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Restau Press records and J. Mark Nunnelee papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1597

Content Description

This collection consists of records relating to Restau Press and writings and personal papers relating to J. Mark Nunnelee. Correspondence consists of submissions to Restau Press, and Nunnelee's interaction with literary contemporaries in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as later personal and family correspondence. Notable correspondents include Diane di Prima, Gerrit Lansing, and Thomas Meyer. Restau Press records include submissions, some of which were included in the single issue of Restau: A Journal of Passage, others which were unpublished. The collection also includes photographs of Nunnelee and others, poetry and other writings by Nunnelee, and various copies of printed materials by others.


  • 1966 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Restau Press Records and J. Mark Nunnelee Papers 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 on the Danford N. Barney Fund, 2021.


Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1966-2000. II. Photographs, 1970-1997. III. Restau press records and submissions, 1969-1970. IV. Printed or photocopied materials, undated. V. J. Mark Nunnelee writings and notes, 1970-1993.


2.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Restau Press

Restau Press was a short-lived literary press operated by J. Mark Nunnelee in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The press published a single issue of Restau: A Journal of Passage in 1970, as well as a pamphlet by Stephen Jonas and poetry broadsides by Jonas, Gerrit Lansing, John Wieners, and Larry Eigner.

J. Mark Nunnelee

J. Mark (Joe Mark) Nunnelee (1943-2001) was a publisher and poet who operated Restau Press in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Following service in the Vietnam War, Nunnelee pursued a brief career as a bookseller and publisher. Through the Restau Press imprint, Nunnelee published work by a variety of poets centered around the eastern Massachusetts literary scene, including his own. After returning to school in 1973 Nunnelee left literary publishing, eventually pursuing a career in corporate performance management.

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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 or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Restau Press Records and J. Mark Nunnelee Papers
by Michael Rush and Tina Evans
May 2022
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