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Black Mountain College Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0118

Scope and Contents

The Black Mountain College Collection dates from 1975 to 1977 and includes correspondence, manuscripts, broadsides, and photographs.

The correspondence is between Special Collections staff and poets who were connected with Black Mountain College and/or wrote for the Black Mountain Review.

The manuscripts include memoirs by Joel Oppenheimer and Gary Snyder, a poem, "Old Song," by Thomas White (Black Mountain Review, 1954 - copied by hand by Robert Creeley), a poem, "Walking Into King Sooper After Two-Week Retreat," by Allen Ginsberg, and 'The Flight," by Denise Levertov.

There are two broadsides, both from Edward Dorn: "Prolegomenon to Book III," inscribed by Dorn; and from Two Penny Lane, a novel by Fielding Dawson (excerpt from the book, with illustration).

The photographs include views of the campus and pictures of faculty and students.

Dates

  • 1975 - 1977

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Black Mountain College was founded in 1933 by a group of nonconformist faculty and students from Rollins College in Florida. Headed by John Andrew Rice, they established their experimental college and community near Black Mountain, North Carolina. Artists and writers from all over the country were attracted to Black Mountain and the college became a nurturing ground for some of the best talents of the twentieth century. Among its faculty and students were Josef Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and Robert Creeley. Black Mountain College closed in 1956 due to lack of funding, but by then it had secured a place in American cultural history as an important community of artists and intellectuals.

Extent

.02 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Black Mountain College was founded in 1933 by a group of nonconformist faculty and students, and before closing in 1956 due to lack of funding, secured a place in American cultural history as an important community of artists and intellectuals.

The Black Mountain College Collection dates from 1975 to 1977 and includes correspondence, manuscripts, broadsides, and photographs.

Method of Acquisition

Materials were gathered by the Library for an exhibit, with the understanding they would become part of a permanent collection. The photographs were duplicated from the originals in the State Archives in Raleigh.

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Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff
Title
Black Mountain College Collection
Author
David Guion
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US
336-334-5246