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Michael Kubsch's letters to Chloe's Books


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Michael Kubsch, also known as “Malok,” is a practitioner of collage and mail art. In 1978, he illustrated

Poems to Trémone: lies of an orphan mind, a book of poetry by Robert J. Kachur. At the time of his correspondence with Chloe’s Books, Kubsch resided in Waukau, Wisconsin.

Several of the letters contain references to Bern Porter (1911-2004), an early practitioner of mail art.

Chloe’s Books was established in Loomis, California, in 1972. They are a mail-order business specializing in poetry and modern literature.

Bern Porter Collection, Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.Biblio website, “Chloe’s Books” (accessed June 28, 2017) derived from the collection.

Artist Michael Kubsch, also known as “Malok,” mailed these collages, notes, and illustrations to Chloe’s Books between 1994 and 2007.

Each of the seven letters is accompanied by a business-size envelope, addressed to Chloe’s Books, with rubberstamps on the outside, many of which Kubsch designed. Each envelope contains several items created by Kubsch, including black and white collages, color glyphs, handwritten notes with holograph signatures, and small illustrations. The collages and glyphs are photocopy reproductions of Kubsch’s collages and drawings.

Box 70, F1027: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Gift of Philip Ciapponi, February 2017.

Processed and encoded by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, June 2017.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2017 June 28
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Michael Kubsch's letters to Chloe's Books, 1994-2007.
Box 70 Folder F1027
Physical Description

7 letters

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