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Toothpaste/Coffee House Press Records

Identifier: msc0461

Scope and Contents

The first portion of the records of the Toothpaste Press are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence and date from 1970 to 1984. They consist of subject files, correspondence, manuscripts, financial records, and other papers relating to the daily operations and the literary output of this private press.

The 2003 and subsequent addenda are broken into series. The first series is artwork. Where it is known, a note is inserted into the folder of the book to which the artwork belongs, referring the reader to this series.The second series is made of up correspondence. Here are letters having to do with business affairs and with manuscripts for which we do not have the manuscript. The third sequence is financial, where are kept all things pertaining to the monetary matters of Coffee House Press. The fourth series is miscellaneous, into which was put anything that did not fit elsewhere, as well as query letters, "no to manuscript" letters, "no to sample" letters, and "yes to sample" letters. The fifth series is the oversize materials, where are kept the manuscripts too large to fit into regular boxes. The last series is the manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author. This series is broken into separate pages, with links to each page.

Since the University receives an addition for Coffee House every few years, this collection will continue to grow. We will attempt to organize this collection in a way which will accommodate this growth, however, users should be sure to familiarize themselves with the organization in order to use this collection effectively.

Large art materials are shelved in Oversized Boxes 4 and 4a at s33:17:4; very large art materials are shelved in Map Case 12, drawer 17.


  • 1970-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


175.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Private press founded and operated by Allan and Cinda Kornblum in Iowa City in 1970. Comprised of subject files, correspondence, financial records, etc. relating to the daily operations and literary output of the private press.

Method of Acquisition

This collection is an ongoing collection, purchased by the University of Iowa Libraries.

Related Materials

Statement from Jim Hanson

My papers (which include a whole lot of 1970s-1980s poetry material aside from the Toothpaste and Coffee House material) have been donated to the Special Collections Research Center of the University of Chicago library. Dr. Daniel Meyer, the archivist there, received the material.

Allan and Cinda always made sure I had copies of a lot of what was printed, so I wanted to make sure that all that goes somewhere where someone could study that whole world of poetry and printing in the future. As you probably know, Allan designed beautiful things.

Other Descriptive Information

Jacque Roethler
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)