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This website, American Dust, is an online repository of comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing, freely available to all interested scholars, researchers, and readers under open access and Fair Use guidelines.

American Dust is registered (#1054104600) with OCLC WorldCat. OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), founded in 1967 at the Ohio College Library Center, Dublin, Ohio, seeks to increase access to the world's information while reducing information costs. WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories that participate in the OCLC global cooperative, making it the world's largest network of library contents and services providing open access to library resources online. LEARN more at the WorldCat website.

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The title, American Dust, is adapted from Dust . . . American . . . Dust, the refrain of Brautigan's novel, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.


What Information and Resources Are Available?

Information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing is disparate, sometimes ephemeral, and not always contextualized and/or easily accessible for scholars, researchers, readers, or fans. American Dust provides curated, comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing. Access is available from two directions: "By Brautigan" and "About Brautigan."

By Brautigan

Works produced by Richard Brautigan. Publication, background, and other information. Annotated reviews, many with full text.
Collected works
Poetic drawings
Non-fiction writings

About Brautigan

Works by others, about Richard Brautigan. Citation and other information. Annotations and full text.
Obituaries, Memoirs, Tributes


Resources and tools to help you learn more about Richard Brautigan's life and writing.
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The mission of American Dust is to provide comprehensive and accessible information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing. This is accomplished by the following activities.

Activities driving mission

Collecting > wide-spread content related to Brautigan, his life and writings.
Organizing > content in an accessible and expandable infrastructure.
Linking > content so to create a larger body of knowledge and communicate its meaning and value.
Presenting > content in an efficient, and accessible online context.
Valuing > new sources of information and knowledge, or new ways of looking at or using existent information.
Preserving > Brautigan's legacy as a writer.
Promoting > Brautigan's broad inspiration to scholars, artists, musicians, readers, and other creative people.
Providing > comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing under open access and Fair Use guidelines.

Open Access

By open access I mean a publicly accessible repository where information is freely available for scholarship, research, education, and creative transformation, without financial or technical barriers, within legal guidelines. Open access has two versions, gratis and libre

Gratis open access
Gratis open access is making research and/or transformative scholarship and/or creative practice freely available. This does not grant the user the right to make copies, distribute, or modify the work in any way beyond fair use (see below).

Libre open access
Libre open access also makes research available without charge but may grant users additional rights, usually via a Creative Commons license, for reusing and/or remixing the research. At this time there are no Creative Commons licenses granted or implied for this work.

In addition to the gratis/libre distinction, American Dust provides Green open access as a private information repository and/or archive in the form of a publicly available website created and maintained by its author.

Fair Use

By Fair Use I mean guidelines as provided in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law. See "Copyright & Fair Use" menu tab, above.

American Dust is educational and noncommercial. It is intended for teaching, scholarship, and research. No charge is levied for using the content of this website, and no attempt is made or implied regarding commercial duplication and/or dissemination of any content herein.


Copyright & Fair Use

The contents of American Dust (this website) includes a substantial amount of original and transformative scholarship and other material(s) resulting from my efforts as author, developer, and curator of the website. I claim copyright for all original information I have created and share herein. This website also includes work copyright by others. Each such work is acknowledged, and I make no claim against the original copyrights, their creators and/or agents.

Users of this website are asked to respect the various original and current rights and protections granted the original authors. Please do not use any materials herein without properly acknowledging their author(s) and source(s).

The inclusion of copyrighted material(s), like images, text excerpts, and audio and video samples in this website is for nonprofit criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, and/or research. This use is transformative in that it does not significantly impede the right of the copyright holder to sell the copyrighted material, is not being used to generate profit in this context, and presents ideas that cannot be exhibited otherwise.

I believe that use of copyrighted material herein qualifies as fair use, as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law.

Section 107. Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use

Nothwithstanding the provisions of Section 106 and 106A the fair use of copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction of copies or phonorecords or by any means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is fair use the factors to be considered shall include.

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commerical nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Responding to each of these factors . . .

The purpose and character of use

The purpose of this website is to promote research and learning opportunities regarding author Richard Brautigan's life and writing. The copyrighted material used is intended to raise questions, drive analysis, and provide substantiation for analytical claims. Furthermore, its use is transformative in that it involves repurposing and recontextualizing the original material in order to illustrate points, connections, or concepts associated with Richard Brautigan's life and works not readily available, or possible, in any other place, resource, or format. No attempt, stated or implied, is made here to seek commercial, economic, or other gain from the use of this work in any fashion. This website receives no funding of any kind from any source to offset its cost of maintenance and operation. All efforts associated with this website are strictly for nonprofit purposes as noted.

The nature of the copyrighted work

Much of the copyrighted work found within this website orignally appeared in small, ephemeral publications that are, in many instances, long out of print, or otherwise not readily available. Other works are more current, but again, are not readily available for nonprofit educational use. Free or public-domain examples, other than those noted, have not been located for this copyrighted material. The copyrighted work herein is not to be found in any one place, resource, or format for criticism, comment, reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research, other than this website. Proper citations for the original source(s) are found throughout this website.

The amount of substantiality of the portion used

The copyrighted materials used herein are all excerpted portions from larger journal articles, book chapters, etc. They are utilized herein outside their original context. Their use herein is limited compared to their original context but at the same time transformative as described above. Use of these copyrighted materials is not intended to substitute for the purchase of any books, publishers' reprints, or periodicals where said materials were first published or copyrighted. Use of these copyrighted materials is not seen to detract from the original work in any way, but rather to point readers/users toward the original publication source itself.

The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

The use of copyrighted material herein does not limit the copyright owners' rights to distribute their original work in any way, or to seek new publication venues. As stated above, many of these copyrighted materials have long disappeared from the attention of educators, researchers, critics, and commentators. Compiling, collecting, connecting, and transforming them within this website increases their potential for notice, utilization, and market value. Furthermore, all conclusions derived from examining these sources are the opinions of the author. All copyrighted works are cited throughout the website, and no profit will be derived from the publication of this website.


  • The copyrighted material used herein is of lower resolution and quality than the format or context of its original publication.
  • Reasonable efforts are undertaken to contact the orginal authors regarding the use of their copyrighted work in this website.
  • Extraordinary efforts are applied to assure the completeness and accuracy of all information regarding the original publication details for each work used herein.
  • Citations for the source of all copyrighted materials are provided throughout the website.
  • Original copyrights remain with the original author(s) whose work is collected and transformed within this website.
  • No attempt, stated or implied, is made here to abridge the rights of the original authors in any way.


Your comments, suggestions, corrections, and additions are welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.
John F. Barber