James S. Jaffe collection of Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society
Scope and Contents
Correspondence in the collection documents the associations Williams had with collaborators for projects for The Jargon Society, as well as with other publishers. Correspondents include Dana Winslow Atchley, Thomas A. Clark, Ian Gardner, Michael Loeb, Tom Phillips, U. Grant Roman, David Ruff, Henry Holmes Smith, Jon Edgar Webb, and Henry Weaning. The correspondence also includes related printed material collected by Williams' collaborators.
Manuscripts and galley proofs in the collection document projects related to Williams. This includes a description of the ceramic art of Arnold Ward written by Williams in 1949, and the graphic design work of Dana Winslow Atchley for Jonathan Williams and Nicholas Dean, Blues & Roots, Rue & Bluets: A Garland for the Appalachians (1971). It also includes a manuscript by Michael McClure for his Passage, which The Jargon Society published in 1957.
Artwork in the collection includes illustrations created, used, or considered by Williams in his personal projects or works published by The Jargon Society, as well as other works by artists associated with him and the press. Artists include Fielding Dawson, Thomas Reuben George, Barbara Mildred Jones, David Ruff, and Paul Sinodhinos.
- 1949 - 1990
- Majority of material found within 1968 - 1980
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
3.42 Linear Feet ((4 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)
Language of Materials
Manuscripts and galley proofs document projects related to Williams. This includes a description of the ceramic art of Arnold Ward written by Williams in 1949, and the graphic design work of Dana Winslow Atchley for Jonathan Williams and Nicholas Dean, Blues & Roots, Rue & Bluets (1971) and a manuscript by Michael McClure for Passage (1957) published by The Jargon Society.
Artwork documents illustration material created, used, or considered by Williams in his personal projects or works published by The Jargon Society, as well as works by artists associated with him and the press. Artists include Fielding Dawson, Thomas Reuben George, Barbara Mildred Jones, David Ruff, and Paul Sinodhinos.
James S. Jaffe
Jonathan Williams (1929-2008) and The Jargon Society
Educated at St. Albans School, Princeton University, and Black Mountain College, Williams also studied art and design at the Institute of Design in Chicago. His published books of poetry include An Ear in Bartram's Tree; Selected Poems, 1957-1967 (1969), Blues & Roots, Rue & Bluets: A Garland for the Appalachians (with photography by Nicholas Dean, 1971), The Loco Logodaedalist in Situ: Selected Poems, 1968-70 (1972), and Elite/Elate Poems: Selected Poems, 1971-75 (with photography by Guy Mendes, 1979). His published books of photography include Portrait Photographs (1979) and A Palpable Elysium: Photographs (1997). Williams also served as a contributing editor to the photography journal Aperture.
Since 1951, the same year Williams became a student at Black Mountain College, The Jargon Society has published works of poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and art by innovative authors of the twentieth century. Prominent authors and artists published by The Jargon Society include James Broughton, Basil Bunting, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Lou Harrison, Ronald Johnson, Denise Levertov, Paul Metcalf, Henry Miller, Lorine Niedecker, Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer, Kenneth Patchen, and Louis Zukofksy. In his poetry and publishing with The Jargon Society, Williams maintained an association with the Black Mountain Poets.
Thomas Meyer (born 1947), a poet and translator whose works include Uranian Roses (1977), Staves Calends Legends (1979), and Sappho's Raft (1982), was Williams' partner and collaborator with The Jargon Society.
- Atchley, Dana
- Authors, American
- Clark, Thomas A., 1944-
- Dawson, Fielding, 1930-2002
- Dean, Nicholas
- Drawings (visual works)
- Gardner, Ian, 1944-
- George, Thomas, 1918-
- Jaffe, James S.
- Jargon Society
- Jones, Barbara, 1912-1978
- McClure, Michael
- Phillips, Tom, 1937-
- Poets, American
- Roman, U. Grant
- Ruff, David
- Sinodhinos, Paul
- Smith, Henry Holmes
- Webb, Jon Edgar
- Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008
- Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008 -- Friends and associates
- Guide to the James S. Jaffe Collection of Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society
- by Matthew D. Mason
- July 2009
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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