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Guide to the Outburst Archive
ca. 1959-1964
 MSS.022

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Collection processed by Colin Wells, 2009. Processed by Amber Creger, February 1999.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 14, 2017
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Outburst Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1959-1964
Abstract: The Outburst Archive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts received by Tom Raworth while he was publishing Outburst, a poetry magazine produced under the Matrix Press imprint. Noted correspondents include Carol Bergé, Paul Blackburn, William Burroughs, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Anselm Hollo, LeRoi Jones, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Henry Miller, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Gary Snyder.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet
Call Phrase: MSS.022

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Biographical and Historical Note

From 1961 to 1963, Tom Raworth edited and published three issues of Outburst, a poetry magazine produced under Raworth's Matrix Press imprint, which also published several small books by authors such as Pete Brown, Edward Dorn, Anselm Hollo, Piero Heliczer, and David Ball.  Outburst and the Matrix Press focused on British and American poets, but include other European poets and prose writers as well. Most authors are associated with the Beat poets, the British Poerty Revival, or the Black Mountain school. Six hundred copies of the first issue and 700 copies of the second were produced.

 Tom Raworth (b. 1938) is a British poet with over 40 published works of poetry and prose to his credit. Raworth is often associated with the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and 1970s. His first published book of poetry,  Relation Ship, received acclaim when it was released in 1966. He has published poetry steadily since that time and often performs readings of his work. Raworth is also a visual artist producing drawings, paintings, and collages.

Sources:
Raworth, Thomas Moore. "CV." Accessed March 25, 2009. http://www.tomraworth.com/cvweb.html.
Tuma, Keith, ed.  Anthology of 20th Century British and Irish Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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Scope and Content Note

The Outburst Archive contains correspondence and manuscripts submitted to Tom Raworth for publication in  Outburst or through the Matrix Press. The manuscripts are primarily poetry, but also include prose works.

Arrangement

The Outburst Archive is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence and Manuscripts

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
  • Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
  • Snyder, Gary, 1930-
  • Enslin, Theodore
  • Blackburn, Paul
  • Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997
  • Robbe-Grillet, Alain, 1922-2008
  • Raworth, Tom
  • Miller, Henry
  • McClure, Michael
  • Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997
  • Hollo, Anselm
  • Bergé, Carol, 1928-
  • Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014
  • Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Manuscripts for publication.

Subject Organizations

  • The Outburst Archive

Subject Topics

  • Poetry, Modern |y 20th century.
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • American literature |y 20th century.
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • American fiction -- 20th century
  • American poetry |y 20th century.
  • Small presses -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Literature, E-perimental -- Periodicals.
  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • Downtown writers.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 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  Outburst Archive; MSS 022; Collection number; 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.

Provenance

The collection was acquired in April of 1965.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence and Manuscripts

Scope and Contents note

Series 1 contains one box of correspondence and manuscripts to Tom Raworth, the editor of Outburst [and the Matrix Press]. Contributing writers include Carol Bergé, Paul Blackburn, William Burroughs, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Anselm Hollo, LeRoi Jones, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Henry Miller, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Gary Snyder.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Archive List
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Barker, Richard
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bergé, Carol
1961-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Black, Nigel
1959
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Blackburn, Paul
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Bonheim, Helmut
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Bremser, Ray
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Brown, Pete
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Burroughs, William
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Capitanchik, Maurice. Collymore, Frank. Combs, Tom
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Corman, Cid. Corso, Gregory
1961;1964
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Creeley, Robert
1961-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Dawson, Fielding
1961-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Dorn, Edward
1963-1964
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Eigner, Larry
1960-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Enslin, Theodore
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Federman, Raymond. Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Finlay, Ian Hamilton
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Gelber, Jack. Ginsberg, Allen
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Hazard, Geoffrey. Heliczer, Piero
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Holland, Lee
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Hollo, Anselm
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Hollo, Anselm
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Hollo, Anselm
1963-1964
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Hollo, Anselm
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Hymes, Dell. Jones, LeRoi
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Keys, John. Kupferberg, Tuli. Levertov, Denise
1964
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Logue, Christopher. McClure, Tom. Maclise, Angus
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Malcolm, Tom. Meltzer, David
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Micheline, Jack. Miller, Henry
1964
Box: 1 Folder : 31 The Mini-Cab War
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Nichols, Clinton. Olson, Charles. Orlovsky, Peter
1960-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Robbe-Grillet, Alain. Rumaker, Michael. Shayer, Michael
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Sillitoe, Alan. Simpson, N.F. Snyder, Gary
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Souster, Raymond. Toynbee, Philip. Tse-Chiang, Chao
1960-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Turnbull, Gael. Wang, David. Webb, Jon Edgar
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Woolf, Douglas
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Misc.
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Weiss, Ruth. Wesker, Arnold. Whalen, Philip
1961-1964
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Williams, Jonathan. Wolin, Harvey. Zukofsky, Louis
1961-1964

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