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Guide to the Allen Ginsberg Papers
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Description
Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts by Ginsberg and other Beat Generation authors, business records, notebooks and journals, clipping files, books, periodicals, audiotapes, videotapes, photographs, posters, and a CD-rom. Accessions received in 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002 totaling some 140 linear feet have not yet been processed.
Background
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to Louis and Naomi (Levy) Ginsberg. Louis Ginsberg, who died in 1976, was a high school English teacher and poet who was politically a socialist but socially conservative; Louis often disagreed with his son's writings. Naomi Ginsberg, a Russian-born Jew and a dedicated Marxist, died in a mental institution in 1956. Ginsberg documented his mother's illness and its impact on his life in "Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg (1894-1956)", better known simply as "Kaddish".
Extent
ca. 1,000 linear ft.
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Availability
Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.