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Series I: Correspondence, 1960s-1980s

This series contains correspondence related to Miles’ work as a publisher of the little magazines Longhair and The International Times, and as owner and manager of London’s Better Books and Indica Books. Most of the correspondents are writers and artists from the counterculture scene in the US and Britain.

The majority of the correspondents are represented by only one or two letters, primarily addressing business and promotional concerns. These are arranged alphabetically within “General Correspondence.” Because some of the correspondents are people of note, this finding aid includes a list of correspondents found within the “General Correspondents” folders.

Correspondents with a large volume of material have been filed individually, the largest of these being the correspondence of William S Burroughs, which is also available on microfilm in the Columbia University library catalogue.

Original flyers and catalogues for various little magazines, book publications, poetry readings, and musical events have also been placed within this series.

All materials have been organized alphabetically by correspondent.

General, 1960s-1980s (8 Folders)

Box 1
Folder 1 to 8
General--List of Correspondents,
2010
Box 1
Folder 9
Berrigan, Ted,
1966
Box 1
Folder 10
Brautigan, Richard, 1968-1969
Box 1
Folder 11
Burroughs, William S., 1967-1983 (2 Folders)
Box 1
Folder 12 to 13

(Microfilm available.)

Burroughs Book Project, 1966-1974

Box 2
Folder 1
Di Prima, Diane, 1966-1969
Box 2
Folder 2
Horovitz, Michael, 1969-1981
Box 2
Folder 3
McGilvery, Laurence, 1971-1974
Box 2
Folder 4
Malanga, Gerard, 1965-1984
Box 2
Folder 5
Maynard, Joe, 1973--1978
Box 2
Folder 6
Mikriammos, Philippe, 1974-1979
Box 2
Folder 7
Olson, Charles, 1968-1969
Box 2
Folder 8
Pivano, Fernanda, 1968-1975
Box 2
Folder 9
Sanders, Ed, 1965-1974
Box 2
Folder 10
Catalogues and Flyers, 1965-1977
Box 2
Folder 11

Series II: Manuscripts, 1959-1979

This series holds the manuscripts of writers associated with Miles and his various magazines ( Long Hair and Trees ), as well as his publishing, promotional, recording (at Zapple Records), and bookselling ventures. There are no manuscripts by Miles himself in this series, however, there are a considerable number of original manuscripts by William S Burroughs here.

All manuscripts have been arranged alphabetically.

General, 1959-1979 (2 Folders)

Box 3
Folder 1 to 2
Burroughs, William S., 1965-1976
Intro to Miles Biography,
1976
Box 3
Folder 3
“MOB”,
1969
Box 3
Folder 4
“St. Louis Return”,
1965
Box 3
Folder 5
“Who Is the Written Third Walks Beside You”,
1964
Box 3
Folder 6
DiPrima, Diane--“Ode to Keats” and “Revolutionary Letters”,
1968
Box 3
Folder 7
Horovitz, Michael,
1965
Box 3
Folder 8
Malanga, Gerard, 1964-1965
Clockwork,
1965
Box 3
Folder 9
General, 1964-1965
Box 3
Folder 10
Shepp, Archie--“SCAG,”
1965
Box 3
Folder 11
Warhol, Andy,
Undated
Box 3
Folder 12

Series III: Allen Ginsberg, 1960s-1990s

Correspondence, as well as manuscripts and typescript drafts of poems by Allen Ginsberg, are included in this series. There can also be found a handwritten itinerary of one of Ginsberg’s reading tours, and Ginsberg’s rendition of his family tree that includes a sketch by Beat poet Gregory Corso. These materials have been organized alphabetically.

Correspondence 1960s-1980s (3 Folders)

Box 5
Folder 1 to 3
Correspondence, 1970s-1990s (4 Folders)
Box 5
Folder 4 to 7

(1992 Addition)

Manuscripts, 1973-1982
“Airplane Blues,”
1982
Box 5
Folder 8
“Capitol Air,”
1981
Box 5
Folder 9
“Conversation Sanders,”
1980
Box 5
Folder 10

(1992 Addition)

“Do the Meditation; Rock Rag,”
1982
Box 5
Folder 11
“Dope Fiend Blues,”
1974
Box 5
Folder 12
Family Tree, with Gregory Corso pencil drawing,
1986
Box 5
Folder 13

(1992 Addition)

“Gospel Noble Truths,”
1975
Box 5
Folder 14
Itinerary,
1990
Box 5
Folder 15

(1992 Addition)

“Psalm on My Illness,”
1973
Box 5
Folder 16

Series IV: Ginsberg: A Biography Materials, 1943-2000

This series consists of materials related to Barry Miles’ biography of Allen Ginsberg. First, it includes ten distinct manuscript drafts of the biography itself, up to and including galleys and typeset drafts. Many of these drafts include handwritten notes and corrections. The sixth draft has extensive corrections by Ginsberg. There is also a draft of the revised edition of the biography. Additionally, a published copy of the first edition, signed and annotated throughout by Ginsberg, can be found.

The research materials are quite extensive, including typed chronologies of Ginsberg’s life, and itineraries of his various travels, as well as transcribed interviews with family and friends.

Audio recordings of interviews are also in this series, part of a 10-box collection of cassette tapes containing duplicates of tapes from Ginsberg’s personal collection. The cassette tapes are ordered according to Ginsberg’s own organizational schema when possible. Other audio material, such as Miles’ interviews with Ginsberg friends and family, are arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

There is also Miles’ detailed year-by-year chronological reconstruction of Ginsberg’s life, from 1943 to Ginsberg’s death in 1997. These files contain contemporary newspaper clippings; selected Ginsberg journal entries; letters regarding relevant details of Ginsberg’s life; writings by Ginsberg and others from the year specified; and studies of Ginsberg and the Beats relevant to that year. Within the folder ‘Year 1949’ can be found photocopies of Ginsberg’s early manuscript “The Fall.”

Nearly all of this material is photocopied. The duplicated material is dated, in the container list, by when the originals were produced; the photocopies themselves date from the 1980s, the period when Miles was writing the biography.

This series also contains extensive correspondence, some related to the publication of the biography, but mostly a collection of Ginsberg’s personal correspondence from the 1940s to the 1990s. As with the chronological material discussed above, this correspondence is almost exclusively photocopied Also found within this series are duplicates of Ginsberg’s journals from 1953 to 1980. Finally, this series contains a small collection of Ginsberg obituaries.

Archive Sale,
1994

Box 3
Folder 13
Audio Material--Cassette Tapes

Box 28-35
Allen Ginsberg's Collection, 1959-1988 (137 Tapes)
Box 28-35
Ball, Gordon - Whalen, Phillip--Tape 1, 1984-1986 (17 Tapes)

Box 36
Whalen, Phillip --Tape 2,
1986
(1 Tape)

Box 37
Recordings of Allen Ginsberg, 1967-1990 (11 Tapes)
Box 37
Background Material and Autobiographical Precis, circa 1986-1988

Box 3
Folder 13
Childhood Notes,
1970s
(2 Folders)

Box 4
Folder 1 to 2
Chronology, 1943-1997
General, 1970-1980s (6 Folders)
Box 4
Folder 3 to 8
Year-by-Year
1943-1999 (3 Folders)
Box 4
Folder 9 to 11
1943-1997
Box 4
Folder 12
1944-1999
Box 4
Folder 13
General Notes, 1953-1980s
Box 4
Folder 14
Carr, Lucien, 1944s-1999
Box 4
Folder 15
Allen Ginsberg Novel and Conversation Transcripts, 1944-1999
Box 4
Folder 16
Clippings,
1944

Box 6
Folder 1
1945-1999
(4 Folders)
Box 6
Folder 2 to 5
1949-1997
General,
1949
(2 Folders)
Box 6
Folder 6 to 7
“The Fall”--Notebooks,
1949
Box 6
Folder 8
1950-1997
(3 Folders)
Box 6
Folder 9 to 12
1953-2000 (9 Folders)

Box 7
Folder 1 to 9
1962-1999
(14 Folders)

Box 8
Folder 1 to 14
1976-1978 (3 Folders)

Box 9
Folder 1 to 3
1979
General,
1979
Box 9
Folder 4
Allen Ginsberg--European Itinerary,
1979
Box 9
Folder 5
1980-1993
(6 Folders)
Box 9
Folder 6 to 11
1986-1997
(11 Folders)

Box 10
Folder 1 to 11
Collected Poems Footnotes,
Undated
Box 10
Folder 12
Correspondence, 1943-1999
Biography-Related, 1976-1990
General,
1986
Box 10
Folder 13
Libraries, 1976-1987
Box 10
Folder 14
Simon & Schuster, 1988-1990
Box 10
Folder 15
Ginsberg, 1943-1999
Burroughs, William S., 1950-1999 (4 Folders)

Box 11
Folder 1 to 4
General
1943-1950
(3 Folders)
Box 11
Folder 5 to 7
1951-1960 (8 Folders)

Box 12
Folder 1 to 8
1961-1978 (12 Folders)

Box 13
Folder 1 to 12
1990-1996 (9 Folders)

Box 14
Folder 1 to 9
Miles, 1966-1979
Box 14
Folder 10
Drafts, 1980s-2000
First Draft
Chapters 1-4, circa
1980s
(4 Folders)
Box 14
Folder 11 to 14
Chapters 5-21, circa
1980s
(17 Folders)

Box 15
Folder 1 to 17
Chapters 22-25, circa
1980s
(4 Folders)

Box 16
Folder 1 to 4
Second Draft
Chapters 1-3, circa
1980s
(3 Folders)
Box 16
Folder 5 to 7
Third Draft
Chapters 1-8, circa
1980s
(8 Folders)
Box 16
Folder 8 to 15
Chapters 9-22, circa
1980s
(14 Folders)

Box 17
Folder 1 to 14
Chapters 23-29, circa
1980s
(7 Folders)

Box 18
Folder 1 to 7
Chapters 30-33, circa
1980s
(4 Folders)

Box 19
Folder 1 to 4
Fourth Draft
Chapters 1-2, circa
1980s
(2 Folders)
Box 19
Folder 5 to 6
Chapter 3, circa
1980s

Box 20
Folder 1
Fifth Draft
1988
(2 Folders)
Box 20
Folder 2 to 3
Sixth Draft
circa
1980s
(4 Folders)
Box 20
Folder 4 to 7
circa
1980s
(2 Folders)

Box 21
Folder 1 to 2
circa
1980s
(Oversize)

Flat Box 273
Final--Copyedited,
1988
(4 Folders)

Box 21
Folder 3 to 6
Galleys,
1989
Box 21
Folder 7
Galleys,
1989
(2 Folders)

Box 22
Folder 1 to 2
First Typeset Photocopy,
1989
(3 Folders)
Box 22
Folder 3 to 5
Afterword, circa
1980s
Box 22
Folder 6
Index, circa
1980s
Box 22
Folder 7
Published First Edition, signed by Ginsberg, with marginalia,
1989

Box 3
Folder 15
English Edition,
2000
(2 Folders)

Box 22
Folder 8 to 9
English Edition,
2000
(3 Folders)

Box 23
Folder 1 to 3
Family Notes, 1980s-1999
Naomi (Mother), 1987-1999
Box 23
Folder 4
Louis (Father), 1980s-1999
Box 23
Folder 5
Interviews--Transcribed,
1980s
Friends and Family, circa
1986
Box 23
Folder 6
Ginsberg, Allen, 1985-1986
Box 23
Folder 7
Interview Questions,
Undated
Box 23
Folder 8
Journals, 1953-1980

(Photocopied Material)

1953-1958 (4 Folders)
Box 23
Folder 9 to 12
1958-1964 (9 Folders)

Box 24
Folder 1 to 9
1965-1973 (8 Folders)

Box 25
Folder 1 to 8
1973-1985 (5 Folders)

Box 26
Folder 1 to 5
Kaddish

(Photocopied Material)

Origins, 1950s-1960s
Box 26
Folder 6
Filmscript,
Undated
Box 26
Folder 7
Playscript,
1972
Box 26
Folder 8
Obituaries, 1997-1999

Box 27
Folder 1
Recordings Listings and Liner Notes, 1971-1993
Box 27
Folder 2
Russia,
Undated
Box 27
Folder 3
Stanford University Notes,
1999
Box 27
Folder 4
Vollmer, Joan,
1951
Box 27
Folder 5
University of Texas Ginsberg Collection Notes,
Undated
Box 27
Folder 6

Series V: Annotated Howl, 1955-1986

In 1986, Miles edited an annotated, facsimile edition of Ginsberg’s Howl. In addition to a number of unpublished drafts, this series contains annotations, appendices, and other materials contained within the book. There are also photocopies of Ginsberg letters and correspondence between Miles and the book publishers.

Annotations,
1985
Box 27
Folder 7
Appendix 1: Ginsberg Correspondences, 1955-1958
Box 27
Folder 8
Appendices--Other,
Undated
Box 27
Folder 9
Book Correspondence, 1985-1986
Box 27
Folder 10
Front Matter,
Undated
Box 27
Folder 11
Unpublished Materials,
Undated
Box 27
Folder 12

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