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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 include:

Ed Sanders, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ed Dorn, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anselm Hollo, Michael Lally, Gerrit Lansing, Kit Robinson, Johanna Drucker, David Bromige, Bottle of Smoke Press, John Furnival, Norma Cole, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Douglas Crase, Pierre Joris, Susan Stewart, Barbara Henning and Long News in the Short Century (literary magazine archive), Summer Brenner, 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, Larry Goodell/Duende, The Robert C. Morgan Conceptual Art Collection, Patty Oldenburg, Maureen Owen, Blind Date (literary magazine archive), 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, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (literary organization archive), Woodland Pattern (literary organization archive), Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, Charles Bernstein, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E (literary magazine archive), Lawrence Alloway, Tony Zwicker, Kathleen Fraser, Robert Creeley, Ninja Press, Carolee Schneemann, Benny Andrews, Leslie Scalapino, Ann Lauterbach, Clark Coolidge, Ray DiPalma, Marjorie Welish, Susan Howe, Bernadette Mayer, Jane Wodening, M/E/A/N/I/N/G (art journal archive), Journal of Artists’ Books (art journal archive), A.I.R. (art gallery archive), Burning Deck Press, Ron Padgett, Joanne Kyger, and Susan King. 

Placements include:

The Library of Congress, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Butler Library at Columbia University, Fales Library at NYU, Mandeville Special Collections Library at UCSD, Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, Berg Collection at 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.

 

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Jen Bervin Early Collection

Jen Bervin Early Collection

Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses artist books, poetry, large-scale art works, and archival research. Bervin's work has been shown at The Walker Art Center and is in many special collections including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the British Library. She has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, and The Camargo Foundation and will be a Von Hess Visiting Artist at the Borowsky Center Publication Arts at the University of the Arts in 2012. 

The Jen Bervin Early Collection comprises all of the edition work made by the artist between 1997-2004. Five complete sets have been assembled from the remaining inventory. There is one copy for sale. 

The collection is 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.

A John Furnival Archive featuring Concrete Poetry & Mail Art

A John Furnival Archive featuring Concrete Poetry & Mail Art

John Furnival studied at the Royal College of Art from 1957–60. In the 60s and 70s he taught at Gloucestershire College of Art and at the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. In 1964, he and Dom Sylvester Houédard began the seminal concrete poetry press, Openings, which published Augusto de Campos, Richard Kostelanetz, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tom Phillips, Edwin Morgan, Houédard, Furnival and others. In 1965 he was included in the “First International Exhibition of Experimental Poetry” as well as the “Between Poetry and Painting” exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), curated by Jasia Reichardt.

John Furnival’s essential role and his many contributions to the international concrete poetry movement is reflected by his inclusion in nearly all survey exhibitions and reference works on the genre.

Furnival has also been an active participant in the international mail art movement since the 60s as well as a frequent collaborator with his many artist and writer friends including Ian Hamilton Finlay and Henri Chopin. Perhaps his best-known collaboration was with Jonathan Williams, which resulted in, among other projects, “Letters to the Great Dead,” an expansive text/image series of prints begun in the early 1980s and completed only after Williams’s death in 2008.

The archive is sold.

Kathy Acker Collection

Kathy Acker Collection

The jacket copy for Chris Krauss’s After Kathy Acker describes her best:

“Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker’s legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself.”

The collection comprises many rarities, including complete sets of her three serial novels (one with letters to Black Sparrow publisher John Martin); her very scarce first book, Politics, self-published in San Diego in 1972; an original manuscript for a never-published story, Bondage & Discipline in New York City (1976); a first edition of Great Expectations (Re/Search, 1982), as well as copies of nearly all of her published books, together with assorted ephemera.

The collection is sold.

Larry Goodell / Duende Archive

Larry Goodell / Duende Archive

The Larry Goodell / Duende Archive is a unique record of the thriving poetry and small press cultures of the Southwest (and New Mexico in particular) from the early 1960s to the present. This rich trove of materials emerges from and documents key moments of the burgeoning Mimeograph Revolution. 

The archive contains a complete collection of Duende Press publications, plus all the extant press documents including correspondence, manuscripts, and business records. The archive also includes selections from Larry Goodell’s library of books, pamphlets, broadsides, reading flyers and ephemera, recordings and much more. Together, these materials provide a detailed chronicle of the inner workings of one of the central magazines of the mimeograph period. 

The archive is sold.

The Little Magazine in America, ca. 1950s–1980s: A Collection from the Golden Age of the Small Press Mimeo Revolution

The Little Magazine in America, ca. 1950s–1980s: A Collection from the Golden Age of the Small Press Mimeo Revolution

This collection documents, with great breadth and depth, the intellectual, spiritual, and material diversity of poet-driven publishing in the US and, to a lesser extent, Canada and the UK from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. The collection has emerged in tandem with our ongoing projects to chronicle and archive the proliferation of avant-garde underground small press publications, including the acclaimed New York Public Library exhibition and book A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, curated and written by Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips, as well as our new expanded resource website, From a Secret Location, launched in January 2017 by Granary Books.

The collection includes a strong representation of seminal works from various movements and groupings such as the New York School, British Poetry Revival, Beats, Black Mountain, San Francisco Renaissance, Ethnopoetics, Black Arts, Venice West, Meat poets, Wichita Vortex, and Language poets. Concrete and visual poetry is also well represented. Overall, it comprises more than 500 separate titles and more than 4,200 items. More than half of the 500 titles are in complete or all-but-complete runs. The magazines are largely drawn from the private libraries and collections of a wide range of poets, editors, and publishers.

The collection presents a remarkable opportunity for scholarly investigation into a range of disciplines, including: poetry and poetics, small presses, poet and publishing communities, print and design history, and counterculture studies.

The collection is sold.

Michael Lally Archive

Michael Lally Archive

The archive contains extensive material documenting the life and work of poet, small press publisher, and actor Michael Lally. It is particularly strong in correspondence related to Lally’s involvement with the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets during their formative years and the poetry communities in Iowa City, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The diversity of the material in the archive is a reflection of the wide arc of Michael Lally's life and is also the archive’s strength.

This archive is sold.