Argus-Press records: 1862-2016 (bulk 1960-1990)
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Shaman Drum Bookshop [series]
 
Operational materials

The Shaman Drum Bookshop series (2.2 linear feet, 1980-2009) consists of seven groups: Operational materials, Promotional materials, Community outreach, Literary posters and broadsides, Writings, Photographs, and the Great Lakes Literary Arts Center at the Shaman Drum. In addition to these seven groups, this series contains a Special Issue of Michigan Quarterly Review, which features a symposium discussing the future of books and reading in the digital age in response to the closure of the Shaman Drum. Operational materials include strategic plans, policies, vision and values statements, meeting materials, memoranda, professional correspondence, inventories, and floor plans for the 1994 expansion of the shop. Promotional materials encompass press articles, event flyers and posters, and store newsletters and catalogs. Community outreach materials consist of speeches, honors, advocacy videos and writings, and store anniversary memorabilia. The literary posters and broadsides group contains materials with autographs and notes from writers. Writings consist of Pohrt's personal reflections, presentations and blog posts. Photographs document store transformations, store sponsored events and visits from writers and academics. The Great Lakes Literary Arts Center group contains records relating to the transformation of the Shaman Drum from a private business to a nonprofit literary arts center.

Box   1  
Vision, values, strategic plans and policies circa 1993-2003
Box   1  
Meeting agendas and minutes 1994-2002
Box   1  
Memoranda 1993-2005
Box   1  
Correspondence 1994-2006
Box   1  
Textbook inventories 1989-1992 (3 folders)
Oversize Folder   1  
Floor plans 1994
 
Promotional materials
Box   1  
Press coverage 1989-2008
Box   1  
Flyers, bookmarks, and signs circa 1990-1999 (6 folders)
Box   1  
Shaman Drum newsletters and notices 1995-2009
Box   1  
Shaman Drum catalogs 1997-2008 (3 folders)
Oversize Box   4  
Posters 2005-2008
 
Community outreach
Box   1  
Anniversaries and events 2001-2009

(Includes introductory speech for Bill Ayers' visit in 2009)

Box   1  
Certificate of Appreciation from University of Michigan 2004
 
Advocacy
  Online  
Video recordings, 2009 (.ZIP and .MP4 files) [download item]
  Online  
Writings, 2009-2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Literary posters and broadsides
Box   1  
Circa 1969-1991

(Includes posters signed by Czeslaw Milosz and Clayton Eshleman)

Oversize Box   4  
Circa 1969-1991

(Includes posters signed by Gary Snyder, Clayton Eshleman, and Wendell Berry)

 
Writings
Box   1  
Printed blog 2007
Box   1  
Reflections, presentations, and projects undated

(Includes sketches)

 
Photographs
Box   1  
Portraits of writers undated
Box   1  
Store views and collages circa 1994

(Includes photograph of Pohrt with Allen Ginsberg and Ken Mikolowski)

Oversize Box   4  
Miscellaneous photographs of staff and store events undated
Box   3  
Customers and employees undated
 
Visiting Writers and Events
Box   3  
Gary Snyder 1995 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Jamaica Kincaid 1996
Box   3  
Clayton Eshleman 1996
Box   3  
Janet Kauffman Graywolf and Nelson Lichtenstein 1996
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Poets on Poems 1996
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Author signings undated
Box   3  
Blocksma, Sanders, Achenbaum, Hicok undated
Box   3  
Manning Marable and Johnson undated
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Marcus Cafagna and Jean Craighead George 1996
Box   3  
Barbara Ehrenreich undated
Box   3  
Boychoir, Hayden. Dyson 1996
Box   3  
Banned Books and Jim Daniels 1996
Box   3  
Talalay, Goodison, and Cormier undated
Box   3  
Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith 1996
Box   3  
Laura Kasischke, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith undated
Box   3  
Margaret Wong undated
  Online  
Reading the World reception 2006 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Photograph Albums
Box   2  
Building the Drum 1994
Box   3  
The Early Years circa 1994
Box   3  
Untitled circa 1995
Box   1  
Great Lakes Literary Arts Center at the Shaman Drum 2008-2009
Box   1  
Special Issue of Michigan Quarterly Review 2009

(Features Symposium on the future of books in the digital age in response to the closing of the Shaman Drum)

 
Other Business Affiliations and Community Initiatives [series]

The Other Business Affiliations and Community Initiatives series (0.2 linear feet, 1976-2007) is divided according to organization or initiative into six groups: the Bear Claw Press, the American Booksellers' Association, the Independent Booksellers' Consortium, the Ann Arbor Book Festival, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and Democratic primary for Ann Arbor City Council. The Bear Claw Press group contains original calendars, correspondence, and photographic materials. The American Booksellers' Association group consists of correspondence and event programming schedules. The Independent Booksellers' Consortium group includes documentation from meetings, a directory of member organizations, and an undated proposal for a coalition of independent booksellers written by Pohrt. The Ann Arbor Book Festival and Ann Arbor Street Art Fair groups contain board meeting minutes and financial records; the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair group also includes bylaws and photographs. Democratic primary for Ann Arbor City Council contains a campaign sign from Pohrt's run to be nominated as a candidate for the City Council election in 2002.

 
Bear Claw Press
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Print materials 1976-1977

(Includes negative and photograph from Richard A. Pohrt's personal collection used in publishing Jim Heynen's poetry collection, Notes for Custer)

Oversize Box   4  
Calendar 1977
Box   1  
American Booksellers' Association 2002-2005

(Includes photograph and letter signed by first lady Laura Bush)

 
Independent Booksellers' Consortium
Box   1  
Proposed model for coalition and directory undated
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General Managers' meeting 2006
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Idea Exchange 2004, 2007 (2 folders)
 
Ann Arbor Book Festival
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Administrative materials and press coverage 2004-2007
  Online  
Photographs 2004 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   2  
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair 2006
  Online  
Campaign Sign for Ann Arbor City Council Democratic Primary 2002 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Teaching and Research [series]

The Teaching and Research series (0.4 linear feet, 1970-1980) consists of two groups: the University of Michigan Flint and Native American literature. The University of Michigan Flint group contains syllabi, lesson plans, lecture notes, assignments, and some samples of student writing. The Native American literature group includes syllabi, lecture notes, and a sample of Pohrt's academic writing.

 
University of Michigan Flint 1970-1980
Box   2  
Memorabilia and notes circa 1970
 
Lectures and notes for English 101 1980
Box   2  
Introduction
Box   2  
Prewriting
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Commitment and response
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The writer's voice
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Description and specificity
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Analysis and classification
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Review and student conferences
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Sentence and paragraph structure
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Explicitness, Relationships, Predication
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Logic

(Includes student reflection on poetry reading by Joseph Brodsky at U of M Flint)

Box   2  
Style
Box   2  
Introduction to research techniques
Box   2  
Review and final student conferences
Box   2  
Native American literature undated

(Includes notes on oral literature and ethnogeography)

 
Personal Files [series]

The Personal Files series (0.6 linear feet, 1968-2013) is divided into seven groupings: Correspondence, Photographs and portraits, Writings and original art, Education, Community recognition, Travels, and Topical files. Correspondence consists of incoming letters. The Photographs and portraits group contains images of Pohrt. The Writings and original art group includes poetry, essays, blogs, interviews and articles written by Pohrt as well as writing and art by Pohrt's friends and prints by the Alternative Press in Detroit. The Education group consists of Pohrt's diplomas. The Community recognition group contains individual honors granted to Pohrt, including a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan. The Travels group consists of personal writings and travel diaries, brochures, maps, memorabilia, itineraries and photographic slides from Pohrt's travels in Nicaragua, Mexico, India, and France. Topical files document Pohrt's longstanding interests in world history, Buddhism, and the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples of North America.

 
Correspondence
Box   2  
1968-2013 with gaps (4 folders)

(Includes correspondence with Gary Snyder)

  Online  
2010-2013 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   2  
Photographs and portraits circa 1994-2000

(Includes caricature)

 
Writings and original art
Box   2  
Essays by Pohrt circa 2008-2009
 
Poetry by Pohrt
Box   2  
1979
  Online  
2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Blogs and reflections by Pohrt 2000-2013 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Eulogy and obituary 2010-2013 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Interviews and articles by Pohrt 2009-2012 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   2  
Poetry by others 1976-1999 with gaps
Box   2  
Poetry printed by the Alternative Press undated (2 folders)
 
First meeting with Gary Snyder
Box   2  
Autobiographical essay by Pohrt 1975
  Online  
Photographs 1975 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Oversize Box   4  
Watercolors undated
 
Education
Oversize Box   2  
High school 1965
Box   2  
Bachelor's degree 1970
Box   2  
Master's degree 1978
 
Community recognition
Box   2  
Honors and resolution 2001-2008 with gaps
Oversize Box   4  
State of Michigan Special Tribute 2008
Box   2  
Travels
  Online  
Nicaragua journals 2011-2012 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Mexico 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   2  
Mexico undated
Box   2  
India 1991
 
France

(Trip to Southern France to see cave art with Clayton and Caryl Eshleman and Gary and Carole Snyder)

Box   2  
Itinerary 1996
Oversize Box   4  
Photographic slides 1996 (1 folder, 1 box)
Box   2  
Topical files
Box   2  
World history 1967
Box   2  
Native Alaskans 1977
Box   2  
Buddhism circa 1987
 
Native American culture 1975-1991
Oversize Box   4  
Poster for cultural workshop 1975
Box   2  
Print materials, poetry and graphics circa 1991
Box   3  
Audio recording of Richard Pohrt on Native American tales undated (1 audiocassettes)