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Stern (Gerd) papers
M1954  
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Description
The papers of poet, writer, artist and multimedia pioneer Gerd Stern span over fifty years of creative work in the American counterculture.
Background
Gerd Stern is a poet, artist, and multimedia pioneer whose remarkable life spans 40s bohemia, 50s Beat culture, 60s hippiedom, 70s hip capitalism, and continues today. Until his own biography is published, any account of Stern’s life must begin by referring the reader to his extensive oral history conducted by he University of California Berkeley ("From Beat Scene Poet to Psychedelic Multimedia Artist in San Francisco and Beyond, 1948-1978, Interviews Conducted by Victoria Morris Byerly in 1996" http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt409nb28g). While rather short on chronological detail, the interviews contain a wealth of insight about his life and accomplishments, and thus allows this biographical note some brevity.
Extent
50 Linear Feet (156 containers)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.