Hannah Weiner Papers, 1946-2002 (MSS 0504)

Restrictions: Original audiorecordings in box 17 are restricted. Users must request that a listening copy be produced.

Extent: 6.5 Linear feet (16 archives boxes, 1 card file box and 3 oversize folders)

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Papers of Hannah Weiner (1928-1997), a New York City poet and significant member of the "language-centered" group of writers. The papers, covering the years 1946-2002, contain notebooks, typescripts of poems, prose works, typed transcriptions of notebooks, audiorecordings, and miscellaneous materials. Included are materials for Clairvoyant Journals 1974: March - June Retreat (1978), Code Poems: From the International Code of Signals for the Use of All (1982), The Fast (1992), The Magritte Poems (1970), and Spoke (1984).

Hannah Weiner was born on November 4, 1928, in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Providence Classical High School in June 1946. She attended Radcliffe College and graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, in English Literature in 1950. After a brief marriage, she took various jobs in New York City, and began writing poetry around 1963. Her first book, The Magritte Poems, was published in 1966. In the late 60s, Weiner participated in several events within the visual arts scene in New York City. Her most notable "poetry event" was the International Code of Signals. In the early 70s, she commenced her primary body of written work, a series of experimental journals which were in part "clairvoyantly" dictated. I See Words became both her manifesto and method of composition.

Weiner's Clairvoyant Journal 1974 was published by Angel Hair Books in 1978, followed by LittleBooks/Indians (Roof Books, 1980) and Nijole's House (Potes and Poets, 1981). She became one of the most prominent individuals involved with the "language-centered" movement of poets and experimental prose writers. Her work was featured in Ron Silliman's anthology, In the American Tree, Douglas Messerli's Language Poetries, and The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, edited by Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews. She was awarded a creative writing fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986. Other important collections of her poetry include Spoke (Sun & Moon Press, 1984), The Fast (United Artists Books, 1992), Silent Teachers Remembered Sequel (Tender Button, 1994), and We Speak Silent (Roof Books, 1996). Weiner's manuscript Page, as well as selections from her Clairvoyant Journal and Little Books/Indians have been published posthumously by various presses.

Hannah Weiner died in September 1997 in New York City.

The Hannah Weiner Papers contain notebooks (1971-1979, 1984, 1990-1992, and 1997) and typed transcriptions from the notebooks which provided the basis for several of her books. Also included are significant unpublished materials in both notebook and manuscript form, typescripts of poems and prose works, cassette audiorecordings of several poetry readings, and a small amount of miscellaneous material. The bulk of the collection dates between 1971 and 1979 with some documentation of the early 1990s and the year prior to Weiner's death. The materials are arranged in three series: 1) WRITINGS, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, and 3) AUDIORECORDINGS.

SERIES 1: WRITINGS

The WRITINGS series is arranged in three subseries: A) Notebooks, B) Manuscripts and C) Posthumous Publications. The first subseries contains bound notebooks which are arranged chronologically. There are three primary sequences of notebooks, 1971-1975, 1976-1979, and 1990-1992. These notebooks consist largely of undated entries which document Weiner's creative process. The second subseries gathers typed transcriptions from the notebooks, as well as typescripts of poems published in magazines or anthologies and short prose pieces. The final subseries contains correspondence sent between Charles Bernstein and various other editors for the posthumous publication of some of Weiner's well-known works, including Clairvoyant Journal and Page. Editor-annotated manuscripts and page proofs are also included.

SERIES 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series contains several versions of resumes and biographical lists of artistic activities and publications. It also includes miscellaneous photographs and memorabilia.

SERIES 3: AUDIORECORDINGS

The AUDIO RECORDINGS series contains tape recordings made of Hannah Weiner's readings between 1974 and 1994. All of the readings occurred in New York City, largely at the Poetry Project, St. Mark's.

Container List

WRITINGS

Notebooks

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Notebook #2 - The Hell Book, begins January 24, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 2
Notebook #3 - Hell Book II, ends ca. 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 3
Notebook #4 - Hell Book III
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Notebook #5 - Heaven Book
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Notebook #6 - Ides of March, begins March 15, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Notebook #7 - At B Blue's
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Notebook #8 - Apts for Rent, begins March 15, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Notebook #9 - The Rose Continued
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Notebook #10 - The Bus Terminal
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Notebook #11
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Notebook #12 - The Loft
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Notebook #13 - Halfway through
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Notebook #14 - (No Name)
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Notebook #15 - New Place
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Notebook #16 - Orpheum
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Notebook #17, June 21, 1971
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Notebook #18 - Toilet Paper
Box: 2 Folder: 7
Notebook #19 - 4 Days
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Notebook #20 - Mareng Again
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Notebook #21 - Country 1
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Notebook #22 - Country 2
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Notebook #23 - The Last Week
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Notebook #24 - Almost
Box: 3 Folder: 2
Notebook #25 - Capture
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Notebook #26 - More Country
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Notebook #27 - More Country 2
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Notebook #28 - More Country 3
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Notebook #29 - More Country 4
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Notebook #30 - Astrology - MC5
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Notebook #32 - City
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Notebook #33 - Leap Year
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Notebook #34 - Potatos [sic]
Box: 3 Folder: 12
Notebook #36 - E
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Notebook #38 - Blue Book
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Notebook #39
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Notebook #40 - I
Box: 4 Folder: 3
Notebook #41 - The Book of Exorcism (Between I and _) Part 1
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Notebook #42 - The Book of Exorcism (Between I and _) Part 2
Box: 4 Folder: 5
Notebook #43 - The Book of Exorcism (Between I and _) Part 3
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Notebook #44 - 1972, August
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Notebook #45
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Notebook #46
Box: 4 Folder: 9
Notebook #47
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Notebook #48
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Notebook #49, 1972
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Notebook #50 - Funny
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Notebook #51, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Notebook #52 - Autumn, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Notebook #53 - "no wrong", 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Notebook #54, November 17, 1972
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Notebook #55 - Eating, November 25, 1972
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Notebook #56 - Eating, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Notebook #57, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Notebook #58 - End of December, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Notebook #59, January 1, 1973
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Notebook #60, January 6, 1973
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Notebook #66, March 11, 1973
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Notebook #67, March 21, 1973
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Notebook #68, April 4, 1973
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Notebook #73, July 7, 1973
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Notebook #74, July 31, 1973
Box: 6 Folder: 5
Notebook #75, August 30, 1973
Box: 6 Folder: 6
Notebook #77, December, 1973
Box: 6 Folder: 7
Notebook #80, January, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Notebook #81, March - April, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Notebook #85, February - March, 1975
Box: 6 Folder: 10
Notebook #87, April 27, May - June, 1975
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Notebook #98 - You Scribble in It (Retreat 76?)
Box: 7 Folder: 2
Notebook #99 - After June Retreat, June - July, 1976
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Notebook #104A - " I Like OK", December 7, 1976
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Notebook #107 - Gray Book, May 13, 1977
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Notebook #107 - Friday, May 13, 1977
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Notebook #108 - Gray Book, May 19 - 22, 1977
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Notebook #109 - Gray Book, July 1, 1977 and February, 1978
Box: 7 Folder: 8
Notebook #111 - Black Book - Sheets, October - December, 1977
Box: 7 Folder: 9
Notebook #111 - Sheets - I see words (copy), October - December, 1977
Box: 7 Folder: 10
Notebook #122 - Charlemagne (cover note: father dies dead), June 11, 1978
Box: 7 Folder: 11
Notebook #123 - Cont, June 14, 1978
Box: 7 Folder: 12
Notebook #128 - I Just Remembered It, October 14, 1974(?)
Box: 7 Folder: 13
Notebook #129 - October 26
Box: 7 Folder: 14
Notebook #131 - Page 4, October 29
Box: 7 Folder: 15
Notebook #138 - Silent Cont, April 7 - 24, 30, 1979
Box: 7 Folder: 16
Notebook #142, July 19, 1979
Box: 7 Folder: 17
Notebook - 1984, July (The Zuo One?) Part 4 - 83 lines
Box: 8 Folder: 1
Notebook #2, April 23, 1990
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Notebook #1, June 27 - September 13, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Notebook #1, September 14 - October 1, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Notebook #3, October 1 - 4, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Notebook #4, October 5 - 8, 1990
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Notebook #5, October 9 - 15, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 7
Notebook #6, October 15 - 31, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 8
Notebook #7, November 1 - 20, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Notebook #8, November 20 - December 7, 1990
Box: 8 Folder: 10
Notebook #9, December 8, 1990 - January 8, 1991
Box: 9 Folder: 1
Notebook #10, Jnauary 11 - August 13, 1991
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Notebook #11, August 14 - October 31, 1991
Box: 9 Folder: 3
Notebook #12, November 1, 1991 - January 12, 1992
Box: 9 Folder: 4
Notebook #13, January 13, 1992
Box: 9 Folder: 5
Notebook #14, Autumn, 1992 (?)
Box: 9 Folder: 6
Notebook #15, September 29, 1992 - January, 1993
Box: 9 Folder: 7
Notebook #25, July 15, 1997
Box: 9 Folder: 8
Notebook #26, November 13, 1997
Box: 9 Folder: 9
Unnumbered notebook
Box: 9 Folder: 10 Oversize: FB27104
Journal entries in drawing pad, plus artwork. Undated. Oversize

Manuscripts

Box: 10 Folder: 1
1990 Welcome in Sentences. Typescript
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Abazoo. Manuscript and photocopy, 1988 - 1988
Box: 10 Folder: 3
All Words are Seen. Typescript, ca. 1979 - 1980
Box: 10 Folder: 4
Article subtitle. Typescript, 1990 - 1990
Box: 10 Folder: 5
Astral Visions. Typescript
Box: 10 Folder: 6
Box: 10 Folder: 7
Children from the Trees. Typescript published in Little Lights 5., 1982 - 1982
Clairvoyant Journal
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Box: 10 Folder: 9
1973 Original - "Original retyped June 1973"
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1973 Original, July - September, 1973
Box: 10 Folder: 11
1973 Original, October - November, Christmas, 1973
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1973 original (hand-drafted pages), September - November, 1973
Box: 10 Folder: 13
Box: 10 Folder: 14
1974, March - June retreat. Photocopy of manuscript, stapled, with handwritten notes on final page
Box: 10 Folder: 15
1974, cuts
Box: 10 Folder: 16
Clairvoyant Journal typescript., 1975 - 1977
Box: 10 Folder: 17
Clairvoyant Journal. Published edition used as a reading copy and signed by Steve McCaffery.
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Code Poem. Visuals and graphics, 1968 - 1968
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Code Poems
Box: 11 Folder: 3
Complete Edition. Typescript and photocopy, 1990
Country Girl
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Box: 11 Folder: 5
Typescript transcription with annotations of notebooks #21, #22, #26, #28, and # 29
Box: 11 Folder: 6
Typescript, 1971
Box: 11 Folder: 7
Dear Andrew letter peyote, ... Typescript. Dark Ages Class - the Daisy Root #1, ending 1989
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Dear Douglas - Merida, Christmas 1964. Photocopy published in El Corno Emplumado #18, April 1966
Box: 11 Folder: 9
Early poems
Box: 11 Folder: 10
Explain Yourself and untitled journal entries beginning "A Beautiful Sunday..." Numbered pages 42-145
Box: 11 Folder: 11
Fast Day (Country Girl?), Sections 1-10
Box: 11 Folder: 12
Fast Day, Sections 11-23
Box: 12 Folder: 1
Fast Day, Section 31
Box: 12 Folder: 2
Feb. 11 (I Ams [sic] Spring) and Feb. 15 (I Ams [sic] a Little Word Book). Typescript
Box: 12 Folder: 3
Great Me Sentences. Typescript
Box: 12 Folder: 4
Guatamala photocopy of typescript published in New American Writing #7, Spring 1991
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Hannah youre scared a little plus subject. Typescript
Box: 12 Folder: 6
I Believe. Typescript
Box: 12 Folder: 7
I See Words
Box: 12 Folder: 8
I See Words. Published in the Ron Silliman issue of The Difficulties, vol. 2, no. 2 (1985)
Box: 12 Folder: 9
I was awakened this morning by the sound of the train horn. Typescript
Box: 12 Folder: 10
I don't doubt. Typescript
Box: 12 Folder: 11
If workshop. Photocopy of typescript
International Code of Signals
Box: 12 Folder: 12
Script and graphic material, 1968
Box: 12 Folder: 13
Original graphics in black-and-white and colored pencil
Box: 12 Folder: 14
Slides
Box: 13 Folder: 1
Art object
Box: 14 Folder: 1
Jackson Mac Low. Photocopy of typescript
Box: 14 Folder: 2 Oversize: FB27105
Just like Charles likes it / I seem yellow words. Poem composed on six sheets of a watercolor pad
Box: 14 Folder: 3
Magritte Poems. Published in Poetry Newsletter (Sacramento, Ca.), 1970
Box: 14 Folder: 4
Many lit let times I counseled you... Manuscript
Box: 14 Folder: 5
Meaning Bus Halifax to Queensbury. Typescript published in Tuyone (Fall 1990)
Mostly About the Sentence
Box: 14 Folder: 6
Manuscript
Box: 14 Folder: 7
Typescript published in Jimmy and Lucy's House of "K" (1986), 1984
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Mother thinks thats a great / poem but I should cut it out. Typescript
Box: 14 Folder: 9
My period plus my second line. Typescript
Box: 14 Folder: 10
Narrative. Typescript collaboration between Abigail Child and Hannah Weiner published in Avec #3 (Fall, 1990) without identifying initials next to stanzas
Box: 14 Folder: 11
Obligated. A short typescript prose piece about Ted Berrigan
Box: 14 Folder: 12
Once there was a girl... Manuscript
Box: 14 Folder: 13
Other Person. Typescript
Page
Box: 14 Folder: 14
A manuscript dated 1990, June 4. Three sections: Page (44 pages), Articles (53 pages), Same Page (19 pages)
Box: 14 Folder: 15
1990 manuscript sent to Charles Bernstein
Box: 14 Folder: 16 Oversize: FB27106
Large mailing envelope with handwritten notes
Box: 15 Folder: 2
Radcliffe and Guatemalan Women. Typescript.
Box: 15 Folder: 3
Remembered Sequel. Photocopy of typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 4
Research important conflict two obedient. Typescript, 1990
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Returning to the Edge. Typescript published in Gandhabba #4, 1986
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Saturday, May 11. Published in Only Prose (July 1977)
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Sign Language of the American Indian. Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 8
Sins Deadly Some. Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 9
Sis explain energy we feel slightly without... Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 10
Skies. Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 11
Some. Photocopy of typescript published in Acts #3 (1984)
Box: 15 Folder: 12
Sorry no title. Typescript
Spoke
Box: 15 Folder: 13
Original - Book 2 of 5, June - July, 1981
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Original - Book 3 of 5, 1981
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Strict obedience. Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 16
Subject. Photocopy of typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 17
Subliminate. Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 18
Ubliminal. Typescript
Box: 15 Folder: 19
Untitled prose piece ("It is interesting that while my mind was open..."). Read at Symposium on Poetry of the Future, St. Mark's Church, 1989 - 1989
Box: 15 Folder: 20
Untitled poetics statement. Published in The Politics of Poetic Form, edited by Charles Bernstein (Roof, 1990)
Box: 15 Folder: 21
[Words]. Typescript transcription of notebooks #44, 46 and 47

Posthumous Publications

Box: 15 Folder: 22
Correspondence concerning publication of Page and other manuscripts, 1999-2002
Box: 15 Folder: 23
Clairvoyant Journal - Two annotated proofs including correspondence concerning their republication, 2000
Box: 15 Folder: 24
Little Books/Indians - Two manuscript copies of selections from the publication, one with corrections
Page
Box: 15 Folder: 25
1990 manuscript sent to Charles Bernstein by the author. Bernstein sent the manuscript to various editors after Weiner's death; their annotations are on post-it notes
Box: 15 Folder: 26
Page proofs with August 2000 changes and cover note from Charles Bernstein
Box: 15 Folder: 27
Page proofs with May 2002 changes
Box: 16 Folder: 1
Manuscript used for Roof Books' 2002 publication. Annotated by typesetter
Box: 16 Folder: 2
Start comfort - Proofs of the poem and letter from Sharon Angle to Charles Bernstein concerning its publication, 2002

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Box: 16 Folder: 3
Antin, Eleanor

Invitation to "Portraits of Eight New York Women" (1970, November 21 - December 6): Naomi Dash, Amy Goldin, Margaret Mead, Rochelle Owens, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Scheemann, Lynne Traiger, Hannah Weiner. Hotel Chelsea, New York City.

Box: 16 Folder: 4
Awareness and Communication - Instructions to a writing class
Box: 16 Folder: 5
Biography / Resume
Box: 16 Folder: 6
Doonesbury cartoon by Garry Trudeau (1982, January 9)
Box: 16 Folder: 7
High school diploma, June 13, 1946
Box: 16 Folder: 8
Magazine submission list, 1974 - 1975
Box: 16 Folder: 9
Manuscript / book chronology, 1966 - 1989
Box: 16 Folder: 10
Open House: 1969, October 4, 5 and 19

Schedule for "Hannah Weiner's Open House," featuring Vito Acconci, Bernadette Mayer, John Perreult, Arakwawa, et al. Photograph by Jim Stephens.

Box: 16 Folder: 11
Photograph - Seven people including Hannah Weiner, Anne Waldman, and Bernadette Mayer. Photograph by Robert R
Box: 16 Folder: 12
Publication and performance list

AUDIORECORDINGS

Box: 17 Folder: 1
Astral Visions - Reading with L. Brown (1992-1994?). Reading followed by H.W.'s post-reading comments

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Box: 17 Folder: 2
Clairvoyant Journal

Recorded at the Poetry Project, St. Mark's (New York City), March 1976 and re-broadcast on radio (note: recording on side B only with several minute gap after first ten minutes).

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Box: 17 Folder: 3
Pah - Reading / talk in New York City with Bruce Andrews, November 20, 1994

Weiner reads for 25 minutes on side A and for a few minutes on side B. Andrews does not read on this tape.

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Box: 17 Folder: 4
Reading - St. Mark's, from Three Voice Journal (1974), November 2, 1977

All of Side 1, six minutes on Side 2.

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Box: 17 Folder: 5
Reading at the Poetry Project, St, Mark's. October 28, 1992. Introduction by Ed Friedman

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Box: 17 Folder: 6
Audio track of Phill Niblock's film of Hannah Weiner (made in 1974). Retreat from Clairvoyant Journal, June, 1974

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