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Series I. Kenneth Patchen Collection, 1939-1969

Physical Description: 31 volumes, 5 boxes

Scope and Content Note

The Kenneth Patchen collection is divided into three subseries; Printed Material containing published works, printed ephemera, and clippings; Incoming Correspondence, received mainly from Kenneth and Miriam Patchen; and Sound Recordings, Kenneth Pathen reading poetry.
 

Printed Material, 1939-1969

Physical Description: 31 volumes, 12 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains not only signed first editions, but two silkscreen reproductions of A Surprise for the Bagpipe Player (1955), and Glory never guesses, & other pages (1955) printed on handmade Japanese paper by Frank Bacher and enhanced by Kenneth Patchen after the printing; Limited Painted Book editions prepared and painted by Kenneth Patchen, including Panels for the Walls of Heaven (1946), and Red Wine & Yellow Hair (1949); and a vellum edition of Orchards, thrones & caravans (1952).

In addition, the book collection has a rare edition of Henry Miller's personal thoughts on the author, Patchen: man of anger & light (1946).

Part of the printed ephemera are two complete sets of Patchen Picture-Poem Cards produced by East Wind Printers in San Francisco, various promotional material, and clippings. The books are arranged chronologically.
The Special Collections books are cataloged separately. Consult UCSC library online catalog for individual call numbers ( http://cruzcat.ucsc.edu/ ).
 

Kenneth Patchen Book Collection 1939-1969

 

Books by Kenneth Patchen 1939-1969

 

First Will & Testament. Norfolk, Conn., New Directions, [signed] 1939

 

The Journal of Albion Moonlight. Mount Vernon, N.Y., Walpole Off Print [signed copy no.54] 1941

 

The Dark Kingdom. New York, Harris & Givens [signed copy no.73] 1942

 

The Teeth of the Lion. Norfolk, Ct., New directions 1942

 

Cloth of the Tempest. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers [signed] 1943

 

An Astonished Eye Looks Out of the Air. Waldport, Or., Untide Press [signed] 1946

 

Outlaw of the Lowest Planet. London, The Grey Walls Press 1946

 

Pictures of Life and of Death. New York, Padell [signed] 1947

 

They Keep Riding Down All the Time. New York, Padell [2 copies] 1947

 

Cloth of the Tempest. New York, Padell [signed] 1948

 

The Dark Kingdom. New York, Gains and Harris 1948

 

First Will & Testament. New York, Padell [signed] 1948

 

Orchards, Thrones & Caravans. San Francisco, Print Workshop [copy no.112] 1952

 

Fables and Other Little Tales. Karlsruhe, Baden, J. Williams 1953

 

The Famous Boating Party, and Other Poems in Prose. New Directions 1954

 

When We Were Here Together. New Directions 1957

 

The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer; an amusement. San Francisco, City Light Books 1958

 

Poem-scapes. Highlands, N.C., J. Williams 1958

 

Because it is. Norfolk, Laughlin 1960

 

Kenneth Patchen: painter of poems. Baltimore, Printed by Garamond/Pridemark Press 1969

 

Silk Screen Prints 1955

box 4

Glory Never Guesses, & other pages. [unbound portfolio of 18 leaves, copy no.199] 1955

box 4

A Surprise for the Bagpipe Player. [unbound portfolio of 18 leaves] 1955

 

Painted Books 1946-1958

box 5

Panels for the Walls of Heaven. Bern Porter, Berkeley, CA [copy no.120] 1946

box 5

Sleepers Awake. New York, J. Felsberg, Inc. [copy no.43] 1946

box 5

To Say if You Love Someone, and other selected love. Prairie City, Ill., Decker Press 1948

box 5

Red Wine & Yellow Hair. New Directions, NY [copy no. 60] 1949

box 5

Hurrah for Anything. Jonathan Williams, Highlands, NC 1957

box 5

Poem-scapes . Highlands, N.C., J. Williams; San Francisco Paper Editions Corp. [copy no.75] 1958

 

Books about Kenneth Patchen 1942 1948

 

Hayes, Albert M. A wreath of Christmas poems. Norfolk, Conn., New Directions 1942

 

Miller, Henry. Patchen: man of anger & light. New York: Padell 1948

 

Printed Ephemera 1948-1969

 

Patchen Picture-Poem Cards n.d 1962

Box-folder 2:12

Series R_150PC, letter style, 5x7 [complete set] n.d.

Box-folder 2:12

Series RS_150P, letter style, 5x7 [complete set] n.d.

Box-folder 2:13

Letter style cards, 5x7 (27) 1962

Box-folder 2:14

Postcards (15); color prints n.d.

Box-folder 1:80-83

Prospectus 1946-158

Box-folder 1:80

"The famous Painted Edition Patchen books"(2) [1958]

Box-folder 1:81

"Glory Never Guesses" 1955

Box-folder 1:82

"Announcing a special limited edition, Sleepers Awake" (3) [1946]

Box-folder 1:83

"The Journal of Albion Moonlight", Gotham Book Mart n.d.

Box-folder 1:83-87

Other promotional material 1947-1969

Box-folder 1:84

Invitation to Pathenc exhibit at The Corcoran Gallery of Art [1969]

Box-folder 1:85

Brochure "16 Books" on sale by Argus Book Inc. [features "Cloth of Tempest"] [1948]

Box-folder 1:86

Gotham Book Mart flyer of books on print by Patchen, Nin, & Fraenkel 1948

Box-folder 1:87

Brochure of books on print by Kenneth Pathcen [1947]

Box-folder 1:83

Gotham Order Card for "The Journal of Albion Moonlight" (2) [1940's]

Box-folder 1:88

Newspaper clippings 1942 1945

Box-folder 1:88

Book Review, "Memoir of a Shy Pornographer" New Yorker Oct 27, 1945

Box-folder 1:88

A poem by Patchen, "I have Lighted the Candles, Mary", Herald Tribune Dec 20, 1942

Box-folder 1:88

An interview with William Golding, Herald Tribune May 20, 1962

 

Incoming Correspondence 1941-1948, 1960-1965

Physical Description: 1 document box, 1 half document box

Scope and Content Note

The series holds both annotated (ALS)& typed letters (TLS), and cards (APCS) from Kenneth and Miriam Patchen. Bulk of the letters date back to 1940's and 1960's illustrating unrest among the artistic community due to US war efforts, and Kenneth's relentless creative drive in the face of the couples' ongoing financial and health struggles. Included is a Kenneth's letter addressed to Ensign Alan Parker, aboard a US Navy ship in the Pacific. During the same period, Patchen self-published the first edition of his famous attack against war, The Journal of Albion Moonlight (1941). Letters and their correlating envelopes are kept intact. Part of the letters and envelopes are hand painted and decorated by Kenneth Patchen.

The material is arranged chronologically.
Box-folder 1:1-17

Kenneth Patchen 1941-1961

Box-folder 1:1

ALS, "Stealing my act, eh? I'll beat you getting out anything!" [1 pg] Oct 10, 1961

Box-folder 1:2

ALS, "So sorry to hear of your" [1 pg] Jul 10, 1960

Box-folder 1:3

ALS, "Strange that you should write to me about a possible patron" [3 pp] Mar 11, 1960

Box-folder 1:4

TLS, "I'm very happy that you want to do the jacket"[1 pg] Jul 10, 1948

Box-folder 1:5

ALS, "Dear Alan, Things are a bit more under control, though today is a real scorcher, debilitating." July 29, 1948

Box-folder 1:6

ALS, "Dear Alan, I'm sure you will understand my delay in acknowledging your splendid color drawings. " July 26, 1948

Box-folder 1:7

TLS, "I wonder if you'd like to try your hand at doing a jacket"[1 pg] + 2 pp typescript for "Red Wine and Yellow Hair" Jun 28, 1948

Box-folder 1:8

ALS, "Dear Alan, I sure am a low-down bum not to have told you before . . ." March 1, 1948

Box-folder 1:9

Poem Card "What is the Beautiful?", [4 1/2 x 7 folio; reprint from "Cloth of the Tempest", The Ahab Press, 1947] Feb 14, 1947

Box-folder 1:10

ALS, "Miriam's father's condition (stroke aftermath demands" [1 pg] Apr 9, 1944

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Thirty arrived this morning - in splendid season" Aug 16, 1943

Box-folder 1:12

ALS, "How damn good of you to be so fast and descent!" [1 pg ] Aug 10, 1943

Box-folder 1:13

ALS, "I feel guilty about you somehow - I have your wonderful pictures" [1 pg] Apr 3, 1943

Box-folder 1:14

ALS, "Miriam has told you the stuff I've had with my back" [1 pg; contains a poem "So in the green sky white queens think of Fate"] Mar 17, 1943

Box-folder 1:15

APCS, "Such a fine present! And your fine letters!" Jul 7, 1942

Box-folder 1:16

APCS, "One Dial Press, 432 Fourth Avenue, New York City, is conducting a poll of readers on America's 100 best writers" Jun 7, 1942

Box-folder 1:17

ALS, "I'm helpless in bed with a bad back trouble; can't even write letters" [1 pg] May 16 1942

Box-folder 1:18

Note, "Hope you get this in time - listen to Columbia Workshop (CBS) this Sunday, May 32 play of mine on" [1 pg] May 2, 1942

Box-folder 1:19

ALS, "Just a note to tell you that I have been pretty much out of commission with an illness" [1 pg] Nov 18, 1941

Box-folder 1:20

ALS, "There's nothing I can say. From the bottom of my heart" [1 pg] Sep 20, 1941

Box-folder 1:18-77, 2:1-11

Miriam Patchen 1941-1965

Box-folder 1:18-31

1960-1965:

Box-folder 2:1

ALS, "Unbelievable: your sweetness. Your immediate response" [2 pp; decorated letter, and hand made blue envelope] Aug 28, 1965

Box-folder 1:18

Prose Xmas Card "A Parable At The Year's End" + signed note Dec 1964

Box-folder 1:19

Poem Xmas Card "A Poem for Christmas 1963: Peace on Earth" [+ note] Dec 18, 1963

Box-folder 1:20

APCS, "Thanks for books (Your new Address is somewhere" Jul 18, 1963

Box-folder 2:2

ALS, "It's been so long. So many things bring you sharply" [1 pg; decorated letter, hand made multi color env.] Mar [19, 1963]

Box-folder 1:21

ALS, "Looking at your letter, it seems impossible that"[2 pp] Apr 23, 1963

Box-folder 2:3

ALS, "We don't believe it yet. We're a little glazed" [2 pp; decorated letter, envelope with red and yellow labels] Nov 1, 1962

Box-folder 1:22

ALS, "Oh, honestly! What're trying to do? Books" [3 pp] Sep 22, 1962

Box-folder 1:23

ALS, "I've tried several times to write since your" [3 pp] Sep 5, 1962

Box-folder 2:4

ALS, "So long since your letter. I've been [poised], mentally (?)" [2 pp; decorated letter, envelope with yellow label] Jul 28, [1962]

Box-folder 2:5

TLS, "A long-time friend by correspondence is quoted" [2 pp; decorated letter, envelope with yellow labels] Apr 1962

Box-folder 1:24

ALS, "The long silence has been because things have been" [2 pp; + attached with 13 pp carbon copy of Miriam's letter to Judith describing in detail Kenneth's health problems and medical events] Mar 31, 1962

Box-folder 1:25

APCS, "You've no right! Darn you - !! We love you crazies" Dec 30, 1961

Box-folder 1:26

ALS, "So silly of me, just looked up the number of box"[1 pg] Oct 19, 1961

Box-folder 2:6

ALS, "Also, 'in haste'. The printer-publisher of the card" [1 pg; decorated letter and envelope] Oct 10, 1961

Box-folder 2:7

TLS, "I have a nasty suspicion that you are" [2 pp; decorated letter and envelope] Jul 2, 1961

Box-folder 2:8

ALS, "How wonderful that all sounds. But even if your place" [3 pp; decorated letter and envelope] May 10, 1961

Box-folder 1:27

ALS, "Your visit balm to our 'souls' - and your too letter" [2 pp; decorated letter and envelope] Apr 8, 1961

Box-folder 2:9

ALS, "O boy - to quote bee- the school year is almost over!" [2 pp; decorated letter and envelope] Mar 29, 1961

Box-folder 2:10

ALS, "We can't; we can't do it. Your money isn't dirty enough" [1 pg; decorated letter and envelope] Mar 13, 1961

Box-folder 1:28

APCS, "Operation over, Kenneth reasonably comfortable" Jan [23], 1961

Box-folder 2:11

ALS, "That Parker hand writing has always made me happy", [2 pp; decorated letter and envelope] Dec 13, 1960

Box-folder 1:29

ALS, "Things here are still hell-so-someday etc", [1 pg] [1960's]

Box-folder 1:30

ALS, "Lordy we're looking forward to seeing you" [1 pg], [1960's]

Box-folder 1:31

APCS, "At last got back Alan Parker's Horrors of War" [1960's]

Box-folder 1:32-77

1941-1947, n.d.:

Box-folder 1:32

Gift card, "This was meant to reach you in time" [enclosed with a book They Keep Riding Down All the Time] Dec 1947

Box-folder 1:33

ALS, "What wonderful news! And, as I said before" [3 pp] Mar 6, 1947

Box-folder 1:34

ALS, "In haste so that Kenneth may go right into town" [3 pp] Dec 28, 1946

Box-folder 1:35

ALS, "A thousand pardons. We're been on the verge of moving" [2 pp] Nov 30, 1946

Box-folder 1:36

ALS, "How very wonderful for you- at last!" [9 pp] Oct 11, 1946

Box-folder 1:37

ALS, "Well, for heavens' sakes! We were certain" [2 pp] Feb 1946

Box-folder 1:38

Xmas card signed Dec 1944

Box-folder 1:39

ALS, "Alan's note was delivered to us the other day" [2 pp] Nov 13, 1944

Box-folder 1:40

ALS, "Heavens, you have been having a time of it!" [3 pp] Jul 20, 1944

Box-folder 1:41

APCS, "All is in confusion here. My father died" May 15, 1944

Box-folder 1:42

APCS, "Just a notice of our change of address to 336 West 12 St, NYC, 14" Mar 24, 1944

Box-folder 1:43

ALS, "It's been just one thing after another so that I just" [4 pp] Mar 18, 1944

Box-folder 1:44

TLS, "Have been having a rather hectic time" [1 pg], [1944]

Box-folder 1:45

ALS, "It's winter-ish and horrible in New York" [2 pp] Oct 27, 1943

Box-folder 1:46

ALS, "Just a hasty note to tell you we're leaving" [1 pg] Oct 8, 1943

Box-folder 1:47

ALS, "Where are you? Shall you be in Jacksonville long?" [2 pp] Sep 25, 1943

Box-folder 1:48

ALS, "Again, in haste. Can you and Alan lend us $ 50"[1 pg; + copy of Parker's reply, 2 pp] Aug 5, 1943

Box-folder 1:49

APCS, "Just a card (hope you're still were it can reach you!)" Aug 2, 1943

Box-folder 1:50

ALS, "What a wonderful thing: Alan's appointment"[3 pp] Jul 15, 1943

Box-folder 1:51

ALS, "Are you really coming? Here? Soon?" [1 pg] Apr 15, 1943

Box-folder 1:52

ALS, "We're mailing Horizon to you: you'll find an interesting" [3 pp] Mar 16, 1943

Box-folder 1:53

ALS, "Both of us were immensely excited by the thought" [2 pp] Mar 1943

Box-folder 1:54

ALS, "Kenneth will write you tomorrow. This is just a little note" [1 pg] Feb 19, 1943

Box-folder 1:55

ALS, "Of course Kenneth will write to Alan right away" [2 pp] Feb 19, 1943

Box-folder 1:56

ALS, "We talk about you and think about you" [2 pp] Feb 5, 1943

Box-folder 1:57

ALS, "You know, it wasn't until the other day that I realized" [2 pp] Jan 23, 1943

Box-folder 1:58

ALS, "How long shall you be in Chicago" [1 pg] Jan 5, 1943

Box-folder 1:59

ALS, "Never in the whole world was there anything as sweet" [4 pp] Dec 16, 1942

Box-folder 1:60

ALS, "It was like Christmas! Opening the package" [2 pp] Dec 3, 1942

Box-folder 1:61

ALS, "Just a hasty note: What's going to happen to your press?" [1 pg] Nov 18, 1942

Box-folder 1:62

ALS, "We're very happy that things are working out for you" [2 pp] Nov 1942

Box-folder 1:63

ALS, "Although your way of trying to save yourself" [2 pp] Oct 29, 1942

Box-folder 1:64

ALS, "Just a note: have you heard anything from a John Slocum" [1 pg] Oct 21, 1942

Box-folder 1:65

ALS, "You poor babies! You darling thing" [1 pg] Sep 27, 1942

Box-folder 1:66

ALS, "Day after day passes with each day bringing" [3 pp] Sep 7, 1942

Box-folder 1:67

APCS, "Just a note: have received books" Aug 10, 1942

Box-folder 1:68

APCS, "Do you know the painting of George Rouault well?" Jul 22, 1942

Box-folder 1:69

ALS, "Enclosed are two letters from the only people I knew of" [2 pp] Jul 21, 1942

Box-folder 1:70

ALS, "I worship Celine; I knew you would too" [2 pp] Jul 13, 1942

Box-folder 1:71

APCS, "Am sending the Celine and one Michael Fra[e]nkel" Jun 29, 1942

Box-folder 1:72

ALS, "It's a queer, dark and rainy-ish morning. Thunder" [3 pp] Jun 22, 1942

Box-folder 1:73

ALS, "Just a note: was at the Concord Bookshop yesterday" [2 pp] Jun 1942

Box-folder 1:74

Xmas card signed Dec 22, 1941

Box-folder 1:75

Gift card, "Just a frivolous gift for your birthday" [1 card] Dec, 1941

Box-folder 1:76

Telegram, "Your paintings are magnificent. Miriam and Kenneth Patchen" Sep 26, 1941

Box-folder 1:77

Xmas card signed n.d.

Box-folder 1:78-79

Other Correspondents 1960, n.d.

Box-folder 1:78

APCS from [Taylor], "Spent Holy Week Easter in Athens..." Apr 15, [ ]

Box-folder 1:79

Forwarded carbon letter from Virginia Shaw to Harold Winkler in regards to KP,[see Box 1:3 for mentioned letter] Mar 28, 1960

box 3

Sound Recordings 1959 1961

Physical Description: 1 flat

Scope and Content Note

Included is a riveting recording of Kenneth Patchen Reads with Jazz in Canada. Band leader, Alan Neil, commented on the this specific session:
"...Kenneth drew on a cigarette, stretched his legs, refused coffee, and nodded that he was set. And during that last number I don't think he looked down at the paper once. We had all been caught up in the reading from the start-- we knew that something was happening, that this was "something else"-- but now he really went out for it, he wailed! With our nerves, our hearts, we heard him coming on, ringing the changes, threading and pulling us in and out of the light - the King Cat making his scene! And on his face we could see that what we had to say back to him was making the same kind of "heart-sense". It was there."
The record covers and program notes have been removed and stored separately.
Box 3

Kenneth Patchen reads with jazz in Canada. Folkways Records FL 9718 1959

Box 3

Selected poems of Kenneth Patchen, Folkways Records FL 9717 1959

Box 3

Kenneth Patchen reads his love poems. New York City : Folkways Records 1961

Box 3

LP covers (3): Kenneth Patchen reads with jazz in Canada, Selected poems of Kenneth Patchen, and Kenneth Patchen reads his love poems 1959, 1961

Box-folder 2:15

Program notes for Kenneth Patchen reads with jazz in Canada, and Selected poems of Kenneth Patchen 1959

 

Series II. James Joyce Book Collection 1922-1968

Physical Description: 39 volumes, 8 journals

Scope and Content Note

James Joyce Book collection contains books and journals by and about James Joyce. Included is the first edition of Ulysses (1922) & an illustrated and signed limited edition by Henri Matisse (1935), and a complete bibliography combiled by Alan Parker (1948).

Books written by James Joyce are arranged chronologically, where as books about James Joyce are arranged by alphabetically by author.
Consult UCSC library online catalog for individual call numbers ( http://cruzcat.ucsc.edu/ ).
 

Books by James Joyce 1922-1966

 

Ulysses. Paris, Shakespeare and Company [copy no.114] 1922

 

Pomes Penyeach. Paris, Shakespeare and Co. 1927

 

Anna Livia Plurabelle. New York, Crosby Gaige [copy no.302] 1928

 

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York, The Modern library 1928

 

Tales Told of Shem and Shaun. Paris, The Black Sun Press [copy no.311] 1929

 

Haveth Childers Everywhere. New York, Fountain Press 1930

 

Ulysses. Paris, Shakespeare and Company 1930

 

The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies. The Hague, Servire Press 1934

 

Ulysses; an introduction by Stuart Gilbert. New York, Limited Editions Club [copy no.823] 1935

 

Collected poems of James Joyce. New York, The Black Sun Press [copy no.480] 1936

 

Exiles; a play in three acts. London, J. Cape 1936

 

Storiella as She is Syung. Londong, Corvinus Press [copy no. 99] 1937

 

Finnegans Wake. London, Faber and Faber 1939

 

Finnegans Wake. New York, The Viking Press 1939

 

Pastimes of James Joyce. New York, Joyce Memorial Fund Committee 1941

 

Dedalus: portrait de l'artiste jeune. Paris, Gallimard 1943

 

Stephen Hero: part of the first draft. London, J. Cape 1944

 

Stephen Hero: a part of the first draft. New York, New Directions 1944

 

Corrections of Misprints in Finnegans Wake. New York, Viking Press 1945

 

Ulysses. Paris, Gallimard 1948

 

Dubliners. New York, Modern Library 1950

 

A First-Draft Version of Finnegans Wake. London, Faber and Faber 1963

 

Letters; edited by Stuart Gilbert. New York, Viking Press 1966

 

Books about James Joyce 1929-1968

 

Beckett, Samuel. Our exagmination round his factification for incamination . London, Faber and Faber 1929

 

Cixous, Hélène. L'Exil de James Joyce ou l'Art du remplacement. Paris, B. Grasset 1968

 

Colum, Mary. Our friend James Joyce. New York, Doubleday & Company 1958

 

Ellmann, Richard. James Joyce. New York, Oxford University Press 1959

 

Freund, Gisèle. James Joyce in Paris; his final years. New York, Harcourt, Brace & World 1965

 

Gheerbrant, Bernard. James Joyce; sa vie, son oeuvre, son rayonnement. Paris, La Hune 1949

 

Joyce, Stanislaus. Recollections of James Joyce. New York, James Joyce Society 1950

 

Joyce, Stanislaus. Le Gardien de mon frère. Paris, Gallimard 1966

 

Levin, Harry. James Joyce, a critical introduction. Norfolk, Conn., New Directions 1941

 

Mason, Ellsworth. James Joyce's Ulysses & Vico's cycle. [Mimeograph copy] 1948

 

Parker, Alan. James Joyce: a bibliography of his writings. Boston, F.W. Faxon Co. 1948

 

Pound, Ezra. Pound Joyce; the letters of Ezra Pound to James Joyce. New York, New Directions Pub. Corp. 1967

 

Spoerri, James Fuller. Catalog of a collection of the works of James Joyce. Chicago 1948

 

Spoerri, James Fuller. Finnegans wake by James Joyce. Evanston,Ill., Northwestern University Library 1953

 

Journals 1927-1980

 

Gogarty, Oliver St. John. "They think they know Joyce". Saturday Review, Vol 33:1 p. 8-9, 35-37 Mar 18, 1950

 

Kenner, Hugh. "The computerized Ulysses". Harpers, Vol 260:1559, p. 89-95 Apr 1980

 

Texas Quarterly Summer 1960

 

Transition Apr 1927 Jun 1930 Mar 1932 Feb 1935 Spring 1938