Guide to the David Gitin Papers, 1968-1993.

Processed by Special Collections staff.
Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
Phone: (650) 725-1022
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
© 2002
The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the David Gitin Papers, 1968-1993.

Collection number: M0691

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:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
1999.
Encoded by:
Michael G. Olson
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gitin, David. Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1968-1993.
Collection number: M0691
Creator: Gitin David
Extent: .25 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: David Gitin edited Bricoleur, corresponded with Oppen from 1968-1977. He published Oppen, sought his editorial eye when writing poetiy himself, welcomed his support when he wentjob-hunting. Oppen had sustained correspondence in this periodwith Michael Heller, Armand Schwerner, Levertov & Michael Cuddihy, but probably not many others. Serendipity sold for Gitin letters a decade ago, but that lot did not include Oppen, as I remember it. Below is a detailed list ofthe Oppen file, and as a courtesy, a register of everything else Gitin brought in last week, for though it is tempting to sell these others singly in various directions, to maximize profits, it is not courteous to Stanford to do so: I include all the non-Oppen for a lump sum additional, as indicated. Gitin did not cooperate with Rachel Blau who did a SELECTED LETTERS for Sulphur, publishing mostly letters to her. Our letters are unpublished. Sometimes Oppen addresses Joyce Gitin. Oppen & Gitin were often in the same city together (SF), & therefore met, did not correspond. In this period Oppen's SEASCAPE is published & COLLECTED POEMS is in progress. Rough drafts ofPRIMTTIVE appear in the correspondence, a bit.
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

David Gitin Papers. M0691. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1994.

Provenance

Purchased, 1994.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Primarily incoming letters (42) from George Oppen, 1968-1977, including Oppen manuscripts and photographs. Rough drafts of PRIMITIVE appear occasionally in the correspondence. There is a 39-page photocopy of a corrected typescript by Mary Oppen, a journal kept during the couple's trip to Israel. There are also four folders of letters (and some manuscripts) from other writers, 1971-1993.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Amirkhanian, Charles.
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-
Bly, Robert.
Bromige, DAvid.
Cage, John.
Corman, Cid.
Creeley, Robert, 1930-
Dawson, Fielding.
Di Prima, Diane.
Dorn, Edward.
Eigner, Larry, 1927-
Enslin, Theodore.
Evans, George, 1948-
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-
Gray, Darrell, 1945-
Kyger, Joanne.
Marshall, Jack, 1936-
McClure, Michael.
Meltzer, David.
Oppen, George.
Oppen, Mary.
Owen, Maureen, 1943-
Palmer, Michael, 1942-
Rakosi, Carl, 1903-
Robinson, Kit, 1949-
Silliman, Ronald, 1946-
Sward, Robert, 1933-
Tarn, Nathaniel.
Vega, Jeanne Pomy.
Waldman, Anne.
Wieners, John, 1934-


Collection Contents

 

Part I. Correspondence with George Oppen

Folder 1

1. Responding to Bricoleur. Mentions Weinberger, Aug 9, 1968

Physical Description: TLS, 1p.
Folder 1

2. On Jeffers.Jan 6, 1969

Physical Description: TLS, 1p
Folder 1

3. Very descriptive of place - Maine spots.July 14, 1969

Physical Description: TLS, 1p.
Folder 1

4. Responding to Gitin's poems with very close exam.Dec 15, 1969

Physical Description: TLS, 2pp
Folder 1

4 lines, response to Gitin poem, enclosed, Feb 10, 1970

Physical Description: TNS, 1p.
Folder 1

6. Gitin is very promising; Oppen is an old man; one poem of Gitin's is irritating.Feb 15, 1970

Physical Description: TLS, 1p
Folder 1

7. Tiny ink sketch. n.d.

Physical Description: 5 lines.
Folder 1

8. gift for Gitin new home: From "Some Fan Francisco Poems". n.d.

Physical Description: Poem typed 1p, signed "George".
Folder 1

9. Short ANS, he heard Gitin on radio-"very fine indeed".May 23, 1970

Folder 1

10. 1 line ANS. "stay well y corragio George".June 2, 1970

Folder 1

11. "Dear Novice... Sept 17, 1970

Physical Description: 12 line TLS.
Folder 1

12. 2 line ANS.Nov 23, 1970

Folder 1

13. Copy of Oppen's recommendation of Gitin. "during last three years I have talked on numerous occasions...I have been Feb 28 1971

Physical Description: Carbon TS 7 lines,
Folder 1

14. Tinkering with a poetic line.April 28 1971

Physical Description: TNS, 4 lines
Folder 1

15.. On Maine, the beats, Kenner.July 30, 1971

Physical Description: TLS, 1p
Folder 1

16. Continuation ofcontent from previous letterJuly 31, 1971

Physical Description: TLS, 1p.
Folder 1

17. About Gitin & poetry itself.Dec 13, 1971

Physical Description: TLS, 1p.
Folder 1

18. "Good Luck!"/"George."Jan 30, 1972

Physical Description: TLS,
Folder 1

19. Went to Stanford to hear Gunn & Levine. Praises Rod Taylor & his FLORIDA EAST COAST CHAMPION. My beloved former wrapper Chuchk Miller did the illus for that book!April 13, 1972

Physical Description: TLS, 1p, with a poem in the text
Folder 1

20. TL to Maria, Yes on Gitin, no on Vangelisti, Oct 13, 1972

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 1

21. On language; holing up; Sumac book due.Nov 9, 1972

Physical Description: TLS, 1p.
Folder 1

22. Close responses to poems.n.d.

Physical Description: TLS, 1p.
Folder 2

APC23. Jan 2, 1973

Folder 2

24. On Gitin's response to his book. On Bunting.Feb 13, 1973

Physical Description: TLS, 1p
Folder 2

25. 6 line ANS.March 25, 1973

Folder 2

26. "Teaching, lecturing, showing off, whatever"April 1973

Physical Description: TLS, l/2p
Folder 2

27. Readings in offing, good that Ginsberg & Cage responded.April 5, 1973

Physical Description: TLS, 1p
Folder 2

1p. 28. Responds to Gitin's work. "I am limited, obsessed by my own purposes."Oct 31, 1973

Physical Description: TLS
Folder 2

29. Sending proofs to press. Theorizes about poetiy, succinctly.Nov 11, 1973

Physical Description: TL, 1p,
Folder 2

30. TLS, plus Gitin's poem, ANNOTATED BY OPPEN.Jan 5, 1974

Physical Description: 2pp,
Folder 2

31. To Maria Gitin. ANSMarch 22, 1974

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 2

32. On meaning in poetry.April 16, 1974

Physical Description: TLS, 1/2 p.
Folder 2

33. On Gitin's bibliog of Oppen, article I guess.Oct 7, 1974

Folder 2

34. note on letter from Botoomfish Mag ed to Oppen forwarded to Gitin.Jan 22, 1976

Folder 2

35. ANS, he would like the EPICTETUS also. To Maria Gitin.May 1976

Folder 2

36. Long TLS, 1p to Christopher Middleton recommending Gitin, with cover ALS to GitinOct 15, 1976

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 2

37. TLS from Middleton to Oppen, with note, Oppen to Gitin.

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 2

ALS, full page (unusual), with typed poem enclosed "for safe-keeping"June 6, 1977

Folder 2

38. "THAT WHICH IS STRANGE" - Best letter so far.

Physical Description: 2pp.
Folder 2

39. ALS, full, very unusual for Oppen to use this mode.Aug 3, 1977

Physical Description: 3pp.
Folder 2

40. ALS, On Oppen bibliog.Aug 1977

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 2

41. On Gitin divorce, remarkable little Un.d.

Physical Description: l/2p.
Folder 2

42. TLS Nov 25, 1977

Physical Description: l/2p.
Folder 7

Nice photo of Duncan, Oppen, Enslin, & Economou at Grand Rapids

Physical Description: 8 x 10.
Folder 7

Oppen. EPIGRAM.

Physical Description: Typed poem, 1p
Folder 7

Oppen. UNDER THE HOT SUN IN THE SOIL. MSS POEM,

Physical Description: signed, 1p.
Folder 8

Oppen. ORIGINAL VERSION of Oppen's DISCRETE SERIES TS,

Physical Description: Xerox
Folder 9

Vincent (Steve) THE BALLAD OF ARTIE BREMER. SF: Momo1974

Folder 10

Oppen (George) -.

Physical Description: 3 snapshots
Folder 10

Oppen (Mary) Oblong mounted photo,

Scope and Content Note

vintage print, on porch with family as young woman, RARE. Plus vintage mounted photo ofMary Oppen at a young girl.
 

Part II. Other Correspondence

Folder 3

1. Charles Amirkhanian. APC 1984

Folder 3

Robert Bly, ALS1973

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 3

3. David Bromige. APC

Folder 3

4. John Cage. ANS 1975

Folder 3

5. Cid Corman. APC,; ALS, 1989.; TLS, 1989.1984

Folder 3

6. Fielding Dawson. TPCS,. About Gitin's THE CALL.1984

Folder 3

7. Robert Creeley. APC, 1984; APC, 1973. Poem APC,.1977

Folder 3

8. LeRoi Jones (Baraka) APCS; T biog resume, annotated;

Physical Description: 8x10 photo, 3pp
Folder 3

9. Diane Di Prima. APC; Brdsde poem, "Peter Hartman's Sequence" 1991

Physical Description: signed,.
Folder 3

10. Edward Dorn. ANS, 1991

Folder 4

11. Larry Eigner. Tpoem, on env flap; TLS,

Physical Description: 4pp, including Xerox
Folder 5

12. Theodore Enslin, TNS. 1990

Folder 5

13. George Evans, APC 1991.

Folder 5

14. Allen Ginsberg. APC 1977.

Folder 5

15. Darrell Gray. US,.1977

Scope and Content Note

(poet, suicide; or dead of drink)
Folder 5

16. Joanne Kyger. APC.

Folder 5

17. Jack Marshall. ALS,.1984

Folder 5

18. Michael McClure. 1975

Physical Description: FLEA 100, French-fold, , 1/150 with TLS on leaf Als, 1967; ms
Folder 5

19. David Meltzer, APC.1984

Folder 5

20. Maureen Owen. APC.1979

Folder 5

21. Michael Palmer. APC.1993

Folder 6

22. Carl Rakosi (Caliman Rawley)1984

Physical Description: TNS,
Folder 6

23. Kit Robinson, ANS,. ALS,; APC, 1986

Physical Description: 1p.
Folder 6

24. Ronald Silliman. APC; ANS, 1989

Folder 6

25. Robert Sward. TNS; TPC,. US, 1990, response to Gitin's book 1990

Folder 6

26. Nathaniel Tam. APC,.1990

Folder 6

27. Jeanne Pomy Vega. 1978

Physical Description: 1p, Good TLS.
Folder 6

28. ROMANCE. Brdsde, by Ann Waldman1985

Physical Description: folded as mailed, inscribed,
Folder 6

29. John Wieners. 1973

Physical Description: 2pp.Good ALS,