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Patchen (Kenneth) Papers
MS.160  
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Description
This collection contains biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, bound first editions, rare silkscreen and painted book editions, painted poems, works of art including illustrations, paintings, papier-mâché sculptures and decorated furniture, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, recordings, musical scores, and clippings documenting the creative work and literary spirit of Kenneth Patchen, as well as personal triumphs and struggles shared with his wife Miriam Patchen.
Background
Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) was an American poet and novelist who incorporated painting, drawing, and jazz music into his written works. He married Miriam Oikemus in 1934. Patchen's poetry publications include Wonderings (1971), But Even So (1968), Poems of Humor and Protest (1960), To Say If You Love Someone (1959), and Selected Poems (1946). Patchen's peers and collaborators included Henry Miller, E.E. Cummings, Kenneth Rexroth, and John Cage, and he was an influence on poets of the Beat Generation including Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Extent
80 Linear Feet 80 boxes
Restrictions
Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.
Availability
Collection is open for research.