Lindsay Hill Papers, ca. 1963 - 2008 (MSS 0696)

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Restrictions: Master videocassette recordings in Series 7 are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.

Extent: 4.8 Linear feet (12 archives boxes, 2 oversize folders)

Papers of Lindsay Hill, American poet and editor. Included is correspondence with friends and colleagues; original typescripts and manuscripts of Hill's poetry and prose; business material related to Hill's production company, Spoken Engine Co.; original submissions, correspondence, and business materials related to the publication of Facture; and photographs of Lindsay Hill. The collection is arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) EDITORIAL WORK, 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO., 5) FACTURE, 6) CONFERENCES, and 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS.

Lindsay Hill was born in 1952 in San Francisco, California. While attending Bard College his first book of poetry, Avelaval, was published. After graduating from Bard in 1975, Hill continued writing and publishing while working as an investment banker. In 1995 he retired from finance to pursue poetry full-time.

Along with writing, Hill used his knowledge of business to start several new ventures. In 1993 he founded the production company Spoken Engine Co. with the goal of combining poetry and music. From 1995 to 1996, he produced CDs with poets Nathaniel Mackey, Nathaniel Tarn, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Hill was also a founder and co-editor of the poetry journal Facture with fellow poet Paul Naylor, publishing three issues between 1999 and 2002.

Papers of Lindsay Hill, American poet and editor. Included is correspondence with friends and colleagues; original typescripts and manuscripts of Hill's poetry and prose; business material related to Hill's production company, Spoken Engine Co.; original submissions, correspondence, and business materials related to the publication of Facture; and photographs of Lindsay Hill.

Arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) EDITORIAL WORK, 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO., 5) FACTURE, 6) CONFERENCES, and 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS.

Container List

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Organized alphabetically and includes letters from Hans ten Berge, Jack Collom, Clayton Eshleman, Gary Snyder, and Nathaniel Tarn. Also included are materials by unidentified correspondents, located at the end of the series.

Box: 1 Folder: 1
A - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 2
Avec (Cydney Chadwick, ed.), 1991 - 1992
Box: 1 Folder: 3
B - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Berge, Hans ten, 1993 - 2007
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Bieler Press (Gerald Lange, publisher), 1993 - 1999
Box: 1 Folder: 6
C-D - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Campbell, Carolee, 1996 - 2001
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Central Park (Stephen-Paul Martin, ed.), 1995 - 1996
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Collom, Jack, 1998 - 2007
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Curuby, George, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Eshleman, Clayton, 1993 - 2006
Box: 1 Folder: 12
F-H - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Ironwood (Michael Cuddihy, ed.), 1987 - 1988
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Joron, Andrew, 1994
Box: 1 Folder: 15
L-P - Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Noto, John, 1994 - 2004
Box: 1 Folder: 17
Palmer, Michael, circa 1988 - 1999
Box: 1 Folder: 18
Price, Robin, 1991 - 1998
Box: 2 Folder: 1
R-S - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 2
Reed, John, 1987 - 1992
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Rodney, Janet, postcards to Nita Hill, 1993 - 1994
Box: 2 Folder: 4
Smith, Lawrence, 1993 - 2003
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Snyder, Gary, 1999 - 2000
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Spicer, David, 1984 - 1986
Box: 2 Folder: 7
Sulfur (Clayton Eshleman, ed.), 1990 - 1992
Box: 2 Folder: 8
T-W - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 9-10
Tarn, Nathaniel, 1987 - ca. 2008
Box: 2 Folder: 11
To (Seth Frechie, ed.), 1995
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Williwaw (Steven Huff, ed.), 1987
Box: 2 Folder: 13
Yau, John, 1992 - 1994
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Unidentified correspondents

WRITINGS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 2) WRITINGS: Comprises the bulk of the collection. Arranged in six subseries: A) School Papers, B) Poetry, C) Poetry Collections, D) Prose, E) Plays, and F) Notebooks.

A) School Papers: Includes a report Hill wrote in the 6th grade, as well as a number of papers written in college.

B) Poetry: Arranged alphabetically by title and includes typescripts, manuscripts, notes, and jottings. Folders labeled "A-M - Miscellaneous" and "N-T - Miscellaneous" contain titled poems with fewer than three copies.

C) Poetry Collections: Organized alphabetically by collection title and contains work for published books, as well as collected works never published.

D) Prose: Includes drafts of several short stories, a typescript draft of an unpublished novel, and a number of unfinished stories.

E) Plays: The Tragedy of McGee.

F) Notebooks: Fourteen bound volumes containing handwritten drafts of poems, and are arranged chronologically when dates are known.

School Papers

Box: 2 Folder: 15
Papers, ca. 1963 - 1975

Poetry

Box: 2 Folder: 16
A-M - Miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Aeolean Myths
Box: 2 Folder: 18
Again
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Another Final Chant Against the Wind
Box: 2 Folder: 20
Appearances
Box: 3 Folder: 1-2
The Attic Dream: A Poetic Series of Twenty-Seven Parts
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Border Fires
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Businessman's Suicide
Box: 3 Folder: 5
By the Waters
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Cemetary
Contango (2006)
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Notes and working drafts
Box: 3 Folder: 8-9
Miscellaneous drafts
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Drafts 1 & 2
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Page layouts
Box: 4 Folder: 3
The Dark Air of Autumn
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Hermit Shrub
Box: 4 Folder: 5
H.L.B. again
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Island of California
Box: 4 Folder: 7
The Journey
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Map One
Box: 4 Folder: 9
May Night
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Mendelevium
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Money
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Les Moulages
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Mrs. H. Lampery Brown
Box: 4 Folder: 14
Mythos
Box: 4 Folder: 15
N-T - Miscellaneous
Box: 4 Folder: 16
Night's Morning
Box: 4 Folder: 17
Ode to a Lover of Horses
Box: 4 Folder: 18
Of Ankh-es-en-Amen Queen of Egypt XVIII Dynasty
Box: 4 Folder: 19
Off Shore Drilling
Box: 4 Folder: 20
Passenger
Box: 4 Folder: 21
Perhaps from a Silent Movie
Box: 4 Folder: 22
Pithamphora
Box: 4 Folder: 23
Poetry
Box: 4 Folder: 24
Prayer by Ruins
Box: 4 Folder: 25
Pressure
Box: 4 Folder: 26
.R.H
Box: 4 Folder: 27
Ritual of Beginning Again
Box: 4 Folder: 28
Ritual of Telling
Box: 4 Folder: 29
Rituals of History
Box: 4 Folder: 30
Ritual with the Moon
Box: 4 Folder: 31
Sanctuary
Box: 4 Folder: 32
The Small Design of Your Death
Socket (1993)
Box: 5 Folder: 1 Oversize: FB-482-12
Drafts
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Published copy
Box: 5 Folder: 3
The Song Where You Were
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Spillway
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Stars
Box: 5 Folder: 6
The Stones Themselves
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Taking Inventory
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Time is Changed as it Passes Over
Box: 5 Folder: 9
To Begin With
Box: 5 Folder: 10
To Run Within
Box: 5 Folder: 11
The Values
Box: 5 Folder: 12-14 Oversize: FB-482-13
Untitled drafts & fragments
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Untitled notes & jottings

Poetry Collections

Archaeology (1987)
Box: 6 Folder: 1
Clay Jar
Box: 6 Folder: 2
Closure
Box: 6 Folder: 3
Dream from the Lines on Your Hand
Box: 6 Folder: 4
Elegy
Box: 6 Folder: 5
Excavation
Box: 6 Folder: 6
The Fox
Box: 6 Folder: 7
The Journey Out
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Lauds
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Linear A
Box: 6 Folder: 10
The Lion Maker Recants
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Matins
Box: 6 Folder: 12
Minoa
Box: 6 Folder: 13
Mirage
Box: 6 Folder: 14
Mojave
Box: 6 Folder: 15
Museum Pieces
Box: 6 Folder: 16
Najavo
Box: 6 Folder: 17
Prayer of the Lion Maker
Box: 6 Folder: 18
Recorded Histories
Box: 6 Folder: 19
Running Fence
Box: 6 Folder: 20
Sext
Box: 6 Folder: 21
Taking Up Serpents
Box: 6 Folder: 22
Telling
Box: 6 Folder: 23
These Stones Severally
Box: 6 Folder: 24
Typhon
Box: 6 Folder: 25
Visitation
Box: 6 Folder: 26
What the Wind Became One Evening
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Wintering
Box: 7 Folder: 2
With a Line From Yeats
Box: 7 Folder: 3
The Words
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Zakros
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Drafts
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Notes and poem lists
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Rights
Box: 7 Folder: 8
Ascent to Summer
Avelaval (1974)
Box: 7 Folder: 9
Chemistry Lesson
Box: 7 Folder: 10
Dark Ages
Box: 7 Folder: 11
Eulogy
Box: 7 Folder: 12
Fugues to Fog
Box: 7 Folder: 13
Languages
Box: 7 Folder: 14
Nightblood
Box: 7 Folder: 15
Notes
Box: 7 Folder: 16
One Night in May
Box: 7 Folder: 17
Roots
Box: 7 Folder: 18
Rumors
Box: 7 Folder: 19
Solitary Fisherman Painted with Ink on Silk Ma Yuan
Box: 7 Folder: 20
Voices
Box: 7 Folder: 21
Chemistry Journal I, 1970
Box: 7 Folder: 22
The Early Letters, 1968 - 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 23
Early Poetry I, 1968 - 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 24
Early Poetry II, 1969 - 1970
Ndjenferno (1998)
Box: 8 Folder: 1
Asuncion
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Dream of Bones
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Terror Pantoum
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Pictures from a Scattered Season
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Sun Rain, 1970
Box: 8 Folder: 6
Telling
Box: 8 Folder: 7
Theory of Rain

Prose

Box: 8 Folder: 8
Circus Noctis, 1970
Box: 8 Folder: 9-10
From Where the Night Wind Rides, 1969 - 1970
Box: 8 Folder: 11
Inner Language
Box: 8 Folder: 12
Nightflowers
Box: 8 Folder: 13
Secrets
Box: 8 Folder: 14
The Time-Dream, Papers, 1970
Box: 8 Folder: 15
Unfinished stories & fragments

Plays

Box: 8 Folder: 16
The Tragedy of McGee, 1970

Notebooks

Box: 9 Folder: 1
Untitled -Two notebooks, 1985 - 1986
Box: 9 Folder: 2
The Elizabeth Notebook - Two notebooks, 1986
Box: 9 Folder: 3
Sometimes in the World, 1986
Box: 9 Folder: 4
Untitled - Two notebooks, 1986 - circa 1988
Box: 9 Folder: 5
Four Ladies Fourteen Nights, undated
Box: 9 Folder: 6
Paraguay for Beginners, undated
Box: 10 Folder: 1-2
Untitled - Two notebooks, undated

EDITORIAL WORK

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 3) EDITORIAL WORK: A manuscript containing the poems of Frank Stanford, edited by David Spicer and Lindsay Hill in 1985. The majority of these papers are photocopies.

Box: 10 Folder: 3
Frank Stanford manuscript, edited by David Spicer and Lindsay Hill, 1985

SPOKEN ENGINE CO.

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO.: Legal papers regarding the formation of Hill's production company.

Box: 10 Folder: 4
Business materials, 1993 - 1994

FACTURE

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 5) FACTURE: Correspondence, subscription information, submissions and material related to the founding and publication of the poetry journal Facture.Arranged in four subseries: A) Correspondence and Submissions, B) General Correspondence, C) Unpublished Submissions, and D) Business Materials.

A) Correspondence and Submissions: Material related to the publication of each Facture issue, including an unrealized fourth issue. These materials were grouped by Hill and remain in their original order.

B) General Correspondence: Letters and postcards of thanks and several letters from poet Takuroh Ikeda.

C) Unpublished Submissions: Arranged alphabetically by author and contains unpublished submissions to Facture.

D) Business Materials: Organized by subject and include financial records, contracts, mailing lists, and subscription information.

Correspondence and Submissions

Box: 10 Folder: 5
Issue #1, 1998 - 2001
Box: 10 Folder: 6
Issue #2, 2000 - 2001
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Issue #3, 1999 - 2001
Box: 11 Folder: 2
Issue #4, 2001 - 2004

General Correspondence

Box: 11 Folder: 3
Miscellaneous, 2000 - 2001
Box: 11 Folder: 4
Ikeda, Takuroh, 2000 - 2001

Unpublished Submissions

Box: 11 Folder: 5
A - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 6
B - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 7
C - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 8
D-E - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 9
F-H - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 10
J - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 11
K-L - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 12
M-O - Miscellaneous
Box: 11 Folder: 13
R - Miscellaneous
Box: 12 Folder: 1
S - Miscellaneous
Box: 12 Folder: 2
T - Miscellaneous
Box: 12 Folder: 3
W-Y - Miscellaneous

Business Materials

Box: 12 Folder: 4
Business materials - Miscellaneous, 1999 - 2001
Box: 12 Folder: 5
Financial records, 1999 - 2001
Box: 12 Folder: 6
Mailing lists
Box: 12 Folder: 7
Subscriptions

CONFERENCES

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 6) CONFERENCES: Material related to the 1997 forum "An Explosion of Violence," which met to discuss the causes of and solutions to violence in society.

Box: 12 Folder: 8
"An Explosion of Violence", 1997

IMAGES AND RECORDINGS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS: Artwork by Lindsay Hill, photographs and two VHS tapes of a reading that included Hill. Arranged in three subseries: A) Artwork, B) Photographs, and C) Videorecordings.

A) Artwork: Drawings, paintings, and collages by Lindsay Hill.

B) Photographs: Photographs of Lindsay Hill, often with wife Nita Hill. Also included are slides and prints used for the cover and liner notes of the Nathaniel Tarn CD, I Think This May Be Eden, produced by Spoken Engine Co.

C) Videorecordings: Two VHS tapes of a 1996 poetry reading at the New College Theater in San Francisco, California. Along with Lindsay Hill, poets include Stephen-Paul Martin, Andrew Joron, Adam Cornford, and John Noto.

Box: 12 Folder: 9
Artwork
Box: 12 Folder: 10
Photographs - Miscellaneous
Box: 12 Folder: 11
Photographs - Images used for Nathaniel Tarn's CD, I Think This May Be Eden, produced by Spoken Engine Co
Box: 12 Folder: 12
Videorecordings - [Vatic Hum/Orpheus Grid reading], Tapes 1 & 2. VHS. (Restrictions apply), 1972, November 21