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James S. Jaffe collection of Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society

Call Number: YCAL MSS 332
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, galley proofs, and artwork collected independently by James S. Jaffe, which documents a varied sample of projects undertaken by Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society. Overall, the collection provides glimpses into the working habits of Williams and underscores his associations with collaborators, including their conflicts and camaraderie. The collection includes especially rich documentation of William's professional and personal relationship with Thomas A. Clark, a poet and publisher, as demonstrated by his correspondence to Clark.

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.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The James S. Jaffe Collection of Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society 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 James S. Jaffe Rare Books on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2009.
Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1960-1990. II. Manuscripts and Galley Proofs, 1949-1970. III. Artwork, 1950-1970.
1949 - 1990
Majority of material found within 1968 - 1980
3.42 Linear Feet ((4 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)
Related Names
Jaffe, James S.
Language of Materials