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American Poetry - 20th Century literary ephemera collection

Call Number: MS 15


An artificial collection of manuscript drafts of poetry, correspondence, and other materials from a variety of poets and authors of the mid-20th century, purchased or otherwise acquired from a variety of sources and assembled by Spencer Research Library staff.


  • Creation: 1950s-1960s, 1980s (bulk 1960s)

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged alphabetically by poet's family name. For each poet, manuscripts and draft materials come before correspondence, if both material types are in the collection for that poet.

Physical Location

MS 15

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ferlinghetti Beach March 25, 1966; Chloe's Books, Sacramento CA, October 3, 1985; Chloe's Books, 1986; Phoenix Book Shop, no date; in box of Farrell interview with Ginsberg; gift of Ed Dorn; gift of Terrence Williams; gift of Mary Beach to T.J. Williams for KU, May 23, 1967; House of Books, 13 October 1966; In Ferlinghetti-Beach, March 25, 1966; Phoenix 97:309 December 10, 1970 to (Eng Dept); Serendipity 35:728. 1975 or shortly thereafter; Captain's Bookshelf, 1986; Literary Heritage.

Related Materials

The Kenneth Spencer Research Library has extensive collections, both printed and manuscript, related to 20th century American poetry by authors including but not limited to Jonathan Williams, Robert Creeley, Tom Clark, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, John Fowler, Jim McCrary, Diane DiPrima, and others who may also be represented in this collection assembled by Spencer Research Library staff.

Guide to the American Poetry - 20th Century Literary Ephemera Collection
American Poetry - 20th Century literary ephemera collection
Finding aid prepared by alh, February 18, 1971; alh, April 26, 1985; alh, September 24, 1986; alh, August 18 and 21, 1987; alh, October 28, 1987; sda, 2012. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005; sda, 2012. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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American Poetry - 20th Century literary ephemera collection, MS 15, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States