American Weave: A Literary Journal, Records, 1965-71
A Cleveland Publication of Poetry and Light Verse
Prepared by Mia Assante, December 1, 2002
Updated by Dyani Scheuerman, March 7, 2003
5 document cases + 1 record storage box, 3 cubic feet, 11th floor
The American Weave Literary Journal was published from 1945Ė1964,
by Loring E. Williams and Alice Crane Williams from their home
at 23728 Glenhill Drive, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44121. Printing
was performed by Villierís Publishers Ltd., Ingestre, London NW5 England. Alice died in 1964, and Loring moved back to Maine. Editors Alfred B. Cahen, David C. French and James L. Weil continued to publish this collection of poems and light verse until 1971. Poets from all over submitted their work to American Weave and were paid for works published. Alice Crane Williams was the Aunt of famed Cleveland area poet Hart Crane. The journal was partially funded by the Hart Crane Memorial Fund and the Alice Crane Williams Memorial Fund. Final address for the publication offices was 4109 Bushnell Road, University Heights, Ohio 44118. Local poets from the Cleveland Poetry Society at Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) were frequent submitters to American Weave. The journal had agreements with several other poetry publications for sharing works.
Scope and Content
This collection contains the rough drafts, printerís copies, formatting notes,
galleys, correspondence relating to submissions, payments, subscriptions, and
editors notes, and business matters dealing with the publication such as legal
documents. Included in the collection are Volumes 29, No. 2 December 1965 through
Volume 33 in 1971. Volumes 29-32 were published in June and December of
each year. Published copies of American Weave are not included
in this archival collection, however a journal run can be found in the Special
Collections periodicals .
Poets would submit their work and correspond by mail to the editors.
They were paid for works published and asked to give a short biographical sketch
for the journal. American Weave Volume 31, Number 1, was dedicated
to Hart Crane, and the likeness of his book plate was featured on the cover.
Included in Volume 30, Number 2, was a previously undiscovered poem Hart
Crane wrote as a child to his Aunt Alice Crane Williams.
Description of Series
Series 1-7 contain editing and publisher's work on individual issues
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