The Carcosa Press records include edited manuscripts, camera-ready copy, bluelines and layouts for the four titles published by the press, along with organizational correspondence, contracts, order books, bank statements and tax returns. The material dates from 1972 to 1991.
The materials in this collection were compiled by Kenneth W. Faig, Jr. during 1970-1975 while conducting research for a biography of Robert H. Barlow. The materials include: microfilm of Barlow's literary and scholarly papers made by Barlow's friend George T. Smisor; copies of letters to his brother Wayne Everett Barlow and other family members; photographs of Barlow as a child and his homes; research correspondence with George T. Smisor, E. Hoffman Price, Thomas Hart Benton, and Roy A. Squires among others.
Personal and literary correspondence both by and
to Lovecraft; manuscript and typescript drafts of fiction, non-fiction, poems, plays
and drawings by Lovecraft. Correspondence between friends, family, and associates of
Lovecraft. Subjects include horror fiction, New England antiquities, and the amateur
press. Significant correspondents include Robert H. Barlow, Robert Bloch, W. Paul
Cook, August Derleth, Ernest A. Edkins, Sonia H. Greene Davis (Lovecraft's wife),
Frank Belknap Long, Jr., E. Hoffman Price, Clark Ashton Smith, and Donald Wandrei
among many others. The collection also includes a small selection of photographs of
Lovecraft, friends and associates and objects owned by Lovecraft.