Register of the David Gansz Papers MSS 678

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David Gansz Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 678
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.8 Linear feet 7 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder
Date (inclusive): 1979-2004
Abstract: Papers of David Gansz, poet, librarian, educator, and author. Mentored by Robert Kelly at Bard College, Gansz became influenced by the Black Mountain School, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the Deep Image School. The collection contains correspondence with prominent poets and scholars; manuscript and typescript drafts of his published book of collected poetry, Millennial Scriptions: The Ashen Book of Logres (2000), and biographical materials including photographs, newsclippings, and reading announcements.
Creator: Gansz, David C. D.

Acquisition Information

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Preferred Citation

David Gansz Papers, MSS 678. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of David Gansz consist primarily of the drafts for the manuscript Millennial Scriptions: The Ashen Book of Logres (2000). The collection also contains correspondence with poets, scholars, and colleagues and biographical materials including newspaper clippings, book reviews, and photographs. The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS: THE ASHEN BOOK OF LOGRES, and 3) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged alphabetically, is comprised of correspondence both to and from prominent poets and scholars. Among the major and well-known poets included are Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Diane DiPrima, Leland Hickman, Robert Kelly, Jackson Mac Low, Gil Ott, Jerome Rothenberg, Leslie Scalapino, John Taggart, and Anne Waldman.
SERIES 2: MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS: THE ASHEN BOOKS OF LOGRES (2000)
Published in 2000, the MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS series contains the drafts for the published manuscript from 1980-2000. The arrangement constitutes all of the initial drafts in chronological order as they were written in ten separate chapter units. Also included in this series is a CD, Animadversions, created by Bill and John Storch, with a reading by David Gansz.
SERIES 3: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
Arranged alphabetically, the BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series contains personal history documents including biographies, newspaper articles, book reviews, and the Naropa Institute Allen Ginsberg Library Dedication ceremony audio recording. The series also contains several photographs of David Ganz and others, including one of Robert Kelly taken by Gerard Malanga.

Biography

David Christopher Douglass Gansz was born May 3, 1960, in Morristown, New Jersey. He was raised in Philadelphia, where he attended the William Penn Charter School, learning to play guitar, sing, and sight-read music. The family then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, when his father became Professor and Head of the Music Department at Guilford College. He returned north, however, graduating from Westtown Friends Boarding School, just outside Philadelphia, in 1978, writing his senior paper on the Surrealists.
Entering Bard College, he studied history with his advisor and mentor Leon Botstein. From 1980-1981, he was in residence at Trinity College, Oxford University. He was awarded the University Diploma in Theology with Merit from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1981.
Gansz then returned to Bard College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in 1982, writing his senior thesis on "Art Under Akhenaten and Nefertiti." He remained at Bard's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, where he studied poetry with Robert Kelly, Gerrit Lansing, Jackson Mac Low, and prose with John Hawkes and William Gaddis. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from Bard in 1986, his thesis being the book of poems entitled Animadversions (the first book of Millennial Scriptions).
From 1986-1993, he was Senior Contributing Editor of Notus: New Writing magazine. During these years he was in touch with many of the poets and writers associated with the Beats, the Black Mountain School, the Deep Image School, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E School, as well as contemporaries in the United Kingdom, and he corresponded with many of them regarding both their writings and his. Exchanges of particular note are those with friends and fellow poets including Robert Kelly, his mentor at Bard College.
Gansz was awarded an Individual Artist's Fellowship by the The Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York, for his book Sin Tactics (the second book of Millennial Scriptions) in 1987. He was an editor of scholarly book manuscripts at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and worked in the University's music, fine arts, undergraduate, and graduate libraries. In 1993 he earned a MLS from the University of Michigan. From 1993-1995 he served as an assistant professor and first director of the new Allen Ginsberg Library at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
In 2000 Gansz published his poetic magnum opus, Millennial Scriptions: The Ashen Book of Logres, gathering all early composed poetry with recently published materials. From 2001-2005 he was assistant professor of English and director of the library at Wilmington College, a Quaker school in Wilmington, Ohio. During this time he was also editor of Educating for Peace and Social Justice (Wilmington College, 2002). In addition, he was founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Stone House Press (Devon, Pennsylvania), which published his articles "Quaker Education: What Is It?" and "The Sacred Mission of Quaker Education," both in 2004. Since 2005, he has served as Associate Vice President for Academic Information and Technology at Edison State Community College, Piqua, Ohio.

Restrictions

Materials contained in Box 7, Folder 4 require a listening copy to be produced and are restricted for use.

Publishing Rights

Publishing rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bernstein, Charles, 1950-
Corman, Cid
Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005
Economou, George
Kelly, Robert, 1935-
American poetry--20th century

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Box 1, Folder 1

Abbott, Keith 1995-1998

Box 1, Folder 2

Allison, Clark 1991-1992

Box 1, Folder 3

Allison, Clark 1993-1998

Box 1, Folder 4

Avrin, Leila 1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 5

Bann, Stephen 1981-1996

Box 1, Folder 6

Berlin, Lucia 1993

Box 1, Folder 7

Bernstein, Charles 1986-1998

Box 1, Folder 8

Berssenbrugge, Mei-Mei 1986

Box 1, Folder 9

Botstein, Leon 1979-1992

Box 1, Folder 10

Brathwaite, Kamau 1994

Box 1, Folder 11

Broumas, Olga 1997

Box 1, Folder 12

Butterick, George 1986-1987

Box 1, Folder 13

Byrd, Donald J. 1995

Box 1, Folder 14

Campbell, Bruce 1988-1992

Box 1, Folder 15

Cedrins, Peteris 1991-1993

Box 1, Folder 16

Chapman, Lee 1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 17

Clarke, John 1987-1989

Box 1, Folder 18

Collum, Jack 1995-1998

Box 1, Folder 19

Corman, Cid 1986-1997

Box 1, Folder 20

Creeley, Robert 1989-1994

Box 1, Folder 21

Davis, Tim 1988-1994

Box 1, Folder 22

DiPrima, Diane 1994

Box 1, Folder 23

Donahue, Joseph 1996-1998

Box 1, Folder 24

Doud, Patrick 1992-1999

Box 1, Folder 25

Dykers, Anne 2002

Box 1, Folder 26

Economou, George 1989-1997

Box 1, Folder 27

Elkin, Mollie 1992

Box 1, Folder 28

Ellis, Stephen 1989-1991

Box 2, Folder 1

Ellis, Stephen 1992-2002

Box 2, Folder 2

Enslin, Theodore 1986

Box 2, Folder 3

Finlay, Alec 1995-1996

Box 2, Folder 4

Fisher, Allen 1997

Box 2, Folder 5

Fixel, Lawrence 1988-1995

Box 2, Folder 6

Fletcher, Tim 1996

Box 2, Folder 7

Foss, Phillip 1989-2002

Box 2, Folder 8

Franco, Michael 1989

Box 2, Folder 9

Gardner, Drew 1989-1993

Box 2, Folder 10

Giannini, David 1986

Box 2, Folder 11

Gizzi, Peter 1993-1996

Box 2, Folder 12

Godwin, Joscelyn 1992

Box 2, Folder 13

Grazide, Richard 1987-1996

Box 2, Folder 14

Hartigan, Grace 1985-1991

Box 3, Folder 1

Hickman, Leland 1987-1991

Box 3, Folder 1

Higgins, Richard 1987-1990

Box 3, Folder 3

Hill, Geoffrey 1986

Box 3, Folder 4

Hollo, Anselm 1993-1999

Box 3, Folder 5

Holman, Paul 1993-1997

Box 3, Folder 6

Hutchinson, Alexander 1993-2000

Box 3, Folder 7

Irby, Kenneth, 1991-2001. Includes cassette tape

Box 3, Folder 8

Jordan, Barbara 1988-2001

Box 3, Folder 9

Joris, Pierre 1994-1995

Box 3, Folder 10

Kelly, Robert 1983-1993

Box 4, Folder 1

Kelly, Robert 1994-2004

Box 4, Folder 2

Kyger, Joanne 1998

Box 4, Folder 3

Lansing, Gerrit 1986-2000

Box 4, Folder 4

Loydell, Rupert 1990-1998

Box 4, Folder 5

Mac Low, Jackson 1987

Box 4, Folder 6

Marriott, David S. 1995-1997

Box 4, Folder 7

Matlin, David 1988-1990

Box 4, Folder 8

McCaffery, Steve 1989-1990

Box 4, Folder 9

McClelland, Bruce (St. Lazaire Press, editor) 1989

Box 4, Folder 10

McPherson, Bruce 1995-1998

Box 4, Folder 11

Meyer, Thomas 1986-1998

Box 4, Folder 12

Mikolowski, Ken 1988-1997

Box 4, Folder 13

Miller, David 1989-1998

Box 4, Folder 14

Milne, David 1996

Box 4, Folder 15

Moore, Rt. Rev. Paul, Jr. 1985

Box 4, Folder 16

Morrow, Bradford 1988-1992

Box 4, Folder 17

Munsterberg, Hugo 1979-1986

Box 4, Folder 18

Myers, John Bernard 1986

Box 4, Folder 19

Napora, Joe 1995

Box 4, Folder 20

Ott, Gil 1989

Box 4, Folder 21

Palmer, Michael 1989-1995

Box 4, Folder 22

Pedone, Ann 1989-1990

Box 4, Folder 23

Phipps, Frances 1987

Box 4, Folder 24

Prevallet, Kristin 1995-1998

Box 4, Folder 25

Provensen, Alice 1987-1991

Box 4, Folder 26

Prynee, J.H. 1986-1993

Box 4, Folder 27

Raine, Kathleen 1989-1997

Box 4, Folder 28

Rapp, Rachel 1988-1990

Box 5, Folder 1

Ricks, Christopher 1986-1990

Box 5, Folder 2

Ripley, Merrill 1990-1996

Box 5, Folder 3

Roditi, Edouard 1988-1989

Box 5, Folder 4

Rothenberg, Jerome 1996-1997

Box 5, Folder 5

Scalapino, Leslie 1998

Box 5, Folder 6

Schelb, Edward 1992-2000

Box 5, Folder 7

Schelling, Andrew 1996-1998

Box 5, Folder 8

Schmidt, Paul 1988

Box 5, Folder 9

Shattuck, Cathleen 1991-1999

Box 5, Folder 10

Shurin, Aaron 1987-1989

Box 5, Folder 11

Siegel, Amie 1997-2002

Box 5, Folder 12

Smith, Pat 1998-2000

Box 5, Folder 13

Snyder, Gary 1994

Box 5, Folder 14

Spahr, Juliana 1989-1993

Box 5, Folder 15

Springtown Press 1988-1990

Box 5, Folder 16

Stefans, Brian Kim 1994

Box 5, Folder 17

Stein, Charles 1997

Box 5, Folder 18

Taggart, John 1987-1989

Box 5, Folder 19

Tarn, Nathaniel 1989

Box 5, Folder 20

Tillery, Patrick 1995-1996

Box 5, Folder 21

Tilson, Joe 1981-1992

Box 5, Folder 22

Towle, Tony 1987

Box 5, Folder 23

Turnball, Gael 1999

Box 5, Folder 24

Utermohlen, Pat 1981, 2002

Box 5, Folder 25

Waldman, Anne 1994-1996

Box 5, Folder 26

Waldrop, Rosmarie 1988

Box 5, Folder 27

Weinberger, Eliot 1989

Box 5, Folder 28

Weiss, Theodore 1988

Box 5, Folder 29

Woodbine, Paul 1988-1993

 

MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS: THE ASHEN BOOK OF LOGRES

Box 6, Folder 1

Book One: "Animadversions" - Typescript drafts September 27, 1981-August, 1985

Box 6, Folder 2

Book Two: "Sin Tactics" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits October, 1986-July, 1987

Box 6, Folder 3

Prelude: "From Truth to the Tribe" - Typescript drafts with handwritten edits and galley copies August, 1987

Box 6, Folder 4

Book Three: "The Sentencing" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits and galley copies November, 1988

Box 6, Folder 5

Book Four: "Per Missions" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits and page proofs July, 1989-October, 1990

Box 6, Folder 6

Book Five: "Affirmations" - Typescripts draft with handwritten edits and page proofs May 27, 1991-August, 1992

Box 6, Folder 7

Book Six: "The Enduring" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits February, 1993-February, 1994

Box 6, Folder 8

Book Seven: "Re-Collection" - Handwritten and typescript drafts with handwritten edits June, 1994-May, 1996

Box 6, Folder 9

Book Eight: "Lett(er)ings" - Handwritten and typescript drafts with handwritten edits May-December, 1996

Box 6, Folder 10

Book Nine: "Co-Relation" - Handwritten and typescript drafts with handwritten edits January-July, 1997

Box 6, Folder 11

Book Ten: "The Engrafting" - Handwritten and typescript draft with handwritten edits September, 1998-May, 1999

Box 7, Folder 1

Page proofs - Annotated 2000

Box 7, Folder 2, Oversize FB-470-03

Pre-press book jacket

Box 7, Folder 3

CD - Animadversions, Bill & John Storch, with David Gansz text and reading ca. 1995

 

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Box 7, Folder 4

Allen Ginsberg Library Dedication Ceremony, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado. Audio cassette tape July 18, 1994

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 7, Folder 5

Miscellaneous book reviews, articles about David Gansz, reading announcements, and letters 1980-2003

Box 7, Folder 6

Photographs of David Gansz

Box 7, Folder 7

Photographs of others, including Robert Kelly