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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Bukowski papers
    Dates: 1965-2006
    Bulk dates: 1965-1994
    Collection Number: mssBUK 1-1693
    Creator OR Collector: Bukowski, Charles
    Extent: 86 boxes, plus additional uncatalogued materials.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The materials include drafts of poems, short stories, and monographs by author Charles Bukowksi; correspondence to and from Bukowksi; and ephemera related to Bukowski and his works.
    Language of Material: The records are in English, primarily, with some German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open but not all materials may be paged to the Ahmanson Reading Room. Please see the Curator of Literary Manuscripts.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Bukowski papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Linda Lee Bukowski, 2006-2014.


    Charles Henry “Hank” Bukowski was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. Known for his crude and evocative poetry and prose, often describing the hard luck, boozing, womanizing underbelly of life in Los Angeles, Bukowski achieved success later in life. In his earlier years he was published sporadically and worked several years for the U.S. Post Office, an experience he ultimately funneled into his first novel. Often disparaged by critics, Bukowski’s writing has achieved a large cult following in the United States, while his popular and critical acclaim is significantly larger in Europe, especially in Germany.
    Bukowski, married twice, once briefly to Barbara Frye and the second time to Linda Lee Beighle, until his death. He had one daughter, Marina, with his then girlfriend Frances Smith, another poet who later took the name FrancEYE. Bukowski died, March 9, 1994.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes drafts of numerous poems, published and unpublished, by Charles Bukowski, as well as short stories and monographs. Other mauscripts include drafts of various published collections of poems or other writings, including posthumous publications.
    The correspondence includes incoming and outgoing material to friends, fans, and editors. Persons include: Marvin Malone, John Martin, William Packard, and Carl Weissner, among others.
    Ephemera and addenda manuscript and correspondence are as yet uncatalogued. Please contact the Curator of Literary Manuscripts with questions regarding these materials.
    Cataloger's note: The word anthology is sometimes used here not in its traditional sense, but rather to refer to a collection of poems which may or may not have been previously published.


    The materials are organized into three major series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Ephemera. These series are broken into multiple parts (i.e. Manuscripts Part I) as various materials have been acquired over several years.
    • Manuscripts (Part I) - Boxes 1-54
    • Correspondence (Part I) - Boxes 55-65
    • Oversize - Box 66
    • Manuscripts (Part II) - Boxes 67-81
    • Correspondence (Part II) - Boxes 82-86
    • Ephemera and Addenda - Uncatalogued
    Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, then title. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Bukowski, Charles -- Archives
    Malone, Marvin, 1930-
    Martin, John, 1930-
    Packard, William
    Weissner, Carl


    Authors, American -- 20th century
    Poets, American -- 20th century


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th Century
    Manuscripts for publication -- United States -- 20th Century