Jargon Society Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Jargon Society Collection features an extensive collection of materials relating to the long and influential life of the press, including numerous manuscripts and correspondence from such American and English poets as Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Irving Layton, Kenneth Patchen, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Lorine Niedecker, Louis Zukofsky, and many others; production materials, financial records, and posters for Jargon's books; the manuscripts and personal papers of Jonathan Williams; and a large number of photographs of Williams and other poets dating back to the 1940s and including scenes from Black Mountain College.
- Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008 (Person)
Language of Materials
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
The Jargon Society Collection, 1950-2008 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.
Born in Asheville, NC in 1929, Jonathan Williams is a poet, photographer, essayist and publisher highly regarded for his eclectic Jargon Society. Started in 1951, the same year Williams became a student at Black Mountain College, and lasting for over fifty years, The Jargon Society has published more than ninety books of poetry, fiction, photography, and art by many of the twentieth century's most important avant-garde writers including Charles Olson (notably the first volumes of The Maximus Poems), Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Joel Oppenheimer, Kenneth Patchen, Henry Miller, Mina Loy, Louis Zukofksy, Ronald Johnson and Lorine Niedecker.
470 Linear Feet (687 boxes)
The Jargon Society Collection features an extensive collection of materials relating to the long and influential life of the press, including numerous manuscripts and correspondence from such American and English poets as Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, production and promotional materials, financial records, and photographs as well as the manuscripts and personal papers of Jonathan Williams.
This collection is arranged in seven series.
Purchased from Jonathan Williams in 1991.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.
- Finding aid for the Jargon Society Collection.
- In Progress
- Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and revised by Marie Elia.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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