Abstract

Records of a publishing company established by poets Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1977. Successor to Angel Hair magazine and Angel Hair Books, United Artists published works of contemporary poets and writers, including Ted Berrigan, Clark Coolidge, Alan Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, and Bill Berkson. Correspondence with these and other United Artist contributors can be found in the collection. Also included are typescripts of works submitted and materials used for production of United Artists publications.

Historical Background

Established by Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1977, United Artists press was located in New York City until it went out of business in at the end of the 1980s. Typically, the press published four titles a year, generally with a run of 750 copies each. While they provided a venue for artists who could not publish with mainstream presses, Warsh and Mayer also published established writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gregory Corso, all of whom had secured contracts with trade publishers.

The forerunner of United Artists was Angel Artist (magazine) and Angel Hair Books, a press which Warsh co-founded and co-edited from 1966 to 1977. Many of the contributors to United Artists, such as Ted Berrigan and Clark Coolidge, had previously been associated with Angel Hair Books. Both presses were dependent on sales-generated income combined with the support offered by grants and awards. Warsh was a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1966 and 1979, and he received a Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines award in 1981.

Scope and Content

Accession Processed in 1988

The papers relate to the professional and personal lives of persons associated with United Artists. Many of the artists that Warsh and Mayer dealt with were also friends, and, as a result, the correspondence is often a mix of both literary and private matters. Although a few items date from the middle 1970s, the bulk of the papers date from 1977 to 1983. The collection is organized into three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE; 2) TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEYS, AND PAGE PROOFS OF UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS; and 3) TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE.

The largest portion of the collection is comprised of CORRESPONDENCE from various writers to United Artists editors Mayer and Warsh. The series is arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's name, and the letters of each correspondent are in chronological order. Unless the correspondent addressed Mayer or Warsh individually, only the name of the writer is listed.

The successive stages of production for each book project can be surveyed in the TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEYS, AND PAGE PROOFS OF UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS series. They are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.

The TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE series contains original typescripts of published and unpublished work. This section includes the work of Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, and Allen Ginsberg. It is also arranged alphabetically by the name of the author.

CORRESPONDENCE

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11 Acker, Kathy. 4 APC, 2 APCs, 1 AL, 2 ALs, 3 TL, 3 TLs
12 Ball, David. 2 ALs, 1 TLs
13 Banks, Russell. 1 APCs, 1 TPCs, 5 TLs
14 Benson, Steve. 1 ALs, 1 TLs
15 Berge, Carol. 6 TLs; 1 prose TS
16 Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1971 - 1975. 13 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs. n.d.
17 Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1976 - 1977. 4 APCs, 2 ALs, 7 TLs
18 Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1978. 1 APCs, 8 TLs
19 Berkson, Bill, 1979. 8 TLs
110 Berkson, Bill to Bernadette Mayer, 1980. 1 APCs, 6 TLs; 1 poem TS
111 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1969. 2 APCs, 1 AL. n.d.
112 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1973. 6 APCs, 4 ALs, 10 TLs; 3 poems TS
113 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1974. 8 APCs, 11 TLs, 3 poems TS
114 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1975. 6 APCs, 3 ALs, 7 TLs, 1 poem TS
115 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1976. 2 APCs, 8 TLs
116 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1977. 1 ALs, 7 TLs
117 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1978. 3 APCs, 14 TLs
118 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1979. 5 APCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs; 9 poems TS, 1 prose TS
119 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1980. 2 APCs, 1 TPCs, 7 TLs; 3 poems TS, 1 prose TS
120 Berkson, Bill to Lewis Warsh, 1981 - 1983. 5 APCs, 5 ALs, 8 TLs
121 Bernstein, Charles to Bernadette Mayer. 5 ALs, 1 TL, 4 TLs
122 Bernstein, Charles to Lewis Warsh. 2 APCs, 1 TPCs, 4 TLs
123 Berrigan, Ted to Bernadette Mayer. 1 APCs, 1 TLs
124 Berrigan, Ted to Lewis Warsh. 11 APCs, 1 AL, 3 ALs, 2 TLs
125 Brainard, Joe to Bernadette Mayer. 8 ALs
126 Brainard, Joe to Lewis Warsh. 1 APC, 1 APCs, 3 ALs
127 Brenner, Summer. 2 TPCs, 1 ALs; 1 prose TSs
128 Brodey, Jim. 1 APCs, 5 ALs, 4 TLs; 1 poem MS
129 Brownstein, Michael. 1 APCs, 1 ALs, 5 TLs
21 Burckhardt, Rudy to Bernadette Mayer. 2 APCs, 2 ALs
22 Burckhardt, Rudy to Lewis Warsh. 5 APCs, 5 ALs
23 Bye, Reed. 1 APCs, 1 TLs
24 Callahan, Robert to Bernadette Mayer, 1977 - 1978. 2 ALs, 2 TL, 8 TLs; 1 poem TS
25 Callahan, Robert to Bernadette Mayer, 1979 - 1980. 1 APCs, 4 TL, 12 TLs
26 Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1977. 1 APCs, 3 TL, 7 TLs. n.d.
27 Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1978. 7 TL, 12 TLs
28 Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1979. 6 TL, 7 TLs; 1 poem TS
29 Callahan, Robert to Lewis Warsh, 1980. 3 TL, 4 TLs
210 Carey, Steve. 1 APCs, 4 ALs, 1 TLs; 1 poem TS
211 Carter, Charlotte, 1976. 1 AL, 2 ALs, 2 TLs. n.d.
212 Carter, Charlotte, 1977. 1 AL, 4 ALs, 1 TLs
213 Carter, Charlotte, 1978. 1 ALs, 1 TL, 1 TLs; 2 poems TS, 1 prose TS
214 Carter, Charlotte, 1979 - 1980. 3 ALs, 1 TL, 2 TLs
215 Codrescu, Andrei. 4 APCs, 6 ALs, 11 TLs
216 Collom, Jack. 1 APCs, 1 AL, 5 ALs
217 Coolidge, Clark to Bernadette Mayer. 13 TLs. n.d.
218 Coolidge, Clark to Bernadette Mayer, 1973 - 1980. 7 TLs; 1 poem TS
219 Coolidge, Clark to Lewis Warsh. 9 TLs
220 Cooper, Dennis. 1 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs
221 Corbett, William to Bernadette Mayer, 1975 - 1978. 7 APCs, 3 TPCs, 3 ALs, 4 TLs. n.d.
222 Corbett, William to Bernadette Mayer, 1979 - 1983. 8 APCs, 1 ALs, 5 TLs; 3 poems TS
31 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh. 11 APCs, 2 TPCs, 8 ALs. n.d.
32 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1973. 2 APCs, 1 TPC, 1 TPCs, 6 ALs, 4 TLs
33 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1974. 2 TPCs, 3 ALs, 8 TLs
34 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1975. 3 TPCs, 2 ALs, 11 TLs
35 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1976. 7 APCs, 1 TPCs, 7 ALs, 5 TLs; 3 pages poems TS
36 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1977. 7 APCs, 9 ALs, 2 TLs; 1 poem TS
37 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1978. 7 APCs, 5 ALs, 5 TLs
38 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1979. 8 APCs, 1 TPC, 2 ALs, 7 TLs
39 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1980. 6 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs
310 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1981. 9 APCs, 9 ALs, 2 TLs; 1 poem TS
311 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1982. 5 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs
312 Corbett, William to Lewis Warsh, 1983. 9 APCs, 1 ALs, 2 TLs
313 Cott, Jonathan. 2 APCs, 2 TLs
314 Creeley, Robert. 1 APCs, 1 TLs
315 Davies, Alan to Bernadette Mayer. 2 TLs
316 Davies, Alan to Lewis Warsh, 1974. 4 APCs, 14 TLs; 1 poem TSc, 1 prose TSc
317 Davies, Alan to Lewis Warsh, 1975 - 1979. 5 APCs, 1 ALs, 10 TLs; 8 poems TSc
318 Einzig, Barbara. 2 TLs
319 Elmslie, Kenward to Bernadette Mayer. 4 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 AL, 1 ALs, 2 TLs
320 Elmslie, Kenward to Lewis Warsh. 5 APCs, 6 TPCs, 4 TLs
321 Fagin, Larry. 2 APCs, 1 TPCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs
322 Friedman, Ed. 1 APCs, 3 TLs
323 Greene, Jonathan. 1 TL
324 Greenwald, Ted. 2 ALs, 1 TLs
325 Grossinger, Richard to Bernadette Mayer, 1974 - 1977. 1 APCs, 1 ALs, 17 TLs. n.d.
326 Grossinger, Richard to Bernadette Mayer, 1978 - 1979. 1 TL, 11 TLs
327 Grossinger, Richard to Lewis Warsh. 1 TPCs, 1 ALs, 8 TLs
328 Harwood, Lee. 1 APCs, 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 5 pages poems TSc
329 Holman, Bob. 1 APCs, 3 ALs
41 Howe, Fanny to Bernadette Mayer. 4 TLs
42 Howe, Fanny to Lewis Warsh. 4 ALs, 10 TLs
43 Howe, Susan. 2 APCs, 15 TLs
44 Kahn, Paul. 2 ALs, 2 TLs
45 Kraut, Rochelle to Bernadette Mayer. 2 APCs, 1 AL, 5 ALs, 1 TL
46 Kraut, Rochelle to Lewis Warsh. 4 APCs, 5 ALs, 12 TLs; 1 poem TS
47 Lally, Michael to Bernadette Mayer. 1 APCs, 1 AL, 1 ALs
48 Lally, Michael to Lewis Warsh. 1 APCs, 2 ALs, 3 TLs
49 MacAdams, Lewis to Bernadette Mayer. 1 TLs
410 MacAdams, Lewis to Lewis Warsh. 1 TLs
411 McClure, Michael. 2 TLs
412 MacLow, Jackson. 3 TLs
413 Malanga, Gerard to Bernadette Mayer. 2 APCs, 2 ALs, 7 TLs; 1 poem TSc
414 Malanga, Gerard to Lewis Warsh, 1973 - 1976. 1 ALs, 9 TLs; 1 poem TS, 2 poems TSc
415 Malanga, Gerard to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1979. 5 TLs
416 Masters, Greg. 1 APCs, 6 TLs; 1 poem TS
417 Metcalf, Paul to Bernadette Mayer. 2 TLs
418 Metcalf, Paul to Lewis Warsh. 5 TPCs, 7 TLs
419 Nolan, Pat, 1973 - 1974. 1 ALs, 1 TL, 8 TLs; 7 poems TS
420 Nolan, Pat, 1974 - 1982. 1 APCs, 1 TPCs, 2 ALs, 11 TLs; 1 poem TS
421 North, Charles. 5 APCs, 2 ALs, 3 TLs
422 Notley, Alice to Bernadette Mayer, 1972 - 1977. 1 APCs, 1 AL, 8 ALs, 5 TLs. n.d.
423 Notley, Alice to Bernadette Mayer, 1978 - 1980. 1 APCs, 9 ALs, 2 TL, 2 TLs; 3 poems TSc
424 Notley, Alice to Lewis Warsh. 8 APCs, 12 ALs, 6 TLs
425 Owen, Maureen to Bernadette Mayer. 4 APCs, 2 ALs
426 Owen, Maureen to Lewis Warsh. 5 APCs, 3 ALs, 5 TLs
427 Padgett, Ron. 8 APCs, 1 TPCs, 5 ALs, 1 TL, 2 TLs
428 Palmer, Michael to Bernadette Mayer. 2 APCs
429 Palmer, Michael to Lewis Warsh. 8 APCs, 5 ALs
51 Raworth, Tom to Bernadette Mayer. 1 TLs
52 Raworth, Tom to Lewis Warsh. 3 ALs
53 Rosenberg, David. 2 APCs, 2 ALs
54 Rosenthal, Bob, 1975 - 1977. 3 APCs, 1 AL, 5 ALs, 15 TLs. n.d.
55 Rosenthal, Bob, 1978 - 1982. 2 APCs, 3 ALs, 11 TLs
56 Rothenberg, Jerome. 1 APCs, 2 ALs
57 Scalapino, Leslie. 3 ALs, 4 TLs
58 Schiff, Harris to Bernadette Mayer. 1 APCs, 1 TLs
59 Schiff, Harris to Lewis Warsh, 1973. 1 APC, 1 APCs, 1 AL, 8 ALs, 1 TL, 1 TLs; 4 poems TS. n.d.
510 Schiff, Harris to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1976. 1 APCs, 1 AL, 8 ALs, 1 TLs; 1 poem MS
511 Schiff, Harris to Lewis Warsh, 1977 - 1982. 3 APCs, 2 ALs, 9 TLs
512 Schuchat, Simon to Bernadette Mayer. 1 ALs, 1 TL, 8 TLs; 6 poems TS
513 Schuchat, Simon to Lewis Warsh. 6 TLs; 3 poems TS
514 Thomas, Lorenzo. 3 TLs
515 Veitch, Tom. 14 APCs, 1 TPCs, 2 ALs, 4 TLs
516 Vermont, Charlie to Bernadette Mayer. 1 APCs, 1 ALs, 3 TLs
517 Vermont, Charlie to Lewis Warsh, 1973. 1 APCs, 2 ALs, 6 TLs; 1 prose TS. n.d.
518 Vermont, Charlie to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1976. 3 APCs, 2 ALs, 4 TLs; 1 poem TSc
519 Waldman, Anne to Bernadette Mayer, 1971 - 1973. 1 APC, 10 APCs, 1 TPCs, 3 TLs. n.d.
520 Waldman, Anne to Bernadette Mayer, 1974 - 1979. 5 APC, 5 APCs, 3 AL, 1 ALs, 1 TL, 5 TLs; 1 prose TSc
521 Waldman, Anne to Lewis Warsh, 1974 - 1977. 10 APCs, 3 ALs, 13 TLs. n.d.
522 Waldman, Anne to Lewis Warsh, 1978 - 1982. 7 APCs, 8 TLs
523 Watten Barrett to Bernadette Mayer. 1 APCs, 3 TLs
524 Watten, Barrett to Lewis Warsh, 1972 - 1973. 2 APCs, 1 AL, 6 ALs, 7 TLs; 3 prose TSc. n.d.
525 Watten, Barrett to Lewis Warsh, 1975 - 1978. 3 APCs, 4 ALs, 4 TLs
526 Weiner, Hannah. 1 APCs, 6 ALs; 6 pages prose TSc
527 Miscellaneous.

TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEY AND PAGE PROOFS OF U.A. BOOKS

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61 Banks, Russell. The Relation of My Imprisonment. corrected TSc
62 Berrigan, Ted. Nothing For You. TS
63 Berrigan, Ted. Nothing For You. corrected TSc
64 Berrigan, Ted and Schiff, Harris. NY 2, Boston 0. corrected TS
65 Brodey, Jim. Judyism. TSc
66 Brodey, Jim. Judyism. corrected TSc
67 Brodey, Jim. Judyism. corrected Gc
68 Carey, Steve. The California Papers. TSc
69 Carey, Steve. The California Papers. corrected Gc
610 Corbett, William. Columbus Square Journal. TSc
71 Corbett, William. Columbus Square Journal. corrected Gc
72 Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time. TS
73 Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time. TS
74 Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time. G
75 Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time. corrected Gc
76 Lenhart, Gary. One At A Time. PP (two copies)
77 Mayer, Bernadette and Waldman, Anne. The Basketball Article. TS
78 Notley, Alice. Songs For The Unborn Second Baby. corrected Gc
79 Rosenthal, Bob. Cleaning Up New York. TSc
710 Rosenthal, Bob. Cleaning Up New York. photo, cover, title pages
711 Schiff, Harris. In The Heart Of The Empire. corrected Gc
712 Vermont, Charlie. Selected Poems. TS
713 Vermont, Charlie. Selected Poems. corrected Gc
714 Warsh, Lewis. The Maharaja's Son. TS

TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE

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81 Berkson, Bill.
82 Berrigan, Ted.
83 Burckhardt, Rudy.
84 Carey, Steve.
85 Carter, Charlotte.
86 Codrescu, Andrei.
87 Collom, Jack.
88 Coolidge, Clark.
89 Corbett, William.
810 Corso, Gregory.
811 Creeley, Robert.
812 Denby, Edwin.
813 Elmslie, Kenward.
814 Friedman, Ed.
815 Ginsberg, Allen.
816 Godfrey, John.
817 Guest, Barbara.
818 Howe, Fanny.
819 Koethe, John.
820 Kushner, Bill.
91 McClure, Michael.
92 Mayer, Bernadette.
93 Mayer, Rosemary.
94 Metcalf, Paul.
95 Myles, Eileen.
96 Noel, Susan.
97 North, Charles.
98 Notley, Alice.
99 Padgett, Ron.
910 Rakosi, Carl.
911 Rosenthal, Bob.
912 Savage, Tom.
913 Scheeman, Elio.
914 Schiff, Harris.
915 Scholnick, Michael.
916 Thomas, Lorenzo.
917 Veitch, Tom.
918 Vermont, Charlie.
919 Weiner, Hannah.
920 Miscellaneous.



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