Guide to the Sanford Dorbin Papers

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Guide to the Sanford Dorbin Papers, 1957-2007

Collection number: Mss 21

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/
    Processed by:
    D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    17 September 2003
    Latest revision:
    Aug. 19, 2008
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2012 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.


 

Bukowski Bibliography

 

Correspondence (in/out)

Box 1: 1

Bukowski, Charles, 1969

Box 1: 2

Martin, John, 1969-1970

Box 1: 3

Miscellany (mainly queries and responses re early appearances of Bukowski items in various publications), 1969-1970

Box 1: 4

Bukowski Poems (2 items), n.d.

Box 1: 5

Legal - contract with Black Sparrow and Copyright Certificate, 1969

Box 1: 6

Research - notes, copies of printed poems, ca. 1969

Box 2: 1-5

Drafts - typescript, various stages, 1969

Box 2: 6

Galleys - incomplete, 1969

Box 2: 7

Black Sparrow Blurbs for Bukowski Bibliography, 1969

Box 2: 8

Black Sparrow Publicity for other Bukowski Publications, ca. 1969-1970

 

Dorbin Poetry

Additional Note

Mainly typescript drafts, arranged roughly chronologically; includes some related correspondence.
Box 3: 1-8

ca. 1966-1975

Box 4: 1-7

1976-1984

Box 5: 1-6

1985-1988

Box 6: 1-7

1989-1992

Box 7: 1-5

1992-1996

Box 8: 1-3

1996-1997, 2001, n.d.

 

Dorbin Other Writings

Box 8: 4

"Athletics as Art," ca. 1972-1973

Box 8: 5

Blackburn [Paul] Checklist, 1977

Box 8: 6

Bly [Robert] Checklist, ca. 1973-1974

Box 8: 7

Bukowski [Charles] Checklist for Small Press Review, ca. 1973

Box 8: 8

California Librarian - guest editor for issue on small presses/little magazines, 1970

Box 8: 9

Camus, Albert - "The Artist in Prison," (translation), 1967

Box 8: 10

Essays and Stories, ca. 1970s-early 1980s

Box 9: 1

"50 on His 50th: A Self-Interview by Sanford Dorbin," 1983

Box 9: 2

"Morris Ernst and the Banned Books Collection [at UCSB]," ca. 1968

Box 9: 3

"The Origin and Development of the Library of William Andrews Clark, Junior, During His Lifetime" (UCLA LS298 course paper), 1965

Box 9: 4

Reviews, ca. 1969-1971

Box 9: 5

Runner's World - Interview with Gary Tuttle, 1976

Box 9: 6

Spicer [Jack] Checklist, ca. 1970-1977

 

Dorbin Miscellany

Box 9: 7

Personal/Family, ca. 1980

Box 9: 8

Correspondence, ca. 1966-1970

Box 9: 9

Directory of American Poets, 1974

Box 9: 10

Essays by Others (incl. Hugh Kenner), n.d.

Box 9: 11

The Poet, the Artist, and the Book - UCSB tutorial course taught with Peter Whigham and Gary Brown, 1968

Box 9: 12

Publishers Prospectuses, Exhibition and Performance Notices, and related (incl. several Unicorn Press items), ca. 1967-1971

 

Schist

 

Correspondence

 

Incoming (mainly re submissions for publication), ca. 1974-1976

Box 10: 1-27

A-M (incl. Douglas Blazek)

Box 11: 1-17

N-W, Unidentified

Box 11: 18

Outgoing, 1974-1975

Box 11: 19-21

Miscellany (most incoming, mainly re distribution and subscriptions), ca. 1973-1978

 

Individual Issues (incl. some correspondence, submissions, copy, printer's and editor's notes, graphics)

Box 12: 1-4

No. 1, Fall 1973 (incl. original typescript poem and drawing by Bukowski - "THESE LITTLE TALKS IN ROOM 109 with this guy called HARRY)

Box 12: 5

No. 2, Summer 1974

Box 12: 6-7

No. 3, Spring 1975

Box 13: 1-3

Nos. 4/5, 1976-1978

Box 13: 4

Submitted Material Not Used, 1978

Box 13: 5

Exchange and Review Publications, ca. 1974-1977

 

Oversize

Box 14: 1-3

Artwork, Graphics, Photographs and Related re Schist, nos. 1-4/5, ca. 1974-1978

 

2008 Addition

Additional Note

Primarily poetry magazines and, more recently, zines in which Dorbin's poetry appears. For a more detailed description of contents, consult the appended Sanford Dorbin list.
Box 15

After Noon (UCSB), 1970

Box 15

The Alchemist, 1974

Box 15

Anderson Valley Advertiser, 1986-1988, 2004

Box 15

Ante, 1967

Box 15

Art/Life, 1998

Box 15

Bachy, 1972

Box 15

Bellowing Ark, 2004, 2008

Box 15

Biblio, 1997

Box 15

Blackbird Circle, 1973

Box 16

"Bozo Supreme," holiday greeting, 1982-1983

Box 16

Brevities, 2004-2007

Box 16

The Butte Beast, 2001

Box 16

Cache Review, 1985

Box 16

California Librarian, 1970

Box 16

Campus Observer (Oxnard College), 1990

Box 16

Censorship Today, 1968

Box 16

Chimera, 1985

Box 16

"Colophon," 1983

Box 16

Conspire: To Breathe Together, 1985

Box 16

Corduroy, 1972

Box 16

Creative Arts Magazine, 1976-1977

Box 16

Cronopios, 1967

Box 16

DMQ Review, 2004-2007

Box 16

El Gaucho (UCSB), 1970

Box 16

ExpressWays (Oxnard College), 1981

Box 16

Footnotes, 1985

Box 16

Ghost Dance, 1969, 1973

Box 16

Giants Play Well in the Drizzle, 1992

Box 17

Haravec, 1967

Box 17

Huerfano, 1973

Box 17

Inscape, 1973

Box 17

It Still Doesn't Matter, 1986-1987

Box 17

J Stone Press Weekly, 1974-1975

Box 17

Jam To-Day, 1974

Box 17

Library Journal, 1972

Box 17

Mendocino Commentary, 1983, 1985

Box 17

Mendocino Country Magazine, 1984-1985

Box 17

Modern Gymnast, 1957

Box 17

New Settler Interview, 1986-1987, 1989, 1994

Box 17

No Ha Fallada: To Che Guevara, n.d.

Box 18

Out of Sight, ca. 1973-1974

Box 18

Outcast, 1967

Box 18

Panache, 1977

Box 18

Per/Se, 1966

Box 18

Pine Knots, 1972

Box 18

Poema Convidado, 1975

Box 18

Ridge Review, 1984

Box 18

Runner's World, 1976

Box 18

Schist, 1973-1978

Box 18

The Seventies - Editor: Robert Bly, 1972

Box 18

Small Press Review - Charles Bukowski Issue, May 1973

Box 18

Soundings (UCSB Library), 1970-1971

Box 18

Spectrum (UCSB Students Literary Association), 1969

Box 19

Star-Web Paper, 1977, 1979

Box 19

Steppingstonres - Langston Hughes Issue, Winter 1984

Box 19

Still Horizon, 2002

Box 19

Stone Chapbook, 1974

Box 19

Stonecloud, 1974

Box 19

Stooge, [ca. 1969]

Box 19

Striding Out, 1985

Box 19

Synergy, 1973

Box 19

Talvipaäivänseisaus, [ca. 2003-2005]

Box 19

Thrust, 1966

Box 19

Titmouse Review, 1976

Box 19

Trace, 1969

Box 20

UCLA Daily Bruin, 1964

Box 20

Watershed (CSU Chico, Department of English), 1999-2006

Box 20

Willits News, 1983

Box 20

Wilson Library Bulletin, 1974

Box 20

Woe Is Us - typescript of malapropisms by Jerry Dorbin and Sanford Dorbin, [ca. 2003-2005]

Box 20

Word Weavers, 1985

Box 20

Wormwood Review, 1971-1972

Box 20

ZYZZYVA, 2004

Box 20

Miscellany - incl. flyers for poetry readings, ca. 1979-2001, n.d.