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Preliminary Guide to the Walter H. Smith Collection of Beat Literature, 1950-2009

Abstract

Walter H. Smith donated this collection of Beat Literature. The majority relates to the career and life of Allen Ginsberg, a founding member of the Beat Generation. Other writers represented include Anne Waldman, Diane di Prima, and Anselm Hollo.

Accessions (2009-0113) and (2009-0130) (200 items; 3.5 lin. ft.; dated 1959-2003) include books, compilations, journals, magazines, and other publications with works by and about Allen Ginsberg. Also included are posters and broadsides advertising events, readings, or publications by Ginsberg; many of these are signed. Accession (2010-0098) (25 items; 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1950-2009) includes writings and some correspondence from Diane di Prima, Anselm Hollo, and Anne Waldman; also includes some Allen Ginsberg materials. Accession (2011-0045) (27 items; 1.5 lin. ft.; dated 1963-2007) includes pamphlets and publications by Gary Snyder.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Smith, Walter H. (collector)
Title
Walter H. Smith Collection of Beat Literature 1950-2009
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.1 Linear Feet, 225 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Accessions (2009-0113) and (2009-0130) (200 items; 3.5 lin. ft.; dated 1959-2003) include books, compilations, journals, magazines, and other publications with works by and about Allen Ginsberg. Also included are posters and broadsides advertising events, readings, or publications by Ginsberg; many of these are signed.

Accession (2010-0098) (25 items; 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1964-2009) includes publications and some correspondence from Beat Generation poets such as Anne Waldman, Diane di Prima, Anselm Hollo, and Allen Ginsberg. Includes signatures of Hollo and Waldman.

Accession (2011-0045) (27 items; 1.5 lin. ft.; dated 1963-2007) includes publications, pamphlets, and posters featuring works and readings by Gary Snyder.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Includes books, journals, magazines and other periodicals, and various other publications that include work by or about Allen Ginsberg. Several include Ginsberg's signature.

Materials listed first are stacked loose in the box; folders contain small, thin, or fragile publications.

American Review, No. 16, 1973
Box 1
Countdown, No. 3, 1970
Box 1
Countdown, No. 2, 1970
Box 1
New American Review, No. 11, 1971
Box 1
Boss, 1966
Box 1
Little Caesar (Lita Hornick article on Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets at the Naropa Institute), No. 10, 1980
Box 1
Long Shot, Vol. 27, 2004
Box 1
Long Shot, Vol. 15, 1993
Box 1
Long Shot, Vol. 4, 1986
Box 1
Long Shot, 1982
Box 1
The Paris Review (Thomas Clark interview, signed on page 13), Vol. 10, No. 37, Spring 1966
Box 1
The Portable Lower East Side, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1989
Box 1
ppHOO (Bengali-English-French from India, memorial issue), 1998
Box 1
The Seventies (signed by Robert Bly), No. 1, Spring 1972
Box 1
San Jose Studies, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Fall 1993
Box 1
Stony Brook, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1968
Box 1
Zero, Vol. 2, 1979
Box 1
Birth, No. 3, 1960
Box 1
California Librarian, Oct. 1970
Box 1
The Cambridge Review (Includes poem and review of Howl; signed by Allen Ginsberg), Dec. 1956
Box 1
New Directions, No. 14, 1953
Box 1
The New York Quarterly (signed by Allen Ginsberg), No. 2, Spring 1970
Box 1
Mulch (Ginsberg on Kerouac), Vol. 2, No. 2, 1974
Box 1
Adventures in Poetry, Vol. 12, 1975
Box 1 Folder 1
Intrepid, No. 11/12, 1969
Box 1
East Side Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1972
Box 1
Georgia Straight (Thomas Forcade letter about Ginsberg controversy in Canadian underground newspaper), Vol. 7, No. 303, 1973
Box 1 Folder 2
Magical Blend (David Brown and Rebecca McGlen interview), No. 38, 1993
Box 1
New Age (Peter Chowka interview; cover signed by Ginsberg), 1976
Box 1
The New Censorship, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1994
Box 1
Nexus (Ginsberg memorial issue), Vol. 32, 1997
Box 1 Folder 3
Oui (article by biographer Michael Schumacher), Vol. 11, No. 6, June 1982
Box 1
Parapluie, No. 10, 1971
Box 1
Playboy, Vol. 15, No. 12, Dec. 1968
Box 1
Nomad (signed), No. 9, Summer 1961
Box 1 Folder 4
Big Sky, No. 1, 1971
Box 1
Big Sky, No. 2, 1972
Box 1
Anthology of Underground Poetry, Section 9, 1971
Box 1
Columbia Review, 1961
Box 1
Third Rail, No. 8, 1987
Box 1 Folder 5
Third Rail, No. 7, 1985/1986
Box 1
Synapse 3, Jan. 1965
Box 1
So & So, Fall 1978
Box 1
Ramparts, Vol. 5, No. 5, Nov. 1966
Box 1 Folder 6
Shambhala Sun, Vol. 2, No. 6, July 1994
Box 1
Shout! Vol. 2, No. 1, 1996
Box 1
Swank, Vol. 7, No. 6, Jan. 1961
Box 1
Writer's Digest (article by biographer Michael Schumacher), May 1984
Box 1 Folder 7
Herschel Silverman, High on the Beats. Atom Mind, Vol. 4, No. 16, 1995
Box 1
Bastard Angel 1, 1972
Box 1
Evergreen Review, No. 42, Aug. 1966
Box 1
Evergreen Review, No. 40, April 1966
Box 1 Folder 8
The Milk Quarterly, No. 8, 1975
Box 1
Vinduet, No. 3, 1961
Box 1
Eclipse, 8/9, 1971
Box 1
Camera Austria
Box 1 Folder 9
SF Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 50, Jan. 1995
Box 1
Opus International, 1968
Box 1
Panjandrum (vinyl LP and portfolio of broadsides and artwork), Vol. 1, No. 1, 1972
Box 2
The Sunday Camera Magazine, Nov. 11, 1984
Box 2 Folder 1
The Sunday Camera Magazine, June 12, 1987
Box 2
The Village Voice (Ginsberg memorial issue), Vol. XLII, No. 15, 1997
Box 2
The Bloomsburg Review (interview by Bill Trembley), Vol. 5, No. 9, 1985
Box 2
Bookforum (review by David Gates), Summer 2005
Box 2
East West Journal (Marilyn Webb article on early Naropa scene), May 1976
Box 2
The American Poetry Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, 1994
Box 2 Folder 2
Rolling Stone, No. 761 (Ginsberg memorial issue), 1997
Box 2
Rolling Stone, No. 204, 1976
Box 2
Jim Moore interview with Allen Ginsberg, Hungry Mind Review, No. 30, 1994
Box 2

Posters and broadsides advertising events, readings, or publications by or about Allen Ginsberg.

The Beat Generation, Spring class, 1982
Box 3 Folder 1
First Annual Ginsberg Poetry Festival, 2003
Box 3
New York Poets, German Publication, 1981
Box 3
Kerouac Conference and Participants, 1982
Box 3
A Celebration of Life, Boulder, CO, circa 1980
Box 3
Reading at Columbia with Burroughs, 1975
Box 3
Reading in Berkeley, CA, for Nyingmapa, 1971
Box 3
Reading with Diane Di Prima, Denver, CO, 1982
Box 3
San Francisco Oracle, Vol. 1, No. 7, 1969
Box 3
Promotional photograph by Robert Frank, circa 1990
Box 3 Folder 2
Memorial services, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997
Box 3
Concert with Patti Smith, Ann Arbor, MI, 1996
Box 3
Planet News Tribute in New York City, 1998
Box 3
Ginsberg Marathon, Ann Waldman, 2001
Box 3
50 Years of Howl, 2006
Box 3
Ginsberg at Tribal Stomp by Greg Savalin, 1978
Box 3
Tribal Stomp Greek Theatre, Berkeley, 1978
Box 3
50 Years of Howl, limited edition (signed by artist), 2006
Box 3
First Blues LP (signed by Ginsberg and Bob Dylan), 1983
Box 3
Ginsberg Tribute at Naropa, 1994
Box 3 Folder 3
Tibetan Nyingmapa Benefit, 1971
Box 3
Promotional Rhino Records, 1993
Box 3
Concert with Patti Smith (signed by artist), 1996
Box 3
Memorial Services and Concert (signed by artist), 1997
Box 3
Beat Rushmore, by Wavy Gravy, 2004
Box 3
Promotional poster for film The Source, 1999
Box 3
Reading at the University of Kentucky (signed by Ginsberg), 1993
Box 3 Folder 4
Reading in San Antonio, TX, 1980s
Box 3
Magazine advertisement for GAP khakis, 1993
Box 3
Reading at Brown University (signed by Ginsberg), 1985
Box 3
Rogue Dalton Culture Brigade, 1984
Box 3
Shambhala (signed by Ginsberg), Cambridge, MA, 1983
Box 3
Naropa Performing Arts Series (signed), 1987
Box 3
Concert with Bhagavan Das, 1974
Box 3
Reading at Bryn Mawr, PA, 1976
Box 3
Naropa with Orlovsky and Scheenmon, 1980
Box 3
Gathering of the Tribes, second printing, 1967
Box 3
Various Poets at Tulagi's, 1970s
Box 3 Folder 5
Flaming Youth at Barnard, circa 1974
Box 3
Naropa with Philip Whalen, circa 1975
Box 3
Rocky Flats Protest with Orlovesky, 1978
Box 3
Poetry in Motion with Creeley, 1983
Box 3
New Blood Reading at Naropa (signed by Ginsberg), 1981
Box 3
Reading at Rochester Institute (signed by Ginsberg), 1984
Box 3
Naropa with Corso and Waldman, circa 1980
Box 3
Workshop in New York City (signed by Ginsberg), 1985
Box 3 Folder 6
Reading in London, 1983
Box 3
Reading in Holland (signed by Ginsberg), 1984
Box 3
Reading in Sweden, 1983
Box 3
Naropa with Amiri Baraka, circa 1983
Box 3
Naropa with Orlovsky and Brownstein, circa 1978
Box 3
Rocky Flats Benefit Arts Festival, 1978
Box 3
Three lectures (signed by Ginsberg), 1981
Box 3
Kerouac Conference Historic Readings (signed by Ginsberg), 1982
Box 3
Kerouac Conference with Kesey (signed by Ginsberg), 1982
Box 3
The Beat Generation, Fall class, 1982
Box 3
108 Images Exhibition in Venice, Italy, 1995
Box 4
Reality Sandwiches, Nishen, Germany, 1989
Box 4
Tribute by artist Eric Drowker in New York City, 1998
Box 4
Mantra Reading with Gary Snyder, 1972
Box 4
Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg, 17 November 1989
Box 5
Undated photograph of Ginsberg and others
Box 5
Song: Fie My Fum, Neurotica, No. 6, 1950
Box 5
50 Anniversary of Howl: Naropa University, 25 June 2006
Box 5
Allen Ginsberg Memorial and Concert program, 25 May 1997
Box 5
A Memorial Tribute to Allen Ginsberg, 20 April 1997
Box 5
Yowl (Zippy the Pinhead comic), Bill Griffith, 1996
Box 5
Reading announcement, 16 April 1967
Box 5
Wedding announcement, 23 June 1972
Box 5
Mulch, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 1974 (8 poems)
Box 5
Formal Birthday Poem-Feb 23, 1964, Poetmeat, No. 6, 1964
Box 5
Postcards (including a signature), 1994 and undated
Box 5
Pressure, Big Sky, No. 5, 1973
Box 5
Some Yak Turds, Doones, Vol. 1, No. 2, undated (signed by Hollo, 2009)
Box 5
Pomology, Tlaloc, No. 11, undated
Box 5
Have A Seat, Not Guilty!, 1975 (signed by Hollo)
Box 5
Gasworks, Winter 1990 (6 poems; signed by Hollo)
Box 5
The Cafe Review, Vol. 6, Spring 1995
Box 5
Mandala No. 2, Summer 1975. Dutech poetry magazine.
Box 6
Synapse 4, San Francisco Issue, May 1965
Box 6
New Measure 6: Oxford University, Summer 1967
Box 6
Kutsu No. 4, Journal of Backcountry Writing, 1975
Box 6
Kutsu No. 5, Journal of Backcountry Writing, 1976
Box 6
Kutsu No. 6, Journal of Backcountry Writing, 1977
Box 6
Zero No. 1., 1978
Box 6
Northwest Review, Vol. 6 No. 3, Summer 1963. (Signed by Gary Snyder at his contribution.)
Box 6
Northwest Review, Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer 1973. Native American Poetry Issue.
Box 6
Turkey Buzzard Review, July 1977. Includes poems by Gary Snyder's first wife Joanne Kyger and other associates.
Box 6
River Styx 4, 1979. Interview with Gary Snyder by Michael and Jan Castro.
Box 6
Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No. 9, January 1989. Poetry from a collaboration of "poets who meditate" at the Green Gulch Zen Garder Center, April 1987.
Box 6
Eastwest Vol. 7 No. 6, June 1977. "The Original Mind of Gary Snyder" interview by Peter Barry Chowka.
Box 6
Eastwest Vol. 7 No. 7, July 1977. "Gary Snyder and the Arte of Writing."
Box 6
Eastwest Vol. 7 No. 8, August 1977. "Gary Snyder on Poetry and Practice."
Box 6
The International Times, No. 28, April 1968. Underground Newspaper from England.
Box 6
The Bloomsbury Review Vol. 27 No. 4, July/August 2007. Interview with Gary Snyder by Trevor Carolan.
Box 6
The American Poetry Review, Vol. 15 No. 6, November/December 1986
Box 6
Poetry Flash No. 267, April/May 1996
Box 6
PBA Galleries (San Francisco) catalog. "Fine Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries with the David Oakley Collection of Gary Snyder." 27 September 2007
Box 6
Gary Snyder, Japan, 1963. Photo postcard from Travels with Ginsberg. Published by The Allen Ginsberg Trust, 2002
Box 6
(Gary Snyder) Verses of Heaven and Earth. Postcard advertising a musical event in Oakland, CA with verses from Gary Snyder
Box 6
The Beats in India: A Soul of Asia Symposium. Program from an Asia Society Event, 14 June 2008
Box 6
Handbill: Reading by Gary Snyder at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon
Box 6
Bookmark with Gary Snyder quote. From a bookstore in Vancouver, B.C.
Box 6
Large poster with photo by Christopher Felver. Naropa Summer Institute, Boulder, Colorado, circa 1980
Oversize Folder 1
Large poster of Gary Snyder playing with a dog, advertising Gary Snyder poetry reading benefit for the Zen Mountain Center, Fillmore Auditorium, 1967. Design by Gompers Saijo.
Box 6
Siberian Outpost broadside, 2010. Signed by Gary Snyder, no. 69/99.
Box 6

Historical Note

Walter H. Smith donated this collection of Beat literature. The majority of the collection is by and about Allen Ginsberg, a poet and member of the Beat Generation.

Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in the New York area. He entered Columbia University in the 1940s, where he developed close friendships with men like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassidy, who, with Ginsberg, were founding members of what became known as the Beat Generation. Ginsberg's most famous work, Howl and Other Poems, was published in 1956, and became a test case for fighting obscenity and censorship laws. He was also an outspoken proponent for gay rights, the legalization of marijuana and other drugs, and free speech, and frequently led protests against the Vietnam War during the 1960s and 1970s. He went on to publish numerous volumes and compilations of poetry, and later became a professor at Brooklyn College. He died in New York City at the age of 70. (Source: Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org)

Diane di Prima was born in 1934 and became an important writer and poet in the Beat movement. She has written over 40 books of poetry and prose, and has won numerous grants and awards, including an Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Poetry Association in 1993. In 2009, she was named the Poet Laureate of San Francisco. (Source: dianediprima.com)

Anne Waldman was born in 1945, and also joined the East Coast poetry scene in the 1960s. She was a co-founder, with Allen Ginsberg and others, of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets, at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She remains there as a professor and director of the Naropa University Summer Writing Program.

Anselm Hollo, born in Finland in 1934, has lived in the United States since 1967. He is a poet and translator, and has published over 40 titles of poetry. He also teaches creative writing at Naropa University.

Born in 1930, Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, ecological activist, founder of the Ring of Bone Zendo, and member of the English Department faculty of U.C. Davis.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter H. Smith Collection of Beat Literature, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Walter H. Smith Collection of Beat Literature was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, August 2009

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, August 2009

Updated by Meghan Lyon, October 2010, April 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

Accessions included in this collection: 2009-0113, 2009-0130, 2010-0098