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John Beecher Papers

Photograph of John Beecher, April, 1962

Mainly outgoing letters from Beecher to various editors at Macmillan Publishing Co., 1965-1977. Also includes clippings, book notices, photographs of Beecher, publicity brochures and announcements for poetry readings, and poetry broadsides. Letters in 1965, 1966, and 1968 discuss a planned book by Beecher on "realities of Negro life in the South." News clippings and correspondence relate the activities of Beecher's private press, co-owned with his wife Barbara. The press, begun in 1956, was first called Morning Star Press in San Francisco, then became Rampart Press in Phoenix, Arizona. Also included is a questionnaire completed by the Beechers about their book design and printing experiences.