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Ed Sanders Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1978-0002

Scope and Content

Collection materials reflect Sanders' literary and publishing work, affinities with writers from both the Beat and New York Schools of poetry, and political organizing activities and interests, including his pacifism, opposition to the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons, and advocacy for sexual freedom, legalization of marijuana, and freedom of expression. The collection includes manuscripts of poems, books, articles, and lyrics; correspondence; manuscript submissions and page proofs; promotional materials and interviews; and printed ephemera. Major correspondents include Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jackson MacLow, Gerard Malanga, Duncan McNaughton, Charles Olson, and Ron Padgett. The bulk of the collection dates from 1960 to 1976.

Dates

  • undated, 1955-1976

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography

James Edward Sanders was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 17, 1939. In 1958, at the age of 17, he left the University of Missouri, hitchhiked to New York City, and enrolled at New York University. Between 1961 and 1963, Sanders participated in a number of nonviolent demonstrations against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. At a peace vigil in August 1961, Sanders was fined and later jailed for refusing to pay. While in jail, Sanders wrote his first book, Poem from Jail, a poem in nine parts published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books.

In 1962, Sanders opened Peace Eye Bookstore in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. The bookstore quickly became a gathering place for local activists, poets, artists and musicians. Sanders began publishing a literary journal that same year; Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts featured poems by Sanders and many important writers of the Beat Generation, including William Burroughs, Grego, Robert Creeley, Diane Di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer, Gary Snyder, and John Wieners. In 1966, after thirteen issues, the journal ended when it was seized, along with a number of publications and personal materials, when Sanders was charged with obscenity by the New York City police.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to organizing and participating in a number of political actions, Sanders continued to produce poetry, prose, broadsides, underground newsletters, periodicals, and films, some of which were published by his own small press operations (Fuck You Press, and Poetry, Crime & Culture Press). He also gained national notoriety at this time as a rock musician with the band the Fugs, a group he co-founded with friend and poet, Tuli Kupferberg>. Between 1965 and 1970, the band recorded six albums and toured regularly, playing at small theaters, colleges, political rallies, and bookstores.

Extent

12 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Collection materials reflect Sanders' literary and publishing work, affinities with writers from both the Beat and New York Schools of poetry, and political organizing activities and interests, including his pacifism, opposition to the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons, and advocacy for sexual freedom, legalization of marijuana, and freedom of expression. The collection includes manuscripts of poems, books, articles, and lyrics; correspondence; manuscript submissions and page proofs; promotional materials and interviews; and printed ephemera. Major correspondents include Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jackson MacLow, Gerard Malanga, Duncan McNaughton, Charles Olson, and Ron Padgett. The bulk of the collection dates from 1960 to 1976.

Arrangement

Series I: Poetry (undated, 1955-1976)

Series II: Books and Pamphlets (undated, 1969-1976)

Series III: Correspondence (1957-1976)

Series IV: Personal and Professional Papers (1960-1970)

Series V: Printed Ephemera (1963-1970>)

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased from Mr. Sanders in 1978.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

New York Action Bulletin, v. I, #3, May 1965. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Committee for Nonviolent Action Bulletin, 3/20/64, 7/24/64, 11/2/64, 1/25/65, 2/27/65, 5/28/65, 8/27/65. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Direct Action for a Nonviolent World, 1964-1966 [incomplete]. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

The Activist, Fall 1961. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Bulletin of the World Council of Peace, 11/61. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Fellowship, 3/61. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

I.F. Stone's Weekly, 3/9/64, 6/22/64, 6/14/65. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Los Angeles Free Press, 5/64. . Dodd Call No. Dodd Per Oversize

Mobilizer, 9/1/67, 9/26/67. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Peace News . Dodd Call No. Dodd Per Oversize

Brownstone. no.16 (1964 Feb.24). Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Braziller, Fall 1975. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Civil Liberties in New York, 3/66. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per Oversize

Verdict against Malay Roy Choudhury. Dodd Call No. XA I.31 no. 57

Marijuana Review, October - December 1968. Dodd Call No. Dodd Per

Fugs/LA Oracle/Liberation News Service October 21, 1967 (reel-to-reel recording) Dodd Call No. 1978-0002.rr1

Processing Information/Conservation

2012-0072 electronic files stabilized, 1 compact disk (3 files, PDF, TIF).
Title
Ed Sanders Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2005 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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