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Score Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0042

Scope and Content Note

The Score Collection contains visual poetry submissions, correspondence and manuscript material sent to Crag Hill from 1983-1992. The collection also contains paste-ups, mechanicals, proofs, negatives, cover art and other production material for Score magazine's first 12 issues, broadsides, and other publications. Of particular note is the production material for the issues. Most of the issues have complete paste-ups that have been arranged and edited by hand, bearing blue lines and editor's notes. These paste-ups are in color, while most of the magazine was typically printed in black-and-white.

Score includes work from such authors and artists as Loris Essary, Kathy Ernst, Karl Kempton, Peter Ganick, Bern Porter, jwcurry, Vittore Baroni and Cesar Espinosa.


  • 1983-1992


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Score Collection 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

Score was a magazine of visual and concrete poetry that began in Oakland, CA and lasted 20 issues between 1983 and 2006. The first series of issues 1 to 12 was edited by Crag Hill, Bill DiMichele, and Laurie Schneider in Oakland, CA and included such contributors as Miekel And, Richard Kostelanetz, Bern Porter, John M. Bennett, Bruce Andrews, and Lyn Hejinian. Published in Pullman, WA, and Moscow, ID, the second series of issues 13 to 20 was edited by Hill and, for three issues, Spencer Selby and featured work by visual poets including Sheila Murphy, Jim Leftwich, Michael Basinski, Nico Vassilakis, Johanna Drucker, Andrew Topel, and many others. The magazine was succeeded by Spore, which was also edited by Crag Hill.


6 Linear Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 map-case folder)


The Score Collection contains concrete and assemblage poetry, mail art, editorials, criticism, correspondence, and production matter for issues 1-12 of Score magazine. Also included is editorial and production material for broadsides and other publications.


This collection is arranged in four series:

  1. I. Score Magazine
  2. II. Score Publications
  3. III. Manuscripts
  4. IV. Other

The original order of the series has been maintained as received; alphabetical order has been imposed at the file level. Personal checks and Social Security numbers have been moved to a confidential file and replaced with redacted preservation copies. See archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Crag Hill and Laurie Schneider to the Poetry Collection.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Elliot McNally.


Finding Aid for the Score Collection PCMS-0042
Finding aid prepared by Elliot McNally.
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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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