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Beat poets and poetry collection, 1959-1971.

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Beat poets and poetry collection, 1959-1971.
Physical description:0.5 linear ft. (1 half-sized document box)
Language(s): Material is in English.


This collection is arranged in 1 series: Series 1: Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1959-1971.


Scope and Content

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

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.

Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Beat Poets and Poetry Collection; 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; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 04/03/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Processed 05/--/10 Carrie Hintz

Finding aid written 5/--/10 Carrie Hintz

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion May 22, 2010

Finding aid written in English.

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

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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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Beat generation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brakhage, Stan.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cassady, Neal.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clark, Tom.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lebel, Jean Jacques.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McGrath, Thomas, 1916-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Murphy, Anne.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pélieu, Claude.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poetry, Modern--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ray, David.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Snyder, Gary.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note