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Poems by Charles Plymell

Call Number: MS 137


Author's archives from poet Charles Plymell, including a notebook of draft poems; letters received; photographs; and photocopies of sketches and clippings, with many annotations by Plymell and others. Primarily Beat circles.


  • 196?-1990


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Charles Plymell

Charles Plymell was born in Holcomb, Finney County, Kansas in April 1935. His family later moved to Wichita, Kansas, and in 1955 Plymell enrolled at Wichita State University. He attended classes and worked as a printer there until 1960 without obtaining a degree. During his time at the university, Plymell edited and published two campus literary magazines, Poets' Corner and Mikrokosmos.

Plymell moved to San Francisco, California and continued publishing literary journals. He served as printer for the first issue of Zap Comix and in 1967 published his first book, Apocalypse Rose. In 1970 he was awarded a fellowship to the Hopkins Writing Seminars at John Hopkins University, where he received his MA.

Plymell published a novel, The Last of the Moccasins (1971, 1996), based on his interactions with and experience of the Beat Generation literary scene. He moved to New York and began Cherry Valley Editions, where he published poets and authors Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Janine Pommey Vega, among others.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Scope and Contents

Contents, written 1986-1990; also 1979: Letters received by Charles or Pam Plymell from Trachtenberg, Peters, Lampack, Damon [Noeko?], Bisbort, Fox, Duvall, "Steve"?, Todd, Wright, Matson, Seaborn Jones, Domentat, Waldman. Letters and cartoons by Branaman; folder of letters and poems for Mr Plymell's 53rd birthday from the American Novels Class, Oxford, NY.

Photocopies of congratulatory letters to Trachtenberg from ?, Ratner, Dawn, Reid, Christensen, Betherling, Gluck, Iddings, Edward & Neil, Trinidad, McClure, The, Felice, Bink. Photographs, collages, greeting cards.

The bulk of the collection is located at MS 137; two oversize items are at MS Q11 in folders 12 and 13.

Physical Location

MS 137

Physical Location

MS Q11:12-13

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of sections 1-3: purchases from Plymell; and a gift from Terrence Williams.

March 1966; January 1967; July 1969 & December; January 1970; ?.

Sources of section 4: Acquired primarily from Jeffrey Weinberg/WaterRow Bookshop (Sudbury, Mass) May 24, 1989; item 4E:1 from Am Here bookshop May 16, 1988; items 4B:4 and 4E:13 from WaterRow November 21,1990.

Processing Information

Dates of processing (temp): 1975 (1966, 1969, 1970 acqs); 1987 (1967 acq); 1996 (1988-1990 acqs).

Guide to the American Poetry-20th Century Collection
Poems by Charles Plymell
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1975, 1987, 1996. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Poems by Charles Plymell, MS 137, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States