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Finding Aid for the Hand and Flower Press Collection, 1940-1966

PCMS-032

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 Jason Kovari, November 2008.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: Hand and Flower Press Collection, 1940-1966
Creator: Hand & Flower Press
Extent: 50.25 linear feet (201 boxes)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Abstract: The Hand and Flower Press Collection contains manuscripts by Thomas Blackburn, Tom Boggs, Charles Causley, Arthur Constance, Thomas Fassam, Erica Marx, Edwin Morgan, Kathleen Nott, Juanita Peirse, Rosey E. Pool, and many others; page proofs for the anthologies Black and Unknown Bards and Beyond the Blues; business records including sales and royalty statements, contracts, receipts, ledgers, news clippings, and various documents relating to the production of Beyond the Blues; correspondence; miscellaneous photographs and some original copies of the artwork published in Hand and Flower books.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, PCMS-032, Hand and Flower Press Collection, 1940-1966, The Poetry Collection, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Poetry Collection's preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Arriving in 1970, the materials in this collection were bequeathed to the Poetry Collection by Erica Marx.

Terms of Access

Hand and Flower Press Collection, 1940-1966, are 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, 2008.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

Edited by Erica Marx (1909-1969) in Kent, England, the Hand and Flower Press began in 1940 by publishing limited editions of books such as Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and Guy de Maupassant’s Caresses. Later, the press printed the work of largely unpublished writers, releasing commercial editions of fiction, translations, lectures, biography, and especially the poetry with which it is most closely identified. Marx’s dedication to promoting new writers and her belief in making poetry available to wider audiences are evident in the 1951 and 1952 series of Poems in Pamphlet. Priced at a shilling each, these monthly publications were “devoted to the work of a writer hitherto not published in book form in England” and featured early poems by Charles Causley, Thomas Blackburn, Charles Tomlinson, Peter Russell and Michael Hamburger. Producing over seventy individual titles between 1940 and 1963, Hand and Flower also published books by Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Bertrand Russell, Erica Marx as well as Black and Unknown Bards: A Collection of Negro Poetry (1958) and Beyond the Blues: New Poems by American Negroes (1962), two of the earliest British anthologies of African-American poetry.


Scope and Content Note

The Hand and Flower Press Collection contains manuscripts by Thomas Blackburn, Tom Boggs, Charles Causley, Arthur Constance, Thomas Fassam, Erica Marx, Edwin Morgan, Kathleen Nott, Juanita Peirse, Rosey E. Pool, and many others; page proofs for the anthologies Black and Unknown Bards and Beyond the Blues; business records including sales and royalty statements, contracts, receipts, ledgers, news clippings, and various documents relating to the production of Beyond the Blues; correspondence to Erica Marx from Donald Allen, Nancy Cunard, T. S. Eliot, Gael Turnbull, J. H. Prynne, and many others, including most of the authors published by Hand and Flower; correspondence from Marx; correspondence written on Marx’s behalf by her secretary; business correspondence regarding book sales and publicity; miscellaneous photographs and some original copies of the artwork published in Hand and Flower books, including two colored drawings by Elizabeth Neild and a pencil drawing by Mariette Lydis; printing plates of the press’ name and design from throughout its history; and various peripheral items.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in nine 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

Poetry Manuscripts Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Allen, Donald
Blackburn, Thomas, 1916-1977
Boggs, Tom, 1905-
Causley, Charles, 1917-2003
Constance, Arthur
Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
Fassam, Thomas.
Marx, Erica, 1909-1969
Morgan, Edwin, 1920-
Nott, Kathleen
Peirse, Juanita
Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971
Prynne, J. H., 1936-
State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Turnbull, Gael
Twentieth-Century Poetry Manuscript Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Subject Terms

Hand & Flower Press--Archives
Poetry, English--20th century--Correspondence
Publishers and publishing--Correspondence
Small presses--England--London