The papers of an important member of the West Coast Beat poetry community. Lew Welch's papers include correspondence, poetry,
prose, plays, essays, songs, scrolls, and notebooks. The collection as a whole contains information pertaining both to Welch's
personal battle with recurring depression as well as his struggle to construct a Beat poetry that might do justice to his
notion -- inherited from his hero, William Carlos Williams -- of "The American Idiom."