of the editors, Mark Jaxman, Robert McDowell, and Tom Wilhemus. The bulk of this section is letters between Jarnian and McDowell, poetry editors, 1980-1989, discussing poems submitted, production details, financial matters, their joint articles, and general literary matters, with some personal news included. Manuscripts are included with some of the letters ; in addition there are photocopies of a typescript poem and a letter from Robert Bly to Robert McDowell, 1985. There are also other letters of Robert McDowell and a small number of letters from Tom Wilhemus, fiction editor. Correspondence in this section is separated by editor and then arranged chronologically. The second section consists of letters to The Reaper from potential and published authors, subscribers, and readers, including a special file of correspondence with British poets. These letters are arranged alphabetically, with the general alphabet preceding files for specific authors. Some of the letters from authors include poetry manuscripts submitted for consideration. Authors represented by more than one or two letters were separated from the general alphabet and include Jared Carter, Rita Dove, Dana Gioia , Donald Ha, Liani Rector, and Chase Twichell . AU of the correspondence is open to researchers except for two letters by Donald Hall which were pulled from the collection due to their confidential nature.
Box 1, Folder 1

Jarman, Mark to Robert McDowell, 1980-1982

Box 1, Folder 2

Jarman, Mark to Robert McDowell, 1983-1986

Box 1, Folder 3

Jarman, Mark to Robert McDowell , 1987-1989 and undated

Box 1, Folder 4

McDowell, Robeit to Mark Jarman, 1980-1984

Box 1, Folder 5

MCDcwell, Robert to Mark Janiian, 1985

Box 1, Folder 6

McDowell , Robext to Mark Jarman, 1986

Box 1, Folder 7

McDowell, Robert to Mark Jarmnan, 1987

Box 1, Folder 8

McDowell, Robert to Mark Jarman, 1988-1989 and undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Dowel, Robert. Letters, 1985-1987 and undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Wilheinus, Toni. Letters, 1985 and undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Letters to The Reaper: A-B, 1981-1989

Box 1, Folder 12

Letters to The Reaper: C-D, 1981-1989

Box 1, Folder 13

Letters to The Reaper: Carter, Jared, 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 14

Letters to The Reaper: Ceivantes, James, 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 15

Letters to The Reaper: Dove, Rita, 1981-1984

Box 1, Folder 16

Letters to The Reaper: E-G, 1981-1986

Box 1, Folder 17

Letters to The Reaper: Eberhait, Richard, 1981

Box 1, Folder 18

Letters to The Reaper: Flynn, Richard, 1984-1986

Box 1, Folder 19

Letters to The Reaper: Gioia, Dana, 1982-1986

Box 1, Folder 20

Letters to The Reaper: H, 1981-1989

Box 1, Folder 21

Letters to The Reaper: Haas, Barbara, 1982

Box 1, Folder 22

Letters to The Reaper: Hall , Donald, 1983-1985

Box 1, Folder 23

Letters to The Reaper: Hall, Donald, 1986-1988

Box 1, Folder 24

Letters to The Reaper: Hilton, David, 1981-1984

Box 1, Folder 25

Letters to The Reaper: I-K, 1981-1988

Box 1, Folder 26

Letters to The Reaper: Joselow, Beth, 1981-1984

Box 1, Folder 27

Letters to The Reaper: L, 1981-1988

Box 1, Folder 28

Letters to The Reaper: Ma-Mh, 1981-1986

Box 1, Folder 29

Letters to The Reaper: Mastro, Mark Anthony, 1982

Box 1, Folder 30

Letters to The Reaper: Mi-Mz, 1982-1988

Box 1, Folder 31

Letters to The Reaper: Morgan, Frederick, 1981-1988

Box 1, Folder 32

Letters to The Reaper: N-P, 1980-1986

Box 1, Folder 33

Letters to The Reaper: Q-R, 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 34

Letters to The Reaper: Rector, Liam, 1983 and undated

Box 1, Folder 35

Letters to The Reaper: S-T, 1981-1985

Box 1, Folder 36

Letters to The Reaper: Semansky, chris, 1985 and undated

Box 1, Folder 37

Letters to The Reaper: Twichell, chase, 1980-1985

Box 1, Folder 38

Letters to The Reaper: U-Z, 1981-1982 and undated

Box 1, Folder 39

Letters to The Reaper: [No last name], 1981-1985

Box 1, Folder 40

Correspondence with British poets, 1980-1981

Scope and Content Note

Graham Chainey, Tony Curtis, Douglas Dunn, D.J.Enright, Duncan Forbes, Mike Jenkins, Kevin Porter, Jon Silkin, David Sweetnian, and D.M.Thornas.
 

Series 2: Issue files, 1979-1988

Scope and Content Note

Series II, Issue Files, documents the production of The Reaper, and is primarily arranged by issue number; photocopies of the table of contents from each issue are included with this guide. Each issue may or may not include the following files: original contents, photocopies of contents, paste up, photocopy of paste up, galleys, artwork, related correspondence from authors, artists, and between the editors, and miscellaneous items such as backgrOund materials, revisions of lead essays, and extra covers. Oversized and non-paper items such as paste up sheets, printing flats, and printing plates have been boxed separately. Issues 1 through 11 are especially well documented; there are partial files on Issues 12 , 13 , 16 , and 18 . Issues 14 , 15 , and 17 are not represented in the collection at all. The remainder of this series consists of accepted poems that were never published and other miscellaneous manuscripts.
Box 1, Folder 1

Issue #1: Original contents

Box 1, Folder 2

Issue #1: Paste up

Box 1, Folder 3

Issue #1: Photocopy of paste up

Box 1, Folder 4

Issue #1: Essays from "After the Flood" Workshop,1979

Box 1, Folder 5

Issue #2: Original contents

Box 1, Folder 6

Issue #2: Photocopy of contents

Box 1, Folder 7

Issue #2: Typeset galleys

Box 1, Folder 8

Issue #2: Photocopy of paste up

Box 1, Folder 9

Issue #2: Miscellaneous items

Box 1, Folder 10

Issue #3 : Original contents

Box 1, Folder 11

Issue #3: Photocopy of contents

Box 1, Folder 12

Issue #3: Paste up

Box 1, Folder 13

Issue #3: Photocopy of paste up

Box 1, Folder 14

Issue #4 : Original contents

Box 1, Folder 15

Issue #4 : Photocopy of contents

Box 1, Folder 16

Issue #4 :Artwork

Box 1, Folder 17

Issue #4 : Related correspondence

Box 1, Folder 18

Issue #5 : Original contents

Box 2, Folder 2

Issue #5 : Photocopy of contents

Box 2, Folder 2

Issue #5 :Related correspondence

Box 2, Folder 3

Issue #5 : Extra covers

Box 2, Folder 4

Issue #6 : Original contents

Box 2, Folder 5

Issue #6 : Photocopy of contents

Box 2, Folder 6

Issue #6 : Related correspondence

Box 2, Folder 7

Issue #7 : Original contents

Box 2, Folder 8

Issue #7 :Photocopy of contents

Box 2, Folder 9

Issue #7 : Photocopy of galleys

Box 2, Folder 10

Issue #7 : Related correspondence

Box 2, Folder 11

Issue #8: Original contents

Box 2, Folder 12

Issue #8: Photocopy of contents

Box 2, Folder 13

Issue #8: Related correspondence

Box 2, Folder 14

Issue #8: Revisions of lead essay

Box 2, Folder 15

Issue #9 : Original contents (partial)

Box 2, Folder 16

Issue #9 : Photocopy of contents

Box 2, Folder 17

Issue #9 : Related correspondence

Box 2, Folder 18

Issue #9 : "The Dogtown Letters" version 1

Box 2, Folder 19

Issue #9 : "The Dogtown Letters" version 2

Box 3, Folder 1

Issue #10: Original contents

Box 3, Folder 2

Issue #10: Photocopy of contents (partial)

Box 3, Folder 3

Issue #10: Paste up

Box 3, Folder 4

Issue #10: Related correspondence

Box 3, Folder 5

Issue #11: Original contents

Box 3, Folder 6

Issue #11:Paste up

Box 3, Folder 7

Issue #11:Related correspondence

Box 3, Folder 8

Issue #11: "How to Write Narrative Poetry: A Reaper checklist" - earlier version of lead essay

Box 3, Folder 9

Issue #12 : Original contents (partial)

Box 3, Folder 10

Issue #13: "Forever Young: A Survey, Conducted, by The Reaper" - typescript, letter, notes

Box 3, Folder 11

Issue #13: "Narrative and Awareness" by Barbara Haas

Box 3, Folder 12

Issue #16: Original contents (partial)

Box 3, Folder 13

Issue #16:Related correspondence

Box 3, Folder 14

Issue #18 : Original contents (partial)

Box 3, Folder 15

Issue #18 : Thotocopy of contents

Box 3, Folder 16

Issue #18 : Related correspondence

Box 3, Folder 17

Accepted poems, unpublished

Box 3, Folder 18

Miscellaneous manuscripts

Box 3, Folder 19

Miscellaneous items

Oversize 4, Folder 1

Issue #2 : Paste up

Oversize 4, Folder 2

Issue #5: Paste up

Oversize 4, Folder 3

Issue #6: Paste up

Oversize 4, Folder 4

Issue #7 : Paste up

Oversize 4, Folder 5

Issue #8 : Paste up

Oversize 4, Folder 6

Miscellaneous paste up sheets

Oversize 5, Folder 1

Issue #1: Printing flats

Oversize 5, Folder 2

Issue #2 : Printing flats

Oversize 5, Folder 3

Issue #6: Printing flats

Oversize 5, Folder 4

Issue #7 : Printing flats

Oversize 5, Folder 5

Miscellaneous printing flats

Oversize 5, Folder 6

Issue #1: Printing plates

 

Series 3: Business files, 1980-1988

Scope and Content Note

Series III, Business Files, concerns the non-literary side of The Reaper, primarily its financial affairs. Included are grant applications to the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts ; notes and records of printing and publication costs ; and purchase orders from libraries and bookstores. Non-financial materials in this series include mailing records, clippings and reviews, and a resume of Robert McDowell.
Box 1, Folder 1

Bulk rate mailing records and address lists, 1981-1984

Box 1, Folder 2

Clippings, 1980-1982

Box 1, Folder 3

Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, grant applications , 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 4

Fundraising letter, 1986

Box 1, Folder 5

Indiana Arts Conmiission, grant applications, 1980-1982

Box 1, Folder 6

Indiana State University Evansville, memoranda, 1982

Box 1, Folder 7

Miscellaneous business records

Box 1, Folder 8

National Endowment for the Arts, grant applications, 1984-1987

Box 1, Folder 9

Printing and publication costs, 1980-1982

Box 1, Folder 10

Resume, Robert McDowell , 1988

Box 1, Folder 11

Retail and library orders, 1983-1986

Box 1, Folder 12

Reviews of The Reaper, 1980-1987