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Chilmark Press records, 1960-1976

Summary Information


This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, documents, photographs, printed art works, and printed material, 1960-1976, of Chilmark Press.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0219
Bib ID 4078601 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chilmark Press
Title Chilmark Press records, 1960-1976
Physical Description 7 linear feet (16 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Selected Materials cataloged; remainder arranged. This collection is arranged in three series.



Correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, documents, photographs, printed art works, and printed material of Chilmark Press. The files are mainly those kept by Louis G. Cowan. Correspondents include Roy Jenkins, David Jones (John) Frank Kermode, J.B. Priestley, John Sparrow, and Stephen Spender. Among the files are copies of paintings, engravings, graphic designs, and other works of art by David Jones, Will Carter, Henry Moore, Anthony Gross, Paul Standard, and others.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chilmark Press records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Holly Cowan Shulman, 1981.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/17/89.

Revision Description

2012-03-27 xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Art reproductions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engravings (prints) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carter, Will, 1912-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cowan, Louis G Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gross, Anthony, 1905-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jenkins, Roy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jones, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kermode, Frank, 1919-2010 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Priestley, J. B (John Boynton), 1894-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sparrow, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Standard, Paul, 1896-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

A small publishing house which specialized in contemporary English literature and in printing fine editions of classics. The president and editor of Chilmark Press was Louis G. Cowan (1909-1976).

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Series I: Catalogued Correspondence

Box 1 Barzun, Jacques

Box 1 Evans, Bergen

Box 1 Gingrich, Arnold

Box 1 Howe, Irving

Box 1 Jenkins, Roy

Box 1 Jones, David

Box 1 Kermode, (John) Frank

Box 1 Kredel, Fritz

Box 1 Pearson, Norman Holmes

Box 1 Phillips, William

Box 1 Priestley, J(ohn) B.

Box 1 Roethke, Theodore

Box 1 Sevareid, Eric

Box 1 Sparrow, John

Box 1 Spender, Stephen

Box 1 Standard, Paul

Box 1 Trilling, Lionel

Series II: Author Files

Box 2 Berkeley, Humphrey

Box 2 The Power of the Prime Minister

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

Box 2 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Douglas Cleverdon, ed.; David Jones, illus.)

Craig, Edward Gordon

Box 2 [Limited Edition, Will Carter, ed.]

Box 3 Douglas, Keith

Box 3 Alamein to Zem Zem

Box 3 Collected Poems

Box 3 Selected Poems

Dunn, Douglas

Box 3 Terry Street

Jenkins, Roy

Box 3 Asquith

Box 4 Asquith

Box 4 Mr. Balfour's Poodle

Box 5 Profiles

Box 5 Victorian Scandal

Johnson, B.S

Box 5 Poems

Johnson, Samuel

Box 5 The Vanity of Human Wishes

Box 6 Jones, David

Box 6 Anathemata

Box 6 Epoch and Artist

Box 6 The Fatigue

Box 7 In Parenthesis

Box 7 General

Box 7 Agenda (Magazine)

Box 8 Pamphlet

Box 8 Profile

Box 8 Photographs

Kermode, (John) Frank

Box 8 Puzzles and Epiphanies

Box 8 Romantic Image

Marrin, Albert

Box 8 [Poster Book]

Milton, John

Box 8 Areopagitica (Henry Moore, illus.)

Box 8 Morgan, Edward

Box 9 Murphy, Richard

Box 9 Sailing to an Island

Box 9 The God Who Eats Corn

Box 9 U.S. Tour

Phillips, William

Box 9 A Sense of the Present

Piper, David

Box 9 I Am Well, Who Are You?

Box 9 Listener pieces

Box 9 Shades

Box 10 Trial by Battle

Priestley, J.B.

Box 10 All England Listened

Box 11 Reed, Henry

Box 11 Lessons of the War

Righter, William

Box 11 Logic and Criticism

Box 11 Rhetorical Hero

Sparrow, John

Box 11 After the Assassination

Box 11 Controversial Essays

Box 12 Stein, Norman

Box 12 Nothing Will be Restrained

Box 12 General

Stokes, Adrian

Box 12 Invitation in Art

Svolinsky, Karel

Box 12 Illustrations


Box 12 Sixe Illylia (Anthony Gross, illus.)

Box 13 Trypanos, Constantine

Box 13 General

Box 13 Elegies of a Glass Adonis

Box 13 Grooves in the Wind

Box 13 Oedipus Translation

Box 13 Pompeian Dog

Box 13 Sophocles

Series III: Business Files

Box 14 Correspondence

Box 14 General

Box 14 Addresses

Box 14 Catalogue copy

Box 14 Copyright forms

Box 14 Cowan, Louis - Notes and memos

Box 15 Distribution


Box 15 Bills

Box 15 Deposits

Box 15 Reports

Box 15 Fulfillment Center

Box 15 Knopf Ad - 50th Birthday

Box 15 Lecture Bureau

Box 15 Legal

Box 16 Limited Editions

Box 16 Mailing lists

Box 16 Promotion and Publicity

Random House

Box 16 Fact Sheets

Box 16 Catalogue Copy

Box 16 Royalty Statements

Box 16 Transfers

Box 16 Royalty Statements

Box 16 Shipping

Warehouse Printed