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Joanne Kyger Papers
MSS 730  
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Description
The papers of Joanne Kyger, an important member of the 'post-beat' West Coast poetry community. The papers document Kyger's life and writing as she traveled through San Francisco, Japan, New York, and Bolinas, California. The bulk of the collection covers the period from 1957 through 2007 and includes correspondence, poetry manuscripts and typescripts, ephemera, photographs, and audio recordings.
Background
Joanne Kyger is a West Coast poet who emerged as the Beat movement was beginning to wane in the 1960s. The daughter of Jacob and Anne Kyger, she was born November 19, 1934. Her father's career as a navy officer led to a peripatetic early life: by the time she was fourteen she had lived in Vallejo, Ca. (where she was born), China, Washington, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Illinois. Her father retired in 1949, and the family settled permanently in Santa Barbara, Ca.
Extent
22.0 Linear feet (43 archives boxes, 1 records carton, 2 shoe boxes, 2 flat boxes and 9 mapcase folders)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Original material too fragile to handle from boxes 34 & 35 has been restricted; photocopies must be used instead. Contracts containing social security numbers, located in Series 3, WRITINGS, are restricted until after Kyger's death. Also, reel-to-reel recordings in box 42 are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.