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Rochelle Owens papers, 1900-2017

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Call No.: MS#0964
Bib ID 4079902 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Owens, Rochelle
Title Rochelle Owens papers, 1900-2017
Physical Description 8 linear feet (20 boxes and 1 folder)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, photographs, audio tapes, and printed materials of Rochelle Owens. Included are: correspondence with other writers, publishers, and friends; scripts and production files of her plays; and, manuscripts and drafts of her books and other poems, along with other related materials. Boxes 1-3: Cataloged correspondence; Boxes 4-12: Owens' writings by title (Manuscripts, notes, photographs& printed materials); Box 13-14: General file (Audio tape cassettes, Biographical materials, Misc., Photographs& Misc. printed materials); Oversize folder: Record album & Photographs.

Using the Collection

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Boxes 2-19 are 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); Rochelle Owens papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

George Economou Papers. Columbia University Libraries.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed HR 08/05/1997.

Revision Description

2010-03-24 xml file created.

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

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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Advertisements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book jackets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
First drafts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Floppy disks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novels Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Outlines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phonograph records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prefaces Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printouts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio scripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Screenplays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Storyboards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Syllabi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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Alexander, Jane Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Antin, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ashbery, John, 1927-2017 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bentley, Eric, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bohemianism -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brustein, Robert Sanford, 1927- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bukowski, Charles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Codrescu, Andrei, 1946- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Congdon, Kirby Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cummings, E. E (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dorn, Edward Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economou, George Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Elmslie, Kenward Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eshleman, Clayton Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fitzgerald, Geraldine, 1913-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ford, Charles Henri Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Giorno, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hornick, Lita R., 1927- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kostelanetz, Richard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meltzer, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Randall, Margaret, 1936- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sanders, Ed Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women college teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women translators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Playwright, poet, and translator. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1936 and is married to the poet, George Economou.

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Series I: Cataloged correspondence



Box 1 Jane Alexander


Box 1 David Antin


Box 1 John Ashbery


Box 1 Eric Bentley


Box 1 Robert Brustein


Box 1 Charles Bukowski


Box 1 Andrei Codrescu


Box 1 Kirby Congdon


Box 1 E. E. Cummings


Box 1 Edward Dorn


Box 1 Kenward Elmslie


Box 1 Clayton Eshleman


Box 1 Geraldine Fitzgerald


Box 1 Charles Henri Ford


Box 1 John Giorno


Box 1 Lita Hornick


Box 1 Richard Kostelanetz


Box 1 Harry Levin


Box 1 David Meltzer


Box 1 Margaret Randall


Box 1 Kenneth Rexroth


Box 1 Ed Sanders

Series II: Arranged correspondence


Box 1 A - D



Box 2 E – N



Box 3 O - Z and unidentified



Box 15 Correspondence (scholars, critics, editors, etc.), 2014-2016



Box 16 Folder 1 Correspondence (mostly emails), 2015-2017


Box 16 Folder 2 Birthday cards (2) from Vita Paladino


Box 16 Folder 3 Letter re. "How Much Paint Does the Painting Need"


Box 16 Folder 4 Postcards (2)

Series III: Writings and Drawings by Rochelle Owens

(Manuscripts, documents, photographs, & printed materials)


A:



Box 4 Atelier. See: Discourse on Life & Death. [poems]; & See: Mesh Recto. [poems]


B:


Box 4 Beclch. [play]



Box 16 Folder 6 List of Owen's writings and some French translations of her poems



Box 4 Black Chalk


Box 4 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes


C:


Box 4 Chucky's Hunch. [play]


Box 4 _____. See also: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.


Box 4 The Cocoanut Folk-Singer. [radio play]


Box 4 Constructs. [poems]


D:


Box 4 Dear Anyone. [musical play]


Box 4 Discourse on Life & Death. [poems]


Box 4 Diverse Poems


E:



Box 5 Earplay. (radio script)[Sweet Potatoes] See: Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal?


Box 5 Elga's Incantation and Early Works 1955-1965. [poems]


Box 5 Emma Instigated Me. [play]


F:



Box 6 Francesca. [musical play] See: O. K. Certaldo


Box 6 French Light. [poems]



Box 16 Folder 6 French translations of her poems


Box 16 Folder 7 French translations of her poems



Box 6 Futz. [play]


Box 6 _____. See also: Oversize. Photographs


G:



Box 7 Giggling Sushi. [play]


Box 7 The Girl on the Garage Wall. [story] See: Elga's Incantation


Box 7 The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.


Box 7 Guerre ˆ Trois. [play] See: Three Front. [play]


H:


Box 7 He Wants Shih. [play]



Box 15 "Hermaphropoetics" Drifting Geometries. [long poem], February 2016


Box 15 "Hermaphropoetics" Drifting Geometries. [long poem]. Notes, workings, drafts, May 2015



Box 7 Homo; a play in Two Acts


Box 7 How Much Paint Does the Painting Need. [video]


Box 7 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes


I:



Box 8 I Am Deebler Woman. [play]


Box 8 _____. See also: I Am the Babe


Box 8 I Am the Babe of Joseph Stalin's Daughter. [poems]


Box 8 Innovators in the American Theatre. [essay]


Box 8 Istanboul. [play]


Box 8 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes



Box 16 Folder 8 Italian translations of her poems (on-line)


J:



Box 8 The Japanese Tourist. [play] See: Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal? [play]


Box 8 The Joe Cronicles: Part 2. [poems]


Box 8 The Joe Chronicles: Part 4: Sacre Coeur. [poems]


Box 8 The Joe 82 Creation Poems.


K:



Box 9 The Karl Marx Play.


Box 9 _____. See also: Oversize. Record album


Box 9 Keep the Wigwam Small. [novel] See: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel


Box 9 Kontraption. [play]


L:



Box 16 Folder 9 Le Cerveau Primaire



Box 9 Lost tending to Icchen Yicchen. {poem]


Box 9 Luca. [poems]


Box 9 _____. See also: Discourse on Life & Death. [poems] & Mesh Recto


M:



Box 10 Melted Bridges. [novel] See: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.


Box 10 Mesh Recto. [poems]


Box 10 _____. See also: Luca. [poems]


Box 10 Mountain Rites. (A Radio drama).


N:


Box 10 Not Be Essence That Cannot Be. [poem] See: Elga's Incantations



Box 16 Folder 5 Notes on Poems Read at Penns Village, 20 May 2013


O:



Box 10 The Obscenities of Reva Cigarnik. [story] See: Elga's Incantations


Box 10 O. K. Certaldo [musical play]


Box 10 Oklahoma Too; Rabbits and Nuggets. [video]



Box 16 Folder 10 Out of Ur. Introduction


P:



Box 10 The Passersby. [novel] by Liliane Atlan, trans. from the French by R. Owens


Box 10 Paysanne. See: Discourse on Life & Death. [poems]; & See: Mesh Recto. [poems]


Box 10 The Pink as a Melon Poet (a Radio Play). See: The Cocoanut Folk-Singer.


Box 10 Playwrighting ... [Workshops for writing a one-act play]


Box 10 Poems Diverse.



Box 16 Folder 12 Printed poems on cards


Q:



Box 11 The Queen of Greece. [play]


Box 11 _____. See also: I Am the Babe


R:


Box 11 [Reviews of other authors by Rochelle Owens]


S:


Box 11 Sacre Coeur Invention Poems. See: The Joe Chronicles: Part 4


Box 11 ____. See: Audio tape cassettes


Box 11 Selected Poems.


Box 11 Sex-y Money. [novel] See: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.


Box 11 Shemuel. [poems]



General Mss Box 67 Owens, Rochelle Manuscript Poem "Solitary Workwoman"



Box 16 Folder 11 Statement on her poems for arts festival



Box 11 The String Game. [play]


Box 11 Sweet Potatoes. A Comedy. [play]


Box 11 _____. See also: Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal? [play]


T:



Box 12 The Tale of the Cocoanut Girl. See: The Cocoanut Folk Singer. [radio play]


Box 12 Three Front. [play]


Box 12 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes


W:


Box 12 W.C. Fields in French Light. [poems]


Box 12 Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal? [play]


Box 12 _____. See also: Futz. [play]


Box 12 The Widow and the Colonel. (A Radio Play)


Box 12 Miscellaneous manuscripts



Box 15 Small notebook of notes and workings, 2014-2016



Box 16 Folder 13 Ads and publicity


Drawings:



Box 14 Drawings by Rochelle Owens



Box 15 Drawings by Rochelle Owens, Summer/Fall 2015, Winter 2016 (In an ornate Oberon slipcase)

Series IV: General File



Box 13 Audio Tape Cassettes:


Box 13 Black Chalk - ca., 1992


Box 13 How Much Paint Does the Painting Need, 8/86


Box 13 Istanboul [play] - 9/87 Omaha Magic Theatre, 9/87


Box 13 O.K. Certaldo [musical play] - ca., 1976


Box 13 14e Festival Franco-Anglais de PoŽsie


Box 13 Poetry reading


Box 13 Poetry reading - 2/86 Oklahoma State University, 2/86


Box 13 Sacre CÏur Poems - ca., 1976


Box 13 Three Front [play] - 11/88 Omaha Magic Theatre (4 cassettes), 11/88


Box 13 _____. Nouveau Repertoire Dramatique Guerre ˆ Trois -, 7/91


Box 13 The Writers Mind [radio program] - 9/84 John Brandenburg/George Economou, 9/84


Box 13 _____ - 2/85 John Brandenburg, 2/85


Box 13 _____ - 9/85 Poems only, 9/85



Box 14 Biographical materials


Box 14 Miscellany


Box 14 Photographs


Box 14 _____. See also: Oversize. Photographs



Box 16 Folder 14 Photographs (5)


Box 16 Folder 15 Royalty statements, 2016



Box 14 Printed miscellany



Box 15 The Café Review, Winter 2016


Box 15 Great Writers Occupy Golden Handcuffs Review, 2015


Box 15 Milk: A poetry magazine, Nos. 3 & 4, Spring 2015

Series V: Oversize materials



Flat Box 273 Futz. [play] Photograph


Flat Box 273 The Karl Marx Play. Record album


Flat Box 273 Rochelle Owens Photographs

Series VI: Printed materials



Box 16 Hermaphropoetics: Drifting Geometries. By Rochelle Owens, 2017


Box 16 The Café Review., 2014


Box 16 Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee!. Translations and Transformations edited by Lou Rowan, 2017


Box 16 Journal of Beat Studies.. Edited by Ronna C. Johnson and Nancy M. Grace, 2016

Additions to the Papers, 2018-2020


2018:

Accession: 2018.2019.M018



Box 17 Folder 1 Notes; Workings; Drafts; Poems; Correspondence; Critics and Scholars, 2017-2018


Box 17 Folder 2 "Solarpoetics". Mss, 2017


Box 17 Folder 3 "How Much Paint Does The Painting Need". CD, 1992


Box 17 Folder 4 "Black Chalk". CD, 28 minutes, color, 1994


Box 17 Folder 5 "Oklahoma Too". CD, 1987


Box 17 Hermaphropoetics: Drifting Geometries , 2017


Box 17 TSQ, Volume 5 No. 1, February 2018


Box 17 Golden Handcuffs Review, No. 25


2019:



Box 18 Folder 1 Hermaphropoetics: Drifting Geometries , 2015-2016

(Published by Singing House Press, 2017)


Box 18 Folder 2 Elgh's Incantation , 1960

(sections published in Journals and Magazines and "New and Selected Poems, 1961-1996")


Box 18 Folder 3 Correspondence (some drawings included with email) , 2017-2019


Box 18 Folder 4 Lucs: Discourse On Life And Death Six poems


Box 18 Folder 5 "Discourse on Life and Death - began in 1988" Ms.


Box 18 Folder 6 Notebook of notes, ideas, poetic workings


Box 18 Folder 7 Poem Cards


Box 18 Folder 8 Land Art (2 postcards)


Box 18 Folder 9 Letter to chere femme (in French), 13 June 2019


Box 18 Folder 10 Letters to Rochelle Owens, 2019


Drawings:


Box 18 Folder 11 Drawing: "When I cancelled - I looked sad and frustrated"


Box 18 Folder 12 Drawing: "Crying Woman", bulk 14 May 2019


Box 18 Folder 13 Drawing" "The Feminisation of France?"


Box 18 Folder 14 Poetry Event Announcement (The Kelly Writers House, 17 October 2013)


Box 18 Folder 15 Calendar Sheet for May 2019 (heavily annotated)

(George Economou died on 3 May 2019)


Box 18 Folder 16 Miscellaneous: "Splendid Examples" by Rochelle Owens; "He Wants Shih!" program for play; Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bulletin for members (annotated by Rochelle Owens in May of 2019)


Box 18 Folder 17 Photographs


Printed:


Box 18 Golden Handcuffs Review. Numbers 25 and 26


Box 18 The Cafe Review. Volume 25, Summer 2014


2020:



Box 19 Folder 1 "Woman of Light" by George Economou. Signed watercolor , 1988


Box 19 Folder 2 "Self Portrait" by Rochelle Owens. Signed oil painting, 1973


Box 19 Folder 3 Rochelle Owens: "Everlasting Duration," in memory of George (From the magazine Ergon - Greek/American Arts and Letters, 28 October 2020



Box 20 Folder 1 "Patterns of Animus: A New Poem by Rochelle Owens" in Poems and Poetics , 2020