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   Granary Books Records, 1985-2013.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Granary Books Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1685
Bib ID:10788646 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Granary Books (Firm)
Title:Granary Books Records, 1985-2013.
Physical description:142.50 linear ft. (106 boxes and 7 scroll boxes)
Language(s): Material is in English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. Series VII: Archives Business, and Series VIII: Business records are restricted until 2039. Series II: Email is not yet processed and not yet available for use.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into eight series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Business and editorial records of Granary Books. The collection includes the production files for these limited edition and trade titles, as well as Steve Clay's extensive correspondence with writers and printers, and other artist book press proprietors. It includes electronic records, including almost two decades of email.

Series I: Editorial Files for Books Published by Granary

This series includes the production files for all 157 limited-edition books, trade books and broadsides, published by Granary Books and its predecessor, Origin Books. A typical publication file will include correspondence; business records which include business items related to each book such as printers' estimates, invoices, receipts, purchasers of the book, job transaction printouts, budgets, shipping forms, and mailing lists; press releases and prospectuses; manuscripts; proofs, which is used broadly to refer to all aspects of a books' creation from pre-production and design to printing; photographs; reviews and publicity; writer and artist information; and digital items. The majority of the series is comprised of paper records, though the series also includes records on digital media. The numbers before the titles reflect the number assigned by Granary Books as each was published.

Subseries I.3: University of California at San Diego Exhibit

This subseries contains items that were used in a University of California San Diego exhibition about Granary Books. The items are in folders that reflect their placement in the UCSD exhibit. There are also items that are related to the exhibit, but are not exhibit items. They are in folders with “Correspondence” first, followed by subject headings in alphabetic order.

Series II: Email, 1995-2009

The email series includes a database of over 87,300 email that were collected and maintained by the staff of Granary Books. This series has not been processed and is not currently available for use.

Series III: Artists' Files

Granary Books collected correspondence, catalogs, ephemera and other material from over 1,240 artists, writers, printers and publishers that it has both worked with closely and encountered over the years.

Subseries III.1: Correspondence

This subseries consists of correspondence of writers, artists, publishers, and printers with which Granary has been closely associated. It should be noted that many of these artists are also represented in other series, such as Series I Books Published by Granary Books and Series II Email. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and correspondence is chronological within folders. Other items related to the correspondent are in folders organized alphabetically by subject category;

Subseries III.2: General Artists' Files

The General Artists' Files are arranged alphabetically, and largely consists of material from writers, artists, publishers, and printers that Granary Books has tracked or encountered over its history.

Series IV: Granary Books Activities

The Granary Books Activities subseries documents the many activities, other than publishing books, undertaken by Granary Books including publicity, promotional events and public programming, and administrative files. This series also includes a subseries related to the activities of Granary's predecessor, Origin Books, and a subseries of catalogs.

Series VII: Archive Business

This series is restricted until 2039

Series VIII: Business Records

This series is restricted until 2039, though some exceptions may be made with the approval of Steve Clay. This series includes records relating to the general running of the press; financial information related to book production is generally included with production files for that title.

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

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

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Series VII: Archives Business, and Series VIII: Business records are restricted until 2039. Series II: Email is not yet processed and not yet available for use.

Restrictions on Use

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); Granary Books Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 2013 Michael Korte

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 10, 2014 Finding aid written in English.
    2014-06-10 File created.

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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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Subjects

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Clay, Steven, 1951-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Granary Books (Firm)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

The mission of Granary Books is "to produce, promote, document, and theorize new works exploring the intersection of word, image, and page." For the last almost thirty years, Granary Books has been publishing limited edition books by renowned artists, graphic designers, printers, and poets, beginning with Nods, a collaboration with John Cage, Barbara Fahrner, and Philip Gallo, and including more recently titles by Charles Bernstein, Cecilia Vicuna, Jen Bervin, Johanna Drucker, Emily McVarish, Anne Waldman, and Jerome Rothenberg. Additionally the press has published trade editions of exhibit catalogs, out of print and first edition poetry, artist books, and books about books.

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