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   Thomas Francis Parkinson Papers, 1950-1985.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas Francis Parkinson Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The Thomas Parkinson Papers contain correspondence between Parkinson and members of the San Francisco literary scene, such as beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen. The collection also includes manuscripts written by Parkinson and his friends and associates.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#0974
Bib ID:4078533 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Parkinson, Thomas Francis, 1920-
Title:Thomas Francis Parkinson Papers, 1950-1985.
Physical description:1 linear ft. (2 document boxes)
Language(s): Material is in English.
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into two series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and printed ephemera related to Thomas Parkinson and his involvement in the San Francisco Renaissance literary scene.

Series I: Correspondence, 1950-1985

The correspondence series is comprised of letters to and from Parkinson related to his involvement in the literary scene of the beat generation and the San Francisco Renaissance.

Series II: Manuscripts, 1957-1980

The Manuscripts series includes manuscripts of poetry by Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen, as well as a collection of publishing announcements and gallery invitations for writers and artists associated with the San Francisco poetry scene. This series also includes a manuscript of Michael McClure's book of essays, Wolf Net, inscribed to Tom and his wife Ariel.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas Francis Parkinson Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 04/07/88 PL

Gary Snyder letters, manuscripts, and photographs. Processed 09/26/88 PL

Reprocessed 07/12/10 by Carrie Hintz

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 13, 2010 Finding aid written in English.

    2010-07-13 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Corso, Gregory.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McClure, Michael.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Snyder, Gary.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whalen, Philip.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Genre/Form

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CorrespondencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Beat generation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bohemianism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Parkinson, Thomas Francis, 1920-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poets, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Thomas Parkinson was a professor of literature at the University of California Berkeley, a poet, political activist, and scholar of William Butler Yeats and the writers and culture of the Beat Generation.

Parkinson was born in San Francisco in 1920. He grew up in the Haight-Ashbury district with his father, a plumber and union leader. His father's political and union activities shaped Parkinson's own political views, and he remained a committed political activist throughout his life.

Parkinson graduated from Lowell High School and attended some courses at a junior college, but left to do odd jobs and a brief stint in the army before returning to the University of California Berkeley. He completed his Bachelor's, and then his PhD at Berkeley and stayed on to teach as faculty member in the English Department. He remained at Berkeley for the entirety of his career as a scholar, and was awarded the University's highest honor, the Berkeley Citation, in 1991.

In addition to his activities as a scholar, Parkinson was a poet who was involved in the art and literary scene in the San Francisco area in the 1950s and 1960s. He was friendly with poets such as Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Robert Duncan, and Allen Ginsberg, and wrote an early academic analysis of beat poetry entitled A Casebook of the Beat in 1961.

Thomas Parkinson died of a heart attack in 1992, survived by his wife, the artist and theatrical designer Ariel Parkinson.

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