Preliminary Guide to the Michael Harris Collection of Carrefour Press Records
MS.2011.15

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Michael Harris Collection of Carrefour Press Records
ID
MS.2011.15
Date [inclusive]
circa 1910s-2000
Extent
2.5 Linear feet 3 manuscript cases, 1 records carton
Location Note
(MASC staff use): 2-9-26-5.
Language
English
Languages
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

"Michael P. Harris, Custodian of the Michael Fraenkel literary estate and the Carrefour Archives was born in London in 1936 and now lives in the hills of the Peak District National Park, England. His work for a Swiss company allowed him to travel extensively throughout Europe, Russia and the U.S.A. indulging in his passionate study of people places and life. As a young man his interest in literature and the rebel led him to the work of Henry Miller and his circle. Friendship with Daphne Fraenkel grew from this interest which he considered an important enlightenment in his life." (Quoted from a typescript note inserted at page 47 in Harris's copy of "A Short History of the Carrefour Press and Archives," published in 1994, located in box 3 of this collection.)

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists primarily of records of the Carrefour Press, along with materials related to Michael Harris's study of the press and Michael and Daphne Fraenkel. This is a remnant of a larger collection now held by Washington University in St. Louis.

Prelminary inventory, listed in the order received:

Installment 1.

Orend, Karl and Constance Morrill. A Short History of the Carrefour Press and Archives. Paris and London: Alyscamps Press, 1994.

Anonymous: the need for anonymity. Paris: Carrefour Editions, 1930. (Fraenkel and Lowenfels collaboration; first issue by Carrefour Editions. Fragile item).

Fraenkel, Michael. Death Is Not Enough: essays in active negation. London: C. W. Daniel Company, 1939.

USA with Music: an operatic tragedy. Paris: Carrefour Editions, 1930. Second impression; uncut.

[Fraenkel, Michael.] Werther's Younger Brother: the story of an attitude. New York and Paris: Carrefour. No. 93 of 400 numbered copies.

Photographs of Michael Fraenkel; photograph of A. Robin.

Karl Gay (secretary of Robert Graves) letter; Fraenkel photos, 1936.

Non-itemized correspondence (Orend/Alyscamps Press and Harris; 1990s, undated).

Installment 2.

Fraenkel, Michael. Death Is Not Enough: essays in active negation. London: Carrefour Publications, 1962. (annotated, inscribed, with insertions. The insertions were separated and placed with the manuscript material.)

Fraenkel, Michael. Death in a Room (Poems, 1927-1930). New York: Carrefour, 1936 (?). Inserted note from Harris indicates this volume was probably bound by Daphne Fraenkel. (Several insertions were separated and placed with the manuscript material.)

Envelope of photographs: "Mainly Michael Fraenkel, some of Daphne."

Death: A Literary Quarterly. Volume 1, number 1 (Summer 1946), and inserted items. (All kept together, with manuscripts. The magazine is highly acidic and fragile.)

Fraenkel, Michael. The Day Face and the Night Face. London: Carrefour, 1947; uncut.

Fraenkel, Michael. Bastard Death. (Fragile volume in slipcase)

Installment 3.

Chapbook: Harris, Michael. The Henry Miller--Michael Fraenkel correspondence. N.p.: Michael Harris, 1997.

Fraenkel, Michael. The Michael Fraenkel--Henry Miller Correspondence Called Hamlet. London: Carrefour, 1962.

Installment 4.

Fraenkel, Michael and Henry Miller. Hamlet, Volume I. Carrefour, 1939 (in a binding by Daphne Fraenkel).

Fraenkel, Michael. The Genesis of The Tropic of Cancer. Paris and London: Alyscamps Press, 1998 (cloth binding).

Fraenkel, Michael. The Genesis of The Tropic of Cancer. Paris and London: Alyscamps Press, 1998 (paperback).

Installment 5. (envelope)

Photographic portraits of Michael Fraenkel (2).

Copies of legal agreements (Daphne Fraenkel and Carrefour Press; Michael Harris; Karl Orend), with explanatory statement.

Installment 6.

Stettner, Irving. Beggars in Paradise. Paris [Shavertown, PA, etc.]: Stroker-Carrefour Alyscamps, 1995 (paper).

Stettner and William Joyce mss., wrapped with above volume.

Fraenkel, Michael. The Otherness of D. H. Lawrence. Paris and London: Editions Carrefour Alyscamps, 2000 (paper, with inserted notes from Orend to Harris).

Davey, William. The Trial of Pythagoras & Other Poems. Paris and London: Alyscamps Press, 1996 (paper, with insertions).

Davey, Wlliam. Bitter Rainbow and Other Poems. Venice and Macclesfield: Carrefours Alyscamps Editions, 2000 (paper, with insertions and related correspondence).

Davey, William. Lost Adulteries & Other Stories. Paris and London: Carrefours Alyscamps, 1997 (paper, with insertions and related correspondence).

Fraenkel, Michael. The Genesis of the Tropic of Cancer. Berkeley: Bern Porter, 1946 (paper, signed, fragile).

Clausen, Christopher. The Kingdom of Ice. London: Carrefour, 1973 (paper, fragile, with a note in Harris's hand: Produced by Daphne Fraenkel).

Installment 7.

(Note: All 3 volumes have insertions)

Crews, Judson. Henry Miller and My Big Sur Days. El Paso: Vergin Press, 1992.

Crews, Judson. The Brave Wild Coast: A Year with Henry Miller. Los Angeles: Dumont Press, 1997.

Cooney, Blanche. In My Own Sweet Time. Ohio: Swallow Press, Ohio University Press, 1993.

Installment 8.

Herron, Paul, ed. Anais Nin: A Book of MIrrors. Huntington Woods, MI: Blue Sky Press, 1996. Includes an essay by Michael Harris about the connection between Nin and Michael Fraenkel. With insertions and accompanying documentation, including a typescript note from Harris explaining how the Carrefour Archive was used to produce the essay.

Installment 9.

Photographs (Daphne Mascos/Gilliam/Fraenkel; Stanley Roy Gilliam, pre-1920 to post-1953).

Installment 10.

Lowenfels letter to Michael Fraenkel, 1935.

Fraenkel application for USA passport renewal, 1956.

Daphne Fraenkel and Stanley Gillam marriage certificate (copy).

Daphne (Fraenkel) Gillam correspondence (1950-1951).

Murray Cohen essay on Michael Fraenkel (typescript draft, circa 1960s).

Installment 11.

Folder of Daphne Fraenkel-Michael Harris correspondence (plus some of Fraenkel with others), 1980s.

Installment 12.

Book: Standish, Craig Peter. More! The Companion volume to Henry Miller: A book of tributes, 1931-1994. Orlando, FL: Standish Books, 1997.

Photographs of Harris's trip to Paris to visit Orend, 1998.

Manuscript items: inscriptions (copies), fragment in Daphne's handwriting, notes to Daphne.

Installment 13.

Standish, Craig Peter (compiler, editor, publisher), Henry Miller: A Book of Tributes, 1931-1994. Standishbooks, 1994. (Includes Michael Fraenkel's essay The Genesis of the Tropic of Cancer.)

Installment 14.

Fraenkel, Michael. Mexican Journal: The War Years, 1940-1944. Bound typescript with handwritten corrections and notes; copy of index from published version included, along with a statement from Michael Harris.

Installment 15.

Harris essay (typescript), "What Happened to Carrefour Press and Archives," 2012; photo of Michael Fraenkel (reproduction with Harris' notes); Orend letter about borrowed archive items; dealer catalogs offering Carrefour Archive materials.

Installment 16.

Michael Harris articles (typescripts, 2), 1990 and 1996.

Harris essay (typescript), "What Happened to Carrefour Press and Archives," revised, 2012.

Photographs of Michael Fraenkel (3), circa 1950s, and artist Max [Balinger?], undated.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Michael Harris retains his copyrights in these materials during his lifetime.

Acquisition Information

Michael Harris donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in multiple installments in 2011 and 2012 (MS.2011.15).

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Michael Fraenkel Papers (Cage 1901).

Howard McCord Papers (Cage 578).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Carrefour Press.

Personal Name(s)

  • Harris, Michael P., 1936-

Subject(s)

  • Publishers and publishing -- Archives

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