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Curbstone Press Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2002-0108

Scope and Content

The collection contains: administrative records; press correspondence; manuscript submissions; galley proofs; print mechanicals; dummies; post cards; appointment calendars; press related newspaper clippings; promotional materials; photographs; audio tapes of interviews and readings; and Curbstone Press books, chapbooks, and other publications. Included in the collection are many of the manuscripts and publications of Curbstone press.

Subjects discussed in the collection include Clear Water and Other Poems by Alexander Taylor, Curbstone Press 25th Anniversary, Press Releases, Curbstone INK. The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2002, Center for Learning in Retirement, Letters for Props, Book Crafters orders and estimates, Bennington Writing Workshops, Bennington Vermont Map, Federal Register, National Endowment for the Arts Grant Reports (NEA), NEA International Report 1993-1997, Arts Wire/Loop, Women In the Era of the American Revolution The Case of Norwich Connecticut, Little Red Riding Hood in the Red Light District, Small Hours of the Night: Selected Poems of Roque Dalton, What's Happening Jimmy Santiago Baca,

Dates

  • 1965-2006

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

History

Curbstone Press, a non-profit press and literary arts organization, was founded in 1975. Located in Willimantic, Connecticut, Curbstone's founders and Co-Directors Alexander “Sandy” Taylor and Judith Ayer Doyle focused the organization's activities on bridging creative literature and social issues and publishing works that encouraged a deeper understanding between world cultures. Curbstone's mission encompassed two goals: to publish creative literature that promotes human rights and cultural understanding, and to bring writers and programs deep into the community to promote literacy and an appreciation of literature.

Curbstone published 8 to 10 books a year, brought authors into Connecticut high schools in year-round programs, and formed community partnerships to stimulate reading and creative writing with many community and service organizations in the Windham/Willimantic, Connecticut area.

Throughout its history the award-winning Curbstone Press was dedicated to literature that reflected a commitment to human rights and social change, with some emphasis on writing from Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. Following the death of Sandy Taylor and subsequent retirement of his wife and business partner, Judy Doyle, in 2007, the Curbstone Press Foundation formed a partnership with Northwestern University Press which acquired the Curbstone Press backlist in 2009.

Major Awards to Curbstone Press include the following: 1981: Connecticut State Arts Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts 1989: Carey-Thomas Award for Creative Publishing 1995: National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences for Achievement in Publishing 1996: New England Booksellers Association for Publishing Excellence 1996: Literacy Volunteers of America- Connecticut Star in Literacy Award 2000: Ed Hogan Award for Literary Editing 2001: ALTA Award for Dedication to Translation 2002: Connecticut Center for the Book Award for Lifetime Achievement in Service to the Literary Community 2004: The PEN Gregory Kolovakos Award for commitment to Hispanic Literature and expanding its English-language audience 2006: Hartford Independent Media Center’s Media and Activism Award 2007: PEN New England “Friends to Writers” Award.

Extent

59 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Curbstone Press, a non-profit press and literary arts organization, was founded in 1975. Located in Willimantic, Connecticut, Curbstone's founders and Co-Directors Alexander “Sandy” Taylor and Judith Ayer Doyle focused the organization's activities on education and publishing works that encouraged a deeper understanding between world cultures. Curbstone's mission encompassed two goals: to publish creative literature that promotes human rights and cultural understanding and to bring writers and programs deep into the community to promote literacy and an appreciation of literature. The collection, which includes manuscripts, correspondence, books, financial info, and promotional materials, provides an overview of the development of a nonprofit literary press that moved from inhouse production, including bookbinding by hand), to desktop publishing, winning some design awards along the way.

Acquisition Information

The Curbstone Press Records were acquired by purchase from Curbstone Press in September, 2002.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to literature. For detailed information about this collection please contact the curator or ask at the reference desk.

Separated Material

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

Dodd

General Physical Description note

59 linear feet
Title
Curbstone Press Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2010 January
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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