All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Scope and Contents Note
The collection holds a wide variety of materials.
Correspondence in the Meltzer Collection includes a number of letters
to and from Hawley which provide an interesting insight into Oyez Press
and its production of some of Meltzer's books.
Out of Meltzer's California experiences came the book, Rock Tao, Meltzer's personal reflection upon
rock music of the sixties. Because the book required so many copyright
permissions for song lyrics, it was never published; drafts, galleys,
and other material toward Rock Tao form an
integral part of Washington University's Meltzer collection.
In addition to writing numerous collections of poetry, Meltzer has
edited a number of anthologies and the significant collection of
interviews, The San Francisco Poets (1971).
The book consists of interviews, poetry, and bibliographies of Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, Lew Welch, Michael McClure, Richard
Brautigan, and William Everson. Material toward this collection,
including correspondence, manuscripts, editorial material and the interview audiotapes, comprise about a third of the Meltzer Papers.
Also included in the Meltzer Papers are manuscripts and editorial
matter toward several of Meltzer's other publications including
Yesod (1969) and Letters
& Numbers (1970), as well as various Meltzer essays and
columns for the Los Angles Free Press.
Consists of personal and professional correspondence including a
large number of letters from Meltzer to the American bookseller
Consists of correspondence, notes, drafts of introduction by
Meltzer, drafts of transcribed interviews, and 10 reel-to-reel
audiotapes of interviews toward The San
Francisco Poets, later revised and reprinted as Golden Gate (Berkeley: Wingbow Press,
Consists of correspondence (1969-1970) to
and from Meltzer relating to The San
Francisco Poets, notes by Meltzer, and a proof of the cover
for the book.
Consists of drafts, notes, clippings, galley proofs,
publisher's mock-up of book, and TNS from Meltzer which
identifies the various materials.
Consists of drafts, notes, clippings, fragments, and drawings
toward Rock Tao.
Consists of publisher's mock-up of manuscript with some
editorial markings and includes TNS by Meltzer describing
Consists of 3 sets of galley proofs with extensive editorial
markings. Filed in galley case.
Consists of material toward Greenspeech,
(Goleta, CA: Christopher Books, 1970) including
drafts of poems and author's notes.
Consists of 3 drafts toward Isla Vista Notes
(Goleta, CA: Christopher Books, 1970).
Consists of material toward Letters and Numbers(Berkeley:
Oyez Press, 1970)including drafts of poems, fragments, and drawings.
Consists of drafts of poems for Round
the Poem Box, (Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press,
Consists of drafts, one signed by Meltzer, of the poem,
Yehudal. A portion of the poem was published in
The Aldebaran Review,2.
Consists of drafts of poems for Yesod, five TNS and drawings by
Meltzer, galley proofs and partial page proofs toward
Yesod(London: Trigram Press,
Consists of various drafts of published and unpublished essays
for Meltzer's column under the title Green Atom,
for the Los Angeles Free Press, 1969. Also included
are several logo designs for the column.
Consists of Ts notes and partial drafts of essay on Kenneth
Patchen for Contemporary Poets of the English Language (London: St.
James Press, 1970).
Consists of a photograph of Meltzer, postcard, flyer, 4 issues of
Poetry Workshop Notesand a poster for a reading by
Meltzer which is filed in Oversize.