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Wallace Berman

Creator:
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976  Search this
Names:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Di Prima, Diane  Search this
Duncan, Robert Edward, 1919-  Search this
Fonda, Peter, 1940-  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-  Search this
Heinecken, Robert, 1931-  Search this
Herms, George, 1935-  Search this
Hirschman, Jack, 1933-  Search this
Hopper, Dennis, 1936-  Search this
Jess, 1923-  Search this
Johnson, Ray, 1927-  Search this
Jordan, Patricia M., 1937-1989  Search this
Lamantia, Philip, 1927-  Search this
McClure, Michael  Search this
Meltzer, David  Search this
Miller, Henry, 1891-  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972  Search this
Perkoff, Stuart Z.  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Sherman, Donald  Search this
Wieners, John, 1934-  Search this
Extent:
5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Date:
1907-1979
bulk 1955-1979
Summary:
The Wallace Berman papers date from 1907 to 1979 (bulk 1955-1979). The collection measures 5 linear feet and presents a cursory overview of Berman's career as an assemblage artist and poet. The collection contains business correspondence, letters from other artists and writers of the Beat movement, writings by others, scattered artwork by Berman, photographs by Robert F. Heinecken, and sound recordings of poetry readings.
Scope and Content Note:
The Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979 (bulk 1955-1979), measure 5 linear feet and present a cursory overview of Berman's career as an assemblage artist and poet. The collection is valuable not only for its documentation of the work of Wallace Berman, but for its documentation of the California beat movement of the late 1950s through the early 1970s.

Found are numerous letters, writings, poems, and other published material which portray the thoughts, attitudes, and trends popular in a prominent underground culture which eventually led to radical changes in America and American art. The collection contains business correspondence, letters from other artists and writers of the beat movement, writings by others, scattered artwork by Berman, and photographs by Robert F. Heinecken. In addition, the collection contains files for Berman's mail art publications Semina and S.M.S. Also of note is the large volume of printed material (2.7 feet), much of it in the form of books and other published material. Sound recordings include poets Michael McClure, Kenneth Patchen, David Melzer, and another unidentified writer performing their work.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into nine series which generally reflect material type.

With the exception of the letters in Series 1, each series is arranged chronologically. The original arrangement of the letters has been maintained, with a chronological arrangement of miscellaneous business letters and an alphabetical arrangement of the letters from Berman's more prominent colleagues.

Series 1: Letters, 1957-1979, undated (box 1, 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Notes from Interview, 1967 (box 1, 1 folder)

Series 3: Writings by Others, 1972, undated (box 1, 6 folders)

Series 4: Artwork, 1956-1976 (box 1, 4 folders)

Series 5: Semina, 1955-1967 (boxes 1-2, 26 folders)

Series 6: S. M. S., 1968 (box 2, 1 folders)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1907-1976 (boxes 2-5, 2.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1956-1976 (box 5, 6 folders)

Series 9: Sound Recordings, 1962-1965 (box 5, 6 folders)
Biographical Note:
Wallace Berman was born in 1926 in Staten Island, New York. In the 1930s, his family moved to the Jewish district in Los Angeles. After being expelled from high school for gambling in the early 1940s, Berman immersed himself in the growing West Coast jazz scene. During this period, he briefly attended the Jepson Art School and Chouinard Art School, but departed when he found the training too academic for his needs.

In 1949, while working in a factory finishing antique furniture, he began to make sculptures from unused scraps and reject materials. By the early 1950s, Berman had become a full-time artist and an active figure in the beat community in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many art historians consider him to be the "father" of the California assemblage movement. Moving between the two cities, Berman devoted himself to his mail art publication Semina, which contained a sampling of beat poetry and images selected by Berman.

In 1963, permanently settled in Topanga Canyon in the Los Angeles area, Berman began work on verifax collages (printed images, often from magazines and newspapers, mounted in collage fashion onto a flat surface, sometimes with solid bright areas of acrylic paint). He continued creating these works, as well as rock assemblages, until his death in 1976.
Provenance:
The Wallace Berman papers were donated by Tosh Berman, Wallace Berman's son, in 1992.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Wallace Berman papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Poets  Search this
Collage  Search this
Art -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Assemblage (Art)  Search this
Assemblage artists  Search this
Beat generation -- California  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979 (bulk 1955-1979). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bermwall
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Wallace Berman
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bermwall
Online Media:

Kenneth Patchen reads with jazz in Canada [sound recording] / with the Alan Neil Quartet

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Boyle, Bill  Search this
Chambers, Lionel  Search this
Hillary, Dale  Search this
Alan Neil Quartet  Search this
Commentator:
Neil, Alan  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Poetry
Place:
Canada
Vancouver (British Columbia)
Date:
1959
Topic:
Poetry--Collections  Search this
Oral interpretation of poetry  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 9718
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231592

Selected poems of Kenneth Patchen [sound recording] / read by the author

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Commentator:
Comfort, Alex 1920-  Search this
Cover painting:
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Date:
1959
1950-1960
Topic:
Poetry--Collections  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 9717
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233023

Kenneth Patchen reads his love poems [sound recording]

Reader:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Collections
Date:
1961
Topic:
Poetry  Search this
Love poetry, American  Search this
Oral interpretation of poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW09719
Folkways 9719
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233024
Online Media:

Anthology of contemporary American poetry [sound recording] / selected, edited and read by George Abbe

Reader:
Abbe, George 1911-1989  Search this
Poet:
Brackett, Kate  Search this
Clark, David Ridgley  Search this
Dorn, Alfred  Search this
Drake, Leah Bodine  Search this
Eberhart, Richard 1904-2005  Search this
Justice, Donald  Search this
Kinnell, Galway 1927-  Search this
Logan, John  Search this
Masters, Marcia  Search this
Mayo, E. L  Search this
Morton, David 1886-1957  Search this
Nemerov, Howard  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Roethke, Theodore 1908-1963  Search this
Shapiro, Karl  Search this
Smith, William Jay  Search this
Stefanile, Felix  Search this
Swenson, May  Search this
Turco, Lewis  Search this
Wilbur, Richard 1921-  Search this
Wright, James  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Creator:
Ciardi, John 1916-1986  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Collections
Date:
1961
20th century
Topic:
American poetry  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Oral interpretation of poetry  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 9735
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233036

Funny fables of Kenneth Patchen [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-LP-2117
Green Tree 101
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_315691

Chamber Jazz Quartet [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
California
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-LP-3821
Cadence 3004
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_316603

Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen: Read by the Author, Tape #2 [sound recording]

Artist:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2069
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_319312

Patchen- Palo Alto Jazz Concert [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
California
United States
Palo Alto (Calif.)
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-4966
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_340700

Kenneth Patchen Reads His Love Poems [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-4967
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_340701

Kenneth Patchen Un-used [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-5026
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_340759

Acetate/Reel to Reel Transfers: Acetates; Kenneth Patchen [sound recording]

Performer:
Dyer-Bennet, Richard  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Ives, Burl 1909-1995  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
New York
California
Washington
Palo Alto (Calif.)
Topic:
Folksong revival  Search this
Science  Search this
Nature  Search this
Sounds  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Crickets  Search this
Local number:
FP-CDR-0369-7
FLP 125103
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_350885

Reel to Reel Transfers: Kenneth Patchen [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
California
Palo Alto (Calif.)
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FP-CFP-CDR-0370-7
FLP 125104
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_350886

Acetate/Reel to Reel Transfers: Cisco Houston, Kenneth Patchen [sound recording]

Performer:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Houston, Cisco  Search this
Bailey, Charity  Search this
Hawkins, Coleman  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
New York
California
Palo Alto (Calif.)
Topic:
Folksong revival  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Music  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Saxophone  Search this
Local number:
FP-CFP-CDR-0373-7
FLP 125107
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_350889

Reel to Reel Transfers: Kenneth Patchen; Woody Guthrie- Library of Congress Sessions, pts. 1-2 [sound recording]

Performer:
Guthrie, Woody 1912-1967  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
California
Washington (D.C.)
Palo Alto (Calif.)
Oklahoma
New York
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Folksong revival  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Harmonica  Search this
Local number:
FP-CFP-CDR-0374-7
FLP 125108
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_350890

The journal of Albion moonlight [sound recording] / by Kenneth Patchen

Reader:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Subject:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972 The Journal of Albion Moonlight Adaptations  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Date:
1972
Topic:
Oral interpretation of fiction  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 9716
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_360920

What shall we do without us? : the voice and vision of Kenneth Patchen / with an afterword by James Laughlin

Author:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Laughlin, James 1914-1997  Search this
Physical description:
[40] leaves, [24] p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1984
[1984]
Call number:
N40.1.P298 L3
N40.1.P298L3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_276814

Kenneth Patchen: painter of poems

Author:
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. illus. (part col.) 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
C1969]
Call number:
N40.1.P298 C7
N40.1.P298C7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_5711

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