A Guide to the Aram Saroyan Papers

Saroyan (Aram) Papers

Summary Information

Title
Aram Saroyan Papers
Creator
Saroyan, Aram
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1950-1977
Extent
5.6 Linear Feet
Abstract
Aram Saroyan was born in 1943, the son of famous American writer and playwright William Saroyan. In addition to several volumes of poetry, Saroyan has published several autobiographical novels, including The Street, in addition to a critical study of beat poet Lew Welch and a biography of his father.
Call Number
1978.0004
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Archives & Special Collections staff
Repository
University of Connecticut Library 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

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

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Collection purchased from Aram Saroyan in 1978.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Poems
  • Audiocassettes
  • Personal papers
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • California (state)
  • Bolinas (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Allen, Donald, 1912-2004
  • Dorn, Edward
  • Hausman, Gerald
  • Kherdian, David
  • Koch, Kenneth, 1925-2002
  • Ashbery, John, 1927-2017
  • Malanga, Gerard
  • Oppenheimer, Joel, 1930-1988
  • Welch, Lew
  • Avedon, Richard
  • Higgins , Dick, 1938-1998
  • Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996
  • Whalen, Philip
  • Waldman, Anne, 1945-
  • Snyder, Gary, 1930-
  • Matthau, Walter
  • Matthau, Carol, 1924-2003
  • Saroyan, William, 1908-1981
  • McKuen, Rod
  • Plimpton, George
  • Plymell, Charles

Subject(s)

  • Twentieth century.
  • Oral interpretation of poetry
  • Literature
  • American poetry
  • American literature
  • Poets
  • Poetry -- Editing
  • Novelists

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Biography

Aram Saroyan was born 25 September 1943, the son of playwright William Saroyan and Carol (Marcus) Saroyan, later Carol Matthau. He attended high school at the Trinity School in New York City. He attended college at the University of Chicago, New York University, and Columbia University, but never completed a college degree. In the late 1960s Saroyan experimented with marijuana and began to develop a career as a poet. Director Mike Nichols wanted to cast Saroyan in the lead of his movie The Graduate, but Saroyan walked away from the part in order to focus on his writing. His life experiences at this time are described in his novel,  The Street.

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Scope and Content

This collection begins Saroyan's incoming correspondence for the years 1975-1977. Note that much of this correspondence consists of returned manuscript submissions, and thus numerous fair copies of Saroyan's own poems and reviews can be found within the correspondence. Notable correspondents include: Donald Allen, Richard Avedon, Ed Dorn, Gerald Hausman, Dick Higgins, David Kherdian, Kenneth Koch, Timothy Leary, Gerard Malanga, Carol and Walter Matthau, Rod McKuen, Joel Oppenheimer, George Plimpton, Charles Plymell, William Saroyan, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman, and Philip Whalen. Note that a small portion of the personal correspondence is addressed to Saroyan's wife and children rather than to Saroyan himself.

At the end of the correspondence is a set of audio recordings made by Saroyan. One tape consists of a Lew Welch interview (probably copied from someone else) and Saroyan's own tapings of talks with Joanne Kyger, Magda Cregg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

The second box of the collection includes photocopies of Saroyan's periodical publications from 1975-1977, both prose and poetry. Most of this box is taken up by Saroyan's manuscripts and drafts from this period. Manuscript holdings include a good deal of poetry, and complete drafts of the volume O My Generation and Other Poems. The collection also contains all of Saroyan's materials for his book on Lew Welch, including large excerpts from a typescript of Welch's correspondence. Some of Saroyan's miscellaneous personal papers can be found at the end of the collection.

Original copies of newspapers and periodicals in which Saroyan's work appears were included with the donation, but only copies of Saroyan's articles were preserved. In addition, original copies of a Rolling Stone issue featuring Richard Avedon (RS224, October 21, 1976) and a  California Living newspaper supplement (  San Francisco Examiner, June 12, 1977) that only briefly mentions Saroyan were removed from the collection.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Correspondence 1974-1977 

box

A (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Allen, Donald 1975-1977 

1

Ashbery, John 1977 

1

Avedon, Richard 1975-1977 

1

B (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Balakian, Nona 1975-1977 

1

Berkson, Bill 1975-1977 

1

Bockris, Victor 1975-1977 

1

Brann, Helen 1975 

1

Britton, Burt 1975 

1

Brownstein, Michael 1975 

1

C (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

D (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Davies, Alan 1975-1976 

1

Dorn, Ed 1976 

1

E (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

F (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

G (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

H (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Hausman, Gerald 1975-1976 

1

Hearst, William, III 1975 

1

Higgins, Dick 1975-1976 

1

Hitzig, Karen 1975 

1

I - J (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

K (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Kherdian, David 1975-1977 

1

Koch, Kenneth 1975 

1

Kostelanetz, Richard 1975 

1

L (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Lapate, Phillip 1977 

1

Laughlin, James 1975-1976 

1

Leary, Timothy 1975 

1

Leonard, John 1975 

1

Lyons, Sylvia 1975 

1

M (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Malanga, Gerard 1976 

1

Matthau, Carol 1975 

1

Matthau, Carol and Walter 1976 

1

Matthau, Carol and Walter 1977 

1

McClanahan, Grant and Pauli 1975-1977 

1

McKuen, Rod 1975-1976 

1

Moss, Howard 1975-1977 

1

N (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Oppenheimer, Joel 1977 

1

Owen, Maureen 1976-1977 

1

P (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Plimpton, George 1975-1976 

1

Plymell, Charles 1975-1976 

1

R (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Raworth, Tom 1974-1976 

1

S (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Saroyan, William 1976-1977 

1

Saroyan Family 1974-1975 

1

Saroyan Family 1976-1977 

1

Schjeldahl, Peter 1975-1976 

1

Sklena, Vincent, and Middleton, F. 1975-1976 

1

Snyder, Gary 1976-1977 

1

T (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

V (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

W (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Waldman, Anne 1975-1976 

1

Whalen, Philip 1975-1976 

1

Wylie, Andrew 1975-1977 

1

Y (assorted) 1975-1977 

1

Z (assorted) 1975-1976 

1

Unknown 1975-1977 

1

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Series II: Audio cassettes 1969-1977 

Access

Use of audio cassettes requires production of listening copies.

cassette

Lew Welch interview with David Meltzer 1969 July 17 

1978-0004/AC6

Lew Welch interview, part two [1969?] 

1978-0004/AC7

Philip Whalen and Magda Cregg Side A: September 8, 1976 Side B: November 15, 1976 


    disk
Audio   1978-0004_cd1 (rc)
    cassette
Audio   1978-0004/AC 1

cassette

Philip Whalen and Magda Cregg (2nd tape) Side A: September 8, 1976 Side B: November 15, 1976 

1978-0004/AC2

Gary Snyder at Jack Hogan's Mill Valley House 1977 March 1 

1978-0004/AC3

Continuation of Talk with Gary Snyder and Jack Hogan in Mill Valley 1977 March 1 

1978-0004/AC4

Interview with Joanne Kyger about Lew Welch, Bolinas 1977 April 14 

1978-0004/AC5

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Series III: Publications undated, 1950-1977 

box

Photocopy of Saroyan's Personal Bibliography for 1975-1977 circa 1977 

2

Copies of Saroyan's Periodical Print Publications 1975-1977   (13 items)

2

Copies of Saroyan's Periodical Poetry Publications 1975-1977   (5 items)

2

Fair Copy/ Typescript of O My Generation and Other Poems undated 

2

Fair Copy Poems: “Poetry Written Down in th Dark,” “Timing,” “Troubador,” “Day,” “Poet” undated 

2

Fair Copy Poems - Various titles 1975-1977 

2

MS poem - “For Armenak Saroyan, My Grandfather” undated 

2

MS poem - “The Transparent Man” 1977 

2

MS poem with typescript - “Poem” (“What makes my little son”) 1977 

2

MS poem with typescript - “Spring” 1977 

2

MS poem with typescript - “The House” 1977 

2

MS poem with typescript - “Up in the Loft” 1977 

2

MS poem - “For Gailyn” undated 

2

MS poem - “The Gift” 1976 

2

MS poem - “When the Heart Melts” 1976 

2

MS poem - “Sonnet” (“I remember the evenings...”) 1977 

2

MS poem - “Sonnet” (“I sing the subtle beauty...”) 1976 

2

MS poem - “The Facts” 1976 

2

MS poem - “Domestic Scene” undated 

2

MS poem - “Winter Midnight” 1977 

2

MS typescript - The Wisdom of the Heart 1977 

2

MS typescript - How to be an American Poet 1977 

2

MS typescript - Ciciero on Main Street undated 

2

MS typescript - Hello and High undated 

2

MS reviews - Golden Gate and  Archetype West undated 

2

MS reviews - Above the Treeline and Death College undated 

2

MS review - Portraits undated 

2

Photocopy of MS - A Letter to My Father and Our Unborn Child circa1977 

2

Photocopy of MS fair copy -- A Letter to My Father and Our Unborn Child circa1977 

2

MS typescript - How to Start a Family... undated 

2

MS draft - How to Start a Family and Not Go Permanently Crazy undated 

2

MS typescript - An Interview with Walter Matthau undated 

2

MS typescript - Lew Welch undated 

2

MS typescript - Lew Welch undated 

2

Typed Copy of Lew Welch and the American Heart, with marginal notes by Donald Allen undated 

2

Lew Welc> materials - outline and notes undated 

2

Partial MS and typed drafts of Lew Welch undated 

2

Notes and typed draft of Lew Welch and the American Heart undated 

2

MS typescript -- Lew Welch and the American Heart undated 

2

Handwritten MS for Lew Welch book undated 

2

Publications pertaining to Lew Welch 1956-1976 

2

Photocopy of The Writing of Gertrude Stein (thesis by Lew Welch) 1950 

2

Photocopy of Poems and Remarks by Lew Welch 1950 

2

Photocopy of I, Leo, by Lew Welch undated 

2

Copies of Lew Welch's letters (typescript fair copies) 1950-1957 

2

Copies of Lew Welch's letters, vol. II (typescript fair copies) 1958-1961 

2

Copies of Lew Welch's letters, vol. III (typescript fair copies) 1962-1971 

2

Saroyan's contract with the William Morris Agency 1975 

2

Trinity School (N.Y.) Publications 1975-1977 

2

Folded posters - “His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche” undated 

2

Flyers for Poetry Readings involving Saroyan circa 1975-77 

2

Gift from William Anthony - “French Poets” cartoon undated 

2

Various promotional materials, catalogs circa 1977   (3 items),

2

Posters undated 

OS

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