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.
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.
22.0 Linear feet
(43 archives boxes, 1 records carton, 2 shoe boxes, 2 flat boxes and 9 map case folders)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
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.