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Athanor collection

Identifier: PCMS-0003

Scope and Content Note

The Athanor collection contains all of the papers relating to the publishing history of the magazine, including manuscript submissions; the editor's correspondence from the authors involved; and business documents such as subscription lists, purchase orders, and expenses.


  • 1960-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1971-1975

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Athanor collection, 1960-1977 (bulk 1971-1975), is open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

Edited by Douglas Calhoun with George F. Butterick as Contributing Editor, Athanor published six issues of poetry, essays, prose, interviews, reviews, and photographs between Winter/Spring 1971 and Spring 1975. Issues 1 and 2 were produced in LeRoy, New York and the rest in Clarkson, New York. Contributors included Cid Corman, Anselm Hollo, Larry Eigner, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. The first five issues contain as an insert a "microbook" pamphlet published by Athanor Books: 1. Edward Dorn, Spectrum Breakdown; 2. Larry Eigner, circuit s; 3. Keith Wilson, Song of Thantog; 4. John Wieners, Yonnie; 5. Anselm Hollo, American Mirrors. The first three issues feature a serialized interview with Jack Kerouac.


9.75 Linear Feet (39 boxes)


The Athanor collection contains all of the papers relating to the publishing history of the magazine including manuscript submissions, editor's correspondence, and business documents.


This collection is arranged in three series.

  1. I. Manuscripts, papers and business records
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Peripherals

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Douglas Calhoun in 1981.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

Athanor. Poetry Periodical Collection (shelved by title).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.


Finding Aid for the Athanor collection
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and Alice Bailey. Finding aid encoded by Marie Elia.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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