Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Alice Notley Papers
Notley, Alice, 1945-
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0319
34.35 Linear feet
(54 archives boxes, 16 flat boxes, 1 map case folder, and 3 art bin items)
Date (inclusive): 1969-2014
Abstract: Papers of Alice Notley (1945-), an American artist and poet. The collection includes manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence,
and original artwork.
Scope and Content of Collection
Papers of Alice Notley (1945-), an American artist and poet involved in the New York poetry scene beginning in the mid-1960s.
The collection contains correspondence with other prominent poets and writers, typescripts of published and unpublished literary
works, notebooks, and Notley's original artwork, including collages, sketches and watercolors. The collection was processed
in five major accessions.
ACCESSION PROCESSED IN 1995
This accession is comprised of notebooks filled with manuscript writings, correspondence with poets and editors, and examples
of Notley's visual art, such as collages. Most of the material dates from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Arranged in three series: 1) MANUSCRIPTS & NOTEBOOKS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE and 3) ARTWORK.
ACCESSION PROCESSED IN 1998
Arranged in two series: 4) MANUSCRIPTS & NOTEBOOKS and 5) CORRESPONDENCE.
ACCESSION PROCESSED IN 2003
The accession processed in 2003 complements the first portions of the collection and includes additional correspondence, notebooks,
manuscripts and artworks. It also contains material related to the production of the literary magazine
Gare du Nord. Most of the papers date from the late 1990s through 2001.
Arranged in six series: 6) CORRESPONDENCE, 7) WRITINGS, 8) NOTEBOOKS, 9)
GARE DU NORD PRODUCTION MATERIALS, 10) ARTWORK and 11) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
ACCESSION PROCESSED IN 2011
Arranged in three series: 12) CORRESPONDENCE, 13) DREAM NOTEBOOKS and 14) WRITINGS.
ACCESSION PROCESSED IN 2017
The bulk of this accession dates from 2000 through 2014.
Arranged in five series: 15) CORRESPONDENCE, 16) WRITINGS, 17) NOTEBOOKS, 18) ARTWORK and 19) MISCELLANEOUS.
Alice Notley was born in 1945 in Bisbee, Arizona. She received a B.A. from Barnard College in 1967, and her M.F.A. from the
University of Iowa in 1969. She married the writer Ted Berrigan in 1972, with whom she had two sons, Anselm and Edmund, both
poets. After Berrigan's death in 1983, she married the British poet Doug Oliver and relocated to Paris, France.
Notley's writing and art responds to a broad spectrum of American culture. Among the numerous collections of verse that Notley
has published are
Incidental in the Day World (1973),
When I was Alive (1980),
Waltzing Matilda (1981),
Margaret and Dusty (1985), and
How Spring Comes (1981), which received a 1982 San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award. Notley has also written a short autobiography entitled
Tell Me Again (1982).
Notley is also a visual artist, and her collection includes original artworks such as collages, watercolors, and sketches.
Many of her collages are composed of everyday objects and images and are quite consistent with her poetry in that respect.
Notley was co-editor of the literary magazine
Gare Du Nord with Douglas Oliver, publishing five issues over two years (1998-1999). Magazine production ceased in the fall of 1999 when
Oliver was diagnosed with cancer; he died the following spring.
Notley has continued to write both prose and poetry, including an epic poem,
The Descent of Alette (1992), and the titles
Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) (for which Notley was a Pulitzer Prize finalist),
Coming After (2005),
Alma or the Dead Women (2006),
In the Pines (2007),
Reason and Other Women (2010),
Culture of One (2011),
Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (2011),
Benediction (2015) and
Certain Magical Acts (2016).
Notley has been recognized by the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Memorial
Award from the Poetry Society of America, and in 2015 Notley was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
She currently resides in Paris.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Alice Notley Papers, MSS 319. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
American poetry -- 20th century
Women poets -- United States
Art, American -- 20th century
Myles, Eileen -- Correspondence
Foster, Edward Halsey -- Correspondence
Messerli, Douglas, 1947- -- Correspondence
Notley, Alice, 1945- -- Archives
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1927 -- Correspondence
Codrescu, Andrei, 1946- -- Correspondence
Whalen, Philip -- Correspondence
Waldman, Anne, 1945- -- Correspondence
Scalapino, Leslie -- Correspondence
Padgett, Ron, 1942- -- Correspondence
Brainard, Joe, 1942-1994 -- Correspondence