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Backwoods Broadsides records

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1231

Scope and Contents

The Backwoods Broadsides Records, which span from 1972-2010, contain correspondence, printed material, and production files relating to Backwoods Broadsides and their output.


  • 1972 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 15 (electronic media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Backwoods Broadsides Records 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 Lippincott Books on the Jack Calloway Fund, 2019.


Organized into three series: I. Author Correspondence Related to the Chaplet Series, 1972 - 2010. II. Other Correspondence and Papers Related to the Chaplet Series, 1975 - 2007. III. Printed Material, 1994 - 2006.


6.25 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Backwoods Broadsides

Backwoods Broadsides are a small press based in Maine. They have published works by many poets including Robert Creeley, Carl Rakosi, James Laughlin, Joan Retallack, and Clayton Eshleman. Their long-running "Chaplet Series" includes works by Rachel Blau Duplessis, Joanne Kyger, Alice Notley, Dale Smith, and Dianne DiPrima among others.

Processing Information

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.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

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 Backwoods Broadsides Records
by Beinecke staff
February 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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