Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays -- Research Guide

Small Press Publications

The Collection

Literary small presses began to appear in the United States in the late nineteenth century, as an outgrowth of the Arts and Crafts movement. They grew in number throughout the twentieth century, and were perhaps most active in the 1970s and 1980s.

Since a great deal of American and Canadian poetry was published in the small presses, this area became a major interest for the Harris Collection. Monographs, broadsides, and small press periodicals have been collected comprehensively in the twentieth century. Publications of many of the presses may be accessed in the online catalog through an author search of the press name. Example: Toothpaste Press.

In addition, small press ephemera (catalogs, flyers, announcements and the like) for hundreds of small presses are available, organized by press name.

The John Hay Library holds the archives of a number of distinguished American small presses of the twentieth century. These include Burning Deck Press, operated for more than 40 years by Brown faculty members Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop; December Press; Greenhouse Review Press; Second Coming Press; Stone Country Press; Gallery Poets Series/Harper Square Press; Copper Beech Press; Unicorn Press, and Vagabond Press.

The archives of a number of small press literary periodicals are also in the collections, including Conjunctions; San Fernando Poetry Journal; West Coast Poetry Review.

See Also:
» Fine Printing
» Broadsides

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Related Collections

Manuscripts Collection

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Essential References

Alternative materials in libraries; edited by James P. Danky and Elliott Shore
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1982

Beaumont, Cyril W.
The first score. An account of the foundation and development of the Beaumont Press and its first twenty publications
London : The Beaumont Press, 1927

A bibliography of The Village Press by Melbert B. Cary, Jr.
New York : Press of the Woolly Whale, 1938

The book thought through : small press comes of age in America : contemporary handmade books in limited edition, exhibited at the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, December 3-27, 1985 / selected by Edwina B. Evers
New York : Guild of Book Workers, 1985

Brilliant, Alan
Publishing theory.
Bryan, Tex. : Unicorn Press, 2004

Burning Deck (firm)
Burning Deck books 1961-2001 : 40 years on this Burning Deck?
[Providence, R.I.] : Burning Deck, [2001?]

Clay, Stephen
A secret location on the Lower East Side : adventures in writing, 1960-1980 : a sourcebook of information by Steven Clay and Rodney Phillips
New York : New York Public Library and Granary Books : Distributed to the trade by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 1998

The CLMP directory of literary magazines and presses.
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
San Francisco, CA : Manic D Press, c2003-
20th ed.- 2003- 2007/2008 v.24

Dennison, Sally
Alternative literary publishing : five modern histories
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c1984

Directory of little magazines and small presses
Paradise, Calif. [etc.] L. Fulton [etc.]
1st-8th 1965-1972/1973. Lacks 7th edition.

Directory of Michigan literary publishers
Detroit, Mich. : Poetry Resource Center of Michigan
1984-85 

Directory of poetry publishers
[Paradise, Calif.] : Dustbooks, [c198]
1st ed, 1985/86- v. 23, 2007/8

Directory of small magazine/press editors and publishers
Paradise, Calif. [etc.],Dustbooks
3rd-10th ed; 1972/73-1979/80

The Directory of small press & magazine editors & publishers
Paradise, Calif. : Dustbooks, c1980-2006/7, v. 37.

Distribution / edited by A.D. Winans
San Francisco : Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers, c1974

Editor's choice
Iowa City, Iowa : The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1980-
Nos. 1-3 1980-1991

Fine Printing Conference at Columbia University (1982)
Proceedings of the Fine Printing Conference at Columbia University : held May 19-22, 1982 / organized by Terry Belanger ... [et al.]
New York (516 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027) : School of Library Service, Columbia University, 1983

Fulton, Len
American odyssey, a bookselling travelogue. By Len Fulton, with Ellen Ferber
[Paradise, CA : Dustbooks, c1975]

Glazier, Loss Pequeno
Small press : an annotated guide
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1992

Green isle in the sea : an informal history of the alternative press, 1960-85 / Diane Kruchkow & Curt Johnson, editors
Highland Park, Ill. : December Press ; Chicago, Ill. : Distributed by Chicago Review Press, c1986

Hart, James D.
Fine printing : the San Francisco tradition
Washington : Library of Congress, 1985

International directory of little magazines & small presses
[Paradise, Calif., Dustbooks]
9th ed, 1973/4 - v. 43, 2007/8

Johnston, Alastair
Zephyrus Image: A bibliography
Berkeley : Poltroon Press, 2003

Katnip Reviews
Nederland, CO : Kitty Litter Press,
No.3-no.11 July 1999-Apr.2002

The Little press movement in England and America; catalogue [of] an exhibition held at the American Embassy, 24 April to 24 May 1968, introduction by Edward Lucie-Smith
London, Turret, 1968

Margins
Milwaukee, Monday Morning Press & Harpoon Press
No.1-no.30 Aug.1972-Mar.1976. Lacks no. 12

Montag, Tom
Concern/s : essays & reviews, 1972-1976
Milwaukee : Pentagram Press, [c1977]

New pages
[Grand Blanc, MI : New Pages Press]
Vol.1, no. 4-v.2, no. 1; no. 7-10, 13; Summer 1981-spring 1982; winter 1983-1986, 1988

Nimmo, Kurt
Confessions of a small press hedonist
Salt Lake City, Utah : Zerx Press, 1989

Northeast rising sun
[Cherry Valley, N.Y., Cherry Valley Editions]
Vol. 1-v. 5, no. 1; Jan. 1976-1982

The Pushcart prize
[Yonkers, N.Y.] Pushcart Press
1st ed.- 1976/1977- 2008 v. 32

Sipapu
Winters, Calif.[etc.] Peattie. [etc.]
Vol.2-v.26 July/Aug.1971-1996

The Small Magazine Review
Paradise, CA : Dustbooks, [1993-1994]
v. 1, no. 1-8; 1993-1994

Small press
New York : R.R. Bowker, 1983-1996.

The small press book review
Southport, CT : Greenfield Press, c1985-92
v.1-v.8 1985-1992

Small press record of books
[Paradise, CA., Dustbooks]
2nd-4th ed.; 1969/72-1974

Small press record of books in print
[Paradise, CA., Dustbooks]
1st-23rd 1966/1968-1994/1995

Small press record of books in print (CD-ROM)
Paradise, CA : Dustbooks, c1997-
24th & 25th ed.- 1995-1997- 2007 v.32

Small press record of non-periodical publications
Paradise, CA. Dustbooks
1st ed.; 1966/68

The small publisher's book : or How to print, promote, and sell your book or littlemag / [edited by COSMEP]
San Francisco] : Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers, 1972

Stony Hills
[Newburyport, Mass., Rat & Mole Press, c1977-c1995.
No.1-no.14 1977-1995. Lacks no. 5

Tratt, Grace
Check list of Canadian small presses : English language
Halifax, N.S. : Dalhousie University, University Libraries [and] School of Library Service, 1974

Westburg, John Edward
Eight American small press writers of the 20th century plethora
Fennimore, Wis. : Westburg Associates Publishers, c1988

The whole COSMEP catalog. Design/editing: Dick Higgins
Paradise, Calif., Dustbooks, 1973

Woolmer, J. Howard
The Samurai Press, 1906-1909 : a bibliography
Revere, Pa. : Woolmer/Brotherson, 1986

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