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Finding Aid for the Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists, ca. 1950-1989
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Amram, David and Rambling Jack Elliott

Box 4, Folder 10

No Title. Sound recording: 45 rpm.


Beat Poets, etc.

Box 5, Folder 9

History. Manuscript material, author unknown. n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (photocopy).

Scope and Content Note

Chapter 1 is entitled The pre-war origins of the post-war avant-garde. With Appendix, a bibliography in different paper.

Berrigan, Ted

Box 4, Folder 18

C Press [Journal] Publication material. Announcement. n.d.


Bockris, Victor(?) Edward (?)

Box 5, Folder 1

Poetry Anthology Manuscript. Manuscript material. n.d.

Physical Description: In notebook with label.

Scope and Content Note

Six poems [asked of various poets, e.g. Aram Saroyan, Gerard Malanga, ...], an assembly of statements by the poets and photo and other copies of the poems selected.
Appears not to have been published.


(not in ORION or MELVYL under this title)


Box 1

Printed Material About [Various items not listed by folder].

Box 4, Folder 2

Burroughs, William. Letters to Various Persons. 1960s.

Scope and Content Note

Notes and enclosures. Primarily to a seeming collector, Jake Swartz.
Includes mockup of British edition Naked Lunch cover, etc.

Corso, Gregory

Box 4, Folder 3

Letters to Various Persons. 1958, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Christmas greetings, etc. Includes postcard to Robert La Vigne.


Box 4, Folder 5

Publication material. Thirteen, with header Over Matter. n.d.

Physical Description: Galley proofs.


Unable to determine publication.

For the Paris Biennale and Unlabeled

Box 4, Folder 7

Sound recordings. June 11, 1965 and n.d.

Physical Description: Reel to reel (2).

Poem Beginning: Brief the Moments of Ecstasy

Box 4, Folder 11

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Collage, painting, etc. Cut up poem on reverse, beginning: Stop the changes get a new number ....

Letters to Various Persons

Box 4, Folder 15

Dear Jackie mio, etc.. n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Seemingly kept as a journal, as well.

Eigner, Larry

Box 5, Folder 6

Penny Poems. Publications. 1960.

Physical Description: Two newsprint broadsides.
Box 5, Folder 3

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. Publications. 1960s.

Physical Description: Copies.

Scope and Content Note

Reviews etc.


Box 5, Folder 4

Postcards, etc. 1969, 1980, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes note on City Lights postcard, poster for reading.

Ginsberg, Allen

Box 2

Printed material about.


[Various items not listed by folder]

Letters to Various Persons

Box 4, Folder 1

Notes, etc. 1965-1970.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily to Herbert Huncke, also Robert La Vigne, etc.
Most are notes, evidently about giving Huncke money (for habit). Some on City Lights notepads.

Various Poems

Box 4, Folder 4

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Beginning: A shadow of the angel. Entitled: Man is naked without secrets armed men lack this joy [signed Allen Ginsberg]

Allen Ginsberg Live!

Box 4, Folder 9

Sound recording. n.d.

Physical Description: Cassette.

Allen Ginsberg with the Gluons

Box 4, Folder 10

Sound recording. Sue your Parents. Birdbrain records. 45 rpm. Signed to Herbert Huncke. 1983.


Ginsberg, Allen and Anne Waldman

Box 4, Folder 9

Beauty and the Beast. Sound recording. August 1975.

Physical Description: Cassette (2 copies).

Ginsberg, Allen, Burroughs, and Various Other Beat Figures

Box 6

Sound Recordings (Long Playing Records). Various titles, including Howl, Ferlinghetti's Impeach Eisenhower, Burroughs Reading Ali's Smile, etc.

Physical Description: Long playing records, most in sleeves with photographs.

Kurtzman, Allan

Box 5, Folder 8

Mailings received. Various. 1960s-1980s.

Physical Description: Mimeograph sheets.

Scope and Content Note

Letters for Timothy Leary defense fund, publication announcements, etc. No actual correspondence except to enclose book lists, catalogs, etc.

La Vigne, Robert

Box 4, Folder 17

Gallery Materials. Ephemera. 1958(?).

Scope and Content Note

The Lion (Polk Street, San Francisco gallery), Notes about Ginsberg, etc.

Lawrence, D.H.

Box 4, Folder 16

Lady Chatterley's Lover. Grove Press court documents. Victor Weybright. 1959.


McClure, Michael

Box 3

Printed material about.


[Various items not listed by folder]

The Blossom; or, Billy the Kid

Box 4, Folder 12

Manuscript material. 1960(?). Billy the Kid in envelope to Roi Jones.

Physical Description: Copy(?).


Box 4, Folder 13

Manuscript material(?). n.d.

Physical Description: Mimeograph(?).

The Feast

Box 4, Folder 14

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Also Ghost tantra 51, Fuck ode. Notes on first page signed Rick. Letter with Fuck ode to Terry. Poems signed by McCLure.

McClure, Michael and Others

Box 4, Folder 6

Pale Pearl Pink on the Walls. n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (photocopy or mimeograph), beginning p.21.

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript(?) material. Also material by Stuart Perkoff, etc.

Ossman, Dave With Michael McClure

Box 4, Folder 8

The Sullen Art. Sound recording. November 1964.

Physical Description: Reel-to-reel.

Di Prima, Diane

Box 5, Folder 2

Poet's Vaudeville. Publication. n.p.. n.d.

Physical Description: Mimeograph(?).

For Z

Box 5, Folder 7

Manuscript material. April 1959.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typescript with holograph corrections and notes. Signed by the poet.

Scope and Content Note

Poem, beginning: I shall grow mint and teach the child her colors.