Papers of John Beecher, 1957-1979

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Papers of John Beecher, 1957-1979

MS 161

Collection Summary

Creator: Beecher, John, 1904-1980
Collection Name: Papers of John Beecher
Inclusive Dates: 1957-1979
Physical Description:0.4 Linear feet
Abstract:Mostly outgoing letters from John Beecher to various editors at Macmillan Publishing Co., between 1965 and 1977, but also includes clippings, book notices, photographs of Beecher, publicity brochures and announcements of poetry readings, and poetry broadsides. There are also news clippings and correspondence about the Morning Star Press, later called the Rampart Press, begun in 1956.
Collection Number:MS 161
Language: Materials in English
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

American poet, labor and civil rights activist, educator and journalist; John Beecher taught at several universities, worked at various administrative projects during the New Deal, and wrote for newspapers and magazines throughout his career. In 1956, he and his wife, Barbara, founded the Morning Star Press. This private press was moved to Jerome, Arizona in 1958 and renamed Rampart Press. It later moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1959 while Beecher taught English at Arizona State University. He resigned there in 1961, continuing his teaching, writing, and lecturing until his death in 1980.

Scope and Content Note

Mainly outgoing letters from Beecher to various editors at Macmillan Publishing Co. between 1965 and 1967. Also includes clippings, book notices, photographs of Beecher, publicity brochures and announcements for poetry readings, and poetry broadsides. Letters in 1965, 1967, and 1968 discuss a planned book by Beecher on “realities of Negro life in the South.” News clippings and correspondence relate the activities of Beecher’s private press, Morning Star, then Rampart Press. Also included is a questionnaire completed by the Beechers about their book design and printing experiences.


This collection is organized into one series.



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Related Material

John Beecher papers are also located in the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Beecher, Barbara
Beecher, John, 1904-1980

American poetry—20th century
Morning Star Press
Rampart Press
Small presses—Arizona
Small presses—California

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

John Beecher papers (MS 161). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Papers , 1957-1979
This series is arranged in chronological order.
11 Correspondence:1965
12 Correspondence: 1966
13 Correspondence: 1967
14 Correspondence: 1968
15 Correspondence: 1969
16 Correspondence: 1970
17 Correspondence: 1971
18 Correspondence: 1972
19 Correspondence: 1973
110 1Correspondence: 1974
111 Correspondence: 1975
112 Correspondence: 1976
113 Correspondence: 1977
114 Miscellaneous undated items and 1979 Interview 1957-1980; undated