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Jargon Society promotional materials

 Collection — Box: BW-2, Folder: 3
Identifier: MS-0810

Content Description

Rewritten from dealer description:

This eleven item collection contains materials produced by The Jargon Society from 1951 to 1986. Ten items are promotional pamphlets and brochures advertising new and forthcoming publications, yearly book listings, and events sponsored by the society. One brochure is a color printed booklet with a color photograph of Jargon Society staff. The final item is a first edition foldable poster (1974) with the poem “Who is Little Ennis?” signed by the author and press founder, Jonathan Williams.


  • Creation: 1951-1986


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

The Jargon Society historical note

The Jargon Society was an independent publishing house in North Carolina founded by the American poet Jonathan Williams (1929-2008). The press began in 1951 and operates today under Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Under Williams’ tenure The Jargon Society was known for publishing American avant-garde poetry, fiction, and photography from lesser known authors. The press has published over 115 titles.


Hevesi, Dennis. "Jonathan Williams, Publisher, Dies at 79." The New York Times. March 30, 2008. Accessed April 24, 2018.

"The Jargon Society." The Jargon Society. Accessed April 24, 2018.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal-sized folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains promotional materials and a signed poster printed by The Jargon Society, an independent press based in North Carolina. The items were printed from 1951 to 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Jeff Maser, Bookseller in approximately July 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Daughtridge in April 2018.

Guide to Jargon Society promotional materials
Kelly Daughtridge
2018 April
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA