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Mayer (Bernadette) Papers
MSS 0420  
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Papers of Bernadette Mayer, writer, teacher, editor, and publisher. Most often associated with the New York School, Mayer uses compositional methods such as chance operations, collage and cut-up. Materials include correspondence with writers, artists, publishers, and friends; manuscripts and typescripts; notebooks and loose notes; teaching notes; audio recordings and photographs; and biographical materials such as calendars, datebooks and ephemera.
Bernadette Mayer was born on May 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1967, shortly after which she began teaching there on a part-time, semi-permanent basis. From 1967-1969, Mayer and conceptual artist Vito Acconci edited the experimental journal 0 to 9, which published work from experimentalists in a range of genres and media. In the early 1970s, Mayer lived with film-maker Ed Bowes, with whom she collaborated on numerous projects. In 1975, Mayer married writer and publisher Lewis Warsh, with whom she had three children. Warsh and Mayer collaboratively edited United Artists press, which published a number of seminal books of poetry, including Ted Berrigan's Sonnets and Mayer's own Utopia.
30.0 Linear feet (70 archives boxes, 1 card file box and 7 oversize file folders)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Original audiovisual media and unprocessed digital media are restricted. Researchers may inquire about access to these materials in advance of their visit.