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Sand Dollar Collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0015
The Sand Dollar Collection contains all relevant archival material for Unicorn Bookshop and Sand Dollar Bookshop; all retained manuscripts, correspondence, galley and page proofs, flyers and ephemera, and business records for Maya and Sand Dollar Books; all other personal literary correspondence and manuscripts as received by Jack Shoemaker and Sand Dollar, including letters from Gary Snyder, Robin Blaser, Charles Bukowski, Basil Bunting, Robert Creeley, David Meltzer, Ted Enslin, Cid Corman, Jonathan Greene, Daphne Marlatt, George and Mary Oppen, Diane di Prima, and nearly 100 others; all correspondence, publicity, and posters from the readings Shoemaker organized in California; all ephemera for literary and art events he received over the years 1965 to 1978; and all of Shoemaker's own manuscripts, notebooks, typescripts, interviews, and publications.

Dates

  • 1965-1978

Creator

Language of Materials

English



Terms of Access

The Sand Dollar Collection, 1965-1978, 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

51.0 Linear Feet (54 boxes)

Overview

The Sand Dollar Collection contains all relevant archival material for Unicorn Bookshop and Sand Dollar Bookshop; all retained manuscripts, correspondence, galley and page proofs, flyers and ephemera, and business records for Maya and Sand Dollar Books; all other personal literary correspondence and manuscripts as received by Jack Shoemaker and Sand Dollar, records related to readings Shoemaker organized in California; all ephemera for literary and art events he received over the years 1965 to 1978; and all of Shoemaker's own manuscripts, notebooks, typescripts, interviews, and publications.

Biographical Note

Jack Shoemaker has had a long career as a noted publisher, editor, bookseller, and poet. He was founder and director of Unicorn Bookshop in Isla Vista, California, from 1966 to 1968. With David Meltzer he ran the Maya Press, publishing broadsides, books and quartos by poets such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Philip Whalen, Ted Enslin, Robert Duncan, and Cid Corman. Along with Peter Howard, Shoemaker in 1969 founded what is known today as Small Press Distribution. To correspond with his Sand Dollar Bookshop, he started Sand Dollar Books with Victoria Shoemaker in 1970, publishing works by Lew Welch, Ted Enslin, Robert Duncan, Michael Palmer, Leslie Scalapino, and Ronald Johnson. For four years he served as a member of The Literature Panel of The National Endowment for the Arts. From 1965 to 1978 he organized and produced over 125 poetry readings in Santa Barbara, Berkeley, and San Francisco by such figures as Basil Bunting, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Edward Dorn, Gary Snyder, George Oppen, Diane di Prima, Michael McClure, and Ronald Johnson. After several other independent publishing ventures, Shoemaker today co-owns Shoemaker andamp; Hoard, Publishers, in Emeryville, California.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Jack Shoemaker in 1978.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.
Title
Finding aid for Sand Dollar Collection
Author
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and revised by Marie Elia.
Date
2008
Description rules
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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