Abstract

The papers of Robert Crosson, Hollywood actor and contemporary Los Angeles poet, contain manuscript and typescript drafts for Crosson's published collected works, especially GEOGRAPHIES (1981), ABANDONED LATITUDES: NEW WRITINGS BY 3 LOS ANGELES POETS (1983), CALLIOPE (1988), and THE BLUE SOPRANO (1994); individual poems published in small literary magazines; and unpublished poetry and prose, including his novel "Round-Trip to Midland." Of particular interest are Crosson's daybooks which record his daily activities, thoughts and writings for over four decades. Also included are video and audio recordings, photographs of Crosson, and collages. The papers are arranged in eight series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS BY CROSSON, 4) DAYBOOKS, 5) ARTWORKS BY CROSSON, 6) CASSETTE RECORDINGS, 7) REEL-TO-REEL AUDIO RECORDINGS, and 8) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.

Biography

Born in 1929, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Crosson moved with his family to Pomona, California, in 1944. He graduated from Pomona High School in 1948, attended Mt. San Antonio College and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in English and theatre arts in 1951.

Between 1952 and 1960, Crosson pursued an acting career and appeared in numerous television programs, including "Captain Midnight," "Dragnet," "Superman," "Studio 57," and the "Millionaire," as well as the Paramount pictures, WHITE CHRISTMAS and LAST DAY OF MY LIFE.

At the end of the 1950s, Crosson moved to Europe to write, but returned after two years making little progress. He entered the masters program in library science at UCLA, but soon gave up to work on his novel, "Midland." Crosson worked as a dishwasher, restaurant manager and eventually supported himself and his writing as a house painter and carpenter until 1996 when his health began to decline.

Crosson's first published book, GEOGRAPHIES (1981), was followed by ABANDONED LATITUDES: THREE LOS ANGELES WRITERS (1983), CALLIOPE (1988), THE BLUE SOPRANO (1994), and a chapbook entitled IN THE ETHERS OF THE AMAZON, POEMS 1984-1997. His work entitled "Round-Trip to Midland" remains unpublished. Crosson's daybooks document his daily activities of writing, house painting and carpentry. His collage making began after his first stay in a convalescent hospital in 1998.

Crosson died on December 10, 2001.

Scope and Content

The Robert Crosson Papers document the literary career of a Los Angeles poet and writer. Materials include typescript drafts for published collected poetry and individually published poems, as well as unpublished poetry, plays and prose. Included are his daybooks (1980-2000) in which he recorded his writing and descriptions of daily activities. The collection contains collages, drawings and slides of Crosson's watercolors; audiorecordings of Crosson's poetry readings; correspondence; and miscellaneous materials, especially photographs of Crosson and a scrapbook documenting his acting career.

The Robert Crosson Papers are arranged in eight series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS BY CROSSON, 4) DAYBOOKS, 5) ARTWORK BY CROSSON, 6) CASSETTE RECORDINGS, 7) REEL-TO-REEL RECORDINGS, and 8) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.

SERIES 1: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series, arranged alphabetically, contains formal and informal portraits of Crosson and photographs of friends. Also included is a scrapbook that documents Crosson's professional acting career and includes clippings of reviews, program announcements, correspondence, documents, black-and-white portraits of Crosson, and photographs of movie scenes.

SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged alphabetically and includes correspondence with Paul Vangelisti, Lee Hickman and Lourie Madden.

SERIES 3: WRITINGS BY CROSSON

The WRITINGS BY CROSSON series is arranged in three subseries: A) College Papers, B) Published Works, and C) Unpublished Works.

A) The College Papers subseries spans the years 1947-1952 and consists of notebooks and manuscripts from high school and college writing classes.

B) The Published Works subseries, arranged chronologically, contains drafts of typescripts for GEOGRAPHIES: WILLIAM JAMES, GERTRUDE STEIN, GENERAL BOOTH AND IVES (1980); ABANDONED LATITUDES: NEW WRITINGS BY 3 LOS ANGELES POETS (1983), CALLIOPE (1988) and BLUE SOPRANO (1994). Also included are drafts of poems published in small literary magazines.

C) The Unpublished Works subseries, arranged alphabetically, contains drafts of plays, poetry and novels. Included are individual works, collected manuscripts, and drafts of Crosson's unpublished novel entitled "Round-Trip to Midland."

SERIES 4: DAYBOOKS

The DAYBOOKS series contains notebooks (1957-2001, arranged chronologically, that record thoughts and daily events in Crosson's life. Also included are pasted in clippings, photographs, correspondence, and drawings by Crosson and others.

SERIES 5: ARTWORKS BY CROSSON

The ARTWORKS BY CROSSON contains collages (1998-2001) created by Crosson during his stays in convalescent facilities. Also included are drawings and slides of his watercolor paintings.

SERIES 6: CASSETTE RECORDINGS

The CASSETTE RECORDINGS series is arranged in four subseries: A) Videorecordings, B) Audiocattettes - Readings by Crosson, C) Audiocassettes - Readings by Others, and D) Audiocassettes - Interviews.

A) The Videorecordings subseries contains a dubbed copy of MIKE'S MURDER, a movie that Crosson acted in, as well as clippings and reviews for the work. Also included are two videorecordings of Crosson reading his poetry.

B) The Audiocassettes - Readings by Crosson subseries, arranged by title, contains audio recordings of poetry readings by Crosson and spans the years 1977-1997. Includes Crosson's reading of GEOGRAPHIES, "Old Venice Jailhouse, PARTY: A REUNION, and Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."

C) The Audiocassettes - Readings by Others subseries consist of readings by other poets and includes a reading by Paul Vangelisti entitled the "Villa."

D) The Audiocassettes - Interviews subseries contains recordings of interviews with Crosson and spans the years 1978-1982.

SERIES 7: REEL-TO-REEL RECORDINGS

The REEL-TO-REEL RECORDINGS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Readings by Crosson, B) Readings with Others.

A) The Readings by Crosson subseries contains recordings of readings of prose and selected unpublished writings.

B) The Readings with Others subseries contains recordings of readings with others.

SERIES 8: ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES

The ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES contain original items from the collection which have high acid content. These papers are photocopied and segregated at the end of the collection.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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11 Appointment and address book, 1992.
12 Barron, Todd. "Tell", 1993. Typescript with annotations.
13 Biographical statements, 1977.
14 Crosson as an actor, scrapbook. Includes photographs and correspondence.
15 Photographs of Crosson - Informal portraits, 1969.
16 Photographs of Crosson with others, 1961 - 1973.
17 Photographs of Crosson with others. No date.
18 Photographs of others. No date.
19 Photographs - Miscellaneous, 1963.
110 Pomona Junior College Yearbook, 1945.
111 Pomona Junior College Yearbook, 1946.
112 Zachary, R. Y. "Signs of a New Poetry in California". No date. Essay mentions Crosson.

CORRESPONDENCE

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113 A-Z - Miscellaneous.
114 BACHY (Leland Hickman, editor), 1978 - 1981.
115 CONTEMPORARY QUARTERLY (Kenneth John Archity, editor), 1976 - 1981.
116 Coulter, Larry, 1965.
117 Engh, George, 1966.
21 ESQUIRE, 1959 - 1980.
22 Green, Benson, 1963. Includes letters from Peter.
23 Holden, John M., 1963 - 1984.
24 Holden, Valentine, 1968.
25 Jesson, L. M. and Ralph, 1964 - 1966.
26 Los Angeles Theater of Ear (LATE), 1980 - 1981.
27 MacDowell Colony, 1964.
28 Madden, Lourie, 1990 - 1994.
29 Madden, Lourie, 1994 - 1998.
210 Monica McCall, Inc. (Mary Pritchett, associate), 1955 - 1958.
211 New American Library of World Literature, Inc., 1955.
212 OCCIDENTAL POETS, 1978.
213 Shinsky, Laura [?], 1966 - 1980.
214 Shinsky, Stan, 1963 - 1966.
215 Souza, Frank R., 1963.
216 TRIQUARTERLY (Elliott Anderson, editor), 1979 - 1980.
217 Tuttle, Tony, 1963.
218 Vangelisti, Paul, 1963 - 1998. Includes creative writing assignments by Jaimes Ayala with corrections by Paul Vangelisti.
219 Warren, Tatjiana (Tanya), 1974 - 1990.
220 Weil, Wendy, 1965 - 1969.
221 Wolfe, Grace, 1962 - 1966.
222 Unidentified correspondents.

WRITINGS BY CROSSON

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College Papers

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223 English 1-B, 1947. Notebook, manuscript.
224 Chaucer - Class writing, 1952.
225 Notes of Attendance: The Formulation of a Story: Upon Initiation of a Novel - Writing Class. No date. Typescript, draft.
31 Notes on "Toward A Philosophy of History". No date. Typescript.
32 Opera - Music 170, 1951. June 19. Notebook.
33 Stephen's English Classes. No date. Manuscripts.

Published Writings

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34 Book reviews by Crosson - "Corner Creasin", 1948. For MOUNTAIN newspaper at Mt. San Antonio College.
35 GEOGRAPHIES: WILLIAM JAMES, GERTRUDE STEIN, GENERAL BOOTH AND IVES (1980) - Original typescript, 1980. First titled as "American Geographies."
36 GEOGRAPHIES: WILLIAM JAMES, GERTRUDE STEIN, GENERAL BOOTH AND IVES (1980) - Typescript draft, 1980. Part 1. First titled as "American Geographies."
37 GEOGRAPHIES: WILLIAM JAMES, GERTRUDE STEIN, GENERAL BOOTH AND IVES (1980) - Typescript draft, 1980. Part 2. First titled as "American Geographies."
38 GEOGRAPHIES: WILLIAM JAMES, GERTRUDE STEIN, GENERAL BOOTH AND IVES (1980) - "William James", 1980. August. Published in INVISIBLE CITY, Numbers 26-27.
39 GEOGRAPHIES: WILLIAM JAMES, GERTRUDE STEIN, GENERAL BOOTH AND IVES (1980) - "Selection from GEOGRAPHIES...", 1981. Published in BACHY #18.
310 ABANDONED LATITUDES: NEW WRITINGS BY 3 LOS ANGELES POETS (1983) - "Rockford File", 1980. Typescript, first version.
311 ABANDONED LATITUDES: NEW WRITINGS BY 3 LOS ANGELES POETS (1983) - "Wet Check", 1982. Typescript, draft. Published in BOXCAR #1.
312 ABANDONED LATITUDES: NEW WRITINGS BY 3 LOS ANGELES POETS (1983) - Reviews, 1983.
313 Day Sam Goldwyn Stepped Off the Train, 1983. BOXCAR #2. Includes original typescript.
314 Lemon, 1983. BOXCAR #2. Photocopy.
315 From Daybook, 1984. Spring. MAGAZINE, vol. 14, no. 12.
316 CALLIOPE, 1987. Original draft and book cover.
317 Rabbits, 1988. FOREHEAD 1. Typescript.
318 Egypt (A First Recital) from Field Notes. To Lily, 1989. TEMBLOR 9. Photocopy.
319 Egypt (1989) - "Field Notes", 1988. Typescript, drafts. Includes note to Lee Hickman.
320 Yevtushenko is Fake. He Says, 1990. FOREHEAD 2. Typescript, photocopy.
321 On Memory for Todd, 1992. RE*MAP #4.
322 BLUE SOPRANO (1994), 1994. Typescript, drafts. See also, Series 3C: Unpublished Writings, "The Price of Lemons."
323 Mengele, 1994. RIBOT 2. Photocopy.
324 Robert Crosson: Friday December 13. No date. Red Hill Press, INVISIBLE CITY. Brochure.

Unpublished Writings

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41 List of poems.
42 3/ in LA. No date. Typescript.
43 Aborted first drafts, 1986 - 1990. Original typescripts.
44 Adjunct to the Narrative, 1991. Typescript, drafts.
45 Advantage at Fort Bragg, 1992. Typescript, photocopy.
46 After A Trip to the Dentist. No date. Typescript, photocopy.
47 Ambient Noise Has No Duration. No date. Typescript, draft.
48 Analym. No date. Typescript.
49 Arrogance of Poverty - From Daybooks. No date. Manuscript, photocopy.
410 Ars Poetica, 1991. Typescript, draft.
411 As Regards, 1994. Typescript, draft.
412 At the Red Ox in Heidelburg, 1958. Typescript, draft.
413 At Work. No date. Typescript.
414 B.G., 1957. May. Typescript.
415 Ballad of Old Sam, 1950. Typescript.
416 Being a Gentleman, He Took Me to Coffee, 1958. May. Typescript.
417 Bird in Some Visions, 1957. Typescript.
418 Black Storm, 1959. Typescript.
419 Bleeding Hearts, A Shallow Mercy, 1997. Typescript, drafts.
420 Blonde Figure, Reclining, 1959. March. Typescript.
421 Blue Ballet of Mr. Fielding. No date. Typescript.
422 Bogus Diaries of S. Freud, 1991. Original typescript and photocopy.
423 Brecht/ Revised. For Tanya, 1988. Typescript, drafts.
424 Burning Bush. No date. Typescript, drafts.
425 Caesar, 1992. Typescript, photocopy.
426 Casual Exchange, 1990. Typescript, draft.
427 Catarock, 1990. Typescript.
428 Chekhov, Anton. "Cherry Orchard" (Adaptation for television series). No date. Format copyrighted. Typescript.
429 Chief Use of Men Over Forty-Five. No date. Typescript.
430 Churchyard, From a Spanish Balcony, 1958. July. Typescript.
431 City View, 1957. Original typescript.
432 Collar. No date. Typescript.
433 College of Neglected Science (CONS), 1991 - 1993. Typescript drafts, paginated. Contains "Transforming Death Into Carnal Pleasure," "Do You Know Him?," "The Photograph," "Wee Mouse, and All That," "Apollo Gold," "City of Angels," "Clocks Were Invented by Insomniacs," "Pretty on the Table," "Portents (and Omens) of Things Beautiful," "The Plague," "Book of Music," "Carbon Canyon," "Glass Menagerie," "After Fact," "No Belts, No Shoestrings," "Total Eclipse," "Ari(e)l," "Boulder Rock," "The Red Wagon," "A Summersday in Paris...," "On the Nature of Things," "The Architect: On Urban Design," "The Portable Artaud," "From the Province of Monarchs," "Mengele," " The Rustic," "The Other Ends of Modernity," "Last Letter From Bernie," "Without: A Daybook," and "Facsimile." Includes stationary.
434 Confirmation of Objectives. The Alphabet - On the Letter A. No date. Original typescript.
435 Continuities. To Paulo, A Revision, 1987. Typescript, drafts.
436 Count of Flutes and Sashes, 1991. Typescript, drafts.
437 Coxcomb. No date. Typescript.
438 CROSSsections and Happenings - Casa Jovenita et Etienne, 1967. Original typescript.
439 Curtis Ikuo Kobo, 1998. Typescript original.
440 Day Book Narratives. An Accounting of the Month of August, 1972: A Forty-Third Year, 1972. Typescript, photocopy.
51 Daybook, 1976. Original typescript, draft.
52 Daybook, 1983. Typescript, drafts.
53 Daybook - Chanukah, 1994. Typescript, drafts.
54 Deep North, 1992. Typescript, photocopy.
55 Dickrosariobalestrierio, 1977. Typescript letter, photocopy draft.
56 Disciple, 1956. Typescript, drafts.
57 Don't Ask Me Nothing. No date.
58 Dr. Willie. No date. Typescript, draft.
59 Dugan's Fern, 1973. Typescript, 109pp. Includes letter from Houghton Mifflin Company and comments on drafts by Ben Pleasants.
510 Dugan's Fern, 1983. Typescript with revision, 110pp.
511 Early Works, 1964 - 1965. Original typescripts, drafts.
512 Embarrassing/Old Stuff, 1986. Original typescripts, drafts.
513 End of the War. No date. Typescript, draft.
514 Extraordinary Disappearance of Mary Margaret McBride. No date. Typescript, draft.
515 Fading Like Cocksuckers at a Lesbian Ball, 1991. Typescript.
516 Family. No date. Original typescript, pp. 1-7.
517 Farewell to the Piano, 1969. Typescript, drafts.
518 Fire in the Barn. No date. Original typescript, draft.
519 Flying Down Ducks. No date. Typescript.
520 Friends - A Correspondence, 1950 - 1959. No date. Original letters.
61 Friends - A Correspondence, 1950-1959. No date. Original typescript with pagination.
62 Friends - A Correspondence, 1950-1959, 1988. January. First draft, original typescript.
63 Friends - A Correspondence, 1950-1959. Second title, "LETTERS: A CORRESPONDENCE." Typescript photocopies, annotated.
64 Friends - A Correspondence, 1950-1959, 1988. May. Second draft, typescript.
65 From A Manual of Pieties (Die Hauspostille), 1994. Typescript, photocopy.
66 From A View of Toledo, 1998. June 29. Original typescript.
67 From Daybooks - To Susan Howe, 1990. Manuscripts, photocopies.
68 From Dog City. No date. Typescript, photocopy with corrections.
69 From the Dream Life of Balzo Schell. No date. Original typescript, draft.
610 Game Called Remembering, 1956 - 1957. For Richard. Original typescript, draft.
611 General Booth Enters Heaven (Radioplay). No date. Typescript, draft.
612 Geography Is. No date. Original typescript, fragment of a play.
613 Gift. No date. Typescript.
614 Godard, 1993. Typescript, draft.
615 Going Up the Hill to Fetch a Pail Of. No date. Typescript.
71 Hang Together: A Hot Day in May (Screenplay), 1969. Original. Typescript, draft.
72 Happy Tree. No date. Typescript.
73 Hawker (Radioplay), 1984. Typescript and letter.
74 Heterosexual View of the World Is Not Mine. Neither Pan, Nor Caliban...Fuck Aquinas and His Angels, 1991. Announcement card.
75 Honeybun, 1992. Typescript, photocopy.
76 House of Women, 1991 - 1994. Typescript, drafts. See also in the same series, "Tubbs Hotel" for draft of "Turkey Trot," 1989 in box 14, folder 11.
77 How Solemn Occasion. No date. Typescript, draft.
78 Humiliated Piano (Conversation with Maestro), 1989 - 1991. Typescript, drafts.
79 Hymns to the Pomona Public Library. No date. Original typescript, drafts.
710 I Ching. No date. Typescript.
711 Ibiza, 1957. December. Typescript.
712 Ides of March. No date. Typescript, photocopy.
713 Impertinence of Frailty. A Saturday, 1993. Original typescript, revised.
714 Imposter. No date. Original typescript.
715 Imposture of Lemons: Or; Some of the Worst Movies Ever Made, 1993. Typescript, drafts. Second draft is titled, "The Price of Lemons: Or; Some of the Worst Movies Ever Made."
716 In Aethers of the Amazon, 1998. Typescript, drafts.
717 In Passing, 1992 - 1994. Typescript, drafts. See also in the same series, "Oranges and Tangerines."
718 In the Soup. No date. Typescript, draft.
719 Insert in a Work Diary, 1973. Typescript.
720 Inside Story of Terreno, 1958. August. Typescript, drafts.
721 Journey, 1959. Typescript.
722 Jesus-Christ First-National Bank - Six Chronicles. ca. 1968. Typescript. See also Series 7A: Reel-to-Reel Recordings in box 47, folder 3.
723 July 4, 1992. Typescript.
724 Jungle Papers and Others, 1993. Typescript, drafts and manuscripts by Christine?.
81 Kindertotenlieder. No date. Original typescript.
82 Kuan Song in Praise of Ambiguity. No date. Typescript.
83 Ladder. No date. Typescript.
84 Lady I Work For. No date. Typescript, draft.
85 Laughing Times At Willow Creek (Fragments), 1954 - 1959. Typescript.
86 Letter From Those Who Went Back - This Time to Stay, 1954 - 1960. Typescript, drafts.
87 Letter to Dr. Laing, 1971. Typescript, unfinished.
88 Letter... (To Margot?), 1974. Typescript, draft.
89 Letter to Ralph Borgesson. No date. Typescript, drafts.
810 Lida Rose, 1994. Typescript, photocopy.
811 Little Girl Blue, 1957. Typescript.
812 Little Miss Muffet, 1958 - 1959. Typescript, drafts.
813 Lost Harbor. No date. Typescript.
814 Love. No date. Typescript.
815 Love Story, 1971. Manuscript, draft.
816 Man and People - Index. No date. Typescript and handwritten notes.
817 Meeting: (A Preface to Antonio and Marie Perez). No date. Typescript, draft.
818 Meg's-Kat, 1989. Typescript.
819 Mein Kampf, 1998. Typescript, drafts.
820 Meistersinger. No date. Typescript, photocopy.
821 Memorium: In the Season of Gerald, When He Might Have Laughed, 1957. Typescript.
822 Midland, 1991. April - July. Original typescript, drafts.
823 Midland, 1991. September. Typescript, draft.
824 Midnight, 1959. Typescript, draft.
825 Mingo Junctions, 1973. Typescript, draft.
826 Mink. No date. Typescript, draft.
827 Mister, Mister, Spare a Dime. No date. Typescript, draft.
828 Modes of Transport, 1942. Original typescript.
829 Mood of Peyote: (Not Everyone Reacts the Same), 1956. Typescript.
830 Moon Over Athens, 1995. Typescript, photocopy.
831 Most Notable Feature of the Poem, 1988. Typescript. See also in the same series, "Nemo's Boat."
832 Mrs. O'Leary's Kitchen, 1999 - 2000. Typescript, drafts.
833 My Love Has Golden Hair, 1953. Typescript.
834 Narrative of Beginning, 1957. Original typescript.
835 Nemo's Boat. No date. Typescript.
836 New Work, 1991 - 1992. Typescript, drafts. Contains "Drought," "Listening to the Dogs Bark," "On Reflection of the Beautiful," "Live Lobster," "Reception," "Paragraph," and "Lullaby." Includes RE*MAP newsletter.
91 Newton's Apple, 1991. Original typescript, draft. See also "Egypt (1989) - 'Field Notes' in Series 3B: Published Writings for earlier draft.
92 Note to the Reader, In Passing, 1973. Typescript.
93 Noun and Pronoun, 1990. Typescript, draft.
94 Ohio on the Farm, 1941. Typescript, draft.
95 On Men and Women. Three Pieces (A Reading). No date. Typescript, photocopies.
96 On the Head of a Dead Cat, 1956. Original typescript.
97 OQQ Book Illustrated, 1980. Composition book. Manuscript.
98 Oranges and Tangerines, 1991. Typescript. See also in the same series, "In Passing."
99 Orchard Rain, 1955. Typescript.
910 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay). ca. 1976. Original typescript, drafts. Includes announcement clipping, 1979. See also, Series 6B: Audio and Videocassette Recordings, in box 45, folder 5-6 and Series 7A: Reel-to-Reel Recordings in box 47, folder 6.
911 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay), 1976. Typescript, edited drafts.
912 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay) - "Moon-Soup Apocalypse", 1969. Typescript, drafts.
913 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay) - "Sunburst of Insanity: A Chronicle of Impermanences", 1969. Typescript drafts.
914 Pasolini/On Freud. No date. Typescript.
915 Passing of Childe Harold, 1989 - 1993. Typescript, drafts.
916 Peacocks Are So Strange to Look At, 1954. Summer. Typescript.
917 Peeping Tom. No date. Typescript.
918 Personal. No date. Typescript.
919 Phone Bernie, a reading at Art Center College of Design. No date. Typescript.
920 Picture At the Galleria, 1955. Typescript, draft.
921 Pieties. No date. Typescript.
922 Poem, 1992. Typescript, draft.
923 Poem. No date. Typescript.
924 Poems of Carlos Illescas translated by Victor Valle, 1990. September 9. At LA Festival/La Terra Firma. Typescript, draft. Includes letter and photographs of Carlos Illescas.
925 Portland. No date. Typescript, drafts.
926 Price of Lemons, 1995. Original typescript with letter from the editors of Littoral Books. Includes also, second title, "On Spicer and Other Poems" in print, [published? pp. 89-108].
927 Prism As the Eye of Sun, 1957. Typescript, draft.
928 Pythagoras, 1994. Typescript.
101 Rabbits, 1990. Original typescript and drafts.
102 Rain, Chase the Angels. No date. Typescript, drafts.
103 Ramblas, 1960. Typescript, draft.
104 Red-Shuttered Room. A fiction, 1989 - 1993. Typescript, drafts.
105 Reunion: An Account of the Month of August, 1972; Upon the Occasion of My Forty-Third Year, 1972. Typescript, photocopy.
106 Reunion: Eleven. No date. Typescript with comments by editor, J.R.
107 River House. No date. Original typescript, draft.
108 Rome is Melrose Avenue, 1991. Typescript, draft.
109 Roses for the Traveling Sun, 1957. Typescript, photocopy.
1010 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book One". No date. Typescript.
1011 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book One," pp. 1-26. No date. Typescript.
1012 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book Two". No date. Part 1. Typescript.
1013 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book Two". No date. Part 2. Typescript.
1014 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Interlude". No date. Typescript.
111 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book Three". No date. Part 1. Typescript.
112 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book Three". No date. Part 2. Typescript.
113 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book Four". No date. Part 1. Typescript.
114 Round-Trip to Midland - First draft - "Book Four". No date. Part 2. Typescript.
115 Round-Trip to Midland - Second draft - "Book One". No date. Part 1. Original typescript. The only full copy to Tat W.
116 Round-Trip to Midland - Second draft - "Book One". No date. Part 2. Original typescript.
117 Round-Trip to Midland - Second draft - "Book Two". No date. Original typescript.
118 Round-Trip to Midland - Second draft - "Book Four". No date. Original typescript.
121 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 1. [Before 1975]. Part 1. Typescript, photocopies.
122 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 1. [Before 1975]. Part 2. Typescript, photocopies.
123 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 2. [Before 1975]. Part 1. Typescript, photocopies.
124 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 2. [Before 1975]. Part 2. Typescript, photocopies.
125 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 3, 1975. Part 1. Typescript, photocopies.
126 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 3, 1975. Part 2. Typescript, photocopies.
131 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 4. [Post 1975]. Part 1. Typescript, photocopies.
132 Round-Trip to Midland - Edit by Paul Vangelisti - Draft 4. [Post 1975]. Part 2. Typescript, photocopies.
133 Round-Trip to Midland- For John Rechy's class, 1976. Typescripts. Includes letter.
134 Round-Trip to Midland - Letter to Mr. Sorrentino, 1982. Typescript, photocopy.
135 Round-Trip to Midland - "Finding Indians", 1992. Typescript.
136 Round-Trip to Midland - Editor's comments. No date. Typescript with corrections.
137 Sandalwood (When Birds Are Too Loud: That's the Only Time To Listen to Music), 1960. June. Typescript.
138 Schimmelreiter. No date. Typescript.
139 Schimmel's Feast, 1962 - 1971. Typescript, drafts.
1310 See Am Mondsee, 1958. Typescript.
1311 Segue, 1986. Original typescript.
1312 Shadows. No date. Typescript, draft.
1313 Sitting Alone In His Room, He Could Be Disappointed, 1958. March. Typescript, draft.
1314 Sitting In My Old Car At the Beach, 1956. Typescript.
1315 Six Ways to Sunday. No date. Alias, Lee Carter Lewis. Typescript, drafts.
1316 Snow Country. No date. Typescript, draft.
1317 Son Serra, Warmed in Whitest Sun, 1958. January. Typescript.
1318 Songs at Campsite - The Dresden Room, 1992 - 1994. First draft is titled as "Strategic Devices." Typescript, drafts.
1319 Sonnet, 1957. May. Typescript.
1320 Soundtrip. No date. Original typescript.
1321 Spending All Night in the Tunnel, 1991. Typescript, draft.
1322 Spirit and a Sense of Geography, or Walden on an Island in Spain. No date. Typescript, drafts.
1323 Spring, Pierced to the Root, 1992. Typescript.
1324 Stein Song, 1956. Typescript, draft.
1325 Strawberry That You Put on Your Mashed-Potatoes. Three Days From a Carpenter's Journal, 1978. Typescript, photocopy.
1326 Streetcar. No date. Typescript, draft.
141 Susan: A Case History. No date. Original typescript, draft.
142 Tape-Deck. No date. Typescript, pp. 1-4.
143 Them Night Birds Still Flap At My Window: An Address to the Academy. No date. Typescript.
144 Themes - Fed and Wet Pennies, 1970. Manuscript.
145 Thirty-Five Pounds. No date. Typescript.
146 Thousands Marched And Threw Flowers. No date. Typescript.
147 Through the Looking Glass; A Personal View of An Absolute Sociology. No date. Typescript.
148 To Eloise. No date. Typescript, drafts.
149 Tracking the Mind is Not a Sportman's Job, 1993. Includes clippings and flyer. See also Series 4: Daybook, 1993, April 30.
1410 Tripping in Long Skirts. A Friday from daybooks. No date. Typescript, photocopy.
1411 Tubbs Hotel, 1989. Typescript, drafts. See also in the same series, "House of Women."
1412 Two Sheets to the Wind, 1977. Typescript.
1413 Up the Stairs or Fickle Up Your Finger Fate. No date. Manuscript.
1414 Us [or] The Daily Accident. No date. Typescript.
1415 Venice, on the Pier, 1954.
1416 Victrola. No date. Typescript, drafts with comments by editor, J.R.
1417 View of Toledo, 1988. Typescript.
1418 Wait and See. No date. Typescript.
1419 Wallpapered Bus, 1952 - 1994. Typescript, drafts. See also Series 7B: Reel-to-Reel Recordings in box 48, folder 2.
1420 Wallpapered Bus, 1991. Typescript, draft.
1421 Walking Through Dust on Clavo Sotelo, 1958. June. Typescript, draft.
1422 War Games, 1979. Typescript.
1423 Way Out West. No date. Typescript, drafts.
1424 Wet Blue: File Code-Ten, 1969. Typescript with magazine illustrations.
1425 What Time Was Yesterday?. No date. Typescript.
1426 What Touching Means, 1992. Typescript, drafts.
1427 When Other Helpers Fail in Comfortsflee. No date. Typescript, drafts.
1428 White Collars, 1958. Original typescript.
1429 Wilde, Oscar. "Selfish Giant" (Adaptation for cartoon). No date. Copyright. Typescript original.
1430 Willow Ran, 1959. June. Typescript, draft.
1431 With Circle for Eyes - Lunchtime, 1951. Typescript.
1432 Works in the Mudslide. No date. Typescript, draft.
1433 Writing English in French or Selling Life Insurance, 1991. Typescript, photocopy.
1434 Unidentified short story, 1937 - 1970. Typescript, drafts. Includes contents page. Missing chapters, "Hollywood Marathon" and "Cowboys and Indians."
151 Unidentified short story, 1957. Typescript, drafts, pp. 41-47 and pp. 54-58.
152 Unidentified short story, 1982. Typescript, draft.
153 Unidentified short story. No date.
154 Unidentified writings - Miscellaneous.

DAYBOOKS

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155 1957, September - October.
156 1960 - 1961. BOOK 4 and BOOK 5.
157 1961, May - June. BOOK 6 and BOOK 7.
158 1961, June - July. BOOK 8.
159 1961, August. BOOK 9.
161 1961, October - December.
162 1962, February - December. BOOK 12.
163 1966, April - 1967, January.
164 1967, February - July.
165 1967, July - 1969, January.
166 1970, March 31 - April 1.
167 1971 - 1972.
168 1972, August - December. Notebook and loose materials.
169 1975, January - 1976, October.
171 1975, June - 1978, May.
172 1978, December - 1979, May.
173 1979, October - December.
174 1979, December. GENERAL BOOTH ENTERS HEAVEN.
175 1980, April - October. THE LA BOX.
176 1980, July - 1981, September. TUESDAY NIGHT.
177 1980 - 1982. EAT CHICKEN.
178 1981, April - July. THE FASTEST GUN IN THE WEST.
179 1981, September - 1982, October.
181 1982, February - June. JUST SHOW UP THERE.
182 1982, November - December. LACE.
183 1983, January - July. PAPERS.
184 1983, July - October. STAKES.
191 1983, November - 1984, February. AFENTS.
192 1984, February - June.
193 1984, July - November. ENVELOPES AND APPLES.
194 1984, August - 1985, March. MOON SOUP.
201 1985, March - June. ROCKS AND CABBAGES.
202 1985, June - September. EQUIVOCAL ESSAYS ET CETERA...
203 1985, September - December. BLOOD WEDDING.
204 1985, December - 1986, March. RAIN.
211 1986, March - June. A SORE FOOT.
212 1986, June - August. INAUGURATION.
213 1986, August - October. TOWNS.
214 1986, October - 1987, February. THE ESTABLISHMENT.
221 1987, February - May. BIRTHDAYS.
222 1987, May - July. AUDIENCE.
223 1987, July - September. INFORMATION.
224 1987, September - November.
231 1987, November - 1988, May.
232 1988, May - August. NEMO.
233 1988, August - October.
234 1988, October - 1989, January.
241 1989, February - May.
242 1989, June - October.
243 1989, October - December. SIGNS/&SIGNALS.
244 1989, December - 1990, February.
251 1990, February - April.
252 1990, April - June.
253 1990, June - July.
261 1990, August 2 - 29.
262 1990, August - November.
263 1990, November - 1991, February.
264 1991, February - June.
271 1991, June - September.
272 1991, September - December.
273 1991, December - 1992, March.
274 1992, March - May.
281 1992, May - July.
282 1992, July - September.
283 1992, September - October.
284 1992, October - December.
291 1992, December - 1993, April.
292 1993, April - June.
293 1993, June - August.
301 1993, August - October.
302 1993, October - November.
303 1993, November - December.
311 1993, December - 1994, February.
312 1994, February - May.
313 1994, May - June.
321 1994, July - September.
322 1994, October - November. Includes portrait drawings by Guilano.
323 1994, November - 1995, January.
331 1995, January - April.
332 1995, May.
333 1995, June - 1996, February.
341 1996, February - August.
342 1996, August - October.
343 1996, September - 1997, January.
351 1997, January - February. Includes floppy disk from Paul Vangelisti.
352 1997, February - October.
353 1997, October - 1998, March 3.
361 1998, March - July.
362 1998, July - December.
363 1998, December.
371 1999, January.
372 1999, February.
373 1999, March.
381 1999, May.
382 1999, July.
383 1999, July - August.
391 1999, August.
392 1999, September.
393 1999, October.
394 1999, November.
401 1999, December.
402 2000, February - March.
403 2000, April.
411 2000, May - July.
412 2000, July - September.
413 2000, September - October.
421 2000, October - December.
422 2000, December - 2001, February.
423 2001, February - April.
431 2001, April - May.
432 2001, May - June.
433 No year. June.
434 No year. July - August.
435 No year. September - November. Journal entries at Westside Hospital.
436 No year. November - December.

ARTWORKS BY CROSSON

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441FB-372-01Collages. 1970, 1998-1999.
442FB-373-01Collages, 2000. January - May.
443FB-374-01Collages, 2000 - 2001.
444 Drawings by Crosson.
445 Watercolors - Slides, 1970 - 1972.

CASSETTE RECORDINGS

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Videocassette Recordings

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446 Age of Aids: Sorrow and Hope, 1991. October 25. Bruce Davison, host. At Los Angeles Poetry Festival. Recorded live, KZET, West Hollywood. The poets: Robert Crosson, Gill Cuadros, John Dorr, Carol Muske Dukes, Lewis Macadams and Harry Northup. VHS.
447 MIKE'S MURDER - Clippings, 1984.
448 MIKE'S MURDER - Videotape (VHS), 1984. Crosson played a middle aged photographer. From Dick Simon.
449 Old Venice Jailhouse, 1981. Robert Crosson and Ruth Weiss read poetry. Betamax and VHS. Includes flyer.

Audiocassettes - Readings by Crosson

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451 GEOGRAPHIES - Los Angeles Poetry Series, Live, 1982. May 2. Original Language Poetry Series. NPR. Fifth Street Theatre.
452 GEOGRAPHIES - Reading at Tatana's house, 1992. Part 1 and Part 2. "General Booth Enters Heaven," March 29 on Side A. "City of Angels," March 15 on Side B.
453 GEOGRAPHIES - Reading at Tatana's house, 1992. July 19. Part 3. "On Being Read the First Chapter of a Porno Novel Written By a Friend," "The Day Selah Was Born," "The Advantage at Fort Bragg," "The Art Center," "View of Toledo," "Caesar," and "July 4."
454 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay). The First Show, 1977. November 23. Produced and directed by Paul Vangelisti, at the Los Angeles Theatre of the Ear (LATE), KPFK Los Angeles. 10 p.m. See also, Series 3C: Unpublished Works for typescript in box 9, folder 10 and Series 7A: Reel-to-Reel Recordings in box 47, folder 6.
455 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay). The Second Cast, 1979. November 23. Produced and directed by Paul Vangelisti at LATE.
456 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay), with Banaj Bassu, 1982. May 2. Original Language Poetry Series. At Fifth Street Theatre, KPFK. See also, Series 7B: Reel-to-Reel Recordings in box 47, folder 13.
457 Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Other Selected Works, 1997. April 6. Recorded live at Borders, Los Angeles. Part 1 and Part 2.
458 Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Other Selected Works, 1997. April 6. Recorded live at Borders, Los Angeles. Includes reading of "Leaves of Grass" by Crosson. Part 3 and Part 4.

Audiocassettes - Readings by Others

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459 Costo, Corrado - "Condor". No date. Presented by LATE.
4510 Iredynski, Ireneusz - "Window" [side one] and Costa, Corrado - "The Dodo, Or The School for Night" [side two], 1981. January 28. Presented by LATE.
4511 Meister, Ernst - "Apology for Doubt". No date. Presented by LATE.
4512 Steelsmith, Mary - "Wacs in Khaki" [side one] and Lynch, Bill - "Molecular Bikeology" [side two], 1980. November 26. Presented by LATE.
4513 Vangelisti, Paul - "Villa", 1986. January 10.
4514 Unknown reader - "Sexy Broad/Maids", 1983. March 17. Presented by LATE.
4515 Unknown reader - "Six Characters in Search of an Author". No date. Presented by LATE.

Audiocassettes - Interviews

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4516 Interview with Crosson by Brigetta, 1979. August. Also includes Brigetta's interview with Tanya on side B.
4517 Interview with Crosson by Erickson, 1978. June 19. Crosson also reads "Antiphonal," excerpts from the "Wallpapered Bus" and "Bagels." Recorded on 1979, October 18-19.
4518 Poetry Connexion - Austin Strauss, Wanda Coleman and Robert Crosson, 1982. October 2. KPFK, Pacifica Radio. Also includes poetry readings by Crosson, "Homeage to a Lady" and "Bagels."

REEL-TO-REEL RECORDINGS

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Readings by Crosson

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461 Actor, a talk [side one]. Round-Trip to Midland, chapters 1-3 [side two], 1973.
462 As Helen and One Child - Preface to 3 pieces, 1973. September 23-25.
463 In the Company of Friends: Swapmeet and Jesus-Christ First-National Bank - Six Chronicles (1968), 1973. For typescript, see also, Series 3C: Writings by Crosson in box 7 and folder 27.
464 Letter to Gordy Ingersall and The Voice, 1973. August 10-11.
465 Meeting (Summer Poems), The Party, Summer Cantos: 1957, Sandalwood, The Dishwasher, and Huxley at the Coronet, 1973. September 19-21.
466 Party: A Reunion (Radioplay), 1977. November 23. At KPFK, Pacifica Radio. See also, Series 3C: Unpublished Works in box 9, folder 10 and Series 6B: Audiocassette Recordings in box 45, folder 5.
467 Pedal-Point: Narratives and Ballads (1958-1968) and A Course in Child-Development: 'A Look Behind the News', 1973.
468 Poetry Live, 1977. June 9. Produced by Paul Vangelisti at KPFK, Pacifica Radio. Original copy.
469 Poetry Live, 1977. June 9. Produced by Paul Vangelisti at KPFK, Pacifica Radio. Duplicate. Side one only.
4610 Revelations and Reject: 'Shaggy-dog' (1958), 1973.
4611 Story and Upon Meeting American History, 1973. August 18.

Readings With Others

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4612 Bassu, Banaj and Robert Crosson - Original Language Poetry Series, 1982. May 2. Produced by Paul Vangelisti at KPFK, Pacifica Radio. See also, Series 6B: Audiocassette Recordings in box 45, folder 7.
4613 Carral, Nellie, John Halden, Connie Lindberg, et al sings "I'll Be Seeing You", 1958.
4614 Shaw, Jonathan reads "Midnight Matinee," Crosson reads "Wallpapered Bus" and "The Delores Letters" with Borges, 1973. See also, Series 3C: Unpublished Works for typescripts of "The Wallpapered Bus" in box 14, folder 19.

Miscellaneous

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ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES

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471 Materials from boxes 1-3.
472 Materials from boxes 4-6.
473 Materials from box 7.
474 Materials from box 8.
475 Materials from boxes 9-14.
476 Materials from box 15.
477 Materials from boxes 16-44.



Finding aid generated: 2005-10-28