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Fred Jeremy Seligson Collection of Cid Corman and James Weil

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1200

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings by Cid Corman, and other papers. Series I and Series II includes correspondence to Seligson from Corman and James Weil and third party correspondence between Corman and Weil. There are 108 pieces of correspondence from Corman to Seligson dating from 1982 to 2002. Corman's letters discuss personal, literary, and cultural matters, as well as travel. Third party correspondence features approximately 332 pieces of correspondence from Weil to Corman from 1962 to 2002. Letters discuss a range of personal and professional matters and document Weil's work as a publisher, first with The Elizabeth Press (1963-1981), and then from the mid-1980s onward, as James L. Weil, Publisher. Series III. 2019 Addition includes additional correspondence between Corman and Weil, writings by Corman, and other papers. The series features drafts of more than 100 distinct works by Corman, including poems, essays, and other writings. Corman's writings in the series span from 1958 through 1999, though most drafts date from the 1960s and 1970s. The August 2022 Acquisition contains notebooks, photographs, and other papers, dating from 1960-1969.


  • 1958 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Fred Jeremy Seligson Collection of Cid Corman and James Weil 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 Fred Jeremy Seligson on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund and the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2018-2022.


Organized into four groupings: I. Letters to Fred Jeremy Seligson, 1982-2003. II. Third Party Correspondence, 1962-2002. III. 2019 Addition, 1958-2010. IV. August 2022 Acquisition, 1960-1963.


5.12 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Cid Corman (1924-2004) and James Weil (1929-2006)

Cid Corman, born 29 June 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts to parents of Ukranian ancestry, was an American poet, translator, and editor. He was the author of more than 100 works, including Livingdying (1970), Belongings (1977), At their word (1978), In particular: poems new and selected (1986), and For crying out loud (2002), as well as multiple titles with Weil's Elizabeth Press. In 1958 he moved to Japan, where he lived much of the rest of his adult life. He died 12 March 2004 in Kyoto, Japan.

James L. Weil, born 15 June 1929 in New York to Morris, a financier, and Charlotte (Ullman) Weil, was an American poet and publisher. He attended the University of Chicago (1950) and Oxford University (1954) before going to work for the Dialight Corporation (1954-1968). Weil founded the Elizabeth Press (1963-1981), an important publisher of American poetry in the 1960s and 1970s, and published limited edition chapbooks and keepsakes under his own name from 1985 onward. His authors include William Bronk (1918-1999), Cid Corman (1924-2004), Larry Eigner (1927-1996), Theodore Enslin (1925-2011), Felix Stefanile (1920-2009), and others.

Summary information is also available in the standard print and online biographical resources.

Guide to the Fred Jeremy Seligson Collection of Cid Corman and James Weil
by Michael L. Forstrom
November 6, 2020
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