Collection C014 - Ida Hodes and Jonathan Williams collection

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Ida Hodes and Jonathan Williams collection

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  • Textual record

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  • Source of title proper: Title is based on recipient of letters.
  • Variations in title: Previously known as Letters to Ida Hodes.

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  • 1955 – 1959 (Creation)
    Williams, Jonathan

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Physical description

0.25 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

(March 8, 1929-March 16, 2008)

Biographical history

Jonathan Chamberlain Williams was born in Asheville, North Carolina on March 8, 1929 to Thomas Benjamin and Georgette Williams. He grew up in Washington, DC. Williams was an American poet, artist, and publisher. He studied Art History at Princeton University and painting with Karl Knaths at Phillips Memorial Gallery in 1949. He attended the Chicago Institute of Design and Black Mountain College from 1951 to 1956. Williams was a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps between 1952 and 1954. In 1951, he founded Jargon Books (later Jargon Society Inc.) together with David Ruff. He was its executive director, editor, publisher, and designer. Williams died in Highlands, North Carolina on March 16, 2008.

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Scope and content

Collection composed of letters and postcards written by the founder of Jargon Press, Jonathan Williams, to Ida Hodes. The letters contain information about poetry and publications, about subscriptions, poetry and poetry circles in the United States, a discussion of career prospects, and publicity for recent publications by Jargon Press.

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Documents are yellow. Some records are faded and torn.

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  • English

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    Reproduction for private study and research is permitted.
    Use of material in publications can only be done with written permission of the copyright holder.

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    Item list available.

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    No further accruals are expected.

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    Spec Coll Z 473 W65+

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