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Guide to the Photographs by and relating to Allen Ginsberg
Mss Photo 450  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photographs by and relating to Allen Ginsberg
    Dates: 1926-1997
    Collection number: Mss Photo 450
    Collector: Ginsberg, Allen
    Collection Size: 88,000 images 26 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: Photographs of and by poet Allen Ginsberg and colleagues.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    Photographs by and relating to Allen Ginsberg, Mss Photo 450. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Accessions 2001-073, 2002-109, 2002-238, 2005-113.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to Louis and Naomi (Levy) Ginsberg. American poet, author, lecturer, and teacher who was one of the core members of the Beat Generation of American author's in the 1950's and early 1960's along with Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady. He died of complications of liver cancer on April 6, 1997.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains photographic prints, contact sheets and negatives of Ginsberg and his associates.


    This collection of roughly 88,000 photographs has been arranged into three principal series. Series 1 contains photographic prints and is further divided into the subseries: Ginsberg by Others (subseries 1.1), Photographs by Others (Subseries 1.2), Photographs of Friends (1.3) and Ginsberg Family Photographs (1.4). Series 2. Contact Sheets includes numbered contact prints which have been described the print level. Series 3. contains numbered negatives sheets.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-
    American Literature--20th century

    Other Finding Aids

    Guide to the Allen Ginsberg Papers, 1937-1994 (M0733)
    Allen Ginsberg film and video archive, 1983-1996 (Mss Media 0004)