A Guide to the Ted Berrigan Papers, undated, 1962-1983

A Guide to the Ted Berrigan Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Ted Berrigan Papers
Creator
Berrigan, Edmund Joseph Michael.
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1962-1983
Extent
2.5 Linear feet
Abstract
Ted Berrigan, American poet, was born Edmund Joseph Michael Berrigan in Providence, Rhode Island. Berrigan's recognition as a poet came in 1964 with the publication of The Sonnets, for which he received the Poetry Foundation Award. Berrigan died in 1983.
Call Number
1997.0020
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Ladd. (July 1997)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Ted Berrigan Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased from Granary Books in 1992.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Ted Berrigan Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Greeting cards
  • Publications
  • Transcripts

Subject(s)

  • Interviews
  • Poets

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Biography

Ted Berrigan, American poet, was born  Edmund Joseph Michael Berrigan in  Providence, Rhode Island. He received a B.A. in 1959 and an M.A. in 1962 from the  University of Tulsa. Berrigan was the editor of  C magazine and press. In 1966-1967 he taught in the poetry workshop at the  St. Mark's Art Project. He was associated with the second generation of the  New York School and married to Alice Notley.

Berrigan's recognition as a poet came in 1964 with the publication of The Sonnets, for which he received the  Poetry Foundation Award. Berrigan often collaborated with other poets;  Ron Padgett,  Dick Gallup,  Anselm Hollo,  Anne Waldman, and  Tom Clark, for example.

Berrigan died in 1983.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of correspondence and birthday greetings sent to Berrigan from poets associated with the second generation of The New York School. The letters date from 1962-1983.  Anselm Hollo's nineteen letters (1969-1981) reveal the two poets' close collaboration.

Printed works contains poetry sent to Berrigan. Of particular note is Ann Waldman's notebook, “Freaked Out”.

Series III focuses on Lita Hoineck's interview with Berrigan. Her analysis of Berrigan's poetic style is included in  Telephone 14, which also contains Berrigan's “Sonnet III”, as well as portions of “Many Happy Returns” and “In the Early Morning Rain”. The manuscript of “The Pursuit of Love” is located in this series.

Two interview transcripts are located in Series IV. Berrigan was interviewed by Charles Ingham in 1978 and by  Tom Savage in 1980.

This collection originally included the papers of Berrigan's wife, Alice Notley. The collections were separated in 1997 as a result of a later addition to the collection.

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Bibliography

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Correspondence, undated, 1962-1983 

BoxFolder

A - F, 1966-1983 

1:1

G - L, 1964-1981 

1:2

M - R, 1962-1982 

1:3

S - Z, 1968-1982 

1:4

Unidentified, 1964-1982 

1:5

Birthday Greetings, 1978-1980 

1:6

Postcards, 1963-1980 

1:7

Memorabilia, undated 

1:8

Photographs, undated 

1:9

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Series II: Printed Works, undated, 1969-1982 

BoxFolder

Poetry to Berrigan, 1972-1982 

OS,1:10

MS notebook from Waldman, undated 

1:11

“Freaked Out”, 1969 

1:12

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Series III: Writings, 1978, 1980 

BoxFolder

Telephone 14, 1978 

1:13

“The pursuit of Love: A Reader's Guide to Anselm Hollo”, 1980 

1:14

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Series IV: Interviews, 1978, 1980 

BoxFolder

Berrigan/Ingham, 1978 

1:15

Berrigan/Savage, 1980 

1:16

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