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Bottle of Smoke Press records

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1234

Content Description

The Bottle of Smoke Records, which span from 1947-2019, contains correspondence, production materials, financial records, electronic media, printed material, realia, and other records relating to publications by Bottle of Smoke Press.


  • 1947 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 58 (videocassette): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 59 (electronic media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Bottle of Smoke 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 Granary Books, Inc on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2019.


Organized in seven series: I. Releases by author, 1947 - 2019. II. Work for other presses, 2004 - 2018. III. Canceled projects, 1963 - 2017. IV. Correspondence, 1963 - 2017. V. Materials related to the Guerrilla Poetics Project, 2000 - 2019. VI. Media and press, 2003 - 2019. VII. Submissions, 2001 - 2015.


25.25 Linear Feet (59 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Bottle of Smoke Press is a small independent printer/publisher/bookbinder of avant-garde poetry, artwork, and both short and novel-length fiction. Bill Roberts founded the Press in October, 2002, on the advice from Gary Aposhian of Twelve Gauge Press. Originally located in Leesburg, Virginia, the Press later moved to Purdys, New York. Bottle of Smoke Press uses antique letterpress printing techniques (handset lead/wood type) with cutting edge printing and bookbinding techniques, to produce short-run, collectible limited editions. The press has published works by poets including Gerard Malanga, Greg Dulli, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Thurston Moore, Amber Tamblyn, Kim Deitch, and many 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 Bottle of Smoke 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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