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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

American Literary Studies


The E. V. Griffith Archive
Sheaf, Hearse, Hearse Chapbooks, Coffin, Poetry Now

The Collection

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Content: This archive comprises the very substantial literary papers 1945-1995 of E. V. Griffith, poet and editor, with material from virtually every poet of the American avant-garde. Materials from Griffith's years issuing distinguished small magazines in the second half of the century: Sheaf, Hearse, Hearse Chapbooks, Coffin, and Poetry Now, including manuscripts, correspondence, printed matter, photographs. In addition to original manuscripts by many significant authors, these papers also present critical insight into the world of small magazines and the indispensable literary underground mid century and later.

Publications: Complete runs of Poetry Now, over 5,200 individual manuscripts of poems and translations, and Hearse Press Chapbooks, including Charles Bukowski's Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail, as well as large publication runs of Sheaf and Hearse, comprising 447 individual manuscripts. Also, Hearse Press Broadside #1, Bukowski's His Wife, the Painter. Finally, there are 80 books, magazines, and broadsides.

Manuscripts: Contributions from Robert Bly, Joseph Bruchac, Hayden Carruth, Tom Clark, Robert Creeley, Richard Eberhat, Larry Eigner, William Everson, Allen Ginsberg (including a 6 pp T.MS. from in 1954-two years before the publication of Howl), John Haines, Richard Hugo, David Ignatow, LeRoi Jones, Maxine Kumin, Robert Mezey, Josephine Miles, Howard McCord, Thomas McGrath, Alden A. Nowlan, Marge Piercy, Karl Shapiro, James Schevill, William Stafford, Ann Stanford, Gerald Stem, Jesse Stuart, James Tate, David Wagoner, Charles Wright, others. An index to the manuscripts is available on-line.

Correspondence: Over 5,200 items of correspondence to Mr. Griffith from John Balaban, Charles Bukowski, Rita Dove, Kimon Friar, Donald Hall, X. J. Kennedy, Robert Peters, Eugene Ruggles, Brian Swann, Harold Witt, and several hundred more.Not only are there several hundred poets, but the contributions are in-depth. Manuscripts and correspondence typically number from half a dozen to several dozen pieces per writer.

Recorded interviews: Conversations with authors including Tom McGrath, Ann Stanford, John Haines, William Saroyan, Karl Shapiro, William Stafford, others.

Photographs: There are more than 1000 photographs of poets, all identified.

Finding Guides: The collection is currently unprocessed and uncataloged. However, for scholars wishing to get a sense of what is in the collection, preliminary inventories are viewable here:

Index to Poetry Now, A-J

Index to Poetry Now, K-Z

Also included is a complete contents listing of the materials gathered for the issues:

Poetry Now, v. 1-10

Poetry Now, v. 11 - 14

Poetry Now, v. 15 - 20

Poetry Now, v. 21 - 24

Poetry Now, v. 25 - 31

Poetry Now, v. 32 - 38

Also included is an author listing of correspondents to E. V. Griffith:

Correspondence, A - D

Correspondence, E - J

Correspondence, K - O

Correspodence, P - S

Correspondence, T - Z

 

 

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