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Finding Aid for the Stuart Z. Perkoff Papers, ca. 1952-1974
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stuart Z. Perkoff Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1952-1974
    Collection number: 1573
    Creator: Perkoff, Stuart Z.
    Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Stuart Z. Perkoff (1930-1973) was a Beat era poet living in Venice, California. The collection consists of his manuscripts and 46 handwritten journals.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Rachel Perkoff, 1988.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stuart Z. Perkoff Papers (Collection 1573). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2722769 


    Perkoff was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1930; spent time in New York and then on the west coast before establishing himself in Venice, California; as one of the poets of the Beat era, Perkoff's books included: Suicide Room (1956), Eat the Earth (1971), Kowboy Pomes (1973), and Alphabet (1973); was arrested on a drug charge in 1968 and released from prison in 1971; after trying to establish a bookstore in Northern California, he returned to Venice in 1973; died of cancer in 1974.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts and 46 handwritten journals by poet Stuart Z. Perkoff.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Perkoff, Stuart Z.--Archives.
    Poets, American--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Beat generation--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.