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Ahsahta Press

 

Records, 1975-1998

 

RG 443

 

 

            Ahsahta Press was founded in Boise, Idaho, in 1975 as a not-for-profit literary publisher with the goal of preserving the best works by early poets of the American West.  The founding editors (Tom Trusky, Orvis Burmaster, Dale Boyer, and James H. Maguire) were all members of the English Department faculty at Boise State University, and the press soon became affiliated with and supported by Boise State.  Peggy Pond Church, H.L. Davis, Hazel Hall, Gwendolen Haste, Haniel Long, and Norman Macleod were among the early Western writers Ahsahta Press restored to print.  Soon after its inception, the press began publishing contemporary poetry by Western poets along with its reprint titles.  With the inception of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Boise State in 1998, Ahsahta Press expanded its scope, presenting the work of poets from across the nation selected through national competition or general submission.  The word “Ahsahta” is  the Mandan name for the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and was first recorded by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

 

            The records listed in this finding aid were donated to the Boise State University Library by editors Tom Trusky and Dale Boyer in 1999 and represent their work in preparing titles for print.  Included are files of correspondence with authors in the series, other papers relating to the authors and the printing of their books, and general working files of the editors.  Authors represented by the largest correspondence files include Sandra Alcosser, Richard A. Blessing, Judson Crews, Kevin Hearle, Haniel Long (Anton V. Long), Leo Romero, Bill Witherup, and Carolyne Wright. Also included are audiotapes.

 

            Additions to the collection are expected.

 

            -- Derived from information provided by Ahsahta Press, 2002

 

Collection number: RG 443 in the Boise State University Archives
Inclusive dates: 1975-1998
Size of collection:  ca. 5 ft.
Processed by:  Mary Carter-Hepworth and Kathy Peterson, 2000

 


 

 

Group One: Papers from editor Tom Trusky

 

            Tom Trusky’s files are divided into three series: Writers’ files, Correspondence with book reviewers, and Production files.

 

Box 1: Writers’ files

Folder  1          Alcosser, Sandra (1980-1998)
Folder 2           Baker, David (1981-1995)
Folder 3           Beasley, Conger (1978-1992)
Folder 4           Bierds, Linda (1984-1985)
Folder 5           Blessing, Richard  (1976-1982)
Folder 6           Church, Peggy Pond (1976-1996)
Folder 7           Church, Peggy; Haste, Gwendolen; MacLeod, Norman Wicklund  (1977)
Folder 8           Coles, Katharine (1992-1994)
Folder 9           Cooper, Wyn (1987-1996)
Folder 10         Crews, Judson (1978-1993)
Folder 11         Davis, H. L. (1978-1999)
Folder 12         Deal, Susan (1978-1991)
Folder 13         Ehrlich, Gretel (1979-1997)
Folder 14         Esarey, Gary (1994-1995)
Folder 15         Fay, Julie (1989-1995)
Folder 16         Ferril, Thomas (1983-1996)
Folder 17         Flanner, Hildegarde (1980-1991)
Folder 18         Greasybear, Charley John (1975-1984)
Folder 19         Hales, Corrinne (1985-1996)
Folder 20         Hall, Hazel (1978-1999)
Folder 21         Hannon, Nan (1988-1993)
Folder 22         Haste, Gwendolen (1976-1984)
Folder 23         Hess, Sonya (1994-1995)
Folder 24         Hogue, Cynthia (1989-1994)
Folder 25         Krieger, Robert (1976-1978)
Folder 26         Ligi, Elio (1986-1994)
Folder 27         Long, Haniel (1975-1990)
Folder 28         Macleod, Norman (1975-1988)
Folder 29         McCullough, Ken (1989-1992)
Folder 30         Meyn, Barbara (1988-1995)
Folder 31         Partridge, Dixie (1984-1987)
Folder 32         Payne, Gerrye (1990-1997)
Folder 33         Perreault, George (1983-1991)

 

Box 2: Writers’ files

Folder 1           Robertson, Howard (1986-1997)
Folder 2           Robertson, Howard: “Lee Douglas” books 2 & 3 (1991-1995)
Folder 3           Romero, Leo (1981-1997)
Folder 4           Schenker, Don (1987-1990)
Folder 5           Short, Gary (1992-1996)
Folder 6           Smith, David J. (1995)
Folder 7           Speakes, Richard (1981-1994)
Folder 8           St. Clair, Philip (1983-1991)
Folder 9           Taggard, Genevieve (1978-1997)
Folder 10         Walsh, Marnie (1976-1992)
Folder 11         Witherup, William (1986-1998)
Folder 12         Women Poets of the West (1978-1997)
Folder 13         Wright, Carolyne (1976-1993)

Folder 14         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence A-B
Folder 15         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence C-E
Folder 16         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence F-H
Folder 17         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence I-M
Folder 18         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence N-R
Folder 19         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence S
Folder 20         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence T-Z
Folder 21         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence: Foote, Ellis (1983-1985)
Folder 22         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence: Hepworth, James (1978-1985)
Folder 23         Authors:  Miscellaneous Correspondence: Reedy, Penelope (1986-1994)

 

Box 3: Correspondence with Book reviewers

Folder 1           Bell, Mimi (1978-1979)
Folder 2           Hannifin, Jerry  (1981-1983)
Folder 3           Reviewers: Miscellaneous Correspondence A-K
Folder 4           Reviewers: Miscellaneous Correspondence L-P
Folder 5           Reviewers: Miscellaneous Correspondence R-Z

 

Box 3: Production Files

Folder 6           Annual Reports (1975-1979)
Folder 7           Annual Reports and Policies (1982)
Folder 8           Correspondence:  Boise State University; Administration (1977-1979)
Folder 9           Correspondence:  Boise State University; Western Studies Center (1979-1980)
Folder 10         Correspondence:  Boise State University; Information Services (1978)
Folder 11         Correspondence:  General (1977-1998)
Folder 12         Correspondence:  Internal Memos (1978-1991)
Folder 13         Correspondence:  Tom Trusky (1980-1996)
Folder 14         Distribution Agencies (1975-1990)
Folder 15         Distribution:  Boise State University, Bookstore (1976-1993)
Folder 16         Distribution, International
Folder 17         Distribution Lists (1976-1989)
Folder 18         Exhibits and Book Fairs (1976-1989)
Folder 19         Exhibits and Book Fairs; Bumbershoot (1990-1999)
Folder 20         Exhibits and Book Fairs; International Exhibits (1976-1990)
Folder 21         Exhibits and Book Fairs; International Exhibits; China (1980, 1985)
Folder 22         Exhibits and Book Fairs; International; National Endowment for the Arts (1985-1987)
Folder 23         Exhibits and Book Fairs; Small Press Exhibit Service (1975-1991)
Folder 24         Literary Competitions (1977-1987)
Folder 25         Literary Competitions; Pushcart Press (1977-1992)
Folder 26         Literary Grants and Awards (1977-1981)
Folder 27         Literary Indexes and Bibliographies (1973-1992)
Folder 28         Literary Indexes and Bibliographies: Granger Index to Poetry (1979-1989)
Folder 29         Literary Reviews:  Citations (1977-1979)
Folder 30         Literary Reviews:  Sources (1983-1997)
Folder 31         Literary Reviews:  Sources:  Listings (1978-1984)
Folder 32         Publications:  Editors’ Notes (1977-1998)
Folder 33         Publications:  Inventories (1980-1995)
Folder 34         Publications:  Finances (1975-1992)
Folder 35         Publications:  Insurance Claims (1986-1987)
Folder 36         Publications:  LC and ISBN Numbers (1975-1994)
Folder 37         Publicity (1975-1985)
Folder 38         Publicity:  Correspondence (1978-1987)
Folder 39         Publicity:  Press Releases (1976-1995)
Folder 40         Publicity:  Catalogs and Advertisements (197?-1992)
Folder 41         Publicity:  Radio Announcements; James and Rinda Just (1997)
Folder 42         Submissions List (1978)

 

 

Group Two: Papers from editor Dale Boyer

 

Box 4: Writers’ files

Folder 1           Bierds, Linda (1984-1986)

Folder 2           Blessing, Richard (1976-1988)
Folder 3           Coles, Katharine (1991-1995)
Folder 4           Coles, Katharine, The One Right Touch (1992)
Folder 5           Cooper, Wyn (1985-1995)
Folder 6           Crews, Judson (1978-1986)
Folder 7           Crews, Judson, A Clock of Moss (1981-1982)
Folder 8           Hales, Corrinne (1982-1994)
Folder 9           Hearle, Kevin (1994)
Folder 10         Hearle, Kevin (1992-1996)
Folder 11         McCullough, Ken (1991)
Folder 12         McCullough, Ken (1991)
Folder 13         McCullough, Ken (1989-1993)
Folder 14         Partridge, Dixie (1983-1993)
Folder 15         Romero, Leo (1981)
Folder 16         Romero, Leo (1981)
Folder 17         Romero, Leo (1980-1985)
Folder 18         Romero, Leo (1986-1995)
Folder 19         Smith, David J. (1995)

Folder 20         Smith, David J. (1994-1996)

 

Box 5: Writers’ Files

Folder 1           Taggard, Genevieve (1980)
Folder 2           Taggard, Genevieve (1978-1996)
Folder 3           Witherup, Bill (1989)
Folder 4           Witherup, Bill (1989-1998)
Folder 5           Wright, Carolyne (1978)
Folder 6           Wright, Carolyne (1977-1993)

 

Box 5: Production Files

Folder 7           Ahsahta Press Sampler:  Publications; Wood or Iron (1980-1981)
Folder 8           Annual Reports (1978-1979)
Folder 9           Correspondence: General (1977-1996)
Folder 10         Distribution Lists (1987-1994)
Folder 11         Literary Competitions (1985-1996)
Folder 12         Literary Indexes and Bibliographies (1987)
Folder 13         Literary Reviews:  Citations (1978-1988)
Folder 14         Literary Reviews:  Sources (1979-1982)
Folder 15         Miscellaneous Publications (1980-1993)
Folder 16         Publications:  Editors’ Notes (1981)
Folder 17         Publications:  Finances (1977-1996)
Folder 18         Publications: Inventories (1980-1986)
Folder 19         Publicity

 

 

Group III: Audio tapes

 

Box 6: Audio tapes

Folder 1           Trusky’s Greatest Hits: October 31, 1986
Folder 2           Oral History Assignment with Peggy Pond Church, 1984
Folder 3           Radio Advertisements: KGEM Radio; James and Rinda Just

 

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