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Ferlinghetti (Lawrence) Artwork and Papers
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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Lawrence Ferlinghetti artwork and papers
    Creator: Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.256
    Physical Description: 46 Linear Feet 7 flat boxes, 3 roll boxes, 5 photo boxes, 4 cartons, 5 oversize canvas paintings, 4 map case drawers
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2005
    Language of Material: English .

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is partially processed and is open for research. Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to audiovisual media.


    This collection is arranged in six series:
    • Series 1: Paintings and drawings
    • Series 2: Sketches
    • Series 3: Photographs
    • Series 4: Posters
    • Series 5: Media
    • Series 6: Unprocessed materials


    Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a poet, writer, artist, and proprietor of San Francisco bookstore and publishing house City Lights Books. Born in 1919, he was the author of "A Coney Island of the Mind" (1958), one of best selling poetry volumes in American history. In the 1950s, Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg's hallucinatory anti-establishment manifesto "Howl" and subsequently stood trial on obscenity charges. City Lights Books, and Ferlinghetti himself, became closely associated with the Beat poets and the San Francisco counterculture of the mid to late 20th century. Ferlinghetti passed away on February 22, 2021, at the age of 101.
    Source: Brown, Emma. "Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Literary Citadel of San Francisco, Dies at 101." The Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021.

    Preferred Citation

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti artwork and papers. MS256. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Processing Information

    Preliminary processing and inventory work done by Maureen Carey and Special Collections staff, circa 2000s. Poster inventory completed by Belinda Egan, 2019. Legacy inventories compiled and finding aid created by Alix Norton, 2021.

    Related Materials

    Broadsides, books, and other materials donated to the library by Ferlinghetti can be found by searching UCSC Library Search for "Gift of Lawrence Ferlinghetti".

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains paintings, drawings, and sketches by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, ranging from small pieces to oversized paintings of over six feet wide. Also included are posters collected by Ferlinghetti and of his events, and some photographs of Ferlinghetti taken by Leigh Weiner. Unprocessed materials include brochures, programs, and flyers from events, newspapers, and some correspondence; color transparencies and slides, negatives, and photographic prints; and audio and video cassettes.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American poetry -- 20th century
    Painting, American -- 20th century
    Poets, American -- 20th century
    Ferlinghetti, Lawrence