Guide to the Arthur and Kit Knight Beat Collection

Processed by Edward C. Fields
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-3062
Fax: (805) 893-5749
Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
© 2003
Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Arthur and Kit Knight Beat Collection, ca. 1971-1984

Collection number: Mss 205

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Edward C. Fields
    Date Completed:
    12 August 2003
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2003 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur and Kit Knight Beat Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1971-1984
Collection Number: Mss 205
Creator: Knight, Arthur Winfield, 1937-
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 document box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Arthur and Kit Knight Beat Collection. Mss 205. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Arthur and Kit Knight Beat Collection is comprised of manuscript material, photographs, magazines, booklets and ephemera relating to the Beats and Beat History. Most of the items in the collection are publications issued and edited by the Knights. Arthur and Kit Knight have independently published numerous poems and works of fiction. Together they have edited eight volumes dealing with the Beat Generation, including Kerouac and the Beats (1988), The Beat Vision (1987), and Beat Angels (1982). Unless otherwise indicated, "signed" refers to either Arthur or Kit Knight or both.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Knight, Arthur Winfield, 1937-
Knight, Kit

Other Sources of Information

Works by and about many of the principal figures listed in the collection may be found by searching Pegasus, the UCSB Library's online catalog. Many of the works by the Knights on the Beats can also be found in Special Collections.
The Dharma Beat Links page provides links to many sites associated with the Beat Movement and particular authors: http://members.aol.com/kerouaczin/links.html
Further information on the Knights may be found at their website: http://www.geocities.com/athens/forum/2188/aboutus.html
"In the Kerouac Archive" by Douglas Brinkeley provides a useful short introduction to the Beats with particular reference to Jack Kerouac: http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/98nov/kerouac.htm

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1 - 8

The Unspeakable Visions of the Individual

Box 1: 1

Vol. 1, nos. 2-3, 1971; vol. 2, no. 1, 1972

Box 1: 2

Vol. 2, no. 2 (signed, published as A Breakable Bird, a novella by Erje Ayden, Tuvoti Magazine Editions), 1972

Box 1: 3

Vol. 3, no.1/2 (signed); vol. 3, no. 3, 1973

Box 1: 4

Vol. 5 (published as The Beat Diary), 1977

Box 1: 5

Vol. 10 (signed), 1980

Box 1: 6

1980, no vol. number (published as Une Veille de Noel by Jack Kerouac), 1980

Box 1: 7

Vol. 11 (signed by John Clellon Holmes; published as Visitor: Jack Kerouac in Old Saybrook by John Clellon Holmes), 1981

Box 1: 8

Vol. 12 (signed; published as Beat Angels), 1982

Box 1: 8

Vol. 14 (published as The Beat Road), 1984

Box 1: 9

Talking With Philip Whalen, Anne Waldman, typescript of interview, September, 1971

Box 1: 10

Alchemical Spring, manuscript of poem by Gregory Corso, signed by author, 1979

Box 1: 11

Stony Hills #10, vol. iv, no. 1, "The Beats" (signed; A. and K. Knight, guest editors), 1981

Box 1: 12

Photographs - four b/w ("from Tim Moore, for Mr. Knight; volume 2, #4 covers, never used"), n.d.