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Judson C. Crews Papers

Identifier: MSS-340-BC

Scope and Content

The collection emphasizes Judson Crews' career as a poet and a printer. There are four topical series; Memoirs, Correspondence, Manuscripts and Miscellaneous (which includes business and personal papers). There are also addition(s) to the colleciton.

Included in his correspondence are numerous letters from and to southwestern writers. Of special interest in both his manuscripts and memoirs are materials on his interaction with Henry Miller and the post-WW II artist colony at Big Sur, CA.

The memoirs, which number almost 6,000 pages, graphicly illustrate the artists emotional, artistic, social and sexual growth. The collection also includes numerous unpublished manuscripts by Judson Crews and others.

Materials added in 2018 include Crews' writings, correspondence and related materials, published works, and audio recordings.

Photographs by Judson Crews and others have been transferred to CSWR Pictorial Collections.


  • 1945-1993

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Judson Crews, noted southwestern author, printer and educator, was born in Waco, Texas on June 30, 1917 and died on May 17, 2010 in Taos, New Mexico. After growing up in Central Texas, he traveled extensively, living in areas as diverse as Albuquerque and Zambia. He married photographer and author Mildred Tolbert on October 19, 1947 (divorced Jan., 1980), with whom he had two children (Anna Bush and Carole Judith). Crews died on May 17, 2010 in Taos, NM.

Crews attended Baylor University, from which he received a BA in 1941 and a MA in 1944. He also studied Fine Arts there from 1946-1947. He worked as an educator at Wharton County Junior College (1967-1970), University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch (1971-1972), and at the University of Zambia (1974-1978). He was also been involved in social work.

In the area of literature, Crews was both an author and a publisher. Amongst the presses he has been involved in are Motive Press (Waco, TX.) and Este Es Press (Taos, NM). After first being published in 1935, Judson Crews has been published over 600 times in about 300 periodicals. In addition to appearing in such literary journals as Poetry, Points, The Window and Foxfire, he has written many books of poetry, including Angels Fall, They Are Towers (Este Es Press, 1965), and The Noose, A Retrospective: Four Decades (Duende Press, 1980). He has also appeared in such anthologies as An Uninhibited Treasury of Erotic Poetry (Dial Press, 1963) and City Lights Anthology (City Lights, 1974).


6 boxes (5.1 cu. ft.)

Related Archival Material

Arden Tice Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Carol Bergé Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Mildred Tolbert Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Wendell B. Anderson and Emily F. Anderson Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Desert Review Press Archives Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Belinda Subraman Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Photographs by Judson Crews and other have been transferred to the Judson Crews Photograph Collection.

See the list of books separated from the collection.

See the list of periodicals separated from the collection.

Books Separated from Collection

  • Crews, Judson, More Men,
  • Crews, Judson, A Unicorn When Needs Be
  • Crews, Judson, You, Mark Antony Navigator Upon The Nile
  • Crews, Judson, Hermes Past The Hour
  • Crews, Judson, Inwade To Briney Garth
  • Crews, Judson, The Noose: A Retrospective: 4 Decades
  • Crews, Judson, If I
  • Crews, Judson, Psalms For A Late Season
  • Crews, Judson, Three on a Match, Crews, Judson,(With Wendell B. Anderson and Cerise Farallon)
  • Crews, Judson, Dolores Herrera (Two Copies)
  • Crews, Judson, Nations And Peoples (Two Copies)
  • Strongin, Lynn Shrift: A Winter Sequence
  • Le Sueur, Meridel Song for My Time
  • Bayes, Ronald H Porpoise
  • Harris, Jim Running: Through Indian Country
  • Micheline, Jack Yellow Horn
  • McCord, Howard Walking Edges
  • Meyers, Roberta Listen to the Land
  • Olophant, Dave Brands
  • Snyder, Maryhelen Enough
  • Mor, Barbara Mother Tongue
  • Simon, John Oliver Snake's Tooth
  • Northnagel, E. W. Twenty-five for Tony
  • Shannon, Jeanne The Well Under the Pawpaw Trees
  • Abbott, Ward North
  • Moore, Todd Blood on the Moon
  • Moffeit, Tony Shooting Chant
  • Whitebird, J. Notes on Larry's Wedding
  • Angst, Bim Bright Blood, River Green
  • Saunders, Jack Minority Report: One Man's Experience With Pornography
  • Harris, Jim Sundeck
  • Gallegos, Robert and Sayre, Jim Carnero
  • Mayfield, Carl and Morrow, Baker Circling the Garden: A moon Walk
  • Randall, Margaret We
  • Arden, Hava Take It and Fake the Rest
  • Bennett, John Tripping in America
  • Bayes, Ronald H. King of August
  • Gonzalez, Ray 5 Poems
  • Mares, E. A. The Unicorn Poem
  • Potts, Charles The Trancemigracion of Menzu
  • Brown, Lesley McDongall The Diary of Figaro
  • Byrd, Bobby Art in America
  • Speer, Laurel Lovers and Others
  • Speer, Laurel I'm Hiding from the Cat
  • Speer, Laurel T. Roosevelt Tracks the Last Buffalo
  • Speer, Laurel Vincent et al.
  • Berge, Carol Alba Genesis: New Poems: 1978
  • Greasybear, Charley John Songs
  • Macleod, Norman The Selected Poems of Norman Macleod
  • Tolbert, Mildred Belmar, and Other Stories
  • Tolbert, Mildred Learning from Taos, and Other Prose
  • Anderson, Wendell B. Yes or No
  • Anderson, Wendell B. Rocky Mountain Vigil
  • Anderson, Wendell B. Season of the Crow
  • Spingarn, Lawrence P. (Ed.) Poets West
  • Robson, William J Holy Doors: An Anthology of Poetry, Prose, and Criticism

Periodicals Separated from Collection

  • Pembroke Magazine, Numbers 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11
  • Poetry, Vol. 85, No. 6, Vol. 91, No. 4, Vol. 93, No. 3, Vol. 95, No. 5.
  • Interim, Vol. 5, Nos. 1 and 2
  • The Wormwood Review, Issues 58, 99, and 100
  • Planet Detroit Magazine, Spring 1985, Summer 1985
  • Latitudes, Vol. 2, Nos 2 and 3
  • Center Issues 12 and 13
  • Lucky Star Vol. 2, No. 3 (Two Copies)
  • The Bridge Vol. 3 No. 12, Vol. 4, No. 4
  • The Artist's Miscellany February, 1959
  • Old Hickory Review Vol. 15, No. 1
  • The Paris Review Number 44
  • Whetstone Spring, 1970
  • Poetry, A Magazine of Verse Vol. 6, No. 1
  • Contact Number 3
  • American and Canadian Poetry April Issue, 1970
  • Second Coming Vol. 7, No 1
  • South Dakota Review Vol. 5, No. 2
  • Cottonwood Number 35
  • Laurel Review Vol. 18, No. 2
  • Road Apple Review Vol. 1, No. 1
  • The Desert Review Fall, 1967
  • Tarasque Issue 2
  • Look Quick No. 11
  • The Seventies Spring, 1972
  • Puerto Del Sol Spring, 1983
  • Studio One Spring 1986
  • The Galley Sail Review Spring, 1987
  • Periodics Fall, 1978
  • Asylum Vol. 2, No. 3
  • Sparrow Issue 15
  • Crow Call Vol. 1, No. 1
  • Aura Spring, 1986
  • Open 24 Hours Issue 5
  • Tongue Vol. 2, No. 4
  • Chameleon 7 1/2 Winter, 1984
  • Symptom April, 1966
  • Grist Issue 8
  • Coffin Issue 1
  • The Old Red Kimono Spring, 1987
  • Black Messiah Issue 1
  • Abraxas #27/28, #29/30, #31/32
  • Thunder Sandwich #3, #4
  • Wormwood Review Issues #88, #93
  • New Mexico Humanities Review Summer 1982
  • The Smith Issue #22
  • Star-Web Paper Issue #8
  • Pembroke Magazine Issue #15
  • New Blood Magazine #10
  • Icarus Spring 1983
  • Lucky Star Vol. 2, No. 1
  • Southwestern American Literature Vol. 8, No. 2
  • Black Messiah Issue #1
  • Thunderbird Associated Students The University of New Mexico, 1969
  • Writers Forum Vol. #9, 1983
  • Poetry July, 1970
  • A Good Day To Die, John Bennett, (ed.) Vagabond Press,no date
  • Oro Madre Magazine Vol. 2, No. 3/4
  • Kayak Issue #63

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Addition processed, February 2018. Monographs from addition have been transferred to cataloguing.
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131