Simon Cutts constructed archive
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
- Cutts, Simon, 1944- (Author)
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
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.
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:
scr: screen printed
rs: rubber stamp
cb: case bound
SC: soft covers
pb: perfect bound
sp: spiral bound
fc: folding card
np: no publisher given in publication
T: Tarasque Press
C: Coracle Press
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
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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.
- Art -- Exhibitions
- Artists -- Europe -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Artists' books
- Audiovisual materials
- Born digital
- Conceptual art
- Concrete Poetry -- English
- Coracle Press
- Cutts, Simon, 1944- (Bookseller)
- Glass artists
- Granary Books, Inc.
- Letterpress printing
- Moschatel Press
- Poetry, Modern -- 20th Century
- Polemic letters
- Publishers -- England
- Publishers and publishing -- England -- London
- Research Group for Artists Publications
- Rubber stamps
- Stencils (visual works)
- Tarasque Press
- Van Horn, Erica
- Victoria Miro Gallery
- Visual poetry
- Wild Hawthorn Press
- Workfortheeyetodo (Gallery)
- 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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