David Meltzer. Papers, 1955-1971.
Collection Scope and Content Note
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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.