Inventory of the Philip Whalen Correspondence,

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Collector: Whalen, Philip
Title: Philip Whalen Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1978-1987
Extent: 0.8 linear feet
Abstract: Philip Whalen (1923-2002), American poet of the beat generation, authored Like I Say, On Bear's Head, and The Invention of the Letter, among other works. This collection contains letters to Whalen from his fellow poets, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Michael McClure, Alice Notley, Gary Snyder, and Anne Waldman.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-492
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

Philip Whalen (1923-2002) graduated from Reed College in 1951 on the GI Bill after serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II. It was at Reed that Whalen met and became friends with poets Gary Snyder and Lew Welch. Several years later, Whalen was one of the poets who read with Snyder and others at the historic Six Gallery reading in San Francisco on October 13, 1955. Allen Ginsberg first performed his poem, Howl, at the Six Gallery reading.
After spending several years in Japan, Whalen was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1973 and spent two decades in Zen Centers in San Francisco and New Mexico.
Whalen wrote nearly two dozen books including Memoirs of an Interglacial Age, Like I Say, On Bear's Head, The Kindness of Strangers: Poems, 1969-1974, Canoeing up Cabarga Creek: Buddhist Poems, 1955-1986, and Overtime: Selected Poems.
He passed away on June 26, 2002.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from poets, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Michael McClure, Alice Notley, Gary Snyder, and Anne Waldman. The letters which span from 1978-1987 discuss topics such as poetry, fellow poets, and arrangements for poetry readings, among other topics.
The letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Related collections

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley holds the Philip Whalen Papers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Whalen, Philip--Archives
Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005--Correspondence
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997--Correspondence
Mayer, Bernadette--Correspondence
McClure, Michael--Correspondence
Notley, Alice, 1945---Correspondence
Snyder, Gary, 1930---Correspondence
Waldman, Anne, 1945---Correspondence
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Michael Sherick in 1988.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid. Student employee Linda Trach assisted with data entry work.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Phillip Whalen Correspondence, D-492, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

Box 1:1

Creeley, Robert 1983 December 19

Box 1:2

Creeley, Robert 1984 January 17

Box 1:3

Creeley, Robert 1984 February 1

Box 1:4

Creeley, Robert 1984 February 13

Box 1:5

Creeley, Robert 1984 March 28

Box 1:6

Ginsberg, Allen 1979 February 10

Box 1:7

Ginsberg, Allen 1979 June 19

Box 1:8

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 May 8

Box 1:9

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 May 12

Box 1:10

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 May 15

Box 1:11

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 May 23

Box 1:12

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 October 31

Box 1:13

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 December 9

Box 1:14

Ginsberg, Allen 1980 December 13

Box 1:15

Ginsberg, Allen 1982 February 28

Box 1:16

Ginsberg, Allen 1982 December 21

Box 1:17

Ginsberg, Allen 1983 February 4

Box 1:18

Ginsberg, Allen 1983 February

Box 1:19

Ginsberg, Allen 1983 April 24

Box 1:20

Ginsberg, Allen 1983 June 28

Box 1:21

Ginsberg, Allen 1983 July 20

Box 1:22

Ginsberg, Allen 1983 November 1

Box 1:23

Ginsberg, Allen 1984 October 29

Box 1:24

Ginsberg, Allen 1985 November 5

Box 1:25

Ginsberg, Allen 1986 August 31

Box 1:26

Ginsberg, Allen 1987 February 7

Box 1:27

Ginsberg, Allen 1987 March

Box 1:28

Ginsberg, Allen undated

Box 1:29

Ginsberg, Allen undated

Box 1:30

Ginsberg, Allen undated

Box 1:31

Ginsberg, Allen undated

Box 1:32

Lance, Jeanne 1983 April 7

Box 1:33

Mayer, Bernadette 1982 September 1

Box 1:34

Mayer, Bernadette 1983 January 25

Box 1:35

Mayer, Bernadette 1983 February 8

Box 1:36

Mayer, Bernadette 1983 February 20

Box 1:37

Mayer, Bernadette 1983 March 2

Box 1:38

Mayer, Bernadette 1983 March 15

Box 1:39

Mayer, Bernadette 1983 June 3

Box 1:40

McClure, Michael 1976 July 20

Box 1:41

McClure, Michael 1980 February 11

Box 1:42

McClure, Michael 1982 November 29

Box 1:43

McClure, Michael 1986 November 6

Box 1:44

McClure, Michael 1986 November 21

Box 1:45

McClure, Michael 1987 January 18

Box 1:46

McClure, Michael 1987 January 22

Box 1:47

McClure, Michael 1987 January 26

Box 1:48

McClure, Michael 1987 February 8

Box 1:49

McClure, Michael 1987 February 28

Box 1:50

McClure, Michael 1987 May 8

Box 1:51

McClure, Michael 1987 June 29

Box 1:52

McClure, Michael 1987 September 23

Box 1:53

Notley, Alice 1979 April 10

Box 1:54

Notley, Alice 1980 October 11

Box 1:55

Notley, Alice 1981 March 5

Box 1:56

Notley, Alice 1981 September 16

Box 1:57

Notley, Alice 1982 May 1

Box 1:58

Notley, Alice 1982 September 22

Box 1:59

Notley, Alice 1983 April 2

Box 1:60

Notley, Alice 1983 April 8

Box 1:61

Notley, Alice 1983 July 12

Box 1:62

Notley, Alice 1983 October 17

Box 1:63

Notley, Alice 1983 October 28

Box 1:64

Notley, Alice 1984 January 5

Box 1:65

Notley, Alice 1984 February 22

Box 1:66

Notley, Alice 1984 March 1

Box 1:67

Notley, Alice 1984 May 13

Box 1:68

Notley, Alice 1984 August 19

Box 1:69

Notley, Alice 1985 July 31

Box 1:70

Notley, Alice 1986 May 30

Box 1:71

Notley, Alice 1986 June 10

Box 1:72

Notley, Alice 1987 January 6

Box 1:73

Notley, Alice 1987 March 30

Box 1:74

Notley, Alice 1987 May 22

Box 1:75

Notley, Alice 1987 June 2

Box 1:76

Notley, Alice 1987 August 28

Box 1:77

Notley, Alice undated

Box 2:1

Snyder, Gary 1979 April 3

Box 2:2

Snyder, Gary 1979 November 15

Box 2:3

Snyder, Gary 1980 June 21

Box 2:4

Snyder, Gary 1980 August 6

Box 2:5

Snyder, Gary 1980 September 24

Box 2:6

Snyder, Gary 1980 October 26

Box 2:7

Snyder, Gary 1980 November 21

Box 2:8

Snyder, Gary 1980 December 3

Box 2:9

Snyder, Gary 1981 January 19

Box 2:10

Snyder, Gary 1981 May 1

Box 2:11

Snyder, Gary 1981 November 7

Box 2:12

Snyder, Gary 1982 March 17

Box 2:13

Snyder, Gary 1982 August 15

Box 2:14

Snyder, Gary 1982

Box 2:15

Snyder, Gary 1983 December 20

Box 2:16

Snyder, Gary 1984 June 13

Box 2:17

Snyder, Gary 1984 August 22

Box 2:18

Snyder, Gary 1985 January 15

Box 2:19

Snyder, Gary 1986 November 6

Box 2:20

Waldman, Anne 1978 March 3

Box 2:21

Waldman, Anne 1979 September 25

Box 2:22

Waldman, Anne 1979 October 11

Box 2:23

Waldman, Anne 1979 November 26

Box 2:24

Waldman, Anne 1980 January 31

Box 2:25

Waldman, Anne 1980 October 16

Box 2:26

Waldman, Anne 1981 May 24

Box 2:27

Waldman, Anne 1982 November 28

Box 2:28

Waldman, Anne 1982 December 18

Box 2:29

Waldman, Anne 1983 January 20

Box 2:30

Waldman, Anne 1983 May 22

Box 2:31

Waldman, Anne 1984 August 15

Box 2:32

Waldman, Anne 1985 April 9

Box 2:33

Waldman, Anne 1987 September 22

Box 2:34

Waldman, Anne undated