Matthew Stadler papers
Scope and Contents
Project Files and Editorial Files contain correspondence with many writers and artists, including Lawrence Rinder, Guy Davenport, James Purdy, James Lord, Robert Gluck, John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Michael Silverblatt, Edmund White, and James Kincaid, among others.
Writings consist of notes and drafts for Stadler's novels, Landscape: Memory (1990), The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee (1992), The Sex Offender: A Moral Tale (1994), and Allen Stein (1999). Writings by others can be found amongst the Project Files and Editorial Files and include drafts, edited by Stadler, of works by Eileen Myles, Lydia Davis, James Purdy, Matt Briggs, Diana George, James Kincaid, Stacey Levine, Lisa Robertson, Robert Gluck, Kevin Killian, Alex Ross, D. Lee Williams, Steve Weiner, and Lawrence Rinder, among others.
Ephemera found in the Project Files include hand-made ‘zines, posters, letters, cards, and other announcements, reflecting Stadler’s punk/DIY roots. Examples include “NoTime magazine,” a 1980 cut-up lit/art ‘zine made by Stadler and Elizabeth Bouiss; cards and announcements of Stadler’s readings (1989-1997); posters for Rendezvous Room Readings (1990-1993); handmade art projects and cards for friends (1977-2010); and issues of Teen Fag and miscellaneous other ‘zines relating to Stadler’s writing and research.
Electronic files on the laptop computers and computer disks comprise the bulk of Stadler’s writing, editing, and correspondence from 1996-2004.
- 1977 - 2011
Conditions Governing Access
Box 40 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 41-42 (computers and computer disks): Restricted pending accessioning and preliminary processing.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
34.26 Linear Feet ((39 boxes) + 3 broadside folders)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
In addition to writing, Stadler’s primary work has been to create new infrastructure for literary culture, especially in the Pacific Northwest region. Among his major projects are: the Rendezvous Room Reading Series in Seattle (1989-1999); the Extension Project teaching program, which became the Richard Hugo House literary arts center, of which Stadler was a founding board member, also in Seattle (1991-); a quarterly book review and books coverage for the newsweekly The Stranger in Seattle (1995-1999); “the back room” literary dinner series in Portland (2004-); and Publication Studio, a print-on-demand literary press in Portland (2009-).
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, in 2012. 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.
- American literature -- 20th century
- American literature -- 21st century
- Authors -- United States
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Authors, American -- 21st century -- Archives
- Born digital
- Editors -- United States
- Editors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Editors -- United States -- 21st century
- Electronic documents
- Gay authors
- Gay men
- Homosexuality and literature
- LGBTQ resource
- Stadler, Matthew, 1959-
- Storage devices (computer equipment)
- Guide to the Matthew Stadler Papers
- by Danijela True and Jennifer Meehan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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