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James Ryan Morris papers, 1959-1978

MS 268


Collection Summary

Creator: Morris, James Ryan, 1935- 1978
Collection Name:James Ryan Morris papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1959-1978
Physical Description:.4 linear feet
Abstract:The collection consists primarily of letters to James Ryan Morris from poets Diane Di Prima, Theodore Enslin, Jack Hirschman, William J. Margolis, Dan Propper, and Stuart Zane Perkoff.
Collection Number:MS 268
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
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

James Ryan Morris, born in New York City in 1935, served as a marine in Korea. He co-founded and co-edited the literay magazine Sight until its cessation in 1958, founded The Croupier (Seattle, 1965-?) and Mile High Underground (Denver, 1966-1967). Published collections of Morris' own poetry include She Said, The Rat's Nest, Diana's Smile, He Has Heard, 13 Sounds, .22 For Her, and The Hands. He has also published poetry postcards and broadsides.Morris died in 1978.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of letters to James Ryan Morris from poets Diane Di Prima, Theodore Enslin, Jack Hirschman, William J. Margolis, Dan Propper, and Stuart Zane Perkoff. Letters from Perkoff to Anthony Scibella and Maxine Cherry are included, as well as typescripts and holographs of Perkoff's poetry. The collection also includes other correspondence, poetry books, poems, broadsides, two unidentified photographs, and graphics.


Organization

This collection is organized into five series.
Series I: Correspondence, 1959-1978
Series II: Broadsides, 1969-1971
Series III: Poetry and Published Works, 1961-1977
Series IV: Photographs, No Date
Series V: Miscellaneous Poetry and Graphics, 1967-1971

Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Related Material

Publications received with the collection were removed and catalogued separately.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Margolis, William J
Bly, Robert
Di Prima, Diane
Enslin, Theodore
Hall, Donald, 1928-
Hirschman, Jack, 1933-
Lifshin, Lyn
Morris, James Ryan, 1935-1978
Perkoff, Stuart Z
Propper, Dan, 1937-
Tipton, James, 1942-

Subject(s)
Beat generation
Bohemianism in literature
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence

Genre Form(s)
Broadsides
Correspondence
Photographs
Poems


Administrative Information

Credit Line

James Ryan Morris papers(MS 268).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1959-1978
boxfolder
11 Stuart Z. Perkoff to Maxine Cherry and unknown parties. , 1959-1962 (one undated)
Letter to Cherry from 801 Market Street, San Diego, California to 302 Market Street, Venice, California. Seven items.
12 Diane DiPrima to James Ryan Morris. , 1969-1971
Letters and postcards from San Francisco to Denver. Twelve items, some lacking dates.
13 Theodore Enslin to James Ryan Morris. , 1974-1976
Nine letters from Box 522 Temple, Maine to Golden, Colorado
13 Theodore Enslin to James Ryan Morris. , 1977-1978
Nine letters from Box 273 Mesquite, New Mexico to Golden, Colorado.
14 Jack Hirschman to James Ryan Morris. , June 23, 1972-March 9, 1978
From Nevada City, California to Golden, Colorado. Nine items.
15 William Margolis to James Ryan Morris. , March 5, 1961 to April 12, 1961
One letter and one postcard from Ward E-1, Veterans Administration Hospital, Long Beach, California to 65 Seaman Avenue, New York, New York
15 William Margolis to James Ryan Morris. , October 12, 1962 to October 11, 1964
Six letters from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to Seattle, Washington.
15 William Margolis to James Ryan Morris. , March 3, 1965-August 1, 1965
Six postcards and letters from 242 7th Street, Seal Beach, California to Seattle, Washington.
15 William Margolis to James Ryan Morris. , November 25, 1966
One letter from 1827 E. 5th Street, Long Beach, California to Seattle, Washington.
16 William Margolis to James Ryan Morris. , February 20, 1969-December 29, 1970
Six letters and postcards from 4618 Prospect Avenue, Los Angeles, California to Denver and Golden, Colorado.
17 William Margolis to James Ryan Morris. , January 25, 1971-October 24, 1975
Twenty letters from 4618 Prospect Avenue, Los Angeles, California to Denver and Golden, Colorado.
18 Stuart Z. Perkoff to James Ryan Morris. , June 30, 1964
One letter from an unidentified jail to Seattle, Washington.
18 Stuart Z. Perkoff to James Ryan Morris. , April 24, 1965-November 12, 1965
Three letters and postcards from Venice, California to Seattle, Washington.
19 Stuart Z. Perkoff to James Ryan Morris. , July 17, 1969-January 27, 1970
Twelve letters from Terminal Island Federal Prison, San Pedro, California to Denver, Colorado.
110 Stuart Z. Perkoff to James Ryan Morris. , October 3, 1970-October 20, 1971
Nine letters and postcards from Mill Valley, Californai to Denver, Colorado.
110 Stuart Z. Perkoff to James Ryan Morris. , January 28, 1972-May 17, 1973
Eleven letters and postcards from Larkspur and Mill Valley, California to Denver, Colorado.
110 Stuart Z. Perkoff to James Ryan Morris. , June 8, 1973-December 18, 1973
Four letters and postcards from Venice, California to Denver, Colorado.
111 Dan Propper to James Ryan Morris. , January 6, 1973-March 7, 1975
Nine letters from 143 Willow Avenue, Fairfax, California to Denver, Colorado.
112 Dan Propper to James Ryan Morris. , July 3, 1975-June 6, 1977
Twelve letters from Star Route 55C, Ramona, California to Denver Colorado.
113 Dan Propper to James Ryan Morris. , April 20, 1978-May 31, 1978
Three letters from Box 76 Ramona, California to Denver, Colorado.
114 Miscellaneous letters to James Ryan Morris. , 1964-1978
Twenty-two letters and postcards from various poets and others (several undated).
114 Allen Ginsberg to James Ryan Morris (postcard). , January 10, 1977
115 Stuart Z. Perkoff to Anthony Scibella, editor. , ca. 1960
One letter referring to Morris in Seattle
115 Stuart Z. Perkoff to Anthony Scibella, editor. , August 25, 1971-March 17, 1972
Six letters and postcards from Mill Valley and Larkspur, California to Denver, Colorado.
115 Stuart Z. Perkoff to Anthony Scibella, editor. , January 11, 1972-March 19, 1974
Seven letters from Venice, California to Denver, Colorado.
116 Robert Bly to James Tipton. , January 1, 1969-January 2, 1978
Seventeen letters from Madison, Minnesota to Elwell and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
117 Donald Hall to James Tipton. , September 24m 1970-April 10, 1974
Seven letters from 1715 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan to Elwell, Michigan.
118 Lyn Lifshin to James Tipton. , June 2, 1969-July 29, 1972
Five letters, postcards, and a promotional flyer from 92 Rapple Drive, Albany, New York, to Elwell, Michigan.
119 Gary Snyder to James Tipton. , August 16, 1976-April 2, 1977
One letter and one postcard from Alleghany Star, Route 963, Nevada City, California to Elwell, Michigan.
120 Miscellaneous letters to James Tipton. , February 16, 1971-November 12, 1975
Four letters and postcards, one undated, from William Heyen, Alvin Greenbert and Alfred (no last name).
Series II: Broadsides, 1969-1971
boxfolder
121 Diane DiPrima. Broadsides and poetry postcards. Four items. , 1969-1971
Series III: Poetry and Published Works, 1961-1977
boxfolder
122 Lyn Lifshin: Poetry and reviews.
Black Apples
Two typescript copes of James Tipton's review of the collection.
123 William Margolis: Poetry. , 1961-1974
Three poems in typescript dedicated to Stuart Z. Perkoff.
124 James Ryan Morris: Poetry.
13 Sounds
Diana's Smile
He Has Heard
I Invoke Mayakovsky (leaflet, two copies)
For Pagan (broadside)
A Poem for Legs (postcard)
The Rat's Nest
She Said
125 Stuart Z. Perkoff: Poetry and fiction. , 1963-1967
Some poems in typescript, other copied by unidentified persons after being smuggled from prison; published prose, "Isn't There Another Saxophone Player?" published in the May 1982 issue of Passion Press.
126 Stuart Z. Perkoff: Miscellaneous personal documents (correspondence relating to imprisonment and eulogy). , 1969-1974
Series IV: Photographs, No Date
boxfolder
127 Three miscellaneous portraits (Robert Bly?). , no dates
Series V: Miscellaneous Poetry and Graphics, 1967-1971
boxfolder
128 Miscellaneous items. , 1967-1971
Postcard
Handbill
Altered 1913 booking record for prisoner in Oakland, California
Promotional flyer for Robert Bly