Charlotte Pressler collection
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, printed material, and photographs related to Charlotte Pressler's work as well as to other musicians, writers, and artists, including press kits for bands performing primarily in Cleveland and New York City. Later materials include correspondence and records related to Pressler's writing and publishing during her time as a PhD student at University at Buffalo, including some materials related to Kiosk: A Journal of Poetry, Poetics, and Experimental Prose. The correspondence files contain materials related to Lisa Baumgardner, creator of the zine Bikini Girl; John M. Bennett and Lost and Found Times; Jim Clinefelter, editor of White Wall of Sound; Chris Stigliano, creator of PHFUDD zine; and Frank Kogan, music critic and creator of the zine Why Music Sucks. This collection also contains a large number of other zines and small/alternative press magazines, including many music-related publications and several Cleveland-based ones:
- Pressler, Charlotte (Person)
- Klimek, Andrew (Person)
- Tepper, Kristen Ban (Person)
- Kogan, Frank, 1954- (Person)
- Dee, Denise (Person)
- Baumgardner, Lisa (Person)
Language of Materials
Terms of Access and Use
The Charlotte Pressler collection, 1975-1999, 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.
Charlotte Pressler is an educator, writer, and musician. Originally from northeast Ohio, she was heavily involved in the pre-punk Cleveland music scene in the 1970s. She thoroughly documented those days, including the formation of and performances by bands such as Rocket from the Tombs (founded by her then-husband, Peter Laughner) and Pere Ubu. She moved with her second husband, Andrew Klimek, to New York, where she continued to write for music publications and formed the band Red Dark Sweet with Klimek, Frank Kogan, and Rick Brown. She earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Cleveland State University and an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, followed by a PhD in Renaissance Literature from University at Buffalo. Since completing her PhD in 2002, she has been at South Florida State College, where she is a professor of English and Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program.
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Charlotte Pressler is an educator, writer, and musician. Originally from northeast Ohio, she was heavily involved in the pre-punk Cleveland music scene in the 1970s. Since completing her PhD in Renaissance Literature at University at Buffalo in 2002, she has been at South Florida State College, where she is a professor of English and Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program. This collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, and printed material related the creation and publication of Charlotte Pressler’s work as well as to other musicians, writers, and artists, including press kits for bands performing primarily in Cleveland and New York City. Later materials include correspondence and records related to Pressler's writing and publishing during her time as a PhD student at University at Buffalo.
The Charlotte Pressler collection, 1975-1999, is minimally processed. Materials are arranged in their original labeled folders. Correspondence in box 1 appears to be grouped by location and date, and the supplied folder descriptions reflect this. The zines and small/alternative press magazines which comprise a large part of this collection are alphabetized in boxes 4 and 5.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Charlotte Pressler in 2001.
No further accruals are expected.
Collection was processed by Marie Elia in August 2018. Collection was minimally processed and, where possible, original folders and labels were maintained. In the case of very damaged folders, label was transcribed onto an archival folder. Materials lacking folders were placed into archival folders and in some cases were supplied a general description. Transcribed labels are indicated by the use of quotation marks; supplied description is written without quotation marks.
- Finding aid for the Charlotte Pressler collection
- Finding aid prepared by Marie Elia
- August 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note