Holmes, John Clellon (1926-1988)
The John Clellon Holmes collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, film and video, audio materials, photographs, artwork, diaries and journals, and miscellany.

The collection includes manuscripts for various full-length works, such as Go, The Horn, Get Home Free, Nothing More to Declare, Representative Men (biographical essays), Passionate Opinions (cultural essays), Displaced Person (travel essays), Bowling Green Poems, and Death Drag (poetry). Manuscripts of chapters and unfinished fragments, articles, introductions, notes, and worksheets constitute additional items. Manuscripts are primarily typescript with holograph corrections.

Correspondence in the collection is maintained in chronological volumes, dating from 1944 to 1988. Notables include J.A. Scharbach, Margaret Jones Bolsterli, Olivia Sordo, and the Dizefalos.  There are several letters to Jack Kerouac and other Beat writers.

Printed items consist of a setting copy of Get Home Free and proofs of The Horn, Passionate Opinions, Night Music, Representative Men, and Displaced Person. Book covers for Night Music, Representative Men, and Displaced Person are present, as well. Additional print items include "This is the Beat Generation" and "Questions by Michael Schumacker" (articles); newspaper clippings; and a tribute to Holmes.

Collected film and video items include two video cassettes of "Our Times: the Times of Paulette Goddard" and 8mm film reels of "Our Times," "The Little House, Dutch Neck," "Autumn Thoughts, by Tu Fu," and "New England Album, Vols. I and II."

Audio materials include a reel-to-reel tape of  the "Our Times" film score, as well as audio cassettes of "Jack Kerouac Conference," "The Little House," "Poetry: J.C. Holmes -- Pound," "Gone in October," "1982 Naropa Institute -- Reflections of Jack Kerouac," "Holmes Workshop," and "Go Cabaret."

Photographs in the collection consist of prints, negatives, and slides, dated 1973 and 1981. Captured content is both personal and professional.

The collection includes a number of paintings by Holmes. Of particular note is "The Blue Heron" (acrylic on masonite).

Beginning in 1957, Holmes kept a series of numbered journal notebooks, and the collection includes 18 different items, as well as three winter volumes. Additional diary items include a private nurse's log; a 1958 calendar date book; and diaries maintained between 1939 and 1940.

Miscellaneous materials -- including medical information, correspondence, juvenilia, and family history -- are collected in subject files. Also present are teacher and course evaluations (1976-85); Holmes's last notepads to nurses and wife, Shirley; a rabbit sculpture; oversized paintings; and two painted rocks.
Notable Figures
1. Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Poetry Subject Guide