Jack McCarthy papers, 1959-2012 Rauner Manuscript MS-1348

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Title:

Jack McCarthy papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1348

Collection Dates:

1959-2012

Size of Collection:

12.75 Linear Feet, 10 boxes

Abstract:

Jack McCarthy (1939-2013), poet. Dartmouth College Class of 1967. The collection contains manuscripts and published booklets of McCarthy's poems, as well as correspondence, notes, flyers, clippings, VHS tapes and CD's with readings of his poems.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Carol McCarthy and family.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Jack McCarthy contain typescripts of more than 1300 poems by McCarthy as well as published booklets of his poetry, correspondence, newsclippings, flyers, brochures, and CD's with audio of McCarthy reading his poetry. The collection also contains VHS tapes of poetry being read by a variety of poets, including Donald Hall and Stephen Dobyns as part of "Stand Up Poetry," a spoken word poetry open mic located in Cambridge, MA.

Biography

John (Xavier) McCarthy was born on May 23, 1939 in South Boston, MA. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967. McCarthy began writing poetry in the 1960s. However, he was not able to make a living writing poetry and so, after a brief stint of teaching at Mt. Herman Academy, began a career as an information technologist, working with banks and insurance companies. In 1993, he began his career as a slam poet participating in competitions and teaching workshops. In 1999, McCarthy was named best stand up poet in the "Boston Phoenix" Best Poll and in 2007, he was the winner in the Haiku category at the Individual World Poetry Slam. McCarthy died on January 17, 2013.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1964-2012

Typescripts of more than 1300 poems, published books of poetry and two compact discs with recordings of his poems

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Poems: Volume 1, 1964-1995
  • Folder: 2, Poems, 1970s-1980s
  • Folder: 3, Poems: Volume 2, 1995-1999
  • Folder: 4, Poems: Volume 3, 1999-2004
  • Folder: 5, Poems: Volume 4, 2006-2012
  • Folder: 6, Poems: Miscellaneous, undated
  • Folder: 7, "Grace Notes," Poems by Jack McCarthy, 1996
  • Folder: 8, "To Old to Make Excuses (but still young enough to make love)" by Jack McCarthy, 1996
  • Folder: 9, "Actual Grace Notes" Poems by Jack MacCarthy, 2001
  • Folder: 10, "Disgrace Notes-Confessions of a Relapsing-Remitting Catholic" by Jack McCarthy, 2007
  • Folder: 11, "Almost Remembrance" the selectes shorter poems by Jack McCarthy, 2011
  • Folder: 12, Poems: Miscellaneous, undated
  • Folder: 13, CD: "By Gift Unearned" poetry and spoken word by Jack McCarthy, 2008
  • Folder: 14, CD: "Breaking Down Outside A Gas Station" Jack McCarthy Life, 2000-2001

Box: 2, undated

Contains unidentified and unsigned pages of a manuscript by Jack McCarthy, carbon copies.

Box: 3, circa 1973-2005

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Opp, undated
  • Folder: 2, Opp/JXM, undated
  • Folder: 3, PR , 2001
  • Folder: 4, Press PR, undated
  • Folder: 5, Rejections, circa 1995-2004
  • Folder: 6, PO: Reviews, undated
  • Folder: 7, Robb, undated
  • Folder: 8, Say Goodnight..., undated
  • Folder: 9, PO: Rivers, undated
  • Folder: 10, PO: Nina Simon, undated
  • Folder: 11, Workshop Notes, undated
  • Folder: 12, Acceptance, 2004
  • Folder: 13, Articles, undated
  • Folder: 14, Boston Globe Writing, undated
  • Folder: 15, PO: FR What Catholics Poem, undated
  • Folder: 16, Desktop, 2002-08-02
  • Folder: 17, Desktop, undated
  • Folder: 18, Desk, undated
  • Folder: 19, Dobyns, undated
  • Folder: 20, Exeter-Dartmouth DWC, undated
  • Folder: 21, Football, 2002
  • Folder: 22, NFL Draft, 2003
  • Folder: 23, NFL Draft, 2004
  • Folder: 24, Forbes, undated
  • Folder: 25, Fremd Letters, undated
  • Folder: 26, Tom MacDonald Jr., undated
  • Folder: 27, Mailing, undated
  • Folder: 28, Poetry: Portland NPS, 1996
  • Folder: 29, Nori, undated
  • Folder: 30, Keepers Pictures, undated
  • Folder: 31, Personal, undated
  • Folder: 32, Ann Personal, undated
  • Folder: 33, Rosary, undated
  • Folder: 34, Star Island, undated
  • Folder: 35, PO: Notecards, undated
  • Folder: 36, DWC Poems, undated
  • Folder: 37, PO: Leanne Poem, undated
  • Folder: 38, CD-Neo Poems, undated
  • Folder: 39, PO: Riding Waves, undated
  • Folder: 40, SGGN-Boogie Poems, undated
  • Folder: 41, PO: Big House, undated
  • Folder: 42, Wordsmith Press, undated
  • Folder: 43, PO: Copies, undated
  • Folder: 44, West Coast Tour, 2002
  • Folder: 45, Unidentified, 1973-1974
  • Folder: 46, Ann Murphy Letter, undated
  • Folder: 47, Carol's Wedding Poem, undated
  • Folder: 48, Megan Letters, undated
  • Folder: 49, Annie Letter, undated
  • Folder: 50, Astrology and Addiction , undated
  • Folder: 51, Early Poems Writing, undated
  • Folder: 52, Undergraduate Stuff, undated
  • Folder: 53, Poster Boy, undated
  • Folder: 54, Short Story Writing, undated
  • Folder: 55, Bedroom Town, undated
  • Folder: 56, L.E.O. Father Eulogies, undated
  • Folder: 57, Personal Writing, undated
  • Folder: 58, Novel Odds and Pieces, undated
  • Folder: 59, Poem written about last moments with Jack, undated
  • Folder: 60, Haiku on Poetry, undated
  • Folder: 61, BATV Doc Cote, undated
  • Folder: 62, Pans to National Slam, undated
  • Folder: 63, AA, undated
  • Folder: 64, California Memorial, undated
  • Folder: 65, McCarthy Tributes, undated
  • Folder: 66, Poem written for Jack, undated
  • Folder: 67, Classical Civ Epic, undated
  • Folder: 68, PO: Copies, undated
  • Folder: 69, X Boston , undated
  • Folder: 70, Blurbs, 1997
  • Folder: 71, PO: Criscards, undated
  • Folder: 72, PO: Louis B., undated
  • Folder: 73, Opp, undated
  • Folder: 74, STV Millward, undated

Box: 4, circa 1997-2012

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Kath Wed Original, undated
  • Folder: 2, PO: UNF, undated
  • Folder: 3, PO: Duets, undated
  • Folder: 4, John Ashbury, undated
  • Folder: 5, Stv Almond, undated
  • Folder: 6, Carolyn Aguila, undated
  • Folder: 7, Song, undated
  • Folder: 8, Poems: OPP, undated
  • Folder: 9, Fabtasia Notes, undated
  • Folder: 10, Business cards, undated
  • Folder: 11, "A New Definition of Meaness", undated
  • Folder: 12, Desktop, 2003-05-06
  • Folder: 13, Zahr, undated
  • Folder: 14, Poetry Slam MN Program, undated
  • Folder: 15, PO: Galway Street, undated
  • Folder: 16, Reggie Gibson , undated
  • Folder: 17, Haiku, undated
  • Folder: 18, Story Jack Henderson, undated
  • Folder: 19, Jogging, undated
  • Folder: 20, Poetry Interview, undated
  • Folder: 21, Commercial Writing Ideas, undated
  • Folder: 22, In Progress, undated
  • Folder: 23, In Progress, undated
  • Folder: 24, Notes ideas, undated
  • Folder: 25, Song ideas, undated
  • Folder: 26, Henry Taylor "Poetry Magazine", undated
  • Folder: 27, PO: Lists Inventory, Catagories, undated
  • Folder: 28, Midlife Poems, Inventory Publication , undated
  • Folder: 29, Belated Valentine Poem - Good (1st marriage), undated
  • Folder: 30, Wallpaper/In the next room, undated
  • Folder: 53, Ferlinghetti, undated
  • Folder: 31, Male/Female Poems, undated
  • Folder: 32, PR Photos , undated
  • Folder: 33, NHWP New Hampshire, undated
  • Folder: 34, Rated Poems near death, undated
  • Folder: 35, Resume, undated
  • Folder: 36, Mary Tiebout Unitarian , undated
  • Folder: 37, Website, undated
  • Folder: 38, Notebook related to fantasy football by Jack McCarthy, undated
  • Folder: 39, CS to people, undated
  • Folder: 40, Notebook , undated
  • Folder: 41, Boston Community Contest, undated
  • Folder: 42, Letters from people, 2007-2012
  • Folder: 43, Miscellaneous emails, circa 2007-2012
  • Folder: 44, Christmas letters, circa 2007-2010
  • Folder: 45, PO: Random, undated
  • Folder: 46, Poems short, undated
  • Folder: 47, Hope Jordan, undated
  • Folder: 48, Interlaken Writing, undated
  • Folder: 49, Grace Notes # 3, undated
  • Folder: 50, PO: Flyers, undated
  • Folder: 51, Ron Goba, undated
  • Folder: 52, Poems Elsa, undated
  • Folder: 54, Dobyns, undated
  • Folder: 55, Poet: Stephen Dunn, undated
  • Folder: 56, Fan Mail , 1996-1998
  • Folder: 57, Desktop, 2001-05
  • Folder: 58, Desktop, 2001-05-13

Box: 5, 1959-2006

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, DWC - 2, undated
  • Folder: 2, PO: Daniel Webster, undated
  • Folder: 3, PR: Chelmsford Independent, undated
  • Folder: 4, Cambridge Poetry Event, undated
  • Folder: 5, Cartoons, undated
  • Folder: 6, California, undated
  • Folder: 7, Cambridge Center, undated
  • Folder: 8, Tony Brown, undated
  • Folder: 9, Simone Beaubien, undated
  • Folder: 10, Larry Bird, undated
  • Folder: 11, Roast Acknowledgments, undated
  • Folder: 12, Marketing: Addresses, emails, older, undated
  • Folder: 13, Air Force: Honorable discharge document, 1959
  • Folder: 14, Article Globe Haiku, undated
  • Folder: 15, Poetry Awards, undated
  • Folder: 16, Globe Article, 2001-04-19
  • Folder: 17, Globe Article Southie, undated
  • Folder: 18, Moore RCP BATV My Poems, undated
  • Folder: 19, One Hum, book, undated
  • Folder: 20, "Too Old to Make Excuses (but still young enough to love)," by Jack McCarthy, first publication with correspondece, 1998
  • Folder: 21, Boston not Austin, undated
  • Folder: 22, Carol's coomentary on Jack's poems, undated
  • Folder: 23, Catholic Priest Article, undated
  • Folder: 24, Dreams, undated
  • Folder: 25, Exeter Bios, undated
  • Folder: 26, PO: Articles, Essays, undated
  • Folder: 27, Notes from Underground, essays, undated
  • Folder: 28, Flyers and Souvenirs, undated
  • Folder: 29, Haiku, undated
  • Folder: 30, Hannah, undated
  • Folder: 31, Kunitz, undated
  • Folder: 32, Letters: Editors, clipping, undated
  • Folder: 33, Letters from people, circa 2005-2006
  • Folder: 34, Christmas Letters, 2005
  • Folder: 35, Evegreen 1-2, undated
  • Folder: 36, E-Mail lists, undated
  • Folder: 37, Mount Hermon School, circa 1968-1969
  • Folder: 38, Disgrace Notes, undated
  • Folder: 39, My Death, undated
  • Folder: 40, Annulment, undated
  • Folder: 41, Souvenirs, undated
  • Folder: 42, Kathleen , undated
  • Folder: 43, Megan swimming, undated
  • Folder: 44, Souvenirs, undated
  • Folder: 45, Work, undated
  • Folder: 46, Ruth, undated
  • Folder: 47, Red Sox, undated
  • Folder: 48, Original Older Poems, undated
  • Folder: 49, Poems, undated
  • Folder: 50, Poems with correspondence, circa 1997-1998
  • Folder: 51, Poems, undated
  • Folder: 52, Interview, undated
  • Folder: 53, Talladega, undated
  • Folder: 54, Cartoons, undated
  • Folder: 55, Cards with photos, undated
  • Folder: 56, Article answering , undated
  • Folder: 57, Article Bart, undated
  • Folder: 58, Article Goodyear, undated
  • Folder: 59, Article Jeremy, undated
  • Folder: 60, Article Next, undated
  • Folder: 61, Articles, Poetry, Fenton, undated
  • Folder: 62, Broadsides, undated
  • Folder: 63, Poems, undated
  • Folder: 64, Actual Grace Notes, undated
  • Folder: 65, Jack in articles, undated
  • Folder: 66, Bart Baxter, undated
  • Folder: 67, BATV, undated
  • Folder: 68, BATV, Jay Davis, undated
  • Folder: 69, BATV, Olzman, undated
  • Folder: 70, Comments re. Jack, undated
  • Folder: 71, Brian Francie, undated

Box: 6, 1964-2006

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Cambridge Poetry Awards, undated
  • Folder: 2, Desktop, 2003-07
  • Folder: 3, Mike Donahue, undated
  • Folder: 4, Lucia Douglas, undated
  • Folder: 5, Poem idea Dreams, undated
  • Folder: 6, Epiphany et al, undated
  • Folder: 7, Mead High School, undated
  • Folder: 8, Mount Hermon , undated
  • Folder: 9, Hugo House, undated
  • Folder: 10, Hunas, undated
  • Folder: 11, Robert Johnson, undated
  • Folder: 12, Ireland, undated
  • Folder: 13, John Lawlor, undated
  • Folder: 14, Thomas Lux, undated
  • Folder: 15, Letters from people, circa 1992-2001
  • Folder: 16, PO: Bob Lord, undated
  • Folder: 17, Taylor Mali, undated
  • Folder: 18, PO: New Yorker, undated
  • Folder: 19, NPS, 1996
  • Folder: 20, NPS, 2001
  • Folder: 21, NPS, 2002
  • Folder: 22, Omnivore, undated
  • Folder: 23, Jack Slam, undated
  • Folder: 24, Jack Essay, undated
  • Folder: 25, Matt Snow 1970s writing, undated
  • Folder: 26, Ireland, undated
  • Folder: 27, Jack's Memorial Memories, undated
  • Folder: 28, Cancer Poem Jack, undated
  • Folder: 29, Addiction/ Astrology, undated
  • Folder: 30, Jack's photos, undated
  • Folder: 31, Jack's poem "Ulysses" (Dartmouth College), 1964-09
  • Folder: 32, Red Sox Poem about loosing, undated
  • Folder: 33, Poetry Magazine, Jack revisit this guy, undated
  • Folder: 34, PO: Carrying , undated
  • Folder: 35, Handwritten poem on death , 2006
  • Folder: 36, Father's 50th Anniversary Death/Catholic Church, undated
  • Folder: 37, PO: Chapbook, Father and Son Writing , undated
  • Folder: 38, PO: My Great, undated
  • Folder: 39, Haiku, Ireland, "Boston Globe" article notes, undated
  • Folder: 40, Poem Hiku Chaos, undated
  • Folder: 41, Irish History Poem, undated
  • Folder: 42, PO: Button Man, undated
  • Folder: 43, PO: Geezers, undated
  • Folder: 44, Merton , undated
  • Folder: 45, PO: Sacraments, undated
  • Folder: 46, PO: Sacraments, undated
  • Folder: 47, Desktop and New Poems, undated
  • Folder: 48, Uncoupling poems, undated
  • Folder: 49, PO: AA, pure and unedited, undated
  • Folder: 50, Steps, writing , undated
  • Folder: 51, Steps, undated
  • Folder: 52, Alcohol and Poetry, undated
  • Folder: 53, Brit Poems, undated
  • Folder: 54, Mount Hermon writing, undated
  • Folder: 55, Personal Writing, undated
  • Folder: 56, Before Carol, undated
  • Folder: 57, Dartmouth College, undated
  • Folder: 58, Neil, undated
  • Folder: 59, Exeter, undated
  • Folder: 60, Columns writing, undated
  • Folder: 61, PO: Drunks, undated
  • Folder: 62, Book Writing re. Relationships and AA, undated
  • Folder: 63, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Introduction , undated
  • Folder: 64, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Chapter 1, undated
  • Folder: 65, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Chapter 2, undated
  • Folder: 66, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Chapter 4, undated
  • Folder: 67, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Notes, undated
  • Folder: 68, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Outline, undated
  • Folder: 69, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Proposal, undated
  • Folder: 70, Book on Alcoholics and Recovery: Responses, undated
  • Folder: 71, Miscellaneous writings, undated
  • Folder: 72, Journal writing, undated
  • Folder: 73, Sacred Prayers, undated
  • Folder: 74, Tribunal , undated
  • Folder: 75, Gioia, undated
  • Folder: 76, "Answering Carol: An Open Letter from the Margin", undated
  • Folder: 77, Donald Hall, undated
  • Folder: 78, Donald Hall, undated
  • Folder: 79, Donald Hall, undated
  • Folder: 80, Epiphany, undated

Box: 7, undated

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, PO: Matt, undated
  • Folder: 2, Tad Mosel, undated
  • Folder: 3, PO: Newsletters, undated
  • Folder: 4, Newspaper JXM, undated
  • Folder: 5, PO: Newspapers, undated
  • Folder: 6, Nori Odoi, undated
  • Folder: 7, Palacio, undated
  • Folder: 8, Club Passims, undated
  • Folder: 9, Carol Pearson, undated
  • Folder: 10, PR: "Boston Globe", undated
  • Folder: 11, PR: "Boston Poet", undated
  • Folder: 12, Promo, undated
  • Folder: 13, PSI, undated
  • Folder: 14, Acceptances Publication , undated
  • Folder: 15, Publications, undated
  • Folder: 16, Awards, undated
  • Folder: 17, Jack and Carol Relationship, undated
  • Folder: 18, Jack's Journal, undated
  • Folder: 19, Henderson, undated
  • Folder: 20, Letters: Writing, undated
  • Folder: 21, PO: Saenz, undated
  • Folder: 22, Poetry Souvenirs, undated
  • Folder: 23, Nina Simone, undated
  • Folder: 24, Slam, undated
  • Folder: 25, Slamnation, undated
  • Folder: 26, Charles Webb, undated
  • Folder: 27, Zilla, undated
  • Folder: 28, Poems, undated
  • Folder: 29, Seth Poems, undated
  • Folder: 30, Essays Ideas, undated
  • Folder: 31, Exeter Classmates, undated
  • Folder: 32, PO: Classroom Haiku, undated
  • Folder: 33, Chris Jarmick, undated
  • Folder: 34, Memorial Programs, undated
  • Folder: 35, Notebooks with handwritten poems, undated
  • Folder: 36, Notebook with handwritten poems, undated
  • Folder: 37, Daily calendars/reminders, undated
  • Folder: 38, Small notebooks (in grey box), undated
  • Folder: 39, Notecards (Yellow box), undated

Box: 8, circa 1996-2000

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Newsweekly Newspaper on Poetry and Slam, 1996-1999
  • Folder: 2, Play by Jack McCarthy, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 3, "Slam Nation," (DVD); "2000 National Poetry Slam Finals," (DVD); "Return to your Stand-up Poetry Guy," (CD); "By Gift Unearned," (CD), undated
  • Folder: 4, Poems "IV Canticle", undated
  • Folder: 5, Greeting cards, undated
  • Folder: 6, Flyers for performances with Jack McCarthy, circa 1998

Box: 9, 1998-2003

Standup Poetry: VHS tapes: Christopher Michael (1998), Dawn Gabriel (1998), Rhina P. Espaillot (1998), Nori Odoi (1998), Richard Hyatt, Incredible Year in Review, Brent Long (1999), Sam Libby (1999), C.D. Collins (1999), The Amazing Slam Poetry (1999), Thomas Lux (1999), Jean Monahan (1999), Cathy Salmons (1999), Joe DeRoche (1999), Donald Hall (1999),Larry Carradini (1999), Taylor Mali (2001), Simone Beaubien (2001), Tony Brown (2001), Michael McDonough (2000), Taylor Mali (2003), Noel Jones (2001), Sou McMillan (2000), Steve Almond (2000), Prayer For Joe (2000), Holiday Sampler form Festival 2000, Rachel Hyman (2002), Ryk McIntyre (2001), Nina Simon (2001), Old South Meeting House (2001), Ron Goba (2001), Jay Davis (2001), Richard Moore (2001), Jack McCarthy (2001-04-28), Jack McCarthy at the Cantab (2001-04-04)

Box: 10, 1998-2003

Stand Up Poetry: VHS tapes: Paul Stein with Jack McCarthy, host (1998); Hope Jordan with Jack McCarthy, host (1998); Bill McMillan with Jack McCarthy, host (1998); Rhina Espaillat (1998); Larry Carradini (1999); Ellen Steinbaum (undated); Donald Hall (1999); Eve Stern and Nori Odoi with Jack MacCarthy, host (1998); Christopher Michael; Stephen Dobyns (2000); Bryon Bain and Bob Thorlton (2000); Kate Light (2000); Craig Nelson (2000); Zilla McCue (2000); Dudley Laufman (2002); Madeleine Beckman (2002); Regie Gibson and Gordon Brainerd (2002); Retro 99 (1999); Ron Goba (2001); Steve Almond (2000); Richard Moore (2001); Kate Light (2000); Richard Cambridge (2000); Sou MacMillan (2000); Doc Cote (2002); John Lawler (2002); Rachel Hyman (2002); Poets on the Half Shell (2003); Regie Gibson (2002); Craig Nelson (2000); Jay Davis (undated); Matthew Olzman and Doc Cote (2002); "A Look Back at the Year 2000" McCarthy's standup poetry (2000)

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