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Stone Soup/Jack Powers Collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0064
The Stone Soup/Jack Powers Collection primarily contains 28 cartons of videocassettes (VHS) containing raw and edited Stone Soup poetry readings, events, and footage for Stone Soup’s weekly 2 hour slot on Cambridge Cable. Collection also contains manuscript material of Jack Powers, business records and meeting minutes for Stone Soup, flyers for Stone Soup and Beacon Hill Free School, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Of the videocassettes, four John Wieners readings have been digitized.

Dates

  • 1965 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is written in English.

Terms of Access and Use

The Stone Soup/Jack Powers Collection is open for research.

Copyright

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.

Extent

35.75 Linear Feet (1 large manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 28 cartons (VHS))

Overview

The Stone Soup/Jack Powers Collection primarily contains 28 cartons of videocassettes (VHS) containing raw and edited Stone Soup poetry readings and events. Collection also contains manuscript material of Jack Powers, business records and meeting minutes for Stone Soup, flyers for Stone Soup and Beacon Hill Free School, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Four John Wieners readings have been digitized.

Historical Note

Jack Powers (John E. Powers III), the oldest of 6 children, was born in 1937 and grew up in a segregated housing project in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts. When he was 14 years-old, his family was evicted for not paying rent and the experience of being homeless with young siblings had a great effect on him. He graduated from Cathedral High School in the South End and spent time in California, New York, and New Hampshire before returning to Boston where he worked in a bookstore and became involved in social activism. Powers was instrumental in launching the Beacon Hill Free School in the early 1970s with John Holt, which offered free educational classes. Powers was also involved in the antiwar movement and helped organize the Group for Vietnam Peace action; helped organize the Columbia Point Food Co-op and the Boston Food Co-op; provided free meals to the elderly on a regular basis; was a remedial tutor at Columbia Point; and helped launch free concerts on Boston Common.



Stone Soup opened on May 1, 1971, as a place for “as much freedom of expression as possible” and hosted poetry readings, the Beacon Hill Free School, folk artists, and jazz musicians. The poetry readings, which still continue today, hosted anyone in the community as well as established writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Bly, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The name comes from a folk tale in which hungry beggars convince a town to add ingredients to their pot of boiling water and a stone, and all share the soup in the end. In a 1996 interview, Powers was asked to elaborate: "For me, the name means whatever you have is what's in it -- you open the door, and whatever happens, happens. I have my political points of view, but I never make speeches on the stage. If people actually listen, feel, and think, they'll make their own determinations." Stone Soup has published over 80 publications and had a weekly 2 hour show on Cambridge Cable for over 15 years. Jack Powers died on October 14, 2010.

Arrangement

Collection has been arranged into 2 series: Manuscript Material and Stone Soup Poetry Readings: Videocassettes.

Physical Location

Boxes 28-30 are located in the Poetry Collection stacks. Boxes 1-27 are cartons of videocassettes and are stored in off-site storage. An item level register is located in box 29, folder 18.

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated circa 2001.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Separated Materials

The following material has been integrated into the Poetry Collection and may be found in the catalog:
  • Poems by Arshagra
  • Hostage by Christopher Bernstien
  • Penobscot Poems by Connellan
  • Requiem Contra Requiem by E.H. Eglin
  • Some Pastorals a New, Year’s Cycle for Jake by Theodore Enslin
  • The Jack of Hearts by Lawrence Ferlingetti
  • Rivers of Light by Lawrence Ferlingetti
  • The Canticle of Jack Kerouac by Ferlingetti
  • Political Pamphlet by Ferlingetti
  • Calendar House by Annette Hayn
  • Autumn Numbers by Barbara Holland
  • The Bradford Poems by William Kemmett
  • Stone Soup Anthology ed. Jack Powers
  • The Trashing of America by Charles Plymell
  • Viburnum Bob Rosenthal
  • Breathes Like Exhaustion by Jesse Sgro
  • Hack Writer by Dan Sklar
  • Sojourn by Colorado Sky
  • Telling the Nones by E. Macer-Story
  • Dis by Raymond McNiece
  • Ventura 76 by Jawn P
  • To A Young Poet by Anne Waldman
  • From the Other Side of the Page
  • Artes 1996,1997,1998
  • Atelier 6
  • Borderlands No. 1
  • Button No. 2
  • Compost 1, 4,5, 6,7, 10
  • Copy 1
  • Ibbetson Street 11
  • Loam 5
  • Lowell Pearl Vol. IV-1
  • Magus Mabus No. 1
  • North Essex review
  • Outpost No. 1
  • Ozarks 1996
  • Poetry Feb. 2003, March 2003
  • Red Brick Review Spring 1992
  • Samisdat – 22 issues
  • Small Press News Vol 1 No. 8
  • Squawk 53-55
  • Stylus
  • Stone Soup 1, 7, 18, 20, 30
  • Stone Soup Poetry Quarterly 1 and 2
  • Union and Sixth 1
  • Wail – 8 issues
  • Words No. 2
  • Wolf Moon Press No. 3
  • Worchester review XI 1

Processing Information

Collection processed by Elliot McNally and Allison Cardon.
Title
Finding Aid for the Stone Soup/Jack Powers Collection
Author
Finding Aid prepared by Elliot McNally.
Date
2015
Description rules
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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