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Cherkovski (Neeli) Papers
BANC MSS 2013/183  
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The Neeli Cherkovski papers, 1945-2018; undated [bulk 1960s-2017] consist of correspondence, writings, publicity, professional papers, and artworks.
Neeli Cherkovski (nee Nelson Cherry) an American poet and biographer was born in Santa Monica, California in 1945, but grew up in San Bernardino, California, his family having moved there in 1954. During his attendance at Arrowview Junior High School, Cherkovski began his first attempts at writing poetry, initially a kind of dare to his seventh grade teacher Mr. Biggs. It was also in junior high school that Cherkovski had his first gay sexual experiences.
28 linear feet (21 cartons, 2 volumes, 1 oversize box, 2 cassette boxes, 2 oversize folders)
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Collection is open for research with the exception of cartons 15-21, which are unprocessed and unavailable.