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Denis Carbonneau papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS125
This collection consists of correspondence and production material relating to the publication of the book, 'A Relevant Memoir - The Story of the Equinox Cooperative Press,' by Henry Hart, with foreword by Lynd Ward. Correspondents include three of the founding members of the Equinox Cooperative Press, namely, Evelyn Harter Glick, Henry Hart, and Lynd Ward. The majority of correspondence is to Denis Carbonneau, the publisher of 'A Relevant Memoir,' at Three Mountains Press. The collection also includes a copy of Henry Hart's memoir, signed by Hart, is available in this collection (Folder 2:8). The book includes a comprehensive index citing biographical information for all of the individuals involved with the press, as well as the nine original members: Lynd Ward (p.13) and his wife May McNeer Ward (pp.14, 51 and 82), Evelyn Harter Glick (pp.17-18) and her husband Milton B. Glick (p.52), Henry Hart (p.19), John P. Heins (p.14), Belle Rosenbaum (p.18), Mabel Remont (p.20), and Lewis F. White (p.14). Note also, that the papers of Lynd Ward are in the Special Collections Division, Georgetown University Library. A separate finding aid is available for these.

Abbreviations used in this finding aid include - DC - Denis Carbonneau ACS - autograph card signed ALS - autograph letter signed ANS - autograph note signed TC - typed card TCS - typed card signed TL - typed letter TLS - typed letter signed


  • 1976-1983

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0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Historical note

Denis Carbonneau was a publisher at Three Mountain's Press, who worked with members of The Equinox Press. The Equinox Cooperative Press was founded in 1931 by Lynd Ward and a group of talented designers, illustrators, and writers whom he had invited to join in a cooperative enterprise dedicated to publishing works of literary significance that other commercial publishers were neglecting. The mission of the press also was to produce books that enabled the graphic arts to illumine and enhance the author's work. Henry Hart, who succeeded Ward in 1937 as president of Equinox Cooperative Press, provides a detailed history from the inception to the disbanding of the cooperative at the onset of the Second World War in 1939. In keeping with its unconventional motivations, the end was not, as is so often the case with small businesses, from a lack of funds; but was due to an unusual combination of internal and external pressures as described by Hart at the conclusion of his memoir: 'The war changed the lives of all the Equinox members, but our lives had changed before the war for other reasons. Each of us had acquired interests and taken on activities we hadn't had when we joined Equinox. We might have surmounted such changes as these - at the very least we could have taken in new members. But then came the war in a form that altered everyone's thinking about everything, including Equinox...' ('A Relevant Memoir,' p.95).
Denis Carbonneau papers
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