1915 Born, November 17, Mound Valley, Kansas. 1920 Began schooling, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 1925 Pomona, California for one year. 1936 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 1928 Began operation first Amateur Radio Station. 1931 Licensed by the Dept. of Commerce as Radio Operator. Wrote and published first poetry. 1933 Graduated Capital Hill Senior High School, Oklahoma City. 1933-1935 Parsons, Kansas Junior College. Began first Symphony, first Novel. Published in resurrected Mt. Oread Magazine, University of Kansas. 1934 University of Kansas. Received Private Pilot License. 1935-1938 Lived on ranch in Calypooyia Mountains in Oregon. Wrote first Opera, second Symphony, book of poetry. 1936 Awarded First prize Oregonian Poetry Contest. University of Oregon, Eugene, unregistered part-time student. 1938 Issued Commercial Radio License in Portland, Oregon. 1938-1941 Engineer, Radio Station KGGF. Poetry in anthologies, University Review, Kansas Magazine, Trails, hundreds of "little magazines" of the period. 1941 Enlisted in July, Royal Air Force. England and Royal Air Force Wireless School, No.2, Yatesbury, Wiltshire, England. Posted in November to RAF Station Poling, near Arundel, Sussex. 1942 "On loan" to BBC, London as Engineer, Outside Broadcasts, Grafton Studios. Graduate of BBC Engineering School. 1943 Chief Engineer, Office of War Information,American Embassy, London. Chief Engineer, Studios, American Forces Network (AFN), London. Attended Cambridge University as unregistered "monitor" under Dr. Katherine Lythgoe. 1944 Chief Engineer, Studio Construction, American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE)London for PWD-SHAEF. Published in Transformation, Voices, Poetry (London) and many war-time literary magazines. Landed Omaha Beach, erected transmitter for General DeGaule at Cherbourg. Chief Engineer Radio Luxembourg; Chief Engineer "Operation ANNIE" for OSS. Awarded Citation for activity at Radio Luxembourg transmitter during the Battle of the Bulge. 1945 Married Anna Augusta Davenport. Chief Engineer, SHAEF Mission to The Netherlands. Awarded Citation from Her Majesty's Government for communications work in Holland. Chief Engineer, Radio Frankfurt. 1946-1949 Radio Engineer, Radio Station KGGF. Established Private Press "The Zauberberg Press." First String Quartette performed by Radio Luxembourg Orchestra. Published first Technical pieces, book on Radio Engineering. 1955 Awarded Best Book awards for typography and printing and binding by Midwestern Books Committee, University of Kentucky Libraries. 1958-1961 Awarded Best Book awards for typography and printing and binding by Midwestern Books Committee, University of Kentucky Libraries. 1959-1977 Head Librarian, Coffeyville Carnegie Public Library. 1964 Winner of prize in Heart of America poetry contest of Kansas City Star. Awarded Best Book awards for typography and printing and binding by Midwestern Books Committee, University of Kentucky Libraries. 1965-1970 Awarded Life membership in Kansas Library Association. Helped establish Kansas "System Libraries." Chief Engineer, Systems, SEK Library System. 1972-1981 Biomedical Engineer, Consultant, to Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. Established Coronary Care Unit, installed first Cobalt-60 Teletherapy unit in SE KS. 1975 Coronary! 1977 Retired from Carnegie Public Library. 1981 Retired from Memorial Hospital.
Note: Each item is individually numbered. 1:1 refers to Box:Folder location within the collection.
ALLEN, LEWIS D., THE L-D ALLEN PRESS, 516 WOODLAND ROAD, KENTFIELD, CALIFORNIA 1:1 1 9 April 1954. TLS, 2p. Acknowledges receipt of The Usage of the Past, "certainly a job well done..." Detailed method of dampening paper using a wet sponge for handprinting. Also, recommends handpresses and paper manufacturers in the U.S., France, and Italy. 2 1 September 1954. TLS, 1p. Cites black inks best suited for printing on both dry and damp paper. Advises on best way to acquire a Colts press, as well as cost. 3 16 September 1954. TLS, 1p. Merits of C&P handpress Drenner has. Tells that the Washington handpress Drenner hopes to buy is "marvelous," and cautions what to watch for. Describes his Smith-Acorn briefly. Handprinted postscript tells about photo enclosures. 4 5 October 1954. TLS, 1 p. Received a photo of the Washington handpress and tells what to watch out for and problems that can occur if all parts are not exactly right. Mentions F. F. Thomas. Handprinted postscript. 5 31 October 1954. TLS, 1/2p. Acknowledges receipt of The Vault of Night. Congratulates him, "As a first effort, you did amazingly well." 6 17 December 1954. TLS, 1/2p. Apologizes for unsatisfactory "heavy woodcut black" ink and goes into a detailed description of its problems. 7 28 December 1954. TLS, 1p. Critiques Drenner's Christmas card that was printed on a handpress and recommends paper to buy. Suggestions on how to print woodcuts on small presses. 1:2 8 2 January 1955. TLS, 1p. Critiques Drenner's "book of verse" and makes recommendations. 9 9 January 1955. TLS, 1p. Thanks him for the "White piece" and compliments him on the job. Discusses ink he'll use for his next book. More suggestions on wood engravings. 10 29 January 1955. TLS, 1p. Compliments him on his title page. Encloses a page proof to show new German ink: Dull Black 2887. Mentions an old friend Dr. H. Richard Archer who is writing a dissertation on the amateur printers in America. 11 17 February 1955. TLS, 1p. Discusses presswork, etc. of page proofs he received from Drenner. Describes how to get consistent and even presswork. 12 22 March 1955. TLS, 1p. Compliments "Spong Pond." Tells him if he can get a Colt press for $395 it's "a steal." 13 2 May 1955. TLS, 1p. Book is completed. Talks about music and different radio stations; compliments him on his "Printer's Note." 14 3 June 1955. TLS, 1p. Compliments him, at length, on his book, "beautiful and inspired creation." Note at bottom about ink. 15 8 July 1955. TLS, 1p. Binding woes. Joe and Lucy Graves (a private press man) visited; Would like to send wine samples to Drenner. Orders ink, J-S N590, from Drenner. 16 1 August 1955. TLS, 1p. Can't send wine into Kansas (liquor laws); mentions a couple of ways to circumvent such barriers. Discusses different print styles. 17 14 September 1955. TLS, 1p. Wine shipment still being considered. Discusses books he's read. Enclosed a copy of the Quarterly News-Letter. Returned from fishing trip at High Sierra. 18 28 September 1955. TLS, 2p. Discusses wine shipment; mentions presses. Confesses that most exhilarating pasttime is fly fishing. Asks if Drenner knows "the Nappanee kid, Jim Weygand." 19 26 October 1955. (front & back) TLS, 1p. Returned from fishing at Klamath, with fish story. Discusses Colt press. Talks about "It's A Party" and "Guys & Dolls." (Drenner's work?) 20 15 November 1955. TLS, 3p. Stationery: "The Book Club of California" Apologizes for stationery. Loves "Shadows Move..." Presses, damp paper are discussed. Writing typographic authorities in Europe trying to arrange a series of articles for the Quarterly News-Letter. 21 6 December 1955. TLS, 1p. Discusses books he's reading or has read. Mentions Roger Williams as Drenner had written about him. Asks about the Universal press--whether it's set up--"hope you don't have pieces left over after assembling." 1:3 22 1 January 1956. TLS, 1p. Received books from Drenner. Talks about Francis Carmody, who may be able to suggest an illustrator for Allen's book. 23 24 January 1956. TLS, 1p. Discusses "Europa" and the Kansas Magazine Drenner sent. Discusses Drenner's reviews; says he's a "bear when it comes to reviewing the work of the national amateurs." 24 7 February 1956. TLS, 1p. Delighted at receiving photos of Drenner's family. Allen is getting restless and ready to move on to a new location. 25 18 February 1956. TLS, 2p. Gives a bibliographic description of Beyond the Mississippi that Drenner had asked about. Discusses the artist Zena Kavin; reviews book he just read. 26 28 February 1956. TLS, 1p. Encloses accented letters, suggests how to make an 'e' with diaeresis. Enclosed samples of "hay printing"--got the materials for it from his garden. Sends a proof of a Bewock engraving. 27 18 March 1956. TLS, 1p. Typographic projects discussed; tells of other people's work. Attended Jane Grabhorn one-woman show at Stanford Library. 28 2 April 1956. TLS, 1p. Critiques sample page of book (possibly Beyond the Mississippi by Albert D. Richardson). Gives suggestions on paper and typography to use. 29 12 April 1956. TLS, 1p. Critiques trial pages; states "if proof is good sample of Richardson, the text is a lively one." Finished final bit of printing on his book; stationery used is a piece of the cover paper from it. 30 24 April 1956. TLS, 2p. Typography to be used on Drenner's book and ways to print it are discussed. Enclosed symphony program for the concerto for jazz band and symphony he attended. 31 27 April 1956. TLS, 1/4p. Discusses whether or not to put page numbers on Richardson's book Drenner is printing. 32 15 May 1956. TLS, 1p. Over-subscribed on his current book, won't be able to send Drenner a copy; encloses some pages and material used for binding. Discusses tape machines and stereophonic equipment. Has to go to the hospital for a hernia operation. 33 9 June 1956. TLS, 1p. Received records from Drenner. Enchanted with "Sea Symphony" and "The Wasps." Tells where to buy Val de Laga (Richard de Bas mill) paper and prices. 34 5 July 1956. TLS, 2p. Discusses problem with 'Register' in Drenner's "Richardson project." Having problem finding handmade paper for their next book. He received prospectus on the series "BR" (Bruce Rogers) is designing--thinks "he should retire gracefully and not endanger his earlier reputation." 35 20 July 1956. TLS, 1p. Returns sample sheets and discusses them. Found paper for his new book-"expensive"- $120 a ream. Encloses letters from Jack Stauffacher. 36 24 September 1956. TLS, 1p. Could not get Blair Hughes-Stanton's engravings printed properly on Umbria paper; had to order Japanese vellum to print them on. Searching for text to complement the Umbria paper he purchased. 37 1 December 1956. TLS, 1p. Sample page Drenner sent is "good." Talks about weather and a press--the problems it causes. Just finished a book and must start on another for a S.F. publisher (400 copies). 1:4 38 7 January 1957. TLS, 1p. Facing an "unsullied calendar"; frustrations at the ripe age of 48. Received books and records for Christmas. Mentions Vascosan as one of the top printers of his period. 39 16 February 1957. TLS, 1p. Finished 407 books for The Book Club of California ("Mark Twain: San Francisco Correspondent"). Likes new sample page with illustrations Drenner sent. New ink, Universal Black, used on current book. Will be doing next one of the poetry folios published by a local group. 40 1 April 1957. TLS, 1p. Sent clipping about Drenner's tape work to friend at Ampex. Liked the Scout Birthday Banquet booklet Drenner did. Enclosed photos taken by his son and Poetry-In Folio "thing" they just completed. Cottage sell fell through. Note at bottom--"earth moving jolts; not serious, just exciting." 41 3 June 1957. TLS, 1p. Sold I.T. (house) to James Lysle from Leavenworth, Kansas. Will sail July 11 to Paris. Sold Paris handpress to friends in San Francisco. Stanford University bought bookbinding equipment. 42 1 October 1957. LS, 1p. Ran across a man that designs pattern paper for books; on order only. He makes paper for Picasso; including the book written by Cocteau and illustrated by Picasso. Toured Belgium, Holland, Germany, Luxenbourg area, Switzerland, Paris. 43 15 October 1957. (front & back) LS, 1p. Written on Hotel Residence Lord Byron stationery. Went to the offices of Val de Laga (Richard de Bas) papers, "gorgeous as ever" but expensive. Must pay French purchase tax (24%) to get this paper. Intensifying handpress search. 44 21 October 1957. LS, 1p. Received Drenner's Faustus and critiques. Got paper from Val de Laga (Richard de Bas); circumvented French tax of 24%, "Happy boy." Off to prod M. Guignard to complete his article on post- war fine French books for News-Letter - Book Club of California. 45 14 January 1958. LS, 2p. Received the Albion (10 x 15) handpress-- "could write several volumes on its acquisition." Trouble getting it through customs. Will print Murders in the Rue Morgue. Allen did, "what I laughingly call the illustrations." Describes villa he's staying at. 46 10 April 1958. LS, 2p. Received Drenner's most recent book "Cancez, etc." "..this is the work of a professional." Compliments it at length. (possibly Concerning Kansas.) 47 16 July 1958. Postcard. Reluctantly departing France for England, Canada, northwest passage to San Francisco. 1:5 48 24 April 1959. TLS, 2p. Pleased with success of Drenner's "Kansas book." Trying to sell Bulmer @ .50 cents a pound (set of letters). Bought a Mercedes 190SL. Settled in their "thirteenth and best" home; describes it. Beginning the printing of Conrad's Youth. 49 23 June 1959. TLS, 1p. Discusses Fulbright and Guggenheim that Drenner hopes to "go for." Tells of his friend Jack Stauffacher who received a Fulbright grant and another friend who did not; gave suggestions as to what impresses them. Sold the Bulmer letter set. 50 2 July 1959. TLS, 2p. Describes home; print shop and handpresses there. Talks about his purchase of the Albion handpress in England and the problems encountered in finding the press and then getting it into France. 51 12 July 1959. TLS, 1p. Talks about the 12 x 18 Albion handpress Drenner bought. Allen filled in the Fulbright forms for Drenner--very complimentary; only weak point in his application that Allen can see is the subject. 52 15 July 1959. TLS, 1p. Received Drenner's three books. "Very professional." Suggestions on using the Albion handpress. Enclosed a sample of "headbands." 53 20 July 1959. TLS, 2p. Enclosed metallic cloth sample (black with gold). Gives measurements of Albion handpress. Mentions books he is reviewing for The Book Club of California News-Letter, although he is now no longer the editor. Gives tips on how Drenner could get the Albion handpress he purchased through customs without a large fee. Encloses a piece from Time on Bill Everson alias Brother Antonius; great philosopher on handpresses. 54 26 July 1959. TLS, 2p. Talks of printing on the Albion handpress (encloses a sample of acetate film); gives suggestions on book paper. Notes on bottom-suggests book, Mason's Paper Making; also sold his "Colt" as it might "lure me to easy material gains. .sinister appearance alongside a handpress." 55 2 August 1959. TLS, 1p. Delights in having Drenner's Darksome House; "you have just the right impression." Discusses handpresses--rollers, etc. 56 10 September 1959. TLS, 1p. Mason's book, Paper Making is scarce due to strike ("labour withdrawal") in the paper industry and some printing trades. Had sinus infection from fungicide used in dampening water to prevent mildew (contained mercury). 57 27 September 1959. TLS, 2p. Tells how he dries paper after damp printing. Explains how to build two different types of humidors. 58 10 November 1959. TLS, 1p. Mason's papermaking book is finally being sent to Drenner. Talks about Albion handpresses; "Would like to know the family tree of a few old Albions..." Busy mailing Youth and getting ready for exhibits. Note at bottom "may send a rejected copy of Youth...keep it hidden...example of what not to do." 59 20 December 1959. TLS, 2p. Talks about his book Youth and the difficulties they had with it and how they printed it. Discusses color for printing verse. Mentions different books, movie; getting ready for Christmas. 1:6 60 9 January 1960. TLS, 1p. Encloses a sample of German ink on dampened Rives paper and discusses it. 61 13 January 1960. TLS, 2p. Drenner received his Albion handpress and Allen discusses the problems Drenner's having and suggests corrections. At the bottom draws a picture of the press. 62 15 February 1960. TLS, 1p. More discussion of the Albion handpress and the photos Drenner sent. John Mason traded Allen "some of his things" and 280 sheets of his 12 x 8 for a copy of his Youth. 63 7 June 1960. TLS, 1p. Mentions books he's read. Allen's lack of paper to finish his current project, a "worrying blow." Mentions he will be in Paris next spring so he would like to get a French author for his next project as they could get an illustrator there "like Picasso, you know." 64 25 July 1960. TLS, 1p. "Coming down the homestretch" on the present job. Discusses books he's read. Received Drenner's verse "via Albion" and discusses results. 65 1 August 1960. TLS, 1p. Received Drenner's Fibril and thought it was excellent. Critiques the printing - i.e., impression. 66 12 August 1960. (front & back) TLS, 1 l/4p. Went to the patio to see the "balloon" satellite go by but missed it. Explains how he dampens and inks paper. Guarding his "Romanee" type "jealously." Says "..we have slipped as per above." (meaning letterhead) "My bride swears she will vote Democratic if I ever lend, so..." He only knows of two others who have it in this country, but in small quantity. 67 5 October 1960. TLS, 1p. Keeping busy trying to print the prospectus and all that goes with it. Talks about his preference of types. 68 29 November 1960. (front & back) TLS, 1 l/4p. Received Drenner's sample sheet and suggests ink. Decided on next text to print: Yvan Goll (poems) 4 volumes, into one large folio. Illustrations included: lithographs by Picasso, line drawings by Leger, wood engravings by Jean Arp and Yves Tanguy. 69 9 December 1960. TLS, 2p. Received second sample of graphics from Drenner, "showing that you and the Albion have come to terms." Explains how he dampens paper. Leaving for Europe in March 1961. 70 16 December 1960. TLS, 1p. Discusses Romanee type that Drenner might purchase from the Netherlands. Mentions Wm. Holman, San Francisco Librarian and the purchasing of fine printing books. Comments on dampening paper. 71 24 December 1960. LS, 1p. Describes two chases which will always gather dust and "you are welcome to either." Discusses the dampening process and roller supporters. 72 29 December 1960. TLS, l/2p. Mailed the "chase" to Drenner. Discusses Romanee type and mentions van Krimpen's Lutetia and Romulus (have similar type faces). 1:7 73 1 January 1961. TLS, l/2p. Drenner received the chase; will exchange it for a copy of Graphics. Discusses rollers. 74 7 January 1961. TLS, 1p. Tells how he received his order of Romanee letters-- arrangements, shipping and billing. 75 20 March 1961. Postcard. Tells where they have been visiting in the Orient. Picked up paper in Japan but "we have concerned ourselves chiefly with research on the Gimlet." 76 23 March 1961. Postcard. Visited Sabiaco and the two Benedictine monasteries which housed the first printing press in Italy (1464); describes it. 77 12 May 1961. LS, 1p. Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, Venezia stationery. Arrived in Paris April 1st--"some gala cocktail & dinner parties with artists (Blair Hughes-Stanton & wife), ..." Now in Venice and after visiting Austria, Switzerland, Zurich, and London should fly to San Francisco on June 15th. 78 21 August 1961. TLS 1p. Received Drenner's Graphics title page with De Pol engraving. Discusses Romanee letters. Allen's son is getting married in September. 79 24 October 1961. TLS, 1p. Discusses Graphics title page again. "...rolling along on our big Goll book, and have completed the first of the four long poems." 80 2 November 1961. TLS, 1p. Will only print 130 copies of current book; 100 for sale. Drenner's boss is going to Paris and Allen discusses Paris-- weather, art shows, and Richard de Bas mill. Last two letters were on new letterhead (done by a friend) and the paper is Val de Laga (Richard de Bas). 1:8 81 8 January 1962. TLS, 1p. Received Drenner's The Graphics of Love; "exceedingly pleased to have... A truly fine piece of hand-printing." Discusses printing, craftsmanship, text. Allen is still working on his Goll book "7 days a week." 82 13 April 1962. TLS, 1p. Received a clipping of the Coffeyville Library, talks about Drenner. Drenner's book, Graphics, was selected by the Midwest Books jury. Allen finished Goll book and sold all for $75 each; next project, "we think" will be The Beast In the Jungle by Henry James. Discusses books he's read. His son, Stephen, was drafted and now lives in Alabama. 83 5 August 1962. TLS, 1p. Discusses handpress maintenance. Worked on a Keepsake folder for the Book Club of California--had to write the text. Trouble getting 5 of the 16 wood engravings through Customs; valued over $250 have to fill out lengthy forms. Says he will use a different color "with tongue a bit in cheek" for each six chapters. 84 12 January 1963. TLS, 1p. Finished the text of The Beast in the Jungle, now must wind up final details. Hopes that Drenner's house improvements and health now permit him to do more than contemplate printing. Discusses Brother Antonius (Bill Everson). Talks about books he's read. 85 3 March 1963. TLS, 1p. Talks about Wm. Kelley. Beginning on next project: a long poem by Byron re. 18th century Venice with "36 rare and magnificent copperplate engravings of 18th century Venetian life." Discusses books he's been reading. 86 28 March 1963. TLS, 1p. Asks Drenner's advice on a mechanical problem regarding setting of Byron's A Venetian Story; stanzas and capitalization. Allen completed "James book" and almost all are sold. 87 7 August 1963. TLS, 1p. Talks about the weather and the heat, "It is impossible to work during your summers, I should think." Mentions that Joseph Low visited. 88 12 September 1963. (front & back) TLS, 1 l/4p. Finishing up on his current job. "But your opus intrigues me greatly, and your sample page gives me joy: it is truly handsome." Discusses poetry and capitalization. Discusses letters and spacing; "suitable text is the great problem." His next book will be W. Caxton Mirrour of the World. 89 23 October 1963. TLS, 1p. Finished portfolio and went fishing for twelve days in the Sierra and redwood forests. 1:9 90 3 February 1964. TLS, 1p. The letter sounds as if Drenner is selling all his equipment and supplies: "Don -- I am dismayed by your letter.' It's like the end of the world, for crisakes, and I'm desperately unhappy. I'm sure you'll let me know if there's anything I can do, suggest. I'm not asking questions; just damn unhappy." 91 15 May 1964. TLS, 2p. "Your enthusiasm is heart-warming; never be concerned about baring your printer's heart to me." Discusses Rives paper and dampening problem Drenner's having. (Sounds like Drenner's back in the business.) Tells where Drenner can get ink. 92 15 October 1964. TLS, 1p. Discusses Romanee letters. Large-scale Book Fair in San Francisco including Cohen of the Chiswick Book Shop, among many others. 93 27 October 1964. TLS, 1p. Loves Drenner's "Anna Book...truly handsome -- even sumptuous..." Sending a spoiled copy of the Caxton book, rest sold out before he received Drenner's request for a copy. 94 13 February 1965. TLS, 1p. Trying to complete half of The Fall before they leave for six months in the "Old World." Doing the illustrations himself. 95 31 October 1965. TLS, 2p. Back in the U.S. Encloses samples of headband material acquired in Paris. Visited Pierre Gaudin in Paris--"found his handpress gathering dust in a corner..." Discusses "a few experiences in the realm of paper." 1:10 96 30 March 1966. TLS, 2p. Discusses how to lay out paper around the frame of the handpress; getting it tight. Just bought a Demy Columbian (1846) handpress; describes circumstances of purchasing it. 97 27 September 1966. TLS, 2p. Allen has started a new job for The Book Club of California to do The Great Polyglot Bibles; problems getting all the supplies needed. Toured wineries and their tasting rooms. Alfred Knopf recently visited; a few weeks back Martine Mardersteig, the son of the great Verona printer, also visited. 98 12 November 1966. TLS, 1p. Talks about his daughter-in-law's father, "a wonderful chap," Stuart Macdonald. Compares California wines to European ones. 99 4 August 1967. TLS, 1p. Gave their big Acorn press to the library of the University of California at Santa Cruz. "This is a new campus..." Tells Drenner where he can beat the rap of Nelson's cost for handmade paper and order directly from London. 1:11 100 No date. L (no signature) 1/2p. Hopes the acetate arrived "flat out; quickly, too." Discusses spacing Romanee letters. Struggling along with Caxton and his wonderful Mirrour of the World. 101 Halloween (no year). TLS, 1p. Allen sent "the Venice" book to "your library" (Coffeyville). Discusses Drenner's plans for his (Drenner's) next poem. 102 Easter Sunday. (front & back) LS, 2p. Allen is in France and has just completed his book. (the Murders?) Talks about the French people; receiving letters from the post office that were poorly addressed. 103 Small piece of stationery. TLS. Received from Drenner Shadows Move Among Them. Talks about books he's reading. 104 1/3 piece of stationery. LS. Says he has been slaving in his shop for the last 4 years. Heading for the Old World (including east Africa). 105 Kentfield, CA. « page. LS. "You asked for an announcement; but don't waste your money on the book." 106 1/4 sheet of paper. TL. Received a letter from Ullmer--tells him if the parchment becomes slack, dampen the inner and outer covers and it will tighten up. Says since completing the letter to you--referring to the letter of March 30, 1966? 107 "Thursday (I think)," Kentfield, CA. TLS, 1p. Discusses the Colt press. 108 Second page (an enclosure?) discussing the L-D Allen Press and someone meeting Lewis (and his wife) and seeing his press. 109 A portion of a map showing areas of the San Francisco bay region and vicinity. 110 A small piece "10 Hints for the Use of Alpha Inks" AMY BONNER, EASTERN REPRESENTATIVE, POETRY, A MAGAZINE OF VERSE 12 WEST 68 STREET, NEW YORK 23, NEW YORK 1:12 111 22 October 1945, New York. TLS, 1p. Inquiring whether Drenner would like to run an announcement in their magazine for The 112 4 November 1945, New York. TLS, 1p. Thanking him for running an ad. Talks about Drenner's work. JOHN CIARDI, SATURDAY REVIEW 25 WEST 45Th STREET, NEW YORK 36, NEW YORK 1:13 113 26 January 1962, New York. TLS, 1p. He has seen a copy of a Zauberberg Press book and would be "delighted to have one for myself." Doesn't know if he can review it under "our present arrangement, but perhaps it is something I could talk about in my column." 114 3 February 1962, New Jersey. TLS, 2p. He will send Drenner enough poems for a limited edition by the Zauberberg Press after consulting William Sloane, his publisher. Lists possible stipulations for publication. Encloses a typed copy of "A Voice Said." 115 9 February 1962, New Jersey. TLS, 1p. Letter from William Sloane, Director, Rutgers University Press. Received a carbon copy of February 3 letter. Gives the go- ahead; lists stipulations. 116 12 February 1962, Middlebury, Vermont. TLS, 1p. Discusses finding twenty or so poems for Drenner. Encloses a verse-play, Mother and Father, for Drenner to consider instead of poems. 117 11 March 1962, New York. LS, 3p. Received The Graphics of Love and comments. Talks about their differences in writing poetry. Due to leave for Europe for taping TV shows for CBS--very busy--if the ms. of the interlude will make a book "fine" as he is entering "six months of insane activity." Leaving for a lecture trip. 118 6 April 1962, New York. TLS, 1p. Returned from tour. Drenner will "go ahead" with the play. Would like rough specifications for the book of poems Drenner would like to print. 119 21 March 1962, New Jersey. TLS, 1p. Letter from William Sloane, Rutgers University Press. All is "clear." Looking forward to seeing the proof sheets when ready. 120 13 September 1963, New York. TLS, 1p. Been busy working. Received poem: "a handsome page" and discusses printing style. 121 25 June 1965, New York. TLS, 1p. Would love to see some of his poems in Drenner's type but having difficulty selecting any--less than thirty lines. Wonders if Drenner would like to print a series called "Alphabestiary" and encloses a copy. 122 8 July 1965, New York. TLS, 1p. Busy giving lectures. Discusses printing poems and/or "Alphabest." 123 11 July 1965, New York. TLS, 2p. Received The Anna Book; "glorious work." Discusses problems getting Drenner a first edition of his poetry. Talks about printing the "Alphabestiary." 124 15 July 1965, New Jersey. TLS, 2p. Carbon copy of a letter from William Sloane to John Ciardi. Offers solutions to the Zauberberg Press printing 30 copies of Ciardi's poetry. Would like to be kept up-to-date on the Alphabestiary project. 125 2 August 1965. TLS, 2p. Carbon copy of a letter from William Sloane to John Ciardi. Gives comments to Drenner's "numbered points"; copyright, title of book, publication date, engravings, etc. 126 24 February 1966, New York. TLS, 1p. Encloses a copy of a tentative manuscript of This Strangest Everything. Discusses Drenner's printing all or part of it. 127 20 May 1967, Madison, Wisconsin. TLS, 1p. From Felix Pollak, Curator of Rare Books, The Memorial Library, The University of Wisconsin. Inquiring about obtaining a copy of Drenner's private press edition of Ciardi's poems. ROBERT CONOVER, KANSAS STATE COLLEGE, MANHATTAN, KANSAS 1:14 128 5 May 1951. TLS, l/2p. Received Drenner's submissions for the Kansas Magazine; very impressed, would like information on Drenner. Will give the poetry to the poetry editor, Will R. Moses, for his consideration. 129 7 May 1951. TLS 2p. Carbon copy of a letter from Drenner to Robert Conover. Tells his preference of submissions and tells about his writing and editing. Describes his "genetic and sociological" background. 130 15 May 1951. TLS, 1p. Received the revised and shortened More Subtle Than A Wave from Drenner; appreciates Drenner's doing this work; hopes Drenner did not cut out too much of the "bad language." Discusses footnotes. 131 27 June 1951. TLS, 1p. Encloses proof sheets of his revision of Drenner's "longer story" and hopes Drenner doesn't feel it's too badly marred. 132 5 July 1951. TLS, 1p. Received Drenner's understanding letter along with proofs of the story. 133 25 July 1951. TLS, l/2p. From W. R. Moses. Enjoyed reading Drenner's work (poetry) and will keep "June Six" and "Wish and Advice." 134 8 August 1951. TLS, 1p. Regretfully Kansas Magazine will not be able to use poems this year as he already has two articles of Drenner's in the magazine. Would be glad to read some or all of the novel which Drenner is working on. 135 29 August 1951. TLS, 1p. Returning manuscripts and original form. 136 21 September 1951. Postcard (typed). Drenner's manuscript arrived; enjoying reading it. 137 2 October 1951. TLS, 1p. Returning Drenner's manuscript; critiques it. 138 1 November 1951. TLS, 1p. Apologizing for a deletion in the finished copy of Kansas Magazine. 139 12 November 1951. TLS, 1p. Will see that a copy of the magazine is sent to Drenner; also six extra copies. Would be glad to have any suggestions Drenner may have in regard to promotion or publicity of the Kansas Magazine. JACK CONROY, RURAL ROUTE FOUR, MOBERLY, MISSOURI 1:15 140 28 April 1934. (front & back) TLS, 1p. Glad to hear of Drenner's interest in The Anvil and The Disinherited; discusses them. Critiques Drenner's "sketch." 141 May - October (?) 1934. (front & back) TLS, 1p. Grateful for Drenner's opinion of The Disinherited. "I take criticism of an adverse sort just as amiably as I do favorable"; the battle of "art vs propaganda." Critiques poem of Drenner's (unnamed). 142 26 October 1934. TLS, 1p. Talks about Saroyan, author of Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze. Critiques more of Drenner's poems. 143 1963 Biography of Jack Conroy. 144 12 May 1963. Books, Chicago Tribune. Review by Warren Beck of Conroy's The Disinherited (reissued). 145 13 April 1963. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Review of The Disinherited by Will Wharton 146 14 April 1963. Chicago Sun Times. Hoke Norris, Critic At-Large. Talks about Conroy and The Disinherited. 147 18 July 1965. Chicago Sun Times. Review by Jack Conroy: "Tolson: A Poet To Appreciate" 148 3 October 1965. Chicago Tribune. (2 copies) "...and the Honor" (Cromie on Books) 149 2 December 1965. Daily Illini. "Recall Literature of the 1930s" by Mary Hughes 150 26 February 1966. Chicago Daily News PANORAMA. "Motley and the Novel That Never Got Written" by Jack Conroy 151 Press release on Hill & Wang Incorporated letterhead of the book Negros On The Move--Anyplace But Here by Arna Bontemps and Jack Conroy. 152 23 April 1966. PANORAMA - Chicago Daily News Article, "A Novel to Play Like a Game" by Jack Conroy 153 Hill and Wang, Inc. Spring 1966--Cloth publications with the book Anyplace But Here listed. 154 3 March 1966. TLS, 1p. It has been "upwards of 32 years!" since Drenner reviewed Conroy's book, The Disinherited. Good to know Drenner is still in the literary arena "independent publishers who esteem art more than dollars." Talks about the disgraceful "puff" job done on Truman Capote's "little better than mediocre In Cold Blood." 155 23 April 1966. TLS, 1p. Conroy has been an encyclopedia editor for 20 years and is retiring to Moberly Missouri. Mentions Stanford Williamson, the only Negro art director for a local publisher. 156 13 June 1975. TLS, 1p. Received honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Missouri--Kansas City. Finds it curious that Dahlberg and Farrell now express admiration for his work; "Farrell used to refer to me as 'Jack Cornrow' a reflection on my Missouri origin." Says he's sorry to hear of Drenner's coronary, glad he's recovering. Conroy is writing an autobiography. 157 4 February 1973. The Chicago Tribune. Article "The East St. Louis camarilia--exposed at last." reviews current issue of News Letter, dedicated to the work of Jack Conroy. In corner its signed: "For Don V.R. Drenner, Despite all our woes, we did have some fun way back when--Best, Jack. Moberly June 13, 1975." 158 16 December 1974. The Kansas City Star. Article by Thorpe Menn "Depression Days: 'Furnace of Experience'"; picture of Jack Conroy. Signed w/note by Conroy. 159 June 1976. San Francisco Review of Books. Article: "Writers in Revolt: The Anvil Anthology" ed. by J. Conroy and C. Johnson. Signed w/note by Jack Conroy 11-15-76. 160 15 November 1976. TLS, 1p. Talks about Conroy's memoirs he's writing. Suggests he visit the Foolkiller if he's ever in Kansas City. Praises small presses. Encloses a signed copy of the journal Foolkiller (Vol. 3, No. 1) and two flyers of events for September and October. 161 25 August 1980. University of Missouri-Rolla. TLS, 1p. Letter from Douglas Wixson. He's writing a book on Jack Conroy and is requesting any information Drenner may be able to give. 162 9 September 1980. University of Missouri-Rolla. TLS, 1p. Letter from Doug Wixson. Received letters, clippings, etc. from Drenner and thanks him. 163 13 July 1981. University of Missouri-Rolla. TLS, 1p. Letter from Doug Wixson. Asks if Drenner can identify an article (enclosed) of a review of Conroy's The Disinherited. Handwritten note (by Drenner) says "winter of 1934: Parsons." 1:16 164 Copy of galley proof of Drenner's biography for Who's Who in the Midwest. 165 Article "New and Review of PRIVATE PRESSES" by James Lamar Weygand on The Zauberberg Press. 2p. 166 5 March 1982. Pittsburg State University. TLS, 1p. Letter from Stevens W. Hilyard, Director of the Library. Thanks Drenner for his donation to Pittsburg's Special Collections. Mentions that the Zauberberg Press material has been deposited at Albuquerque but would hope Drenner "may favor" Pittsburg with consideration of any regional material he may have retained. 167 Article from newspaper "He did it all with books" about Drenner. 168 Xeroxed page from a book (Cave: Grandchildren of the Kelmscott Press) with a few lines about Drenner's press. 169 Xeroxed page of the Quarterly News Letter which mentions Drenner's printing. 170 March 1969. Xeroxed copy about Drenner's printing. 171 Copy--lists of presses with new publications. Zauberberg Press is mentioned highlighting The Anna Book. 172 Copy from The Little Balkans Review of a poem by Drenner, "Martha remembered." 173 Copy of "Wish and Advice" a poem by Drenner. 174 Copy of "June Six" by Drenner. 175 Copy of "The Airman" by Drenner. 176 Copy of "Song" a poem by Drenner. 177 Copy of "Love Poem in an Air-Raid" by Drenner. 178 Newspaper article (copy) "Drenner's Work on Exhibition." 179 Copy of "When I Ran Naked," "The Airman" and "A Child With You" by Drenner (last two are copies out of the Kansas City Times December 13, 1943.) 180 Copy of three poems by Drenner from a newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, January 28, 1940: "First Storm of the Season," "June Six," and "The Night Lies Hidden." 181 A copy of Carnegie Public Library, Coffeyville, Kansas, 1970 Annual Report. PAUL HAYDEN DUENSING, THE PRIVATE PRESS AND TYPEFOUNDRY OF PAUL HAYDEN DUENSING 1:17 182 4 May 1966. The Private Press and Typefoundry of Paul Hayden Duensing. LS, 1p. (Beautifully hand printed.) Encloses sample of printing from his press. Says he is setting up a small foundry to make the types he wants (ones he would have liked to order were discontinued or expensive); hopes to get out a small piece about the Foundry before too long. RALPH GREEN, ROOM 1114, 332 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO 4, ILLINOIS 1:18 183 2 January 1954. TLS, « p. Encloses notes taken from data card on "the old Challenge" (a press); estimates it was made around 1888. 184 6 January 1954. TLS, 1p. Discusses different handpresses and benefits/drawbacks of them (Albion, Pilot, Kelsey, Washington). Encloses an announcement for A Bibliography of Printing by E. C. Bigmore and C.W.H. Wyman and price lists for various presses. 185 23 January 1954. TLS, 1p. Discusses hand presses (Reliance). Encloses a diagram of a press he acquired about a year ago and "Observations on Selling Prices of Iron Hand Presses" dated March 1950. 186 10 August 1954. TLS, 1p. Enclosed information on the Great Western Type Foundry. R. Green's book on the "platen jobber" has been printed and is being bound. 18 9 September 1954. TLS, l/2p. Discusses a "Ostracod Seymour" hand press--no record of this. 188 21 October 1954. TLS, 1p. Enclosed a detail Gives suggestions plan of a Tympan and Frisket for a wood press. on a type of wooden press to consider building. LANGSTON HUGHES, 20 EAST 127Th STREET, NEW YORK 35, NEW YORK 1:19 189 28 November 1958. TLS (by his secretary Raoul Abdul) 1p. Acknowledges receipt of Drenner's book of poems, Anna, Anna. 190 24 July 1961. TLS, 1p. Says that Drenner's book, Anna, Anna has given him "much pleasure, both visually and poetically...." Concerning Drenner's invitation to publish his poems, unfortunately he cannot be published in book form elsewhere. His new long poem, ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods For Jazz is coming out in October. Hughes has been keeping busy with lecture tours and book deadlines. BILL JACKSON, THE PRINTING HOUSE AT THE SIGN OF THE FOUR DUCKS, 222 RIVERA ROAD1 WICHITA 16, KANSAS 1:20 191 27 November 1960. TLS, 1p. Appreciated receiving samples, especially the unbound book packet. Says that James Lamar Weygand mentioned that Drenner was the finest small book printer in the country and Jackson agrees. Enclosed printing samples. 192 Copy of a newspaper article (and original newspaper article), "Be Ready With Answers When Press Comes Home," by Nancy Sparks. Mentions Bill Jackson. KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, MANHATTAN, KANSAS 1:21 193 A packet of purchase orders from KSU to Zauberberg Press. 194 KSU purchase order for The Graphics of Love. 195 22 January 1964. K-State Libraries, Joe W. Kraus. TLS, 1p. Inquiring what other books Drenner might still have available to sell. 196 List of books offered for sale by Don v. R. Drenner. 197 28 January 1964. K-State Libraries, Joe W. Kraus. TLS, 1p. Encloses a list of books KSU is interested in. 198 7 February 1964. K-State Libraries, Joe W. Kraus. TLS, 1p. Upon the request of Fred Higginson, Kraus offers Drenner $25.00 for "the James Joyce item." (an early draft of Finnegan's Wake.) 199 Copy of KSU purchase order to Zauberberg Press to purchase 16 books. 200 18 February 1964. K-State Libraries, Joe W. Kraus. TLS, 1p. Kraus says the binding for Haveth Childers Everywhere is fine and will show it to Fred Higginson when he recovers from his bout with the flu. 201 Copy of KSU purchase order for Haveth Childers Everywhere. 202 6 May 1966. K-State Libraries, James Mathews. TLS, 1p. Encloses a copy of Farrell Footnotes, KSU Staff Association publication, April 1966, Volume VII, No. 4. "The Magic Mountain" by James Matthews. Article on Don Von Ruysdael Drenner. Inquires if it would be possible for him and Mr. Pearce Grove (Assistant Director of Libraries) to visit the Zauberberg Press. 203 8 November 1966. K-State Libraries, Pearce S. Grove. TLS, 1p. Enjoyed his visit; fascinated with Drenner's printing and binding shop. Confirms that Drenner will send The Anna Book and exhibit items referred to in their conversation--to be displayed at KSU and then he'll take them to Eastern New Mexico University to "undertake missionary efforts for the appreciation of private press books and hand binding." 204 8 November 1966. K-State Libraries, James Mathews. TLS, 1p. Thanks him for the tour of the library and private press. 205 1 December 1966. K-State Libraries, Pearce S. Grove. TLS, 1p. Encloses payment for The Anna Book Drenner sent. Thanks him for the display items. 206 27 October 1967. K-State Libraries, G. A. Rudolph. TLS, 1p. Thanks him for "the two beautiful books" he sent... The Anna Book and the Sermones Thesauri. Says he will place the latter in a safe to be removed for the 500,000th celebration. 207 13 November 1967. K-State Libraries, G. A. Rudolph. TLS, 1p. Drenner corrected Rudolph's last letter, evidently the last letter was meant for Mr. Seaton. ESTHER MCCOY, 2434 BEVERLY AVENUE, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA 1:22 208 22 September 1967. 2434 Beverly Avenue Santa Monica CA. TLS, 1p. Evidently Drenner wrote her about getting some materials from Powys. Talks about different authors, Flenway Westcott and Sinclair Lewis. COURTLAND MATTTEWS, NORTHWEST LITERARY REVIEW, 4822 N.E. 13TH AVENUE, PORTLAND, OREGON 1:23 209 15 July 1935. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO COURTLAND. TLS, 2p. Encloses a dictionary (hand-typed) to be used with the poem "Bitter Tales." Discusses the use of words in poetry. 210 29 November 1935. TLS, 1p. Can't print Drenner's story--signed (typed) "the editor." On back it starts, "Dear Mike: "It was damn rich and well-gotten up." Talks about recognizing him--evidently Drenner submitted a story under an assumed name. 211 10 December 1935. TLS, 1p. Signed "Horace Greeley." The entire letter is written in lower case, no punctuation. The story Drenner submitted had no "quotation marks." Critiques Drenner's story. He thinks the Northwest Literary Review is "just another noble experiment" and the current issue will be the last. 212 21 December 1935. TLS, 2p. Signed "Horace Greeley." Once again written all in lower case, no punctuation. Read Drenner's "theme for a fuge" and discusses it. Advises Drenner to lay off reading "the modern novelists for a whole year .. .go on a heavy diet of ralph waldo emerson." This will help Drenner strengthen his faith in himself. Talks about smoking and how he (Matthews) came to acquire a second hand pipe. THE FOLLOWING LETTERS ARE ALL SIGNED BY COURT MATTHEWS AND ARE ON BLANK STATIONERY EXCEPT FOR THE 1ST WHICH IS ON SAME AS ABOVE (all use the same address). 1:24 213 6 January 1936. TLS, 1p. Critiques Drenner's manuscript; doesn't think highly of it; tells him to--"consider the thing more imaginatively." Will send Drenner a copy of the other Northwest Literary Review editions so that he "may have a complete file of the noble experiment." Drenner evidently mentioned doing a "mimeographed sheet" but Matthews doesn't think that would work, and he can't afford to work on a magazine "just for the fun of it." 214 9 February 1936. TLS, 2p. Matthews has been working on a "long short-story." Discusses music and wishes Drenner success on "his symphony." Puts down the radio--"wish the thing had never been invented." Hopes that Drenner has not been trying to do too much--writing, composing, etc. Sympathizes with Drenner about his break-up with his (Drenner's) girl. Talks about the work of a writer he has just discovered an admires immensely, William McFee. Critiques Drenner's "Wheat" poem. 215 16 February 1936. TLS, 2p. This note is to set Drenner right on one thing: "You are all damp, wet and dripping about my letter carrying any 'air of injury."' Says his essay on radio in the last letter was written tongue-in-cheek; and discusses music. Matthews talks about his eyesight and his inability to read very much. Discusses a variety of books. 216 8 March 1936. TLS 1p. Critiques "In The Rain." Enjoys Drenner's letters and his "many-sidedness." Matthews recently got an administrative job at the WPA Federal Writers' Program--Historical Records Survey. 217 29 March 1936. TLS, 2p. Talks about Drenner and how he has enjoyed getting acquainted with him--via the postal service. "Just now you are in a seething state of revolt against everything under the sun that has been established and okehed...." Puts this down to a normal sign of youth. Drenner is rebelling against "parental tyranny." Matthews advises Drenner on how to handle this situation; trying to "pass on to you a few things that I have gleaned in my extra eighteen years." 218 6 April 1936. Postcard, signed. Matthews showed Drenner's verse to Verne Bright; when he told him Drenner's age he remarked, "He's goin' places!" He was irritated, also, by Drenner's indifference to punctuation and capitalization. 219 17 May 1936. TLS, 2p. Matthews is still getting inquiries about Northwest Literary Review. "A magazine is hard to start, I have found, and even harder to stop." Keeping very busy at his job on the Historical Records Survey. Evidently Drenner was in Oregon as Matthews mentions he is sorry that "you're forced to leave Oregon." Talks about Oregon and the poets that reside there. Discusses the work of Howard McKinley Corning. Mentions the death of A. E. Housman. 220 31 May 1936. TLS, 2p. Matthews is sorry to hear of Drenner's leg injury. Suggests places that Drenner could submit his work. Talks about Hedges and Verne and their solitary lives--which is why they probably will not write to Drenner. Discusses the "rule" of life--or the lack of them. 221 2 June 1936. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS, Hildungsbraaken Ranch, Atalanita, Culp Creek, Oregon. TLS, 3p. Drenner is up and about after five days of rest from the leg injury. He is working on "the new tone poem" "La bella donna della mia mente"--composing music. Drenner was refused admittance into the Army, 10 pounds underweight. 222 9 June 1936. Works Progress Administration, Portland, Oregon. TLS, 1p. Encloses Housman's editorial. Will send Limehouse Nights. Ada Hedges told Matthews she would write to Drenner "one of these days." 1:25 223 11 July 1936. Signed Postcard. Informing Drenner that he waited at the Union station from 8:30 -9:30 on the evening Drenner specified but failed to see him. 224 14 July 1936. LS, 4p. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS, RR 3, Parsons, Kansas. Drenner has been back in Kansas 2 weeks; the weather is 104 degrees every day. He's working in a cleaning and pressing shop for $3 a week. Had a number of dates but "girls are once again distasteful" so he's going back to reading in the evenings. Drenner is planning to go to Lawrence to visit Bob McFee and get tight--his first time. Can only get beer in Parsons, no wine. 225 16 July 1937 (right year?) LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS, Hildungsbraaken Ranch, Atalanita, Culp Creek, Oregon. TLS, 3p. Encloses two poems for Matthews to read and review. 226 8 August 1936. TLS, 2p. Discusses droughts in the "midlands"; farmers will be flocking into western Oregon and Washington. Advises Drenner "if you were a sensible young man--which, of course, you are not..." to learn shorthand and "touch-system typing" and become a secretary; discusses the benefits of such a job. 227 22 October 1936. TLS, 1p. Glad to get a card; wondering what Drenner has been doing with the other 11 hours of the day (after 9 hours work and 4 sleep)-- "soap-boxing for Landon..." ("just spoofing"). 228 30 November 1936. (missing a page?) LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TL, 1p. Explains that with the other 11 hours he writes, reads, and sometimes listens to the "symphonie." Discusses "the women problem." 229 29 November 1936. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. LS, 2p. No longer working at "the job"--(the cleaners?). Drenner has found "a mistress." Planning to attend KU and study bacteriology next year. Still trying to save his money and go to Europe. Drenner has "got my radio station on the air." Talks about life in a small town--"can't be myself without a lot of talk.. .gossip..." 1:26 230 18 January 1937. TLS, 2p. Summarizes Drenner's last letter, "Your last report stated that you had lost your job, gained a mistress, been drunk, had given up Canada for Europe, were writing and yet were kept from writing by foggy moods, and were contemplating studying bacteriology with a view to a vocation." Matthews would like to see Drenner learn a trade and/or profession. Mentions that Verne Bright had a poem published in the North American Review for which he received $65--largest check ever for an Oregon poet for one poem. Gives comments on two poems Drenner sent, "Inspiration" and "Tristan und Isolde." Discusses women. 231 23 January 1937. Hildungsbraaken amid the frozen corn stalks. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 3p. (half is handwritten). No longer plans to study bacteriology at KSU; "would require four years and an unholy amount of finances." Discusses different books and authors. 232 5 April 1937. TLS, 2p. Advises Drenner not to head for Portland or any city unless he definitely had a job awaiting; the depression is far from over and would make landing a job difficult. Once again urges Drenner to learn a trade. Matthews sold a poem to New York Times for $7.50. Quotes the last lyric of a personal one he wrote to a girl (with the name of the girl changed). 233 21 June 1937. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 1p. Drenner has two poems in the summer issue of the University Review published by the U. of Kansas City, KC, MO. Received a card from Ethel Romig Fuller saying his "Night Lies Hidden" will be in Oregonian Verse. Drenner also has a poem in the new edition of Paebar Anthology. 234 15 December 1937. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. Hildungsbraaken is typed above the date. (front & back) TLS, 2p. Drenner is writing in response to Matthew's last letter--"I have managed to stem my indignation, and I will try to set you right on the things you mentioned in your last letter." Evidently Matthews criticized Drenner for writing about sex, Drenner says Matthews seems to think he writes about pornography and, "I am damn sure that I don't write pornography."' 1:27 235 28 November 1938. 2917 Main, Parsons, KS. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 2p. "At last I have regained the feeling of composure...." He has a new "girl of 16" and some friends have come back to Parsons-- someone to talk to; he feels much better than he has in a long time. Discusses books he has read. Received a letter from the University Review and they informed him that in the future "I shall always have at least one outlet for my poems...." Encloses a copy of a poem he wrote for Peggy (the girl of 16) "Prelude for a chaconne (Chiuso: P.B.)." 236 29 June 1940. TLS, 1p. Stationery: Angora Journal, Portland Oregon. Matthews is amazed at Drenner's "time and energy.. .car, job, and woman. -- and poetry writing." Urges him to write "about his marriage and whether a divorce is in the offing as yet." 237 3 November 1940. TLS, 1p. Matthews is busy herding goats. "This is just to tell you to vote for Roosevelt Tuesday or damned if I don't disinherit you..." Wonders whether Drenner's draft number has been called, and how far down the line he is. 238 22 March 1941. TLS 1p. Stationery: Angora Journal, Portland, Oregon. Matthews won the prize for the best poem in the Portland Spectator for 1940-- and $15; with it quite a bit of newspaper notices and two appearances on the radio (encloses a copy of an article telling about it--"Advice Is Sound"). The job he has presently will fold up around June 1 and "from then on it's me and the goats..." 239 26 April 1941. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for the invite to contribute to "Yours, for Success" but he has nothing he cares to see in print. Critiques the magazine. 240 27 July 1941. (front & back) LS, 1p. Matthews thinks Drenner's move--to go to England and serve as a radio technician for His Majesty--wise and romantic. 241 20 November 1941. "Thanksgiving, No.' - FDR's" TLS, 1p. Tells Drenner that "the censor was very kind to your letter. ...clipped out only one word--presumably the date of your voyage over. Did not disturb your Irish friend Amy." Types a few lines from a poem he has written. Glad to learn that Drenner has found something "so big that you have little time left to further the development of the cynical, blase young man that come out of Kansas." Notices that his letter is paragraphed, punctuated, and "the e.e. cummings little 'i' omitted -- thank Gawd.'" 242 25 December 1941. TLS, 1p. Sends Christmas wishes. "Well, we're in the thing." Goes on to discuss the war. 1:28 243 5 April 1942. (front & back) TLS, 1p. Begins by typing Housman's "Easter Hymn." Matthews is worn out from working on the "damned goat journal" along with a full-time job. He is registered on the second draft. Discusses the war-- how long it will last, Portland's air-raid shelters, sand stored to extinguish incendiary bombs, etc. 244 12 July 1942. TLS, 1p. Matthews will either sell or suspend the Angora Journal. Finished his opus, "Hood," and encloses a copy. 245 24 January 1943. U.S. Naval Air Station, Dutch Harbor, Alaska. 3p. Matthews enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve September 28; transferred several times and ended up in Alaska. Describes the Aleutian Islands. Discusses books he's read. Talks about his family, Mother. 246 Copy of "Hood" from a June 27, 1943 copy of The Oregonian LS. 247 17 August 1943. Naval Auxiliary Air Facility, Atka, Alaska. TLS, 2p. Drenner sold a script to the BBC for $80. Matthews describes summer on the island. Discusses books, i.e. the "New Testament." Mentions that the late Stephen Vincent Benet's Western Star is off the press. 248 10 August 1944. TLS, 2p. Congratulates Drenner on the publication of his poems in the U.S. and scheduled debut of The Priapic God this fall. Matthews is writing a long narrative poem; types "a few lines" of it. Discusses thoughts of the phrase "long poem." 1:29 249 24 February 1946. TLS, 1p. Looking forward to the arrival of Drenner's book. Still looking for a job; in the meantime busy writing. 250 10 March 1946. TLS, 2p. Wishes Drenner hadn't sent him his book--"I regret that I find so much in it that I dislike, so little that I like"; critiques it at length. Starting to work with Technical Engineers & Architects, Local 79, A.F. of L.--$5O a week. The Saturday Evening Post wants to print one of four Aleutian sonnets. 251 18 March 1946. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 3p. Defends his book of poetry--gives meanings to words, etc., that Matthews had questioned in his last letter. Asks if Matthews will at least admit there is some commendation for producing a book of fine typography, on good paper, under conditions in Germany during the last stages of a war. 252 31 March 1946. TLS, 1p. Praises the physical attractiveness of Drenner's book. Reminds Drenner that, "Praise is easy to get; criticism -- the constructive brand -- damned hard." 253 9 June 1946. (front & back) TLS, 1p. Congratulates Drenner on being prospective father. Matthews sonnet "The Shrouded Islands" appeared in the Saturday Evening Post May 25, page 136. 254 Labor Day 1946. TLS, 1p. Discusses Drenner's writing career and married life. Mentions an eye school "Margaret D. Corbett School of Eye Education, Los Angeles" that he is going to train the eye to relax and do without specs. 255 Copy of an article from Oregon Journal, February 29, 1948 about Courtland Matthews' new book 0 verse to be published by Frank McCaffrey publishers, Seattle. 256 7 March 1948. TLS, 2p. Once again writing and looking for work. Congratulates Drenner on getting $25 a page for writing technical articles. 257 24 May 1948. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 1p. Finished his book, all 135,000 words, The Priapic God. Continuing to place technical pieces. Keeping busy--his daughter is now 19 months, building a fence, garden and lawn work. 258 5 June 1948. TLS, 1p. Congratulates Drenner on finishing his book, The Priapic God. Talks about the flood that happened in Portland. Matthews is working half-time for an advertising agency and half-time as associate editor of Oregon Food Merchants Magazine. 259 6 October 1948. 513 Highland Rd. Coffeyville, KS. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 1p. Drenner has been busy doing remodeling around his house; they are expecting their second child. Drenner has been busy rewriting his novel; mentions other books he's read. 1:30 260 5 March 1949. TLS, 1p. Delays on getting cloth for Matthews book; will be out soon. Talks about the strike at both of Oregon's newspapers: The Oregonian and the Oregon Journal. Matthews has been married for "a few days over six months" now. 261 17 March 1949. 513 Highland Rd., Coffeyville, KS. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS. 1p. Discusses his manuscript. Talks about all the different "chores" he is doing around the house. 262 11 April 1949. TLS, 1p. Stationery: Oregon Food Merchants Magazine. Just a quick note to let Don know that Matthews received the manuscript. 263 4 May 1949. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. LS, 4p. Critiques Matthews book, Aleutian Interval, at length. Writes down a few lines--the only he has written since finishing the novel. Drenner talks about his family, two daughters. 264 29 May 1949. TLS, 2p. Mentions the manuscript and Drenner's review of it. Discusses, at length, Drenner's use of language, ability or inability to communicate. 265 10 April 1949. Picture from the Oregonian of Matthews and wife (with others also). 266 Page from the Oregonian, Sunday April 3, 1949. "Peace and Quiet in Gods Valley." Handwritten note at bottom, "We explored this valley on the last day of our honeymoon, last September. Eleanor took picture of old house - I the others." 1:31 267 3 June 1949. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 4p (1p. enclosure). Reviews portions of Aleutian Interval and quotes from parts he (Drenner) liked best. Discusses, at length, his book and parts he likes best. Talks about different poems he's written. Drenner is busy with family and house remodeling. 268 24 August 1949. TLS, 1p. Oregon Food Merchants Magazine, Portland, Oregon. Likes Drenner's revised version of "June Six." Has read some of Drenner's, The Priapic God, and discusses it. 269 7 September 1949. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 3p. Received the copy of Saturday Review of Literature from Matthews; discusses articles in it. Discusses his book; types a few lines of new poetry he's written. Keeping busy building and repairing around the house and with the kids. 270 27 November 1949. TLS, 3p. Reviews Drenner's book, The Priapic God at length. 271 7 December 1949. 513 Highland, Coffeyville, Kansas. LETTER FROM DRENNER TO MATTHEWS. TLS, 2p. Comments on Matthews review of Drenner's book (The Priapic God). Talks about his work on his next novel. "ERF" (Ethel Romig Fuller) has accepted Drenner's "June Six." New address: 3036 N.E. 57th Ave., Portland, Oregon. 1:32 272 19 November 1950. TLS, 1p. Short note--just checking up on Drenner. 273 15 October 1952. TLS, 1p. Enjoyed the article on Drenner and the pages from Drenner's forthcoming book. Eleanor, Matthews wife, had a poem published in the Oregonian. Suggests Drenner vote for Stevenson for President. 274 8 December 1952. 408 Postal Building, Portland, OR. TLS, 1p. Congratulates Drenner on writing, printing, and publishing his book, The Vault of Night. 275 4 October 1953. TLS, 2p. Doesn't care for Drenner's idea of publishing letters that he (Matthews) has written and received, but will dig up any letters he can find from Drenner. Matthews says he wouldn't want any of his letters published without careful scrutiny. Suggest printing books of verse, monographs, etc., instead. 276 11 October 1953. TLS, 1p. Mentions that Drenner was written about over the AFL news service. Both Matthews and his wife are participating in "Oregon Poetry Day." 277 Newspaper copy of poem "The Crow" by Courtland Matthews. 278 Sunday Oregonian Magazine page, "State Recognizes Oregon Poets" with one of Matthews' poems featured, "Sometimes At Evening." 279 Page from Northwest Roto Magazine, October 10, 1954. "Parade of Oregon Poetry." Features poem by Courtland Matthews, "The Spring" and one by Eleanor Matthews, "By The Lake." 280 26 October 1953. TLS, 2p. Stationery: Courtland Matthews, News and Features, Beacon 0680, 408 Postal Building, Portland, Oregon. Encloses all of Drenner's letters that he could locate. Talks about Drenner's critique of his Huckleberry Hill. 1:33 281 17 April 1955. 3036 N.E. 57th Ave. Portland, OR. TLS, 1p. Matthews and his wife "rather like" Drenner's new poem "Pond." Asks about the Zauberberg Press and Drenner's progress with his volume of poetry. Congratulates Drenner on publication of two of his sketches including "Usage of the Past" in Kansas Magazine; also the display of his two books at a Craftsmen Exhibit at KU. Matthews' Fabric of Song, Vol. II, is "in the hands of Wings Press." 282 18 March 1956. TLS, 1p. Letter discussing family life--Matthews had surgery "last June 22"; Eleanor quit teaching--now doing free-lance work and "our newspaper." Has published a few old verses; encloses one that is a page from Northwest Roto Magazine, October 9, 1955, "Oregonian Verse." One poem, "The Snake of Stone" by Courtland Matthews and one poem by Eleanor Matthews, "Values." 283 22 September 1958. TLS, 1p. Stationery: Matthews and Matthews, Portland, Oregon. Wondering how Drenner is doing--would like "a progress report." 284 23 October 1958. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for the "truly handsome" book, Concerning Kansas. Congratulates Drenner on winning the Midwest Book competition. Encloses a clip of poems: Small cutout piece with two poems from the Sunday Oregonian "Mountain Valley" by Eleanor Matthews and "Black Treasure" by Courtland Matthews. He's written four poems in the past year, "though the blackberry piece is the only one of the four thus far published." 1:34 285 17 September 1960. TLS, 2p. Thanks Drenner for Fibril, "a beautiful printing piece, and the four poems it presents." Tried to visit Drenner's father in Cottage Grove while he was out photographing covered bridges but he was gone for the day. 286 20 May 1962. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for a copy of The Graphics of Love; but doesn't like the contents. Matthews' mother passed away. 287 31 May 1962. C. Matthews, 408 Postal Bldg., Portland, OR. TLS, 1p. Evidently Drenner wrote about Matthews criticisms of the Graphics book and told him the good reviews it has received; Matthews apologizes--"now that others who know more about Art than I do have said it's Art..." Talks about Laurence Pratt's book and encloses a signed copy (No. 98). Copy of a handout from The Oregon State Poetry Assc. "Presents, Evening with the Poets featuring Gena Ford and Courtland Matthews." 288 30 September 1963. LS, 1p. Just a note--enclosing articles and obituary on Joseph Stanley Pennell; Drenner printed a book of his poetry. 289 4 December 1963. Postal Bldg. TLS, 2p. Congratulates Drenner on an article in the Kansas City Star that featured him. Discusses the author of Rome Hanks. Talks about the "loss of President Kennedy." (Mentions what a good man he was.) Discusses the population problem (or soon to be problem) in Oregon! 290 22 September 1965. TLS, 2p. He is easing up on his workload and finding more time to write; Eleanor is teaching. They have a new house and have been busy fixing it up. Types opening lines from a poem he is currently working on, "By the Pacific." Encloses a typed copy of "The Firebug of the West Hills" that is signed and scheduled to appear in Oregonian Verse. 291 7 October 1965. TLS, 2p. Can't get used to the fact that Drenner will be 50 years old and have grandchildren. Encloses a copy of verse he's written for Drenner's review. Talks about Dylan's (Dylan Thomas) work. 292 14 November 1965. TLS, 1p. Questions Drenner as to whether he's read "The Ride" and his opinion of it. Matthews and his wife just returned from a "poem rewarding" trip to Idaho. 293 27 December 1965. TLS, 2p. Discusses Drenner's criticisms of "The Ride." Critiques some of Drenner's poems. Mentions that Ethel Romig Fuller died this month and Howard Corning has taken over as editor. 1:35 294 9 May 1966. TLS, 3p. Wonders if Drenner would be interested in publishing a "thin, almost attenuated sheaf of sonnets." (Encloses a pasted clipping.) Encloses a copy of a poem "After Taps" for Drenner "or some less sensitive printer to do." Gives, in detail, the story behind the poem and the reasons for wanting it printed. 295 21 May 1966. TLS, 1p. Has nine sonnets to submit to Drenner. Asks about the printing of the book (price) and selling it. 296 18 May 1966. TLS, 1p. Glad that Drenner likes the sonnets and will print them--total of 13 sonnets. Suggests a title "A Rhymer's Dozen." Discusses the changing of (or not) 2 poems. Encloses a page from Gillespie's Gazette, March-April 1966. "Court Matthews, Gazette Editor, Has Done Many Things Besides Punching a Typewriter." 297 22 May 1966. TLS, 1p. Discusses different changes in the poem "Autumn Evening." 298 25 May 1966. TLS, 1p. Revision No. 2 of "Autumn Evening" enclosed; more changes in the book of sonnets. 299 5 June 1966. TLS, 2p. Encloses ten of his best lyrics for Drenner to consider adding to the book. More changes on "Autumn Evening" enclosed. 300 13 July 1966. Postcard. Written by Eleanor. They are back from their vacation and thanked Drenners for their hospitality while they visited them in Coffeyville. 301 13 August 1966. TLS, 2p. Talks about their vacation and places they visited. Thinks Drenner was wise to take the job as a librarian--$8,400 a year. 302 25 December 1966. TLS, 1p. The prints of the poem arrived; thanks Drenner. (A copy is in folder.) 303 26 December 1966. Postcard, signed. Would like Drenner to hold set-up of "After Taps" for inclusion in the book. 1:36 304 11 February 1967. TLS, 1p. Encloses a copy of the letter from Zella Matthews, wife of his nephew; tells what the poem meant, "better than I (Matthews) could." Matthews is busy writing new verse, "An Inscription in Wildcat Hollow." 305 18 December 1969. TLS, 1p. Sorry to hear that Drenner sold all his printing equipment--due to "diseases." Talks about poems he's been writing and what they've been doing since last he wrote to Drenner. 1:37 306 Page from the Oregonian, Friday, May 29, 1970, "A Simple Rose From Virginia" by Courtland Matthews. Signed. 307 24 July 1974. TLS, 1p. Glad to hear from Drenner after so many years, "even if I did have to publish a book to get a rise out of him..." Talks about his health--poor. 308 12 August 1974. LS, 1p. Appreciates Drenner sending the "latest book" on Paget's disease--(this is the disease Matthews has). Talks about medical problems. 309 22 December 1974. LS. Written by Eleanor Matthews, 1p. News of Courtland's death, December 17, 1974. 310 Typed copy, signed, "Huckleberry Hill" poem. 311 Pages from booklet: poem, "The Last Ones" by Eleanor H. Matthews. poem, "To The Generation Before The Last" by Eleanor Matthews poem, "The Truce" by Courtland Matthews PHILIP METZGER, THE CRABTREE PRESS, 4900 TOMAHAWK ROAD, PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KANSAS 2:1 312 9 November 1969. LS, 3p. P. Metzger is on "Cloud 9" over getting Drenner's shop; discusses the details that need to be taken care of. 313 12 November 1969. LS, 1p. More discussion on the "deal" (selling of Drenner's shop). HENRY MORRIS, HAND MADE PAPERMAKER, 5215 N. 10TH ST., PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 2:2 314 5 March 1959. (front & back of p. 2) LS, 2p. Drenner had written requesting information on the handmade paper process; Morris gives him some information on how to get started. 315 21 March 1959. (front & back) LS, 1p. Gives Drenner book suggestions on what to read in order to learn more on papermaking. Gives tips on equipment--how to make it. 316 29 May 1959. (front & back) LS, 1p. Answers Drenner's question on price of paper per sheet and weight. LOUISE A. MOSS, 4721 MCGEE, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 2:3 317 27 March 1964. TLS, 2p. Note saying she enjoyed her visit with Drenner and she would like to do some etching work for him if Drenner would need it. Talks about etching--different woods she uses. 318 22 June 1964. LS, 3p. Stationery: Excalibur (press) with above address. Moss is "making progress" toward becoming a "private printer" she has chosen the above name for her press. Talks about printing: difficulties she's trying to work out; trying to decide on which press to buy, etc. 319 3 July 1964. TLS, 2p. Mentions different books she's been reading on printing; still looking for a "type" to purchase, also a press to purchase. 320 22 July 1964. (on letterhead stationery) TLS, 2p. (handwritten P.S.) Purchased the Bulmer type. Talks about a book with Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin she bought. 321 20 August 1964. TLS, 1p. Moss purchased a press--used Chandler and Price Pilot, lists all the type she now owns. Discusses paper she will use to print on. Found out more about the book, Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin; discusses. 322 13 September 1964. (new letterhead) LS, 1p. Has her shop done; will soon begin teaching night school. Encloses flyer (small card stock) for Excalibur Press. 323 13 October 1964. LS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for the instructions on printing. Talks about the printing of etchings; cutting of paper; different types of paper. Encloses a sample. 324 16 October 1964. (blank stationery) TLS, 1p. Setting up a day to come watch Drenner bind books. 325 2 November 1964. (blank stationery) TLS, 2p. Enjoyed her visit with Drenner; likes Drenner's book. Talks about the process of photo engraving. 2:4 326 26 January 1965. (blank stationery) TLS, 2p. Encloses a sample of etchings. Talks about Robroy Kelly, "has quite a typographical library"; he'd like Drenner to meet him. Beginning to design his pressmark. 327 31 May 1965. TLS, 1p. Inquiring as to whether Drenner knows of or could possibly purchase some linen cord. 328 21 October 1965. (handwritten postcript) TLS, 2p. Discusses the next time she and Brenda Sue (her friend) will be able to visit Drenner--another "session at the Albion." Talks about moving to Texas; how to make printing (and etching) pay off. Talks about the new press she bought--describes and encloses a picture. They (her two friends who are planning on buying a specialty shop together) would like an "aesthetic specialty shop." 329 29 June 1966. 1431 S. Rockford Road, Apt. 6, Tulsa, Oklahoma. TLS, 1p. They have moved to Tulsa; busy working on their business which will open this September or October. (Moss, Brenda and Alan Henricks). Would like to come visit Drenner. 330 13 July 1966. LS, 2p. Tells what type of merchandise their shop will carry ("ET CETERA HOUSE"). Bought a new press, an A.B. Dick 350, to print stationery on to sell in their shop. 331 14 October 1966. Postcard, signed. Encloses a flyer which describes the three divisions of their new shop--(1) gifts & decoratives (2) the printery (3) the gallery. 332 12 June 1967. LS, 1p. Still busy at the shop; haven't done any private presswork. The stationery has been selling well. Had an offer thru the Dallas Trade Mart to wholesale their stationery--they don't think they will. 333 No date. TLS, 1p. She is going to purchase a Shniedewend (sp) Reliance (20th Century) press. Weygand told her that he will be doing an article on the Anna Book (Drenner's book) to appear in American Book collector. 334 No date. TLS, 1p. Discusses the printing of her work--spacing, paper; setting of the "C&P" (press). 335 No date. TLS, 1p. Stationery: Kansas City, Missouri letterhead. Finished her book--pleased that Drenner liked the results. Mentions reasoning behind labeling it the way they did. 336 No date. TLS, 2p. Stationery: Kansas City, Missouri letterhead. Talks about the problems with the press--wondering if it will ever reach perfection. 337 No date, (Sunday). LS, 1p. Stationery: Kansas City, Missouri letterhead. Talks about the etching and the library list she was going to spend $27.50 on that Drenner furnished. (Probably written between February - May 1965.) Discusses purchasing rollers for a press. Asks for tips on printing "half-tones" on the pilot. MARVIN H. NEEL, THE Blackwoods PRESS, CERES, VIRGINIA 2:5 338 4 June 1955. TLS, 2p. Praises, at length, Drenner's Anna, Anna.' book; "this is easily and by far the most attractive..." Thanks him ("an honor") for "A share of a dedicatory page in a book." Discusses his book-- buying of paper. Mentions/discusses Weygand's book. 339 11 April 1956. TLS, 2p. Stationery is an announcement of A Midsommer Nights Dreame by Wm. Shakespeare. Says "you'll probably consider my use of this announcement 'sacreligious' (sic) but I have another copy..." Talks about how busy he is at the post office. Enjoyed the snapshots, comments on Drenner's shop. Likes the proof Drenner sent on "the Messouri" (sic) piece. Problems purchasing rollers which has delayed his print job. JOSEPH STANLEY PENNELL, OCEAN CREST, SEASIDE OREGON, THE OLD MAGNOLIAS 2:6 340 19 February 1959. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for the letter--"First: I was delighted with the phrase, 'lesser Balkans of Kansas'"; much impressed and envious of Drenner's press. Pleased that Drenner wants to print some of his poems; mentions ones he would like printed. 341 19 March 1959. TLS, 1p. Received three books--"I read your poetry and thought it worthy to be called poetry..." Discusses both poetry and printing. 342 6 April 1959. TLS, 2p. Discusses Drenner's work, Spong Pond. Comments on two of Gay's books, 1730 Trivia and Fables. Talks about the Oregonian (printed some of Drenner's poems); discusses Ethel Romig Fuller editor of Oregonian) and her judgement of poetry. Encloses "some mss." (probably ones he wants Drenner to publish.) 343 17 April 1959. TLS, 1p. Reviews the eight poems (of Drenner's) that he got. Talks about the poems he sent to Drenner to print--what he thinks Drenner can or cannot change. 344 22 April 1959. TLS, 1p. Once again compliments Drenner's printing. Mentions Drenner's poems. 345 10 May 1959. LS, 1p. Talks about the printing of his mss Drenner's doing. 346 26 May 1959. Postcard, signed. Thanks Drenner for the first proof of his mss. 347 1 June 1959. TLS, 1p. Critiques Drenner's book, The Vault of Night. "It is beautiful." 348 26 June 1959. TLS, 1p. Thinks New Directions should print Drenner's The Vault. Discusses New Directions--what they print. Gives Drenner permission to use his name as a reference for Guggenheim and Fulbright. 349 30 June 1959. LS, 1p. Praises the printed page of Talk in a Pub. 350 12 July 1959. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for title page and "the Fabian rag sheet of the Jackson piece." Mentions what he wrote about Drenner in the Fulbright recommendation and encloses a copy of same. 351 20 July 1959. TLS, 2p. Thanks him for 2nd proof. Discusses books he's read. 352 29 July 1959. TLS, 1p. The book arrived--"a beautiful wonderful job." Talks about "the terminal essay." Encloses a pencil portrait (copy) of himself and a photograph. 2:7 353 12 August 1959. TLS, 2p. Comments on the colophon. Talks about Rome book, i.e. who it was dedicated to and characters. 354 15 August 1959. TLS, 1p. Received four "beautiful" copies of Darksome House. Tells about his bookplate--designed and drawn by Elizabeth Horton Pennell. Tells who copies of the book will go to. 355 26 August 1959. TLS, 2p. Consents to reading The Vault. Suggests publishers Drenner could submit it to. 356 15 September 1959. TLS, 3p. Been feeling under the weather. Gives his opinion of The Vault. Same letter continued 19 September 1959. Finished the ms (The Vault) opinion still holds as above. Gives suggestions for changing it. Thinks "The Usage of the Past" is a "fine piece." Thanks him for the photographs of family. Discusses Drenner's copy of Rome. 357 3 October 1959. TLS, 2p. Discusses "the essay" he wrote for Drenner to get a Guggenheim; gave him "considerable trouble (because I want you to win)...had to strike just the right note of pomposity." Drenner explained to him why he cut The Vault in the printed version--discusses. Comments on the binding of Rome. Talks about statistics on Restif De La Bretonne. 358 14 October 1959. TLS, 1p. Short note to tell Drenner that Martha Gellhorn, (wife of Tom Matthews), T. Matthews, and her mother came to see him. All three carefully used adjectives such as marvelous, beautiful, fine about Drenner's book Darksome House. 359 22 October 1959. TLS, 1p. Talks about the binding of Rome; where Pennell got the paper it was printed on. Wants a picture of the Albion when Drenner gets it. 360 29 November 1959. TLS, 3p. Thanks Drenner for the binding of Agamemnon and Rome. Talks about the Agamemnon. Lists where copies of the Darksome House are. "Graphicifaction of Originifaction of Tourismifaction of the Pennell copies of Darksome House." 2:8 361 11 January 1960. TLS, 2p. Curious about where all Drenner's copies of Darksome House went. Talks about writing the "Master of Pembroke College, Oxford" about a copy of Nora and the Darksome House he had sent him. Discusses the Agamemnon. Talks about what he did with his income on Rome and Nora; about Martha Gellhorn and which books sell; about royalties most writers make (or rather, don't make). 362 19 January 1960. TLS, 2p. Talks about the "civic" duties that Drenner is doing--hopes this doesn't take too much time from "reading, writing, printing, drinking and other things worth the hydrogen to blow them to hellangone." Pleased to get the picture of Drenner's new Albion handpress. Talks about women writers--selling of books v. looks. Related to Drenner "an anecdote about Darksome House." 363 29 February 1960. TLS, 1p. Discusses the Fulbright--problems Drenner will have arranging for a year somewhere else. Didn't know Darksome House won the Midwest Books Competition; the "guy on the Oregonian Journal copy desk got his headline screwed up." Encloses newspaper articles: "Author Wins Competition," Portland, Oregon Journal, February 22, 1960; "Seaside Author's Book Wins Prize For Typography," Seaside Sictingly (?) February 11, 1960; "Local Man's Book Wins Printing Test," Astorian Budget, February 11, 1960. 364 15 April 1960. TLS, 2p. Sorry that Drenner didn't receive Guggenheim or Fulbright; discusses. 365 12 July 1960. Postcard. Just got released from a month in the hospital. "New York Aunt so admired Darksome House she has to provide protector cover." 366 4 August 1960. LS, 1p. Received Fibril today. "If I had an objection it would be that you have not written and printed a terminal essay for it." 367 10 September 1960. TLS, 2p. Comments on The Vault of the Night; encloses address of an agent that Tom Matthews and wife Martha Gellhorn "trusted." Talks about Thelma Baker, who submitted Rome to different publishers for Stan (received a literary agents fee). 368 19 September 1960. TLS, 3p. Pleased that Drenner would consider printing the discarded chapters of Rome; will send them when he locates them. Talks about publishers and quality of work they are producing. 369 29 September 1960. Postcard, signed. "Piece about publishers in Vogue October 1 by Joker named Doremus." 370 4 October 1960. TLS, 3p. Says he would be glad to read Drenner's ms, but probably won't make suggestions. Suggests publishers Drenner could submit it to. 371 (ca 8 October 1960) Postcard, signed, not mailed, must have been an enclosure. "Did you smell pile of fecal matter in Saturday Review of B.S., October 8, 1960 called The Gold Rush on Publishers' Row"? 372 14 October 1960. LS, 1p. "Poem fine" he's "into ms"; Virginia (wife) is in hospital. 373 25 September 1960. TLS, 3p. Sending copy of left-out chapters of Rome. Talks about the reasons they weren't published. Tells him "to keep them secret." 374 17 October 1960. Sorry to hear about Drenner's "relapse into microbes and miasma." Suggest he read Job (from the Bible). Is sending one of his copies of D.B. Wyndham Lewis's Francois Villon. Encloses copy of letter from Scribner's about Darksome House. 375 1 December 1960. LS, 4p. Talks about Dutton publishers. The Library at Salem ordered three copies of Darksome House, Pennell said they could have one--if they put it "...in the rare book room and didn't send it out for some juvenile to mark with a fried egg..." 2:9 376 6 January 1961. LS, 2p. Been busy with Xmas and "Virginia" and "approached my agent." (doesn't elaborate). As to Drenner's manuscript (The Priapic God) "...it still strikes me with a rich shock." Thinks it "should be read by more than 500." (Drenner is printing a limited edition of 500.) 377 23 January 1961. LS, 1p. On back of this letter is a copy of the letter he wrote to Dutton when submitting Drenner's book. "Be calm--but not too calm. Rage with inner fire. Uah!" 378 7 February 1961. LS, 1p. Enclosure missing but it was from Dutton--they received the ms. He's "struggling" with a piece called "The Maggots at Bell Isle or How and Why I Wrote Rome Hanks." Thinks, "I'll try it on Playboy mag." 379 18 March 1963. Postcard, signed, handwritten. Wonders where he picked up copies of Nora and Rome "get me on the sucker list, will you." 380 10 October 1963. Article from the KC Times; "Junction City Didn't Understand Him, but--Joseph Stanley Pennell Wrote With Rare Skill." 381 No date. TLS. 1p. Received the book, "beautiful brain, passion, and handmade book." (Graphics dedication) "What, however, almost brought me down sniveling was the J.S.P." Congratulates Drenner on his librarianship; "But for Christ's sake don't overwork."' 382 Typed copy of a poem Love (at bottom J.S.P. Catullus) 383 No date. LS, 1p. Thanking him for poem in Christian Magazine. 384 No date. TLS, 2p. Discussing the setting of Pennell's poems that Drenner is printing. Apologizes if he "scamped" Mrs. Fuller (editor of Oregonian) too much. (Must have been written in April 1959.) 385 No date. TLS, 1p. Received a copy of The Vault of Night. "If Laughlin doesn't print a work of this quality he is incapable of solving the old geological problem of differentiating between A-his arse and B-a hole in the ground." BERN PORTER, 2303 DURANT AVENUE, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA 2:10 386 25 March 1946. TLS, 1p. Responding to Drenner's complaint about the "Mack-Bemelamans affair in the last 'Circle'." Impressed with the book Drenner sent to Henry in care of him; amazed that an item of such quality could be produced in Germany during the war. Informing Drenner of new Miller books which have recently come out. 387 2 May 1946. TLS, 1p. Thanking Drenner for his gift Letters to Shelia Ann; "find the whole a notable work in many ways." Suggests places he can send material to. 388 7 April 1963. Postcard, handwritten, Gen. delivery, Waldwick, N.J. Acknowledging receipt of the Graphics, "a joy." Comments on craftsmanship and poetry. 389 16 April 1963. Postcard, handwritten. Will "go along" and try to list, promote, and sell Anna book. Mentions his 2nd volume being done in Pasadena now; will autograph and send copy when it's through. 390 No date. (1963). Postcard, handwritten, General Delivery, Waldwick, New Jersey. His "Air Force project" closed--he's free to push the publishing a little more..." Asks if sizes, number of pages, illustration number and retail price (possible) all worked out by now. 391 16 August 1964. Postcard, handwritten, 2009 Lee High Drive, Huntsville, Alabama. Thanks Drenner for help on his (Drenner's) name. Discusses ordering. 2:11 392 (ca 1965). lists (A-D) what he's sending Drenner to print. "Great idea, hope you'll go through with it. 393 (ca 1965). Postcard, handwritten. Final thought on what Drenner should publish, "publish all me -- words/poems plus my illustrations." 394 (ca 1967) Postcard, handwritten. "On that vanguard poetry volume-a great idea..." 395 Newspaper clipping, Huntsville News, Alabama, July 20, 1965. "NASA Scientist authors book" with photo of Porter. 396 1965? No date. LS, 1p. Comments on Drenner's book, "well done all around." 397 Newspaper clipping December 27, 1965, with photo "Engineer cited in Who's Who" 398 No date. LS, 2p. An outfit in Philadelphia may reprint some early publications; "Your Vault of Night could be included." Asks for perfect copy. "The choice is clearly try again or let it catch dust." Lists titles available. 399 No date. LS, 1p. Asks what the word is (on above proposition?) 400 27 November 1965. Written on back of a glossy (8 x 10) of 3 pictures of sculpture(?) signed by B. Porter on front. LS, 1p. Talks about the feasibility of printing "found poems" of Porter's. 401 1 January 1966. LS, 1p. Wondering about the rough notes (above) for book. 402 No date. (Enclosure dated 2 November 1967) LS, 1p. "In case, with your busy life, you need a topic for a poem, I enclose a live one..." Letter dated November 2, 1967 about a sheriff. Article from New Republic Washington, DC June 24, 1967. "Of Course, I'm No Psychiatrist" About B. Porter being arrested and thrown in a mental institution. 403 "A Letter," Vol. 1, No. 2, by John G. Moore with "Found Art" on cover by Bern Porter. Story inside about Porter's bout with the law and being committed. "A Letter," Vol 1, No. 12, Nov/Dec 1967. About Porter's detention 404 A Press Release "Professional Scientist, Engineers Unite to Curb Sherrif." (sic). 2:12 405 7 August 1969. LS, 1p. Slow going for reprint on Vault. Lists current titles and costs. Enclosure, "Poem With Number and Ten Verses, Or More Correctly, Poem With Seven Numbers, Ten Letters of the Alphabet and Ten Verses" and "My Life On The Islands" by Porter. 406 10 February 1970. TLS, 1p. Letter and enclosure from Advanced Technology Consultants Corporation asking Drenner to consider being a consultant (referred by Porter). 407 No date. P.O. Box 222 Agana Guam, M.I. LS. Received "interesting folder" from Drenner about the Vault of Night. Porter is interested; would like to know more about it other than, "50,000 words and 'about sex'." Porter might be interested as the publisher, "providing there was a deficiency." Questions him on details concerning book. 408 Two photocopies of pages and at bottom "Philip Lamantio from Erotic Poems, Bern Porter 1946." II; VI. 409 No date. General Delivery, Huntsville, Alabama. LS, 1p. Book Scigraffiti is out-of-print (that Drenner ordered). Porter says he is not "reprinting reissuing" Vault of Night, just trying to get orders. 410 No date. 2303 Durant Ave., Berkeley, California. LS, 2p. Received Drenner's poems, forwarded to Henry. Lists books he has available and prices. REX WARNER, HORSE BARN HILL LAND, STORRS, CONNECTICUT 2:13 411 4 December 1968. LS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for letter and comments on "The wild goose chase." Remarks on comments that Drenner made in his letter. JAMES LAMAR WEYGAND, THE PRIVATE PRESS OF THE INDIANA KID, 207 MAIN STREET, NAPPANEE, INDIANA 2:14 412 14 October 1957. TLS, 1p. Appreciates the copy of Faustus that Drenner sent; "mighty pleased..beautifully done." Asks if Drenner could inform him how he does the binding, i.e. to get it securely anchored into the case and not have pages pull away from the backbone when opened. 413 28 April 1961 (new letterhead, same information). TLS, 1p. Gives information from Brett & Cox of two "improved" Albion presses; asks Drenner's opinion--price, quality. Weygand will be contributing a monthly column to American Book Collector, asks Drenner to keep him informed of news-worthy items from his press. 414 6 February 1965 (new letterhead, same information). TLS, 1p. Discusses what he's completed over the past year or two "A Packet of Sherlockian Bookplates" and a book Elmer F. Gleason and The Stratford Press; gives description and information of latter. Regrets that he lost contact with Drenner and would like past books, for trade or cash. 415 11 February 1965. TLS, 1p. Encloses check for The Anna Book. Mentions (describes) work his nephew has been doing. 416 24 February 1965. TLS, 1p. Received The Anna Book--"mighty handsome." Asks if Drenner would send a story about private presses to American Book Collector Magazine. He acquired a second copy of Concerning Kansas, in a "somewhat devious manner." He would be interested in swapping for another of Drenner's books. 417 5 March 1965. TLS, 1p. Lists questions he has about information received for the article in American Book Collector Magazine. Mentions a book, Printers Grammar that he acquired, but hasn't received, that ma be DeVinne's own copy. (Theodore L. DeVinne, NY: 1894, author) 418 1 May 1965. TLS, 1p. Swapped a book for Drenner's The Graphics of Love still in the market to swap Concerning Kansas for Darksome House. He's getting started on a book concerning Allen Crandall of The Crandall Press of Manhattan, Kansas. A - Z UNIDENTIFIED 2:15 419 22 April 1960. Thelma Baker (She is the librarian in Junction City, who later moved to Lawrence, who sent Pennell's book in to publishers. Referred to in F2:8/10 September 1960.) TLS, 1p. Requesting a copy of The Darksome House. 420 26 April 1960. Thelma Baker. TLS, 1p. Saying she will take a copy of The Darksome House in "off- register" page. Questions him on how he came to know and publish Stan Pennell's poems. 421 May 1960. Thelma Baker. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for the book. Discusses the how's and why's of how she became a librarian in Lawrence. 422 No date. Written for Leonard Cottrell, signed by Ann Banett, Lancaster. TLS, 1p. Enjoyed hearing from Drenner. Tells him the address to write to Cottrell--they are both in different hospitals. 423 15 October 1945. Postcard from Gotham Book Mart, New York. Received volume of Poetry, think it will sell; "it is regrettable that the binding is not a better job with the lettering." Requests four more with invoice at $1.00 each; they will sell at $2.00 each. If he encloses an extra copy they will try and get it reviewed. 424 No date. Postcard, signed by J. Laughlin, New Directions, Norfolk, Connecticut. Thanks Drenner for Jolas ms and copy of his poems. 425 4 March 1959. James Laughlin, New Directions, Norfolk, Connecticut. TLS, 1p. Interested in learning about Drenner's work on the handpress. Mentions different names of hand printers and limited editions they have published. 426 12 March 1964. J. Ben Lieberman, The Herity Press, 202 Beverly Road, White Plains, NY. TLS, 1p. Asking Drenner to sign waiver for pieces they will use for the USIA personal printing show. 427 No date. Handwritten letter from Joseph Low. Thanking Drenner for offer to print his work but all his "efforts are absorbed by Edin Hill Press." Comments on "beautifully clean presswork on your letterhead." Signed "J.L." 428 The Inland Printer for February 1954. Article with photo of Jo Low on "The Private Press of Joseph Low." 429 19 May 1960. T.S. Matthews, 20 Chester Square, London, S.W. 1, Sloane 3137. (T.S. Matthews is married to Martha Gelhorn--both referred to in previous letter). TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for letter and "kind words" about Name and Address. Admired Drenner's printing of Pennell's book. 430 29 June 1959. Karl Menninger, M.D., Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas. TLS, 1p. Thanking Drenner for "Richardson" book; received two copies on regular paper and one on Rives paper, which is "indeed a gem." 431 7 January 1966. David Westheimer, 11722 Darlington, Los Angeles, CA. TLS, 1p. Thanks Drenner for "generous comment" on My Sweet Charlie in Coffeyville Journal. 432 24 October 1959. Bob Vosper, East Grinstead, Sussex, England. LS, 1p. Got into Brett and Cox's and saw "The Albion" press Drenner has bought which they are working on and will send. Talks about his walk and scenery he saw on Sunday. Mentions that the "Stu" (?) Library should have two copies of Drenner's Pennell volume. Suggests he apply for both Guggenheim as well as Fulbright. Hopes to see him in Lawrence on November 6. 433 19 December 1943. Henry Treece, 55 Ferriby Road, Barton-on- Humber, Linco. LS, 1p. Regretfully returning ms "as he must announce the death of Kingdom Come." Asks about Drenner's dedication to Dylan Thomas. 434 28 July 1954. Signed Alf (Babcock). LS, 1p. Sending "the book." In postscript, "Don't tell me. I know now that I let a few typos elude me in the book." 435 6 March 1958. "To exhibit rare books by local typographer" Article with photo of Joseph Ishill about his books (fine printing). 436 21 July 1946. Kenneth Patchen, Mt. Pleasant, New York. LS, 1p. Happy to trade a copy of the trade edition of Sleepers Awake for a copy of Drenner's book of poems. 437 18 December 1956. Postmarked Tulsa, Oklahoma. "Greeting for the Holidays" from Martin and Margaret Wiesendanger. 438 Asperance Friday. Handwritten PS, Signed "Fred." TLS, 2p. Talks about carpentry--remodeling a barn. Discusses mss--likes the symphony best; comments on Lazarus. (Drenner's work). Discusses books. 439 No date. Signed "Irving." LS, 2p. Apologizes for holding "this" so long; thinks its "fine, sensitive stuff." 2:16 440 John Ciardi, enclosure, Mother and Father. Two copies; one with notes in margins. Adam & Eve characters, play. 2:17 441 Enclosure Ciardi to Drenner 2/24/66. This Strangest Everything poems. (notes on some). I. The Longest Way Is Back a. Sunset and After b. The Longest Way Is Back c. Talking Myself to Sleep At one More Hilton d. Daemons e. November 26, 1964 f. At My Father's Grave g. Coming Home On the 5:22 h. Letter to a Midnight i. Was A Man j. A Damnation of Pigeons k. Incident l. Boy m. Small Elegy n. A Crow's Long Scratch of Sound o. One Day p. An Edge, A Twilight, A Plover q. The Catalpa 2:18 442 II. A Black Bread Store a. Why Don't You Write For Me? b. A Ballad of Teleologies c. Manner of Speaking Two Lectures and A Few Flourishes d. Galileo and the Laws e. Some Sort of Game f. Crystal Night g. The Formalities h. Notes on the Psalmist i New Year's Eve j. Fragment k. Tommy's Pond l The Week That Was m. Project For A Cliff Face n. Inscription For A Patriot's Tomb o Advertisement For A Reader p. A Magus q. After A Night That Came To Nothing 2:19 443 III. Pencil Stub Journals a. On The Poet As A Damned Poor Thing b. To Somatica To Say Nothing, And Not "No" c. On the Poet As a Marionette d. For A Schnorrer Who is Also My Friend, Within Limits e. Twice, Away From Jack, I Thought of Him f. L'Inglese g. Dinner in Chinatown h. The Damned i. Sermon Notes j. An Evening Of the Private Eye k. To A Plinking of Mandolins l. A Masque For Buckingham m. Pencil Stub Journals (more than one poem on page) a. Long Weekend b. And A Longer c. Therefore d. Not At Home e. The Vacationing Pedant f. On An Exalted Nonentity g. Parenthood h. On Being Found Guilty As Charged i. Choices j. The Test k. On An Executive Female l. To A Reviewer Who Admired My Book m. For Karl Shapiro On The Bourgeois Poet n. After A Fire o. On An Ecdysiast p. On Roman Traffic q. The Hard Sell r. For Clavia On A Rejection Slip s. On Evolution t. On Leaving The Internal Revenue Office u. A Valedictory For Rose v. On Marriage As An Institution w. On Leaving The Party After Having Been Possibly Brilliant For Certainly Too Long x. On The Third Planet From the Sun 2:20 444 IV. Billy And the Wogs A Recurrence in No Sequence a. Mutual Assistance b. Smedley's Ridge c. The Pass d. Wogtown I e. The Dive f. Wogtown II g. Billy h. Teddy i. Whing-Ding j. Re-Corn-Struck-Shun 2:21 445 Enclosure of poems by Ciardi to Drenner a. Of the Kingdom b. Everytime You Are Sleeping and I c. Are We Through Talking, I Hope? d. One For Rexroth e. I'm No Good For You f. Returning Home g. In Pity As We Kiss and Lie h. My Tribe i. Song For An Allegorical Play j. Song k. It is Spring, Darling l. A Voice Said m. An Island Galaxy n. Everywhere That Universe o. Watching a Kettle Boil p. Museum q. Principles r. An Afternoon in the Park s. When a Man Dies t. At First Flower of the Easy Day u. The Size of Song v. Three A.M. 2:22 446 Poems by Courtland Matthews (with notes, editing, etc.) a. Song b. The Bridge c. The Homestead d. The Spring e. Summer to Fall f. Now When Vine Maples g. The Snake of Stone h. Autumn Evening i. New Year's At the Beach j. March in the Coast Country k. A Shore Anthology I. White Town m. The Ranger's Bride n. Ranger o. When Time Lets Fall p. Roseberries q. A Midland Nightfall r. Gypsies.' s. The Strangers t. Aleutian Spring u. Westward Flight v. Sometimes At Evening w. The Shrouded Island x. Larghetto 3:1 447 Pamphlet - "Lincoln as see by C.C. Brown." 3:2 448 Unbound copies of pages of poems printed by Drenner, Zauberberg Press, The Anna Book. 3:3 449 Fibril by D. von R. Drenner and printed by same. 3:4 450 The Graphics of Love sonnets by D. von R. Drenner and printed by same; unbound; 2-color title page. 3:5 451 The Graphics of Love earlier draft. 3:6 452 Faustus by D. von R. Drenner and printed by same. 3:7 453 The Vault of Night - not complete - to p. 14 then 127 - 142. 3:8 454 a. A flyer describing "a word about the Adagio Press." b. Pamphlet - "Publications of the Anvil Press." c. Announcement by Auerhahn Press printing of "Brother Antoninus' great poem." 3:9 455 Flyers announcing printing of different books by Private Press Printers and a Christmas card from the Lewis Allens. 3:10 456 Printed copies of engravings. Flyer announcing new book Weather Sayings. 3:11 457 Different flyers put out by Philip Metzger of The Crabgrass Press. 3:12 458 A compendium of type faces in use at the Crabgrass Press. 3:13 459 Continuation of folder 12. 3:14 460 Printed copies of engravings by John DePol. Pamphlet by George Sas telling a story about naming his press, etc. "The Marble Hill Press." 3:15 461 Flyers, etc. from The Private Press and Typefoundry of Paul Hayden. 3:16 462 Flyers and announcements from Eden Hill Press. Christmas card from Endgrain Press. 3:17 463 Etchings (?) by Louise Moss. 3:18 464 Miscellaneous private press samples. Bill Jackson, Four Ducks Press, enclosure 27 November 1960. 3:19 465 1. Pamphlet of "an Alphabet of Decorative Initials..." printed by Grabhorn Press. 2. Copy of wood engraving. 3. Christmas cards from Melanie and Ben Grauer, Between Hours Press, 1955 and 1956. 4. Copy of the Pastime Printer, March 1958 No. 8. 3:20 466 1. Christmas cards, etc., from Cravesend Press. 2. Hoja Volante, May 1953, No. XXX5, with article on Gravesend Press. 3:21 467 Miscellaneous 1. Annual call for exhibit specimens from private presses. 2. An alphabet for printers. 3. Printed copies of engravings/etchings. 4. The Pastime Printer #6, September 1957 5. Catalog and announcements, 1958, The Porpoise Bookshop. 6. The Ellendale Chapitre, Down The Road, The Privateer Press. 3:22 468 Miscellaneous flyers and brochures; programs. 3:23 469 Private press samples of Zauberberg Press.