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Doyle (Kirby) Papers
MSS 0757  
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Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL: Biographies and news clippings regarding Doyle; a review of two of his published works; and flyers for readings by Doyle and other poets in the San Francisco area. Arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Clark, Tom. "From a Beat and Hip Survivor." Review of The Collected Poems of Kirby Doyle (1983) and After Olson (1984) for San Francisco Chronicle Review 1984 October 28

Box 1, Folder 2

Coyote, Peter, Michael McClure and Jack Foley. Essays on Kirby Doyle in Beat Scene 43 2003 Summer

Box 1, Folder 3

Ephemera 1993-2003 and undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Foye, Raymond. "Kirby Doyle: 'That Which Brings the Heart to Vocal.'" Poetry Project 109 1984 November

Box 1, Folder 5

Obituary. North Beach Journal 2003 June



Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE: Incoming correspondence primarily from Doyle's mother and from poets Roderick Iverson and Tisa Walden, and one letter from Doyle to his mother. Four folders of letters written by Doyle to Sheri Mignano Crawford were added in 2021.
Box 1, Folder 6

Doyle, J. (Kirby Doyle's mother) 1992-1994


Incoming and outgoing correspondence.
Box 1, Folder 7

Iverson, Roderick 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 8

Walden, Tisa 1992

Box 1, Folder 9

Miscellaneous correspondence 1990-1994

Box 3, Folder 1-4

Doyle to Sheri Mignano Crawford 1983-1985



Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) WRITINGS BY DOYLE: Published and unpublished writings by Doyle, including "Coup in an Etude," a handwritten booklet of poetry; "A Few Lines to my Uncle," an epistolary essay; Hand o' Man, a collection of poetry drafts, both handwritten and typescript, with a letter from Doyle to publisher Raymond Foye; Pre American Ode, Doyle's poetic opus, with a flyer depicting the photograph that inspired Doyle; poetry transcripts from The Floating Bear; and a notebook with handwritten poetry and essay drafts. Arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 10

Coup in an Etude undated

Box 1, Folder 11

A Few Lines to My Uncle undated

Box 1, Folder 12

The Floating Bear poetry typescripts 1960-1969


5 leaves. Includes: The sun strikes my house, What the voices said to me, Your word finder is yourself, Poem to a mountain girl, Letter to Freddy Herko.
Box 1, Folder 13-15

Hand o' Man ca. 1993


Handwritten and typescript drafts, and correspondence.

Pre American Ode, Book One 1982

Box 1, Folder 16-18

Odes First - Eleventh


Typescript drafts.
Box 2, Folder 1-2

Odes Twelfth - Seventeenth


Typescript and handwritten drafts, and ephemera.
Box 2, Folder 3

Notebook undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Poems - Miscellaneous drafts 2003 and undated



Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs of Kirby Doyle and other San Francisco poets, including Gregory Corso, John Mueller, John Wieners, and Kaye McDonough. Photographers' names are given when known. Arranged alphabetically.


Box 2, Folder 5

Chris Felver, photographer ca. 1980

Box 2, Folder 6

Raymond Foye, photographer 1984

Box 2, Folder 7

Kirby Doyle and Gregory Corso undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Kirby Doyle and John Mueller undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Kirby Doyle and John Wieners 1980

Box 2, Folder 10

Kirby Doyle and Kaye McDonough at City Lights book party 1984 May