Paul Blackburn Papers, 1919 - 1971 (MSS 0004)

Restrictions: Boxes 52 and 53 contain fragile originals that may be used only with permission of the Director of Special Collections & Archives. Preservation photocopies of these items are available in the collection.

Extent: 22 Linear feet (51 archives boxes, 2 card file boxes and 1 flat box)

Papers of Paul Blackburn, an American poet, translator, editor, and literary agent. Blackburn was the author of nineteen books of poetry published between 1955 and 1980, the last six appearing posthumously. He translated the work of such writers as Pablo Picasso, Federico Garcia Lorca and Julio Cortazar, and served as Cortezar's agent. He was also a contributing editor of the Black Mountain Review and the poetry editor of The Nation for a short time. Over half of the collection is composed of photographs and correspondence. The correspondence relates to both personal and professional matters, and consists not only of letters received by Blackburn, but also of many copies of his own letters. Among the prominent correspondents are Julio Cortazar, Charles Reznikoff, Ezra Pound, Octavio Paz, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Blackburn's mother, Frances Frost. The collection also includes manuscripts and typescripts of poems, prose and translations dated from the 1940s through the early 1970s and materials relating to the business aspects of Blackburn's career, including contracts, reading schedules and some business correspondence.

Born in Saint Albans, Vermont, November 24th, 1926, Paul Blackburn influenced contemporary literature through his poetry, translations and the encouragement and patronage he offered to fellow poets. His parents, William Gordon Blackburn and Frances Frost (also a poet, novelist and author of children's books) separated when Blackburn was three. He was cared for primarily by his maternal grandparents until he was fourteen, when his mother took him back to New York City to live with her in Greenwich Village. He began writing poetry in his late teens under her encouragement.

Just after enrolling in New York University in 1945, Blackburn joined the army in hopes of being sent overseas. The war ended shortly thereafter however, and he served as a laboratory technician in Colorado. In 1947 he returned to NYU, and subsequently transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1949, graduating in 1950.

It was during his college years that Blackburn first came under the influence of Ezra Pound. While at the University of Wisconsin he began corresponding with Pound, and hitchhiked to Washington D.C. several times to visit him at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Via Pound, he came in to contact with Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer and Jonathan Williams. Through this contact came an ancillary involvement with the first two issues of Olson's magazine, Black Mountain Review, and consequent, the inexact [erroneous?] inclusion of Blackburn in the Black Mountain school of poets. Blackburn neither attended the college, not taught there, and as Edith Jarolim points out in her intoduction to the Collected Poems, "Blackburn always opposed the division of poets into schools and did not like the role of Black Mountain poet into which he was cast by Donald Allen's anthology The New American Poetry (1960). He embraced all types of poetry, citing the value of "all work, if you work 'em right." (E. Jarolim in The Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn, 1985)

It was Pound as well, who pointed Blackburn in the direction of Provencal poetry, and he studied the languages of Provence while at the University of Wisconsin. His work on Provencal translations intensified following the 1953 publication of a slim selection of the translations and with a Fulbright Fellowship in 1954 to study Provencal language and literature in France. This vein of his work continued for the rest of his life and didn't see full publication until after his death because he was never quite satisfied with it.

Blackburn was also well-known for his translations from Spanish of the epic Poem for the Cid, Lorca, a book of Pablo Picasso's poems, and of contemporary South American writers such as Octavio Paz and his friend Julio Cortazar.

In addition to the poetry and the translating, Blackburn played an important part in the poetry community, helping fledgling poets develop, and providing emotional support and opportunities to read for both unknown and established writers at the various reading series with which was involved. He was central in organizing readings that offered work from the Beats, the New York School, the Deep Image Poets, and the Black Mountain Poets. Clayton Eshleman has written, "Many, not just a few, but many poets alive today are beholden to him for a basic artistic kindness, for readings, yes, and for advice, but more humanly for a kind of comradeship that very few poets are willing to give." The readings he ran were progenitors to the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church on the Bowery.

Up until the mid-1960s Blackburn supported himself by various print-shop, editorial and translating jobs, including a short stint as poetry editor of The Nation. Some of his early jobs included working in-house on encyclopedias, and writing free lance reviews. By the mid-1960s Blackburn began receiving offers of teaching positions, and in 1965, 1966 and 1967 he directed workshops at the Aspen Writers' Conference. He was Poet-In-Residence at City College of New York in 1966-67. A Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 enabled him to return to Europe to work on his translations and poetry. Upon returning to the U.S. he supported himself through reading tours and teaching at the State University of New York at Cortland.

Blackburn was married three times: to Winifred Grey McCarthy from 1954 to 1958; Sara Golden from 1963 to 1967; and to Joan Diane Miller in 1968, with whom he had his son, Carlos T. Blackburn died in 1971 of the esophageal cancer.

During his lifetime Blackburn published thirteen books of poetry: The Dissolving Fabric (1955), Brooklyn Manhattan Transit: A Bouquet for Flatbush (1960), The Nets (1961), 16 Sloppy Haiku and a Lyric for Robert Reardon (1966), Sing Song (1966), The Reardon Poems (1967), The Cities (1967), In. On. Or About the Premises (1968), Two New Poems (1969), The Assassination of President McKinley, Three Dreams and an Old Poem, Gin: Four Journal Pieces (1970), and The Journals: Blue Mounds Entries (1971); and 5 major works of translations: Proensa (1953), Poem of the El Cid (1996), Julio Cortazar's End of the Game and Other Stories (1967), Pablo Picasso' s Hunk of Skin and Julio Cortazar's Cronopios and Famas.

Nine other books of poetry were published posthumously: Early Selected y Mas: Poems 1949-1966 (1972), The Journals, Halfway Down the Coast (1975), By Ear (1978), Against the Silences (1980), The Selection Of Heaven (1980), The Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn (1985), The Selected Poems(?) and The Parallel Voyages (1987); and 2 works of translation: Proensa: An Anthology of Troubador Poetry (1978) and Lorca/Blackburn: Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca Chosen by Paul Blackburn (1979).

For a complete bibliography see Kathleen Woodward, Paul Blackburn: A Checklist (San Diego: Archive for New Poetry, University of California, San Diego, 1980).

Papers of Paul Blackburn, an American poet, translator, editor, and literary agent. Over half of the collection is composed of photographs and correspondence which document his life and literary career. The correspondence relates to both personal and professional matters, and consists not only of letters received by Blackburn, but also of many copies of his own letters. Among the prominent correspondents are Julio Cortazar, Charles Reznikoff, Ezra Pound, Octavio Paz, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Blackburn's mother, Frances Frost. The collection also includes manuscripts and typescripts of poems, prose and translations dated from the 1940s through the early 1970s and materials relating to the business aspects of Blackburn's career, including contracts, reading schedules and some business correspondence. Although some family documents such as photographs date from the early 1900s, the bulk of the materials relate directly to Blackburn's life and date from the early 1940s to the early 1970s.

Separation Note: Books, journals and audiorecordings received in the 1973 accession of the Paul Blackburn Papers have been separated from the collection and added elsewhere to the library's holdings. To identify audiorecordings he owned, conduct an author search in ROGER on the term "Blackburn, Paul former owner," then click on the "Limit the Search" button, and in the "Material type" box select "Records/Tapes" from the pull-down menu.

The collection is arranged in eight series: 1) ORIGINAL POETRY, 2) TRANSLATIONS, 3) PROSE AND INTERVIEWS, 4) POETRY/TRANSLATION BUSINESS, 5) PERSONAL AND FAMILY MATERIALS, 6) EPHEMERA, 7) CORRESPONDENCE, and 8) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

Container List

ORIGINAL POETRY

Scope and Content of Collection

SERIES 1) ORIGINAL POETRY: Manuscripts and typescripts of poetry and related materials. The majority of these papers were collected from notebooks which Blackburn usually dated; the material is arranged chronologically by those dates. The notebooks often reveal Blackburn's location at the time that he was working on that material; e.g., folder 4.11 is titled "Fragile, mostly Europe." This series includes both unpublished work and early versions of work that was published later.

Ca. 1945 - 1951

Box: 1 Folder: 1
TSS originally in loose-leaf binder labelled by Blackburn "October 1945 - October 1946"
Box: 1 Folder: 2
TSS originally in loose-leaf binder, 1945 October - ca. 1950
Box: 1 Folder: 3
TSS in black loose-leaf binder with poems and some Provencal translations, 1949 - 1951
Box: 1 Folder: 4
TSS in grey loose-leaf binder with poems and some Provencal translations, 1949 - 1951
Box: 1 Folder: 5
TSS, 19 drafts of "The Innocents Who Fall Like Apples", 1949 - 1950
Box: 1 Folder: 6
TSS, transferred from other (non-poetry) materials, ca. late 1940s and early 1950s

Ca. early 1950s - 1958

Box: 1 Folder: 7
TSS unmarked folders, 1953 - 1956
Box: 1 Folder: 8
TSS originally in folder marked by Blackburn "mostly 1954-57"
Box: 1 Folder: 9
MSS from notebook from Toulouse, 1955 - 1956

Containing notes on Provencal language and literature.

Box: 1 Folder: 10
Xeroxes of MSS in Toulouse notebook no. 6, June-Aug. 1955

See Series II, Provencal translations.

Box: 1 Folder: 11
Xeroxes of MSS in Toulouse notebook no. 7, June-Aug. 1995/ March 1956

See Series II, Provencal translations.

Box: 1 Folder: 12
Xeroxes of MSS in Toulouse notebook no. 8, Nov. 1955 - Feb. 1956

See Series II, Provencal translations.

Box: 1 Folder: 13
Xeroxes of MSS in Toulouse notebook no. 9, late 1956 - July 1957

See Series II, Provencal translations.

Box: 1 Folder: 14
TSS and MSS originally in folder marked by Blackburn, 1954 - 1958

"Early notebook sheets and worksheets/mostly Europe."

Box: 1 Folder: 15
Part II (1.14)
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Part III (1.14)
Box: 2 Folder: 1
2 early 1950s poems found loose among Blackburn ephemera
Box: 2 Folder: 2
7 TSS, early to mid-1950s
Box: 2 Folder: 3
9 TSS, early to mid-1950s
Box: 2 Folder: 4
24 TSS, most written in Europe ca. 1954-1957
Box: 2 Folder: 5
13 TSS, early to mid-1950s
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Carbon of The Double-Axe

Unpublished collection of 35 TSS, most written in Europe and compiled in 1956. (see 2.13 for original TS).

Box: 2 Folder: 7
MS of South

Unpublished collection of 30 TSS, most written in Europe and compiled in 1957.

Box: 2 Folder: 8
Rexograph publication, undated, of Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit

Translation by Agusti Bartra of "Meditation on the BMT" into Spanish. Also three dittoes of "Meditation on the BMT," with poems by Robert Kelly and Gary Snyder.

Box: 2 Folder: 9
"Night Song for Two Mystics," TS
Box: 2 Folder: 10
TSS and some MSS originally in folder labelled "carbons of early poems 1951-8, by Blackburn. Part I
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Part II (2.10)
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Miscellaneous TSS and one MS of late 1950s poems.

Includes TS of The Dissolving Fabric, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit, and Cabras ( an unpublished collection of 53 poems).

Box: 2 Folder: 13
TS of The Double-Axe, unpublished 1956 collection
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Misc. mid to late 1950s TSS and MSS
Box: 2 Folder: 15
TSS, mid to late 1950s, originally in folder labelled "Finish!" by Blackburn

This group in sub-folder marked by Blackburn "already done." Part 1 of 2: see also 4.9.

Box: 2 Folder: 16
PP of "The Signals" (Big Table 1), "Cabras" and "A Permanence" (New Directions 16)

Mid-1950s to Early 1960s

Box: 2 Folder: 17
TSS originally in unmarked black dissertation binder, ca. mid-1950s to 1961

Part 3 of 4: see also 6.7, 10.3, and 10.5.

Box: 2 Folder: 18
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "English Dept LIU" by Blackburn, 1958 - 1962
Box: 3 Folder: 1
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "Fragile, mostly Europe" by Blackburn

This group was in sub-folder marked by Blackburn "done/fragile," ca. mid-1950s to mid-1960s. Part 1 of 3: see also 3.2 and 4.11.

Box: 3 Folder: 2
TSS lists of poems, 1950s through early 1960s, labelled "scopes" by Blackburn

Part 3 of 3: see also 3.1 and 4.11.

Box: 3 Folder: 3
TSS originally in folder labelled "1960" by Joan Blackburn

Includes one mid-1950s TS.

Box: 3 Folder: 4
Notebook labelled by Blackburn "Readings 1961"

Includes MSS from 1961-1963, addresses, and itinerary and expense list from poetry reading tour.

Box: 3 Folder: 5
TSS originally in folder marked by Joan Blackburn "1961-62"
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Unbound copies of The Nets (Trobar, 1961)

Early 1960s

Box: 3 Folder: 7
TSS and MSS transcriptions of dreams, ca. 1958-1966
Box: 3 Folder: 8
MSS in small blue and white notebook, 1962
Box: 3 Folder: 9
MSS in notebook labelled "Poems 1962" by Blackburn
Box: 3 Folder: 10
MSS in notebook labelled "Spring 1963-December 1963" by Blackburn

Also includes addresses, expense lists and schedules for poetry readings.

Box: 3 Folder: 11
TS, "The Selection of Heaven", sections 1-10
Box: 3 Folder: 12
Eight copies of "Robert Schiller: Exhibition of Photographs;" a pamphlet

Also includes Blackburn poem "The Subject Becomes Object/Subject" (November 1963).

Box: 3 Folder: 13
TSS originally in unmarked black dissertation binder

May be collection of poems published in serials ca. 1958-1963. Part 2 of 4: see also 2.17, 6.6, and 6.8.

Box: 4 Folder: 1
MSS in notebook labelled "January 1964" by Blackburn, ca. 1963 November to 1964 Summer

Includes addresses, lists of poems submitted, dream transcriptions.

Box: 4 Folder: 2
Xerox of 4.1
Box: 4 Folder: 3
TSS originally in folder labelled "1963-64" and "110 Thompson St"

By Joan Blackburn.

Box: 4 Folder: 4
MSS in notebook labelled "Spring 1964-Nove 1964" by Blackburn

Includes many transcriptions of Provencal poetry and notes on history of the troubadors, addresses, dream transcriptions, and notes on publications.

Box: 4 Folder: 5
7 TSS submitted to Essence Records, 1964, and recording contract
Box: 4 Folder: 6
TSS originally in dissertation binder, unmarked - Part I, ca. early to mid-1960s
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Part II of 4.6

Includes some late 1960s poems.

Box: 4 Folder: 8
TSS originally in unmarked folder, misc. early through mid-1960s
Box: 4 Folder: 9
TSS originally in folder labelled "Finish!" by Blackburn

Mostly early-mid 1960s with some late 1950s. Part 2 of 2: see also 2.15.

Box: 4 Folder: 10
TSS originally in folder marked in known hand "clean copies for marketing"

Overwritten by Blackburn "leave"; ca. 1961-1965.

Box: 4 Folder: 11
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "Fragile, mostly Europe" by Blackburn

This group in unmarked sub-folder, ca. 1961-1965 with some earlier and later poems. Part 2 of 3: see also 3.1 and 3.2.

Box: 4 Folder: 12
TS for Sing Song (Caterpillar, 1966)
Box: 4 Folder: 13
MSS in notebook labelled "Nov 1964 to November 1965" and "The City" by Blackburn

Also includes introductions and schedules for readings, addresses and submission lists.

Box: 4 Folder: 14
TSS originally in folder labelled "a selection from a book called Recognitions: the cities"

By Blackburn.

Box: 5 Folder: 1
TSS and MSS in unlabelled collection of mostly Cities poems

Includes poems omitted from Grove edition and drafts of introductions and dedication to The Cities.

Box: 5 Folder: 2
TSS originally in folder labelled "Paul Blackburn/In, On, or About the Premises"

By Blackburn.

Box: 5 Folder: 3
MSS list of poems to be included in The Cities

Indicates omissions from the Grove edition.

Box: 5 Folder: 4
Black dissertation binder containing MS of The Cities - Part I
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Part II (5.4)
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Part III (5.4)
Box: 5 Folder: 7
TSS originally in unmarked folder, mostly early to mid 1960s

Also some 1950s and late 1960s.

Box: 5 Folder: 8
TSS and MSS in notebook labelled "November 1965 - November 1966" by Blackburn

Includes dream transcriptions, addresses, expense lists, submissions lists, and medical information.

Box: 5 Folder: 9
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "Marketing" by Blackburn

And over that "leave;" ca. 1964-1966 with some late 1950s and early 1960s.

Box: 5 Folder: 10
TSS originally in folder labelled "take and work" by Blackburn

And "7th St. but no years" by Joan Blackburn; ca. 1964-1966.

Box: 5 Folder: 11
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "In the Works" one the side

And "leave" on the front by Blackburn; ca. early to mid-1960s.

Box: 5 Folder: 12
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "1965-66" by Joan Blackburn
Box: 6 Folder: 1
TSS and MSS originally found loose in cartons - Part I

Ca. early to mid-1960s with some 1950s and early 1970s.

Box: 6 Folder: 2
Part II (6.1)
Box: 6 Folder: 3
TSS and MSS found among other Blackburn papers

Mostly fragments or unpublished; ca. early to late 1960s.

Ca. 1964-1967

Box: 6 Folder: 4
MSS in notebook labelled "Compost and Uriah" by Blackburn, ca. 1965 June to 1966 April

Also includes addresses, lists for readings, expense lists, dream transcriptions, chronology of early childhood events (1930), drafts of translations of Picasso's Hunk of Skin, and Provencal research notes.

Box: 6 Folder: 5
MSS in notebook labelled "November 1966-7" by Blackburn

Also includes call slips from the N. Y. Public Library, one photo of Blackburn, addresses, submission lists, expense list for divorce trip to Juarez, and translations of Picasso's Hunk of Skin.

Box: 6 Folder: 6
TSS originally in unmarked black binder, ca. 1965-1967

Part 1 of 4: see also 2.17, 3.13, and 6.8.

Box: 6 Folder: 7
TSS originally in folder labelled "Poems marketed" by Blackburn, ca. 1964-1967
Box: 6 Folder: 8
TSS originally in unmarked black binder, ca. 1966-1967

Part 4 of 4: see also 2.17, 3.13, and 6.6.

Box: 6 Folder: 9
PP of The Reardon Poems (Perishable Press, 1967)
Box: 6 Folder: 10
Partial list of subscribers for The Reardon Poems
Box: 6 Folder: 11
List of poems on tapes, ca. 1958-1967

Mid to Late 1960s

Box: 6 Folder: 12
MSS in unlabelled notebook, ca. 1966-1967

Also includes two journal entries.

Box: 6 Folder: 13
MSS in notebook labelled "June 1967-February 1968" by Blackburn

Also includes journal entries, addresses and expense lists.

Box: 7 Folder: 1
MSS in notebook labelled "Nov. 1967 (7th St.)/ The Pyrenees (end of March)/The Alps (end of April)"

By Blackburn. Poems are from the Journals. Also includes addresses, phone numbers, and one expense list.

Box: 7 Folder: 2
MSS in unlabelled notebook containing Journals poems

Also includes notes on Provencal, list of women (not in Blackburn's hand), and a few addresses; ca. Nov. 1967 with one dated July 1970.

Box: 7 Folder: 3
TSS, "The Selections of Heaven" nos. 1-17 originally in folder stamped "Barbara"

1 complete copy of the poems with multiple copies of sections 1, 2 and 3, 4, 16, and 17.

Box: 7 Folder: 4
TSS in black dissertation binder labelled "S" (Sara) by Blackburn

Ca. late 1950s and one from 1968 regarding relationship with Sara Blackburn. TS for Against the Silences (Permanent Press, 1980).

Box: 7 Folder: 5
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "Sara" by unknown hand

Many poems duplicate those of 7.4. Also includes some letters and journal entries about Sara.

Box: 7 Folder: 6
TSS and MSS - Part I, ca. mid to late 1960s
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Part II (7.6)
Box: 7 Folder: 8
TS of "The Crossing" rejected by The New Yorker

Late 1960s

Box: 7 Folder: 9
MSS in notebook labelled "February 1968" by Blackburn

Includes poems collected in The Journals (Black Sparrow, 1975) and Half-Way Down the Coast (Mulch, 1975), some addresses and notes on Provencal.

Box: 7 Folder: 10
Xerox MSS of "Accepting the Gift" from "Mayo '68" notebook
Box: 7 Folder: 11
MSS in notebook

Labelled "Barcelone 1968/ New York, Fall-Winter/ Boqueron, Puerto Rico/ Jan. 1969" by Blackburn. Includes poems mostly from The Journals, addresses, phone numbers, transcripts of and notes on Provencal texts, budget lists, and catalogue of signs of labor for Carlos' birth.

Box: 7 Folder: 12
MSS in notebook labelled "1969" by Blackburn

Includes poems mostly from The Journals, two translations from Chinese, addresses, lists of people to receive copies of "A McClure Poem," and two MSS by other poets.

Box: 7 Folder: 13
MSS originally in folder labelled by Joan Blackburn "hand-written orig"

And by Robert Kelly "PB ms poems, first drafts, 1969-71".

Box: 7 Folder: 14
TSS of poems collected in Three Dreams and an Old Poem (University Press of Buffalo, 1970)

Also includes two xeroxes of completed TS.

Box: 8 Folder: 1
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "Europe" by Joan Blackburn

And "European worksheets, drafts, finished versions" by Robert Kelly. Mostly late 1967-1968 poems collected in THE JOURNALS.

Box: 8 Folder: 2
TSS and MSS

Ca. 1966-1968, with some from 1950s and early 1960s.

Box: 8 Folder: 3
TSS and MSS, ca. 1967-1968
Box: 8 Folder: 4
4 Rexographs of "From the November Journal"

Also includes 5 xeroxes of "A McClure Poem" (numbered and signed), one xerox of "Take a room/ in New York" from inside cover of Blackburn's copy of End of the Road.

Box: 8 Folder: 5
TSS originally in folder labelled "1969" by Joan Blackburn

Includes some prose poems and one dream transcript.

Box: 8 Folder: 6
MSS in notebook with a few travel notes and addresses, ca. 1969 Spring

Ca. 1969-1971

Box: 8 Folder: 7
MSS in small brown notebook, ca. 1970-1971

Contains poems from The Journals, including Blue Mounds Entries (Perishable Press, 1971), addresses, phone numbers, and expense lists.

Box: 8 Folder: 8
MSS in small brown and orange notebook, ca. 1970 Spring to 1971 July

Some addresses and phone numbers.

Box: 8 Folder: 9
PP of Gin (Perishable Press, 1970)

Labelled "Gin galleys from Walter" by Blackburn.

Box: 8 Folder: 10
TSS and MSS in folder labelled by Robert Kelly

1970 MSS and drafts, worksheets of The Journals.

Box: 8 Folder: 11
Three mimeographs of "The Beautiful Killers"

One TS of "Journal: December 11, 1969" (here untitled) on back of title page of Cortazar's Cronopios and Famas (see series II).

Box: 8 Folder: 12
MSS in large red and blue notebook, 1971 June

Also includes a newspaper clipping.

Box: 8 Folder: 13
MSS in green "Composition Book" with one note

Only date in book is 22 June 1971.

Box: 8 Folder: 14
MSS in notebook labelled "June 1971" by Blackburn, ca. 1971 June-August

Also includes some journal entries, addresses, phone numbers, record of laetrile treatments, parody of Robert Bly (written in notebook by George Kimball), expense lists, prose introduction to book of Robert Vas Dias' poetry, and expense list in hand other than Blackburn's.

Box: 8 Folder: 15
Xeroxes of misc. poems from The Journals, ca. 1967-1971

Probably made by Robert Kelly.

Box: 8 Folder: 16
TSS originally in folder labelled by Robert Kelly "Cortland 1971, drafts 7 worksheets"

Mostly 1971 poems from The Journals.

Box: 8 Folder: 17
TSS originally if folder labelled by Robert Kelly "Halwy Down the Coast and end of Journals"
Box: 9 Folder: 1
Lists of poems to be included in Early Selected y Mas (Black Sparrow, 1972)

Also order and publication information. One list in an unknown hand.

Box: 9 Folder: 2
TSS and MSS originally in folder labelled "Summer 1971 (Michigan)/ drafts and miscellany"

By Robert Kelly. Also includes poetry festival schedule, copies of prescription for and notes on doctor's use of laetrile.

Box: 9 Folder: 3
TS and 17 photocopies of "Alice's Restaurant"

Noted by Robert Kelly on original folder to have been "written and distributed at the Festival at Grant Valley State College in July 1971."

Box: 9 Folder: 4
TS of Halfway Down the Coast with letter from Harry Lewis, Mulch Press
Box: 9 Folder: 5
Black dissertation binder containing TS of The Journals

TRANSLATIONS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 2 )TRANSLATIONS: Arranged by the original language and the name of the author. This series contains not only formal translations, but related materials such as notes on foreign languages and lists of translations as well. Within each subseries the work is arranged chronologically. The first subseries is titled "Provencal Translations" and consists primarily of materials taken from ten notebooks titled "Toulouse." These notebooks are dated from 1954 through 1964 and contain translations, notes and expense lists. The subseries titled "Blackburn's Provencal File" contains an alphabetical file that Blackburn compiled of his translations. Subsequent subseries are arranged according to the work or author translated and deal successively with his translations of Proensa, The Cid, and work by Julio Cortazar, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Jimenez Landi, Octavio Paz, Herberto Padilla, Nicolas Guillen, Eduardo Escobar, Javier Heraud, and Leandro Katz. The series concludes with a collection of work in foreign languages, translations of Blackburn's work into foreign languages, and miscellaneous translations into English. Correspondence related to translations can be found in the series POETRY/TRANSLATION BUSINESS.

Provencal Translations, ca. 1950-1957

Box: 9 Folder: 6
Toulouse notebook no. 1, ca. October 1954 following

French study notes of Paul and Freddie Blackburn.

Box: 9 Folder: 7
Toulouse notebook no. 2, ca. December 1954 following

Class notes on Occitan language and literature.

Box: 9 Folder: 8
Toulouse notebook no. 3, ca. January 1955 following

Notes on language and history of the troubadors.

Box: 9 Folder: 9
Toulouse notebook no. 4, ca. February 1955 following

Mostly language notes with some. Also includes a newspaper clipping.

Box: 10 Folder: 1
Toulouse notebook no. 5, ca. April 1955 following

Notes on Occitan language and history with a few troubador and Lorca translations.

Box: 10 Folder: 2
Toulouse notebook no. 6, ca. June-August 1955 following

Mostly expense lists, some notes on troubador verse forms, vocabulary lists and a few original poems.

Box: 10 Folder: 3
Toulouse notebook no. 7, ca. June-August 1955 following March 1956

Some history and language notes, several translations and some original poems.

Box: 10 Folder: 4
Toulouse notebook no. 8, ca. November 1955-February 1956

Language and history notes, one journal entry, prose piece on De Born, and some original poems.

Box: 10 Folder: 5
Toulouse notebook no. 9, ca. late 1956-July 1957

Many expense lists, some class notes, troubador translations, and some original poems.

Box: 10 Folder: 6
Toulouse notebook no. 10, undatable

Expense lists, addresses of hotels in Europe, and many notes in hand other than Paul's or Freddie's.

Box: 10 Folder: 7
Xeroxes of Provencal MSS, originally in loose-leaf binder labelled "MSS Biblioteque Nationale" by Blackburn

SEE OVERSIZED MATERIALS, SECTION VIII, FOR MICROFILMS FROM BIBLIOTEQUE NATIONALE.

Box: 10 Folder: 8
Xeroxes of Provencal MSS originally in unmarked loose-leaf binder

Presumably also from Biblioteque Nationale.

Oversize: FB-071-01
Microfilms of Provencal manuscripts from the Biblioteque Nationale
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Notes on Provencal MSS describing materials in 8.17 and 9.1

Also some correspondence with Biblioteque Nationale, call slips from Vatican Library and libraries in Florence.

Box: 11 Folder: 2
Troubador translations originally found loose among Blackburn's undergraduate papers

Provencal Translations, Mid to Late 1950s

Box: 11 Folder: 3
Materials labelled by Blackburn - Part I

"As of Sept. 57: all adjunctive Occitan material: versions prose bits, articles, odd texts and Catalan ditto." Includes MSS, TSS, and published materials.

Box: 11 Folder: 4
Part II (11.3)
Box: 11 Folder: 5
Translations found among miscellaneous papers, mostly from Europe

Some TSS and MSS.

Box: 11 Folder: 6
Misc. translations found loose in box of Provencal materials

Includes table of contents for Blackburn's collections of troubador translations. Mostly TSS.

Box: 11 Folder: 7
TSS found in front of (but not bound in with) black dissertation binder

See 11.8.

Box: 11 Folder: 8
Black dissertation binder labelled "P" (Provencal) by Blackburn

Contains troubador anthology with notes by reader Ramon Guthrie and his report on the collection. See also 19.11.

Box: 11 Folder: 9
Misc. Provencal translations in unmarked folder - Part I

Some TSS and MSS.

Box: 12 Folder: 1
Part II (11.9)

Blackburn's Provencal File

Box: 12 Folder: 2
Occitan notes of a general nature

Also includes carbons of Blackburn letters to editors and publishers, MS of "A Sad Story" (prose, Black Mountain Review, Summer 1955), and TSS.

Box: 12 Folder: 3
Materials for Vol. II, Occitan

Misc. TSS and translations.

Box: 12 Folder: 4
Occitan Texts / Unused (inc. comp. Sordello edtn)

TSS and MSS of transcribed texts.

Box: 12 Folder: 5
Institute for Advanced Study

Carbons of assorted translations. Originals were presumably sent to the Institute.

Box: 12 Folder: 6
Occitan Texts / Used (outside editions)

Transcriptions with notes by Blackburn about correct readings. Also includes carbon of letter to Biblioteque Nationale and two translations.

Box: 12 Folder: 7
Unlabelled misc. materials

Mostly De Born translations but also include lists of poems, introduction to Latin American poetry reading, and notes on texts.

Box: 12 Folder: 8
Occitan / prose-trys [sic], notes to the poems, articles already completed etc

Includes submissions lists, resume, a few translations (mostly Europe materials).

Box: 12 Folder: 9
Blackburn's alphabet file of translations - Part I: A-C

Assorted TSS filed under name of troubador, sometimes alphabetically by first name, sometimes by last.

Box: 13 Folder: 1
Part II (12.9): D-H
Box: 13 Folder: 2
Part III (12.9): I-M
Box: 13 Folder: 3
Part IV (12.9): N-R
Box: 13 Folder: 4
Part V (12.9): S-Z

Materials for Proensa

Box: 13 Folder: 5
Translations originally in folder labelled "PB's Provencal" (by George Economou [?] )

Paginated TS of Proensa with holograph notes by Blackburn and Economou.

Box: 13 Folder: 6
Carbons of late, ca. 1967 and after, translations

Includes notes and vitas.

Box: 13 Folder: 7
Translations originally in envelope labelled "xerox of Provencal

[title continues] (incomplete- -Vidal Marcabru Bertran? missing)" by Joan Blackburn. Includes most of PROENSA.

The Cid and Julio Cortazar's poetry

Box: 13 Folder: 8
May 1965 notebook with some holograph drafts of translation of The Cid
Box: 14 Folder: 1
Unbound TS of The Cid with holograph corrections
Box: 14 Folder: 2
Black dissertation binder containing TS of The Cid
Box: 14 Folder: 3
Publisher's carbon of The Cid TS
Box: 14 Folder: 4
Four pamphlets (in Spanish) of Cortazar's poetry

Preludios y Sonetos (1944-1957); Circumstancia (Argentian, Europa, 1945-1956); Razones de la Colera (Buenos Aires, 1950-1951); Resumen en Otono (undated, n.p.), all inscribed and signed by Cortazar.

Box: 14 Folder: 5
Misc. TSS tranlations of Cortazar's poetry

Cortazar's End of the Game

Box: 14 Folder: 6
3 TSS, "Axolot 1"
Box: 14 Folder: 7
5 TSS, "House Taken Over" - One with notes by Cortazar
Box: 15 Folder: 1
2 TSS, "The Distances"
Box: 15 Folder: 2
2 TSS, "The Idol of the Cyclades" - One with notes by Cortazar
Box: 15 Folder: 3
4 TSS, "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris" - One with notes by Cortazar
Box: 15 Folder: 4
1 TS, "A Yellow Flower" - Notes by Cortazar

Also first page of draft of another MS.

Box: 15 Folder: 5
3 TSS, "Continuity of Parks" - One with notes by Cortazar
Box: 15 Folder: 6
3 TSS, "Bestiary"

One xerox of New Directions version and one TS with notes by Cortazar.

Box: 15 Folder: 7
4 TSS, "The Night Face Up"

Also 1 pp for The New Yorker.

Box: 15 Folder: 8
3 MSS, "The Gates of Heaven" - One with notes by Cortazar
Box: 15 Folder: 9
"Blow-Up" with notes by Cortazar, but no Blackburn TS
Box: 15 Folder: 10
3 TSS, "End of the Game"
Box: 15 Folder: 11
3 TSS, "At Your Service"

One with notes by Cortazar and letter from Princeton attached.

Box: 15 Folder: 12
1 TS, "The Pursuers"
Box: 15 Folder: 13
2 TSS, "Secret Weapons"
Box: 15 Folder: 14
Reviews of End of the Game and Other Stories
Box: 15 Folder: 15
3 TSS, "The Blocked Door"

One with notes by Cortazar (perhaps intended for inclusion in The End of the Game).

Box: 15 Folder: 16
3 TSS, "Alechinsky County," one in Spanish

Cortazar introduction to 1968 art show. 1 copy of pamphlet included.

Box: 15 Folder: 17
Unidentified materials found among End of the Game TSS

Notes by Cortazar to an unknown story and incomplete MSS of two unknown stories.

Translations of Cortazar's Cronopios and Famas

Box: 15 Folder: 18
Spanish texts of "The Instructions Manual" (Manual de Instrucciones")

And "Unstable Stuff" ("Material Plastico").

Box: 15 Folder: 19
February 1968 notebook with MSS of translations - Part I

From "The Instructions Manual," "Usual Occupations," and "Unstable Stuff."

Box: 16 Folder: 1
Part II (15.19)
Box: 16 Folder: 2
Misc. TSS from "The Instruction Manual"
Box: 16 Folder: 3
Photocopies of numbered TSS from "Unusual Occupations."
Box: 16 Folder: 4
Misc. TSS and 1 MSS from "Unstable Stuff"

One in Spanish.

Box: 16 Folder: 5
Misc. TSS of "Cronopios and Famas" (Series IV)

Also includes drafts of biographical statements about Cortazar, introduction to the book, some correspondence regarding reprinting of stories from book, photocopy of stories in New Directions, two collages (by Cortazar [?] ), and two photos of Cortazar.

Box: 16 Folder: 6
Drafts of jacket copy for Cronopios and Famas
Box: 16 Folder: 7
TS carbon of Cronopios and Famas

Includes additional, original TS of series IV.

Box: 16 Folder: 8
Photocopy TS of Cronopios and Famas
Box: 16 Folder: 9
PP of a number of Cortazar cronopio stories and of his story "Meeting" (not translated by Blackburn)

Published in a Friendship Press anthology. Also contains permissions letter regarding these stories.

Box: 16 Folder: 10
Reviews of Cronopios and Famas
Box: 16 Folder: 11
Misc. Cortazar materials

2 lists of submissions of Cortazar pieces, one MS, one TS, two carbons of Blackburn's "cronopio" story "Collecting the Mail" (Floating Bear, 1962), TS of another, untitled "cronopio" story by Blackburn, "cronopio" story "Fortunate Escape from a Sinister City" by RK (Robert Kelly), and signed pamphlet introducing an art show (in Spanish) by Cortazar.

Box: 16 Folder: 12
Reviews and articles about Cortazar books published in America

Those not translated by Blackburn.

Box: 16 Folder: 13
M.A. thesis by F. F. Dean, introducing and translating four Cortazar stories
Box: 16 Folder: 14
Translations of Cortazars "Silvia" by Gregory Rabassa

TS and photocopy.

Translations of Lorca, Picasso, and Landi

Box: 17 Folder: 1
Early Lorca materials

TS of Lorca poems in Spanish, some early translations (Europe, 1950s), xerox of translations published in Chicago Review, clippings of pieced published in The Nation. See also 10.1.

Box: 17 Folder: 2
Pieces originally in folder labelled "Lorca Translations" by Blackburn

Includes misc. poems, many rough drafts, some MSS, many early (Europe 1950s) versions.

Box: 17 Folder: 3
Complete TSS of Lorca poems, 1960s, originals and copies
Box: 17 Folder: 4
Lorca translations from the 1960s

Mostly poetry but also the prose piece "Puppet Theatre" (with Spanish text). See also 19.4.

Box: 17 Folder: 5
Misc. TSS and MSS of Pablo Picasso's Hunk of Skin (City Lights, 1968)

See also 6.4 and 6.5.

Box: 17 Folder: 6
Pieces originally in folder labeled "Picasso's Hunk of Skin" by Blackburn

Complete TS unbound. Includes also Spanish text with holograph notes by the author of the forward to the book, Cela. See also 6.4, 6.6, 18.11, and 18.12.

Box: 17 Folder: 7
TS of The Treasure of the Muleteer and Other Tales by Antonio Jiménez-Landi (Doubleday,1974)

Paginated with many holograph corrections.

Box: 17 Folder: 8
Later draft of TS of Treasure of the Muleteer

Paginated and with table of contents.

Box: 17 Folder: 9
PP of Treasure of the Muleteer
Box: 17 Folder: 10
PP of Treasure of the Muleteer
Oversize: FB-071-04
Pasted up camera ready copy of Treasure of the Muleteer by Antonio Jiménez-Landi

Translated by Blackburn.

Translations of Paz, Padilla, Guillen and Others

Box: 17 Folder: 11
7 TSS of Octavio Paz's "Wind from All Compass Points"
Box: 17 Folder: 12
2 TSS of Paz's "Vrindiban," 2 TS of "To My Friend Swaminathan, the Painter"

And a copy of the pamphlet introducing the art show (Bombay, 1965) that includes this poem.

Box: 17 Folder: 13
Spanish text of Paz's "Madurai" and Blackburn's translation of it

Spanish text and English of two Paz poems by other translators. Program for Paz reading at Poetry Center at which Blackburn read the above three poems.

Box: 18 Folder: 1
Notebook with MSS translations of Paz's "Eagle or Sun"

And Herberto Padilla's "Important Occasions" (July 1970) and "Travellers".

Box: 18 Folder: 2
Spanish texts of Padilla's "Important Occasions" (Las Grandes Ocasiones) and "Travellers" (Viajeros)

And TSS of Blackburn's translations; copy of letter commissioning these translations for The New York Review of Books and photocopies of newspaper clippings about Padilla; TS of Padilla's "Postcard to the U.S."; photocopies of galley proofs of the two Padilla poems in the N.Y. Review; photocopies of proofs of Blackburn's translations Jaime Sabines' "Bach's Music Moves Curtains" and "Smashed" (for the Borzoi Anthology of Latin American Poets).

Box: 18 Folder: 3
PP of Spanish text and translations of Nicolas Guillen's "Balada de los Abuelos"

Also includes ("Ballad of the Two Grandfathers") and "Guadalupe, W. I." (also another, untitled piece that may not be a Blackburn translation) for Pa'lante; TSS of Guillen's "Soldiers in Abyssinia," "Royal Ebony," "Sensemaya," and "Mi Patria Es Dulce por Fuera".

Box: 18 Folder: 4
Spanish texts and translations of various untitled poems by Eduardo Escobar
Box: 18 Folder: 5
Translations of Javier Heraud's "The Flies," "The Art of Poetry," and "Word of the Guerilla Fighter"
Box: 18 Folder: 6
Translation of untitled poem by Leandro Katz
Box: 18 Folder: 7
Augusti Bartra's "Demeter" (prose) translated by Elinor Randall

Misc. Translations and Adaptations

Box: 18 Folder: 8
Various TSS translations, mostly Spanish, some French; mostly poetry with some prose; ca. 1960s

Also some letters regarding these translations.

Box: 18 Folder: 9
Part II (18.8)
Box: 18 Folder: 10
TSS of Leonardo Froes' "Upon Hanging a European Work of Art in a Brazillian House"

Includes a literal translation by another translator and Portugese text of the poem. Also includes 1969 letter acknowledging the translation.

Box: 18 Folder: 11
Misc. TSS translations, poetry and prose, from the Spanish, Brazilian, Chinese, ca. 1960s

Adaptations; file included some MSS literal translations by others.

Box: 18 Folder: 12
TSS translations and adaptations in black dissertation binder

Including some texts in their original languages. Spanish, French, Mozarabe, Chinese, Portugese, Russian. Some published materials.

Box: 18 Folder: 13
Translations of Blackburn poems into other languages, mostly Spanish and German

Also includes translations of Larry Eigner and Robert Creeley poems and list of other American writers for a German anthology. Translations of other Blackburn poems are scattered throughout series I.

PROSE AND INTERVIEWS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 3) PROSE AND INTERVIEWS: Fiction and non-fiction work. There are reviews of a number of books, including Hugh Kenner's The Poetry of Ezra Pound and Robert Creeley's Le Fou. Two transcripts of interviews are also included, along with a short story and a synopsis for a screenplay. The series also contains miscellaneous readers' reports, recommendations and notes on articles for Funk and Wagnall's New International Yearbook.

Box: 19 Folder: 1
TSS of reviews and articles

"Das Kennerbach" (review of Hugh Kenner's THE POETRY OF EZRA POUND), NEW MEXICO QUARTERLY, Summer 1953 (TS here without title); "The Roles of Childhood" (review of Ramon Sender's BEFORE NOON), NATION, 19 April 1958; Statement for the Paterson Society, 25 March 1961; "The International Word," NATION, 21 April 1962 (here titled "Modern poetry - - notes from the underground"); "The Grinding Down," KULCHUR, Summer 1963 (two drafts). See also 16.11 for "Collecting the Mail" and 20.7 for "A Sad Story."

Box: 19 Folder: 2
TSS of journal entries ca. 1945-1949

One piece is the source for the poem "The Birds." Materials originally in with undergraduate papers from N.Y.U. and Univ. of Wisconsin.

Box: 19 Folder: 3
2 TSS of Blackburn's 1952 review of Robert Creeley's LE FOU
Box: 19 Folder: 4
Misc. TSS, ca. 1954-1959

Includes short story (written in Europe ca. 1955), statement on poetics, two drafts of "Destruction is a Woman," and synopsis for a screen play.

Box: 19 Folder: 5
Misc. TSS, ca. 1958-1962, originally in folder labelled by Blackburn "ordered work/prose"

Includes mostly reader's reports, some translations of legal documents, notes on articles for Funk and Wagnall's New International Yearbook.

Box: 19 Folder: 6
3 TSS of "What's New: an interim report on the socio-literary uses of the mimeograph machine"

One draft marked for printer. Intended for NATION but never published. Ca. 1963 [?].

Box: 19 Folder: 7
Misc. reviews, reader's reports, recommendations for fellowships, mid-1960s through 1971

See also 20.13 for unpublished "cronopio" story, and notebooks in series I for other prose MSS.

Box: 19 Folder: 8
Transcript of 31 May 1959 "Eye on New York"

Television show interview with Blackburn and Galway Kinnell.

Box: 19 Folder: 9
Transcript of 8 January 1970 interview with Blackburn by Joshua Stoller, NYC
Box: 19 Folder: 10
MS of unidentified novel

POETRY/ TRANSLATION BUSINESS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 4) POETRY/TRANSLATION BUSINESS: Materials are divided into three categories: the first dealing with royalties, contracts, permissions, and reading tours for Blackburn's own work; the second containing correspondence concerning the literary estate of Frances Frost; and the third relating to Blackburn's duties as Julio Cortazar's agent.

Box: 19 Folder: 11
Poetry-related correspondence, lists of readings, addresses, financial statements, etc, ca. 1955-1959
Box: 19 Folder: 12
File on "Provencal Songbook"

Blackburn's collection of troubador poetry, accepted by MacMillan in 1958 but never published. Includes correspondence with Emile Copouya, M. L. Rosenthal, Ramon Guthrie, John Ciardi, and some carbon Blackburn letters.

Box: 19 Folder: 13
Poetry and translation related correspondence, permissions, announcements of readings, etc, 1960 - 1963
Box: 19 Folder: 14
Materials originally in folder labelled by Blackburn "Reading Tour - - Spring 1961" (for the Paterson Society)

Includes receipts, schedules, printed statements on poetics for the Paterson Society by Blackburn, LeRoi Jones, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Ed Field, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, Jonathan Williams. Also letters relating to tour, some of which have been retained here in xerox while the originals are located in the correspondence section.

Box: 20 Folder: 1
Poetry correspondence, announcements, etc. - Part I, ca. 1964-1966

Includes some carbons of Blackburn letters.

Box: 20 Folder: 2
Part II (20.1)
Box: 20 Folder: 3
Reading schedules, lists of poems accepted for The Nation

Blackburn was poetry editor from January to June 1962. Also includes poetry mailing lists, ca. 1962-1966.

Box: 20 Folder: 4
Materials relating to Aspen Writer's Workshop, 1965 - 1968

Includes letters from Robert Vas Dias, newsletters, stationary, etc.

Box: 20 Folder: 5
Three contracts (duplicates) from Grove Press for The Cities, 1966 October
Box: 20 Folder: 6
Assorted flyers, announcements of readings, poetry records, books, etc, ca. early to mid-1960s
Box: 20 Folder: 7
Materials relating to 1967 poetry tour of colleges in the south

Originally in folder labelled by Blackburn "Paperwork on the Southern swing (complete)." Includes receipts, reading schedules, dittoes of poems, etc.

Box: 20 Folder: 8
Cape Goliard Press file for In. On. Or About the Premises

Includes correspondence, royalty statements, etc.

Box: 20 Folder: 9
Correspondence, permissions, etc. - Part I, ca. 1967-1969
Box: 20 Folder: 10
Part II (20.9)
Box: 20 Folder: 11
Correspondence 1970 and after, including some posthumous permissions by Joan Blackburn
Box: 20 Folder: 12
Black Sparrow Press file for Early Selected y Mas

Includes correspondence with John Martin, materials relating to book, etc.

Box: 21 Folder: 1
Correspondence relating to literary estate of

Frances Frost, Blackburn co-executor (with N. Carr Grace).

Box: 21 Folder: 2
Contract making Blackburn agent for Cortazar

Also reader's report on Los Premios (The Winners) for Pantheon, editor's (Sara Blackburn) recommendation for publication, contract with Pantheon for Los Premios, and other materials surrounding publication of the novel, 1961.

Box: 21 Folder: 3
Royalty statements, contract for Rayuela (Hopscotch), ca. 1964-1965

Contract for collection of short stories (here titled "Letters to Mama" and later published as End of the Game and Other Stories, reissued as Blow-Up and Other Stories), royalty statements, permissions, etc.

Box: 21 Folder: 4
Correspondence, royalty statements, etc., 1966 - 1967
Box: 21 Folder: 5
Contract for Cronopios and Famas, correspondence, royalty statements, etc
Box: 21 Folder: 6
Correspondence, royalty statements, etc, ca. 1969
Box: 21 Folder: 7
Correspondence, royalty statements, etc, ca. 1970 and after

Includes some correspondence with Joan Blackburn.

PERSONAL AND FAMILY MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 5) PERSONAL AND FAMILY MATERIALS: A range of materials detailing Blackburn's activities from 1944 through 1971. The materials not only shed light on his private life, but provide a wealth of information relating to his family history. The early sections contain such items as diplomas, notebooks, resumes, and job applications. The second part of the series is made up of photographs relating to Blackburn's own activities and to his family's background. Some of the pictures of his family date back to the early 1900s. Arranged chronologically.

Ca. 1944-1954

Box: 21 Folder: 8
Diplomas

From Haaren High School, NYC (June 1944) and University of Wisconsin, Madison (June 1950).

Box: 21 Folder: 9
Parasitology sketch book

Likely from Blackburn's days as army lab technician, 1946.

Box: 21 Folder: 10
New York University notebook (1947-1948 [?])

With notes on Greek grammar and vocabulary.

Box: 22 Folder: 1
New York University notebook (Fall 1947 [?])

With French and German language notes, notes on English history and philosophy. Also contains a few diary entries and one poem. See 1.6.

Box: 22 Folder: 2
Undergraduate notes, handouts, etc

Mostly University of Wisconsin, some New York University.

Box: 22 Folder: 3
Fall 1950 transcript from Univ. of Wisconsin

Also includes notes and papers from N.Y.U., including one on Pound's Canto II for M. L. Rosenthal.

Box: 22 Folder: 4
Family history, written down by John Blackburn (grandfather), ca. 1949-1950

Later transcribed by Paul Blackburn. Original holograph and photocopy of the history, original and carbon of Blackburn's transcription.

Box: 22 Folder: 5
Misc. personal business materials, 1951 and after, mostly relating to Europe (1954-1957)

Includes international driver's license, teaching and study notes from the University of Toulouse, list of books owned (for shipping), correspondence with the bank of Tangiers, etc.

Ca. 1955-1965

Box: 22 Folder: 6
Blackburn's application for a Guggenheim fellowship, 1955
Box: 22 Folder: 7
Insurance receipts, 1957 - 1958
Box: 22 Folder: 8
Application for treatment at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, 1959

Letter applying for treatment.

Box: 22 Folder: 9
Carbons of job application letters, 1957 - 1958
Box: 22 Folder: 10
Materials relating to estate of Amos Frost - Part I, 1958 - 1960

Blackburn's maternal grandfather, d. 1958. Includes carbons of Blackburn's letters to lawyers, obituaries, etc.

Box: 22 Folder: 11
Part II (22.10)
Box: 22 Folder: 12
Receipts, income tax forms, 1956 - 1960
Box: 23 Folder: 1
Driver's license, bank book, library card, 1959 - 1962
Box: 23 Folder: 2
Application for D. H. Lawrence fellowship, surrounding correspondence, 1961 - 1962
Box: 23 Folder: 3
Resumes from 1962
Box: 23 Folder: 4
Papers, correspondence, relating to Blackburn's divorce from Freddie Blackburn, 1963
Box: 23 Folder: 5
Receipts, tax materials - Part I, 1962 - 1963
Box: 23 Folder: 6
Part II (23.5)
Box: 23 Folder: 7
Receipts, tax materials - Part I, 1963 - 1964
Box: 23 Folder: 8
Part II (23.7)
Box: 23 Folder: 9
Materials relating to 19 E. 7th St. apartment, 1963 - 1967

Leases, insurance forms, etc.

Box: 23 Folder: 10
Unemployment insurance: forms, passbook, social security card, 1964 - 1965
Box: 23 Folder: 11
Receipts for psychotherapy, 1965

Ca. 1963-1970

Box: 23 Folder: 12
Resumes, 1963 - 1970
Box: 23 Folder: 13
Job and fellowship applications, filled-out biographical information forms for CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS series
Box: 23 Folder: 14
Tax forms and receipts - Part I, 1965
Box: 23 Folder: 15
Part II (23.14)
Box: 23 Folder: 16
Receipts and W-2 forms - Part I, 1966
Box: 23 Folder: 17
Part II (23.16)
Box: 23 Folder: 18
Fellowship, editing, and teaching related materials, 1963 - 1971

Mostly flyers announcing award requirements, schedules for classes, also teacher evaluations at Cortland.

Box: 24 Folder: 1
Application, acceptance notice, correspondence surrounding Guggenheim fellowship, 1967
Box: 24 Folder: 2
Receipts - Part I, 1967
Box: 24 Folder: 3
Part II (24.2)
Box: 24 Folder: 4
Datebook, mostly Europe, 1968
Box: 24 Folder: 5
Application and acceptance letter

State Univ. of New York research grant (1970) and application for National Endowment of the Humanities grant (June 1971 - - includes resumes, photocopies of published translations).

Box: 24 Folder: 6
1970 calendar with appointments written in [?]
Box: 24 Folder: 7
Papers relating to teaching at the New School (1970) and Cortland (1970-1971)
Box: 24 Folder: 8
Life insurance forms and correspondence about laetrile with clippings, 1971
Box: 24 Folder: 9
Datebook, 1971
Box: 24 Folder: 10
Black and white family photographs from early 1900s through 1946 - Part I
Box: 24 Folder: 11
Part II (24.10)
Box: 24 Folder: 12
Part III (24.10)
Box: 25 Folder: 1
Part IV (24.10)
Box: 25 Folder: 2
Part V (24.10)
Box: 25 Folder: 3
Part VI (24.10)
Box: 25 Folder: 4
Album of black and white photographs - Part I, ca. early to mid-1960s

Of Blackburn, Sara Blackburn, and various friends, mostly taken in New York City.

Box: 25 Folder: 5
Part II (25.4)
Box: 25 Folder: 6
Part III (25.4)
Box: 25 Folder: 7
Part IV (25.4)
Box: 25 Folder: 8
Part V (25.4)
Box: 25 Folder: 9
Part VI (25.4)
Box: 25 Folder: 10
Album of black and white photographs - Part I, early 1960s

Most of poetry readings at Le Metro and Les Deux Megots, NYC.

Box: 25 Folder: 11
Part II (25.10)
Box: 25 Folder: 12
Part III (25.10)
Box: 26 Folder: 1
Part IV (25.10)
Box: 26 Folder: 2
Part V (25.10)
Box: 26 Folder: 3
Part VI (25.10)
Box: 26 Folder: 4
Assorted photographs of friends and family - Part I

Black and white and color, mostly mid to late 1960s.

Box: 26 Folder: 5
Part II (26.4)
Box: 26 Folder: 6
Part III (26.4)
Box: 26 Folder: 7
Part IV (26.4)
Box: 26 Folder: 8
Part V (26.4)
Box: 26 Folder: 9
Part VI (26.4)
Box: 26 Folder: 10
Part VII (26.4)

EPHEMERA

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 6) EPHEMERA: Miscellaneous materials including pamphlets, newspaper clippings, proofs of poems, and materials found in Blackburn's books.

Oversize: FB-071-03
Oversize photographs, originals and reproductions
Box: 26 Folder: 11
Programs and schedules for reading held for Ezra Pound's 78th birthday, at Le Metro

Program organized by Sam Newberry and Paul Blackburn.

Box: 27 Folder: 1
Copy of prospectus for and parts of Sam Newberry's mimeograph anthology "A Mosaic Portrait of Ezra Pound"

With holograph note to Blackburn and corrections on the mimeographs.

Box: 27 Folder: 2
Assorted pamphlets, newspaper and magazine clippings of materials by or relating to Pound

Also includes xerox of letter from John Kaspar to Cid Corman (see clippings for context).

Box: 27 Folder: 3
Materials relation to Rochelle Owens

Four programs for Belch, two programs for Futz, program for The String Game, and assorted clippings of reviews, etc.

Box: 27 Folder: 4
Proofs of poems published in The Nation while Blackburn was poetry editor

January to June 1962, with holograph corrections by Blackburn.

Box: 27 Folder: 5
Assorted dittoes, photocopies, and offprints of articles and poems, scripts of the following plays

Gertrude Stein's "What happened," performed at Judson Poets' Theatre; Blackburn's (partial) script of Joel Oppenheimer's Great American Desert, performed at Judson Memorial Church; Robert Kelly's The Well Wherein a Deer's Head Bleeds, Hardware Poets Theatre Production; and partial script of unidentified play, with holograph annotations.

Box: 27 Folder: 6
Assorted programs, announcements of readings, art shows, concerts, and books - Part I
Box: 27 Folder: 7
Part II (27.6)
Box: 27 Folder: 8
Assorted clippings from newspapers and magazines - - photographs, cartoons, articles, etc
Box: 27 Folder: 9
Announcements of readings, shows, invitations, etc. - Part I
Box: 27 Folder: 10
Part II (27.9)
Box: 28 Folder: 1
Part III (27.9)
Box: 28 Folder: 2
Part IV (27.9)

Mostly play bills.

Box: 28 Folder: 3
Part V (27.9)

Mostly announcements for openings at art galleries.

Box: 28 Folder: 4
Part VI (27.9)

Mostly announcements of poetry readings, including some magazine clippings of poems, some dittoed and photocopies.

Box: 28 Folder: 5
Part VII (27.9)

Including statements on poetry by Gilbert Sorrentino, Ed Dorn, Edward Field, and Clayton Eshleman (on Cesar Vallejo).

Box: 28 Folder: 6
Assorted newspaper and magazine clippings, mostly relating to literary matters - Part I
Box: 28 Folder: 7
Part II (28.6)
Box: 28 Folder: 8
Clippings of New York Post series on "The Beat Generation", 1959
Box: 28 Folder: 9
Programs, announcements of poetry readings, etc.
Box: 28 Folder: 10
Galley proofs of Carol Berge's From a Soft Angle
Box: 28 Folder: 11
Galley proofs of Charles Reznikoff's By the Waters of Manhattan
Oversize: FB-071-02
Posters for Smithson and Bolles shows
Box: 28 Folder: 12
Associated Press and United Press International photographs with captions - Part I, 1959 - 1960
Box: 29 Folder: 1
Part II (28.10)
Box: 29 Folder: 2
Political pamphlets and fliers - Part I
Box: 29 Folder: 3
Part II (29.2)

Including two TS of fliers written by Paul and Sara Blackburn.

Box: 29 Folder: 4
Pamphlets on Puerto Rican culture, bibliography of Puerto Rican writers
Box: 29 Folder: 5
Assorted postcards (blank), cards and art reproductions
Box: 29 Folder: 6
Publicity photographs and brochures from American airlines
Box: 29 Folder: 7
Assorted maps and travel brochures - Part I
Box: 29 Folder: 8
Part II (29.7)
Box: 29 Folder: 9
Assorted pamphlets, brochures, labels, fliers, receipts, order forms, business cards, scrap notes, etc. - Part I
Box: 30 Folder: 1
Part II (29.9)
Box: 30 Folder: 2
Part III (29.9)
Box: 30 Folder: 3
Part IV (29.9)
Box: 30 Folder: 4
Part V (29.9)
Box: 30 Folder: 5
Framed landscape, originally with estate of Amos Frost papers

See 22.10 and 22.11.

Box: 30 Folder: 6
Misc. materials found in Blackburn's books - Part I

[Hill, Raymond; Anthology of Troubadors].

Box: 30 Folder: 7
Part II (30.7)

Horovitz, Michael; Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain.

Box: 30 Folder: 8
Part III (30.7)

Blackburn, Paul tr.; Poem of the Cid.

Box: 30 Folder: 9
Part IV (30.7)

Blackburn, Paul; Proensa.

Box: 30 Folder: 10
Part V (30.7)

Creeley, Robert; For Love.

Box: 30 Folder: 11
Part VI (30.7)

Dictionnaire D'Ancien Francais.

Box: 30 Folder: 12
Part VII (30.7)

Irby, Kenneth; Relation.

Box: 30 Folder: 13
Part VIII (30.7)

Salvat, Abbe Joseph; Grammaire Occitane.

Box: 30 Folder: 14
Part IX (30.7)

Kelly, Robert; Armed Descent.

Box: 30 Folder: 15
Part X (30.7)

Smart, Christopher; The Works of Horace.

CORRESPONDENCE AND MANUSCRIPTS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 7) CORRESPONDENCE: Arranged into three subseries, this material constitutes the bulk of the collection. Each of the subseries is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

A) Family: Includes copies of letters sent by Blackburn. Each folder contains the letters of a single correspondent, and the correspondent is identified in the container list.

B) General: These letters offer a wide range of insights into Blackburn's personal life and work.

C) Miscellaneous: Primarily unidentified correspondence, including a large number of Christmas cards and postcards.

Family

Box: 30 Folder: 16
Blackburn, Richard (paternal uncle), to Paul Blackburn. 4 ALs
Box: 30 Folder: 17
Blackburn, Richard to William Blackburn. 1 ALs (with photographs and R of back from William to Paul)
Box: 30 Folder: 18
Blackburn, Freddie (Winifred Grey, first wife) to Paul Blackburn. 2 ALs (with friend Gwen), 2 TL, 2 AR, 1 TR, 5 hand-drawn cards, 2 signed cards
Box: 30 Folder: 19
Blackburn, Freddie to Frances Frost and N. Carr Grace. 1 TL, 1 APCs
Box: 30 Folder: 20
Blackburn, Freddie to Alfred Grey (father). 1 TL, with typed enc
Box: 30 Folder: 21
Blackburn, Freddie. 7 MSS
Box: 30 Folder: 22
Blackburn, Gloria (half-sister, paternal). 5 ALs, 2 APCs, 1 D
Box: 30 Folder: 23
Blackburn, Hannah and John (paternal grandparents). 6 ALs (HB), 1 ALs (JB), 1 card signed by both
Box: 30 Folder: 24
Blackburn, Jean (sister). 2 ALs, 1 music composition
Box: 30 Folder: 25
Blackburn, Paul to Freddie Blackburn. 1 ALs, 2 TLs, 3 TL
Box: 30 Folder: 26
Blackburn, Paul to Jean Blackburn. 1 TL (unsent), 1 carbon
Box: 31 Folder: 1
Blackburn, Paul to William Blackburn. 3 TLc
Box: 31 Folder: 2
Blackburn, Paul to Amos Frost. 1 ALs, 6 TLs
Box: 31 Folder: 3
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1944. 3 ALs, 1 TL, 1 APCs
Box: 31 Folder: 4
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1945. 4 ALs, 3 TLs, 2 T, 2 DS, 2 D
Box: 31 Folder: 5
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1946. 15 ALS, 7 TLs (inc. 1 TSc), 1 T, 1 DS
Box: 31 Folder: 6
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1946. 4 ALs, 11 TLs, 1 TL, 2 APCs, 2 D
Box: 31 Folder: 7
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1947. 1 ALs, 11 TLs, 1 APCs, 2 T, 3 D
Box: 31 Folder: 8
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1949. 2 ALs, 20 TLs, 9 APCs, 1 TPc, 1 photo, 1 TS
Box: 31 Folder: 9
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1950. 2 ALs, 12 TLs, 1 APCs, 5 photos, 2 D
Box: 31 Folder: 10
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1954. 11 TLs, 3 TL, 1 APCs, 1 birthday card hand-drawn by Freddie
Box: 31 Folder: 11
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1955. 11 ALs, 1 AL, 9 TLs, 4 TL, 3 APCs, 4 APC, 1 card hand-drawn by Freddie, 1 drawing by FB
Box: 32 Folder: 1
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1956. 9 ALs, 2 AL, 16 TLs, 4 TL, 1 APCs, 1 photo, 1 hand-drawn card by FB, 3 D
Box: 32 Folder: 2
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, 1957. 1 ALs, 9 TLs, 4 TL, 2 D
Box: 32 Folder: 3
Blackburn, Paul to Frances Frost, undated. 1 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 TL, 1 APCs
Box: 32 Folder: 4
Blackburn, Paul to Noreen Carr Grace. 2 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 ALs with part typed
Box: 32 Folder: 5
Blackburn, Sara (Golden, second wife). 12 ALs, 4 TLs, 2 TL, 1 APCs, 2 R, 1 hand-made cards (1 signed), 2 TS, 1 MS, 1 D, 1 photocopy of letter to Octavio Paz
Box: 32 Folder: 6
Blackburn, William Gordon (father). 14 ALs, 25 TLs, 1 ALs with part typed, 1 R
Box: 32 Folder: 7
Frost, Amos, 1940-1945 (maternal grandfather). 25 TL (2 with Jean Blackburn)
Box: 32 Folder: 8
Frost, Amos, 1942-1947. 15 TL, 1 card with TN
Box: 32 Folder: 9
Frost, Amos, 1948-1955. 32 TL
Box: 32 Folder: 10
Frost, Amos. Ephemera, cards from others given to PB
Box: 32 Folder: 11
Frost, Frances to PB, 1942. 1 ALs, 9 TLs, 1 TL
Box: 32 Folder: 12
Frost, Frances to PB, 1944. 13 TLs, 6 D
Box: 32 Folder: 13
Frost, Frances to PB, 1945. 2 ALs, 17 TLs, 1 TPCs, 23 D
Box: 32 Folder: 14
Frost, Frances to PB, 1946. 2 ALs, 24 TLs, 14 D
Box: 33 Folder: 1
Frost, Frances to PB, 1946. 1 ALs, 19 TLs, 11 D, 1 Ds
Box: 33 Folder: 2
Frost, Frances to PB, 1946. 20 TLs, 1 D (also 1 ALs from "Chappie" encl. in Sept. 10 TLs)
Box: 33 Folder: 3
Frost, Frances to PB, 1946. 1 ALs, 12 TLs, 1 Ds, 6 D, 1 photo (also 1 ALs from "Dode" and 1 from Aung Agnes encl. in Nov. 24 TLs)
Box: 33 Folder: 4
Frost, Frances to PB, 1947. 1 ALs, 19 TLs, 1 TNs, 1 Ds, 12 D (also 1 TLs from "Peter" encl. in Jan. 11 TLs)
Box: 33 Folder: 5
Frost, Frances to PB, 1954-1957. 1 ALs, 38 TLs
Box: 33 Folder: 6
Frost, Frances to PB, 1958-1959. 2 TLs
Box: 33 Folder: 7
Frost, Frances to PB, undated. 1 TL
Box: 33 Folder: 8
Golden, Leanne (Sara Blackburn's sister). 1 ALs, 1 D
Box: 33 Folder: 9
Grace, Noreen Carr (Frances Frost's friend). 15 ALs, 5 TLs (1 carbon of letter to and one from "Frederick"), 2 APCs, 1 R, 1 TSc of Thurber poem
Box: 33 Folder: 10
Grey, Alfred (Freddie Blackburn's father). 3 ALs, 6 TLs, 6 TL
Box: 33 Folder: 11
June, Pearl (PB's maternal grandmother) 1959-1971. 25 ALs, 1 R on TLs to Pearl June from "Ruth"
Box: 33 Folder: 12
June, Pearl, undated. 11 ALs, 2 cards (1 signed, 1 with R enc.)
Box: 33 Folder: 13
Taber, Edna (paternal cousin). 1 ALs
Box: 33 Folder: 14
Aunt Agnes (paternal [?]). 1 ALs

General

Box: 34 Folder: 1
Abbot, Ward. 3 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 2
Abrams, Sam. 8 TLs, 2 APCs, 1 D, 5 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 3
Aldan, Daisy. 2 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 4
Allen, Donald (PB replies are in Donald Allen archive). 21 TLs, 1 TPCs, 1 D
Box: 34 Folder: 5
Allen, Tony. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 6
Alexander, D. 3 ALs, 2 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 7
Anselm, Felix. 2 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 8
Antin, David and Eleanor. 1 TLs, 1 Tc, 1 D
Box: 34 Folder: 9
Antreassin, Jack. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 10
Aron, Edith. 20 TLs, 1 D
Box: 34 Folder: 11
Aster, Sidney. 2 TLs, 1 Rc
Box: 34 Folder: 12
Austin, Alan. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 13
Baez, Albert. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 14
Baker, Helen and Buck. 7 TLs, 15 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 15
Ball, David. 1 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 16
Barker, Richard. 2 TLs, 11 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 17
Bartra, Agusti. 3 ALs, 8 TLs, 2 APCs, 1 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 18
Bauman, Mary Lynn. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 19
Belfrage, Sally. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 20
Bentley, Eric. 2 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 21
Bell, Richard. 1 ALs, 10 TLs, 1 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 22
Benton, William. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 23
Berge, Carol (see also series VIII). 1 ALs, 25 TLs, 14 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 24
Berry, Newton. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 25
Bialy, Harvey. 1 TLs, 1 TPCs
Box: 34 Folder: 26
Bitterman, Edith. 1 ALs
Box: 34 Folder: 27
Blackburn, Paul. Assorted carbons and unsent letters, 1947-1951
Box: 34 Folder: 28
Blackburn, Paul, 1954-1959
Box: 34 Folder: 29
Blackburn, Paul, 1960-1969
Box: 34 Folder: 30
Blackburn, Paul, 1970-1971
Box: 34 Folder: 31
Block, Alan. 1 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 32
Bloemgarten, S. 2 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 33
Bly, Robert. 1 ALs, 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 34
Bock, Frederick. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 35
Boer, Charles. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 36
Boffey, Peter. 1 TLs, 5 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 37
Bogart, Herbert. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 38
Bolles, Robert. 3 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 APCs
Box: 34 Folder: 39
Borregaard, Ebbe. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 40
Borths, Judy. 1 ALs
Box: 34 Folder: 41
Bose, Buddhaveda. 1 ALs
Box: 34 Folder: 42
Bottsford, Keith. 2 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 43
Bottke, Karl. 3 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 44
Bottone, Anthony. 1 ALs, 1 APCs
Box: 34 Folder: 45
Boux, Rene. 1 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 46
Bowering, George. 2 ALs, 1 TLs, 3 MS
Box: 34 Folder: 47
Bradley, Sam. 2 TLs
Box: 34 Folder: 48
Bradley, Van Allen. 2 TLs
Box: 35 Folder: 1
Brafman, Allen. 3 Als, 5 TLs
Box: 35 Folder: 2
Brandstein, Natalie, 1945. 18 ALs, 4 TLs, 1 APCs, 1 TPCs
Box: 35 Folder: 3
Brandstein, Natalie, 1946. 25 ALs, 7 TLs (inc. 1 TS), 3 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 card
Box: 35 Folder: 4
Brandstein, Natalie, 1947. 13 ALs, 12 TLs, 1 TPCs, 6 APCs, 1 NS, 1 T
Box: 35 Folder: 5
Brandstein, Natalie, 1948-1952. 16 Als, 9 TLs, 4 APCs, 1 card
Box: 35 Folder: 6
Brasil, Emanuel. 2 ALs
Box: 35 Folder: 7
Braun, Henry. 1 ALs, 1 TLs
Box: 35 Folder: 8
Bremser, Ray and Bonnie. 2 TLs
Box: 35 Folder: 9
Bronfman, Larry. 69 TLs, 2 TL, 1 D, 1 MS; 1 Rc, and 1 one unmailed R
Box: 35 Folder: 10
Bruce, Robert. 1 D
Box: 35 Folder: 11
Burns, Robert Grant. 4 TLs
Box: 35 Folder: 12