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Finding aid for the kayak Collection, 1964-1984

PCMS-0006

State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection


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Finding aid prepared by James Maynard.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Karen Morse, March 2008.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: kayak Collection, 1964-1984
Creator: Hitchcock, George
Extent: 43 linear feet (172 boxes)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Abstract: The kayak Collection contains manuscript submissions and correspondence sent to George Hitchcock during the life of the magazine (1964-1984).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, PCMS-0006, kayak Collection, 1964-1984, The Poetry Collection, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by issue from George Hitchcock over the life of the magazine.

Terms of Access

The kayak Collection, 1964-1984, is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

A teacher, publisher, poet, actor, novelist, and playwright as well as an editor, George Hitchcock produced 64 issues of kayak in San Francisco and then Santa Cruz, California. Describing itself as being "particularly hospitable to surrealist, imagist and political poems; prose poems and vehement articles on modern poetry," the magazine featured over its twenty-year span a fairly consistent group of writers including Robert Bly, Philip Levine, W. S. Merwin, Charles Simic, David Ignatow, Hayden Carruth, and Wendell Berry, as well as figures like David Antin, Kathleen Fraser, Paul Blackburn, Gary Snyder, and Anselm Hollo who are usually associated with other literary communities. kayak also published occasional English translations of influential writers such as François Villon, Rafael Alberti, Paul Eluard, and Georg Trakl. Distinguishing the magazine visually are its covers and numerous illustrations featuring eclectic nineteenth-century drawings and engravings as well as contemporary collages. In 1968 kayak was awarded $10,000 by the National Council on the Arts for its contributions "made in advancing the cause of the unknown, obscure or difficult writer, and in the publication of books visually and typographically distinctive."


Scope and Content Note

The kayak Collection contains manuscript submissions and correspondence sent to George Hitchcock during the life of the magazine (1964-1984).


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series.


Container List

Container list in preparation.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Kayak (Santa Cruz)
Poetry Manuscripts Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)
State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Twentieth-Century Poetry Manuscript Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Subject Terms

American poetry--20th century--Periodicals
Kayak (Santa Cruz)
Publishers and publishing--United States

Associated Material

Related Resources

kayak. Poetry Periodical Collection (no call number; shelved by title)

Hitchcock, George. One-man boat: the George Hitchcock reader. Joseph Bednarik, Mark Jarman, and Robert McDowell, eds. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 2003. Call number: Poetry H57.232G 2003 O53 1.1