University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Bananas (Periodical):

A Preliminary Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Bananas (Periodical), 1975-1978
Title: Bananas (Periodical) Records
Dates: 1975-1978
Abstract: The British arts magazine Bananas published works Alan Sillitoe, Beryl Bainbridge, Claud Cockburn, Ted Hughes, Elaine Feinstein, Peter Redgrove, and others during the mid-1970s.
Extent: 5 boxes 1 oversize box (3.86 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This archive of the British magazine Bananas dates from its inception in January 1975 through issue no. 11 in 1978, concurrent with the tenure of editor Emma Tennant. An invitational announcement by Tennant describes Bananas as "a new and lively arts magazine…. Our contributors include Alan Sillitoe, Beryl Bainbridge, Claud Cockburn, Ted Hughes, Elaine Feinstein, Peter Redgrove, Tom Nairn, J. G. Ballard, Ruth Fainlight, Jenny Joseph, Henri Michaux, Harold Pinter, Hans Magnus Enzensburger, Milan Kundera, Neil Ascherson, Lorna Sage, Martin Seymour-Smith. We also find new talent--a third of our published material comes from previously unpublished young authors."

The collection is organized in three series: Series I. Production Files, Series II. Correspondence, and Series III. Financial.

The production files in Series I. include edited typescripts for issues 2-11, as well as a selection of oversize layouts and mechanicals. Correspondence in Series II. includes contributors and well-wishers, such as Martin Amis, J. G. Ballard, Alan Brownjohn, Angela Carter, Ruth Fainlight, Miles Gibson, Clive Hodgson, Frances Horovitz, Olwyn Hughes, James Kirkup, Ian McEwan, Peter Redgrove, Alan Ross, D. S. Savage, Penelope Shuttle, Stephen Spender, Paul Theroux, Claire Tomalin, and Angus Wilson. The financial papers in Series III. include receipts, invoices, and accounts for the period 1975-1977, and by issue.

Issues no. 1-13 and 16 (1975-1979) received with the collection were transfered to the HRC Library.

The collection is in good condition and open for research.



Open for research

Administrative Information


Purchase, 2001 (Reg. no. 14997)

Accessioned by:

Liz Murray, 2002

Bananas (Periodical) Records--Folder List

I. Production Files

Box Folder
1 1 Issue no. 2
2 Issue no. 3
3 Issue no. 4
4-5 Issue no. 5
Box Folder
2 1-2 Issue no. 6
3-4 Issue no. 7
5 Issue no. 8
6 Issue no. 9
Box Folder
3 1-2 Issue no. 9, cont'd
3 Issue no.10
4 Issue no. 11 Oversize production material removed to Box 6
5-6 Additional manuscripts from various issues

II. Correspondence

Box Folder
4 1 1975-1976
2 1976-1977, Arts Council
3 1977, Anthology edition, including contracts and biographies

III. Financial

Box Folder
4 4 Management agreements and correspondence
5-6 Duplicate invoice books, 1975-1976
Box Folder
5 1 General receipts and invoices, 1975-1977
Receipts and invoices by issue
Box Folder
5 2-3 Issue no. 1-2, 1975-1976
4-5 Issue no. 3 and cash account book, 1975
6-8 Issue no. 4-6, 1976
9 Issue no. 7, 1977
10 Issue no. 11, 1978

6 Oversize