Rita Bottoms, the Head of Special Collections at UC Santa Cruz from 1966-2003, played a central role in establishing and
promoting Kenneth Patchen Archive. The main collection includes over 150 Patchen's "painted poems", colorful paintings that
incorporate free-verse poetry and surrealistic and whimsical creatures and images to manuscripts of poetry and prose, as well
as Patchen's letters, other painted books editions, papier-mache creatures, and recordings of some of his poetry readings.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.