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Guide to the The Tenth Muse records, 1969-1974 and undated, bulk 1973

Summary

Collection comprises primarily invoices and book claims and requests, along with correspondence, company balance sheets, flyers, booklists, and catalogs, literary proposals and prospectuses, and other printed and manuscript materials related to the bookselling and publishing activities of The Tenth Muse. Much of the material is routine in nature and documents day-to-day work. Includes a folder of letters to and from Isabel Fraire, along with partial translations from the Spanish of her poems. Also contains letters or other material from poets and authors Bill Bissett, Robert Duncan, Tom Clark, and Tom Pickard. There is a copy of Lynn Lonidier’s manuscript for the second part of “A Lesbian Estate.” Among the catalogs is a Shameless Hussy Press catalog, with a handwritten note from poet and publisher Alta Gerrey on the front cover, as well as two 20-page copies of Ganglia Press Index, 1972, compiled by B. P. Nichol, with handwritten comments. Many items feature handwritten dates and notes.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11073
Title
The Tenth Muse records
Date
1969-1974 and undated, bulk 1973
Extent
0.8 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises primarily invoices and book claims and requests, along with correspondence, company balance sheets, flyers, booklists, and catalogs, literary proposals and prospectuses, and other printed and manuscript materials related to the bookselling and publishing activities of The Tenth Muse. Much of the material is routine in nature and documents day-to-day work. Includes a folder of letters to and from Isabel Fraire, along with partial translations from the Spanish of her poems. Also contains letters or other material from poets and authors Bill Bissett, Robert Duncan, Tom Clark, and Tom Pickard. There is a copy of Lynn Lonidier’s manuscript for the second part of “A Lesbian Estate.” Among the catalogs is a Shameless Hussy Press catalog, with a handwritten note from poet and publisher Alta Gerrey on the front cover, as well as two 20-page copies of Ganglia Press Index, 1972, compiled by B. P. Nichol, with handwritten comments. Many items feature handwritten dates and notes.

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[Identification of item], The Tenth Muse records, 1969-1974 and undated, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Business information, 1969-1973 and undated
Box 1
Folder 1
Incoming invoices and claims, 1969-1971
Box 1
Folder 2
Incoming invoices and claims, 1972
Box 1
Folder 3
Incoming invoices and claims, 1973 January-February
Box 1
Folder 4
Incoming invoices and claims, 1973 March-April
Box 1
Folder 5
Incoming invoices and claims, 1973 May-June
Box 1
Folder 6
Incoming invoices and claims, 1973 July-November, 1974
Box 1
Folder 7
Incoming invoices and claims, undated
Box 1
Folder 8
Outgoing invoices and claims, 1969, 1972-1973
Box 2
Folder 1
Utility statements and bank receipts, 1972-1974
Box 2
Folder 2
Publisher catalogs and lists, flyers, 1972-1973 and undated
(1 of 2 Files)
Box 2
Folder 3
Publisher catalogs and lists, flyers, 1972-1973 and undated
(2 of 2 Files)
Box 2
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1970-1973 and undated
Box 2
Folder 5
Correspondence: Isabel Fraire, 1971-1973 and undated
Box 2
Folder 6
Correspondence: Lynn Londier, 1972
Box 2
Folder 7
Correspondence: COSMEP, 1973 and undated
Box 2
Folder 8
Correspondence: Coxco, 1973 and undated
Box 2
Folder 9
 

Historical Note

The Tenth Muse was a mail-order bookseller and press in San Francisco, specializing in modern literature and small press publication. It was founded by Julia Newman in the late 1960s. She was assisted by her companion, photographer Sara Betty Berenson. The poet Robert Duncan was a small financial partner in the enterprise. The Tenth Muse closed in the mid-1970s.


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Provenance

The Tenth Muse records, 1969-1974 and undated, were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, October, 2015

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2013-0045.