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Robert Wilson papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0496
Robert A. Wilson (1922-2016) was the fifth owner of the Phoenix Bookshop in Greenwich Village, which he ran until it closed in 1988. The collection consists of materials dating from 1938 to 2006, including correspondence, photographs and copies of Wilson's published writings.

Dates

  • 1938-2006

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

This collection is open for use.

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.

Extent

0.38 Cubic Feet (1 letter size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Robert A. Wilson was born in 1922, and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1943. Immediately upon graduation he served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. Following the war, he joined the US diplomatic corps and was posted to Pretoria and Warsaw.

In 1962, he became the fifth owner of the Phoenix Bookshop in Greenwich Village, which he ran until it closed in 1988. It was through the Phoenix that Wilson became acquainted with many 20th century American authors. After closing the bookshop he retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Wilson died in 2016.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials dating from 1938 to 2006, including correspondence, photographs and copies of Wilson's published writings. The largest portion of the collection is the letters written by James Perrizo to Wilson, which span 1985-2005. The Perrizo material also includes some poems written by Perrizo and Wilson, as well as photographs of Perrizo's book collection. Other photos are of Robert Wilson with Marianne Moore; Allen Ginsberg; Robert Duncan; Robert Wilson with Willam S. Burroughs and Victor Bokris; Gregory Corso; Marianne Moore; John Brader, Diane di Prima, and Alan Morlowe; and Alice B. Tolkas.

James Perrizo, Wilson's primary correspondent, was Frankie Edith Parkers' (Jack Kerouac's ex-wife) assistant in editing her memoirs from 1986-1987.

Other notable correspondence includes a letter from Ogden Nash, dated October 12, 1944, a postcard from Jonathon Williams, dated December 14, 1964, ephemera found in textbooks donated by Robert Wilson, and other correspondence received by Robert Wilson in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Robert A. Wilson.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Gabrielle Ponce in November 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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