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Abattoir Editions Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UNO-0261

Scope and Contents

The Abattoir Editions Collection comprises the correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, forms, and other papers relating to the books published by the small letterpress Abattoir Editions, in Omaha, Nebraska. Materials are arranged by the name of the author whose work was published in Abattoir Editions, with notes in the inventory list as to the types of material available for that particular author (correspondence, proofs, manuscript, etc.).

New material added 2016-02-22: Photoengraved blocks and book illustrations for six books published by Abattoir Editions. The books are: Weaving the Sheets, Denise Brady, artist, Judith Root, author; The Ceremony, Weldon Kees, artist and author; Waiting in the Bone and Other Poems, Keith Achepohl, artist, Radcliffe Squires, author; A Thousand Little Things and Other Poems, Keith Achepohl, artist, Norman Dubie, author; "Fourteen Weeds," Keith Achepohl, artist and author; The House That Jack Built or A Portrait of the Artist as a Sad Sensualist, James Brunot, artist, John Logan, author. One folder contains art proofs by Harry Duncan. The addition also contains proof pages for ten books published between 1975 and 1983.

New material added 2021-09-27: Correspondence received by Abattoir Editions predominantly from authors during the years the press was managed by Bonnie O'Connell, 1988-1999.

Scope and Contents

Abattoir Editions Collection Folder List

A - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Achepohl, Keith - Book Illustrator correspondence

Agner, Dwight correspondence

Allen, Lewis, & Dorothy - Printers correspondence

Andrews, Nelson, Whitehead - Paper Vendor correspondence

Antin, Charles - Grolier Club Exhibit correspondence, copies

April House - Publisher correspondence

B - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Baker, Anthony - Gruffyground Press correspondence

Berg, Stephen - O I’m A Human Being manuscript

Berg, Stephen - First Song: Bankei: 1653 manuscript

Berg, Stephen - Sea Ice proofs

Berger, Sid correspondence

Berlinger, Harold - Printer correspondence

Blumenthal, Barb - Printer - Publisher correspondence

Blumenthal, Joseph correspondence

Bobb, Ralph - A Voyage To Cythera proofs, manuscript

Bolton, Joe - Days of Summer Gone correspondence, manuscript

Bond, Harold copies, correspondence

Brook, Stephen - Journalist correspondence

Brown, Catherine correspondence

Brunot, Jim correspondence

C - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Campbell - Logan Bindery correspondence, forms

Carter, Will - Publisher correspondence

Cave, Roderick - Publisher correspondence

Chapdu, Mary Ellen - Binder correspondence

Clark, Walter correspondence

Clark, Walter - View From Mount Paugus manuscript

Clark, Walter - View From Mount Paugus 2 proofs, correspondence

Coffin, Lyn correspondence

Coffin, Lyn - Human Trappings manuscript

Copyright Office correspondence, forms

Cummington correspondence

D - Misc. Correspondence correspondence, forms

Davis, Glover correspondence

Davis, Glover - August Fires manuscript

Denham, Robert D. correspondence

Di Piero, W. S. correspondence, postcard

Di Pierro, W. S. - The First Hour manuscript, proofs

Dilsaver, Paul postcards, correspondence, manuscript

Dilsaver, Paul - Malignant Blues manuscript, proofs

Dilsaver, Paul - Sequence, Sometimes… manuscripts, correspondence

Dubie, Norman correspondence

Dubie, Norman - A Thousand Little Things manuscript, proofs

Duensing, Paul Hayden - Typefounder correspondence

Duggin, Richard correspondence

E - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Edelstein, J. M. - Bibliographer correspondence, copies

Efrid, Susan correspondence

Efrid, Susan - The Eye of Heaven manuscript

Efrid, Susan - By the Rivers of Babylon manuscript

Efrid Susan - The Eye of Heaven 2 manuscript

F - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Farrell, David correspondence, copies

Fine, Ruth correspondence, copies, catalogue

56a. Fine, Ruth Francis Golffing, Collected Poems –

proofs, correspondence, linocuts.

Fine Print - Kirschenbaum, Gentry, etc. correspondence, postcards

Flamer, Richard correspondence, forms

Fredericks, Claude correspondence

G - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Gaines, William - Dean of Acad. Affairs, UNO correspondence

Gallo, Phillip correspondence

Gallo, Phillip - A Printer’s Dozen manuscript

Gallo, Phillip - Some Roses manuscript

Garfinkel, Herbert - Vice Chancellor, UNO correspondence, article

Ghiselin, Brewster correspondence

Ghiselin, Brewster - Light manuscript, proofs

Gioia, Dana correspondence

Goldersohn, Barry correspondence

Goldstein, Larry correspondence

Goldstein, Laurence - Altamira manuscript, proofs

Golffing, Francis & Barbara Gibbs correspondence

Golffing, Francis - Collected Poems proofs

Greer, Jane - Bathsheba On the Third Day manuscript

Grinnell College - Misc. correspondence

Gullans, Charles correspondence, proofs

Gullans, Charles - The Bright Universe correspondence, manuscript

Gunn, Thom correspondence

H - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Hagstrom, Jack - Collector correspondence, copies

Hahn, Robert correspondence

Hahn, Robert - One More Time proofs

Hahn, Robert - Routine Risks manuscript

Hamady, Walter - Printer photograph, correspondence

Heyen, William correspondence

Heyen, William - Of Palestine: A Meditation manuscript

Hoiby, Lee - Composer correspondence

Hollander, John correspondence

Hollander, John - In Place manuscript, proofs

Homer, Art correspondence

Howard, Ben correspondence

Howard, Benjamin - Father of Waters manuscript, proofs

Howard, Ben - Northern Interior manuscript, proofs

Howard, Richard correspondence

Howes, Barbara correspondence

Hoyem, Andrew - Printer correspondence

I - Misc. Correspondence correspondence, forms

J - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Justice, Donald correspondence

K - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Kees, Weldon - The Ceremony… manuscript

Kelley, Helen C. correspondence

Kentucky, University correspondence

Knoll, Robert - Kees Scholar, UNL correspondence, essays

Knox, Hugh correspondence

Knox, Hugh - The Queen of Snakes manuscript

Kroll, Ernest correspondence

Kostelanetz, Richard correspondence

Kuzma, Greg correspondence

Kuzma, Greg - A Day In the World manuscript

Kuzma, Greg - For My Brother manuscript

Kuzma, Greg - The Misery Room manuscript

Kuzma, Jeff - Working Drawings drawings

L - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

LaBrie, Hank - Student correspondence

Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut- Bibliographer correspondence

Lesser, Rike correspondence

Lesser, Rika - Rilke manuscript, proofs

Lester-Massman, Gordon correspondence

Liberman, Mike correspondence

Logan, John correspondence

Logan, John - The House That Jack Built manuscript, proofs

Logan, William correspondence

Los Angeles Typefoundry correspondence, forms

M - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Marcus, Stanley - Retailer correspondence

Marks, S. J. correspondence

Martin, Charles correspondence

Martin, Charles - Passages From Friday manuscript

Martin, Charles - The Poems of Catullus manuscript

Martin, Charles - The Poems of Catullus 2 manuscript

Mattson, Frank - Rare Book Librarian correspondence

Matheson, William, Library of Congress correspondence

Mayo, E. L. correspondence

McKernan, John correspondence

McCurdy, Mike - Publisher, Artist correspondence

McCurdy, Harold Grier - Bagatelles manuscript, proofs

McCleery, Nancy - Staving the Winter manuscript, proofs

Merker, Kim - Printer correspondence

Merrill, James correspondence

Moore, Robert - Dean, Fine Arts, UNO correspondence

Morgan, Fred correspondence

Moser, Barry - Artist correspondence, prints, forms

N - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

National Endowment for the Arts correspondence, forms, copies

Nebraska Arts Council correspondence, forms, copies

O - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

O’Connell, Bonnie - Printer correspondence

Parrot, Gray - Bookbinder correspondence

P - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Pascoe, Juan - Printer correspondence

Peich, Michael A. correspondence

Personnel Matters correspondence, forms

Powers, Kevin correspondence

Quinn, John correspondence

R - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Richmond, Mary - Librarian correspondence, copies

Ridland, John correspondence

Ridland, John - The Amble manuscript

Ridland, John - In The Shadowless Light proofs

Ritchie, Ward correspondence

Root, Judith correspondence

Ross, Bob correspondence

Ross, Bob - Solitary Confinement proofs

Rummonds, Richard-Gabriel - Publisher correspondence

S - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Sayre, Connie - Binder correspondence

Schwerner, Armand correspondence, manuscript

Schwerner, Armand - Bacchae Sonnets manuscript, proofs

Shapiro, Harvey correspondence

Sitter, Jim - Distributor correspondence

Slesinger, Warren correspondence, forms

Smith, William Jay correspondence, proofs

Smyth, Paul correspondence

Smyth, Paul - Thistles and Thorns proofs

Squires, Radcliffe correspondence

Squires, Radcliffe - Waiting In the Bone manuscript

Squires, Radcliffe - Waiting In the Bone 2 proofs

Stanford, Don - Editor correspondence

Stanford, Donald ed. - The Selected Poems… manuscript, proofs

Stanford, Donald ed. - The Selected Poems… manuscript, copies

Steele, Timothy correspondence

Stern, Gerald correspondence

Stern, Gerald - The Naming of the Beast proofs

T - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Tate, Allen correspondence

Taylor, Tom - Publisher correspondence, copies

Thayer, Lee correspondence, forms

Thompson, Marilyn correspondence

Thompson, Marilyn - The Origins of Speech manuscript

Thompson, Marilyn - The Origins of Speech 2 manuscript

Thompson, Tom - Illustrator correspondence

Trissel, Jim - Illustrator prints, correspondence

V - Misc. Correspondence correspondence, forms

Vas Dias, Robert correspondence

Vas Dias, Robert - ODE manuscript, proofs

W - Misc. Correspondence correspondence, forms

Walendar, Robert correspondence

Weingarten, Roger correspondence

Weingarten, Roger - What Are Birds Worth proofs

Werner, Arno - Bookbinder

West, Kathlene - Author, Printer correspondence

Whye, Mike correspondence, manuscript

Wilbur, Richard - Poet Laureate correspondence, manuscript

Wilson, Adrian - Publisher, Author correspondence

Wright, John correspondence

Wright, John - Poems and Woodcuts manuscript

Wyatt, David correspondence

Wynne, Marjorie Gray - Librarian correspondence

X - Y - Misc. Correspondence correspondence

Z - Misc. Correspondence correspondence


  • Creation: circa 1972-1999


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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7.27 Cubic Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials



Folders arranged alphabetically by last name.

New material added after 2014 not yet arranged or described.

Custodial History

Materials were donated to the Criss Library by Harry Duncan, founder of Abattoir Editions, prior to 1997.

New material added 2016-02-22: Material was stored in the book arts lab in the Weber Fine Arts Building prior to being transferred to the Criss Library by Bonnie O'Connell.

New material added 2021-09-27: Stored in the book arts lab for an unknown period of time before being transferred to Archives and Special Collections by Chelsea Herman. Received on September 27, 2021, by Claire Du Laney and Amy Schindler.

Related Materials

UNO's Special Collections Fine Arts Press Collection. Mary L. Richmond Cummington Press Collection, Archives & Special Collections, Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Cummington Press Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa:

Cummington Press records and Harry Duncan papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University:


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Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014. New materials received after 2014 have not yet been processed.



Abattoir Editions Collection
Angela Kroeger, Claire Du Laney, Amy Schindler
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States