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Guide to the Origin Archive
 MSS 021 MSS.021

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Origin (Boston, Mass.)
Title: Origin Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1951-1968
Abstract: Origin was a small avant garde literary magazine that was published from 1951 to 1985. The  Origin Archive consists of correspondence and manuscripts that were sent to its editor, Cid Corman, for the first 17 years of the magazine's existence.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: MSS.021

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Historical/Biographical Note:

Origin was a small avant garde literary magazine that was published from 1951 until 1985. Its editor, Cid Coreman, was a poet, writer and translator. In 1948, he endeavored to establish a "poetic community" and organized poetry events at public libraries around Boston as well as poetry readings on the radio. In the midst of this activity, in 1951, Corman started  Origin which featured his works and other emerging poets of the day, including: Carol Berge´, Robert Creeley, Theodore Enslin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Denise Levertov, Louis Zukofsky, Paul Blackburn, William Bronk, and Charles Olson, among many others. In the late 1950's, Corman moved to Japan where he continued to write and began translating works of Japanese poetry. He has also translated works from Italian and French. He now lives in Kyoto, Japan.


  • Arnold, Bob and Susan. "Cid Coreman and Origin Press." Longhouse publishers and Booksellers. 22 Jan. 2003. [http://www.longhousepoetry.com/corman.html]
  • Cid Corman, Papers, 1942-76 [finding aid]. Kent State University Libraries. 30 January 2003 [http://speccoll.library.kent.edu/].

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Scope and Content Note

The Origin Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing nearly 200,000 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 Origin Archive consists of the correspondence received by Cid Corman concerning the avant garde journal Origin. The collection comprises original manuscripts from: Carol Berge´, Robert Creeley, Theodore Enslin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Denise Levertov, and Gary Snyder. Copies of  Origin are not part of this archive but are available to view at the Fales Library.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading.

The files are grouped into one series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Enslin, Theodore
  • Snyder, Gary, 1930-
  • Avison, Margaret
  • Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
  • Corman, Cid
  • Blackburn, Paul
  • Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997
  • Bergé, Carol, 1928-

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Postcards.

Subject Organizations

  • National Poetry Foundation (U.S.)
  • Origin (Boston, Mass.)

Subject Topics

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

Subject Places

  • Boston (Mass.) |x Intellectual life |y 20th century.

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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 Origin Archive; MSS 021; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Separated Material

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

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Allen, Donald
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Avison, Margaret
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Barker, Richard
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Berge´, Carol
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Blackburn, Paul
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Creeley, Robert
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Enslin, Theodore
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Enslin, Theodore
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Enslin, Theodore
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Hentoff, Nat.
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Hirschman, Jack
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Kitasono, Katue
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Levertov, Denise
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Logan, John
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Randall, Margaret
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Risi, Nelo
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Rothenberg, Jerome
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Scholl, Albert Arnold
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Snyder, Gary
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Sorrentino, Gilbert
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Weiss, Theodore
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Williams, Jonathan

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