Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008

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Jonathan Williams is a poet, publisher, and photographer. He was educated at St. Albans School, Princeton University, and Black Mountain College, and also studied art and design at the Institute of Design in Chicago. His published books of poetry include An Ear in Bartram's Tree (1969), Blues and Roots/Rue and Bluets (1971), The Loco Logodaedalus in Situ (1972), and Elite/Elate Poems (1979), and his published books of photography include Portrait Photographs (1979) and A Palpable Elysium: Photographs (1997). In 1951, Williams founded the press The Jargon Society, which publishes poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art. As a poet and publisher, he has long been associated with the Black Mountain Poets. Williams has also served as a contributing editor to the photography journal Aperture. He lived in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina.

From the description of Jonathan Williams photographs, circa 1950-2007 (bulk 1950-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702158695

American poet.

From the description of Papers of Jonathan Williams [manuscript], 1962-1967. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647823010

Jonathan Williams, poet, publisher and designer, was born in North Carolina. He studied art history at Princeton and attended Chicago Institute of Design. Williams lived both in North Carolina and England. His work/poetry is associated with the Black Mountain School and the beat poets. Williams has published more than 50 volumes of poetry in which drawings are heavily featured including lithographs and silk-screen prints. He has also won many awards and is the founder & director/editor of the Jargon Society, a non-profit, educational organization and publisher of poetry.

From the description of Correspondence, 1954-1975. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122618537

Jonathan Williams (1929-2008) was an American poet, photographer, and publisher. His press, The Jargon Society, continues to publish in the Asheville region of North Carolina. Williams, along with other poets published by Jargon, have carved out a special niche in both the Carolina cultural landscape and the American literary world. Black Mountain Poets, the name given to Williams and his fellow poets, derives from Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where Williams and many of his contemporaries attended school and developed their craft. The college is known for producing many great artists, poets, writers, photographers, and performing artists. Williams, and his press, have a long legacy of publishing the abstract, eccentric, and often misunderstood or little known writers and poets of the modern American and British literary landscape. Williams and his press are known for the beauty, craftsmanship, printing, style, and uniqueness of their publications. Harold Cohen founded the design department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he hired art and design luminaries. During this period he designed housing, modular buildings, and produced tables and a famous chair. He and his wife Mary have been long time friends and supporters of Williams.

From the description of Works by Jonathan Williams from the Harold and Mary Cohen collection, 1960-2000 1960-1990s. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 221692814

Jonathan Williams (Princeton Class of 1951) founded the Jargon Society, a poet's press, in 1951. He remains its editorial director, publisher, and designer.

From the description of Jonathan Williams collection, 1980-2002. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 177648965

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creatorOf Gold, Joseph, 1912-. Brigflatts Meeting House : postcards and visitors' leaflet. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Turret Books. Records. University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
creatorOf Williams, Emmett,. Concrete poetry archives, early 1940's-1967. S-Z. Library of Congress
referencedIn George Economou Papers, 1954-1996. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Whalen, Philip. Papers, 1940-1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Mickler, Ernest Matthew. Papers, 1917-1990, bulk 1940-1988. University of Florida
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Heart song dear to the American people / Jonathan Williams. Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Libraries
creatorOf Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972. Kenneth Patchen papers, 1929-1989, (bulk 1929-1972). University of California, Santa Cruz, UCSC
referencedIn Jennett, Matthew. Matthew Jennett papers, 1883-2000 (bulk 1940-1989). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf McArthur, Bill. Bill McArthur letters received as editor of Cleft and Gambit literary periodicals, 1962-1964. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. Ezra Pound Collection, 1905-1975, (bulk 1930-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn James S. Jaffe collection of Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society, 1949-1990, 1968-1980 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Roth, William M. (William Matson), 1916-. William M. Roth correspondence, 1941-1965. University of California, Santa Cruz, UCSC
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Photographs of Buckminster Fuller, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams, 1960-1966. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn William S. Burroughs papers, 1951-1972, 1958-1972 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Miscellaneous literary manuscripts collection (1958-1994). University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn New Orleans Public Library. Jambalaya program records, 1975-1980. New Orleans Public Library
referencedIn Hutcheson, Neal. Neal Hutcheson Collection of Jonathan Williams Readings, 2001 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Finlay, Ian Hamilton,. Ian Hamilton Finlay correspondence, 1962-1969. S-Z. The Sage Colleges Libraries
creatorOf Yates, Peter, 1909-1976. Papers, 1928-1976. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records I, 1981-1984. State Library of Ohio
creatorOf Wallace, Robert G. [North Carolina authors literary ephemera : W]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Beam, Jeffery, 1953-. Jeffery Beam papers, ca. 1968-2007. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Harmon, William, 1938-. William Harmon papers, 1939-2000 (correspondents W-Wi). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Jordan Davies. Papers, 1979-1987. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Finlay, Ian Hamilton. Papers, 1953-1972. Indiana University
referencedIn Howe, Fanny. Fanny Howe papers, 1980-1990. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997. William S. Burroughs Collection of Papers, 1951-1972 bulk (1958-1972). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-. Papers, 1961-2005. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Hanes, R. Philip, 1926-2011. R. Philip Hanes papers, 1928-1987 ; (bulk 1960-1985). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Jonathan Williams collection, 1980-2002. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Brown, William D., 1918-. William D. Brown letters, 1946-1968. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Johnson, Ronald, 1935-. [Ronald Johnson papers] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
creatorOf Coracle Press. Coracle Press records, 1953-2008. J. Paul Getty Center, Arts Archives
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Jargon Society collection, 1950- SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Works by Jonathan Williams from the Harold and Mary Cohen collection, 1960-2000 1960-1990s. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Bronk, William. William Bronk papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Trigram Press. Papers, 1965-1975. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Economou, George. George Economou papers, 1954-1996. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Jaffe, James S. James S. Jaffe collection of Jonathan Williams and The Jargon Society, 1949-1990 (bulk 1968-1980). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Davenport, Guy. Guy Davenport papers [manuscript], 1956-1983. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records II, 1985-1987. State Library of Ohio
referencedIn Olson, Charles, 1910-1970. Manuscripts regarding the publication of Charles Olson's "The Maximus Poems," 1959-1976. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Sunderland Bookshop. Correspondence, 1969-1976. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Deemer, Bill. Bill Deemer correspondence, 1965-1995. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Wallrich, Larry. Larry Wallrich collection, 1959-1992. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Papers of Jonathan Williams [manuscript], 1962-1967. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Foley, Jack, 1940-. Papers relating to Robert Duncan tribute, 1988 April 4. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Bourke, Angela. The burning of Bridget Cleary / Angela Bourke ; Proofs, corrected by Jonathan Williams. University College Dublin, James Joyce Library
creatorOf Zukofsky, Louis, 1904-1978. Louis Zukofsky Collection, 1910-1985. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn William Bronk Papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Allen, Donald, 1912-2004. Donald Allen collection, 1930-2005. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998. Dick Higgins Collection, 1958-2002 UMBC, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery
referencedIn Claude Fredericks papers, circa 1850-1988 (bulk 1941-1988) Getty Research Institute, Research Library
referencedIn Walser, Richard Gaither, 1908-1988. Richard Gaither Walser papers, 1918-1988 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. [Ephemera from the Jargon Society and Jonathan Williams]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Blackburn, Paul. Papers, 1900-1971, bulk 1919-1971. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Collection of broadsides relating to Jonathan Williams' work, 1983-1998. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Johnson, Skip, 1939-. Thomas Merton photograph, 196u [picture]. Appalachian State University, ASU
referencedIn Ronald Johnson papers, 1954-1993 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Beightler, Robert Sprague, 1892-1978. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005. Papers, 1951-1990. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Leach, Timothy. Papers, 1964-1965. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Kaplan, Philip, 1903-1990. Philip Kaplan collection addition, 1922-1976. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997. Papers, [ca. 1953-ca. 1985]. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Matthew Jennett papers, 1883-2000, 1940-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Coracle Press records, 1953-2008 (bulk 1975-2001) The Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Correspondence, 1954-1975. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1924-. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1975-1977. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008. Jonathan Williams photographs, circa 1950-2007 (bulk 1950-1990). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998. Dick Higgins papers, ca. 1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993). Getty Research Library
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associatedWith Voznesenskiĭ, Andreĭ, 1933- person
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associatedWith Whalen, Philip. person
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correspondedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
associatedWith Yates, Peter, 1909-1976. person
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North Carolina
United States
Subject
Poetry--Publishing
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
Authors, American--Portraits
Art and photography
Poets, American--20th century
Poets, American--Portraits
Clerihews
Poetry--Anthologies
Black Mountain school (Group of poets)
Poetry--Publishing--20th century
Lectures and lecturing
Private presses
Outsider art--Pictorial works
Poetry, Modern--20th century
Portrait photography
Artists, American--Portraits
American literature--20th century
American poetry--20th century
Publishers and publishing--20th century--Correspondence
Literature, Modern--20th century
Authors, American--20th century
Experimental poetry
Photography, Artistic
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Birth 1929-03-08

Death 2008-03-16

Americans

English

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