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Guide to the Sanford Dorbin Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sanford Dorbin Papers
    Dates: 1957-2007
    Collection Number: Mss 21
    Creator: Dorbin, Sanford M.
    Extent: 8 linear feet (19 document boxes and 1 oversize box).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Abstract: The collection primarily contains materials relating to Sanford Dorbin's A Bibliography of Charles Bukowski, manuscript drafts of his poetry and other writings, and files pertaining to his poetry magazine Schist: A Journal of Poetry and Graphics (1973-1978), in which some of Bukowski's poems appeared.
    Physical Location: Boxes 1-13 (SRLF); Box 14 (Del Sur Oversize); Boxes 15-20 (Del Sur).
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions

    Some of collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], Sanford Dorbin Papers. Mss 21. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple gifts from Sanford Dorbin, ca. 1968-2008.

    Biography

    Sanford M. (Sandy) Dorbin was born in the Midwest ca. 1933, and received his B.A. and MLS from UCLA. The bio for his Never Enough Light describes him as "Librarian, bibliographer and teacher by training, janitor and agitator or troublemaker by inclination." He is perhaps best known for his bibliographical writings about Charles Bukowski, in particular A Bibliography of Charles Bukowski (Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969). He also is the author of several books of poetry, including Family Life and Others (1968), Persona Image / Mirror Image (1969), The Ruby Woods (1971), Eleven Poems (1978), Minimally Speaking (1987), Night Lights (1988), Never Enough Light: New and Selected Poems 1966-1994 (1995), and Saying Goodbye to Babylon (2001). In addition to his bibliography of Charles Bukowski, Dorbin has written "Charles Bukowski and the Little Mag/Small Press Movement" (UCSB Libraries publication, Soundings, 1970) and a later "Bukowski Checklist," which appeared in a special Bukowski issue of Small Press Review (1973). During the time he was compiling the Bukowski bibliography, Dorbin also was a librarian at the UCSB Library's Department of Special Collections.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection primarily contains materials relating to Sanford Dorbin's A Bibliography of Charles Bukowski, manuscript drafts of his poetry and other writings, and files pertaining to his poetry magazine Schist: A Journal of Poetry and Graphics (1973-1978), in which some of Bukowski's poems appeared.
    The Charles Bukowski bibliography material includes research files, manuscript drafts and some proofs of the bibliography, as well as correspondence with Charles Bukowski, Black Sparrow publisher John Martin, Douglas Blazek, Marvin Malone (Wormwood Review), Sherri Martinelli, Jon Webb (Loujon Press), Carl Weissner, and others.
    The vast majority of Dorbin's own writings in the collection are poems. Some were collected and published in monograph form, while others appeared in various literary magazines and other venues. He also compiled a number of checklists of authors' writings, some of which appeared in his Schist magazine. Dorbin is a longtime runner, including several marathons, and a number of his writings, poetry and otherwise, focus on the theme of long-distance running.
    The Schist files include correspondence, submissions and edited typescripts from authors, original artwork (appearing in the magazine), photographs, proofs, exchange and review publications. Published issues of Schist and printed works by Dorbin have been cataloged separately and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Dorbin, Sanford M.
    Bukowski, Charles.
    Poets, American -- 20th century.
    Authors, American -- 20th century.