Charley George Papers

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
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University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: George, Charley, 1941-
Title: Charley George Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1959-1990
Extent: 1.00 linear feet (3 archives boxes)
Abstract: Papers of poet Charley George. Included are manuscripts of George's poetry and prose, correspondence and biographical materials. The papers contain the manuscript for his posthumously published collection of poetry entitled SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON and his earlier chapbook A MORE. The materials are arranged in three series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE and 3) WRITINGS.
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0387
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

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Preferred Citation

Charley George Papers, MSS 0387. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Biography

Born in Pennsylvania, Charley George grew up on a farm, served in the navy, and graduated from the University of Colorado. Throughout the 1970s, George was active in the Boulder poetry scene during a period that saw Jack Collom, Allen Ginsberg, Reed Bye, and others in residence. He gave readings, taught creative writing, wrote plays, and was published in over forty magazines. George's chapbook of poems, A MORE, was published in 1975.
Early on, George worked as a financial analyst for IBM, and later entered the retail jewelry industry, eventually becoming manager of the jewelry salon for Neiman-Marcus in San Francisco. Thoughout this period, he continued to write. Suddenly, in November of 1988, Charley George died of a heart attack at the age of 47.
George's sensitive and straightforwardly written pieces are undeniably American in tone and subject. As Carl Rakosi points out in his introduction of George's SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON, George's poems are "extraordinarily free and natural, yet elegant...... look vaguely like haikus; but the language is more bold and speedy and there are interesting disjunctions that leap ahead and do not affect the clarity."

Scope and Content of Collection

The Charley George papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, and manuscripts of George's poetry and prose. Also included is Kathi George's correspondence with the publishers concering the posthumous publication of SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON (1993).
The papers are arranged in three series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE and 3) WRITINGS.
SERIES 1: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series includes George's certificates of marriage and military enlistment, resumes, yearbooks, obituary materials, newspaper articles and appointment calendars.
SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series which is dated from 1972 to 1988 relates to George's circle of friends. Also included is correspondence of Kathi George regarding the publication of her husband's poetry.
SERIES 3: WRITINGS
The WRITINGS series contains three subseries: A) Poetry, B) Prose and C) Editorial Works.The Poetry subseries includes typescripts of George's two poetic works, A MORE and SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON, as well as some drafts of numerous unpublished poems. The Prose subseries includes George's two articles, "The Meaning of Being Numerous," and "Nixon and Watergate." Also included are untitled prose story fragments. The Editorial Works subseries includes two copies of BOULDER MAGAZINE which was edited by George in 1978, and some related editorial notes.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

George, Charley, 1941- -- Archives
American poetry -- 20th century

Contributors

Collom, Jack, 1931- -- correspondent
Rakosi, Carl, 1903- -- correspondent
George, Charley, 1941- -- Sunday's ending too soon
George, Charley, 1941- -- More, 1974-1975


Collection Contents

 

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

box 1, folder 1

Appointment Calendar 1986

box 1, folder 2

Appointment Calendar 1987

box 1, folder 3

Appointment Calendar 1988

box 1, folder 4

Appointment Calendar 1988

box 1, folder 5

Articles about Charley George

box 1, folder 6

Certificates 1962 - 1968

Note

Marriage and military enlistment.
box 1, folder 7

Flyers of Poetry Readings

box 1, folder 8

High School Year Book: Cardinal 1959

box 1, folder 9

Legal Deposition of Charles George 1983

box 1, folder 10

Miscellaneous materials

box 1, folder 11

Obituary materials

box 1, folder 12

Resumes

 

CORRESPONDENCE

box 1, folder 13

Unidentified Correspondence

box 1, folder 14

Miscellaneous: A-F

box 1, folder 15

Miscellaneous: G-W

box 1, folder 16

Ardinger, Rick 1990

box 1, folder 17

Blitz, Gerard L. 1977

box 1, folder 18

Collom, Jack 1975 - 1976

box 1, folder 19

Hill, Crag (with Score Sheets) 1990

box 1, folder 20

Lapointe, Archie E. 1972

box 1, folder 21

Michelson, Peter 1989 - 1990

box 1, folder 22

Moulder, J. C. 1974 - 1980

box 2, folder 1

Potts, Charles 1972 - 1979

box 2, folder 2

Rakosi, Carl 1977 - 1979

box 2, folder 3

Thornburg, Dick 1982 - 1986

box 2, folder 4

ZYZZYVA 1988

 

WRITINGS

 

Poetry

box 2, folder 5

Discards and Scraps (Unfinished Poems)

box 2, folder 6

Discards and Scraps (Unfinished Poems)

box 2, folder 7

Going

box 2, folder 8

MORE 1974 - 1975

box 2, folder 9

Notebooks

box 2, folder 10

SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON

Note

Manuscript.
box 2, folder 11

SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON

Note

Publicity materials.
box 2, folder 12

SUNDAY'S ENDING TOO SOON

Note

Letters of rejection. The book was finally published by The Sun and Moon Press in 1993.
 

Prose

box 3, folder 1

Meaning of Being Numerous

box 3, folder 2

Nixon and Watergate

box 3, folder 3

Untitled story fragments

box 3, folder 4

Untitled story fragments

 

Editorial Work

box 3, folder 5

BOULDER MAGAZINE

Note

Editorial notes and manuscripts.