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[Pictorial material from the Neeli Cherkovski papers]


Cherkovski, Neeli, 1945-, creator, creator.


Cherry, Sam, photographer.


Snapshots and portraits of Cherkovski and his literary milieu in San Francisco and beyond. Depicted in many photographs are Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Jack Hirschman, Cherkovski's partner Jessie Cabrera, and Cherkovski family members Clare Cherry, Sam Cherry and Tanya Cherry. Among numerous others depicted are Bob Kaufman, Gregory Corso, Harold Norse, Jack Micheline, Allen Ginsburg, David Meltzer, Diane DiPrima, A.D. Winans, Eileen Kaufman, Francis Ford Coppola, James Broughton, John Ross, Cesar Chavez, Enrico Banducci, Henri Lenoir, Luke Gibney, Jim Carrol, Emma Bukowski, Chris Kanios, Jack Mueller, Janet Weiner, Charles Martinez, John Norton, Jack Foley, Adelle Foley, Yannis Livadas, Nicola Viviani, Patrick O'Sullivan, William Norton and Ludwig Zeller. Among the North Beach locations depicted are Caffe Trieste, City Lights Books and Enrico's. Also includes a few photographs of the Black Cat Cafe taken by Sam Cherry in the 1950s. Also includes several drawings and a few paintings, most by Cherkovski. Negatives depict unidentified persons.
2022 additions include original art and posters: C folders 1-3: 10 works of original art, chiefly abstract paintings, by Neeli Cherkovski; and 1 portrait of Chervoski by Philip E. Thomas (painted 2019). D folder: posters for S.F. International Poetry Festival (2012); reading by Cherkovski and Yannis Livadas; reading by Chervoski and Kelly Lydick; "Naked North Beach" art exhibit; and Henry Miller Centennial Celebration, Big Sur (1991, designed by David Singer). F folder: posters for "Poets & Paintes in Support of Visual Aid" exhibition; "Bukovski: Born into This" film.


1940 (issued)


Poets, American -- California -- San Francisco -- 20th century -- Photographs
Poètes américains -- Californie -- San Francisco -- 20e siècle -- Photographies
Poets, American
North Beach (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Photographs
California -- San Francisco -- North Beach
California -- San Francisco
Cherkovski, Neeli -- 1945- -- Archives
Cherkovski, Neeli -- 1945- -- Photographs
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence -- Photographs
Bukowski, Charles -- Photographs
Hirschman, Jack -- 1933-2021 -- Photographs
Cabrera, Jessie -- Photographs
Hirschman, Jack -- 1933-2021
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
Bukowski, Charles
Cherkovski, Neeli


Title devised by cataloger.
Collected by Neeli Cherkovski.
Also includes approximately 40 original drawings and paintings, 7 posters and 2 negatives.
Identified photographers include Cherkovski, Sam Cherry, Jessie Cabrera, Raymond Foye, Regina Cherry, Michelle Boleyn, Ira Cohen, Marco Bakkar, Christopher Felver, Dennis Letbetter, Ira Nowinski, Ed Buryn, Pamela Mosher and Allen Greenwood.
Identified artists include Cherkovski, D. Mortimer, Robert Newark and Michael Louis George (Mich).
NEGATIVES: RESTRICTED. Available for use by appointment only. Inquiries should be submitted to Bancroft Reference via the Reference Inquiry form.
Transferred from the Neeli Cherkovski papers (BANC MSS 2013/183).
Purchase from Neeli Cherkovski ; 2018.
Additions: Purchase from Neeli Cherkovski ; 2022.
Neeli Cherkovski was born Nelson Cherry in Santa Monica in 1945, to father Sam Cherry (who became an established photographer in San Francisco in the 1950s) and mother Clare Cherry; worked as a political consultant in the 1970s in Riverside; in 1975 moved to San Francisco to work for then-California Senator George Moscone; produced the first San Francisco Poetry Festival; friend and biographer of Charles Bukowski, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Bob Kaufman; taught literature and philosophy at New College of California until the school closed in 2008.
Pictorial material from the Neeli Cherkovski papers, BANC PIC 2018.044, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.



Physical Description:

approximately 365 photographs in 1 box and 12 oversize folders : chiefly color prints ; sheets various sizes.







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NEGATIVES: RESTRICTED. Available for use by appointment only. Inquiries should be submitted to Bancroft Reference via the Reference Inquiry form.

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Neeli Cherkovski papers : Cherkovski, Neeli.