March Street Press Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection is housed in 136 boxes (the first 135 labeled by Bixby himself) which document the creative output of March Street Press between 1992 until 2009. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence between the editor (Robert J. Bixby) and authors, manuscripts, proofs, copyright documents, photographs, cover art and ephemera. It also contains a complete run of the magazine, Parting Gifts, as well as copy of each book published by the press.
The original order of the contents of each box has been maintained, but numbers have been added to the boxes for the sake of creating a finding aid for this collection. The numbers assigned to the boxes reflect the sequence in which the boxes were added to the finding aid's inventory and are not chronological.
- Majority of material found within Bulk 1992-2009
- Other: Date acquired: 2012
- Bixby, Robert, 1952-2012 (Editor, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.
Biographical / Historical
Robert J. Bixby (1952-2012) was the editor and publisher of March Street Press and Parting Gifts magazine. Bixby was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, earned a Bachelor of Arts at Central Michigan University, a Masters of Social Work at Western Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. At the time of his death, he was employed by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro Libraries. Although a talented writer himself, he dedicated most his time and energy to operating March Street Press. The press's editorial records were donated to Western Michigan University in 2012 by his wife Kathy Bixby, upon the press's closure.
Language of Materials
Editorial office archive of March Street Press including correspondence, typescripts, proofs, copyright documents, photographs, cover art and ephemera. Also contains issues of Parting Gifts magazine and copies of books published by the press.
Original order of the contents of each box has been maintained.
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
- American literature -- 20th century
- American poetry -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
- Poets -- 20th century -- Correspondence
- Publishers and publishing
- Serial publications
- Short stories
- Short stories, American
- Small presses
- drafts (documents)
- Inventory of the March Street Press Collection Finding Aid
- Jessica Campbell, Laurel Mcglew, Katie Lukens, Abbey Buckham, and Neil Chase
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository
Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US