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Drafting Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0044

Scope and Content Note

The Drafting Collection, 1997-2006, contains editorial correspondence, assemblage submissions, and mail art sent to Kevin Thurston from 1997-2006, from artists and poets including Christopher Fritton, Matthew Chambers, Terry Cuddy, S.D. Tassin, Christophe Casamassima, Dan Johnson, Gyorgy Kostritsky, and Ric Royer. Materials presented in the collection range from paper to audio/visual material, a butane lighter, collages, textiles, legal tender, toys, stickers, a false mustache, and original art work in a range of media and editions.


  • 1997 - 2006


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English

Terms of Access and Use

The Drafting Collection, 1997-2006, 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

Kevin Thurston, active in art objects and mail-art, produced the assemblage/compilation magazine Drafting. This magazine was published based on rolling submissions in series of ten. The production of Drafting started around 1997 and continued into the mid 2000s.


7.5 Linear Feet (8 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)


The Drafting Collection contains correspondence and assemblage poetry submissions to Kevin Thurston from 1997-2006. Of particular note is the original artwork, poetry, manuscript material, and periodicals.


The Drafting Collection is arranged in two series: I. Editorial Correspondence, Submissions, and Original Works; II. Other, Printed Matter.

Manuscripts and correspondence in folder 8.81 and 8.82 were labeled with multiple names but individual pieces were unidentifiable; for ease of use, names have been alphabetized in the finding aid, but manuscripts remain together. Financial material has been redacted, originals moved to a confidential folder at the end of the collection.

Acquisition information

Donated by Kevin Thurston to the Poetry Collection.

Accruals and Addition

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Elliot McNally.


Finding Aid for the Drafting Collection
Finding aid prepared by Elliot McNally.
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Best Practices
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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