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Simon Cutts constructed archive

Call Number: OSB MSS 206

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, objects, artwork, and other papers by or relating to poet, publisher, editor, and artist Simon Cutts. Cutts and his partner Erica Van Horn run the publishing press Coracle Press. Material in the collection document Cutts' art making process, representing his mediums of concrete and visual poetry, sculpture, glass, neon, and publications.


  • 1945 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 64 (audiovisual material), Box 68: Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 14, 21, 27, 36, 40 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Simon Cutts Constructed Archive is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Simon Cutts on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund and the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2017.


Organized into ten series: I. Books and Printed Items, 1964–2017. II. Manuscripts, 1959–2016. III. Notebooks, Diaries and Deskbooks, 1959–2011. IV. Objects and Installed Works, 1967–2016. V. Correspondence, 1957-2017. VI. Bibliography, 1968-2017. VII. Biographical and CV, 1945–2016. VIII. Locations, 1967-2017. IX. Miscellaneous, 1954-2017. X. Objects and Large Format Printed and Other Items, 1968–2015.

The original order of the archive, as determined by Simon Cutts, has been maintained. For more information, see the bound book, Simon Cutts Constructed Archive, in box 5.


68.96 Linear Feet ((89 boxes) + 2 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Simon Cutts

Simon Cutts (born 1944) is a British poet, publisher, editor, and artist. In the 1970s, Cutts and Erica Van Horn founded the small publishing press Coracle Press in South London. In addition to producing artists books, books of poetry, and postcards, Coracle has run a gallery space and the bookshop workfortheeyeto. Coracle Press continues to operate and is now based in South Tipperary, Ireland. The work of Cutts, including artist books and works on paper, are held in the collections of the Tate, the Walker Art Center, and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Processing Information

Description created by Simon Cutts has been repurposed for series and subseries titles, folder titles, and series notes. An inventory created by Cutts can be found in the bound book Simon Cutts Constructed Archive, in box 5.

Key to the abbreviations created by Cutts that have been retained in description:

lp: letterpress

phc: photocopied

dup: duplicated

off: offset

gt: digital

scr: screen printed

rs: rubber stamp

th: thermographed

cb: case bound

wr: wrappers

SC: soft covers

pb: perfect bound

g: glued

st: stapled

hs: hand-sewn

ms: machine-sewn

sp: spiral bound

c: card

fc: folding card

p: print

np: no publisher given in publication

T: Tarasque Press

C: Coracle Press

work: workfortheeyetodo

VM: Victoria Miro Gallery

WHP: Wild Hawthorn Press

MP: Moschatel Press

RGAP: Research Group for Artists Publications

G: Granary Books, New York

EVH: Erica Van Horn

nd: no date in publication, or best estimate of date)

ed.: 100 edition of 100

23/50: No.23 out of a total edition of 50

A/P: Artist’s Proof

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Simon Cutts Constructed Archive
by Simon Cutts, JiJi Wong, and Jessica Tai
November 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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