United Artists Records, 1977-1983 (MSS 0012)

Access: Collection is open for research.

Extent: 3.6 Linear feet (9 archives boxes)

Records of a publishing company established by poets Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1977. Successor to Angel Hair magazine and Angel Hair Books, United Artists published works of contemporary poets and writers, including Ted Berrigan, Clark Coolidge, Alan Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, and Bill Berkson. Correspondence with these and other United Artist contributors can be found in the collection. Also included are typescripts of works submitted and materials used for production of United Artists publications.

Established by Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1977, United Artists press was located in New York City until it went out of business in at the end of the 1980s. Typically, the press published four titles a year, generally with a run of 750 copies each. While they provided a venue for artists who could not publish with mainstream presses, Warsh and Mayer also published established writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gregory Corso, all of whom had secured contracts with trade publishers.

The forerunner of United Artists was Angel Artist (magazine) and Angel Hair Books, a press which Warsh co-founded and co-edited from 1966 to 1977. Many of the contributors to United Artists, such as Ted Berrigan and Clark Coolidge, had previously been associated with Angel Hair Books. Both presses were dependent on sales-generated income combined with the support offered by grants and awards. Warsh was a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1966 and 1979, and he received a Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines award in 1981.

Accession Processed in 1988

The papers relate to the professional and personal lives of persons associated with United Artists. Many of the artists that Warsh and Mayer dealt with were also friends, and, as a result, the correspondence is often a mix of both literary and private matters. Although a few items date from the middle 1970s, the bulk of the papers date from 1977 to 1983. The collection is organized into three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE; 2) TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEYS, AND PAGE PROOFS OF UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS; and 3) TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE.

The largest portion of the collection is comprised of CORRESPONDENCE from various writers to United Artists editors Mayer and Warsh. The series is arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's name, and the letters of each correspondent are in chronological order. Unless the correspondent addressed Mayer or Warsh individually, only the name of the writer is listed.

The successive stages of production for each book project can be surveyed in the TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEYS, AND PAGE PROOFS OF UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS series. They are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.

The TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE series contains original typescripts of published and unpublished work. This section includes the work of Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, and Allen Ginsberg. It is also arranged alphabetically by the name of the author.

Container List

CORRESPONDENCE

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Acker, Kathy

4 APC, 2 APCs, 1 AL, 2 ALs, 3 TL, 3 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 2
Ball, David

2 ALs, 1 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 3
Banks, Russell

1 APCs, 1 TPCs, 5 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 4
Benson, Steve

1 ALs, 1 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 5
Berge, Carol

6 TLs; 1 prose TS

Box: 1 Folder: 6
Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1971 - 1975

13 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs. n.d.

Box: 1 Folder: 7
Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1976 - 1977

4 APCs, 2 ALs, 7 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 8
Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1978 - 1978

1 APCs, 8 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 9
Berkson, Bill, 1979 - 1979

8 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 10
Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1980 - 1980

1 APCs, 6 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 1 Folder: 11
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1969 - 1969

2 APCs, 1 AL. n.d.

Box: 1 Folder: 12
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1973 - 1973

6 APCs, 4 ALs, 10 TLs; 3 poems TS

Box: 1 Folder: 13
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1974

8 APCs, 11 TLs, 3 poems TS

Box: 1 Folder: 14
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1975 - 1975

6 APCs, 3 ALs, 7 TLs, 1 poem TS

Box: 1 Folder: 15
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1976 - 1976

2 APCs, 8 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 16
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1977 - 1977

1 ALs, 7 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 17
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1978

3 APCs, 14 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 18
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1979 - 1979

5 APCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs; 9 poems TS, 1 prose TS

Box: 1 Folder: 19
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1980 - 1980

2 APCs, 1 TPCs, 7 TLs; 3 poems TS, 1 prose TS

Box: 1 Folder: 20
Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1981 - 1983

5 APCs, 5 ALs, 8 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 21
Bernstein, Charles to Bernadette Mayer

5 ALs, 1 TL, 4 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 22
Bernstein, Charles to Lewis Warsh

2 APCs, 1 TPCs, 4 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 23
Berrigan, Ted to Bernadette Mayer

1 APCs, 1 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 24
Berrigan, Ted to Lewis Warsh

11 APCs, 1 AL, 3 ALs, 2 TLs

Box: 1 Folder: 25
Brainard, Joe to Bernadette Mayer

8 ALs

Box: 1 Folder: 26
Brainard, Joe to Lewis Warsh

1 APC, 1 APCs, 3 ALs

Box: 1 Folder: 27
Brenner, Summer

2 TPCs, 1 ALs; 1 prose TSs

Box: 1 Folder: 28
Brodey, Jim

1 APCs, 5 ALs, 4 TLs; 1 poem MS

Box: 1 Folder: 29
Brownstein, Michael

1 APCs, 1 ALs, 5 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 1
Burckhardt, Rudy to Bernadette Mayer

2 APCs, 2 ALs

Box: 2 Folder: 2
Burckhardt, Rudy to Lewis Warsh

5 APCs, 5 ALs

Box: 2 Folder: 3
Bye, Reed

1 APCs, 1 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 4
Callahan, Robert to Bernadette Mayer, 1977 - 1978

2 ALs, 2 TL, 8 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 2 Folder: 5
Callahan, Robert to Bernadette Mayer, 1979 - 1980

1 APCs, 4 TL, 12 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 6
Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1977 - 1977

1 APCs, 3 TL, 7 TLs. n.d.

Box: 2 Folder: 7
Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1978

7 TL, 12 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 8
Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1979 - 1979

6 TL, 7 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 2 Folder: 9
Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1980 - 1980

3 TL, 4 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 10
Carey, Steve

1 APCs, 4 ALs, 1 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 2 Folder: 11
Carter, Charlotte, 1976 - 1976

1 AL, 2 ALs, 2 TLs. n.d.

Box: 2 Folder: 12
Carter, Charlotte, 1977 - 1977

1 AL, 4 ALs, 1 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 13
Carter, Charlotte, 1978 - 1978

1 ALs, 1 TL, 1 TLs; 2 poems TS, 1 prose TS

Box: 2 Folder: 14
Carter, Charlotte, 1979 - 1980

3 ALs, 1 TL, 2 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 15
Codrescu, Andrei

4 APCs, 6 ALs, 11 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 16
Collom, Jack

1 APCs, 1 AL, 5 ALs

Box: 2 Folder: 17
Coolidge, Clark to Bernadette Mayer

13 TLs. n.d.

Box: 2 Folder: 18
Coolidge, Clark to Bernadette Mayer, 1973 - 1980

7 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 2 Folder: 19
Coolidge, Clark to Lewis Warsh

9 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 20
Cooper, Dennis

1 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs

Box: 2 Folder: 21
Corbett, William to Bernadette Mayer, 1975 - 1978

7 APCs, 3 TPCs, 3 ALs, 4 TLs. n.d.

Box: 2 Folder: 22
Corbett, William to Bernadette Mayer, 1979 - 1983

8 APCs, 1 ALs, 5 TLs; 3 poems TS

Box: 3 Folder: 1
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh

11 APCs, 2 TPCs, 8 ALs. n.d.

Box: 3 Folder: 2
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1973 - 1973

2 APCs, 1 TPC, 1 TPCs, 6 ALs, 4 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 3
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1974

2 TPCs, 3 ALs, 8 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 4
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1975 - 1975

3 TPCs, 2 ALs, 11 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 5
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1976 - 1976

7 APCs, 1 TPCs, 7 ALs, 5 TLs; 3 pages poems TS

Box: 3 Folder: 6
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1977 - 1977

7 APCs, 9 ALs, 2 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 3 Folder: 7
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1978

7 APCs, 5 ALs, 5 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 8
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1979 - 1979

8 APCs, 1 TPC, 2 ALs, 7 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 9
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1980 - 1980

6 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 10
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1981 - 1981

9 APCs, 9 ALs, 2 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 3 Folder: 11
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1982 - 1982

5 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 12
Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1983 - 1983

9 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 13
Cott, Jonathan

2 APCs, 2 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 14
Creeley, Robert

1 APCs, 1 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 15
Davies, Alan to Bernadette Mayer

2 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 16
Davies, Alan to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1974

4 APCs, 14 TLs; 1 poem TSc, 1 prose TSc

Box: 3 Folder: 17
Davies, Alan to Lewis Warsh, 1975 - 1979

5 APCs, 1 ALs, 10 TLs; 8 poems TSc

Box: 3 Folder: 18
Einzig, Barbara

2 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 19
Elmslie, Kenward to Bernadette Mayer

4 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 AL, 1 ALs, 2 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 20
Elmslie, Kenward to Lewis Warsh

5 APCs, 6 TPCs, 4 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 21
Fagin, Larry

2 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 22
Friedman, Ed

1 APCs, 3 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 23
Greene, Jonathan

1 TL

Box: 3 Folder: 24
Greenwald, Ted

2 ALs, 1 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 25
Grossinger, Richard to Bernadette Mayer, 1974 - 1977

1 APCs, 1 ALs, 17 TLs. n.d.

Box: 3 Folder: 26
Grossinger, Richard to Bernadette Mayer, 1978 - 1979

1 TL, 11 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 27
Grossinger, Richard to Lewis Warsh

1 TPCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs

Box: 3 Folder: 28
Harwood, Lee

1 APCs, 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 5 pages poems TSc

Box: 3 Folder: 29
Holman, Bob

1 APCs, 3 ALs

Box: 4 Folder: 1
Howe, Fanny to Bernadette Mayer

4 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 2
Howe, Fanny to Lewis Warsh

4 ALs, 10 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 3
Howe, Susan

2 APCs, 15 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 4
Kahn, Paul

2 ALs, 2 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 5
Kraut, Rochelle to Bernadette Mayer

2 APCs, 1 AL, 5 ALs, 1 TL

Box: 4 Folder: 6
Kraut, Rochelle to Lewis Warsh

4 APCs, 5 ALs, 12 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 4 Folder: 7
Lally, Michael to Bernadette Mayer

1 APCs, 1 AL, 1 ALs

Box: 4 Folder: 8
Lally, Michael to Lewis Warsh

1 APCs, 2 ALs, 3 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 9
MacAdams, Lewis to Bernadette Mayer

1 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 10
MacAdams, Lewis to Lewis Warsh

1 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 11
McClure, Michael

2 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 12
MacLow, Jackson

3 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 13
Malanga, Gerard to Bernadette Mayer

2 APCs, 2 ALs, 7 TLs; 1 poem TSc

Box: 4 Folder: 14
Malanga, Gerard to Lewis Warsh, 1973 - 1976

1 ALs, 9 TLs; 1 poem TS, 2 poems TSc

Box: 4 Folder: 15
Malanga, Gerard to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1979

5 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 16
Masters, Greg

1 APCs, 6 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 4 Folder: 17
Metcalf, Paul to Bernadette Mayer

2 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 18
Metcalf, Paul to Lewis Warsh

5 TPCs, 7 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 19
Nolan, Pat, 1973 - 1974

1 ALs, 1 TL, 8 TLs; 7 poems TS

Box: 4 Folder: 20
Nolan, Pat, 1974 - 1982

1 APCs, 1 TPCs, 2 ALs, 11 TLs; 1 poem TS

Box: 4 Folder: 21
North, Charles

5 APCs, 2 ALs, 3 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 22
Notley, Alice to Bernadette Mayer, 1972 - 1977

1 APCs, 1 AL, 8 ALs, 5 TLs. n.d.

Box: 4 Folder: 23
Notley, Alice to Bernadette Mayer, 1978 - 1980

1 APCs, 9 ALs, 2 TL, 2 TLs; 3 poems TSc

Box: 4 Folder: 24
Notley, Alice to Lewis Warsh

8 APCs, 12 ALs, 6 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 25
Owen, Maureen to Bernadette Mayer

4 APCs, 2 ALs

Box: 4 Folder: 26
Owen, Maureen to Lewis Warsh

5 APCs, 3 ALs, 5 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 27
Padgett, Ron

8 APCs, 1 TPCs, 5 ALs, 1 TL, 2 TLs

Box: 4 Folder: 28
Palmer, Michael to Bernadette Mayer

2 APCs

Box: 4 Folder: 29
Palmer, Michael to Lewis Warsh

8 APCs, 5 ALs

Box: 5 Folder: 1
Raworth, Tom to Bernadette Mayer

1 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 2
Raworth, Tom to Lewis Warsh

3 ALs

Box: 5 Folder: 3
Rosenberg, David

2 APCs, 2 ALs

Box: 5 Folder: 4
Rosenthal, Bob, 1975 - 1977

3 APCs, 1 AL, 5 ALs, 15 TLs. n.d.

Box: 5 Folder: 5
Rosenthal, Bob, 1978 - 1982

2 APCs, 3 ALs, 11 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 6
Rothenberg, Jerome

1 APCs, 2 ALs

Box: 5 Folder: 7
Scalapino, Leslie

3 ALs, 4 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 8
Schiff, Harris to Bernadette Mayer

1 APCs, 1 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 9
Schiff, Harris to Lewis Warsh, 1973 - 1973

1 APC, 1 APCs, 1 AL, 8 ALs, 1 TL, 1 TLs; 4 poems TS. n.d.

Box: 5 Folder: 10
Schiff, Harris to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1976

1 APCs, 1 AL, 8 ALs, 1 TLs; 1 poem MS

Box: 5 Folder: 11
Schiff, Harris to Lewis Warsh, 1977 - 1982

3 APCs, 2 ALs, 9 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 12
Schuchat, Simon to Bernadette Mayer

1 ALs, 1 TL, 8 TLs; 6 poems TS

Box: 5 Folder: 13
Schuchat, Simon to Lewis Warsh

6 TLs; 3 poems TS

Box: 5 Folder: 14
Thomas, Lorenzo

3 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 15
Veitch, Tom

14 APCs, 1 TPCs, 2 ALs, 4 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 16
Vermont, Charlie to Bernadette Mayer

1 APCs, 1 ALs, 3 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 17
Vermont, Charlie to Lewis Warsh, 1973 - 1973

1 APCs, 2 ALs, 6 TLs; 1 prose TS. n.d.

Box: 5 Folder: 18
Vermont, Charlie to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1976

3 APCs, 2 ALs, 4 TLs; 1 poem TSc

Box: 5 Folder: 19
Waldman, Anne to Bernadette Mayer, 1971 - 1973

1 APC, 10 APCs, 1 TPCs, 3 TLs. n.d.

Box: 5 Folder: 20
Waldman, Anne to Bernadette Mayer, 1974 - 1979

5 APC, 5 APCs, 3 AL, 1 ALs, 1 TL, 5 TLs; 1 prose TSc

Box: 5 Folder: 21
Waldman, Anne to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1977

10 APCs, 3 ALs, 13 TLs. n.d.

Box: 5 Folder: 22
Waldman, Anne to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1982

7 APCs, 8 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 23
Watten Barrett to Bernadette Mayer

1 APCs, 3 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 24
Watten, Barrett to Lewis Warsh, 1972 - 1973

2 APCs, 1 AL, 6 ALs, 7 TLs; 3 prose TSc. n.d.

Box: 5 Folder: 25
Watten, Barrett to Lewis Warsh, 1975 - 1978

3 APCs, 4 ALs, 4 TLs

Box: 5 Folder: 26
Weiner, Hannah

1 APCs, 6 ALs; 6 pages prose TSc

Box: 5 Folder: 27
Miscellaneous

TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEY AND PAGE PROOFS OF U.A. BOOKS

Box: 6 Folder: 1
Banks, Russell. The Relation of My Imprisonment

corrected TSc

Box: 6 Folder: 2
Berrigan, Ted. Nothing For You

TS

Box: 6 Folder: 3
Berrigan, Ted. Nothing For You

corrected TSc

Box: 6 Folder: 4
Berrigan, Ted and Schiff, Harris. NY 2, Boston 0

corrected TS

Box: 6 Folder: 5
Brodey, Jim. Judyism

TSc

Box: 6 Folder: 6
Brodey, Jim. Judyism

corrected TSc

Box: 6 Folder: 7
Brodey, Jim. Judyism

corrected Gc

Box: 6 Folder: 8
Carey, Steve. The California Papers

TSc

Box: 6 Folder: 9
Carey, Steve. The California Papers

corrected Gc

Box: 6 Folder: 10
Corbett, William. Columbus Square Journal

TSc

Box: 7 Folder: 1
Corbett, William. Columbus Square Journal

corrected Gc

Box: 7 Folder: 2
Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time

TS

Box: 7 Folder: 3
Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time

TS

Box: 7 Folder: 4
Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time

G

Box: 7 Folder: 5
Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time

corrected Gc

Box: 7 Folder: 6
Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time

PP (two copies)

Box: 7 Folder: 7
Mayer, Bernadette and Waldman, Anne. The Basketball Article

TS

Box: 7 Folder: 8
Notley, Alice. Songs For The Unborn Second Baby

corrected Gc

Box: 7 Folder: 9
Rosenthal, Bob. Cleaning Up New York

TSc

Box: 7 Folder: 10
Rosenthal, Bob. Cleaning Up New York

photo, cover, title pages

Box: 7 Folder: 11
Schiff, Harris. In The Heart Of The Empire

corrected Gc

Box: 7 Folder: 12
Vermont, Charlie. Selected Poems

TS

Box: 7 Folder: 13
Vermont, Charlie. Selected Poems

corrected Gc

Box: 7 Folder: 14
Warsh, Lewis. The Maharaja's Son

TS

TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE

Box: 8 Folder: 1
Berkson, Bill
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Berrigan, Ted
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Burckhardt, Rudy
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Carey, Steve
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Carter, Charlotte
Box: 8 Folder: 6
Codrescu, Andrei
Box: 8 Folder: 7
Collom, Jack
Box: 8 Folder: 8
Coolidge, Clark
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Corbett, William
Box: 8 Folder: 10
Corso, Gregory
Box: 8 Folder: 11
Creeley, Robert
Box: 8 Folder: 12
Denby, Edwin
Box: 8 Folder: 13
Elmslie, Kenward
Box: 8 Folder: 14
Friedman, Ed
Box: 8 Folder: 15
Ginsberg, Allen
Box: 8 Folder: 16
Godfrey, John
Box: 8 Folder: 17
Guest, Barbara
Box: 8 Folder: 18
Howe, Fanny
Box: 8 Folder: 19
Koethe, John
Box: 8 Folder: 20
Kushner, Bill
Box: 9 Folder: 1
McClure, Michael
Box: 9 Folder: 2
Mayer, Bernadette
Box: 9 Folder: 3
Mayer, Rosemary
Box: 9 Folder: 4
Metcalf, Paul
Box: 9 Folder: 5
Myles, Eileen
Box: 9 Folder: 6
Noel, Susan
Box: 9 Folder: 7
North, Charles
Box: 9 Folder: 8
Notley, Alice
Box: 9 Folder: 9
Padgett, Ron
Box: 9 Folder: 10
Rakosi, Carl
Box: 9 Folder: 11
Rosenthal, Bob
Box: 9 Folder: 12
Savage, Tom
Box: 9 Folder: 13
Scheeman, Elio
Box: 9 Folder: 14
Schiff, Harris
Box: 9 Folder: 15
Scholnick, Michael
Box: 9 Folder: 16
Thomas, Lorenzo
Box: 9 Folder: 17
Veitch, Tom
Box: 9 Folder: 18
Vermont, Charlie
Box: 9 Folder: 19
Weiner, Hannah
Box: 9 Folder: 20
Miscellaneous