Loujon Press and The Outsider collections

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

30 boxes of material comprising the working files of all five issues of the avant-garde literary magazine The Outsider, published between 1961 and 1969, including manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, drawings and cover plates, as well as the production files with color separations and zinc blocks for Henry Miller's Insomnia or the Devil at Large (Loujon Press, 1970).

Biographical Historical Note

The Outsider was an avant-garde literary magazine edited and published by Jon and Louise Webb of Loujon Press in New Orleans. It served as a vehicle for the early writings of numerous avant-garde authors and Beat Generation poets of the 1960s, such as Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowsky, William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, and Henry Miller, and also featured artwork by Noel Rockmore.