Finding Aid for the Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists LSC.0362

Finding aid prepared by Manuscripts Division staff, 1997; machine-readable finding aid created by Dan Luckenbill and Caroline Cubé.
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Online finding aid last updated 2002.
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Allan H. Kurtzman collection of material about Beat Writers and Artists
Creator: Kurtzman, Allan H.
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0362
Physical Description: 1 unknown (3 oversize boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa 1950-1989
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists (Collection 362). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9942332723606533 

Scope and Content

Collection consists of printed material about William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Michael McClure.

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:
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  • Collection of Bookseller's Catalogs of Beat Literature (Collection 1648). Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Hirado Porcelain of Japan: from the Kurtzman Family Collection / [organized by] Robert T. Singer and Hollis Goodall. Available at the UCLA Arts Library. Call number: NK 4399 H57 L67 1997.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Beat generation.
McClure, Michael
Burroughs, William S.
Ginsberg, Allen




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.

General Physical Description note: Typescript (photocopy).

Scope and Contents 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.

General Physical Description note: In notebook with label.

Scope and Contents 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.

General note

(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 Contents 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 Contents note

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


box 4, folder 5

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

General Physical Description note: Galley proofs.

General note

Unable to determine publication.

For the Paris Biennale and Unlabeled

box 4, folder 7

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

General Physical Description note: Reel to reel (2).

Poem Beginning: Brief the Moments of Ecstasy

box 4, folder 11

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Contents 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.

General Physical Description note: Typescript.

Scope and Contents note

Seemingly kept as a journal, as well.

Eigner, Larry

box 5, folder 6

Penny Poems. Publications. 1960.

General Physical Description note: Two newsprint broadsides.
box 5, folder 3

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. Publications. 1960s.

General Physical Description note: Copies.

Scope and Contents note

Reviews etc.


box 5, folder 4

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

Scope and Contents note

Includes note on City Lights postcard, poster for reading.

Ginsberg, Allen

box 2

Printed material about.

General note

[Various items not listed by folder]

Letters to Various Persons

box 4, folder 1

Notes, etc. 1965-1970.

Scope and Contents 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 Contents 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.

General Physical Description note: 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.

General Physical Description note: 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.

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

Kurtzman, Allan

box 5, folder 8

Mailings received. Various. 1960s-1980s.

General Physical Description note: Mimeograph sheets.

Scope and Contents 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 Contents 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.

General note

[Various items not listed by folder]

The Blossom; or, Billy the Kid

box 4, folder 12

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

General Physical Description note: Copy(?).


box 4, folder 13

Manuscript material(?). n.d.

General Physical Description note: Mimeograph(?).

The Feast

box 4, folder 14

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Contents 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.

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

Scope and Contents 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.

General Physical Description note: Reel-to-reel.

Di Prima, Diane

box 5, folder 2

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

General Physical Description note: Mimeograph(?).

For Z

box 5, folder 7

Manuscript material. April 1959.

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

Scope and Contents note

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