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Loujon Press collection, 1962-1965

MS 291

Collection Summary

Creator: Loujon Press
Collection Name:Loujon Press Collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1965
Physical Description:1.25 linear feet
Abstract:This collection is comprised of six series: Historical notes, 1989. Correspondence, 1962-1965. Notebook, 1964. Photographs, ca. 1962-1965. Artwork, ca. 1963-1965. Book Files, 1963-1965. It includes correspondence, poetry manuscripts, a notebook, galley proofs, production materials, drawings, and photographs relating to Charles Bukowski. Specific material regards his collaboration with Jon Webb in the creation of two poetry books for Loujon Press.
Collection Number:MS 291
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

Historical Note

After working as free-lance editors in New York City, Jon and Gypsy Lou Webb moved to New Orleans. There they produced an avant-garde poetry and prose magazine, The Outsider (1961-), for American "underground" writers. Pouring all their money and energy into their letterpress Loujon Press, they designed and produced several limited editions of works by Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller from 1963 until 1966. In 1965, the Webbs moved to Santa Fe, El Paso, and settled for a while at 1009 E. Elm in Tucson. They later moved the press to 1202 Fourth S.W. in Albuquerque. Jon Webb died in Nashville on June 9, 1971. His obituaries are cited in AB Bookman's Weekly, August 2, 1971.

Scope and Content Note

This collection provides insights chiefly into writer Charles Bukowski's daily life in Los Angeles, California from late 1962 to summer 1965. The correspondence, over two hundred letters from him to Webb, are filled with prime Bukowski narration of hard drinking, bad luck at the horse races, neurotic neighbors, demanding landlords, reflections on writing and other poets, his daytime jobs, his enthusiasm for the efforts of Jon and "Gypsy" Louise Webb and their Loujon Press, and a myriad of other topics. Some letters are written or appended with notes from Frances Bukowski about the current state of things in their lives as they lived on North Mariposa Avenue and later De Longpre, including the birth and infancy of their daughter, Marina Louise. Bukowski's satisfaction with the wonder of It Catches My Heart in Its Hands is candidly portrayed in his letter of November 26, 1963.

By 1964, Bukowski begins to draw, paste, and color the marginalia of the letters and envelopes. Collages of bubble-gum cartoons and cigar bands are pasted on ink, water-colors and scraps of paper while his messages scroll around and between the drawings. The typewritten letters are no more, Bukowski is headed for the big time, and the Webbs and Loujon Press have provided him with two marvelous books as passport portfolios.

Additional letters are from John William Corrington to Webb, and from Webb to Bukowski. There are also a large file of letters of praise for It Catches My Heart in Its Hands from admirers including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Patchen, Henry Miller, and Walter Lowenfels.

A notebook by Bukowski contains 58 pages of handwritten, mostly unpublished poems, and includes a three page commentary on the contemporary state of poetry titled, "A depressing state of affairs...."

The photographs in the collection contain ten of Bukowski, one of his dog, three of the Webbs in their apartment/studio at 1109 Royal, New Orleans, and three of the Tucson residence at 1009 E. Elm as it appeared in 1997. There is also color and ink drawings by Bukowski, including five self-portraits. Some of the photographs and drawings were done for possible inclusion in the poetry books.

The manuscript files relating to the two books contain handwritten and typewritten poems by Bukowski (some with corrections), production materials, galleys, dummys, tearsheets from other poetry books of his poems, and related materials, such as biographical and exhibition materials relating to Noel Rockmore who created etchings for Crucifix in a Deathhand.


This collection is organized into six series:
Series I: Historical Notes, 1989
Series II: Correspondence, 1962-1965
Series III: Notebook, 1964
Series IV: Photographs, circa. 1962-1997
Series V: Artwork, circa. 1963-1965
Series VI: Book Files, 1963-1965





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Bukowski, Charles -- Archives
Rockmore, Noel, 1928-
Webb, Jon Edgar
Webb, Louise

Corporate Name(s)
Loujon Press -- Archives

Small presses -- Louisiana -- 20th century
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Publishers and publishing -- Louisiana

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Loujon Press collection(MS 291).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


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Container List

Series I: Historical Notes, 1989
Chronology and narrative by Edwin Blair on the Webbs, Loujon Press, and Bukowski.
11 Historical notes, also marked up copies of Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail (1960), Run with the Hunted (1962), Longshot Poems for Broke Players (1962), and Poems and Drawings (Epos issue: 1962). Some included inscriptions to Webb from Bukowski, and some were partially dissected by Webb for use in designing his publications. , 1989
Series II: Correspondence, 1962-1965
Handwritten and typewritten, chiefly from Bukowski to Webb.
12-9 Bukowski to Webb. , 1962-1965
110 John William Corrington to Webb. , 1963-1964
111 Webb to Bukowski. , 1963
112 To Webb from admirers of It Catches My Heart in Its Hands. , 1963-1965
Series III: Notebook, 1964
Handwritten poems and commentary by Bukowski.
113 Notebook. , 1964
Series IV: Photographs, ca. 1962-1997
Ten of Bukowski, one of his dog, three of the Webbs, three of residence at 1009 East Elm Street, Tucson (1997), eight photographs of the Webbs on a trip to Las Vegas; and one of the Webbs in Slidell, LA.
114 Photographs. , ca. 1962-1997
Series V: Artwork, circa. 1962-1965
Drawings and self-portraits on paper.
115 Drawings. , circa. 1962-1965
116 Envelopes. , circa. 1962-1965
Series VI: Book Files, 1963-1965
Typescripts and handwritten prose and poetry, some with corrections, and production materials relating to the titles.
It Catches My Heart in Its Hands, 1963
21 Introduction by John William Corrington. , 1963
22-3 Poems, some on tearsheets, by Bukowski. , 1963
24 Production materials. , 1963
25 Galleys. , 1963
Crucifix in a Deathhand, 1965
26 Poems. , 1965
27 Production materials. , 1965
28-9 Galleys and dummy. , 1965
210 Biographical information and exhibition catalogs on Noel Rockmore, artist. , 1965
Correspondence 1964-2000
By creator, and thereunder chronological
Handwritten and typewritten, chiefly from Jon and Lou Webb to Blair.
Accession from Edwin Blair
31-7 Webb to Blair, 1964-1971
38-21 Lou Webb to Blair, 1971-2000
322 Miscellaneous to Blair, 1993-2000
323 Lou Webb to Blair, No Dates
324 Webbs to Mike, 5/14/1971
325 Poem: To Louise from Jon
Loujon Press Administration 1964-1988
By type, and thereunder chronological
Bank Statements, Contracts, Fundraising and Promotional Materials
Accession from Edwin Blair
326 Bank Statements, Canceled Checks, Contracts, 1963-1988
327 Fundraising Letter, 1967
3 Promotional Materials, 1967-1970