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Bernadette Mayer Papers
MSS 0420  
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Papers of Bernadette Mayer, writer, teacher, editor, and publisher. Most often associated with the New York School, Mayer uses compositional methods such as chance operations, collage and cut-up. Materials include correspondence (1963-1996) with writers, artists, publishers, and friends; manuscripts and typescripts; notebooks (1964-1993) and loose notes; teaching notes; audiorecordings and photographs; and biographical materials such as calendars, datebooks and reading announcements. The collection is arranged in eleven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS, 4) NOTEBOOKS, 5) WRITINGS OF OTHERS, 6) TEACHING MATERIAL, 7) EDITING MATERIAL, 8) EPHEMERA, 9) PHOTOGRAPHS, 10) AUDIORECORDINGS, and 11) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Bernadette Mayer was born on May 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1967, shortly after which she began teaching there on a part-time, semi-permanent basis. From 1967-1969, Mayer and conceptual artist Vito Acconci edited the experimental journal 0 TO 9, which published work from experimentalists in a range of genres and media. In the early 1970s, Mayer lived with film-maker Ed Bowes, with whom she collaborated on numerous projects. In 1975, Mayer married writer and publisher Lewis Warsh, with whom she had three children. Warsh and Mayer collaboratively edited United Artists press, which published a number of seminal books of poetry, including Ted Berrigan's SONNETS and Mayer's own UTOPIA.
24.5 Linear feet (60 archives boxes, 1 card file box and 5 oversize file folders)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Sound recordings in Series 3: WRITINGS and Series 10: SOUND RECORDINGS are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.