Archives & Collections

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Granary is a dealer in literary and art archives and libraries from the sixties forward. We work to place such collections into important institutional libraries and have worked with dozens of writers, artists, and publishers toward this end.

Clients

Recent clients: Ed Sanders, Ron Padgett, Ann Lauterbach, Will Alexander, Charles Bernstein, John Furnival, Mark Nunnelee and Restau Press, Kalima (Petra) Vogt and Bardo Matrix, Hetty MacLise, Summer Brenner, Maureen Owen, Jack Collom, and Diane di Prima.

Additional clients include: Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ed Dorn, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anselm Hollo, Michael Lally, Gerrit Lansing, Kit Robinson, Johanna Drucker, David Bromige, Norma Cole, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Douglas Crase, Pierre Joris, Susan Stewart, Charles North, Paul Violi, Don Byrd, Susan Bee, Trevor Winkfield, Arthur Sze, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, John Koethe, Edith Schloss Burckhardt, Michael Gizzi, Kenward Elmslie, Gloria Frym, Douglas Woolf, Joe Brainard, The Robert C. Morgan Conceptual Art Collection, Patty (Oldenburg) Mucha, Janet Hamill, Andrew Schelling, Turtle Point Press, Bardo Matrix/Ira Cohen/Gnaoua/Dana Young, Michael Heller, Lewis Warsh, Robert Dash, Richard Foreman (Ontological-Hysteric Theater), Thom Gunn, Maggie Paley, Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, Lawrence Alloway, Tony Zwicker, Kathleen Fraser, Robert Creeley, Ninja Press, Carolee Schneemann, Benny Andrews, Leslie Scalapino, Clark Coolidge, Ray DiPalma, Marjorie Welish, Susan Howe, Bernadette Mayer, Jane Wodening, Susan King, and others.

Literary organizations, magazines, and small press archives: Bottle of Smoke Press, Barbara Henning and Long News in the Short Century , Larry Goodell and Duende Press, Blind Date, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Woodland Pattern,  L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, and others.

Placements

The Library of Congress, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Butler Library at Columbia University, Fales Library at NYU, Mandeville Special Collections Library at UCSD, University of Denver, Morris Library at the University of Delaware, Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library, John Hay Library at Brown University, Lilly Library at Indiana University, Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Green Library at Stanford University.

Please contact us if you wish to offer or acquire such material.

Guy Beining Archive

Guy Beining Archive

This collection comprises the literary archive of poet, playwright, and visual artist Guy Beining, with autograph, typescript, and collaged drafts of works, correspondence, original artworks and bookworks, and ephemera. 

Writing since the 1960s, and creating visual art since the 1970s, Beining’s work is situated within the experimental world of verbal/visual/borderblur avant-gardes, including Fluxus, Mail Art, Dada, and concrete poetry. During the heyday of the mimeograph revolution and through the present day, Beining published in several hundred little magazines, honing a style that began with modernist-influenced fiction, shifted to absurdist plays, transformed into Olson-inflected epic poetry, and finally landed with his most prolific form: verbal/visual collages.

With significant unpublished work, this archive offers substantial possibilities to researchers of visual and experimental poetry, small press publishing, and poetic outsiders in postwar American writing.

The archive is available.

Joanne Kyger and Donald Guravich Photo Albums

Joanne Kyger and Donald Guravich Photo Albums

The photo albums of Joanne Kyger and Donald Guravich comprise 45 albums, circa 1953 to 2011, with approximately 8,200 photographs, the bulk of which were taken and assembled by Guravich. Together, these albums document his and Kyger’s rich, shared life among a wide and active circle of poet and artist friends, and their abiding attentiveness to the landscapes and wildlife around them in Bolinas and beyond. Both Kyger and Guravich have annotated the albums, including notes with names and places for specific photographs.

The collection has sold. The illustrated prospectus is available here.

John Furnival Mail Art Collection

John Furnival Mail Art Collection

This collection relates primarily to John Furnival’s wide-ranging engagement with the international mail art movement, in which he was an active participant as artist, instigator, and curator. The underlying premise of Mail Art is that it “transmits directly from artist to artist, circumventing the usual channels of exposure like galleries, publishers” and other hierarchical organizations (Robin Crozier in Mail Art). In this fashion, the correspondence and mail art that comprise this collection attest to the rhizomatic collaborations and creative connections that underscored Furnival’s participation in this generative activity.

The collection has sold.

Restau Press / Mark Nunnelee Archive

Restau Press / Mark Nunnelee Archive

Though short-lived, Restau Press occurred at a critical point in the life of its editor and many of the authors within. As such, this compact archive testifies to this crucial span of years from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, centered on the Boston/Cambridge/Gloucester poetry scene. Correspondence with or about each of the contributors to Restau is well-documented in the archive, along with colleagues from the era, including much discussion of John Wieners and Stephen Jonas, as well as letters from Gerard Malanga, Bill Corbett, Clayton Eshleman, Kenneth Irby, and many others. In particular, significant correspondence with Diane di Prima (for whom he served as an amanuensis in the early 1970s) during the beginning of her Loba poems and teaching in Wyoming (“heavy vibes from wasted earth”), decades-long correspondence with Gerrit Lansing, and intense letters with Thomas Meyer reveal Nunnelee’s role as a surprising center of creative energy in postwar American poetics.

The collection has sold.

Will Alexander Archive

Will Alexander Archive

Through poetry, novels, essays, philosophy, aphorisms, plays, piano compositions, and drawings,  Will Alexander’s work explores the nature of language and being, informed by imaginative and poetic research. Alexander began working on book-length projects in the 1980s after earlier forays into publishing with little magazines. He was one of the first writers published in Hambone, begun by Nathaniel Mackey in 1974, and likewise in Sulfur, edited by Clayton Eshleman. Over the years, Alexander has been published by numerous small and independent presses, including Sun & Moon Press, Jazz Press, Skylight Press, Spuyten Duyvil Publishing, Chax Press, New Directions, Essay Press, City Lights Books, and Roof Books. Alexander cites influences and interlocuters including Octavio Paz, Antonin Artaud, Bob Kaufman, Philip Lamantia, and others involved a range of surrealist and experimental writing.

While Alexander continues to actively write and publish, these earlier works represent a “cooled magma” of poetic thought (to borrow a simile from an interview between Alexander and Johanna Drucker, in which they discuss the archive). The archive contains all known surviving materials from ca. 1979 to 2017, housed within a compact but dense seven bankers boxes. The archive will be of particular interest to scholars of contemporary American poetry, the legacies of Surrealism, African American art and literature, Los Angeles’s poetry scene, and more.

The collection has sold.

Home Planet News Archive

Home Planet News Archive

Home Planet News [HPN] is one of the longest-running periodicals of its kind, as a literary and arts-focused tabloid that was dedicated to the alternative and independent scenes of New York City and beyond. As a rare example of literary community not associated with two heavyweight organizations at the time—St. Mark’s Poetry Project and the 92nd Street YMCA—HPN tells an important story about New York’s independent literary history from the 1970s onward. Dame and Lev were the tabloid’s founding editors, and stewarded the project for the duration of their lives. In doing so, they became valued members of the New York City, upstate New York, and local Jewish poetry communities. They were also prolific writers in their own right, whose poetry and prose works were published by small presses such as Downtown Poets, Cross-Cultural Communications, Shivastan Press, Presa Press, and others.

The collection has sold.

The Jargon Society Collection

The Jargon Society Collection

Founded in 1951 by poet and publisher Jonathan Williams (1929–2008), the Jargon Society was a product of surprising confluences, such as Williams’s attendance at Black Mountain College in the early 1950s, where he encountered Charles Olson as a teacher. Through his time at the College, and in his subsequent efforts that kept the communal energies of Black Mountain alive after the dissolution of the school, Williams was at the epicenter of an important and influential artistic community in the 1950s. This included many of the most experimental poets, painters, composers, dancers, and thinkers of the era that he would soon publish, such as Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, long before anyone heard mention of the New American Poetry. 

The Jargon Society Collection comprises over 150 items and provides a comprehensive, representative overview of the Press’s output. The collection includes many landmark Jargon publications, including Some Time by Louis Zukofsky, Lunar Baedeker & Time-Tables by Mina Loy, Poemscapes by Kenneth Patchen, Letters by Robert Duncan, Will West by Paul Metcalf (his first book), Overland to the Islands by Denise Levertov, and All That is Lovely in Men by Robert Creeley with drawings by Dan Rice, to name a few. 

The collection has sold. The illustrated prospectus is available here.

Steve McCaffery Archive

Steve McCaffery Archive

The Archive offers a distinct opportunity for rich scholarly exploration into concrete, sound, and language poetry through published and unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, drawings, journals, sketchbooks, audio/video recordings and ephemera.

“Though he would be among the first people to point out the inherent problems with the terminology, poet and scholar Steve McCaffery is one of the major architects of postmodern Canadian literature and was a major player in the Canadian avant-garde of the 1970s. With fellow poet bpNichol, he formed the Toronto Research Group in 1973 ... With Nichol, Paul Dutton and Rafael Barreto-Rivera, McCaffery also formed the highly influential sound poetry collective, The Four Horsemen.

McCaffery’s writing, both creative and critical, is concerned to some extent with going beyond the sentence and the word, beyond syntax.”

— Ryan Cox, “Trans-Avant-Garde: An Interview with Steve McCaffery,” Taxi Online Edition, Winter 2007/2008

The collection is available.

Telephone Books and Magazine (by item)

Telephone Books and Magazine (by item)

This is a list of Telephone Books and magazine titles available as individual items. 

Telephone magazine ran for 14 years, from 1969 to 1983, with 19 issues. The magazine began as a means to publish lesser-known poets from Owen's home base in New York City, where she moved in 1968 with Lauren Owen (who was from Tulsa, and suggested they move to the city to see friends Ron Padgett, Dick Gallup, and Ted Berrigan). With the support of Anne Waldman, Larry Fagin, and Tom Veitch at The Poetry Project, Owen learned to run the Gestetner mimeograph upstairs in the church. There, she printed the first eight issues of the magazine, typing up the stencils in her railroad apartment as she raised her two sons.

Owen's vision for Telephone was for it to be a literal telephone book of poets, including as many people as possible. At times containing up to 90 contributors, approx. 630 unique contributors appeared in the magazine over the years. Many of these contributors later had their manuscripts published as Telephone Books, an imprint that Owen began in 1972 and continued well into the 2000s, with a shared mission to publish experimental and under-published work and distribute it generously.

 

Bardo Matrix Collection

Bardo Matrix Collection

This collection contains approx. 43 items published in the 1970s, including books by Paul Bowles, Ira Cohen, Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Jane Falk, Charles Henri Ford, Iris Gaynor, Angus MacLise, and Roberto Francisco Valenza, which feature the artwork of Hetty MacLise, Petra Vogt, and Dana Young. The collection also includes pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera from the Spirit Catcher Bookshop and Bardo Matrix Press, as well as an extremely rare complete run of Ting Pa , MacLise's Tibetan and English-language poetry journal. 

This collection has sold.

Angel Hair Collection

Angel Hair Collection

“I met Lewis Warsh at the Berkeley Poetry Conference and will always forever after think we founded Angel Hair within that auspicious moment.” So writes Anne Waldman in her introduction to The Angel Hair Anthology (Granary Books, 2001).

Lewis and Anne were greatly influenced by the poets and publishers attending the twelve-day conference in July 1965, including those variously identified as Beat, Black Mountain, New York School, and San Francisco Renaissance.

Poets such as Gary Snyder, Robert Duncan, Joanne Kyger, LeRoi Jones, Charles Olson, John Wieners, Jack Spicer, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Lew Welch, Lenore Kandel, Ted Berrigan, and Ed Sanders, and small presses and magazines such as CFuck You: A Magazine of the Arts, The Floating Bear, White Rabbit, Auerhahn Press, and Locus Solus provided inspirational models. In The Anthology, Lewis Warsh writes: “In a sense doing a magazine at this early moment was our way of giving birth—as much to the actual magazine and books as to ourselves as poets."

By spring 1966, the poets, each age 20, published the first issue of Angel Hair from 33 St. Mark’s Place in New York City. The initial Angel Hair book was released the same year and by 1978 they had published six issues of the magazine, 63 pamphlets, books, and broadsides, and 10 catalogues. In the process, they helped identify and nurture a generation of innovative, ground-breaking poets, writers, and artists.

This comprehensive collection of the Angel Hair publications includes a complete run of the magazine, all 63 pamphlets, books, and broadsides, two of the catalogues, and a small batch of related archival material.

Please click to view and sort by viewing preferences to review the entire collection. The collection has been sold.

Joe Brainard Collection

Joe Brainard Collection

Granary Books is pleased to offer for sale a collection of works by, about, and in collaboration with the artist and writer Joe Brainard (1942–1994). The collection contains over one hundred items that trace the arc of Brainard's career through mimeograph and other small press publications with poets, including Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Kenward Elmslie, Bill Berkson, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, and poets' presses, such as C Press, C Comics, Boke Press, Angel Hair, Siamese Banana, Adventures in Poetry, Kulchur, Black Sparrow, and Big Sky. 

The collection was assembled by Granary Books over several decades and includes an array of uncommon books, pamphlets, unique items, ephemera, gallery and museum announcements, cards, brochures, catalogs. Other items, such as presentation and association copies, attesting to Brainard's crucial role within the community of poets and artists of the Lower East Side, particularly during the sixties and seventies.

Available by individual item.

Petra Vogt Archive with Bardo Matrix Press & Ira Cohen in Kathmandu, Nepal

Petra Vogt Archive with Bardo Matrix Press & Ira Cohen in Kathmandu, Nepal

Living in Kathmandu from approx. 1972 to 1978, Petra Vogt pursued her art and poetry alongside partner Ira Cohen, as well as Nepali hippies including Jimmy Thapa and Trilochan Shrestha, and the Kathmandu expatriate community including Angus and Hettie MacLise, Dana Young, John Chick, Charles Henri Ford, and others. While Vogt illustrated works for Starstreams and Bardo Matrix, and published her poetry in magazines like Angus MacLise’s Ting Pa, her creative output in this era far exceeds her publications. This is the first archive with significant materials that illuminate her own life and work, as well as provide important insights into the Kathmandu scene—including Bardo Matrix Press and the Spirit Catcher Bookshop. The collection features approx. 34 journals, 150 artworks, 864 photographs by Ira Cohen, and over 60 items of correspondence, offering us substantial perspective on her creative practices and participation within the community.

The collection is sold.

The 0 to 9 Collection

The 0 to 9 Collection

Edited by Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer, 0 to 9 is widely considered one of the most experimental and influential publications of the mimeograph and small press movement in America. Published in six issues from 1967 to 1969 in New York City, 0 to 9 also published a supplement titled Street Works and several books by Aram Saroyan, Bernadette Mayer, Vito Acconci, and Rosemary Mayer, along with three booklets that constituted Adrian Piper’s first solo exhibition. 0 to 9 was especially engaged in the particulars of the page and inscriptions upon it, emphasizing aspects of performance, minimalism, multi-disciplinarity, and concrete approaches to language. Given small print runs of 100 to 350 copies per issue, the original publications of 0 to 9 are exceedingly rare.

The collection is available by item. For illustrated prospectus, click here.

TKS 2021

TKS 2021

TKS is a small edition publishing project, whose name draws on a rogue Granary Books publishing name—Tibetan Kite Society—and the editorial annotation "tk." In that spirit, the project explores the idea of "the books to come," drawing on a range of printing techniques and poetic influences.

TKS publishing is cross-generational in its inquiry, and this year's publications include work by Robin Blaser and David Farwell, Ruby Harrison-Clay and Naomi Harrison-Clay, Gilbert Sorrentino and Ammiel Alcalay, and M.C. Kinniburgh.

Tom Phillips Short Catalog

Tom Phillips Short Catalog

Granary Books is pleased to offer for sale a number of works by the artist Tom Phillips, including seven of his signed screenprints illustrating Dante's Inferno, as well as signed pages from the Tetrad Press edition of his groundbreaking altered book, A Humument. 

Phillips's translation and illustration of Dante's Inferno by Talford Press in 1983 received the Frances Williams Memorial Prize; Waddington Graphics published a limited signed edition of nine larger screenprints of these striking illustrations. A Humument is an artist's book that Phillips began in 1966 and completed in 2016 in six versions, altering W. H. Mallock's obscure 1892 Victorian work, titled A Human Document, with painting, collage, and cut-up techniques. Retitled A Humument, it was first published as a series of boxed editions of pages, printed by Ian Tyson at Tetrad Press in London.

Read Tom Phillips's biography here, and more about Dante's Inferno and A Humument on specific catalog records. 

Canadian Concrete Poetry Collection

Canadian Concrete Poetry Collection

From an unpublished essay by Steve McCaffery: 

"Emerging in the mid-sixties Canadian concrete poetry is best configured within a wider, international poetics of cultural unrest, expressed by many younger writers in a plurality of unorthodox literary forms around the world. More specifically, however, it arose out of a specific cultural need. A dominant, inward-looking, mythopoetic and largely nationalist aesthetic (expressed at its belligerent and stentorian in the prose of Robin Mathews) had been challenged in Vancouver by Tish, a young group of poets, founded in 1961 and largely gathered around ex-patriot American critic Warren Tallman. Embracing the new American physiologically-based poetics of projective verse, the Tish group offered a radical alternative to Canadian mainstream poetry: the pre-eminence of breath and the syllable in guiding poetic construction, the poem considered both as an open field and a high energy construct proved appealing to a younger generation of west coast Canadian poets. It was this initial ground-breaking intervention that facilitated the intervention of Canadian concrete-visual poetic practice and its articulation onto the wider, international movement to which Concrete Poetry aspired."

The collection is sold.

Dana Young Archive with Brion Gysin, Charles Henri Ford, Ira Cohen, Ray Johnson, David Rattray, and Harold Norse

Dana Young Archive with Brion Gysin, Charles Henri Ford, Ira Cohen, Ray Johnson, David Rattray, and Harold Norse

Dana Young was an essential member of the Kathmandu psychedelic expatriate community of poets, musicians, artists, and spiritual seekers in the 1970s. His poetry and shamanic art blended Eastern spiritual imagery with American pop and consumer culture. He was an active member of the Bardo Matrix collective and is best known for his book Opium Elementals (Bardo Matrix, 1976) that features his beautiful woodblock prints along with two poems by Ira Cohen. He contributed to several other Bardo Matrix publications including Cohen’s Blue Oracle broadside (1975), the frontispiece to Paul Bowles’ Next to Nothing (1976), and Ira Cohen and Roberto Francisco Valenza’s Spirit Catcher! broadside (1976). His artwork also appears in publications such as Montana Gothic (1974) and Ins and Outs (1978). Dana designed the logo (included in the archive) for John Chick’s Rose Mushroom club located at the end of Jhochhen Tole, known as “Freak Street,” in Kathmandu. Most recently, one of Dana Young’s wood block prints was featured on the album cover of the recent release of Angus MacLise's Dreamweapon II.

Materials in the present collection comprise the archive of Dana Young supplemented with letters, photographs, and assorted items from the Ira Cohen archive via Richard Aaron, Am Here Books.

This archive is sold.

Don Byrd Archive with Charles Bernstein, Clark Coolidge, Guy Davenport, Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Susan Howe, & Others

Don Byrd Archive with Charles Bernstein, Clark Coolidge, Guy Davenport, Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Susan Howe, & Others

The Don Bryd Archive is especially rich in correspondence with such poets as Charles Bernstein, George Butterick, Clark Coolidge, Guy Davenport, Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Clayton Eshleman, Robert Grenier, Richard Grossinger, Susan Howe, Ken Irby, Robert Kelly, Gerrit Lansing, Nathaniel Mackey, Paul Metcalf, Jed Rasula, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten and as such offers the opportunity to explore ideas animating the world of poetry during the 1970s and 1980s with particular emphasis on Language Writing.

This archive is sold.

Douglas Crase / Frank Polach & Rupert Barneby / Dwight Ripley Archives

Douglas Crase / Frank Polach & Rupert Barneby / Dwight Ripley Archives

The Douglas Crase / Frank Polach & Rupert Barneby / Dwight Ripley Archives are interconnected archives representing the lives of four individual and remarkable men. The archives offer multiple access points into the exploration of the New York School of poets and painters, (especially its connection with the Tibor de Nagy Gallery) and aspects of the New York avant-garde (including Marie Menken, Willard Mass, Peggy Guggenheim, Clement Greenberg, Alfred Leslie, Jane Freilicher, Helen Frankenthaler, Judith Malina, John Bernard Myers, and others); the worlds of botany and gardening through two generations; and gay culture and life from 1925 on.

This archive is sold.