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Guide to the Sparrow Papers MSS.096


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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 12, 2020
Finding aid written in English.

 Updated to reflect incorporation of materials from former series "Accretion 1999" and accession 2013.096 into Series III.  , July 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sparrow, (American poet)
Title: Sparrow Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1970-2012
Abstract: Sparrow is a longtime poet/activist/musician of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and a member of the literary group, the Unbearables. He has published several chapbooks of poetry in collaboration with the St. Mark's Poetry Project and other poetry organizations, and he has served as the editor for the literary journal Big Fish. He has been published in The New Yorker, as well as The Quarterly, and The New York Times. The Sparrow Papers are a diverse collection of materials including manuscripts, notes, journals, travelogues, handwritten signs, and periodicals.
Quantity: 5.5 Linear Feet in 5 boxes and 1 manuscript box
Location: Materials are stored offsite, and advance notice is required for use. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: .
Call Phrase: MSS.096

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Biographical Note

Sparrow is a longtime poet/activist of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He has published several chapbooks of poetry in collaboration with the St. Mark's Poetry Project and other poetry organizations, and he has served as the editor for the literary journal Big Fish. He gained notoriety in 1995 by picketing The New Yorker, holding a sign that read, "My poetry is as bad as yours." Since then, he has been published in that magazine as well as The Quarterly and The New York Times. In 1996, he ran for president and published the book Republican Like Me: A Diary of My Presidential Campaign about his experiences. In addition to his work as a poet, Sparrow is a member of the Unbearables (along with Ron Kolm, Richard Kostelanetz, and Rob Witz), and the founder of the East Village Militia and the One Size Fits All Movement. He is also a member of the musical group Foamola.

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Scope and Content Note

The Sparrow Papers are a diverse collection of materials including manuscripts, notes, journals, travelogues, handwritten signs, and periodicals.

The manuscripts are in the form of typescripts (some with corrections) or handwritten notes, most pertaining to an unidentified novel and are labeled as such. The collection also includes journals and travelogues detailing Sparrow's travels and including notes and drafts of original poetry and fiction. Sparrow's other the personal files in the collection include articles, correspondence, information on Foamola, the New Yorker occupation, and the East Village Militia, and miscellaneous travel documents. The published material within the collection is from Sparrow's collection of periodicals, books, and chapbooks. Published books and chapbooks written by Sparrow have been catalogued and are located within the downtown collection at Fales Library.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading.

The files are grouped into four series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Manuscripts
  2. Series II: Journals/Travelogues
  3. Series III: Personal
  4. Series IV: Books/Periodicals

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Posters.
  • Magazines (Periodicals)
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Travelers' writings

Subject Organizations

  • Unbearables (Literary group)

Subject Topics

  • Poets, American -- 20th century.
  • Authors, American -- 20th century.
  • American literature -- 20th century.
  • Literature, Experimental.
  • Artists and community -- United States
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.).

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials are open without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Sparrow Papers; MSS 096; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Fales Library and Special Collections

For more information see the Ron Kolm Papers, the Richard Kostelanetz Papers, and the Rob Witz Papers in Fales Library.

Provenance

This collection was acquired by purchase.

Processing Information

Processing information before 2018 is unavailable.

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Container List

Series I: Manuscripts, Undated

Scope and Contents note

Series I contains the manuscript files of Sparrow's poetry and fiction, most of which are in the form of typescripts (some with corrections) or handwritten notes. A large number of these files are manuscript fragments pertaining to an unidentified novel and are labeled as such. The author's original grouping of manuscript fragments is maintained.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-computer printout
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Box: 1 Folder : 2 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-computer printout
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Box: 1 Folder : 3 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript, pp. 1-182
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Box: 1 Folder : 4 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript, pp. 183-326
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Box: 1 Folder : 5 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript, pp. 327-480
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Box: 1 Folder : 6 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript
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Box: 1 Folder : 7 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript
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Box: 1 Folder : 8 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript submitted to Pantheon Books, pp.
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Box: 1 Folder : 9 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript submitted to Pantheon Books, pp. 161-370
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Box: 1 Folder : 10 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript submitted to Pantheon Books, pp. 371-480
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Box: 1 Folder : 11 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript with corrections, pp. 161-239, 1-83
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Box: 1 Folder : 12 Born Too Young: A Pilgrimage Diary-typescript with corrections, pp. 1-160
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Box: 1 Folder : 13 Miscellaneous, handwritten poems, notes, and short works
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Box: 1 Folder : 14 New Yorker: Poems written to the New Yorker during occupation of offices
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Box: 1 Folder : 15 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 1 Folder : 16 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 1 Folder : 17 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 1 Folder : 18 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 1 Folder : 19 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 1 Folder : 20 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 1 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 2 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 3 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 4 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 5 Novel: Unidentified-handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 6 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 7 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 8 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 9 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 10 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 11 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 12 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 13 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 14 Novel: Unidentified-typescript with corrections
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Box: 2 Folder : 15 One Size Fits All Movement-poems
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Box: 2 Folder : 16 Poems
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Box: 2 Folder : 17 Power Poetry
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Box: 2 Folder : 18 Sparrow for Prez
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Box: 2 Folder : 19 Unidentified, handwritten fragments
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Box: 2 Folder : 20 Unidentified, handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 21 Unidentified, handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 22 Unidentified, handwritten notes
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Box: 2 Folder : 23 Unidentified typescript with corrections
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Box: 3 Folder : 1 Uptown Dispatches, pp. 1-109
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Box: 3 Folder : 2 Uptown Dispatches, pp. 110-234
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Series II: Journals/Travelogues, Undated

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains journals and travelogues detailing Sparrow's journeys in Europe and India. Interspersed with the autobiographical information in these journals are notes and drafts of original poetry and fiction.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 4 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 5 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 6 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 7 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 8 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 9 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 10 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 11 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 12 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 13 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 14 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 15 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 16 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 17 Journals
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Box: 3 Folder : 18 Journals
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Box: 4 Folder : 1 Journals
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Box: 4 Folder : 2 Journals
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Box: 4 Folder : 3 Journals
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Series III: Personal, Undated, 1991-2012

Scope and Contents note

Series III contains the personal files, which include articles, correspondence, information on Foamola, the New Yorker occupation, and the East Village Militia, and miscellaneous travel documents.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Articles-"Light In Our Catskills, A Sparrow." The Mountain Eagle, 7/17/1997
1997
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Articles-Sparrow. Garbage In Mind. Whole Earth Review, Spring 1991
1991
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Articles-Sparrow. Tomorrow's News
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Box: 4 Folder : 7 Calendar
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Box: 4 Folder : 8 Cartoons, drawings, and original artwork
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Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence
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Box: 4 Folder : 10 The East Village Militia
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Box: 4 Folder : 11 Foamola signs (musical group with Sparrow)
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Box: 4 Folder : 12 Hitchhiking signs indicating city destinations
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Box: 4 Folder : 13 New Yorker: Signs protesting the New Yorker
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Box: 4 Folder : 14 Sherwin, Richard E. A Strange Courage-manuscript submitted to Sparrow
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Box: 4 Folder : 15 Topp, Mike materials
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Box: 4 Folder : 16 Travel
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Box: 5 Folder : 1 Notes - mixed
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Box: 5 Folder : 2 Notes - mixed
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Box: 5 Folder : 3 Notes - mixed
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Box: 5 Folder : 4 Notes - mixed
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Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 The True Story of How I Went Punk, Crumbs From My Cabana, drawings, drafts, notes.
2000-2012

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Series IV: Books/Periodicals, 1988-1995

Scope and Contents note

Series IV contains Sparrow's collection of periodicals, books, and chapbooks. Published books and chapbooks written by Sparrow have been catalogued and are located within the downtown collection at Fales Library.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Appearances, vol. 22
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Box: 4 Folder : 18 Big Fish: Council of All Beings Issue
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Box: 4 Folder : 19 The 11th Street Russe, vol. 1, no. 0
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Box: 4 Folder : 20 Environs
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Box: 4 Folder : 21 Gandhabba, no. 4, 5
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Box: 4 Folder : 22 Mahamatsya
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Box: 4 Folder : 23 Mr. Puke Reviews, no. 10, Sept. 1995
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 24 National Poetry Magazine of the Lower East Side, vol. 3, no. 2, Summer 1988
1998
Box: 4 Folder : 25 The Poetry Project, no. 127, Feb. /Mar. 1988
1988
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Sam'Gram, vol. 3, no. 1
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Box: 4 Folder : 27 Soon 3
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Box: 4 Folder : 28 Sparrow. Denver. 1991
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Box: 4 Folder : 29 The Sun, issues 109, 112, 113, 120, 126, 128
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Box: 4 Folder : 30 The Sun, issues 130, 136, 145, 149, 154, 162
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Box: 4 Folder : 31 The Sun, issues 164-66, 171, 176, 178
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Box: 4 Folder : 32 The Sun, issues 181-186
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Box: 4 Folder : 33 The Sun, issues 187-192
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Box: 4 Folder : 34 The Sun, issues 193, 194, 196-199
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Box: 4 Folder : 35 The Sun, issues 200, 206, 210, 217, 231, 233
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Box: 4 Folder : 36 Tamarind
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Box: 4 Folder : 37 Taylor, Anique. Poems.
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Box: 4 Folder : 38 Unidentified Zine
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Box: 4 Folder : 39 Wilson, Blair and Sparrow. "That's Cool. " [19]92.
1992

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