Guide to the Mark O'Brien Papers, 1968-1999, n.d.

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Guide to the Mark O'Brien Papers, 1968-1999, n.d.

Collection number: BANC MSS 99/247 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Amber R. Smock; completed by Jane Bassett Rosario
Date Completed:
July 1999; revised July 2000
Encoded by:
Brooke Dykman Dockter
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Mark O'Brien Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1968-1999, n.d.
Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/247 c
Creator: O'Brien, Mark, 1949-1999
Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes, 1 oversize folder

Linear feet: 2.5 2 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: Consists of the body of O'Brien's professional work as a poet and journalist. The papers include unpublished and published poems, books, articles, short stories, and speeches, as well as O'Brien's undergraduate and graduate school assignments.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mark O'Brien Papers, BANC MSS 99/247 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

"Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien," VIDEO/C 4841 in Moffitt Library Media Center, U.C. Berkeley.
Additional related collections may be found under the corporate author heading, "Disabled Persons' Independence Movement," in U.C. Berkeley's online catalog.

Material Cataloged Separately

Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Poliomyelitis.
Iron lung.
Euthanasia.
People with disabilities.
Authors, American--California--Berkeley.
Journalists--California--Berkeley.
Poets, American--California--Berkeley.
People with disabilities--Sexual behavior.
College students with disabilities--California--Berkeley.
People with disabilities in literature.
People with disabilities and the arts.

Genres and Forms of Material

Poems.
Autobiographies.
Eulogies.
Erotica.
Manuscripts for publication.

Index Terms Related to this Collection

Online Archive of California.
Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement collection.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Mark O'Brien Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mark O'Brien in increments over the period of April 1998 through March 1999. Additional materials were received in March 2000.

Biographical Chronology

1949 Born to Helen Agnes Kelly and Walter O'Brien, Boston, Mass.
1951 Brother Kenneth born.
1953 Sister Karen born.
1955 Contracts poliomyelitis and is comatose for thirty days. Spends the next two years in Children's Hospital and Wellesley Convalescent Hospital.
1961 Karen dies of pneumonia.
1963 Has spinal fusion surgery. Sister Rachel born.
1966 O'Brien family moves to Sacramento, Calif.
1968 Receives high school diploma.
1976 Moves to Kaiser Hospital, Vallejo, Calif., for physical therapy in preparation for attending the University of California at Berkeley as part of the Disabled Students Program. Transfers to Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro, Calif.
1977 Begins course work at California State University, Hayward in January.
1978 Accepted to U.C. Berkeley in June. Moves into Davidson Hall, a campus dormitory.
1979 Moves to an apartment off-campus.
1980 Acquires first electric wheelchair.
1982 Graduates from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in English literature in June. Begins graduate studies at U.C. Berkeley's School of Journalism. Publishes first article, "How I Became A Human Being," in CoEvolution Quarterly.
1983 Leaves graduate school. Begins professional career as a journalist and poet. O'Brien writes for the Pacific News Service and contributes to CoEvolution Quarterly (which later becomes Whole Earth Review), The Disability Rag, The Fessenden Review, Frisko, Margin, Mouth: the voice of disability, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and The Sun, among others.
1988-1993 Receives grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation; concentrates on writing poetry.
1990 Publishes first edition of Breathing: Poems by Mark O'Brien.
1994 Cover story of the July 31 Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine is devoted to O'Brien. Helen O'Brien dies in September.
1995 Works with documentary film maker Jessica Yu. The film, "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien," premieres in December.
1996 Berkeley City Council declares Mark O'Brien Day on August 3.
1997 "Breathing Lessons" wins an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Documentary Short Subject in March. O'Brien delivers commencement speech for U.C. Berkeley's Department of English in May.
1999 Dies in his home in Berkeley on July 4, from complications of bronchitis.

Scope and Content

The Mark O'Brien Papers, 1968-1999, consist of the body of O'Brien's professional work as a poet and journalist. The papers include unpublished and published poems, books, articles, short stories, and speeches, as well as O'Brien's undergraduate and graduate school assignments.
O'Brien contracted poliomyelitis when he was six years old and relied on an iron lung to help him breathe for much of the rest of his life. He strove to live life on his own terms, attending the University of California, Berkeley and earning a bachelor's degree in English. O'Brien attended U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for a year but did not complete a degree. After leaving the School of Journalism, O'Brien worked as a journalist and poet. Because O'Brien could not use his hands, his drafts are typescripts (he could type using a mouth stick). Some of his work was dictated; some of his school assignments were transcribed by note takers and attendants.
O'Brien's poetry demonstrates a wide range of subject matter, tone, and form. His poems range from explorations of the most personal issues of his own life, to musings about baseball and spoofs of his favorite television shows. He also experimented with a variety of poetic forms: sonnets, haiku, free verse, and limericks are represented in his work.
O'Brien's prose also covers a broad range of subject matter, tone, and form. Early in his career he experimented with writing a political novel, The Contender; in 1997, he finished his autobiography, How I Became a Human Being. O'Brien's articles include some of his journalistic work, including his interview with Stephen Hawking and his ground breaking account drawn from his own experience, "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate." His short stories range from fictionalized autobiography to science fiction. O'Brien's speeches include the eulogy he wrote for his mother, the speech he gave for the English Department commencement at U.C. Berkeley in 1997, and a speech he gave to the employees at the law firm of Littler, Mendelson (where his brother Kenneth is an attorney) after "Breathing Lessons," the short documentary film about his life, won the Academy Award in 1997. O'Brien also wrote reviews of books, journals, and products.
O'Brien's early beginnings as a writer can be traced through his work at California State University, Hayward and U.C. Berkeley. Some of the themes he explored in his school assignments he continued to develop as a professional writer. O'Brien's life and the meaning he held for others is amply demonstrated by the eulogies written by his brother, Kenneth, and film maker Jessica Yu, director of "Breathing Lessons."
O'Brien's papers do not include records from his personal life, such as correspondence or records from his childhood and family, although the autobiographical nature of some of his writings does give much information about his personal life. O'Brien is remembered not only as a writer of great talent but also as an inspiration to disabled people seeking to lead independent lives.

Alphabetical Index to Poetry

A

  • Title Date
    The Accidental Death of Joan Burroughs 1984
    Accidental Meter 1981
    Accounting 101 1990
    Afghandistan [sic] April 1982
    After Karen's Party n.d.
    Almost a Boy n.d.
    America is Back, Standing Tall April 1988
    American Ruins January 1992
    Amnesia March 1988
    An Amputated Childhood April 1982
    and the radio goes February 1980
    Another Poem for Jan August 1980
    A.M. October 1981
    The Archer on the Avenue June 1984
    Asian Wisdom May 1998
    At Midnight [and] Campus Musicians November 1983
    The Attraction November 1984, August 1985
    Auf Lederhosen May 1984
    August October 1994

B

  • Title Date
    Beautiful Women December 1991
    Becoming Her December 1992
    Being Lifted November 1985
    Bete-noires [sic] April 1988
    Betrayed July 1988
    Beyond Words n.d.
    Bionic Man n.d.
    A Birthday Poem for a Midsummer Night's Dream Queen 1995
    The Blue Ink Hassle March 1982
    Boston and Vicinities April 1987
    Boucher n.d.
    Breathing September 1988
    Buffaloes September 1997
    Bulletins February 1988
    The Bunny on the Warner Brothers Shield April 1989

C

  • Title Date
    Campus at Night n.d.
    Can Poetry Matter? March 1994
    Carla March 1984
    Cats February 1998
    The Child of Debby and Brian April 1986
    Child's Song February, April, June 1985
    Christina February 1982
    The Closing of the West February 1982
    Cockroaches December 1987, February 1988
    Colors of the Day April 1988
    The Commercials are Frightening December 1993
    Communism in the Rain October 1991
    Computer Poem January 1989
    "Concerned Catholics" n.d.
    Country of Origin May 1986
    Creations July 1995
    Cronkite September 1988
    Crossing the Wall May 1995

D

  • Title Date
    Danielle October 1981, January 1982
    The Day After I Go Out June 1992
    The Days December 1985
    Death of Kong December 1987
    A Dialogue with Judy September 1980
    Didja Hear About . . .? April 1992
    The Dirty Little Secret of Western Civ November 1996
    The Disappearance July 1987
    Disappointment 1983
    Division 1991
    Dos Equis April 1988
    A Dream of Lesbians December 1992
    Dreamother March 1997
    The Drifter n.d.

E

  • Title Date
    Earth October 1997
    The Ecstasy of Seeing Crowds 1984
    Election Night, 1984 . . . November 1994
    The Emergency December 1988
    The End of Summer October 1986
    The Enemy March 1986
    Eschatology Rap March 1991
    The Explorers February 1982

F

  • Title Date
    February Blues February 1993
    Femininity December 1992
    For Clifford Bernel September 1980, January 1982
    For John Berryman, 1913-1971 June 1998
    fragment #1 April 1990
    fragment #2 April 1990
    fragment #3 April 1990
    fragment #4 April 1990
    A Free Hand February-April 1986
    Free Man Liberates Paris July 1996
    The French Attendant's Question November 1984

G

  • Title Date
    good morning america July 1986
    The Good Years March 1992
    The Gospel According to a Confused Passerby June 1988
    Graduation Day n.d.
    Gratitude July 1988
    The Great War June 1988
    Greg November 1981
    Grey September 1990
    The Guys in My Hospital Room November 1984

H

  • Title Date
    Haiku, Group One November 1985
    Haiku, Group Two April 1986
    Hanging On By n.d.
    Hank Makes the Call n.d.
    Healing July 1986
    Heisenberg's Dream January 1987
    Hero n.d.
    The Hero's Journey September 1997
    Hood July 1992
    How I Survived Childhood October 1995
    How to Operate Your Futon Frame [1996]
    Humble Ambitions December 1996

I

  • Title Date
    I Love Ricky: A Television Revision November 1993
    I Met a Man Who Tried to Sell Me; Ives's Second Symphony; I Think That I Shall Never Write; Prufrock Visits Yankee Stadium; Intelligence; Funeral Wishes May 1982
    If June 1997
    If Berkeley is a City by the Bay n.d.
    Imported Nobility November 1981
    In Bishop Berkeley's Town July 1986
    In December, the Fan Looks Forward to Spring December 1982
    Information November 1993
    In Saint Catherine's Home for the Hopelessly Crippled 1987
    Iron Lung Blues May 1995

J

  • Title Date
    Jingle June 1994
    Joaquin March 1982
    Journal October 1993
    Journal Entry November 1996
    Journey February 1993
    Judy, 1977 November 1994

K

  • Title Date
    Karen January 1984
    KCBS August 1981
    Kennedy October 1994
    Kilgore Trout's Long Planned Revenge [and excerpts] 1990
    Kira's Song October 1997

L

  • Title Date
    Laboratory June 1986
    laid back June 1981
    The Last Request of Robert Kennedy September 1980
    The Laughter of Death May 1995
    Learning How to Drive Again October 1981
    Leavetaking July 1993
    Lennon 1982
    Lessons March 1998
    letter to a social worker 1991
    Lifestyles of the Blind and Paralyzed April 1991
    Limerick #1 June 1984
    Limerick #2-6 November 1985
    Limon November 1981
    Linda, 1983 February 1993
    Listening to KPFA on a Sunday Morning January 1992
    Love Poem for No One in Particular July 1987
    The Lovers July 1997, July 1994

M

  • Title Date
    Magic Number December 1987
    The Mail November 1986
    The Man in the Iron Lung March 1988
    Map November 1994
    Marlene July 1993
    Martha's Promise n.d.
    Mary Lea and the Sixteenth of July November 1981
    Mary Lea, 1979 March 1994
    Metromania November 1981
    Mickey January 1994
    Miguel March 1982
    Mister Death December 1991
    Mrs. Garcia January 1982
    Mrs. Stephens 1983
    Moon December 1997
    The Morning Routine January 1990
    Murder Will In September 1989
    My Kitchen August 1980
    My Last Jan Poem January 1987
    My Mobile July 1980
    My Mouthstick April 1992
    My Other Life January 1995

N

  • Title Date
    The News June 1997
    Night Strike November 1985
    Nina March 1984
    Nixon: A Zombie Romance June 1989
    No, We Weren't Lovers August 1995
    November Twenty-third November 1986

O

  • Title Date
    Object of Desire July 1995
    The Oliver North Story, Starring Charlie Sheen February 1989
    On My Pillow February 1994
    on telegraph n.d.
    One Nation August 1995
    The Orange County Tales January 1987
    Out of Place October 1981

P

  • Title Date
    The Package May 1992
    A Panda's Universe November 1984
    Passive Voice n.d.
    Patmos October 1990
    Pearl December 1980
    The Peasant's Poetry October 1981
    Pegasus n.d.
    Peter Sellers was the Wrong Actor November 1983
    Phonetic Frenetic Poetic April 1998
    Photo Album April 1984
    Picnic July 1988
    A Poem for a Wedding December 1980
    A Poem for Alicia February 1995
    A Poem for Avril June 1982
    A Poem for Debby June 1980
    A Poem for Jan August 1980
    A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of April Fool's Day n.d.
    A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of March n.d.
    A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of May ( see Rough Wind Do Shake the Darling Buds of May) 1995
    A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of the Feast Day of Saint Valentine 1995
    A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of the First Anniversary of Her Manifestation to Picasso Man n.d.
    Poetry's Progress November 1981
    Por Enio y Becky January 1987
    A Portrait of the Lady July 1995
    The Punishment Lady May 1995

Q

  • Title Date
    Questions I Feared the Journalist Would Ask October 1994
    Questions of a Descendant n.d.

R

  • Title Date
    Rachel's Patient n.d.
    Rainy Day November 1981
    Randomness December 1984
    rant 1/14/90 January 1990
    rant 3/16/90 March 1990
    rant 1.9.91 January 1991
    Reactions February 1986
    Red Sox June 1997
    Remembering Her June 1998
    Reruns April 1998
    Reverie March 1982
    Rob's Song November 1997
    The Rockefeller Loop n.d.
    Rough Winds Do Shake the Darling Buds of May: A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of May 1995
    The Rower March 1987
    Rules December 1988
    Running May 1995

S

  • Title Date
    Saint Patrick's Day 1984
    Ste. Anne de Beaupré; The Boston and Nevada Sandwich Trading Company, Inc. January 1982
    SF to Crack Down on People September 1988
    Scene of the Accident n.d.
    Serial Killer July 1986
    Shattuck Avenue in Time of War January 1991
    Shreds and Threads June 1985
    Sidewalk Cafe at Night August 1985
    Single Helix and WimWam Go to the Movies May 1997
    Sir: n.d.
    Snake October 1991
    Social Security Becomes User Friendly April 1998
    A Song for the Child of Brenduchka and Avico 1983
    A Song of Joy December 1980
    Sonnet #1 March 1993
    Sonnet #2 March 1993
    Sonnet #3 n.d.
    Sonnet #4 n.d.
    Stalker April 1986
    Star-Gazer April 1982
    Steve and Harry Do the Game December 1996
    Stir February 1992
    Streetperson December 1989
    Strike Out May 1997
    Success December 1996
    Suggestions for My Obituary April 1998
    Sunlight February 1987
    The Supreme Soviet Views "Coming Home" September 1988
    Surfaces April 1984

T

  • Title Date
    Talents February 1992
    A Test of Nerve n.d.
    They Take Paradise November 1989
    This is the Poem You Are Now Reading March 1992
    This must be '47, there she is! April 1984
    Three Reasons to Live May 1995
    The Three Stooges Meet Ronald Reagan and Learn Arabic July 1987
    A Time for Cursing July 1988
    Tongue June 1991
    Travels with Jo June 1991
    The Trees June 1981
    The Trees; The Infinite Improbability Device June 1981
    Trio n.d.
    Trixie January 1981
    Two Cats February 1988
    Two Sisters June 1997

U

  • Title Date
    Unexpected Visitors July 1986
    Unreconstructed November 1994

V

  • Title Date
    A Valentine for Susan n.d.
    Variations on I Wish I Could Kill Myself February 1992
    Victim April 1992
    Victory Chant September [1991?]
    Visions of the Nation-State in Decline February 1994

W

  • Title Date
    Walkers March 1992
    Wall Street Week October 1987
    Walled In December 1983
    Wally Shows the Beaver How To Jerk Off January 1989
    Waltz September 1993
    Watching Television November 1986
    WELL Renga #1 December 1986
    WELL Renga #2 n.d
    Wesley November 1996
    What can you do with a pain in the gut

    [and other poems]
    September 1982
    What's This Noise Inside My Head? May 1985
    What Plato Thought February 1984
    Wheelchair May 1998
    When He's Out of the Tank, He's Out of His Mind April 1998
    When I Saw You on the Today Show December 1997
    When You Enter September 1996
    Whistling April 1993
    Who Rules America? March 1995
    Why I Love Classical Music July 1995
    Why is It? June 1997
    WimWam and Single Helix Discuss the Old Days March 1998
    WimWam and Single Helix Talk Dirty November 1997
    A Word Collage for Mary Lea n.d.
    Words Frequently Seen in Poems April 1987
    Writing Poetry 1982

Y

  • Title Date
    Your Absence November 1981

Z

  • Title Date
    Zeno's Paradox Denied February 1984

Collection Contents

Boxes 1-3, Oversize Folder 1 B

Series 1: Poetry, 1980-1998, n.d.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically, undated works filed at the end of each year or sub-series. If no title was given as part of the original work, the first line of the work is supplied as the title.

Scope and Content Note

Divided into two sub-series: Individual Poems and Chapbooks. Contains typescript drafts, photocopies of published works, and chapbooks.
 

Individual Poems, 1980-1998, n.d.

box 1, folder 1

BANC MSS 99/247c and the radio goes, February 1980

box 1, folder 2

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for Debby, June 1980

Oversize folder 1 B

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for Debby, June 1980

box 1, folder 3

BANC MSS 99/247c My Mobile, July 1980

box 1, folder 4

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for Jan, August 1980

box 1, folder 5

BANC MSS 99/247c Another Poem for Jan, August 1980

box 1, folder 6

BANC MSS 99/247c My Kitchen, August 1980

box 1, folder 7

BANC MSS 99/247c A Dialogue with Judy, September 1980

box 1, folder 8

BANC MSS 99/247c For Clifford Bernel, September 1980, January 1982

box 1, folder 9

BANC MSS 99/247c The Last Request of Robert Kennedy, September 1980

box 1, folder 10

BANC MSS 99/247c Pearl, December 1980

box 1, folder 11

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for a Wedding, December 1980

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for a Wedding, December 1980

box 1, folder 12

BANC MSS 99/247c A Song of Joy, December 1980

box 1, folder 13

BANC MSS 99/247c A Word Collage for Mary Lea, 1980

box 1, folder 14

BANC MSS 99/247c Trixie, January 1981

box 1, folder 15

BANC MSS 99/247c The Rower, March 1981

box 1, folder 16

BANC MSS 99/247c laid back, June 1981

box 1, folder 17

BANC MSS 99/247c The Trees, June 1981

box 1, folder 18

BANC MSS 99/247c The Trees; The Infinite Improbability Device, June 1981

box 1, folder 19

BANC MSS 99/247c KCBS, August 1981

box 1, folder 20

BANC MSS 99/247c A.M., October 1981

box 1, folder 21

BANC MSS 99/247c Danielle, October 1981, January 1982

box 1, folder 22

BANC MSS 99/247c Learning How to Drive Again, October 1981

box 1, folder 23

BANC MSS 99/247c Out of Place, October 1981

box 1, folder 24

BANC MSS 99/247c The Peasant's Poetry, October 1981

box 1, folder 25

BANC MSS 99/247c Greg, November 1981

box 1, folder 26

BANC MSS 99/247c Imported Nobility, November 1981

box 1, folder 27

BANC MSS 99/247c Limon, November 1981

box 1, folder 28

BANC MSS 99/247c Mary Lea and the Sixteenth of July, November 1981

box 1, folder 29

BANC MSS 99/247c Metromania, November 1981

box 1, folder 30

BANC MSS 99/247c Poetry's Progress, November 1981

box 1, folder 31

BANC MSS 99/247c Rainy Day, November 1981

box 1, folder 32

BANC MSS 99/247c Your Absence, November 1981

box 1, folder 33

BANC MSS 99/247c Accidental Meter, 1981

box 1, folder 34

BANC MSS 99/247c Mrs. Garcia, January 1982

box 1, folder 35

BANC MSS 99/247c Ste. Anne de Beaupré; The Boston and Nevada Sandwich Trading Company, Inc., January 1982

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c Ste. Anne de Beaupré; The Boston and Nevada Sandwich Trading Company, Inc., January 1982

box 1, folder 36

BANC MSS 99/247c Christina, February 1982

box 1, folder 37

BANC MSS 99/247c The Closing of the West, February 1982

box 1, folder 38

BANC MSS 99/247c The Explorers, February 1982

box 1, folder 39

BANC MSS 99/247c The Blue Ink Hassle, March 1982

box 1, folder 40

BANC MSS 99/247c Joaquin, March 1982

box 1, folder 41

BANC MSS 99/247c Miguel, March 1982

box 1, folder 42

BANC MSS 99/247c Reverie, March 1982

box 1, folder 43

BANC MSS 99/247c Afghandistan [sic], April 1982

box 1, folder 44

BANC MSS 99/247c Star-Gazer, April 1982

box 1, folder 45

BANC MSS 99/247c I Met a Man Who Tried to Sell Me; Ives's Second Symphony; I Think That I Shall Never Write; Prufrock Visits Yankee Stadium; Intelligence; Funeral Wishes, May 1982

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c I Met a Man Who Tried to Sell Me; Ives's Second Symphony; I Think That I Shall Never Write; Prufrock Visits Yankee Stadium; Intelligence; Funeral Wishes, May 1982

box 1, folder 46

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for Avril, June 1982

box 1, folder 47

BANC MSS 99/247c What can you do with a pain in the gut

[and other poems], September 1982

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c What can you do with a pain in the gut

[and other poems], September 1982

box 1, folder 48

BANC MSS 99/247c In December, the Fan Looks Forward to Spring, December 1982

box 1, folder 49

BANC MSS 99/247c Graduation Day, [1982]

box 1, folder 50

BANC MSS 99/247c Lennon, 1982

box 1, folder 51

BANC MSS 99/247c Writing Poetry, 1982

box 1, folder 52

BANC MSS 99/247c At Midnight [and] Campus Musicians, November 1983

box 1, folder 53

BANC MSS 99/247c Peter Sellers was the Wrong Actor, November 1983

box 1, folder 54

BANC MSS 99/247c Walled In, December 1983

box 1, folder 55

BANC MSS 99/247c Disappointment, 1983

box 1, folder 56

BANC MSS 99/247c Mrs. Stephens, 1983

box 1, folder 57

BANC MSS 99/247c A Song for the Child of Brenduchka and Avico, 1983

box 1, folder 58

BANC MSS 99/247c Karen, January 1984

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c Karen, January 1984

box 1, folder 59

BANC MSS 99/247c What Plato Thought, February 1984

box 1, folder 60

BANC MSS 99/247c Zeno's Paradox Denied, February 1984

box 1, folder 61

BANC MSS 99/247c Carla, March 1984

box 1, folder 62

BANC MSS 99/247c Nina, March 1984

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c Nina, March 1984

box 1, folder 63

BANC MSS 99/247c Photo Album, April 1984

box 1, folder 64

BANC MSS 99/247c Surfaces, April 1984

box 1, folder 65

BANC MSS 99/247c This must be '47, there she is!, April 1984

box 1, folder 66

BANC MSS 99/247c Auf Lederhosen, May 1984

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c Auf Lederhosen, May 1984

box 1, folder 67

BANC MSS 99/247c The Archer on the Avenue, June 1984

box 1, folder 68

BANC MSS 99/247c Limerick #1, June 1984

box 1, folder 69

BANC MSS 99/247c The Attraction, November 1984, August 1985

box 1, folder 70

BANC MSS 99/247c The French Attendant's Question, November 1984

box 1, folder 71

BANC MSS 99/247c The Guys in My Hospital Room, November 1984

box 1, folder 72

BANC MSS 99/247c A Panda's Universe, November 1984

box 1, folder 73

BANC MSS 99/247c Randomness, December 1984

box 1, folder 74

BANC MSS 99/247c The Accidental Death of Joan Burroughs, 1984

box 1, folder 75

BANC MSS 99/247c The Ecstasy of Seeing Crowds, 1984

box 1, folder 76

BANC MSS 99/247c Saint Patrick's Day, 1984

box 1, folder 77

BANC MSS 99/247c Child's Song, February 1985, April 1985, June 1985

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c Child's Song, February 1985, April 1985, June 1985

box 1, folder 78

BANC MSS 99/247c What's This Noise Inside My Head?, May 1985

box 1, folder 79

BANC MSS 99/247c Shreds and Threads, June 1985

box 1, folder 80

BANC MSS 99/247c Sidewalk Cafe at Night, August 1985

box 1, folder 81

BANC MSS 99/247c Being Lifted, November 1985

box 1, folder 82

BANC MSS 99/247c Haiku, Group One, November 1985

box 1, folder 83

BANC MSS 99/247c Limericks #2-#6, November, 1985

box 1, folder 84

BANC MSS 99/247c Night Strike, November 1985

box 1, folder 85

BANC MSS 99/247c The Days, December 1985

box 1, folder 86

BANC MSS 99/247c A Free Hand, February-April 1986

box 1, folder 87

BANC MSS 99/247c Reactions, February 1986

box 1, folder 88

BANC MSS 99/247c The Enemy, March 1986

box 1, folder 89

BANC MSS 99/247c The Child of Debby and Brian, April 1986

box 1, folder 90

BANC MSS 99/247c Haiku, Group Two, April 1986

box 1, folder 91

BANC MSS 99/247c Questions of a Descendant, April 1986

box 1, folder 92

BANC MSS 99/247c Stalker, April 1986

box 1, folder 93

BANC MSS 99/247c Country of Origin, May 1986

box 1, folder 94

BANC MSS 99/247c Laboratory, June 1986

box 1, folder 95

BANC MSS 99/247c good morning america, July 1986

box 1, folder 96

BANC MSS 99/247c Healing, July 1986

box 1, folder 97

BANC MSS 99/247c In Bishop Berkeley's Town, July 1986

box 1, folder 98

BANC MSS 99/247c Serial Killer, July 1986

box 1, folder 99

BANC MSS 99/247c Unexpected Visitors, July 1986

box 1, folder 100

BANC MSS 99/247c The End of Summer, October 1986

box 1, folder 101

BANC MSS 99/247c The Mail, November 1986

box 1, folder 102

BANC MSS 99/247c November Twenty-third, November 1986

box 1, folder 103

BANC MSS 99/247c Watching Television, November 1986

box 1, folder 104

BANC MSS 99/247c WELL Renga #1, December 1986

box 1, folder 105

BANC MSS 99/247c WELL Renga #2, [December 1986?]

box 2, folder 1

BANC MSS 99/247c Heisenberg's Dream, January 1987

box 2, folder 2

BANC MSS 99/247c My Last Jan Poem, January 1987

box 2, folder 3

BANC MSS 99/247c The Orange County Tales, January 1987

box 2, folder 4

BANC MSS 99/247c Por Enio y Becky, January 1987

box 2, folder 5

BANC MSS 99/247c Sunlight, February 1987

box 2, folder 6

BANC MSS 99/247c An Amputated Childhood, April 1987

box 2, folder 7

BANC MSS 99/247c Boston and Vicinities, April 1987

box 2, folder 8

BANC MSS 99/247c Words Frequently Seen in Poems, April 1987

box 2, folder 9

BANC MSS 99/247c The Disappearance, July 1987

box 2, folder 10

BANC MSS 99/247c Love Poem for No One in Particular, July 1987

box 2, folder 11

BANC MSS 99/247c The Three Stooges Meet Ronald Reagan and Learn Arabic, July 1987

box 2, folder 12

BANC MSS 99/247c Wall Street Week, October 1987

box 2, folder 13

BANC MSS 99/247c Cockroaches, December 1987, February 1988

box 2, folder 14

BANC MSS 99/247c Death of Kong, December 1987

box 2, folder 15

BANC MSS 99/247c Magic Number, December 1987

box 2, folder 16

BANC MSS 99/247c In Saint Catherine's Home for the Hopelessly Crippled, 1987

box 2, folder 17

BANC MSS 99/247c Bulletins, February 1988

box 2, folder 18

BANC MSS 99/247c Two Cats, February 1988

box 2, folder 19

BANC MSS 99/247c Amnesia, March 1988

box 2, folder 20

BANC MSS 99/247c The Man in the Iron Lung, March 1988

box 2, folder 21

BANC MSS 99/247c America is Back, Standing Tall, April 1988

box 2, folder 22

BANC MSS 99/247c Bete-noires [sic], April 1988

box 2, folder 23

BANC MSS 99/247c Colors of the Day, April 1988

box 2, folder 24

BANC MSS 99/247c Dos Equis, April 1988

box 2, folder 25

BANC MSS 99/247c The Gospel According to a Confused Passerby, June 1988

box 2, folder 26

BANC MSS 99/247c The Great War, June 1988

box 2, folder 27

BANC MSS 99/247c Betrayed, July 1988

box 2, folder 28

BANC MSS 99/247c Gratitude, July 1988

box 2, folder 29

BANC MSS 99/247c Picnic, July 1988

box 2, folder 30

BANC MSS 99/247c A Time for Cursing, July 1988

box 2, folder 31

BANC MSS 99/247c Breathing, September 1988

box 2, folder 32

BANC MSS 99/247c Cronkite, September 1988

box 2, folder 33

BANC MSS 99/247c SF to Crack Down on People, September 1988

box 2, folder 34

BANC MSS 99/247c The Supreme Soviet Views "Coming Home", September 1988

box 2, folder 35

BANC MSS 99/247c The Emergency, December 1988

box 2, folder 36

BANC MSS 99/247c Rules, December 1988

box 2, folder 37

BANC MSS 99/247c Computer Poem, January 1989

box 2, folder 38

BANC MSS 99/247c Wally Shows the Beaver How To Jerk Off, January 1989

box 2, folder 39

BANC MSS 99/247c The Oliver North Story, Starring Charlie Sheen, February 1989

box 2, folder 40

BANC MSS 99/247c The Bunny on the Warner Brothers Shield, April 1989

box 2, folder 41

BANC MSS 99/247c Nixon: A Zombie Romance, June 1989

box 2, folder 42

BANC MSS 99/247c Murder Will In, September 1989

box 2, folder 43

BANC MSS 99/247c They Take Paradise, November 1989

box 2, folder 44

BANC MSS 99/247c Streetperson, December 1989

box 2, folder 45

BANC MSS 99/247c The Morning Routine, January 1990

box 2, folder 46

BANC MSS 99/247c rant 1/14/90, January 1990

box 2, folder 47

BANC MSS 99/247c rant 3/16/90, March 1990

box 2, folder 48

BANC MSS 99/247c fragment #1, April 1990

box 2, folder 49

BANC MSS 99/247c fragment #2, April 1990

box 2, folder 50

BANC MSS 99/247c fragment #3, April 1990

box 2, folder 51

BANC MSS 99/247c fragment #4, April 1990

box 2, folder 52

BANC MSS 99/247c Grey, September 1990

box 2, folder 53

BANC MSS 99/247c Patmos, October 1990

box 2, folder 54

BANC MSS 99/247c Accounting 101, 1990

box 2, folder 55

BANC MSS 99/247c Kilgore Trout's Long Planned Revenge [and excerpts], 1990

box 2, folder 56

BANC MSS 99/247c rant 1.9.91, January 1991

box 2, folder 57

BANC MSS 99/247c Shattuck Avenue in Time of War, January 1991

box 2, folder 58

BANC MSS 99/247c Eschatology Rap, March 1991

box 2, folder 59

BANC MSS 99/247c Lifestyles of the Blind and Paralyzed, April 1991

box 2, folder 60

BANC MSS 99/247c Tongue, June 1991

box 2, folder 61

BANC MSS 99/247c Travels with Jo, June 1991

box 2, folder 62

BANC MSS 99/247c Victory Chant, September [1991?]

box 2, folder 63

BANC MSS 99/247c Communism in the Rain, October 1991

box 2, folder 64

BANC MSS 99/247c Snake, October 1991

box 2, folder 65

BANC MSS 99/247c Beautiful Women, December 1991

box 2, folder 66

BANC MSS 99/247c Mister Death, December 1991

box 2, folder 67

BANC MSS 99/247c Division, 1991

box 2, folder 68

BANC MSS 99/247c letter to a social worker, 1991

box 2, folder 69

BANC MSS 99/247c American Ruins, January 1992

box 2, folder 70

BANC MSS 99/247c Listening to KPFA on a Sunday Morning, January 1992

box 2, folder 71

BANC MSS 99/247c Stir, February 1992

box 2, folder 72

BANC MSS 99/247c Talents, February 1992

box 2, folder 73

BANC MSS 99/247c Variations on I Wish I Could Kill Myself, February 1992

box 2, folder 74

BANC MSS 99/247c The Good Years, March 1992

box 2, folder 75

BANC MSS 99/247c This is the Poem You Are Now Reading, March 1992

box 2, folder 76

BANC MSS 99/247c Walkers, March 1992

box 2, folder 77

BANC MSS 99/247c Didja Hear About . . .?, April 1992

box 2, folder 78

BANC MSS 99/247c My Mouthstick, April 1992

box 2, folder 79

BANC MSS 99/247c Victim, April 1992

box 2, folder 80

BANC MSS 99/247c The Package, May 1992

box 2, folder 81

BANC MSS 99/247c The Day After I Go Out, June 1992

box 2, folder 82

BANC MSS 99/247c Hood, July 1992

box 2, folder 83

BANC MSS 99/247c Becoming Her, December 1992

box 2, folder 84

BANC MSS 99/247c A Dream of Lesbians, December 1992

box 2, folder 85

BANC MSS 99/247c Femininity, December 1992

box 2, folder 86

BANC MSS 99/247c February Blues, February 1993

box 2, folder 87

BANC MSS 99/247c Journey, February 1993

box 2, folder 88

BANC MSS 99/247c Linda, 1983, February 1993

box 2, folder 89

BANC MSS 99/247c Sonnet #1, March 1993

box 2, folder 90

BANC MSS 99/247c Sonnet #2, March 1993

box 2, folder 91

BANC MSS 99/247c Whistling, April 1993

box 2, folder 92

BANC MSS 99/247c Leavetaking, July 1993

box 2, folder 93

BANC MSS 99/247c Marlene, July 1993

box 2, folder 94

BANC MSS 99/247c Martha's Promise, August 1993

box 2, folder 95

BANC MSS 99/247c Waltz, September 1993

box 2, folder 96

BANC MSS 99/247c I Love Ricky: A Television Revision, November 1993

box 2, folder 97

BANC MSS 99/247c Information, November 1993

box 2, folder 98

BANC MSS 99/247c The Commercials are Frightening, December 1993

box 3, folder 1

BANC MSS 99/247c Mickey, January 1994

box 2, folder 2

BANC MSS 99/247c On My Pillow, February 1994

box 2, folder 3

BANC MSS 99/247c Visions of the Nation-State in Decline, February 1994

box 2, folder 4

BANC MSS 99/247c Can Poetry Matter?, March 1994

box 2, folder 5

BANC MSS 99/247c Mary Lea, 1979, March 1994

box 2, folder 6

BANC MSS 99/247c Jingle, June 1994

box 2, folder 7

BANC MSS 99/247c The Lovers, July 1994, July 1997

box 2, folder 8

BANC MSS 99/247c August, October 1994

box 2, folder 9

BANC MSS 99/247c Kennedy, October 1994

box 2, folder 10

BANC MSS 99/247c Questions I Feared the Journalist Would Ask, October 1994

box 2, folder 11

BANC MSS 99/247c Election Night, 1984 . . ., November 1994

box 2, folder 12

BANC MSS 99/247c Judy, 1977, November 1994

box 2, folder 13

BANC MSS 99/247c Map, November 1994

box 2, folder 14

BANC MSS 99/247c Unreconstructed, November 1994

box 2, folder 15

BANC MSS 99/247c My Other Life, January 1995

box 2, folder 16

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for Alicia, February 1995

box 2, folder 17

BANC MSS 99/247c Who Rules America?, March 1995

box 2, folder 18

BANC MSS 99/247c Crossing the Wall, May 1995

box 2, folder 19

BANC MSS 99/247c Iron Lung Blues, May 1995

box 2, folder 20

BANC MSS 99/247c The Laughter of Death, May 1995

box 2, folder 21

BANC MSS 99/247c The Punishment Lady, May 1995

box 2, folder 22

BANC MSS 99/247c Running, May 1995

box 2, folder 23

BANC MSS 99/247c Three Reasons to Live, May 1995

box 2, folder 24

BANC MSS 99/247c Creations, July 1995

box 2, folder 25

BANC MSS 99/247c Object of Desire, July 1995

box 2, folder 26

BANC MSS 99/247c A Portrait of the Lady, July 1995

box 2, folder 27

BANC MSS 99/247c Why I Love Classical Music, July 1995

box 2, folder 28

BANC MSS 99/247c No, We Weren't Lovers, August 1995

box 2, folder 29

BANC MSS 99/247c One Nation, August 1995

box 2, folder 30

BANC MSS 99/247c How I Survived Childhood, October 1995

box 2, folder 31

BANC MSS 99/247c A Birthday Poem for a Midsummer Night's Dream Queen, 1995

box 2, folder 32

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of the Feast Day of Saint Valentine, 1995

box 2, folder 33

BANC MSS 99/247c Rough Winds Do Shake the Darling Buds of May: A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of May, 1995

box 2, folder 34

BANC MSS 99/247c Free Man Liberates Paris, July 1996

box 2, folder 35

BANC MSS 99/247c When You Enter, September 1996

box 2, folder 36

BANC MSS 99/247c The Dirty Little Secret of Western Civ, November 1996

box 2, folder 37

BANC MSS 99/247c Journal Entry, November 1996

box 2, folder 38

BANC MSS 99/247c Wesley, November 1996

box 2, folder 39

BANC MSS 99/247c Humble Ambitions, December 1996

box 2, folder 40

BANC MSS 99/247c Steve and Harry Do the Game, December 1996

box 2, folder 41

BANC MSS 99/247c Success, December 1996

box 2, folder 42

BANC MSS 99/247c How to Operate Your Futon Frame, [1996]

box 2, folder 43

BANC MSS 99/247c A Valentine for Susan, February 1997

box 2, folder 44

BANC MSS 99/247c Dreamother, March 1997

box 2, folder 45

BANC MSS 99/247c Single Helix and WimWam Go to the Movies, May 1997

box 2, folder 46

BANC MSS 99/247c Strike Out, May 1997

box 2, folder 47

BANC MSS 99/247c If, June 1997

box 2, folder 48

BANC MSS 99/247c The News, June 1997

box 2, folder 49

BANC MSS 99/247c Red Sox, June 1997

box 2, folder 50

BANC MSS 99/247c Two Sisters, June 1997

box 2, folder 51

BANC MSS 99/247c Why is It?, June 1997

box 2, folder 52

BANC MSS 99/247c Buffaloes, September 1997

box 2, folder 53

BANC MSS 99/247c The Hero's Journey, September 1997

box 2, folder 54

BANC MSS 99/247c Earth, October 1997

box 2, folder 55

BANC MSS 99/247c Kira's Song, October 1997

box 2, folder 56

BANC MSS 99/247c Rob's Song, November 1997

box 2, folder 57

BANC MSS 99/247c WimWam and Single Helix Talk Dirty, November 1997

box 2, folder 58

BANC MSS 99/247c Moon, December 1997

box 2, folder 59

BANC MSS 99/247c When I Saw You on the Today Show, December 1997

box 2, folder 60

BANC MSS 99/247c Cats, February 1998

box 2, folder 61

BANC MSS 99/247c Lessons, March 1998

box 2, folder 62

BANC MSS 99/247c WimWam and Single Helix Discuss the Old Days, March 1998

box 2, folder 63

BANC MSS 99/247c Phonetic Frenetic Poetic, April 1998

box 2, folder 64

BANC MSS 99/247c Reruns, April 1998

box 2, folder 65

BANC MSS 99/247c Social Security Becomes User Friendly, April 1998

box 2, folder 66

BANC MSS 99/247c Suggestions for My Obituary, April 1998

box 2, folder 67

BANC MSS 99/247c When He's Out of the Tank, He's Out of His Mind, April 1998

box 2, folder 68

BANC MSS 99/247c Asian Wisdom, May 1998

box 2, folder 69

BANC MSS 99/247c Wheelchair, May 1998

box 2, folder 70

BANC MSS 99/247c For John Berryman, 1913-1971, June 1998

box 2, folder 71

BANC MSS 99/247c Remembering Her, June 1998

box 2, folder 72

BANC MSS 99/247c After Karen's Party, n.d.

box 2, folder 73

BANC MSS 99/247c Almost a Boy, n.d.

box 2, folder 74

BANC MSS 99/247c Beyond Words, n.d.

box 2, folder 75

BANC MSS 99/247c Bionic Man, n.d.

box 2, folder 76

BANC MSS 99/247c Boucher, n.d.

box 2, folder 77

BANC MSS 99/247c Campus at Night, n.d.

box 2, folder 78

BANC MSS 99/247c "Concerned Catholics", n.d.

box 2, folder 79

BANC MSS 99/247c The Drifter, n.d.

box 2, folder 80

BANC MSS 99/247c Hanging On By, n.d.

box 2, folder 81

BANC MSS 99/247c Hank Makes the Call, n.d.

box 2, folder 82

BANC MSS 99/247c Hero, n.d.

box 2, folder 83

BANC MSS 99/247c If Berkeley is a City by the Bay, n.d.

Oversize folder 1B

BANC MSS 99/247c If Berkeley is a City by the Bay, n.d.

box 3, folder 84

BANC MSS 99/247c on telegraph, n.d.

box 2, folder 85

BANC MSS 99/247c Passive Voice, n.d.

box 2, folder 86

BANC MSS 99/247c Pegasus, n.d.

box 2, folder 87

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of April Fool's Day, n.d.

box 2, folder 88

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of the First Anniversary of Her Manifestation to Picasso Man, n.d.

box 2, folder 89

BANC MSS 99/247c A Poem for the Dream Queen Written Upon the Occasion of March, n.d.

box 2, folder 90

BANC MSS 99/247c Rachel's Patient, n.d.

box 2, folder 91

BANC MSS 99/247c The Rockefeller Loop, n.d.

box 2, folder 92

BANC MSS 99/247c Scene of the Accident, n.d.

box 2, folder 93

BANC MSS 99/247c Sir:, n.d.

box 2, folder 94

BANC MSS 99/247c Sonnet #3, n.d.

box 2, folder 95

BANC MSS 99/247c Sonnet #4, n.d.

box 2, folder 96

BANC MSS 99/247c A Test of Nerve, n.d.

box 2, folder 97

BANC MSS 99/247c Trio, n.d.

 

Chapbooks, 1997-1998

box 3, folder 98

BANC MSS 99/247c love & baseball: poems on America's favorite pastimes by Mark O'Brien and Susan Fernbach, 1997

box 3, folder 99

BANC MSS 99/247c The Man in the Iron Lung: Poems by Mark O'Brien , 1997

box 3, folder 100

BANC MSS 99/247c Breathing: Poems by Mark O'Brien [second edition], 1998

Boxes 4-5

Series 2: Prose, 1979-1999, n.d.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically, undated works filed at the end of each year or sub-series. If no title was given as part of the original work, the first line of the work is supplied as the title.

Scope and Content Note

Divided into six sub-series: Books, Articles, Short Stories, Speeches, Reviews, and Miscellaneous. Consists of draft typescripts and photocopies of published works. Books includes a novel and autobiographies; Articles includes interviews and essays; Short Stories are works of fiction; Reviews include evaluations of books, magazines, videos, and products; and, Miscellaneous includes satires and a radio play.
 

Books, 1979-1997, n.d.

box 4, folder 1

BANC MSS 99/247c A Free Man In Paris, [ca. 1979]

box 4, folder 2-18

BANC MSS 99/247c How I Became a Human Being, 1997

box 4, folder 2-18

BANC MSS 99/247c How I Became a Human Being, 1994-1997

 

Articles, 1982-1999, n.d.

box 4, folder 20

BANC MSS 99/247c How I Became a Human Being, 1982

box 4, folder 21

BANC MSS 99/247c Visiting Parents, 1986

box 4, folder 22

BANC MSS 99/247c The Unification of Stephen Hawking, 1988, [1995]

box 4, folder 23

BANC MSS 99/247c The Stalking of Stephen Hawking, 1989

box 4, folder 24

BANC MSS 99/247c Is the Body Obsolete?, 1989

box 4, folder 25

BANC MSS 99/247c On Seeing a Sex Surrogate, [1990]

box 4, folder 26

BANC MSS 99/247c Disability and Poetry, [1991]

box 4, folder 27

BANC MSS 99/247c Der Wunsch nach Liebe , May 1992

box 4, folder 28

BANC MSS 99/247c Lipstick, September 1992

box 4, folder 29

BANC MSS 99/247c IHSS [In Home Support Services], [1992]

box 4, folder 30

BANC MSS 99/247c Lost Causes, [1992]

box 4, folder 31

BANC MSS 99/247c A Perfect Moment, March 1993

box 4, folder 32

BANC MSS 99/247c Conflict, [1993]

box 4, folder 33

BANC MSS 99/247c Kindness, [1993]

box 4, folder 34

BANC MSS 99/247c Sexual Healing, May/June 1994

box 4, folder 35

BANC MSS 99/247c Access to Poetry, 1994

box 4, folder 36

BANC MSS 99/247c At War With Nursing Home Industry, 1994

box 4, folder 37

BANC MSS 99/247c [Baseball], 1994

box 4, folder 38

BANC MSS 99/247c Bet Shakespeare would've read them, though, 1994

box 4, folder 39

BANC MSS 99/247c Death, [1994]

box 4, folder 40

BANC MSS 99/247c March of Dimes, [1994]

box 4, folder 41

BANC MSS 99/247c Identity, September 1995

box 4, folder 42

BANC MSS 99/247c Graduation, November 1995

box 4, folder 43

BANC MSS 99/247c Are We Freaks? Or What?, [1995]

box 4, folder 44

BANC MSS 99/247c [Cuts2], [1995]

box 4, folder 45

BANC MSS 99/247c [Euth], [1995]

box 4, folder 46

BANC MSS 99/247c Use, [1995]

box 5, folder 1

BANC MSS 99/247c [Dramabug], May 1996

box 5, folder 2

BANC MSS 99/247c A High Quad Defends the Quality of Life, October 1996

box 5, folder 3

BANC MSS 99/247c The Miracle of Eucharist, October 1996

box 5, folder 4

BANC MSS 99/247c [Shakes2], [1996]

box 5, folder 5

BANC MSS 99/247c [TVGOP], [1996]

box 5, folder 6

BANC MSS 99/247c Shaman, May 1997

box 5, folder 7

BANC MSS 99/247c Names, [1997]

box 5, folder 8

BANC MSS 99/247c Oscar, [1997]

box 5, folder 9

BANC MSS 99/247c In 1978, when I began attending . . ., July 1998

box 5, folder 10

BANC MSS 99/247c Surviving on Life Support with No Spare Parts, December 1998

box 5, folder 11

BANC MSS 99/247c Chair, [1998]

box 5, folder 12

BANC MSS 99/247c Doctors, [1998]

box 5, folder 13

BANC MSS 99/247c Holy Spirit Newsletter, [1998]

box 5, folder 14

BANC MSS 99/247c In the Name of Compassion, February 1999

box 5, folder 15

BANC MSS 99/247c The Alienation of Play, n.d.

box 5, folder 16

BANC MSS 99/247c Disabled activists have attracted much attention . . ., n.d.

box 5, folder 17

BANC MSS 99/247c Disabled, the Beaver, a Machine -- and Determiniation -- Help Make a Writer, n.d.

box 5, folder 18

BANC MSS 99/247c I awake every morning in an iron lung, n.d.

 

Short Stories, 1987-1998, n.d.

box 5, folder 19

BANC MSS 99/247c Slipping Away, March 1987

box 5, folder 20

BANC MSS 99/247c Unemployed, 1987

box 5, folder 21

BANC MSS 99/247c The Eclair, 1988

box 5, folder 22

BANC MSS 99/247c It Doesn't Get Sticky, But It Sure Gets Sweaty, October 1993

box 5, folder 23

BANC MSS 99/247c A Student of History, [1994]

box 5, folder 24

BANC MSS 99/247c Foreigners, 1997

box 5, folder 25

BANC MSS 99/247c Helping the Handicapped, [1997]

box 5, folder 26

BANC MSS 99/247c Disconnect, [1998]

box 5, folder 27

BANC MSS 99/247c The First Joke, [1998]

box 5, folder 28

BANC MSS 99/247c Thanks, [1998]

box 5, folder 29

BANC MSS 99/247c When Pigs Have Wings, 1998

box 5, folder 30

BANC MSS 99/247c [Kennedy], n.d.

box 5, folder 31

BANC MSS 99/247c The Long Trip, n.d.

box 5, folder 32

BANC MSS 99/247c The M Room, n.d.

box 5, folder 33

BANC MSS 99/247c The Seed, n.d.

 

Speeches, 1994-1997

box 5, folder 34

BANC MSS 99/247c A Talent For Love [eulogy for Helen Agnes Kelly O'Brien], 1994

box 5, folder 35

BANC MSS 99/247c Commencement speech, U.C. Berkeley, Department of English, 1997

box 5, folder 36

BANC MSS 99/247c Speech given at Littler Mendelson [brother Kenneth O'Brien's law firm], [1997]

 

Reviews, 1982-1996, n.d.

box 5, folder 37

BANC MSS 99/247c Aids to Make You Able by Wendy M. Davis, 1982

box 5, folder 38

BANC MSS 99/247c Design for Independent Living by Raymond Lifchez and Barbara Winslow, 1982

box 5, folder 39

BANC MSS 99/247c The Cripple Liberation Front Marching Band Blues by Lorenzo Wilson Milam, 1984

box 5, folder 40

BANC MSS 99/247c Enabling Computers, 1984

box 5, folder 41

BANC MSS 99/247c Kaleidoscope edited by Carson w. Heiner, Jr., May 1985

box 5, folder 42

BANC MSS 99/247c Disabled We Stand by Allan T. Sutherland, 1985

box 5, folder 43

BANC MSS 99/247c Living Up The Street by Gary Soto, [1985?]

box 5, folder 44

BANC MSS 99/247c We're All Doing Time by Bo Lozoff, January 1986

box 5, folder 45

BANC MSS 99/247c The God Chaser by Pat Ellis Taylor, [1986?]

box 5, folder 46

BANC MSS 99/247c Rethinking Architecture by Raymond Lifchez, 1987

box 5, folder 47

BANC MSS 99/247c Proxopera: A Tale of Modern Ireland by Benedict Kiely, [1988?]

box 5, folder 48

BANC MSS 99/247c Thomas Merton on Mysticism by Raymond Bailey, 1988

box 5, folder 49

BANC MSS 99/247c And Other Voyages by Robin Magowan, [1992]

box 5, folder 50

BANC MSS 99/247c The Blob That Ate Oaxaca and Other Travel Tales by Carlos Amantea, [1992]

box 5, folder 51

BANC MSS 99/247c Fabled Cities of Central Asia by Vadim Gippenrieter and Robin Magowan, [1992]

box 5, folder 52

BANC MSS 99/247c Harlot's Ghost by Norman Mailer, [1992]

box 5, folder 53

BANC MSS 99/247c Here: A Poetry Performance by Cheryl Marie Wade video written, directed and produced by Cheryl Marie Wade, 1992

box 5, folder 54

BANC MSS 99/247c CripZen: A Manual for Survival by Lorenzo Wilson Milam, 1993

box 5, folder 55

BANC MSS 99/247c Differences In Common: Straight Talk on Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome and Life by Marilyn Trainer, [1993]

box 5, folder 56

BANC MSS 99/247c A Different Person by James Merrill, [1993]

box 5, folder 57

BANC MSS 99/247c MOUTH edited by Lucy Gwen, [1993]

box 5, folder 58

BANC MSS 99/247c The Book of Job translated by Stephen Mitchell, [1994]

box 5, folder 59

BANC MSS 99/247c Various reviews for Monthly Whole Earth Catalog , [1994]

box 5, folder 60

BANC MSS 99/247c The Eclipse of Man and Nature: An Enquiry into the Origins and Consequences of Modern Science by Philip Sherrard, [1996]

box 5, folder 61

BANC MSS 99/247c A Handbook for the Disabled by Suzanne Lunt [and other reviews], n.d.

box 5, folder 62

BANC MSS 99/247c A Leg To Stand On by Oliver Sacks, M.D., n.d.

 

Miscellaneous, 1989-1997, n.d.

box 5, folder 63

BANC MSS 99/247c Collaboration (email exchange between O'Brien and Neil Marcus), 1989

box 5, folder 64

BANC MSS 99/247c Poetry Primer, [1990?]

box 5, folder 65

BANC MSS 99/247c [Mailer], [1991]

box 5, folder 66

BANC MSS 99/247c Guide to Operations Personal Computer, [1992]

box 5, folder 67

BANC MSS 99/247c Tragic Butt Brave, October 1994

box 5, folder 68

BANC MSS 99/247c [Star Trek], [1994]

box 5, folder 69

BANC MSS 99/247c The Joy of Fox: A Play for Radio, [1997]

Box 6

Series 3: Personalia, 1968-1998

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of undergraduate and graduate academic course work, biographical sketches by others, awards, reviews of O'Brien's poetry, obituaries, and eulogies.
box 6, folder 1

Diploma of Graduation, Grant Adult School, 1968

box 6, folder 2

California State University, Hayward registration form, 1977

 

Undergraduate course work

box 6, folder 3-5

BANC MSS 99/247c English, 1977-1981, n.d.

box 6, folder 6

BANC MSS 99/247c History, 1977, n.d.

box 6, folder 7

BANC MSS 99/247c Philosophy, 1978

box 6, folder 8

BANC MSS 99/247c Social Policy, 1979

box 6, folder 9

BANC MSS 99/247c Rhetoric, 1980, n.d.

box 6, folder 10

BANC MSS 99/247c Miscellany, 1979, n.d.

box 6, folder 11

Commencement program, Dept. of English, U.C. Berkeley, 1982

box 6, folder 12-14

Graduate course work, School of Journalism, U.C. Berkeley, 1982-1983

box 6, folder 15

Biographical sketches, 1982-1997, n.d.

box 6, folder 16

Awards, 1987

box 6, folder 17

Reviews of Breathing , 1990

box 6, folder 18

Hearing and appeal regarding payments from In Home Support Services program, 1994

box 6, folder 19

World Wide Web page, 1998

box 6, folder 20

Obituaries, 1999

box 6, folder 21

Memorial service, 1999

box 6, folder 22

Eulogy by Ken O'Brien, 1999

box 6, folder 23

Eulogy by Jessica Yu, 1999