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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Camels coming (San Francisco, Calif.)
Title: Camels Coming Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1965-1969
Abstract: Camels Coming was a small avant garde poetry magazine in operation from the mid-1960's through the early 1970's. The  Camels ComingArchive is a collection of correspondence written to the editor, Richard Morris, and includes manuscripts of material submitted for publication in  Camels Coming.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.009

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Historical/Biographical Note:

Camels Coming was a small literary magazine published in the mid to late 1960's by Richard Morris. Morris who has established himself in the arena of alternative presses and websites is also a poet. He also published  Camels Humpcoincident with  Camels Coming, and started Camels Coming Press. Camels Coming Press published works by Charles Bukowski and Hugh Fox, among others. Later, Morris became the executive director of COSMEP (Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers).


  • Andre, Michael. "Tooth and Claw, Tums and Nicotine Patches: [review of] 'The Evolutionists' by Richard Morris." Exquisite Corpse, #11(2002). accessed 8 Jan. 2003. [http://www.corpse.org/issue_11/critiques/andre.html].

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Scope and Content Note

The Camels Coming Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing over 170,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel. The Avant Garde Collection comprises printed materials, archives, and other materials related to the avant-garde writing from the 1960s and early 1970s. The collection was built during that period by curators, including Mel Edelstein and Ted Grieder.

Camels ComingArchive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts submitted to the editor, Richard Morris, during 1965 and 1969. Collection highlights include manuscripts/letters written by Clayton Eshleman, Carol Berge, Paul Blackburn, Robert Bly, Barbara Holland, Ted Enslin, Michael McClure, and Gary Snyder.


Series I: Correspondence and Manuscripts: contains 2 boxes of correspondence and manuscripts submitted to the editor, Richard Morris. Noted correspondents and contributors include Clayton Eshleman, Carol Berge, Paul Blackburn Robert Bly, Barbara Holland, Ted Enslin, Michael McClure, and Gary Snyder. An inventory (box 1, folder 1) is included with more detailed information regarding the correspondence. Items from other small press publishers is also prevalent in the collection (i.e. Al Young, and Clayton Eshleman).


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author.

The files are grouped into one series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Enslin, Theodore
  • McClure, Michael
  • Eshleman, Clayton
  • Holland, Barbara
  • Bergé, Carol, 1928-
  • Young, Al, 1939-
  • Morris, Richard, 1939-
  • Randall, Margaret, 1936-
  • Snyder, Gary, 1930-
  • Bly, Robert
  • Blackburn, Paul

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Postcards.
  • Manuscripts for publication.

Subject Organizations

  • Camels coming (San Francisco, Calif.)

Subject Topics

  • Literature, Experimental
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • American literature |y 20th century.
  • Small presses -- California -- San Francisco.
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • American poetry |y 20th century.
  • American fiction -- 20th century

Subject Places

  • San Francisco (Calif.) |x Intellectual life |y 20th century.
  • San Francisco (Calif.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Camels Coming Archive; MSS 009; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Fales Library and Special Collections

Issues of Camels Coming, though not included in the  Camels ComingArchive, are available to view at Fales.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.


The Camels Coming Archive was purchased from Gotham Books (New York) in 1970.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Inventory
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence A:
Abbott, Ward
Alexander, D
Anderson, Jack
Asselin, Sharon

Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence Baillie to Bly:
Baillie, Bruce
Barns, Jim
Bayes, Ronald H
Bergé, Carol
Blackburn, Paul
Blazek, Douglas
Bloom, Gene
Bly, Robert

Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence Boatright to Bowering:
Boatright, Philip
Bonazzi, Robert
Bonner, Dumont
Boucher, Sandra
Bowering, George

Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence Brigham to Butcher:
Brigham, Besmilr
Briley, Alice
Britton, Bruce
Brooks, Bill B
Brown, Michael
Bruce, Lennart
Buckle, Daphne
Burns, Jerry H
Butcher, Grace

Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence C:
Caplan, Ron
Carlson, Chuck
Casselman, Barry
Ceely, John
Christenson, Al
Chute, Robert M
Clays, Gino
Congdon, Kirby
Cook, Geoffrey A
Cooney, Seamus
Cornish, Sam
Cowan, Tony (Michael)
Crews, Judson

Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence D:
Dawson, Fielding
de la Barre Robinson, Adele
de Longchamps, Joanne
Delpino, Lou
Drake, Albert
Dusenbery, Gail
Dwyer, Eugene

Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence:
Eigner, Larry

Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence:
Enslin, Theodore

Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence:

Eshleman, Clayton

Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence F:
Faust, Seymour
Finn, Seamus
Forbes, Lucas
Foster, Donn
Fox, Hugh
Friedman, Ken
Frost, Everett C
Fulton, Len

Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence G:
Georgakas, Dan
Gilbert, Jack
Goldemberg, Pat
Goodell, Larry
Gove, James
Grapes, Marcus I
Grimmett, Gerald
Guenther, Charles

Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence H-J:
Haddad, Abdul
Harris, David W
Harwood, Lee
Henderson, Archibald
Herman, JJ
Hiatt, Ben L
Hitchcock, George
Holland, Barbara A
Hollo, Anselm
Hornick, Lita
Inman, Will
Johnson, Habard

Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence K:
Karp, Sol
Katona, Steve
Katz, Menke
Kerr, Darrell
Kissam, Edward
Krech, Richard
Kryss, T.L

Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence L:
Lansing, Gerrit
Larcombe, Samuel
LaRouche, Pete B
Legman, G
Lettau, Reiurand
levy, d.a
Locke, Duane
Lowell, Jim
Lowenfels, Walter

Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence M - N:
McClure, Michael
McNamara, Tom
McReynolds, David
Major, Clarence
Mangelsdorff, Rich
Malanga, Paul
Marrodan, Mario Angel
May, J.B
[Mayez, Bob ?]
Mechem, James
Mehrotra, Arvind Krishna
Melville, David
Milam, Lorenzo W
Mitchell, Stan
Montgomery, George
Morlott, Daphne
Nelson, Valerie
Nolan, Patrick

Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence O - P:
Oatman, Eric F
Pelli, Elena
Plymell, Charles
Price, V. Barrett

Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence:
Randall, Margaret

Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence R:
Reyes, Carlos
Richmond, Steve
Roszak, Theodore
Rowan, Louis

Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence:
Sigmund, R

Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence S:
Seiffer, Sam
Silberman, Alex
Sinclair, Dave
Sinclair, John
Sinclair, Leni
Sinclair, Magdalene
Smith, [?]
Snyder, Gary
Snyder, N[eil]
Stokes, Terry
Sund, Robert

Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence T - V:
Taggart, John
Tanner, David
Taylor, Kent
Thompson, Tracy
Tucker, Harvey
Tudor, Steve
Van Newkirk, Allen
Van Der Voort, Richard L
Vigo, Edgardo Antonio

Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence:
Wagner, D.R.

Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence:
Webb, Jon & Louise

Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence:
Wilson, Keith

Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence W:
Wade, John Stevens
[?], Bill
Whitney, J.D.
Williams, Dennis
Wolf, Frank

Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence:
Young, Al
Zwerdling, Steven

Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence:


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