Owens, Rochelle (1936- )
Scope:
The Rochelle Owens collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and photographs.

Manuscripts by Owens in the collection primarily consist of her poetry written ca. 1954-1962, including complete versions of The Joe Eighty-Two Creation Poems (Black Sparrow Press, 1974). Also present are several unpublished items, including Elga’s Incantation and Early Works, written between 1955 and 1965, consisting of sixty-two poems, two short stories, and a novella.

Plays by Owens in the collection consist of those included in Futz and What Came After (Random House, 1968), namely Beclch, Homo, The String Game, Istanboul, and Futz ; as well as those included in The Karl Marx Play and Others (Dutton, 1974), namely The Karl Marx Play, Kontraption, He Wants Shih, Farmers Almanac, Coconut Folk-Singer, and O.K. Certaldo ; also present is Owens’s introduction to The Karl Marx Play and Others .

Other manuscripts include a ten-minute musical project titled A Game of Billiards (unpublished); Three Front, a play translated by Owens and produced on Radio France, 1991; short stories and other short pieces; Owens’s reviews of The New Modern Poetry, edited by M. L. Rosenthal, The Tablets, by Armaud Schwerner, and Water Light, Water Needle, by Carolee Schneeman; and talks given by Owens in 1968.

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1960 to 1975. Notable correspondents include Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Julian Beck, Harold Clurman, Elsa Dorfman, Allen Ginsberg, Gil Orlovitz, Mel Shapiro, and Ros-Marie Waldrop.

Printed material consists primarily of items pertaining to Owens’s work. There are a number of reviews, programs, advertisements, interviews, and news stories regarding her plays.

Magazines in the collection containing published works by Owens include The New York Quarterly, Exile, and The New York Times . Publications which have stories or interviews with Owens are The World, Margins, Women’s Wear Daily, The Village Voice, Aufbau, Places, The New York Herald, Theater Magazine, Renegade, City Arts Week, American Book Review, Abacus, and O.U .

Photographs in the collection consist of several prints of Owens alone and with others, as well as photos from the world premiere of The Karl Marx Play .
Notable Figures
1. Owens, Rochelle
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Poetry Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section