Featured Acquisitions

November 2011


The Morton Marcus Poetry Archive

Gifted to Special Collections upon the poet’s death in 2009, the Morton Marcus Poetry Archive reflects Marcus’s legacy as poet, film critic, and educator, and as one of Santa Cruz’s most prominent and recognized literary figures.  Marcus, who was born in 1936, was the author of 11 books of poetry and published over 500 poems in major literary journals and anthologies. He was a long time co-host of KUSP’s The Poetry Show, the longest running poetry radio show in the United States, and for thirty years he taught literature, creative writing and film studies at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Marcus’s memoir Striking Through the Masks (Capitola Book Company, 2008) documents a life well lived and one deeply immersed in literary culture. The Archive illuminates those pursuits. It includes his personal papers, manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, and a large personal library of poetry books and poetry broadsides. It houses personal and professional material ranging from first drafts and fragments of poems handwritten in paper tablets and notebooks containing poem and story ideas to lecture notes for academic classes and certificates and proclamations honoring his service to the community.  

· Over 1500 books of poetry and literary magazines, including many first editions, signed or inscribed books, and examples of fine printing.

· Over 1,000 letters – Marcus's personal correspondence with 131 poets, writers, artists and other notables, including Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, Gary Brown, Chris Buckley, Jerry Bumpus, Paul Carroll, Ray Carver, Russell Edson, William Everson, Leonard Gardner, Greg Hall, Lou Harrison, Bob Hershon, James D. Houston & Jeanne W. Houston, George Hitchcock, Lawson Inada, Peter Johnson, Donald Justice, Phil Levine, John Logan, Robin Magowan, Jack Marshall, Czeslaw Milosz, Futzie Nutzle, Robert Peters, Robert Peterson, Vasko Popa, Margaret Randall, Adrienne Rich, Vern Rutzala, Charles Simic, William Stafford, Clem Stark, Wallace Stegner, Joe Stroud, Norman Thomas and Al Young.

· Over 200 audio recordings of Marcus interviewing other poets and writers, converted from reel and cassette to digital recording. These include interviews with William Everson, Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich, Lou Harrison, George Hitchcock, James D. Houston, Shirley Kaufman, Michael McClure, Robert Peterson, Vasko Popa, Joe Stroud, Al Young and Gary Young.

· Poetry broadsides, prints and drawings including work by Gary Brown, George Hitchcock, William Everson and Futzie Nutzle.

The Marcus Archive will be open to the public for research when Special Collections reopens in January 2012. To view the titles of books, broadsides, and recordings contained in the Archive, conduct a Title search “Morton Marcus Poetry Archive” in Cruzcat.



Commemorative t-shirt. Marcus was named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year in 1999, and was the recipient of a Gail Rich Award in 2007 for his contributions to the local arts in Santa Cruz.









1028 Photo by Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel 


September 2011


The Kretschmer Music Archives Endowment has allowed us to acquire one of our most unusually structured and interactive artist books: Tora Bora=Black Dust: An Opera in Three Acts. (Z239.H399 2011). Conceived and executed by UCSC alum Art Hazelwood, this piece is a “reverse engineered opera” presented in a fold out stage with screen printed covers. Using seven puppets to enact the scenes the viewer follows the storyline and lyrics provided in the hand printed libretto.


April 2011

Special Collections is very pleased to be the recipient of a set of 25 photographs by Edna Bullock. Ms. Bullock has been described as one of the most prominent woman photographers of our time and one who ventures into areas that few artists have explored.

Donated by the Bullock-Wilson Trust, this gift marks the establishment of an initiative to create the Bullock Family Photography Archive in Special Collections. Our hope is to preserve for future generations the creative work of California photographers Wynn Bullock and Edna Bullock. If you'd like to join us in our efforts please go to: http://library.ucsc.edu/giving/bullock-family-photography-archive

(Photo of Edna Bullock by Naomi Reddert)


March 2011

Special Collections is the recent recipient of a major collection on Anaïs Nin from noted Nin scholar Benjamin Franklin V and his wife Jo Taft Franklin.  Among the many fine items included in this gift is Nin's first work of fiction The House of Incest, first published in Paris by Siana editions in 1936. Our copy (PS3527.I865 H6 1936) is signed by Nin. Benjamin Franklin V is the author of The Portable Anaïs Nin, a comprehensive Nin anthology available as an e-book from Sky Blue Press, and of Anaïs Nin: A Bibliography published by Kent State University.


February 2011

Special Collections holds a significant number of illustrated and fine press editions of Dante's Divine Comedy from the 17th to the 21st centuries, including Robert Rauschenberg's drawings for the Inferno, Gustave Doré's illustrations of the Purgatorio and Paradiso, Leonard Baskin's illustrations for the Grossman edition, and William Blake's illustrations published by the Trianon Press.

In honor of Margaret Brose,  a beloved Professor of Italian Literature who has taught an extremely popular course on the Divine Comedy for many years, we have just purchased a beautiful addition to our Dante holdings: a facsimile of a  luxuriously illuminated manuscript of the Divine Comedy known as the Codex Altonensis. Produced for a noble patron in the fourteenth century, this richly illustrated codex has resided in the library of the Christianeum in Hamburg Altona for several centuries. Our copy of the facsimile is number 560 from an edition of 600.


January 2011

 One of the most important and influential graphic art events of the 1960s was the showing of Jugendstil art works at UC Berkeley's University Art Gallery. The exhibit "Jugendstil & Expressionism in German Posters" was organized by art historian Herschel B. Chipp and ran from Nov. 16 through Dec. 9, 1965. According to artist David Lance Goines as noted in a 1984 interview, this exhibition was "seen by all of the people in San Francisco who were doing posters for the rock 'n' roll events of the time, and the very next posters were all but direct imitation of those of the Jugendstil." As we now process the many posters affiliated with our Grateful Dead Archive we recognize how much the psychedelic rock posters, like those of the Jugendstil, unify the decorative, expressive, and promotional arts into a singular creation.

206 Poster by Alfred Roller207 Poster by Jan Toorop


A copy of the original exhibit catalog has now been acquired by Special Collections (see NC1807 G3 C35.)  Shown are two plates from the catalog reproducing the posters of Jan Toorop and Alfred Roller. 











December 2010

Two recent limited edition fine press titles new to Special Collections feature the work of artists Holly Downing and Jessica Dunne who were students in UCSC's early printmaking program led by Professor of Art Kay Metz.

mezzotint by Holly Downing

Arch (Z239.D69 2009) is a collaborative work between printmaker Holly Downing and the renowned San Francisco letterpress printer Jack Stauffacher. It beautifully integrates text of a dialogue from Paul Valéry's Eupalinos, or The Architect, handset in Meridien type by Stauffacher at the Greenwood Press with five of Downing's mezzotint engravings. Downing's imagery was inspired by travel in the Umbrian region of central Italy. The book is hand bound in Japanese book cloth by Foolscap Press in Santa Cruz and was published by Downing in 2009.



color aquatint etching by Jessica Dunne



Craft: Shaping a Surfboard (Z239.A776 2009), published in 2009 by San Francisco's Eastside Editions, is also a collaborative work. It incorporates text by surfboard shaper, writer, and former professional surfer Dave Parmenter with color spit bite aquatint etchings by Jessica Dunne. The book was typeset and printed by UCSC alum Jonathan Clark of Artichoke Press and bound by Klaus-Ulrich S. Rötzscher at Pettingell Bookbindery in Berkeley. The publisher says of this book: "CRAFT: Shaping a Surfboardis an exploration of what it means to spend days working with your hands. The handwork required to make a surfboard, an etching, or an artist book is the inspiration that enabled Jessica Dunne to fuse her love of the craft of making prints with a lifetime spent in the world of surfers."

The Frank and Katherine Wagner Seineke Endowment in Western Americana enabled Special Collections to purchase this book.