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Mervin Lane Manuscripts


Mervin L. Lane (1928-2016), professor of literature at Santa Barbara City College, studied at Black Mountain College during the years from 1946-1948 and again in 1950.This collection of manuscripts was created during preparation of Professor Lane's book Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts, an anthology of essays, poems, and reminiscences by former students of the college. The collection includes typescript drafts and final gallery proofs of the text of the book, miscellaneous working papers, correspondence with contributors to the anthology, and correspondence with former students who were willing to comment privately on their experience at the college b ... (more below)

Title

Mervin Lane Manuscripts

Collection Number

PC.1790

Date(s)

1987 - 1989

Language

English

Physical Description
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Manuscripts

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Galley proofs

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Clippings

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Correspondence

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Essays

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Poems

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Reminiscences

Physical Description
Cubic feet
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Abstract

Mervin L. Lane (1928-2016), professor of literature at Santa Barbara City College, studied at Black Mountain College during the years from 1946-1948 and again in 1950.

This collection of manuscripts was created during preparation of Professor Lane's book  Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts, an anthology of essays, poems, and reminiscences by former students of the college. The collection includes typescript drafts and final gallery proofs of the text of the book, miscellaneous working papers, correspondence with contributors to the anthology, and correspondence with former students who were willing to comment privately on their experience at the college but who declined preparing comments for publication in the anthology.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Western Regional Archives.

Creator

Lane, Mervin

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


The collection is arranged by three categories: (1) Drafts and proofs of the book; (2) working papers of the compiler/editor; and (3) correspondence files arranged alphabetically for contributors and arranged chronologically for non-contributors.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Faye Lovvorn, April, 1992

Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May, 2002

Updated to EAD 2002, Lee Todd, November, 2007


Mervin L. Lane (1928-2016 ), professor of literature at Santa Barbara City College, studied at Black Mountain College during the years from 1946 to 1948 and again in 1950. Poet, musician, actor, and author, Professor Lane's first published volume (1978) was a collection of some of his poems,  The Houston Passage, with illustrations by Christopher Lang. His second (1985) was a volume of literary studies entitled  Going to Town. His third (1990), was  Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts.


Prof. Mervin Lane, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1991


[Identification of item], PC.1790, Mervin Lane Manuscripts, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.


Gift of Prof. Mervin Lane, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1991. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.


Black Mountain College Records


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


This collection of manuscripts was created during preparation of Professor Lane's Black Mountain College anthology. It includes typscript drafts and final gallery proofs of the text of the book, miscellaneous working papers, correspondence with contributors to the anthology, and correspondence with former students who were willing to comment privately on their experience at the college but who declined preparing comments for publication in the anthology. The collection is arranged by the four categories: Drafts and proofs of the book; working papers of the compiler/editor; correspondence files arranged alphabetically for contributors; and correspondence files arranged chronologically for non-contributors.


  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Collective settlements--North Carolina--History--20th century.
  • College students--North Carolina--Social life and customs--20th century.
  • Education, Humanistic.
  • Interpersonal conflict.
  • Poetry--Collections.
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--History.
  • Education, Humanistic
  • Collective settlements
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • College students
  • College teachers
  • Essays
  • Poetry
  • Books
  • Black Mountain

The typewritten progression of the manuscript is revealed in five manuscript drafts (boxes 1-5); box 6 contains final proofs.

Box: PC.1790.1  
1st draft

Box: PC.1790.2  
2nd draft

Box: PC.1790.3  
3rd draft

Box: PC.1790.4  
4th draft

Box: PC.1790.5  
5th draft

Box: PC.1790.6  
Final proofs

Box: PC.1790.7  
Letters to Contributors

Scope and Content

Includes letters introducing the concept of the book and requesting contributions; announcing the acceptance of the manuscript by the University of Tennessee Press; requesting financial assistance from contributors; requesting biographical information from contributors; asking for contributors' ideas on how to raise money to have the book published. Several drafts of the list of contributors are included.

26931  
Address List of Contributors

26932  
Biographies of Contributors

26933  
Introduction to Sprouted Seeds

26934  
Potential Illustrative Materials

26935  
Sample of Text for Publishers

26936  
Table of Authors and Titles

26937  
Miscellaneous Working Papers

Scope and Content

This file contains information concerning Black Mountain College, including magazine articles and news clippings, several of which do not include the name of the publication. The following articles are included in this file:  "The Continuing Relevance of Black Mountain College";  "Guess Who Came to Dinner," in  Image, May 29, 1988 (concerning the art of former BMC student Ruth Asawa);  "Less Said," column in  New York, April 8, 1988 (concerning an exhibition of the works of Josef Albers at the Guggenheim Museum).

26938  
The New Black Mountain College

Scope and Content

This file contains correspondence from Marc Herring, the President of the newly opened Black Mountain College; By-laws of BMC Trust, Inc.; BMC, Inc., Operations, and photographs of new Black Mountain College administrators. The following newspaper articles are included:  Christian Science Monitor, July 24, 1989,  "New Life for a Legendary Arts School;"  Christian Science Monitor, August 21, 1989,  "Black Mountain Postscript;"  Florida Times-Union, July 17, 1988,  "North Carolina Mountain Town Mixes Religion and Recreation;"  Greensboro News and Record, August 21, 1988,  "Rejuvenating the Spirit of Black Mountain College;"  News and Observer, August 21, 1988,  "Black Mountain The Sequel;" and  Black Mountain News, December 24, 1987, photographs of new Black Mountain College administrators.

These four boxes contain correspondence and press cuttings used in, or relating to, preparation of the manuscript for the book. With the exception of Louis Adamic, John Cage, Robert Hellman, Kenneth Noland, and John Rice, there are files for the ninety contributors represented in  Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts.

Most of the folders include correspondence with Mervin Lane regarding their contribution to the book, and autobiographical sketch prepared by each writer, some of them commenting upon their special experience at Black Mountain College, and later professional achievements. The final addition to each folder is the edited contribution of each author.

There is a substantial amount of information regarding life at Black Mountain in these correspondence files. Many of the contributors comment upon the influence that BMC has had upon their lives, the emotionally challenging and demanding aspects of their student life, and the sexually unrestricted aspects of the communal atmosphere.

Numerous comments are made about the teaching style and classes of art instructor Josef Albers, especially in the files of Peggy Bailey, F. A. Foster and John Urbain; dancer Merce Cunningham and his involvement with BMC is discussed by June Christensen and Elizabeth Jennerjahn; sexual freedom and communal life are discussed by Doughton Cramer, Anne Mangold, Bill McGee, and Ike Nakata; the musical concerts are discussed by Judith Davidoff; Charles Olson as a major influence upon students is related by Mary Fiore, Mildred Harding, and Helen Hellman; John Rice, founder of BMC, is discussed by F. A. Foster, Ike Nakata, William C. Price, Frank Price, and Marian Teeter; the accidental drowning of BMC student Frank Nacke is recalled by Ike Nakata, Morton Steinau and Nacke's sister, Marian Teeter; the artistic life of the College is described by Elizabeth Jennerjahn, Howard Rondthaler and Patsy Wood; John Reiss examines the austere lifestyle of the students and the visits of personalities such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Agnes de Mille; Anne Mangold's refutation of former works on Black Mountain are told from the perspective of a faculty wife during the turbulent years of BMC founder John Rice; former faculty member Theodore Dreier comments upon his life after BMC, and details the accidental deaths of both of his sons; artist Leo Krikorian's file includes an article on his ownership of the famous San Francisco bar,  "The Place", which helped to found the  "beatnik" generation in the 1950s; Judd Woldin writes about the death of music instructor Heinrich Jalowetz; the material from May Sarton is reprinted from one of her published works, and her note comments upon the lasting influence of Black Mountain upon her writing; Albert Einstein's possible affiliation with Black Mountain College is discussed by John Reiss and Phyllis Thomas.

Because numerous BMC students went on to acheive success as professional artists, these boxes of correspondence include numerous brochures and exhibition guides for artists Fannie Hillsmith, Leo Krikorian, Margaret Kennard Johnson, Elizabeth and Pete Jennerjahn, John Urbain, and Mary and Joe Fiore. Author Eric Bentley includes a brochure of his published writing, and F. A. Foster includes a copy of his work,  "Black Mountain College, 1933-1956."

Photographs of several contributors are included, and they are located in the individual files of Janet Aley, Lorrie Goulet, Hannelore Hahn, M. C. Richards, Phyllis Thomas, Jim Tite and John Urbain.

Box: PC.1790.8  
The Josef Albers Foundation for Anni and Josef Albers

26940  
Janet Aley

26941  
Leo Amino

26942  
Richard L. Andrews

26943  
Peggy Bailey

26944  
Eric R. Bentley

26945  
Roberta Blair

26946  
Charles Bloomstein

26947  
Lyle Bonge

26948  
June Christensen

26949  
Gerda Slavson Cooke

26950  
D. H. Corkran

26951  
John R. Corkran

26952  
Doughten Cramer

26953  
Judith Davidoff

26954  
Fielding Dawson

26955  
Elaine de Kooning

26956  
Theodore Dreier

26957  
Giddy Erwin Dyer

26958  
Nancy Farrell

26959  
Mary Fiore

26960  
F. A. Foster

26961  
Helen Frankenthaler

26962  
Literary Executor Taylor Stoehr for Paul Goodman

26963  
Lorrie Goulet

26964  
Francie du Plessix Gray

26965  
Jesse Dawes Green

26966  
Mary Gregory

26967  
A. G. (restricted file)

Box: PC.1790.9  
Hannelore Hahn

26969  
James Hall

26970  
Mildred Harding

26971  
Helen Hellman

26972  
Fannie Hillsmith

26973  
Elizabeth and Warren "Pete" Jennerjahn

26974  
Margaret K. Johnson

26975  
Irwin Kremen

26976  
Leo Krikorian

26977  
Mervin Lane

26978  
Angelica Lee

26979  
Albert Levi

26980  
Gretel J. Lowinsky

Box: PC.1790.10  
Anne G. Mangold

26982  
Jane Slater Marquis

26983  
George Martin

26984  
Greg Masurovsky

26985  
William McGee

26986  
Mary Miller

26987  
I. S. Nakata

26988  
Andy Oates

26989  
Herbert B. Oppenheimer

26990  
Sheila Oline Ravin

26991  
Harold B. Raymond

26992  
John J. Reiss

26993  
Ann C. Rice

26994  
Frank A. Rice

26995  
William C. Rice

26996  
M. C. Richards

26997  
Sue Spayth Riley

26998  
Dick Roberts

26999  
Janet Heling Roberts

27000  
Ron Robertson

27001  
Howard Rondthaler

Box: P.C.1790.11  
May Sarton

27003  
Manuel Schauffler

27004  
Zoya Slive

27005  
Allan Sly

27006  
Yella Pessl Sobotka

27007  
Dick Spahn

27008  
Morton Steinau

27009  
Knute Stiles

27010  
Ruth Sussler

27011  
Evelyn Oxenberg Swann

27012  
Marian Nacke Teeter

27013  
Phyllis Thomas

27014  
Jim Tite

27015  
John Urbain

27016  
Esteban Vicente

27017  
Harry Weitzer

27018  
Norman B. Weston

27019  
Judd Woldin

27020  
Hilda Morley Wolpe

27021  
Patsy Wood

Although declining to offer a written contribution to  Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts, numerous individuals comment upon their experiences while attending Black Mountain College. The correspondence files for non-contributors are arranged in three chronological files, one file containing undated correspondence, and one file from unidentified correspondents.

D. Jacques Way comments upon the sexual freedom of the College, and in particular upon John Rice's controversial relationship with a female student, and the resulting conflict with faculty members; Harry Seidler's letter of May 3, 1988 includes an exhibition catalogue of his architecture and his letter of July 5, 1988 includes notes on Design and Color which he took in Josef Albers' art class during the summer of 1946; Marianne Preger-Simon's correspondence of February 12, 1988 includes photocopies of sketches she made of Paul Taylor and Remy Charlip while a student at Black Mountain College.

Box: PC.1790.12  
January - May 1988
January - May 1988

Folder: 1  
James Leo Herlihy -
January 2
27024  
Bill Anthony -
January 2
27025  
Liz and Dave Resnik -
January 7
27026  
Albert Brody -
January 22
27027  
Adele Borouchoff -
January 27
27028  
D. Jacques Way March 1 March 11 March 22 April 1 April 11
January 28 March 1 March 11 March 22 April 1 April 11
27029  
Maude and Robert Haas -
January 29
27030  
Robert Creeley -
January 30
27031  
Sally Dwight -
February 1
27032  
Jose Yglesias -
February 4
27033  
Clemens Kalischer -
February 4
27034  
Posey Rogolsky -
February 5
27035  
Marianne Preger-Simon -
February 12
27036  
Joe Martin - February 15
February 26
27037  
Josef Breitenbach's Estate Agent -
February 22
27038  
Mary Emma Harris -
February 29
27039  
Walter Allener -
March 4
27040  
Nancy B. Katz -
March 18
27041  
Lorna B. Halper -
March 22
27042  
John Evarts March 23 May 5
February 12 March 23 May 5
27043  
Gwen Currier Jameson -
April 10
27044  
Ralph Chernoff -
April 14
27045  
Dorothea Rockburne - June 3
April 15 June 3
27046  
Paul Williams -
April 17
27047  
Sophie and Jack French -
April 23
27048  
Kenneth Snelson -
April 24
27049  
Harry Seidler -
May 3
27050  
Jane Mayhall -
May 30

27051  
June - December 1988
June - December 1988

Folder: 2  
Dorothea Rockburne
June 3
27053  
Martin Duberman -
June 25
27054  
Lotte and Didier Graeffe - July 29
July 7 July 29
27055  
Harry Seidler -
July 5
27056  
Mark Neddin -
July 9
27057  
Michael Rumaker -
July 17
27058  
Nancy B. Katz -
August 5
27059  
Bill McCleery -
August 5
27060  
Connie Spencer -
August 5
27061  
Posey Rogolsky -
August 8
27062  
Ingeborg Lauterstein -
August 8
27063  
Slim McClure -
August 11
27064  
Dorothea Rockburne -
August 12
27065  
Margarete Roeder -
August 20
27066  
Claude Stoller -
August 22
27067  
Janet Morgan -
August 25
27068  
Kate Olson -
August 28
27069  
Vic Kalos -
September 7
27070  
Charleen Swansea -
September 8
27071  
Marianne Preger-Simon -
September 11
27072  
Jan Banach for R. Motherwell -
September 26
27073  
Jonathon Williams -
October 13
27074  
John and Rachel Wallen - Xmas
1988

27075  
Correspondence
1989

Folder: 3  
Noel Frackman -
March 19
27077  
Helen Nickerson -
March 24
27078  
Eleanor L. Wolff -
May 8
27079  
Marianne Preger-Simon -
May 14
27080  
John Campbell -
May 18
27081  
Ralph Cox -
May 29
27082  
Arthur Penn -
June 8

27083  
Undated

Folder: 4  
Mary Bowles
27085  
Reggie Dwight
27086  
Dick Eckarts
27087  
Hyalie Y. Greene
27088  
John Grooms
27089  
Mary McKey
27090  
Marie Mulholland
27091  
Rod Mulholland
27092  
Kate Olson

Folder: 5  
Unknown