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Left Curve collection

Call Number: RH WL MS 58


Left Curve was a left-leaning art and literature magazine founded and edited by Csaba Polony (April 11, 1944 - March 9, 2014) and based out of the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. It ran for 38 issues. This collection includes correspondence and related materials, including posters, brochures, artistic prints, copies of poems, and other items sent to Polony in his capacity as editor of the magazine or sent directly to the magazine itself. Some of the correspondence specifically concerns library subscriptions to the magazine.


  • Creation: 1976 - 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 Csaba Polony (1944-2014)

Csaba Polony was born in Hungary in 1944. His family immigrated to the United States in 1951 and lived in Kansas City, Missouri until he was in high school, when his family moved to Ohio. There, Polony attended Miami University, where he recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in history.

Polony moved to San Francisco in 1967, where he obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. With his friend, Richard Olsen, Polony co-founded the journal TRA (Toward Revolutionary Art) in 1973. This publication was succeeded by Left Curve, which Polony founded and published for 38 years. The final issue was published posthumously.


1 linear foot (1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized chronologically with undated materials at the end.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2013.

Separated Materials

Polony, Casba, editor. Left Curve. San Francisco: Left Curve Publications, 1974-2014. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH WL D3831.

Guide to the Left Curve Collection
Left Curve collection
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Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Left Curve collection, RH WL MS 58, 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