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GRIST records

Call Number: MS 53


John Fowler was editor and publisher of the GRIST magazine, published in the 1960s in Lawrence, Kansas. This collection includes manuscript and other draft materials from items published in the magazine, as well as correspondence between Fowler and contributors.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1968


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 John Fowler

John Fowler was born in Florence, Missouri in 1938 and later moved to Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and children in the 1960s. He and wife Sara operated Abington Book Shop in Lawrence near the University of Kansas campus and published and edited Grist magazine. The store acted as a place of congregation for activists, academics, and literary types, as well as visitors from within and outside of Lawrence. The Fowlers later moved to New York City, Ny, in the 1990s, where Fowler published Grist-On-Line. The original paper magazine falls under the mimeo revolution, a style of small-scale and non-commercial publishing using mimeograph reproduction that was particularly popular during the 1960s and 1970s. Fowler started Grist in 1964 with issue #2. The last issue, #14 (#13 was also not produced), was finished in 1967.


1.75 Linear Feet (4 document cases)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in two series, Manuscripts and draft materials submitted for Grist and Correspondence. Envelopes in which the collection was originally sent to Spencer Research Library have been maintained and are located in box 3. The first box in the collection contains the manuscript and draft materials from issues #2-12 and #14 (issues 1 and 13 were never published). Correspondence has been alphabetized by last name; when individuals sent few items, they have been grouped in box 2. Senders have individual folders if they sent four or more documents and are located in box 4. This includes folders of correspondence to and from Charles Plymell and George Kimball, who guest edited issues of Grist. Some individuals sent poems or other items rather than or in addition to letters; these items have remained with the correspondence. When sender is unknown, these items have been placed in a "sender unknown" folder.

Physical Location

MS 53

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John Fowler.

Related Materials

John Fowler collection, MS 344, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Grist. Lawrence, KS: Abington Book Shop. Available at Spencer Research Library at UA Ser 71/0/20 and RH D1000.

Guide to the GRIST Collection
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Support for the processing of this collection was provided by the G. Baley Price Spencer Research Library Fellowship Fund.
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Preferred citation
Grist records, MS 53, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States