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Green Integer Press archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2013-026-s-r

Scope and Contents

This is the archives of Green Integer Press, created by Douglas Messerli. The contents of the collection include manuscripts, poetry, correspondence, photos, VHS cassettes, and reviews. Also, within the collection are personal items of Green Integer Press founder, Douglas Messerli. Manuscripts include page proofs of Green Integer publications and binders containing print-outs of Douglas Messerli's annual non-fiction series, My Life from 2009-2012. There are issues 3-10 and 12 of Là Bas, a literary zine that Messerli edited. There are also clippings and programs from theater and art shows at venues such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art and California Institute of the Arts that might have been reviewed in Green Integer publications circa 2000s. Correspondence includes print-outs of Messerli's email correspondence from the same period.

"Edited by Per Bregne, Green Integer publishes a wide variety of works by leading artists, critics and historians. Some titles are new works by contemporary artists, others are important but overlooked works by some of history's greatest writers, and yet others, by great writers both living and long ago passed, represent significant international works which have never before been published in English." (from the Green Integer Press website, accessed on 6/24/2013)


  • 1972 - 2012

Language of Materials

Certain manuscripts and correspondence are in Japanese, German, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Douglas Messerli, writer, poet, winner of the American book award, the ALTA award, and the Officre de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, was born in the American town of Waterloo, Iowa May 30, 1947. Messerli studied abroad in Norway at the age of 16, and upon his return a year later enrolled at the University of Wisconsin. He would later leave the university to study dance at the Jeffrey Ballet Company. Messerli would finish up his education at the University of Maryland where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. In 1975 Messerli co-founded the Sun & Moon Journal of Literature and Art. (from Wikipedia, accessed 12/05/2014)


94.75 Linear Feet (87 cartons)


This is a collection of 87 cartons containing manuscripts, correspondence, poetry, and reviews of the Green Integer Press from 1972 to 2012 as well as, personal materials of the founder, Douglas Messerli.


The inital materials acquired in 2013 are arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name, but minimally processed. Later accruals have been minimally processed and are not arranged in any particular order. See physical description--container summary note for more detail about accrual content.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, B26.

Related Materials

The predecessor of the Green Integer Press was the Sun & Moon Press whose archives are currently held by the University of California, San Diego.
Finding Aid for the Green Integer Press archives.
Under Revision
James Cuevas and Wendy Gonaver
12/05/2014 and 11/22/2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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