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Finding-Aid for the Pierrepont Press Archive (WTU00094)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Pierrepont Press Archives,
Creator: Pierrepont Press
Inclusive dates: 1968-1969.
Extent: 124 items
Call number: WTU00094
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130


Access and Use:
Source of Collection:

Purchased from Linda Tucker. 1982.

Access Restrictions:

Open.

Use Restriction:

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to significant portions of the collection held by Harvey and Linda Tucker


Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff 1983EAD encoded finding-aid complete March, 2001


Biography

The Pierrepont Press was founded in 1968 in Brooklyn, New York by Harvey and Linda Tucker, who planned to produce limited and signed editions of poetry collections by a small group of American writers. Each book was to have a run of only 300 copies. The Tuckers enlisted Larry Eigner, Michael McClure, Diane Wakoski, Clayton Eshleman, Jerome Rothenberg, and Cid Corman to write books for the press. Harvey Tucker's own poetry collection was to be published as well.

The very specialized technical requirements for producing such fine editions led to the eventual demise of the project. The Tuckers' original printer, Villiers Press of London, took an inordinately long time to produce what turned out to be substandard galleys. Another printer in New York was hired, but the scenario repeated itself. The Tuckers and the printers each threatened lawsuits and, partly to avoid litigation, the Pierrepont Press went out of business in the summer of 1969. Contracts with the authors were voided, rights and advance monies were returned, and the Pierrepont Press became history after only one short year.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

This entire ill-fated publishing episode is documented in Washington University's Pierrepont Press holdings. The collection consists of manuscripts by each of the seven authors involved, all of the galleys and correspondence relating to the proposed publications, as well as a copy of the one published book to emerge from the project, Harvey Tucker's Pieces of the Clock (1969).

Subject Terms

  • Corman, Cid, 1924-
  • Eigner, Larry, 1927-
  • Eshleman, Clayton, 1935-
  • Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-
  • MacLow, Jackson, 1922-
  • McClure, Michael, 1932-
  • Olson, Toby, 1937-
  • Rosten, Norman, 1914-
  • Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931-
  • Schwartz, Howard, 1945-
  • Schwerner, Armand, 1927-
  • Wakoski, Diane, 1937-
Contents List
      Title
box-folder   1/1-2  
I. Correspondence. [series]: (44 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence, (1968-1969), to and from Harvey and Linda Tucker, grouped in two subseries: Correspondence with authors and Correspondence with printers. Other correspondence with authors who contributed to Pierrepont Press is filed with their submissions in individual series.


box-folder   1/1  
I. 1. Correspondence with authors. (1968-1969) [subseries]: (27 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence, between the Tuckers and various authors.


 
Alexander, D.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1969:
 
June 30, ((TCS, 1p))
 
Bialy, Harvey, 1946-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[1969]:
 
June 15, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Eshleman, Clayton, 1935-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1969:
 
May 29, ((ACS, 1p))
 
Kelly, Robert, 1935-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[1968]:
 
[December] [24], ((TLS, 1p))
 
[1969]:
 
[May] [28], ((ACS, 1p))
 
MacLow, Jackson, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[1969]:
 
[April] [20], ((TNS, 1p))
 
Olson, Toby, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[1968]:
 
[December] [15], ((ACS, 2p))
 
1969:
 
February 1, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 2, ((TLS, 1p))
 
June 5, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 21, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Rosten, Norman, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[1969]:
 
((ACS, 1p))
 
[February] [27], ((ACS, 1p))
 
To Tucker, Linda
 
[1969]:
 
[March], ((AC, 1p))
 
Schwerner, Armand, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1969:
 
March 2, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Tucker, Harvey, American author.
 
To Corman, Cid, 1924-, American author
 
1969:
 
July 8, ((TLS(cb), 1p))
 
To Dorn, Edward, 1929-, American author
 
1969:
 
May 19, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
To Eigner, Larry (Laurence) Joel, 1927-, American author
 
1967:
 
July 8, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
To Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-, American author
 
1969:
 
March 9, ((TL, AN, 1p))
 
To Kelly, Robert, 1935-, American author
 
1969:
 
May 19, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
May 28, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
To McClure, Michael, 1932-, American author
 
1969:
 
May 19, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
July 8, ((TLS(cb), 1p))
 
July 12, ((TLS(cb), 1p))
 
Tucker, Linda.
 
To Smith, Roger
 
1969:
 
March 6, ((TL(cb), 3p))
 
Vas Dias, Robert, 1931-, British author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1969:
 
June 19, ((TLS, AN, 1p))
box-folder   1/2  
I. 2. Correspondence with printers. [subseries]: (17 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence between the Tuckers and various printers, primarily James Boyer May, American director of Viellers Publications.


 
May, James Boyer, Villiers Publications Ltd.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1969:
 
February 16, ((TLS, 1p))
 
((TCS, 1p))
 
To Tucker, Linda
 
1969:
 
January 8, ((TLS, 1p))
 
January 21, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 1, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 20, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Sankey, John V., Villiers Publications Ltd.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1969:
 
March 12, ((TLS, 1p))
 
To Tucker, Linda
 
1969:
 
January 28, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 11, ((TLS, 1p), Enc.: Ts draft of logo)
 
Tucker, Harvey, American author.
 
To Vasallo (Mr.)
 
1969:
 
June 11, ((ALS(cb), 1p))
 
Tucker, Linda.
 
To May, James Boyer, 1904-, American author
 
1969:
 
March 28, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
To Sankey, John V
 
1969:
 
March 28, ((TL(cb), 1p))
box-folder   1/3-7  
II. Material toward Nigh, by Cid Corman. [series]: (ca 18 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence, setting copy, galleys, unbound printed pages, and unbound copy of the book.


box-folder   1/3  
II. 1. Tucker-Corman Correspondence. (1968:Oct-1969: July), (6 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence between Harvey Tucker and Cid Corman.


 
Corman, Cid, 1924-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1968:
 
October 26, ((TLS, 1p))
 
October 30, ((TLS, 1p))
 
November 4, ((TLS, AN, 1p))
 
November 21, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1969:
 
May 20, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 14, ((TLS, 1p))
box-folder   1/4  
II. 2. Setting copy. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of 1 setting copy of the manuscript with editorial markings.


box-folder   1/5  
II. 3. Galleys. (5 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 corrected galleys of the manuscript, and miscellaneous editorial material.


box-folder   1/6  
II. 4. Unbound printed pages. (5 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 5 sets of unbound pages of portions of the collection.


box-folder   1/7  
II. 5. Unbound copy. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of unbound copy of book, stapled.


box-folder   1/8-11  
III. Material toward Flat & Round by Larry Eigner. [series]: (ca 18 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence, galleys, unbound and bound copies of the book.


box-folder   1/8  
III. 1. Tucker-Eigner Correspondence. C (1968-1970) (9 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence between Harvey Tucker and Larry Eigner.


 
Eigner, Larry (Laurence) Joel, 1927-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1968:
 
November 5, ((TL, 3p), Enc.: biographical sketch, 1 p.)
 
November 17, ((TL, 1p))
 
1969:
 
February 2, ((TC, 1p))
 
March 17, ((TC, 2p))
 
April 22, ((TC, 2p))
 
May 15, ((TL, 1p))
 
July 9, ((TC, 1p))
 
1970:
 
January 28, ((TC, 1p))
box-folder   1/9  
III. 2. Galleys. (5 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 3 sets of galleys with corrections, galley fragments and notes.


box-folder   1/10  
III. 3. Unbound book. (3 items.)   
Scope: Consists of unbound copy of book, stapled.


box-folder   1/11  
III. 4. Bound book. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of bound copy of book in slipcase.


box-folder   2/12-16  
IV. Material toward Tlazolteotl-Ixcuina, by Clayton Eshleman. [series]: (ca. 22 items.)   
Scope: Consists of setting copy, galleys, page proofs, unbound printed pages, and miscellany.


box-folder   2/12  
IV. 1. Setting copy. Consists of 1 setting copy with extensive editorial markings. (1 item.)
box-folder   2/13  
IV. 2. Galleys. (7 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 7 sets of corrected galleys.


box-folder   2/14  
IV. 3. Page proofs. (3 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 sets and 1 fragment of page proofs.


box-folder   2/15  
IV. 4. Unbound printed pages. (8 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 8 sets of unbound printed pages of portions of the collection.


box-folder   2/16  
IV. 5. Miscellany. (3 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 photographs of cover drawing and Ts title page with drawing pasted on.


box-folder   3/17-21  
V. Material toward Lion fight by Michael McClure. [series]: (ca 42 items.)   
Scope: Lion fight is a collection of 25 cards, which collectively form a poem. Two extra cards serve as a title page, bearing the title and author of the work and the publication information. A colophon card, signed by the author and numbered by the publisher, was also included in each complete set. This material consists of correspondence, manuscripts, Dream Table (sent as example for printing specifications for Lion Fight), galleys, and miscellany.


box-folder   3/17  
V. 1. Tucker-McClure correspondence. (1968: Oct-1969: July) (14 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence between Harvey Tucker and Michael McClure.


 
McClure, Michael, 1932-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[n.d.],
 
((ALS, 1p), Contains Auto. drawing, written on verso of poster for London production of McClure's The Beard)
 
((TLS, 1p), written on verso of poster advertising The Cherub)
 
((ALS, 1p), Written on verso of poster dedicated to James B. Rector)
 
((TLS, 1p))
 
((ALS, 1p))
 
((ALS, 1p))
 
1968:
 
October 30, ((TLS, 1p))
 
November 12, ((TLS, 2p), Enc.: biographical statement and text for explanatory statement to be printed on each deck)
 
November 22, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1969:
 
July 9, ((TLS, 1p))
box-folder   3/18  
V. 2. Manuscripts. (2 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 manuscripts, one containing printer's notes.


box-folder   3/19  
V. 3. Materials towards Dream table. (San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965) ca. 1965 (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of Dream Table, (San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965), a deck of 30 laminated cards which form a poem. These were to be used as a sample for Tucker.


box-folder   3/20  
V. 4. Galleys. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of galleys for the cards.


box-folder   3/21  
V. 5. Miscellany. (ca. 28 items.)   
Scope: Consists of miscellaneous editorial matter, including drafts of title card, drafts of logo statement, card stock samples, and 22 colophon cards signed by McClure.


box-folder   3/22-26  
VI. Material toward Narratives and Real Theater Pieces by Jerome Rothenberg. [series]: (ca. 14 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence, setting copy, galleys, page proofs and unbound copy of book in slip case.


box-folder   3/22  
VI. 1. Tucker-Rothenberg correspondence. (1968: April-1969:July) (4 items.)   
Scope: Consist of correspondence between Harvey Tucker and Jerome Rothenberg.


 
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
1968:
 
April 22, ((TLS, 1p), Enc.: 4 pp. Ts(cb) resume and bibliography, with heavy Auto. revision.)
 
October 21, ((ANS, 1p))
 
1969:
 
July 22, ((ACS, 1p))
box-folder   3/23  
VI. 2. Setting copy. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of setting copy with editorial markings and notes.


box-folder   3/24  
VI. 3. Galleys. (6 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 5 sets of galleys, with editorial markings; Auto. note about layout also included.


box-folder   3/25  
VI. 4. Page proofs. (2 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 sets of page proofs with editorial markings.


box-folder   3/26  
VI. 5. Unbound book. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of unbound copy of book in slipcase.


box-folder   4/27-30  
VII. Material toward Pieces of the Clock by Harvey Tucker. [series]: (ca. 7 items.)   
Scope: Consists of setting copy, galleys, page proofs and book.


box-folder   4/27  
VII. 1. Setting copy. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of setting copy with editorial markings and notes.


box-folder   4/28  
VII. 2. Galleys. (3 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 3 sets of galleys.


box-folder   4/29  
VII. 3. Page proofs. (2 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 sets of page proofs with editorial markings.


box-folder   4/30  
VII. 4. Book. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of bound, signed copy of book in slipcase.


box-folder   4/31-35  
VIII. Material toward Some Poems for The Buddha's Birthday by Diane Wakoski. [series]: (ca. 13 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence, setting copy, galleys, page proofs, and unbound printed pages.


box-folder   4/31  
VIII. 1. Tucker-Wakoski Correspondence. (1968: Oct-1969: Oct) (5 items.)   
Scope: Consists of correspondence between Harvey and Linda Tucker and Diane Wakoski.


 
Wakoski, Diane, 1937-, American author.
 
To Tucker, Harvey, American author
 
[n.d.],
 
((ANS, 1p))
 
1968:
 
October 12, ((ANS, 1p))
 
November 7, ((ACS, 1p))
 
[1969]:
 
April 12, ((ALS, 1p))
 
October 27, ((ACS, 1p))
box-folder   4/32  
VIII. 2. Setting copy. (2 items.)   
Scope: Consists of setting copy with extensive editorial markings and miscellaneous editorial matter.


box-folder   4/33  
VIII. 3. Galleys. (Ca. 2 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 2 sets and fragments of galleys with editorial markings; signed by author.


box-folder   4/34  
VIII. 4. Page proofs. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of 1 set of page proofs with editorial markings; signed by author.


box-folder   4/35  
VIII. 5. Unbound printed pages. (4 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 4 sets of unbound printed pages.


box-folder   4/36-38  
IX. Miscellany. [series]: (5 items.)   
Scope: Consists of manuscripts submitted to the Press but never printed, a history of Pierrepont Press, and general miscellany.


box-folder   4/36-38  
IX. 1. Manuscripts. (3 items.)   
Scope: Consists of manuscripts submitted to the Press but never printed.


box-folder   4/36  
IX. 1. a. The wrestlers. Consists of Ts draft by Toby Olson, apparently intended for use as a setting copy, including photocopy of photograph. (2 items.)
box-folder   4/37  
IX. 1. b. From the Indian. Consists of Ts draft by Armand Schwerner, apparently intended for use as a setting copy. (1 item.)
box-folder   4/38  
IX. 2. History of Pierrepont Press. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of a history of the Pierrepont Press by Harvey Tucker, signed.


box-folder   4/39  
IX. 3. General Miscellany. (1 item.)   
Scope: Consists of a clipping from Publisher's Weekly, dated [1969: May 5], describing the press and its forthcoming titles.