Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Beat poets and poetry collection, 1959-1971

Summary Information


A collection of manuscripts and correspondence of beat poets and others affiliated with the Beat Generation.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0091
Bib ID 4079081 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Brakhage, Stan ; Cassady, Neal ; Clark, Tom ; Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014 ; McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990 ; Murphy, Anne ; Pélieu, Claude ; Ray, David ; Snyder, Gary, 1930-
Title Beat poets and poetry collection, 1959-1971
Physical Description 0.5 linear feet (1 half sized document box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in 1 series.



This is an artificial collection of correspondence and manuscripts by members of the beat generation assembled by curators and staff of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The collection includes manuscripts by writers such as LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Claude Pelieu, and Thomas McGrath as well as pieces of correspondence written by Neal Cassady (to Ken Kesey) and Gary Snyder.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Beat poets and poetry records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged 04/03/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Processed 05/--/10 Carrie Hintz

Finding aid written 5/--/10 Carrie Hintz

Revision Description

2010-05-22 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Beats (Persons) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bohemianism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lebel, Jean-Jacques Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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Series 1: Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1959-1971

This series, which comprises the entirety of the collection, contains correspondence and manuscripts related to beat writers and the cultural movement known as the Beat Generation.

Box 1 Folder 1 Brakhage, Stan to David Gitlin, 1968 August

Box 1 Folder 2 Cassady, Neal to Ken Kesey, 1965 August-September

Box 1 Folder 3 Clark, Tom to David Gitin, 1968 August

Box 1 Folder 4 Farrell, Barry to Charles Plymell, undated (2 letters), undated

Box 1 Folder 5 Fine, Albert to Claude Pelieu, 1969-1971

Box 1 Folder 6 Gwerder, Urban to Claude Pelieu, 1969 June

Box 1 Folder 7 "Jim" to David Gitin, 1968

Box 1 Folder 8 Jones, LeRoi (Amiri Baraka)- The Systems of Dante's Hell manuscript fragment with corrections, circa, 1961

Box 1 Folder 9 Lebel, Jean Jacques to Claude Pelieu, undated and 1968, undated, 1968

(3 postcards- one to Pelieu and Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

McGrath, Thomas Poetry Manuscripts

Box 1 Folder 10 "Giuffre's Sheepherder"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Long Distance"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Life in the Peasant Department"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Sound of One Hand"

Box 1 Folder 10 "O'Leary's Last Wish"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Sound of One Hand"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Song"

Box 1 Folder 10 "A Field of Sunflowers"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Sound of One Hand"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Presumptions"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Too Bad"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Sound of One Hand"

Box 1 Folder 10 "War Resisters Song"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Sound of One Hand"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Where Janie Went In"

Box 1 Folder 10 "Arrivals"

Box 1 Folder 11 McGrath, Thomas to Ron Wolin, 1968

Box 1 Folder 12 Murphy, Anne to Neal Cassady, 1965 August

Claude Pelieu

Box 1 Folder 13 to Albert Fine, 1969 April 7

Box 1 Folder 14 Collages

Box 1 Folder 15 Poetry Manuscripts- "Airplane Poem" and "Coeur d'Alene," undated and 1969, undated, 1969

Box 1 Folder 16 Plymell, Charles- 3 items relating to Charles Plymell

Box 1 Folder 17 Ray, David to Charles Plymell, circa 1968 (3 letters), 1968

Box 1 Folder 18 Snyder, Gary to Jack Hirschmann, 1959 April-May