Finding Aid for the Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists, ca. 1950-1989

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1997
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists, ca. 1950-1989

Collection number: 362

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, 1997
Encoded by:
Dan Luckenbill and Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, August 2002
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1950-1989
Collection number: 362
Creator: Kurtzman, Allan H.
Extent: 3 boxes (1 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allan H. Kurtzman Collection of Material about Beat Writers and Artists (Collection 362). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233272 

Scope and Content

Collection consists of printed material about William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Michael McClure.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Burroughs, William S., 1914- .
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926- .
McClure, Michael.
Beat generation.

Related Material

  • Collection of Bookseller's Catalogs of Beat Literature (Collection 1648). Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Hirado Porcelain of Japan: from the Kurtzman Family Collection / [organized by] Robert T. Singer and Hollis Goodall. Available at the UCLA Arts Library. Call number: NK 4399 H57 L67 1997.

Container List

 

Biographical

 

Amram, David and Rambling Jack Elliott

Box 4, Folder 10

No Title. Sound recording: 45 rpm.

 

Beat Poets, etc.

Box 5, Folder 9

History. Manuscript material, author unknown. n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (photocopy).

Scope and Content Note

Chapter 1 is entitled The pre-war origins of the post-war avant-garde. With Appendix, a bibliography in different paper.
 

Berrigan, Ted

Box 4, Folder 18

C Press [Journal] Publication material. Announcement. n.d.

 

Bockris, Victor(?) Edward (?)

Box 5, Folder 1

Poetry Anthology Manuscript. Manuscript material. n.d.

Physical Description: In notebook with label.

Scope and Content Note

Six poems [asked of various poets, e.g. Aram Saroyan, Gerard Malanga, ...], an assembly of statements by the poets and photo and other copies of the poems selected.
Appears not to have been published.

Note

(not in ORION or MELVYL under this title)
 

Burroughs

Box 1

Printed Material About [Various items not listed by folder].

Box 4, Folder 2

Burroughs, William. Letters to Various Persons. 1960s.

Scope and Content Note

Notes and enclosures. Primarily to a seeming collector, Jake Swartz.
Includes mockup of British edition Naked Lunch cover, etc.
 

Corso, Gregory

Box 4, Folder 3

Letters to Various Persons. 1958, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Christmas greetings, etc. Includes postcard to Robert La Vigne.
 

Thirteen

Box 4, Folder 5

Publication material. Thirteen, with header Over Matter. n.d.

Physical Description: Galley proofs.

Note

Unable to determine publication.
 

For the Paris Biennale and Unlabeled

Box 4, Folder 7

Sound recordings. June 11, 1965 and n.d.

Physical Description: Reel to reel (2).
 

Poem Beginning: Brief the Moments of Ecstasy

Box 4, Folder 11

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Collage, painting, etc. Cut up poem on reverse, beginning: Stop the changes get a new number ....
 

Letters to Various Persons

Box 4, Folder 15

Dear Jackie mio, etc.. n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Seemingly kept as a journal, as well.
 

Eigner, Larry

Box 5, Folder 6

Penny Poems. Publications. 1960.

Physical Description: Two newsprint broadsides.
Box 5, Folder 3

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. Publications. 1960s.

Physical Description: Copies.

Scope and Content Note

Reviews etc.
 

Letters

Box 5, Folder 4

Postcards, etc. 1969, 1980, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes note on City Lights postcard, poster for reading.
 

Ginsberg, Allen

Box 2

Printed material about.

Note

[Various items not listed by folder]
 

Letters to Various Persons

Box 4, Folder 1

Notes, etc. 1965-1970.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily to Herbert Huncke, also Robert La Vigne, etc.
Most are notes, evidently about giving Huncke money (for habit). Some on City Lights notepads.
 

Various Poems

Box 4, Folder 4

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Beginning: A shadow of the angel. Entitled: Man is naked without secrets armed men lack this joy [signed Allen Ginsberg]
 

Allen Ginsberg Live!

Box 4, Folder 9

Sound recording. n.d.

Physical Description: Cassette.
 

Allen Ginsberg with the Gluons

Box 4, Folder 10

Sound recording. Sue your Parents. Birdbrain records. 45 rpm. Signed to Herbert Huncke. 1983.

 

Ginsberg, Allen and Anne Waldman

Box 4, Folder 9

Beauty and the Beast. Sound recording. August 1975.

Physical Description: Cassette (2 copies).
 

Ginsberg, Allen, Burroughs, and Various Other Beat Figures

Box 6

Sound Recordings (Long Playing Records). Various titles, including Howl, Ferlinghetti's Impeach Eisenhower, Burroughs Reading Ali's Smile, etc.

Physical Description: Long playing records, most in sleeves with photographs.
 

Kurtzman, Allan

Box 5, Folder 8

Mailings received. Various. 1960s-1980s.

Physical Description: Mimeograph sheets.

Scope and Content Note

Letters for Timothy Leary defense fund, publication announcements, etc. No actual correspondence except to enclose book lists, catalogs, etc.
 

La Vigne, Robert

Box 4, Folder 17

Gallery Materials. Ephemera. 1958(?).

Scope and Content Note

The Lion (Polk Street, San Francisco gallery), Notes about Ginsberg, etc.
 

Lawrence, D.H.

Box 4, Folder 16

Lady Chatterley's Lover. Grove Press court documents. Victor Weybright. 1959.

 

McClure, Michael

Box 3

Printed material about.

Note

[Various items not listed by folder]
 

The Blossom; or, Billy the Kid

Box 4, Folder 12

Manuscript material. 1960(?). Billy the Kid in envelope to Roi Jones.

Physical Description: Copy(?).
 

Josephine

Box 4, Folder 13

Manuscript material(?). n.d.

Physical Description: Mimeograph(?).
 

The Feast

Box 4, Folder 14

Manuscript material. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Also Ghost tantra 51, Fuck ode. Notes on first page signed Rick. Letter with Fuck ode to Terry. Poems signed by McCLure.
 

McClure, Michael and Others

Box 4, Folder 6

Pale Pearl Pink on the Walls. n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (photocopy or mimeograph), beginning p.21.

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript(?) material. Also material by Stuart Perkoff, etc.
 

Ossman, Dave With Michael McClure

Box 4, Folder 8

The Sullen Art. Sound recording. November 1964.

Physical Description: Reel-to-reel.
 

Di Prima, Diane

Box 5, Folder 2

Poet's Vaudeville. Publication. n.p.. n.d.

Physical Description: Mimeograph(?).
 

For Z

Box 5, Folder 7

Manuscript material. April 1959.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typescript with holograph corrections and notes. Signed by the poet.

Scope and Content Note

Poem, beginning: I shall grow mint and teach the child her colors.