Consist of correspondence, writings, artworks, scrapbooks, flyers, announcements, clippings, biographical and miscellaneous
materials that primarily illuminate the life as poet and intimate player of the Beat scene in San Francisco and Los Angeles
during the 1950's. Correspondents include Wallace Berman, George Herms, ruth weiss, and Christopher Tree. Includes artworks
of Aya Tarlow and Elias Romero, as well as of other artists.
Born Idell Rose Tarlow on August 14, 1932, in Los Angeles, California, Tarlow studied piano and dancing while growing up in
Los Angeles. At 13, she began writing and compiling collections of poems and drawings. Upon finishing high school, Aya attended
Los Angeles City College for a year but quit full time enrollment when she married; however, she continued taking poetry and
writing classes. At this time she also began to have her work occasionally published in small press magazines. At 23, Tarlow
caused a family stir when she divorced her first husband in order to marry Elias [Lee] Romero whom she met at a poetry class
they both attended.
Number of containers: 9 boxes, 2 volumes, 2 oversize boxes, and 12 oversize folders
Linear feet: approx. 5.0
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head
of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The
Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright
owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Collection is open for research, with the following exceptions: Fragile artwork culled from Series 1: Correspondence and Series
3: Artworks (housed in Box 9) are restricted. Permission of Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts or Curator for the Pictorial
Collection required to view items. Romero, Elias [Lee] Correspondence (Box 3, Folder 1) restricted until August 2009.