David Gansz Papers, 1979-2004 (MSS 0678)

Restrictions: Materials contained in Box 7, Folder 4 require a listening copy to be produced and are restricted for use.

Extent: 2.8 Linear feet (7 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Papers of David Gansz, poet, librarian, educator, and author. Mentored by Robert Kelly at Bard College, Gansz became influenced by the Black Mountain School, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the Deep Image School. The collection contains correspondence with prominent poets and scholars; manuscript and typescript drafts of his published book of collected poetry, Millennial Scriptions: The Ashen Book of Logres (2000), and biographical materials including photographs, newsclippings, and reading announcements.

David Christopher Douglass Gansz was born May 3, 1960, in Morristown, New Jersey. He was raised in Philadelphia, where he attended the William Penn Charter School, learning to play guitar, sing, and sight-read music. The family then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, when his father became Professor and Head of the Music Department at Guilford College. He returned north, however, graduating from Westtown Friends Boarding School, just outside Philadelphia, in 1978, writing his senior paper on the Surrealists.

Entering Bard College, he studied history with his advisor and mentor Leon Botstein. From 1980-1981, he was in residence at Trinity College, Oxford University. He was awarded the University Diploma in Theology with Merit from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1981.

Gansz then returned to Bard College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in 1982, writing his senior thesis on "Art Under Akhenaten and Nefertiti." He remained at Bard's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, where he studied poetry with Robert Kelly, Gerrit Lansing, Jackson Mac Low, and prose with John Hawkes and William Gaddis. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from Bard in 1986, his thesis being the book of poems entitled Animadversions (the first book of Millennial Scriptions).

From 1986-1993, he was Senior Contributing Editor of Notus: New Writing magazine. During these years he was in touch with many of the poets and writers associated with the Beats, the Black Mountain School, the Deep Image School, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E School, as well as contemporaries in the United Kingdom, and he corresponded with many of them regarding both their writings and his. Exchanges of particular note are those with friends and fellow poets including Robert Kelly, his mentor at Bard College.

Gansz was awarded an Individual Artist's Fellowship by the The Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York, for his book Sin Tactics (the second book of Millennial Scriptions) in 1987. He was an editor of scholarly book manuscripts at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and worked in the University's music, fine arts, undergraduate, and graduate libraries. In 1993 he earned a MLS from the University of Michigan. From 1993-1995 he served as an assistant professor and first director of the new Allen Ginsberg Library at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

In 2000 Gansz published his poetic magnum opus, Millennial Scriptions: The Ashen Book of Logres, gathering all early composed poetry with recently published materials. From 2001-2005 he was assistant professor of English and director of the library at Wilmington College, a Quaker school in Wilmington, Ohio. During this time he was also editor of Educating for Peace and Social Justice (Wilmington College, 2002). In addition, he was founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Stone House Press (Devon, Pennsylvania), which published his articles "Quaker Education: What Is It?" and "The Sacred Mission of Quaker Education," both in 2004. Since 2005, he has served as Associate Vice President for Academic Information and Technology at Edison State Community College, Piqua, Ohio.

The papers of David Gansz consist primarily of the drafts for the manuscript Millennial Scriptions: The Ashen Book of Logres (2000). The collection also contains correspondence with poets, scholars, and colleagues and biographical materials including newspaper clippings, book reviews, and photographs. The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS: THE ASHEN BOOK OF LOGRES, and 3) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged alphabetically, is comprised of correspondence both to and from prominent poets and scholars. Among the major and well-known poets included are Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Diane DiPrima, Leland Hickman, Robert Kelly, Jackson Mac Low, Gil Ott, Jerome Rothenberg, Leslie Scalapino, John Taggart, and Anne Waldman.

SERIES 2: MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS: THE ASHEN BOOKS OF LOGRES (2000)

Published in 2000, the MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS series contains the drafts for the published manuscript from 1980-2000. The arrangement constitutes all of the initial drafts in chronological order as they were written in ten separate chapter units. Also included in this series is a CD, Animadversions, created by Bill and John Storch, with a reading by David Gansz.

SERIES 3: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Arranged alphabetically, the BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series contains personal history documents including biographies, newspaper articles, book reviews, and the Naropa Institute Allen Ginsberg Library Dedication ceremony audio recording. The series also contains several photographs of David Ganz and others, including one of Robert Kelly taken by Gerard Malanga.

Container List

CORRESPONDENCE

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Abbott, Keith, 1995-1998
Box: 1 Folder: 2
Allison, Clark, 1991-1992
Box: 1 Folder: 3
Allison, Clark, 1993-1998
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Avrin, Leila, 1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Bann, Stephen, 1981-1996
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Berlin, Lucia, 1993
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Bernstein, Charles, 1986-1998
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Berssenbrugge, Mei-Mei, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Botstein, Leon, 1979-1992
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Brathwaite, Kamau, 1994
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Broumas, Olga, 1997
Box: 1 Folder: 12
Butterick, George, 1986-1987
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Byrd, Donald J., 1995
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Campbell, Bruce, 1988-1992
Box: 1 Folder: 15
Cedrins, Peteris, 1991-1993
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Chapman, Lee, 1995-1996
Box: 1 Folder: 17
Clarke, John, 1987-1989
Box: 1 Folder: 18
Collum, Jack, 1995-1998
Box: 1 Folder: 19
Corman, Cid, 1986-1997
Box: 1 Folder: 20
Creeley, Robert, 1989-1994
Box: 1 Folder: 21
Davis, Tim, 1988-1994
Box: 1 Folder: 22
DiPrima, Diane, 1994
Box: 1 Folder: 23
Donahue, Joseph, 1996-1998
Box: 1 Folder: 24
Doud, Patrick, 1992-1999
Box: 1 Folder: 25
Dykers, Anne, 2002
Box: 1 Folder: 26
Economou, George, 1989-1997
Box: 1 Folder: 27
Elkin, Mollie, 1992
Box: 1 Folder: 28
Ellis, Stephen, 1989-1991
Box: 2 Folder: 1
Ellis, Stephen, 1992-2002
Box: 2 Folder: 2
Enslin, Theodore, 1986
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Finlay, Alec, 1995-1996
Box: 2 Folder: 4
Fisher, Allen, 1997
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Fixel, Lawrence, 1988-1995
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Fletcher, Tim, 1996
Box: 2 Folder: 7
Foss, Phillip, 1989-2002
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Franco, Michael, 1989
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Gardner, Drew, 1989-1993
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Giannini, David, 1986
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Gizzi, Peter, 1993-1996
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Godwin, Joscelyn, 1992
Box: 2 Folder: 13
Grazide, Richard, 1987-1996
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Hartigan, Grace, 1985-1991
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Hickman, Leland, 1987-1991
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Higgins, Richard, 1987-1990
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Hill, Geoffrey, 1986
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Hollo, Anselm, 1993-1999
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Holman, Paul, 1993-1997
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Hutchinson, Alexander, 1993-2000
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Irby, Kenneth, 1991-2001. Includes cassette tape
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Jordan, Barbara, 1988-2001
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Joris, Pierre, 1994-1995
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Kelly, Robert, 1983-1993
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Kelly, Robert, 1994-2004
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Kyger, Joanne, 1998
Box: 4 Folder: 3
Lansing, Gerrit, 1986-2000
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Loydell, Rupert, 1990-1998
Box: 4 Folder: 5
Mac Low, Jackson, 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Marriott, David S., 1995-1997
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Matlin, David, 1988-1990
Box: 4 Folder: 8
McCaffery, Steve, 1989-1990
Box: 4 Folder: 9
McClelland, Bruce (St. Lazaire Press, editor), 1989
Box: 4 Folder: 10
McPherson, Bruce, 1995-1998
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Meyer, Thomas, 1986-1998
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Mikolowski, Ken, 1988-1997
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Miller, David, 1989-1998
Box: 4 Folder: 14
Milne, David, 1996
Box: 4 Folder: 15
Moore, Rt. Rev. Paul, Jr., 1985
Box: 4 Folder: 16
Morrow, Bradford, 1988-1992
Box: 4 Folder: 17
Munsterberg, Hugo, 1979-1986
Box: 4 Folder: 18
Myers, John Bernard, 1986
Box: 4 Folder: 19
Napora, Joe, 1995
Box: 4 Folder: 20
Ott, Gil, 1989
Box: 4 Folder: 21
Palmer, Michael, 1989-1995
Box: 4 Folder: 22
Pedone, Ann, 1989-1990
Box: 4 Folder: 23
Phipps, Frances, 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 24
Prevallet, Kristin, 1995-1998
Box: 4 Folder: 25
Provensen, Alice, 1987-1991
Box: 4 Folder: 26
Prynee, J.H., 1986-1993
Box: 4 Folder: 27
Raine, Kathleen, 1989-1997
Box: 4 Folder: 28
Rapp, Rachel, 1988-1990
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Ricks, Christopher, 1986-1990
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Ripley, Merrill, 1990-1996
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Roditi, Edouard, 1988-1989
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1996-1997
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Scalapino, Leslie, 1998
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Schelb, Edward, 1992-2000
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Schelling, Andrew, 1996-1998
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Schmidt, Paul, 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Shattuck, Cathleen, 1991-1999
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Shurin, Aaron, 1987-1989
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Siegel, Amie, 1997-2002
Box: 5 Folder: 12
Smith, Pat, 1998-2000
Box: 5 Folder: 13
Snyder, Gary, 1994
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Spahr, Juliana, 1989-1993
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Springtown Press, 1988-1990
Box: 5 Folder: 16
Stefans, Brian Kim, 1994
Box: 5 Folder: 17
Stein, Charles, 1997
Box: 5 Folder: 18
Taggart, John, 1987-1989
Box: 5 Folder: 19
Tarn, Nathaniel, 1989
Box: 5 Folder: 20
Tillery, Patrick, 1995-1996
Box: 5 Folder: 21
Tilson, Joe, 1981-1992
Box: 5 Folder: 22
Towle, Tony, 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 23
Turnball, Gael, 1999
Box: 5 Folder: 24
Utermohlen, Pat, 1981, 2002
Box: 5 Folder: 25
Waldman, Anne, 1994-1996
Box: 5 Folder: 26
Waldrop, Rosmarie, 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 27
Weinberger, Eliot, 1989
Box: 5 Folder: 28
Weiss, Theodore, 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 29
Woodbine, Paul, 1988-1993

MILLENNIAL SCRIPTIONS: THE ASHEN BOOK OF LOGRES

Box: 6 Folder: 1
Book One: "Animadversions" - Typescript drafts, September 27, 1981-August, 1985
Box: 6 Folder: 2
Book Two: "Sin Tactics" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits, October, 1986-July, 1987
Box: 6 Folder: 3
Prelude: "From Truth to the Tribe" - Typescript drafts with handwritten edits and galley copies, August, 1987
Box: 6 Folder: 4
Book Three: "The Sentencing" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits and galley copies, November, 1988
Box: 6 Folder: 5
Book Four: "Per Missions" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits and page proofs, July, 1989-October, 1990
Box: 6 Folder: 6
Book Five: "Affirmations" - Typescripts draft with handwritten edits and page proofs, May 27, 1991-August, 1992
Box: 6 Folder: 7
Book Six: "The Enduring" - Typescript draft with handwritten edits, February, 1993-February, 1994
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Book Seven: "Re-Collection" - Handwritten and typescript drafts with handwritten edits, June, 1994-May, 1996
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Book Eight: "Lett(er)ings" - Handwritten and typescript drafts with handwritten edits, May-December, 1996
Box: 6 Folder: 10
Book Nine: "Co-Relation" - Handwritten and typescript drafts with handwritten edits, January-July, 1997
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Book Ten: "The Engrafting" - Handwritten and typescript draft with handwritten edits, September, 1998-May, 1999
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Page proofs - Annotated, 2000
Box: 7 Folder: 2 Oversize: FB-470-03
Pre-press book jacket
Box: 7 Folder: 3
CD - Animadversions, Bill & John Storch, with David Gansz text and reading, ca. 1995

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Box: 7 Folder: 4
Allen Ginsberg Library Dedication Ceremony, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado. Audio cassette tape, July 18, 1994

Restrictions Apply

Box: 7 Folder: 5
Miscellaneous book reviews, articles about David Gansz, reading announcements, and letters, 1980-2003
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Photographs of David Gansz
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Photographs of others, including Robert Kelly