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Series I: Correspondence, 1953-1973

The Correspondence series contains a few select pieces of correspondence between Burroughs and his friends and collaborators. In this series are letters exchanged between Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg regarding their collaborative, epistolary book The Yage Letters. This series, though small, includes both letters later reprinted as part of the publication and correspondence related to the editing and process.

Burroughs to Bill Berkson,
June 4, 1962

Box 1
Folder 1
Burroughs to Allen Ginsberg
January 25, 1953
Box 1
Folder 2

(published as part of The Yage Letters)

January 6, 1955
Box 1
Folder 3

(regarding The Yage Letters)

January 9, 1955
Box 1
Folder 4

(regarding The Yage Letters)

March 9, 1956
Box 1
Folder 5

(regarding The Yage Letters)

Allen Ginsberg to Burroughs,
1973
Box 1
Folder 6
Philip Whalen to Burroughs,
1957
Box 1
Folder 7

Series II: Writings, 1958-1969

The Writings series is the largest series in the collection and contains working drafts of 1961's Grove Press Edition of The Soft Machine, as well as annotated drafts and galley proofs of Burroughs's substantial 1965 revision of the novel published by Grove Press. There are also drafts and galleys of Nova Express ; a corrected, signed galley proof of The Naked Lunch; and full typescript drafts of The Yage Letters and Junkie. This series also contains a collection of prose experiments conducted by Burroughs utilizing the cut-up technique that he utilized in much of his longer fiction, as well as experiments in using a grid form to intersplice different texts together.

"A Brief Statement on The Naked Lunch The Soft Machine and The Nova Express," circa
1963
Box 1
Folder 8

(carbon copy in WSB's hand)

Dealer Catalogs and Book Reviews
Box 1
Folder 9
"Epic Prose Poem," circa
1963
Box 1
Folder 10
Experimental Prose, circa 1958-1965
(6 Folders)
Box 1
Folder 11-16
"Johnny 23" (with Editor's Corrections)
Box 1
Folder 17
Junkie-- Manuscript

Box 5
The Naked Lunch
Signed Galley Proofs

Box 1
Folder 18

(original proof, 1964 Burroughs's signature, 1969)

Recording of Burroughs reading Naked Lunch,
undated
Box 1
Folder 19

Please follow these links for digitized clips of the sections The Rube, Meeting of International Conference..., and The Exterminator Does a Good Job

A Distant Hand Lifted, 1961-1964

Box 2
Folder 1
Nova Express
Galley Proofs,
1964
Box 2
Folder 2
The Soft Machine
Typescript with autograph corrections,
1960
Box 2
Folder 3

(for 1961 Olympia Press Edition)

Typescript with autograph corrections,
1963
Box 2
Folder 4

(This is dated 1963, but it is likely the 129 page manuscript, dating from November 1962, that Burroughs submitted to Olympia Press for their planned 1963 revised edition of the book which never appeared.)

Galley Proofs- Grove Press Edition,
1965
Box 2
Folder 5
Related Correspondence, 1963-1966
Box 2
Folder 6
"The Strange Bed," circa
1961-1962
Box 2
Folder 7

(Part of The Ticket that Exploded)

The Yage Letters- Draft,
undated

Box 3
Folder 1

Series III: Photographs and Realia

The photographs in the collection are mostly snapshots of Burroughs and Herbert Huncke. Also included in this series is the Dreamachine, a device designed by Burroughs and Brion Gysin and constructed by Ian Sommerville, designed to help stimulate brain activity and bring about a hallucinatory state.

Photographs
Box 3
Folder 7

Stack 14

Series IV: Victor Bockris Files, 1965-1975

Victor Bockris, a friend and collaborator of Burroughs, Victor Bockris write several articles about Burroughs and edited both Burroughs's collection of essays, The Adding Machine and the interview-based book With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker. This series of material includes numerous drafts of and notes for With William Burroughs, as well as some of Burroughs's published writings collected by Bockris- including a small run of Crawdaddy Magazines featuring articles or columns by Burroughs and a copy of The Paris Review that includes both an interview with Burroughs and his essay "St. Louis Return."

Correspondence and Ephemera

Box 3
Folder 2
With William Burroughs
Draft-- Preface with Barry Miles Comments
1975
Box 3
Folder 3
Drafts and Notes,
undated
(3 Folders)
Box 3
Folder 4 to 6
Drafts and Notes
(2 Folders)

Box 4
Folder 1 to 2
Notes on Burroughs,
undated
Box 4
Folder 3
Collected Burroughs Writings
Black Mask,
August, 1974
Box 4
Folder 4

(contains Burroughs's "Coldspring News")

The Paris Review, Fall,
1965
Box 4
Folder 5

(contains Burroughs's "St. Louis Return" and an interview with Burroughs)

Crawdaddy,
June-December, 1975
(2 Folders)
Box 4
Folder 6 to 7
New York Arts Journal,
undated
Box 4
Folder 8

(includes Bockris interview with Burroughs)

The Drummer,
undated
Box 4
Folder 9

(includes Bockris interview with Burroughs)

Series V: Addition to the Papers, 2017

Accession 2017.2018.M020

Cut-Up Typescript Materials for The Nova Trilogy:

In 1959, Brion Gysin cut newspaper articles into sections and rearranged the cuttings at random. The results of this radical literary collage technique was published as Minutes To Go by Two Cities Editions/Jean Fanchette, Paris (1960) containing works by Sinclair Beiles, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Brion Gysin

Typescript cut-up of about 60 pieces (ranging from one sentence to 45 lines)

Box 6
Folder 1

Most are of some length and all deal with Burroughs' most notable themes and his revolutionary method of writing

Typescript cut-up (blue ribbon copy) of 82 pieces, average measurement 4 x 3 inches, amounting to about 18 pages mss
Box 6
Folders 2 & 3

Most pieces contains from 75 to 150 words

125-130 pieces [of] news fragments," mostly from New York daily newspapers c. 1965. These are mostly cut up newspaper stories (many very small and fragile) and photos rather than whole clippings.
Box 6
Folders 4

A few pages of his cut ups are extracts from his own publications

"Intersection pictures and texts":

118 news clippings, some with comments typed in red by WSB, including passages identified from Nova Express
Box 6
Folders 5-8

Mostly from NY daily newspapers 1964-65. Photos of car crashes, gangland killings, narcotics addicts, cops, political scandals, warfare, color cartoons, homoerotic pictures, space exploration; paperback cover and printed review slip The Dutch Schultz Story, with a chapter extracted which was his research material for his own book, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz (1969). With some of his own writings excised from his publications.

Many of the individual pieces in these folders fit together, suggesting a late draft of at least one of those early novels on which his reputation rests may have been finalized from the larger of these fragments. Many primary themes and characters in the Nova series (the Old Man of the Mountain, Doctor Benway, Towers-Open Fire, junkies and narcs, the Lexington Kentucky Narcotics Farm, childhood memories, orgasms, Martian and science-fiction landscapes. dead star fading, the recurring date September 17, 1899 that appears in these works, etc.) are found in these cut-up texts.

"This Is the Time of the Assassins":

"This Is the Time of the Assassins." Carbon typescript, 4 pages, with a half dozen ink corrections, including three words inserted in ink and the pages numbered in the author's hand
Box 6
Folders 9

One of Burroughs' most iconic texts, the title from Rimbaud, and likely the first appearance in the author's work of Hassan-i-Sabbah, the Old Man of the Mountain, segueing to "Tanger present tense." First published in Metronome, Aug.1961, and later incorporated in the novel, Nova Express (1964). From all appearances this is the author's retained copy of the original sent to Metronome.

Brion Gysin A Quick Trip to Alamut:

"A Quick Trip to Alamut: The Celebrated Castle of the Hash-Head Assassins." [1973]. 27pp contemporary photocopy of the original typescript, heavily corrected and revised in the photocopy by the author
Box 6
Folders 10

This is basically the third draft of the text, incorporating the first 22 pages of the second draft and the final five pages of the first draft.

Although not having anything in the recipient's hand, this was the copy sent by Gysin to his close friend and collaborator, William S. Burroughs, as it came from a sale of the latter's personal archival materials.

Burroughs, who did not go on the trip, nonetheless has a significant part in Gysin's narrative (there is reference to Timothy Leary as well, and the idea of LSD in the water supply), an account of Gysin's trip to the famous castle at Alamut of Hassan+ Sabbah, leader of the late llthth century assassin cult made famous by Marco Polo, the first European to visit him. Hassan-i-Sabbah was a major influence on both writers going back to the early '60s.

This corrected typescript is the basis of the first published edition by Ink Blot in a collection of Gysin's short works, "Who Runs May Read" (2000), more than 25 years after it was written in 1973.

Who Runs May Read. Oakland: Inkblot, 2000
Box 6
Folders 11

1st edition. 99 copies printed. Bookplate of The Psychedelic Library--Michael and Cynthia Horowitz.

Six loose, now empty, folders which at one time contained the material described above. The folder for "Intersection pictures and texts" is so labeled by Burroughs
Box 6

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