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A. Doyle Moore collection

Call Number: MS 357


This collection consists of correspondence to A. Doyle Moore, mostly from or about Ronald Johnson, and production or "flat" files for various projects Moore's Finial Press created for Johnson or that Moore designed for Johnson. There is also a small amount of correspondence from Ian Hamilton Finlay to Moore.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1988


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 A. Doyle Moore

Alvin Doyle Moore (1931-2013) was born in Seiling, Oklahoma and as an undergraduate studied architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Moore earned an MFA in Design at the University of Iowa, where he studied printing with Harry Duncan.

In 1959, Moore began teaching at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a professor in its School of Art and Design. Moore was also the founder and proprietor of the Finial Press, whose publications included works by poets Ronald Johnson, Jonathan Williams, Guy Davenport, and Mary Ellen Solt, among others.

Biography of Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson was born in Ashland, Kansas on November 25, 1935 to A.T. and Helen (Mayse) Johnson (1910-1993). He spent some time at the University of Kansas, beginning his studies there in 1953 and completing his freshman year, before performing two years of national service in the Army in Georgia, Arizona, and California. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in 1960 at Columbia University.

In 1964, Johnson published his first collection of poetry, A Line of Poetry, A Row of Trees. He would go on to publish numerous poetry collections, including The Book of the Green Man (1967) and Radi os (1977), an erasure poem Johnson created by excising text from the first four books of John Milton's Paradise Lost. The complete version of Johnson's long poem ARK was published in 1996 by Living Batch Press; ARK is divided into three books, each containing 33 sections.

Johnson also published several cookbooks, including The Aficionado's Southwestern Cooking (1968), The American Table (1983), and Southwestern Cooking: New and Old (1985).

Johnson lived much of his adult life in San Francisco, employed at various occupations to support himself, including bartender, chef, and caterer. During his career he held several guest professorships at universities, including the University of Kentucky and the University of Washington.

Ronald Johnson died March 4, 1998 in Topeka, Kansas at the age of 62. Posthumously, Johnson's literary executor Peter O'Leary published To Do as Adam Did, Selected Poems of Ronald Johnson (2000), The Shrubberies (2001), and a new edition of Radi os (2005).


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Location

MS 357

Physical Location

MS Q87

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchases, A. Doyle Moore Trust, 2013, 2015.

Separated Materials

Publications by Ronald Johnson and Ian Hamilton Finlay, including broadsides and posters, have been separately cataloged and may be found in the online library catalog by searching for the "library of A. Doyle Moore."

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A. Doyle Moore collection, MS 357, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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