Fredericks, Claude

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The Banyan Press was a small press founded in 1946 by Claude Fredericks and Milton Saul. In 1948 they moved their operation, a single 10"x14" Golding press, to Pawlet, Vermont. Most design work was done by Fredericks (3 or 4 items were designed by Saul and 1 by Harry Prickett); after the first few books, Saul did most of the typesetting and Fredericks handled the paperwork. All type was set by hand except for one item, the introduction to The Poetry Center presents (1947), which was printed by linotype. After 1950 Fredericks ran the press alone under his own name, except for 1975-1978, when he was assisted by David Beeken.

From the description of The Banyan Press archive, 1946-1986. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 81257539

American dramatist, poet, printer, and teacher.

From the description of Claude Fredericks papers, ca. 1850-1988 (bulk 1961-1988). (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 84215926

From the description of Claude Fredericks journal and letters, ca. 1916-1988. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 80691508

Biographical/Historical Note

The Banyan Press was a small press founded in 1946 by Claude Fredericks and Milton Saul. In 1948 they moved their operation, a single 10 inch by 14 inch Golding press, to Pawlet, Vermont. Most of the book design and press work was done by Fredericks. Three or four items were designed by Saul, and one by Harry Prickett. Saul did most of the typesetting. All type was set by hand except for one item, the introduction to The Poetry Center Presents (1947), which was printed from Linotype. After 1950 Fredericks ran the press alone under his own name, except for the period 1975-1978, when he was assisted by David Beeken.

From the guide to the Banyan Press archive, 1946-1986, (Getty Research Institute)

Biographical/Historical Note

Claude Fredericks is a dramatist and poet who taught at Bennington College from 1961-1992. He founded The Banyan Press and published the work of well-known poets and fiction writers. There are extensive files of letters received from literary figures, artists, dancers, and musicians.

From the guide to the Claude Fredericks papers, circa 1850-1988 (bulk 1941-1988), (The Getty Research Institute Special Collections 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688 (310) 440-7390)

Biographical/Historical Note

Claude Fredericks is an American dramatist, poet, printer and teacher. He has kept a journal since 1932; by 1988 it comprised, in its various forms, more than 50,000 pages. He founded the Banyan Press in 1946 and issued works by major literary figures. The Banyan Press imprints (see The Banyan Press archive 900230A), his correspondence and journal document his close friendships with major literary figures of the 1940s and 1950s (see also Claude Fredericks's papers 900230C).

From the guide to the Claude Fredericks journal and letters, circa 1916-1988, (The Getty Research Institute Special Collections 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688 (310) 440-7390)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alloway, Lawrence, 1926- person
associatedWith Alloway, Sylvia person
associatedWith Banyan Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Beck, Julian. person
associatedWith Beck, Julian, 1925-1985 person
associatedWith Bennington College. corporateBody
associatedWith Bernhard, Ruth person
associatedWith Berryman, John. person
associatedWith Berryman, John, 1914-1972. person
associatedWith Betty Parsons Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Cahoon, Herbert, 1918-2000. person
correspondedWith Cairnie, Gordon. person
associatedWith Delbanco, Nicholas. person
associatedWith Doguereau, Paul. person
associatedWith Duncan, Harry. person
associatedWith Duncan, Robert Edward, 1919-1988. person
associatedWith Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. person
correspondedWith Edward Dragon Young, 1921-2011 person
associatedWith Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Everson, William, 1912-1994. person
associatedWith Gallup, Donald Clifford, 1913-2000. person
correspondedWith Garrett, George P., 1929-2008 person
associatedWith Giroux, Robert person
associatedWith Gotham Book Mart. corporateBody
associatedWith Graham, Ethel. person
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Hofer, Evelyn. person
associatedWith Howes, Barbara. person
associatedWith Hunter, Sam, 1923- person
associatedWith Jargon Society corporateBody
associatedWith Jargon Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Kimball, Roger, 1953- person
associatedWith Laughlin, James, 1914-1997 person
associatedWith Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Malamud, Bernard person
associatedWith Malamud, Bernard. person
associatedWith Merrill, James Ingram. person
associatedWith Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968 person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Myers, John person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977. person
associatedWith Orlovitz, Gil, 1918-1973. person
associatedWith Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990 person
associatedWith Sandy, Stephen. person
correspondedWith Sandy, Stephen, recipient. person
associatedWith Sarton, May, 1912-1995. person
associatedWith Saul, Milton. person
associatedWith Simic, Charles, 1938- person
associatedWith Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. person
associatedWith Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969. person
associatedWith Smith, William Jay, 1918-. person
associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. person
associatedWith Steloff, Frances, b. 1887. person
associatedWith Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. person
associatedWith Stinehour Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Toklas, Alice B. person
associatedWith Toklas, Alice B. person
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. person
associatedWith Werner, Arno, 1899-1995. person
associatedWith Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Rome (Italy)
Japan
Europe
Vermont
New York (State)--New York
Rome (Italy)
United States
Japan
Europe
Subject
American poetry
Photography, Artistic
Printing--Vermont
American literature
Printing
Book industries and trade
Publishers and publishing--Vermont
Book design
Small presses
American drama
Publishers and Publishing
Small presses--Vermont
Book industries and trade--United States
Book design--Vermont
Occupation
Function

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Birth 1923-10-14

Death 2013-01-11

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