University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joanie Green Whitebird Papers, 1950-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Whitebird, Joanie Green
Title: Whitebird, Joanie Green Papers
Dates: 1950-1997
Abstract: Joanie Whitebird was a writer, editor, publisher, and founder of Wings Press, San Antonio book publisher. The papers contain correspondence, scrapbooks, notes, literary productions in draft and final versions, business and financial records, clippings, pamphlets, broadsides, books, postcards, photographs, audio and video materials, ephemera, and artifacts.
Accession No.: 93-131, 93-177, 93-197, 93-465, 94-100, 94-123, 94-173, 94-295, 95-009, 95-177, 95-252, 95-303, 96-007, 96-089, 96-197, 96-263, 96-297, 96-363, 97-032, 97-087, 97-118, 97-212, 97-350, 98-108, 2001-135
Extent: ca. 23 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Joanie Whitebird was a writer, editor, publisher, and founder of Wings Press, San Antonio book publisher. Whitebird played a significant role in the formation of both COSMEP (Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers) and Travois, the first multicultural anthology of Texas poetry.

As an editor, Whitehead founded Wings Press in 1975 with Joseph F. Lomax, editor and publisher. Upon Lomax’s death, Whitebird took over publishing duties as well. Wings Press primarily published collections of poetry, along with some works of music, fiction, and history. In 1993, Whitebird designed and published Working the Stone, a collection of poetry by Bryce Milligan. Two years later, with her health in decline, Whitebird sold the press to Milligan. She died in 2000. Wings Press holds an annual poetry competition in her honor, the Whitebird Chapbook Series.

Source: Wings Press. "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Wings Press." http://www.wingspress.com/background.cfm (accessed June 21, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Joanie Green Whitebird Papers, 1950-1997, contain correspondence, scrapbooks, notes, literary productions in draft and final versions, business and financial records, clippings, pamphlets, broadsides, books, postcards, photographs, audio and video materials, ephemera, and artifacts. The papers reflect Whitebird’s lifelong interest in writing and her activities as a writer and publisher of Wings Press, San Antonio book publisher. Also included in the collection are a copy of Working the Stone by Bryce Milligan, poetry correspondence and publications, and Whitehead’s eulogy for musician Townes Van Zandt. Furthermore, the papers contain personal materials relating to Whitehead’s move to Georgia, her daughter Jessie (1983-1989), and various draft manuscripts of Whitehead’s writings, including her novel Pelican, about her brother Dove. The papers also contain poetry of Michael Ventura and Scott Whitebird, as well as correspondence related to and galleys of the book Blessed Bastard by Ruth P. M. Lehmann.


Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Whitebird, J.--Archives.
Lomax, Joseph L.
Milligan, Bryce, 1953-
Ventura, Michael
Whitebird, Scott
Lehmann, Ruth P. M. (Ruth Preston Miller), 1912-2000
Subjects (Organizations)
Wings Press (San Antonio, Tex.)
Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers (U.S.)
Subjects
Poetry--American--20th century
Poetry--Authorship--Correspondence
Poetry--Authorship--History--20th century
Poetry--Publishing--United States--History--20th century
Authors--United States
Places
Houston (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Georgia
London (England)
Seattle (Wash.)

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Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection and to the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joanie Green Whitebird Papers, 1950-1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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