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Guide to the Thomas Kerrigan Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Thomas Kerrigan Papers
    Dates: ca. 1964-2010
    Collection Number: Mss 56
    Collector: Kerrigan, T. S.
    Extent: 2.4 linear feet (6 document boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts (poetry and prose) submitted to Thomas Kerrigan, attorney, poet, and editor of Hierophant (a Los Angeles magazine of new poetry and fiction), ca. 1969-1972. Correspondents/contributors include Douglas Blazek, Charles Bukowski, Robert Creeley, Thom Gunn, and Lee Mallory.
    Physical Location: Del Sur.
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Thomas Kerrigan Papers. Mss 56. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple donations, latest 2011.


    Thomas S. Kerrigan was born on March 15, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles, being admitted to the bar in 1965. In the late 1960s, his abiding interest in poetry led him to create the literary journal Hierophant, which he edited and published. During the few years he was actively involved in publishing Hierophant, he corresponded with numerous poets and writers, such as Charles Bukowski, Robert Creeley, Hugh Fox, Thom Gunn, Lee Mallory, and Jacques Prevert.
    Kerrigan is also the author of many poems and plays. His poetry has been published in several well-known journals in America and abroad. Inevitable Press published a collection of his poems as Another Bloomsday at Molly Malone's Pub (1999). He has seen his plays produced, including Branches Among the Stars (1990), and has been active in the Los Angeles theater scene, having served as a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre's board of directors and as a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. In addition to his work as a theater critic, he continues his law practice, and has successfully argued a case before the United States Supreme Court.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts (poetry and prose) submitted to Thomas Kerrigan for Hierophant (a magazine of new poetry and fiction), which he edited and published in Los Angeles, ca. 1969-1972.
    A complete set of Hierophant issues also is located in UCSB Special Collections, has been cataloged separately, and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
    Additions to the collection in 2004 include correspondence to/from notable poets, many Irish, other items relating to poetry, and documents pertaining to Kerrigan's legal career, including a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Additions to the collection in 2008 include manuscript poems and correspondence (in/out) mostly emails, ca. 2007-2008, contained in three notebooks.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kerrigan, T. S.
    Poets, American -- 20th century.
    American poetry -- 20th century -- Periodicals.