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Carol Bergé Papers (MSS011)

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Scope and Contents

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Correspondence

Material towards Acts of Love

Material towards American Romance

Material towards A Couple Called Moebius

Material towards From a Soft Angle

Material towards Miscellaneous Published Books

Material towards Unpublished Books

Published and Unpublished Poems

Prose

Archives of Center Magazine

Material Relating to Mississippi Review

Manuscripts by Others

Miscellany

Printed Materials

Magazines and Newsletters

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Ephemera

Correspondence

Material towards Antics: Short Fiction about People in the Antiques Business



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Carol Bergé Papers (MSS011), 1970-2006 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Carol Bergé Papers (MSS011), 1970-2006Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1970-2006

ID: MSS/MSS/011

Primary Creator: Berge, Carol, 1928-2006

Extent: 80.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Carol Bergé Papers consist almost entirely of her professional and literary papers from 1970 to 2006. They include an extensive collection of correspondence with contemporary literary figures which includes carbons of many of Berge's letters to her correspondents. The Bergé Papers also contain correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, and promotional material toward nearly all of her post-1970 books, notably Acts of Love, An American Romance, A Couple Called Moebius, and From A Soft Angle. The collection also house the archives of Center magazine, as well as material towards the issue of Mississippi Review that Bergé edited. Of particular interest in the personal miscellany of Carol Bergé's Papers are the flyers, brochures, and announcements concerning "happenings" and readings with which Berge was involved in New York City through the 1970's.

Collection Historical Note

Carol Bergé, a native of New York City, studied writing, editing, and magazine production at New York University and the New School for Social Research. Her early work was featured in the classic anthology, Four Young Lady Poets, ed. Leroi Jones (1962), and she has written numerous books of poetry and prose, including Poems Made of Skin (1968), An American Romance (1969), From a Soft Angle: Poems About Women (1972) and Acts of Love: An American Novel (1973). She began writing poetry in college in the late 1940's and worked in the 1950's for several New York publishers and advertising companies. In 1959, Berge traveled to Europe and began writing full-time.

In the early 1960's, Berge became involved with the group of avant-garde New York poets who presented readings at Le Deux Magots, Le Metro Cafe, and St. Marks Church. She worked closely with the poet Paul Blackburn, among others, coordinating readings and workshops in New York City. She also attended the now famous Vancouver poetry seminar at the University of British Columbia in 1962, and wrote The Vancouver Report (1964), a comprehensive response to and report of that event. In 1970 Berge founded Center magazine and was its sole editor during its ten year run. In addition to her long career as an author and editor, Berge has taught literature and creative writing at a number of universities including Goddard College, the University of Southern Mississippi (where she edited the Mississippi Review), the University of New Mexico, and Wright State University.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 23044

Accession number 23068

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Acts of Love],
[Series G1-3: Material towards American Romance],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Couple Called Moebius],
[Series G1-5: Material towards From a Soft Angle],
[Series G1-6: Material towards Miscellaneous Published Books],
[Series G1-7: Material towards Unpublished Books],
[Series G1-8: Published and Unpublished Poems],
[Series G1-9: Prose],
[Series G1-10: Archives of Center Magazine],
[Series G1-11: Material Relating to Mississippi Review],
[Series G1-12: Manuscripts by Others],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany],
[Series G1-14: Printed Materials],
[Series G1-15: Magazines and Newsletters],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, 1964-2000],
[Series G2-2: Manuscripts],
[Series G2-3: Ephemera],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence],
[Series G3-2: Material towards Antics: Short Fiction about People in the Antiques Business],
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Series G1-13: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellany divided into 2 subseries, Personal miscellany and General miscellany.
Sub-Series G1-13.1: Personal MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
857 items. Consists of personal miscellany broken into 16 groups.
Folder 1: XIII. 1. a. Announcements, brochures and pamphlets. Consists of announcements concerning Berge, including brochures, flyers, posters, pamphlets, and mailings.Add to your cart.
29 items
Folder 2: XIII. 1. b. Clippings A. Consists of newspaper clippings concerning Berge, primarily announcements of readings and 2 brief reviews of her work.Add to your cart.
11 items.
Folder 3: XIII. 1. c. Photographs and artwork, Consists of photographs, slides and proofsheets, mostly of Berge, some of unidentified persons and 24 pieces of artwork, 2 by Judith Sward, the remainder unsigned.Add to your cart.
69 items.
Folder 4: XIII. 1. d. Household and financial materials. Consists of correspondence concerning Berge's household finances, legal affairs, medical affairs, divorce and personal and professional subscription forms and products.Add to your cart.
219 items
Folder 5: XIII. 1. e. Peter Berge, schools. Consists of material concerning Peter Berge's schooling. Includes correspondence, school brochures, grade slips, homework, class materials, clippings and awards.Add to your cart.
78 items.
Folder 6: XIII. 1. f. Cumberland Gap Material. Consists of notes, outlines, and magazines concerning the Cumberland Gap. Notes not necessarily by Berge.Add to your cart.
51 items
Folder 7: XIII. 1. g. Richard Barker lawsuit. Consists of correspondence concerning Berge's suit against Richard Barker for breaking and entering and harassment.Add to your cart.
11 items.
Folder 8: XIII. 1. h. Judson Memorial Church. Consists of announcements, flyers, posters and programs for concerts, readings and services at the Judson Memorial Church Persons involved in these events include Berge, Diana Di Prima, Lawrence Kornfeld, Carolee Schneeman, Philip Corner, Charlotte Moorman, and Robert Nichols.Add to your cart.
15 items
Folder 9: XIII. 1. i. "Happenings". Consists of material relating to "happenings" of 1960's. Includes scripts, posters, notes by Berge, a "happening tree" and work by Allan Kaprow, and Dick Higgins.Add to your cart.
21 items.
Folder 10: XIII. 1. j. Protests against Vietnam War A. Consists of flyers, petitions, announcements and xeroxed clippings concering protests against the Vietnam War and government agencies. Includes material from Writers and Artists Project, Citizen Exchange Corps, Timothy Leary Defense Fund, Poets for Peace, Committee for Nonviolent Action, Committee for Freedom of the Arts and Betrand Russell Peace Foundation.Add to your cart.
13 items.
Folder 11: XIII. 1. k. Biographical information. Consists of various pieces of biographical data drawn up for applications, poetry readings and publications.Add to your cart.
73 items
Folder 12: XIII. 1. l. Five Cities Gallery. Consists of material concerning Berge's Five Cities Gallery, including correspondence, legal documents and inventories.Add to your cart.
38 items
Folder 13: XIII. 1. m. Calendars. Consists of calendars and calendar pages for the years 1967-1969, 1973 and 1975 with AN for appointments and visits by Berge.Add to your cart.
6 items.
Folder 14: XIII. 1. n. Notebooks. Consists of spiral notebooks, which contain notes, names, addresses, and drafts of poems and stories by Berge.Add to your cart.
17 items
Folder 15: XIII. 1. o. Addresses, notes, fragments. Consists of miscellaneous fragments, notes, addresses, postal receipts, postcards, astrological notes, a passport and other personal items.Add to your cart.
198 items
Folder 16: XIII. 1. p. Teaching notes. Consists of miscellaneous notes and announcements concerned with writing workshops conducted by Berge.Add to your cart.
8 items
Sub-Series G1-13.2: General MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
588 items. Consists of general miscellany divided into 6 groups.
Folder 1: XIII. 2. a. Newsletters, announcements, offprints.Add to your cart.
297 items. Consists of newsletters, catalogs and brochures from various organizations, including the MacDowell Colony, EAT, Poetry Flash, Small Press Review, Coda, Bookletter, and numerous presses. Includes announcements for publications, readings, and other arts events. Includes material on or by Nam June Paik, Allen Ginsberg, Charlotte Moorman, Jackson MacLow, Lyn Lifshin, Steve Katz, Vector Perera, John Kerr, Brian Gyson and John Cage.
Folder 2: XIII. 2. b. Xeroxes, tearsheets, clippings.Add to your cart.
219 items. Consists of xeroxes of articles, poems, and prose pieces, tearsheets and clippings. Includes works by Herbert Krohn, Denise Levertov, Horace Coleman, Jackson MacLow, Harold Dicker, and Emily Leider.
Folder 3: XIII. 2. c. Something Else Press.Add to your cart.
2 items. Consists of 9 issues of Something Else Newsletter,3 Something Else Newscardsand 2 catalogs from Something Else Press.
Folder 4: XIII. 2. d. Alan Watts Journal.Add to your cart.
4 items. Consists of 4 issues of the Alan Watts Journal.
Folder 5: XIII. 2. e. Poetry.Add to your cart.
3 items. Consists of offprints of Poetry Society of America Prize- winning Poems.
Folder 6: XIII. 2. f. New York Poets.Add to your cart.
63 items. Consists of correspondence and manuscripts, (1979), toward a special section of Woodstock Poetry Review,No. 6, about New York poets. The section was edited by Berge. Included are correspondence and manuscripts by Jackson MacLow, Toby Olson, Robert Vas Dias, Clarence Major, Serge Gavronsky, Paul Blackburn, Jerome Rothenberg, Norman Rosten and Berge. Correspondence and manuscripts are listed in series I.l a. and series XII respectively.

Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Acts of Love],
[Series G1-3: Material towards American Romance],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Couple Called Moebius],
[Series G1-5: Material towards From a Soft Angle],
[Series G1-6: Material towards Miscellaneous Published Books],
[Series G1-7: Material towards Unpublished Books],
[Series G1-8: Published and Unpublished Poems],
[Series G1-9: Prose],
[Series G1-10: Archives of Center Magazine],
[Series G1-11: Material Relating to Mississippi Review],
[Series G1-12: Manuscripts by Others],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany],
[Series G1-14: Printed Materials],
[Series G1-15: Magazines and Newsletters],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, 1964-2000],
[Series G2-2: Manuscripts],
[Series G2-3: Ephemera],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence],
[Series G3-2: Material towards Antics: Short Fiction about People in the Antiques Business],
[All]


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