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Stymean Karlen Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 290

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Collection Summary

Title
Stymean Karlen Papers

Dates
Circa 1900-1998        

Collection ID
SCRC 290

Creator
Karlen, Stymean

Quantity
53 linear feet (50 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English   

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

Stymean Karlen (1905-1998) was born Jeanne Rosenfeld in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Adopting the pen name Stymean Karlen, she began her writing career in New York in the 1930s writing plays, short stories, and novels. One of her early plays, “For This Relief Much Thanks,” was produced by the Works Progress Administration and attracted the attention of Cheryl Crawford, one of the founders of the New York theatre collective The Group Theatre, after which Karlen was enrolled in their school. She was then financially supported by dramatist and playwright Clifford Odets, with a subsidy that enabled her to write full time. Another of Karlen’s plays, “The Eleventh Commandment,” won the American Theater Play Contest, along with a play by Langston Hughes. Karlen also won a Rockefeller Grant after being recommended by theater historian and critic John Gassner.

Eventually Karlen grew tired of the competitive New York theater world and turned to drawing, painting, and poetry. Her poetry is included in some of her husband David Weiss’s published novels as “Preface Poems,” and she published poems in such publications as Voices, Yale Poetry Review, and Poetry. Many of Karlen’s poems were featured in two volumes, Observations and Insights, published by Amber Beetle Press. She began to combine her drawing, painting, and poetry in what she called “portrait poems,” and she created thousands of these over the rest of her life. She had exhibitions of her portrait poems in New York, Los Angeles, and La Jolla, California.

Karlen married novelist and playwright David Weiss on November 25, 1945. They met in New York in the 1940s after someone suggested that Karlen help Weiss with his playwriting. They lived in New York, London, and La Jolla, California and were married for 53 years. Karlen died in La Jolla on June 17, 1998.

Description of Collection

The Stymean Karlen Papers date from circa 1900 to 1998 and document the life and work of Stymean Karlen. The collection contains thousands of Karlen’s poems and portrait poems in different forms (from marker and pen on 8x11 sheets of typing and computer paper, to large framed pieces on heavy board with ink and watercolors; typed and handwritten; with and without illustration; color and black & white; and standalone works as well as portfolios), poetry notebooks, and correspondence with David Weiss and other family, publishers and agents, and theater colleagues and connections. The majority of the collection is comprised of portrait poems. Most of the portrait poems are undated, but dates have been estimated where possible.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series as follows:

Series 1: Writing, 1930-1998
          Subseries 1.1: Poems, 1942-1998
          Subseries 1.2: Plays, 1930-1957
          Subseries 1.3: Prose, 1930-1943
          Subseries 1.4: Correspondence and other records, 1937-1990
Series 2: Personal files, circa 1900-1998

Series 1, Writing, contains Karlen’s poems and portrait poems, plays, short stories, and novels, as well as other records pertaining to her writing career which document submissions of her work to publications and agents, and her relationships with her colleagues in the New York theater world. Subseries 1.1, Poems, is arranged by type of poem--portrait poems followed by non-illustrated poems, alphabetically by title, if one exists. The majority of the portrait poems are undated, but based on some other records, it is thought that Karlen created these from the 1950s through the 1990s in different forms. Also included here are poetry journals, and publications in which Karlen’s poetry was published (including Insights), and Karlen’s numerous poetry notebooks. Subseries 1.2, Plays, contains plays written by Karlen and are arranged alphabetically by title. Most of the plays are undated, but dates have been estimated where possible. Subseries 1.3, Prose, contains short stories and novels written by Karlen and are arranged alphabetically by title. Most are undated, but dates have been estimated where possible. Subseries 1.4, Correspondence and other records, contains records documenting Karlen’s writing career, including clippings, letters regarding fellowships and her submissions to publications, and correspondence with her New York theater colleagues. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

Series 2, Personal files, contains records pertaining to Karlen’s personal life, including correspondence with her husband, David Weiss, her brother, Pennsylvania State Senator Maxwell S. Rosenfeld, and other family. Also contained here are clippings, records regarding the death of Karlen’s brother Max Rosenfeld in 1954, and a hand painted glass shade. This series is arranged chronologically.

Patron Information  

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in the online catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036965909103811

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Stymean Karlen Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, have been assigned to Temple University Libraries.  Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Stymean Karlen Papers, SCRC 290, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

David Weiss Papers, SCRC 289, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by David Weiss and Stymean Karlen to Temple University in several acquisitions from 1980 to 2003.

Separated Material

Materials created by and related to David Weiss were separated and are now included in the David Weiss Papers in the Special Collection Research Center.

Processing Information

Collection has been arranged and inventoried at folder level. All original boxes and folders have been replaced. Collection processed and finding aid prepared in December 2018 by Jessica Hoffman, Project Archivist        

           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Gassner, John, 1903-1967
Karlen, Stymean
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963
Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986
O’Neal, Frederick, 1905-1992
Rosenfeld, Maxwell S., 1906-1954
Weiss, David, 1909-2002

Corporate Names:
National Theatre Conference

Subjects:
Painting, Modern--20th century
Plays
Poetry--Women authors
Poetry, Modern--20th century
Short stories
Theater--New York (State)--New York
Women artists--United States--20th century
Women dramatists, American--20th century
Women poets, American--20th century

Places:
La Jolla (Calif.)
New York (N.Y.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Clippings
Correspondence
Drawings
Ephemera
Manuscripts
Paintings
Periodicals
Photocopies
Photographs
Poems
Publications

Inventory

Series 1: Writing, 1930-1998

Series 1 contains Karlen’s poems and portrait poems, plays, and short stories and novels, as well as other records pertaining to her writing career which document submissions of her work to publications and agents, and her relationships with her colleagues in the New York theater world.

Subseries 1.1: Poems, 1942-1998

Subseries 1.1 is arranged by type of poem--portrait poems followed by non-illustrated poems, alphabetically by title if one exists. The majority of the portrait poems are undated, but based on some other records, it is thought that Karlen created these from the 1950s through the 1990s in different forms. Also included here are poetry journals and publications in which Karlen’s poetry was published (including Insights), and Karlen’s numerous poetry notebooks.

1          1          Portrait poems, portfolio, “25 Portrait Poems”          undated

1          2          Portrait poems, portfolio, “25 Portrait Poems” (photocopies)          undated

1          3          Portrait poems, portfolio, “25 Portrait Poems” (photocopies)          undated

1          4          Portrait poems, portfolio, “28 Portrait Poems”          undated

1          5          Portrait poems, portfolio, “28 Portrait Poems” (photocopies)          undated

1          6          Portrait poems, portfolio, “A Collector’s Item On One Theme In Eighteen Pages”          1990s

1          7          Portrait poems, portfolio, “A Collector’s Item On One Theme In Eighteen Pages” (poems about Weiss, preface poems) (photocopies)          1990s

1          8          Portrait poems, portfolio, “A Poet Looks For the Truest Truth” (3 copies)          1990s

1          9          Portrait poems, portfolio, “All the Others In His Town” (3 copies)          1990s

1          10          Portrait poems, portfolio, “All Words Are Only Definitions” (3 copies)          1990s

1          11          Portrait poems, portfolio, “And Live Under My Skin and Call Yourself Me” (4 copies)          1990s

1          12          Portrait poems, portfolio, “At Times the Coming and Going Lose Direction” (3 copies)          1990s

1          13          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Be All Your Selves All At One Time”          1990s

1          14          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Be An Unlike Unlike Any Unlike” (3 copies)          1990s

1          15          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Be In The New Ground Where Clouds Cant Point At You” (3 copies)          1990s

1          16          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Be What You Are And Be What You Are Not” (3 copies)          1990s

1          17          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Begin Again Or So Begin Again”          1990s

1          18          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Big Head One Guess Says”          1990s

1          19          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Book Without a Cover”          1990s

1          20          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Cat Is A Ventriloquist” (3 copies)          1990s

1          21          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Change The Situation Let God Pray To Us” (3 copies)          1990s

1          22          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Civilization The First”          1990s

1          23          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Competition What Do You Give the Winners in the Death Game” (3 copies)          1990s

1          24          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Dear Drop of Water…” (3 copies)          1990s

1          25          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Dear Flower Dont Be Sentimental” (3 copies)          1990s

1          26          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Dear God In America Anything Is Possible” (3 copies)          1990s

1          27          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Dear Sperm That Made Me” (3 copies)          1990s

1          28          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Discovery Is the Only Kind of Travelling” (3 copies)          1990s

1          29          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Do I Have Intuition Too Asks The Leaf” (3 copies)          1990s

1          30          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Do Not Sell Your Soul Even To Yourself…” (3 copies)          1990s

1          31          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Do Not Take It Though It Wants You” (3 copies)          1990s

1          32          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Epitaph For This Buttercup” (3 copies)          1990s

1          33          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Everybody Is So Afraid Of Everybody” (3 copies)          1990s

1          34          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Everything Is In Me Since the Beginning Of Anything” (3 copies)          1990s

2          1          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Fish Are the Cleanest People In the World” (3 copies)          1990s

2          2          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Fish Out There They Swim Tall” (3 copies)          1990s

2          3          Portrait poems, portfolio, “For A Change I Want To Be Late For Time” (3 copies)          1990s

2          4          Portrait poems, portfolio, “For Evolution To Inherit His Gifts Of Discovery” (3 copies)          1990s

2          5          Portrait poems, portfolio, “fragrances were given to some flowers”          1990s

2          6          Portrait poems, portfolio, “fragrances were given to some flowers” (photocopies)          1990s

2          7          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Go Go To the New One You Are Way Out There” (3 copies)          1990s

2          8          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Grain Of Sand Is God I Told The Fly” (4 copies)          1990s

2          9          Portrait poems, portfolio, “He Climbed His Own Thinking Tree” (3 copies)          1990s

2          10          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Heaven Is An Art Gallery For God” (3 copies)          1990s

2          11          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Hey Pic Picasso Said [When Picasso Was Asked]”          1990s

2          12          Portrait poems, portfolio, “His Memory Robbed Him Of A Mind” (3 copies)          1990s

2          13          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Hour Knows How Long It Must Stay” (3 copies)          1990s

2          14          Portrait poems, portfolio, “How Did Yellow Happen” (3 copies)          1990s

2          15          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Am Always Overwhelmed”          1990s

2          16          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Am An Exotic Neurotic…” (3 copies)          1990s

2          17          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Am Homeless Until You Come Home” (3 copies)          1990s

2          18          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Am Invisible To Myself” (3 copies)          1990s

2          19          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Am Is the Twelfth Commandment” (3 copies)          1990s

2          20          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Hate Everyone Especially People” (3 copies)          1990s

2          21          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Hope: Big Head Portrait Poems in its own form”          1990s

2          22          Portrait poems, portfolio, “i lost a footstep”          1990s

2          23          Portrait poems, portfolio, “i lost a footstep” (photocopies)          1990s

2          24          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Was Born Knowing In My Instinct” (3 copies)          1990s

2          25          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Wish I Was Only One Four Times Six Wish” (3 copies)          1990s

2          26          Portrait poems, portfolio, “I Would Not Live In Heaven If It Is Full Of Drafts There” (3 copies)          1990s

2          27          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If the Belly Was the Eye” (3 copies)          1990s

2          28          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If God Wants You He Will Call You…” (3 copies)          1990s

2          29          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If God Was Unemployed He Would Still Want To Be God” (3 copies)          1990s

2          30          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If I Could Teach My Heart Arithmetic” (3 copies)          1990s

2          31          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If I Make Of It a Book Of Life” (3 copies)          1990s

2          32          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If Success Will Take Me Away From Myself”          1990s

2          33          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If Success Will Take Me Away From Myself” (photocopies)          1990s

2          34          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If the Tree Was a Poet” (4 copies)          1990s

3          1          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If You Cannot Find Yourself Rembrandt Will Find You” (3 copies)          1990s

3          2          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If You Do Not Trust the Thread” (4 copies)          1990s

3          3          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If You Have It You Must Give It” (3 copies)          1990s

3          4          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If You Open Up One Of The Smallest Dots” (3 copies)          1990s

3          5          Portrait poems, portfolio, “If You Remove the Three Iron Nails From Yourself” (3 copies)          1990s

3          6          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Into Foreverness” (photocopies)          1990s

3          7          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Is a Portrait Poem” (4 copies)          1990s

3          8          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Is the Poet the Child Is the Child the Poet” (empty envelope only)          1990s

3          9          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Is There Anything In Life That Is New Forever” (3 copies)          1990s

3          10          Portrait poems, portfolio, “It Is So Naturally Done If the Unknown Is Allowed In” (3 copies)          1990s

3          11          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Let Me Have the Last Word the Parrot Begged” (3 copies)          1990s

3          12          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Life Is Attachment Attachment Is Life” (3 copies)          1990s

3          13          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Life Says”          1990s

3          14          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Little Equality Club”          1990s

3          15          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Locked Up Inside the Walls of Waiting” (photocopies)          1990s

3          16          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Locked Up Inside the Walls of Waiting” (photocopies)          1990s

3          17          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Make Something Of Your Lostness” (3 copies)          1990s

3          18          Portrait poems, portfolio, “May I Lose All of My Tongues” (3 copies)          1990s

3          19          Portrait poems, portfolio, “May the Year Reconfirm It All With Birth Glory” (3 copies)          1990s

3          20          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Mountain When Will I Know That It Sees Me” (3 copies)          1990s

3          21          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Mr. Pretend Built a Whole Life Pretending” (3 copies)          1990s

3          22          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Mr. Quote Only Said Words From Some Mr. Great” (3 copies)          1990s

3          23          Portrait poems, portfolio, “My Groucho Marx Says”          1990s

3          24          Portrait poems, portfolio, “My Groucho Marx Says”          1990s

3          25          Portrait poems, portfolio, “My Groucho Marx Says”          1990s

3          26          Portrait poems, portfolio, “No One Tells You That God Has” (3 copies)          1990s

3          27          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Not Even God Knows Where He Came From” (3 copies)          1990s

3          28          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Now the Habit Begins Man and the Habit Finishes Man” (3 copies)          1990s

3          29          Portrait poems, portfolio, “One”          1990s

3          30          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Portrait In The Poems And The Poem In The Portraits”          1990s

4          1          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Portrait Poems”          undated

4          2          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Portrait Poems” (photocopies) (with note to Miriam Crawford)          1981

4          3          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Questions and Answers Are Only For Poetry” (3 copies)          1990s

4          4          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Realism Is Ridiculous Said Life…” (3 copies)          1990s

4          5          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Roof Stood Up And Unbelief Strode In” (3 copies)          1990s

4          6          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Say It To a Shadow” (3 copies)          1990s

4          7          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Say Yes To No” (3 copies)          1990s

4          8          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Shall I Believe One Word Out Of Ten…” (3 copies)          1990s

4          9          Portrait poems, portfolio, “She Lifted Her Unwilling Head A Stranger To Her” (3 copies)          1990s

4          10          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Show the portrait in the poem and the poem in the portrait”          undated

4          11          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Since You Fear It and It Fears You” (3 copies)          1990s

4          12          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Sky People”          1990s

4          13          Portrait poems, portfolio, “So Many Times People Fear Other People…” (3 copies)          1990s

4          14          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Special To The Heart Poetry: Dedicated to David Weiss who does everything for me not one thing less”          1988

4          15          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Star Asked the Bird What This All Meant” (3 copies)          1990s

4          16          Portrait poems, portfolio, “There Are No Surprises I Make My Own Surprises” (3 copies)          1990s

4          17          Portrait poems, portfolio, “They Are Taking The Census Of Words All Dead” (3 copies)          1990s

4          18          Portrait poems, portfolio, “They Will Put the Six Of Me Into An Overcrowded Grave” (3 copies)          1990s

4          19          Portrait poems, portfolio, “This Stricken Moment Is Beside Its Self” (3 copies)          1990s

4          20          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Time Be Three O’Clock Instead Of Two” (3 copies)          1990s

4          21          Portrait poems, portfolio, “To Face the Totals Equals =”          1990s

4          22          Portrait poems, portfolio, “To Face the Totals Equals =” (photocopies)          1990s

4          23          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Truth Wants Only To Belong To Itself” (3 copies)          1990s

4          24          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Unending Beginning”          1990s

4          25          Portrait poems, portfolio, “We Were Born To Learn What We Were Born For” (3 copies)          1990s

4          26          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Weisskarlen Gallery of Accidental Arts”          1990s

4          27          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Weisskarlen Gallery of Accidental Arts [So Much Is Accidental]”          1990s

4          28          Portrait poems, portfolio, “What Is Imagination It Is A Mere Doorway” (3 copies)          1990s

4          29          Portrait poems, portfolio, “What We Know Are Only Guesses”          1990s

4          30          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Whatever You Have Of Mine You Need Never Return” (3 copies)          1990s

5          1          Portrait poems, portfolio, “When You Are Inside Looking Out Of Yourself” (3 copies)          1990s

5          2          Portrait poems, portfolio, “When You Are Writing a Poem You Know Where You Are” (3 copies)          1990s

5          3          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Why Dont You Want Something Your Five Senses Can Comprehend” (3 copies)          1990s

5          4          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Wine Does Not Tell Everyone the Same Secrets” (3 copies)          1990s

5          5          Portrait poems, portfolio, “The Words You Once Said Where Are They” (3 copies)          1990s

5          6          Portrait poems, portfolio, “Yes I Know Everything My Knowledge Is Complete” (3 copies)          1990s

5          7          Portrait poems, portfolio, “You Are Yourself Your Only Friend For Life” (3 copies)          1990s

5          8          Portrait poems, portfolio, “You Cannot Be All the Selves You Ever Were” (3 copies)          1990s

5          9          Portrait poems, portfolio, “You Made a Chalk-Mark On a Star” (3 copies)          1990s

5          10          Title pages for portrait poems          undated

5          11          Portrait poems, individual, color (collage)          undated

5          12          Portrait poems, individual, color (photocopies)          1983-1984

5          13          Portrait poems, individual, color (typed)          1980s-1990s

5          14          Portrait poems, individual, color (typed)          1980s-1990s

5          15          Portrait poems, individual, color (typed)          1980s-1990s

5          16          Portrait poems, individual, color (typed)          1980s-1990s

5          17          Framed portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink), “Each morning…” (Poem 288)          undated

5          18          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          19          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          20          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          21          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          22          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          23          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          24          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          25          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          26          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

5          27          Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink) (removed from frames)          undated

29                     Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

30                     Portrait poems, individual, color (watercolor and ink)          undated

31          1          Portrait poem, “The Egotist…” (Poem 416) (watercolor and ink)          1996?

31          2          Portrait poem, “What shall I do…” (Poem 423) (ink)          1996?

31          3          Portrait poem, “The Horizon weeps each night…” (Poem 424) (ink)          1996?

31          4          Portrait poem, “I’m Democratic at the Club…” (Poem 424) (ink)          1996?

31          5          Portrait poem, “The Stubborn Man, Part Two” (ink)          1996?

31          6          Portrait poem, “People, don’t be fooled…” (watercolor and ink)          1996?

M5a          2           Portrait poem, “Life is what you choose to make it” (ink)          undated

M5a          2          Portrait poem, “She outwaited the round years…” (15x22)          undated

M5a          3          Portrait poem, “Ignorance is the longest cave…” (15x20)          undated

M5a          3          Portrait poem, “Soft heartedness is blind…” (15x20)          undated

M5a          4          Drawing for portrait poem, color (14x22)          undated

M5a          4          Drawing for portrait poem, color (14x22)          undated

M5a          4          Portrait poem, “You cannot ask me…” (15x20) (Poem 417)          undated

M5a          5          Portrait poem, “Feel high and you will never sigh…” (14x22)          undated

M5a          5          Portrait poem, “There is a poem in every place…” (14x22)          undated

M5a          5          Portrait poem, “Envy is Satan…” (15x20) (Poem 399)          undated

M5a          6          Portrait poem, “The Quarrel” (15x22)          undated

M5a          6          Portrait poem, “Love” (15x20) (Poem 426)          undated

M5a          7         Portrait poem, “Joseph, Part One” (15x16)          undated

M5a          7          Portrait poem, “You are afraid to love again...” (15x22)          undated

M5a          8          Portrait poem, “The Penniless” (16x30). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, three thin stooped figures within two leaves          undated

M5a          8          Portrait poem, “They had that family feeling…” (25x22)          undated

M5a          9          Portrait poem, “Dead Leaves” (20x30)          undated

M5a          9          Portrait poem, “Art can make…” (15x20) (Poem 401)          undated

M5a          10          Portrait poem, “In my deepest inside inside…” (20x30). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, large head and neck          undated

M5a          10          Portrait poem, “Our sobs soared on the flagpole…” (15x20) (Poem 400)          undated

M5a          11          Portrait poem, “The Bully” (20x30). Pen and ink, signed. Vertical, over-developed muscle man, with small head (Poem 428)          undated

M5a          11          Portrait poem, “I am used to getting nothing…” (15x20) (Poem 420)          undated

M5a          12          Portrait poem, “Intelligence is to see a thief…” (20x30). Pen and ink, various colors, signed. Vertical, four (or so) heads          undated

M5a          12          Portrait poem, “Possession of a mate…” (15x20)          undated

M5a          13          Portrait poem, “The Tenant” (20x30)          undated

M5a          13          Portrait poem, “Gone is the gondolier…” (15x20)          undated

M5a          14          Portrait poem, “Indecision” (20x30) (Poem 432)          undated

M5a          14          Portrait poem, “It is good man has a belly…” (15x20). Pen and ink, signed. Horizontal, reclining nudes          undated

M5a          15          Portrait poem, “Her death…” (20x30) (Poem 429)          undated

M5a          15          Portrait poem, “Children are the geniuses…” (15x20) (Poem 421)          undated

M5a          16          Portrait poem, “Oh, God above…” (20x30)          undated

M5a          16          Portrait poem, “Wife wasn’t the sum total…” (15x20)          undated

M5a          17          Portrait poem, “Anxiety” (20x30)          undated

M5a          17          Portrait poem, “Persecution” (15x20)          undated

M5a          18          Portrait poem, “The Miscarriage” (20x30)          undated

M5a          18          Portrait poem, “Most of life…” (15x20) (Poem 422)          undated

M5a          19          Portrait poem, “The petulant man…” (20x30) (Poem 430)          undated

M5a          19          Portrait poem, “If the Hitlers are men…” (15x22) (Poem 418)          undated

M5a          20          Portrait poem, “Be your name America…” (15x20) (Poem 407)          undated

M5a          20          Portrait poem, “The child lay asleep…” (15x22)          undated

M5a          20          Portrait poem, “He was a Conversationalist…” (15x22) (Poem 409)          undated

M5a          20          Portrait poem, “Too giving save…” (15x22)          undated

M5a          20          Portrait poem, “He pulled Hope…” (15x20). Pen and ink, some watercolor, signed. Vertical, man in chair, feet on rug, calendar on wall (“January 1934”). (Poem 402)          undated

M5a          21          Portrait poem, “Love Train” (15x20). Pen and ink, some watercolor, signed. Horizontal, nude in blocks on train tracks (Poem 419)          undated

M5a          21          Portrait poem, “It’s the extravagance of my sentiment…” (15x20). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, black and white person in multicolored robe (Poem 415)          undated

M5a          21          Portrait poem, “The Politician” (15x22). Pen and ink, some watercolor, signed. Horizontal, smoking person at left, various people within two heads at right (Poem 410)          undated

M5a          21          Portrait poem, “Home” (16x30)          undated

M5b          1          Portrait poem, “See the final boundary…” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, pointillist, signed. Vertical, standing man with dragonfly on chest          undated

M5b          1          Portrait poem, “Gentlemen prefer blondes was sung by Hitler’s German…” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, house, Ann Frank, bird’s legs/talons, swastikas          undated

M5b          1          Portrait poem, “I am only the ship of the desert…” (30x40). Pen and ink, signed. Horizontal, camel          undated

M5b          2          Portrait poem, “Old cold stone…” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, pointillist, signed. Horizontal, lion and lioness          undated

M5b          2          Portrait pome, “Bury your hand…” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, black and white figure with extended curving arm going into ground, blue sky, orange sun          undated

M5b          2          Portrait poem, “A Lie Is A Frequent Wind” (30x40). Unfinished, outline of hobby horse          undated

M5b          3          Portrait poem, “Communism” (30x40)          undated

M5b          3          Portrait poem, “To Best Friends” (30x40)          undated

M5b          3          Portrait poem, “Tired of Unhappiness” (30x40)          undated

M5b          4          Portrait poem, “War is Declared” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, type-signed. Horizontal, nude male with arm upraised. Poem is photostat adhered to painting          undated

M5b          4          Portrait poem, “Man of Tomorrow” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, type-signed. Vertical, multi-colored, figures and faces within stalk/leaf-like structures. Poem is photostat adhered to board          undated

M5b          4          Portrait poem, “The Caste System” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, type-signed. Vertical, goat, two figures, and multiple cones with swirling road. Poem is photostat adhered to painting          undated

M5b          4          Portrait poem, “Once upon a time a man appeared…” (30x40)          undated

M5c          1          Portrait poem, “The Search For Oneself” (30x40)          undated

M5c          1          Portrait poem, “The Wind” (30x40)          undated

M5c          1          Portrait poem, “If I were God…” (30x40)          undated

M5c          2          Portrait poem, “What is love…” (30x40)          undated

M5c          2          Portrait poem, “What is a word…” (30x40)          undated

M5c          2          Portrait poem, “Man and Wife…” (30x40)          undated

M5c          3          Portrait poem, “I’m Shadow the Failure” (30x40). Watercolor, poem in ink, signed. Vertical, two nudes with background of multi-colored lines          undated

M5c          3          Portrait poem, “1955” (30x40). Watercolor, poem in ink, signed. Vertical, thin people in forest (mother/father/daughter in foreground, a women and man in background)          undated

M5c          3          Portrait poem, “It is the song, the song…” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, nude man, nude women, with child climbing tree, toadstool          undated

M5c          4          Portrait poem, “Rodin, you said the brute…” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Vertical, nude (male?), multi-colored          undated

M5c          4          Portrait poem, “The Birth of Israel’s Soul” (30x40). Pen and ink, various colors, signed. Horizontal, two figures, one male with helmet labeled “Jude,” one female, with swastikas (no poem)          undated

M5c          4          Portrait poem, “Nature Alone With Man” (30x40). Pen and ink, various colors, pointillist, signed. Horizontal, landscape of green with red trees, blue sky (no poem)          undated

M5c          5          Portrait poem, “Atomic Peace” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, silver paint, signed. Horizontal, mushroom cloud and deformed people (no poem)          undated

M5c          5          Portrait poem, “This Hobo Discovers Spring” (30x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, unsigned. Vertical, female nude with hat, belt, and shoes, multi-colored          undated

M5c          5          Portrait poem, “From Ego-less to Egotist” (30x40). Pen and ink, various colors, signed. Horizontal, reclining nude          undated

M5d          2          Portrait poem, “The octopus memory…” (11x30) (Poem 395)          undated

M5d          2          Portrait poem, “If you went out…” (10x40)          undated

M5d          2          Portrait poem, “The moon, the sun…” (10x40)          undated

M5d          2          Portrait poem, “The Suicide” (6x30)          undated

M5d          3          Portrait poem, “Every face looked familiar…” (11x30) (Poem 394)          undated

M5d          3          Portrait poem, “The mad man made up…” (10x40)          undated

M5d          3          Portrait poem, “Oh, God above…” (10x40)          undated

M5d          3          Portrait poem, “War indicates…” (4x30) (Poem 389) (2 copies)          undated

M5d          4          Portrait poem, “If the ocean is no wetter…” (11x30) (Poem 392)          undated

M5d          4          Portrait poem, “What they don’t do tells…” (11x30) (Poem 390)          undated

M5d          4          Portrait poem, “What Is Hitler’s Jew?” (10x40)          undated

M5d          4          Portrait poem, “Tree—stop war with your timelessness…” (6x30)          undated

M5d          5          Portrait poem, “Silent dumb I sat…” (11x30)          undated

M5d          5          Portrait poem, “Her ground floor of character…” (11x30)          undated

M5d          5          Green pointillist landscape with red trees, no poem (10x40)          undated

M5d          5          Portrait poem, “Knowledge is needful…” (4x30)          undated

M5d          6          Portrait poem, “The skylight was put up…” (11x30) (Poem 391)          undated

M5d          6          Portrait poem, “To go fishing for my selves…” (11x30)          undated

M5d          6          Portrait poem, “All I knew…” (10x40)          undated

M5d          6          Portrait poem, “My girl of nature…” (4x30)          undated

M5d          7          Portrait poem, “Epitaph To A Critic” (10x40). Pen and ink, watercolor, signed. Horizontal, green bat with human face          undated

M5d          7          Portrait poem, “If you invite one…” (11x30) (Poem 398)          undated

M5d          7          Portrait poem, “He lived on a kite…” (11x30)          undated

M5d          7          Portrait poem, “The Apprentice” (6x30)          undated

M5d          8          Portrait poem, “Diplomacy is skill…” (11x30)          undated

M5d          8          Portrait poem, “Pessimistic/Optimistic” (20x40). Pen and ink, various colors, watercolor, signed. Vertical, standing male, arms folded (in tie and briefs?)          undated

M5d          8          Portrait poem, “I married a chartographer…” (4x30)          undated

M5d          8          Portrait poem, “The Bombed” (6x30)          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “A President Passes, September 8, 1954” (31x41), #1          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “The Garden” (34.5x44.5), #2          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “To Be a Dot” (45x65.5), #3          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “He’s almost a man…” (45x65.5), #4          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “Mother’s Death, November 20, 1953” (23x31), #5          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “And the Chipmunk…” (21.5x32), #6          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “Ignorance is the longest Cave…” (16.5x21.5), #7          undated

Art rack          12B          Portrait poem, “The Failure” (23x33), #8          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “And I Speak for the Earth…” (45x65.5), #9          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “I’ll be as humble as a chair…” (45x65.5), #10          undated

Art rack          13B          Portrait poem, “Self pity is the warden that puts the lock on action” (45x65.5), #11          undated

Art rack          14A          Portrait poem, “And I speak for creation…” (45x65.5), #12          undated

Art rack          14A          Portrait poem, “Day is a sentinel…” (45x65.5), #13          undated

Art rack          13B          Portrait poem, “To be myself without the Struggle to be” (45x65.5), #14          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “the cobwebs of time…” (21.5x32), #15          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “The thought that couldn’t…” (23x31), #16          undated

Art rack          14B          Portrait poem, “WA Mozart Epitaph” (45x65.5), #17          undated

Art rack          14B          Portrait poem, “If I laugh or cry…” (45x65.5), #18          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “Make a small man feel big” (45x65.5), #19          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “Bury your Hand in the Sand…” (45x65.5), #20          undated

Art rack          14A          Portrait poem, “All the World Should be one Room” (35x45), #22          undated

Art rack          9B          Portrait poem, [Untitled] (31.5x42), #24          undated

Art rack          11B          Portrait poem, “A Mom’s Job” (35x45), #25          undated

Art rack          9B          Portrait poem, “Death is the Stranger…” (31.5x42), #26          undated

Art rack          12A          Portrait poem, [Untitled] (45x35), #27          undated

Art rack          10A          Portrait poem, [Untitled] (41.5x31), #28          undated

Art rack          10A          Portrait poem, [Untitled] (41.5x32), #31          undated

Art rack          12A          Portrait poem, [Untitled] (42x35), #32          undated

Art rack          12A          Portrait poem, “The Lord” (21.5x32), #33          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “The Jews Rolled Hitler’s Stone…” (7.5x17), #34          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “Blind Faith…” (7.5x17), #35          undated

Art rack          13A          Painted frame          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “Oh, Tree, to have your Silence…” (16.5x12.75), #37          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “See the Final Boundary” (12.5x15.5), #38          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “Petulances is the immortal Child in Man” (11.5x16.5), #39          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “Walt Whitman” (15.5x12.5), #40          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “To Be Myself without the Struggle to be” (16.5x12.5), #41          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “The Bowery, Loveless” (16.5x12.5), #42          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “People say ‘the times! What are they?’” (7.5x31.5), #43          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “Kloppity clop, klippity klip” (7.5x31.5), #44          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, [Untitled], (42x11.5), #45          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “If you have the fiber…” (41.5x11.5), #46          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “Is it time for the Pen…” (12.25x31.25), #47          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “You Cannot Borrow Another’s Word” (4.75x11.75), #48          undated

Art rack          10B          Portrait poem, “It is Good Man has a Belly” (41.5x11.5), #49          undated

Art rack          13A          Portrait poem, “He dreamed, ‘I am such a happy boy’” (45.5x35), #50          undated

5          28          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

5          29          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          1          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          2          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          3          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          4          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          5          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          6          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          7          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          8          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          9          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          10          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          11          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          12          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The child in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          13          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The Groucho Marx in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          14          Portrait poems, individual, color (“The Groucho Marx in us” series)          1980s-1990s

6          15          Portrait poems, individual, black & white (“The Groucho Marx in us” series)          1980s-1990s

7          1          Portrait poems, individual, color (envelope reads “work done in London, England”)          1980s-1990s

7          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

7          12          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          12          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          13          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          14          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          15          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

8          16          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          12          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          13          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

9          14          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

10          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          3           Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          12          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          13          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          14          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          15          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

11          16          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          12          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

12          13          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          11          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          12          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          13          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          14          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          15          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          16          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

13          17          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          1          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          2          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          3          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          4          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          5          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          6          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          7          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          8          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          9          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          10          Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

33                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

34                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

35                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

36                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

37                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

38                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

39                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

40                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

41                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

42                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

43                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

44                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

45                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

46                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

47                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

48                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

49                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

50                     Portrait poems, individual, color          1980s-1990s

14          11          Drawings for portrait poems, color          1997

14          12          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          13          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          14          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          15          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          16          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white (photocopies)          1980s-1990s

14          17          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          18          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          19          Portrait poems, individual, color and black & white          1980s-1990s

14          20          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

14          21          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

14          22          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

14          23          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          1          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          2          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          3          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          4          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          5          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          6          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          7          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          8          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          9          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          10          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          11          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          12          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          13          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

15          14          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

16          1          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

16          2          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

16          3          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

16          4          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1980s-1990s

16          5          Portrait poems, individual, black & white (photocopies)          1980s-1990s

16          6          Portrait poems, individual, black & white (photocopies)          1980s-1990s

16          7          Portrait poems, individual, black & white (photocopies) (with letter to Tom Whitehead)          1996

16          8          Portrait poems, individual, black & white (with letter to Tom Whitehead)          1996

16          9          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1998, undated

16          10          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1998, undated

16          11          Portrait poems, individual, black & white          1998, undated

16          12          Drawings for portrait poems, black & white          1996

16          13          Drawings for portrait poems, black & white          1996-1997

16          14          Drawings for portrait poems, black & white          1980s-1990s

31          7          Drawings for black & white portrait poems          1990s

17          1          Poem, “All the Great Forces…”          undated

17          2          Poems, “Assorted ENERGIES In This Package” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

17          3          Poems, “Assorted ENERGIES In This Package”          undated

17          4          Poems, “BANG I Cannot Be Idle” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

17          5          Poems, “BANG I Cannot Be Idle”          1972-1973

17          6          Poems, “BANG I Cannot Be Idle”          circa 1973

17          7          Poems, “The Birth Of A Word Or A Grape”          1972

17          8          Poems, “The Birth Of A Word Or A Grape”          undated

17          9          Poems, “The Birth Of A Word Or A Grape”          undated

17          10          Poems, “Charactertures: Pictures of Character in Verse”          undated

17          11          Poem, “The Composer Gustav Mahler…” (photocopies)          undated

17          12          Poem, “The Corpses”          undated

17          13          Poems, “The Cyclone’s Ambitious Eyes”          circa 1972

17          14          Poems, “The Cyclone’s Ambitious Eyes” (photocopies)          circa 1972

17          15          Poems, “The Cyclone’s Ambitious Eyes”          undated

17          16          Poems, “Describe Description”          circa 1972

17          17          Poems, “Describe Description”          undated

17          18          Poems, “Desperation Addresses Its Imagination” (“New York, Spring 1973”)          1973

17          19          Poems, “Desperation Addresses Its Imagination” (“New York, Spring 1973”)          1973

17          20          Poems, “Dispensing Fate To An Insect” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

17          21          Poems, “Dispensing Fate To An Insect” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

17          22          Poems, “Dispensing Fate To An Insect”          1972-1973

17          23          Poems, “Every Other Has Another”          circa 1972

17          24          Poems, “Every Other Has Another”          undated

17          25          Poems, “Every Other Has Another”          undated

17          26          Poems, “Find A Room Find A Street Find A City”          circa 1972

17          27          Poems, “Find A Room Find A Street Find A City”          undated

17          28          Poems, “Find A Room Find A Street Find A City”          undated

17          29          Poems, “The Fingerprint Of Your Soul” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

17          30          Poems, “The Fingerprint Of Your Soul”          undated

17          31          Poems, “For Gertrude and Ed”          1994

17          32          Poems, “The Greatest GREATNESS”          circa 1972

17          33          Poems, “The Greatest GREATNESS” (photocopies)          circa 1972

17          34          Poems, “The Greatest GREATNESS”          undated

17          35          Poem, “Gustav Mahler…”          undated

17          36          Poems, “Her Unwanting Fingers Crept Toward the Clock” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-3”)          1972-1973

17          37          Poems, “Her Unwanting Fingers Crept Toward the Clock” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-3”)          1972-1973

17          38          Poem, “I Speak To Myself and Say” (multiple copies)          undated

17          39          Poems, “I Went The Whole Long Way”          circa 1972

17          40          Poems, “I Went The Whole Long Way” (photocopies)          circa 1972

17          41          Poems, “I Went The Whole Long Way”          undated

17          42          Poems, “I Will Not Be Your Imagination For You”          circa 1972

17          43          Poems, “I Will Not Be Your Imagination For You” (photocopies)          circa 1972

17          44          Poems, “I Will Not Be Your Imagination For You”          undated

17          45          Poems, “I Will Not Discard The Inch of Thread” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972”)          1972

17          46          Poems, “I Will Not Discard The Inch of Thread” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972”)          1972

17          47          Poems, “I Will Not Discard The Inch of Thread”          1972

17          48          Poems, “I Will Widen My Petals” (2 copies)          undated

17          49          Poems, “I Will Widen My Petals”          undated

17          50          Poems, “I You They Are All The Same One”          circa 1972

17          51          Poems, “I You They Are All The Same One” (photocopies)          circa 1972

17          52          Poems, “I You They Are All The Same One”          undated

17          53          Poems, “Identity”          circa 1972

17          54          Poems, “Identity”          undated

17          55          Poems, “Identity”          undated

17          56          Poems, “If God Had Two Lifetimes”          circa 1972

17          57          Poems, “If God Had Two Lifetimes”          undated

17          58          Poems, “If It Had Been Told Me”          circa 1972

18          1          Poems, “If It Had Been Told Me”          undated

18          2          Poems, “If It Had Been Told Me”          undated

18          3          Poems, “If My Heart Put Its Ear To Me” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

18          4          Poems, “If My Heart Put Its Ear To Me”          undated

18          5          Poems, “If The Sun Had Anything Less To Do” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

18          6          Poems, “If The Sun Had Anything Less To Do”          undated

18          7          Poems, “If You Do It Alone”          1972

18          8          Poems, “If You Do It Alone”          circa 1973

18          9          Poems, “If You Do It Alone”          undated

18          10          Poems, “In Desperation You Address Your Imagination”          1973

18          11          Poems, “It Depends Upon the Moment”          circa 1972

18          12          Poems, “It Depends Upon the Moment”          undated

18          13          Poems, “It Depends Upon the Moment”          undated

18          14          Poems, “It Moved Like Water”          1972

18          15          Poems, “It Moved Like Water”          circa 1973

18          16          Poems, “Know the Pores and Grain of Things It Is the Secret of Knowing: A Play”          1990s

18          17          Poems, “Let There Be The Bread Of Poetry: A Collection of Poems” (1 of 4)          undated

18          18          Poems, “Let There Be The Bread Of Poetry: A Collection of Poems” (2 of 4)          undated

18          19          Poems, “Let There Be The Bread Of Poetry: A Collection of Poems” (3 of 4)          undated

18          20          Poems, “Let There Be The Bread Of Poetry: A Collection of Poems” (4 of 4)          undated

18          21          Poems, “Little Mr. Big, Big Mr. Little”          undated

18          22          Poems, “Little Mr. Big, Big Mr. Little”          undated

18          23          Poems, “London Told Me Then I Told London”          circa 1972

18          24          Poems, “London Told Me Then I Told London” (photocopies)          circa 1972

18          25          Poems, “London Told Me Then I Told London”          undated

18          26          Poems, “Make Virtue the Mystery” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

18          27          Poems, “Make Virtue the Mystery” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

18          28          Poems, “Make Virtue the Mystery”          1972-1973

18          29          Poems, “The Man With the Highcheeked Bones” (“Winter, Sarasota, 1972”)          1972

18          30          Poems, “The Man With the Highcheeked Bones” (“Winter, Sarasota, 1972”)          1972

18          31          Poems, “The Man With the Highcheeked Bones”          1972

18          32          Poems, “My Empathy Makes Me You”          circa 1972

18          33          Poems, “My Empathy Makes Me You” (photocopies)          circa 1972

18          34          Poems, “My Empathy Makes Me You”          undated

18          35          Poems, “New Vanities and Profanities” (with handwritten index)          undated

18          36          Poems, “New Vanities and Profanities”          undated

18          37          Poems, “No One Is Without It” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

18          38          Poems, “No One Is Without It”          undated

18          39          Poems, “Not To Be Nowhere Inbetween” (photocopies)          circa 1970

18          40          Poems, “Not To Be Nowhere Inbetween”          undated

18          41          Poems, “Not To Be Nowhere Inbetween”          undated

18          42          Poems, “Not To Be Nowhere Inbetween”          undated

18          43          Poems, “One Day In Pity City” (2 copies)          undated

19          1          Poems, “People Are So Different Its A Wonder People Can Think Together”          circa 1972

19          2          Poems, “People Are So Different Its A Wonder People Can Think Together”          undated

19          3          Poems, “People Are So Different Its A Wonder People Can Think Together”          undated

19          4          Poems, “Perfection Spreads Musical Strings”          undated

19          5          Poems, “Poems of Stymean Karlen (in the novels of David Weiss)”          1982

19          6          Poem, “Political Campaign”          circa 1950

19          7          Poems, “Reflection Spreads Musical Strings” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

19          8          Poem, “Remembering Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 12th”          1947

19          9          Poem, “Rodin Returns in 1957”          undated

19          10          Poems, “Shoot And Turn The Camera Quickly” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972”)          1972

19          11          Poems, “Shoot And Turn The Camera Quickly” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972”)          1972

19          12          Poems, “Shoot And Turn The Camera Quickly”          1972

19          13          Poems, “Some Day Is One Day”          circa 1972

19          14          Poems, “Some Day Is One Day”          undated

19          15          Poems, “Some Day Is One Day”          undated

19          16          Poems, “START Civilization” (partial draft)          undated

19          17          Poems, “START Civilization”          undated

19          18          Poems, “START Civilization”          undated

19          19          Poems, “START Civilization”          undated

19          20          Poems, “Stymean Karlen and You”          1972

19          21          Poems, “Stymean Karlen and You”          circa 1973

19          22          Poems, “Stymean Karlen and You”          undated

19          23          Poems, “Third Vanities and Profanities, Vol. 3” (with handwritten index)          undated

19          24          Poems, “Three For One”          circa 1980

19          25          Poems, “To Give It A Life” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

19          26          Poems, “To Give It A Life”          undated

19          27          Poems, “Today Tomorrow and Yesterday”          undated

19          28          Poems, “Today Tomorrow and Yesterday”          undated

19          29          Poems, “Today Tomorrow and Yesterday”          undated

19          30          Poems, “Turn the Rust Back To Iron”          circa 1972

19          31          Poems, “Turn the Rust Back To Iron”          undated

19          32          Poems, “Turn the Rust Back To Iron”          undated

19          33          Poems, “The Unhappy Branchless Tree” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

19          34          Poems, “The Unhappy Branchless Tree”          circa 1973

19          35          Poems, “The Unhappy Branchless Tree”          undated

19          36          Poems, “Vanities and Profanities” (“Incomplete, First V&P copy”)          undated

19          37          Poems, “Vanities and Profanities”          undated

19          38          Poems, “Vanities and Profanities”          undated

19          39          Poems, “Vanities and Profanities” (photocopies)          undated

19          40          Poems, “Vanities and Profanities” (photocopies)          undated

20          1          Poems, “Vanities and Profanities” (photocopies)          undated

20          2          Poems, “We Dont Know How To Be A Realist” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

20          3          Poems, “We Dont Know How To Be A Realist” (“Sarasota, Winter 1972-73”)          1972-1973

20          4          Poems, “We Dont Know How To Be A Realist”          1972-1973

20          5          Poems, “We Must Pay For Light…” (photocopies)          undated

20          6          Poems, “What Do I Know God Says: A Play In Its Own Form”          1990s

20          7          Poems, “What Have They Proven And Will Prove”          1972

20          8          Poems, “What Have They Proven And Will Prove”          circa 1973

20          9          Poems, “What Have They Proven And Will Prove”          undated

20          10          Poems, “When NO THING Is Happening”          circa 1972

20          11          Poems, “When NO THING Is Happening” (photocopies)          circa 1972

20          12          Poems, “When NO THING Is Happening”          undated

20          13          Poems, “When You Leave The Last Fact” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

20          14          Poems, “When You Leave The Last Fact”          undated

20          15          Poems, “While YELLOW Is Singing In Soprano” (“Winter 1972-73, Sarasota”)          1972-1973

20          16          Poems, “While YELLOW Is Singing In Soprano” (“Winter 1972-73, Sarasota”)          1972-1973

20          17          Poems, “While YELLOW Is Singing In Soprano”          1972-1973

20          18          Poem, “Wishes Really Heard, Not Poetry or Fiction”          undated

20          19          Poems, “You Already Miss It Before It Is Gone”          circa 1972

20          20          Poems, “You Already Miss It Before It Is Gone”          undated

20          21          Poems, “You Already Miss It Before It Is Gone”          undated

20          22          Poem, “You have to marry…” (written on mailing envelope)          undated

20          23          Poems, “Your Personal History Mine” (“New Poetry, London, Summer 1972”)          1972

20          24          Poems, “Your Personal History Mine”          undated

20          25          Poems, individual, ink          undated

20          26          Love poems (to David)          undated

20          27          Poems          circa 1950s

20          28          Poems          1969

20          29          Poems, some addressed to David Weiss          1976-1977

20          30          Poems          circa 1979

20          31          Poems          1970s

20          32          Poems          1970s

20          33          Poems          1970s

20          34          Poems          1970s

20          35          Poems          1970s

20          36          Poems          1970s

20          37          Poems          1970s

20          38          Poems          1970s

20          39          Poems          1970s

20          40          Poems          1990s

20          41          Poems (“Poetry (odds and ends)”)          undated

20          42          Poems written on envelope          undated

20          43          Poems, typed with page numbers          undated

21          1          Poems          undated

21          2          Poems          undated

21          3          Poems          undated

21          4          Poems          undated

21          5          Poems          undated

21          6          Poems          undated

21          7          Poems          undated

21          8          Poems          undated

21          9          Poems          undated

21          10          Poems          undated

21          11          Poems          undated

21          12          Poems          undated

21          13          Poems          undated

21          14          Poems          undated

21          15          Poems          undated

21          16          Poems          undated

21          17          Various poems          1973, undated

21          18          Various poems          undated

21          19          Various poems          undated

21          20          Various poems          undated

21          21          Various poems          undated

21          22          Various poems          undated

21          23          Various poems          undated

21          24          Various poems          undated

21          25          Various poems          undated

21          26          Various poems          undated

21          27          Various poems          undated

21          28          Various poems          undated

21          29          Various poems and portrait poems          undated

21          30          Various poems and portrait poems          undated

21          31          Various poems and portrait poems          undated

21          32          Various poems and portrait poems          undated

21          33          Various poems and portrait poems          undated

21          34          Various poems and portrait poems          undated

21          35          Poetry journals with Stymean’s poetry          1942, 1948-1950, 1969

21          36          Poetry journals with Stymean’s poetry          1947, 1950

21          37          Copy of Insights: Stymean Karlen          1984

21          38          Copies of Insights: Stymean Karlen          1984

21          39          Copies of Insights: Stymean Karlen          1984

22          1          Poetry notebook, “Book One, Sarasota Winter 1966”          1966

22          2          Poetry notebook, “Poems I Wrote at 42 Eaton Square, London, England”          1968

22          3          Poetry notebook          August-September 1974

22          4          Poetry notebook          1974

22          5          Poetry notebook          1974

22          6          Poetry notebook          1974

22          7          Poetry notebooks          1975, undated

22          8          Poetry notebook          1976

22          9          Poetry notebooks          1976, undated

22          10          Poetry notebook          1976?

22          11          Poetry notebook          1977

22          12          Poetry notebook          1978

22          13          Poetry notebook          1978

22          14          Poetry notebooks          1980s-1990s

22          15          Poetry notebook, “All I Knew Yesterday I Know Today But Differently”          undated

22          16          Poetry notebook, “Vanities and Profanities, 1 to 95”          undated

22          17          Poetry notebook, “Vanities and Profanities, 379-577”          undated

22          18          Poetry notebook          undated

22          19          Poetry notebook          undated

22          20          Poetry notebook          undated

23          1          Poetry notebook          undated

23          2          Poetry notebook          undated

23          3          Poetry notebook          undated

23          4          Poetry notebook          undated

23          5          Poetry notebook          undated

23          6          Poetry notebooks          undated

23          7          Poetry notebooks          undated

Subseries 1.2: Plays, 1930-1957

Subseries 1.2 contains plays written by Karlen and are arranged alphabetically by title. Most of the plays are undated, but dates have been estimated where possible.

23          8          Play, “Alan Sims Happened To Be There”          undated

23          9          Play, “All Of Me Is A Genius!”, notes and drafts          undated

23          10          Play, “Atlantic City Surf: A Play About Marriage” (co-authored with David Weiss)          undated

23          11          Play, “A Boy Gabriel”          undated

23          12          Play, “Chaff People”          1930s

23          13          Play, “Chaff People”          undated

23          14          Play, “Chaff People”          undated

23          15          Play, “Chaff People”          undated

23          16          Play, “Charlotte”          undated

23          17          Play, “Charlotte”          undated

23          18          Play, “Congressional District,” and rejection letter from Direction magazine          circa 1940

23          19          Play, “A Dead Woman Woos Park Avenue”          undated

23          20          Play, “Dr. Gay”          undated

23          21          Play, “Dr. Gay”          undated

23          22          Short play, “Drawing Room Stuff”          undated

23          23          Play, “The Early Strawberry”          1945

23          24          Play, “The Early Strawberry”          undated

24          1          Play, “The Early Strawberry”          undated

24          2          Play, “The Eleventh Commandment” (2 copies)          1940s

24          3          Play, “The Eleventh Commandment”          undated

24          4          Play, “The Eleventh Commandment”          undated

24          5          Short play, “Finale: Camp”          undated

24          6          Play, “For This Relief Much Thanks”          1930s

24          7          Short play, “Greenwich Village”          1930

24          8          Short play, “Greenwich Village”          undated

24          9          Short play, “Huzza! The Tenant’s League”          undated

24          10          Short play, “I Am a College Graduate”          1934

24          11          Short play, “I Take An Ocean Voyage”          undated

24          12          Play, “Joan of Art”          undated

24          13          Play, “Joan of Art”          undated

24          14          Play, “Joan of Art”          undated

24          15          Play, “Joan of Art”          undated

24          16          Play, “Joan of Art”          undated

24          17          Short play, “Kitchen Love”          undated

24          18          Short play, “Kitchen Love”          undated

24          19          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          20          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          21          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          22          Play, “Let There Be People” (4 copies)          undated

24          23          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          24          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          25          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          26          Play, “Let There Be People”          undated

24          27          Short play, “Ligature”          undated

24          28          Play, “The Mercantile Genius”          undated

24          29          Play, “Miss Rosebud Smiley: A Satiric Comedy” (by Stymean and David Weiss) (4 copies)          undated

24          30          Play, “Miss Rosebud Smiley: A Satiric Comedy” (co-authored with David Weiss)          undated

25          1          Play, “Miss Rosebud Smiley”          undated

25          2          Short play, “Mrs. Roosevelt”          undated

25          3          Short play, “Nervous Breakdown”          undated

25          4          Monologue for radio, “The Orphan Rolfe”          undated

25          5          Play, “Sixty-Eight Windows”          undated

25          6          Play, “Sweet Land of Liberty”          undated

25          7          Play, “Sweet Land of Liberty: A Psychological Comedy” (by Stymean and David)          undated

25          8          Play, “Thieves In the Night,” adapted from the novel by Arthur Koestler          1957

25          9          Play, “Thieves In the Night,” adapted from the novel by Arthur Koestler          1957

25          10          Play, “Thieves In the Night,” adapted from the novel by Arthur Koestler          1957

25          11          Play, “Thou Shalt Be Young and Hang”          undated

25          12          Play, “Thou Shalt Be Young and Hang”          undated

25          13          Play, “Thou Shalt Be Young and Hang”          undated

25          14          Play, “Thou Shalt Be Young and Hang”          undated

25          15          Play outline for “Vote Right, Vote Bright”          undated

25          16          Short play, unknown title          undated

25          17          Short play, unknown title          undated

25          18          Short plays and performances          undated

Subseries 1.3: Prose, 1930-1943

Subseries 1.3 contains short stories and novels written by Karlen and are arranged alphabetically by title. Most are undated, but dates have been estimated where possible.

25          19          Issue of Voices with article by Stymean          1943

25          20          Short story, “Abram”          undated

25          21          Short story, “Abram”          undated

25          22          Short writing, “About Myself and Plans for Work-Poetry Project”          undated

25          23          Novel, “All About Her” (partial)          undated

25          24          Short story, “Alone They Walked Together”          undated

25          25          Short story, “Alone They Walked Together” (2 copies)          undated

25          26          Short story, “Alone They Walked Together”          undated

25          27          Novel, “Barren Bud”          undated

25          28          Novel, “Barren Bud”          undated

25          29          Short story, “But Why Did You?”          undated

25          30          Short story, “But Why Did You?”          undated

25          31          Short story, “But Why Did You?”          undated

25          32          Short story, “The Carousels In a Child’s Mind”          undated

25          33          Short story, “The Carousels In a Child’s Mind”          undated

25          34          Short story, “The Carousels In a Child’s Mind”          undated

25          35          Short story, “The Carousels In a Child’s Mind: A Sketch”          undated

25          36          Novel, “Cecile Blaine,” typescript pages, Chapters 1-15          undated

26          1          Novel, “Cecile Blaine,” typescript pages, Chapters 16-31          undated

26          2          Short story, “Dante’s Inferno” (2 copies)          undated

26          3          Novel, “Death Walker”          undated

26          4          Novel, “Death Walker”          undated

26          5          Short story, “The First Time They Played” (2 copies)          undated

26          6          Short novel, “I Can’t Live With Only One”          undated

26          7          Short story, “I’ll Kill You Sunday” (missing pages)          undated

26          8          Novel, “It Happened Between Monday and Tuesday,” typescript pages, Chapters 1-9          undated

26          9          Novel, “It Happened Between Monday and Tuesday,” typescript pages, Chapters 10-23          undated

26          10          Novel, “It Happened Between Monday and Tuesday” (partial)          undated

26          11          Short story, “Jennie”          undated

26          12          Short story, “Jennie”          undated

26          13          Novel, “Look Away, My Shadow”          undated

26          14          Pages from novel, “Look Away, My Shadow”          undated

26          15          Short story, “The Lyncher”          undated

26          16          Short story, “The Man With the Crooked Jaw”          undated

26          17          Short story, “The Man With the Crooked Jaw”          undated

26          18          Short story, “The Man With the Crooked Jaw”          undated

26          19          Short story, “Maypole in the Kitchen” (2 copies)          undated

26          20          Short story, “The Mountain That Wouldn’t Say Hello” (3 copies)          undated

26          21          Novel, “The New People”          undated

26          22          Novel, “The New People”          undated

26          23          Novel, “The New People,” with edits from David Weiss          undated

26          24          Short story, “Not Only Rome Burned”          undated

26          25          Short writing, “On My Poetry Project”          undated

26          26          Short story, “Politico Adolescents Plunge Left”          1930

26          27          Short story, “President Purpose”          undated

26          28          Novel, “The Silent Drama” (partial)          undated

26          29          Novel, “The Silent Drama” (partial)          undated

27          1          Short story, “Tourists in Majorca”          1932

27          2          Short story, “Tourists in Majorca”          1932

27          3          Short story, “Tourists in Majorca”          1932

27          4          Short story, “A Twig, A Branch, A Tree”          undated

27          5          Novel, “Womb In the Ear”          undated

27          6          Novel, “Womb In the Ear”          undated

27          7          Novel, unknown title, incomplete         undated

27          8          Short story, unknown title          undated

27          9          Short writing on Max Rosenfeld’s letterhead          undated

27          10          Unknown novel          undated

27          11          Unknown novel (2 copies)          undated

27          12          Pages from unknown novel          undated

27          13          Unknown novel (incomplete)          undated

27          14          Pages from various writings          undated

27          15          Pages from unknown novel          undated

27          16          Pages from unknown writings          undated

27          17          Miscellaneous writing          undated

27          18          Various writings          undated

Subseries 1.4: Correspondence and other records, 1937-1990

Subseries 1.4 contains records documenting Karlen’s writing career, including clippings, letters regarding fellowships and her submissions to publications, and correspondence with her New York theater colleagues. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

28          1          Clippings regarding “For This Relief Much Thanks”          April 14, 1937, undated

28          2          Materials regarding Stymean’s proposed column, “If You Had Your Life to Live Over”          February-March 1942

28          3          Publicity releases for Stymean’s proposed column, “If You Had Your Life to Live Over”          February-April 1942

28          4          Correspondence          1942, 1949, 1956

28          5          Correspondence          1942-1950

28          6          Correspondence regarding submissions          1942-1952

28          7          Letter from Poetry Society of America          March 3, 1943

28          8          Letters from John Gassner          1944, 1945, 1948, 1949

28          9          Letters from The New Studio and Virginia Farmer          1944, 1947, 1948, 1949

28          10          Correspondence with Clifford Odets          1944-1945

28          11          Letters of recommendation from John Gassner and Clifford Odets (photostats)          January 1945

28          12          Contract between Stymean and Claire Leonard and correspondence          September-December 1945

28          13          Letters from the American Negro Theatre          1945, 1946

28          14          Letter to Clifford Odets          circa 1945

28          15          Letters from The Civic Theatre and Frederick O’Neal          May 1946

28          16          Certificates of copyright registration          1946-1949

28          17          Press release written by Stymean          April 22, 1947

28          18          Letters from National Theatre Conference and others regarding playwriting fellowship          1947-1948

28          19          Letter from The New Studio          July 23, 1948

28          20          Letter from Clifford Odets          November 16, 1948

28          21          “National Theatre Conference Awards to Playwrights, Season 1948-49”          1948

28          22          Clippings          1948, undated

28          23          Letters from Interim magazine          1948-1949

28          24          Clippings regarding “The Eleventh Commandment”          December 1949

28          25          Playwriting notebooks          1940s

28          26          Synopsis of “The Eleventh Commandment” (partial)          circa 1950

28          27          Correspondence with Paul Muni regarding “Let There Be People”          1954-1955

28          28          Write-up of “Read-A-Painting” exhibit at the Town Club          circa 1955

28          29          Invitation to Stymean’s exhibit at the Kamin Dance Bookshop and Gallery          February 1956

28          30          Materials regarding Stymean’s 1956 exhibition in New York          February 1956

28          31          Press release regarding Stymean’s exhibition and telegrams of congratulations          1956

28          32          Correspondence regarding Stymean’s adaptation of “Thieves In the Night” by Arthur Koestler          January-March 1957

28          33          Letter from Ford Foundation Program for Playwrights          May 19. 1959

28          34          Invitation to PAC party          1950s

28          35          Letter to “Barrie” regarding “The Eleventh Commandment”          March 2, 1960

28          36          Letter from Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. regarding publication of “It Happened Between Monday and Tuesday”          May 1, 1963

28          37          Letter from Hodder & Stoughton          September 1969

28          38          List of manuscripts sent to Hodder & Stoughton          November 1972

28          39          Letter from Leondard Bernstein’s office          December 1979

28          40          Letters from Tom Whitehead regarding publication of Stymean’s poetry          1982-1984

28          41          Brochure, “Poetry of Stymean Karlen”          circa 1984

28          42          Letters regarding Observations and Insights          1984, 1986

28          43          Materials from Tom Whitehead regarding publishing Stymean’s poetry          1985-1990

28          44          Handwritten draft of play, “Philadelphia Penn”          undated

28          45          Review of “Genesis” by Delmore Schwartz by Stymean          undated

28          46          Synposis of play “Man on His Head” by Stymean          undated

Series 2: Personal files, circa 1900-1998

Series 2 contains records pertaining to Karlen’s personal life, including correspondence with her husband, David Weiss, her brother, State Senator Maxwell Rosenfeld, and other family. Also contained here are clippings, records regarding the death of Karlen’s brother Max Rosenfeld in 1954, and a handpainted glass shade. This series is arranged chronologically.

31          8          Photograph of group of unidentified women          circa 1900

28          47          Photograph of unidentified woman          circa 1915

28          48          Brochure for Camp Ten-Rab for Girls          1922

28          49          Menu for the Russian Eagle          1920s

28          50          Transcription of WQXR radio program “Out of the Ivory Tower” on modern poetry          1942

28          51          Letters from Ivan Black          1942, 1943, undated

28          52          Correspondence          1942-1954

28          53          Correspondence regarding Social Security card          1943

28          54          Letters from Max Rosenfeld          1944-1950

28          55          Democratic Party mailing for Maxwell Rosenfeld          circa 1945

28          56          Family letters          1945-1949

28          57          Letter from PA State Board of Vocational Education regarding Aunt Ida          March 4, 1948

28          58          Clippings          1948, 1954, 1982, 1998

28          59          Materials regarding hearing problems and ear operation          1948-1953

28          60          Clippings regarding Maxwell Rosenfeld          1949

28          61          Binder of greeting cards, “The Greeting Card For Any Occasion: Illustrated Poetry” (with Stymean’s poetry)          circa 1950

28          62          Greeting cards featuring Stymean’s poetry          circa 1950

28          63          Photograph of Maxwell Rosenfeld and two others          circa 1950

28          64          Letters regarding greeting cards          1952, undated

28          65          “The Rabbi’s Address at the Funeral Service of Maxwell S. Rosenfeld”          September 10, 1954

28          66          Clippings regarding Maxwell Rosenfeld’s death          1954

28          67          Photocopy of poem for Max Rosenfeld published in The Philadelphia Jewish Times          May 1955

28          68          Clippings, letter to Governor George Leader regarding Maxwell Rosenfeld          1955

28          69          Letter from Governor George M. Leader regarding Stymean’s suggestion for “Maxwell M. Rosenfeld Day”          November 8, 1956

28          70          Letters regarding Maxwell Rosenfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund          1958

28          71          Book jacket for “The Guilt Makers”          1950s

28          72          Letters to Aunt Ida          1950s

28          73          Photograph of David, Stymean, and others taken at the Rendez-vous at the Plaza Hotel          1950s

28          74          Short notes on poetry by unknown author          1950s?

28          75          Correspondence          1967-1969, 1997

28          76          Stationery from Hotel Bristol, Vienna, and postcard          1960s?

28          77          Letter and issue of Oyster from Ruthi Blackmore          1970

28          78          Personal letters from Maureen at Hodder & Stoughton          1971

28          79          Letters from Marjorie de Hartog          1972, 1973

28          80          Personal letters from Sam Weisbord and William Morris Agency          1978-1983

28          81          Copy of play, “The Sisters of Ophelia” by Albert Johnston, with letter          December 1982

28          82          Copies of letter from Harold Keen with remembrance at bottom of page          1982

28          83          Postcards to David and Stymean from Rudy Bond, Bond’s obituary, and poem by Stymean, “After He Died We Knew What An Actor’s Personality Was: To Rudy Bond”          1982

28          84          Letter regarding Stymean’s ear operation          January 27, 1986

28          85          “Lines About Stymean”          1998?

28          86          Copies of poem “First Love” by unknown author, two copies illustrated by Stymean          1990s

28          87          Correspondence          undated

28          88          “Enclosures, Stymean’s” (clippings and notes)          undated

28          89          Letters from David Weiss          undated

28          90          Letters to David Weiss          undated

28          91          Notes and edits for David          undated

32                     Painting on glass shade          undated

28          92          Personal files          undated

28          93          Poetry not by Stymean          undated