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Finding Aid for the Lawrence Lipton Papers, 1940-1965
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lawrence Lipton Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1965
    Collection number: 819
    Creator: Lipton, Lawrence, 1898-1975
    Extent: 8 boxes (4.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Lawrence Lipton (1898-1975) is known for his participation in the Beat experience in Venice, California. He wrote many books and various magazine articles. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and galley proofs related to Lipton's career as a writer.
    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

    Lawrence Lipton, purchase.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lawrence Lipton Papers (Collection 819). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Lipton was born in October 1898 in Lód, Poland and came to the United States in 1903; he tried several careers during his life including graphic artist, journalist, and publicity director; married three times, he co-authored several mystery fiction books with his second wife, Georgiana Randolph, under the pseudonym, Craig Rice; Lipton is known for his participation in the Beat experience in Venice, California; published books include: Brother, the Laugh Is Bitter (1942), In Secret Battle (1944), Rainbow at Midnight (1955), The Holy Barbarians (1959), The Erotic Revolution: An Affirmative View of the New Morality (1965), Bruno in Venice West & Other Poems (1976); he also wrote various magazine articles; he died July 9, 1975.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to Lipton's career as a writer. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, and galley proofs. The majority of correspondence relates to Lipton's writing and includes correspondence with Kenneth Rexroth. Manuscript material includes 3 drafts of Lipton's book, The Holy Barbarians, as well as the work of other writers.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lipton, Lawrence, 1898-1975--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.

    Items Removed from Collection

    Pacifica. New Poetry from the West Coast. vol.1. San Francisco. Inferno Press. April 1954. Accompanied by printed text. 1 album (2 sides). 33 rpm.
    Selections read by the poets:
    • Lawrence Lipton.
    • William Pillin.
    • James Boyer May.
    • Leslie Woolf Hedley.
    • Richard Wirtz Emerson.
    • James Schevill.


    Record is stored in the Miscellaneous Records Collection (Collection 249, Box 10).