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Allen Ginsberg Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Jul 1987

Biographical History

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an American poet and -- with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac -- a seminal member of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg is best known for the poem Howl (1956), celebrating his fellow Beats and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Allen Ginsberg Papers consists of correspondence and writings. Correspondence consists of outgoing items to Imamu Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Marshall Bean, Robert Wilson, and Geoffrey Hazard. The Wilson letter, written shortly before Ginsberg's death, also includes two photographs. Writings include two signed and dated holograph poems and three signed typescript poems.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order. Writings are subdivided by type and then arranged alphabetically by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Allen Ginsberg Interview. Special Collections Research Center also has Beat-related books, pamphlets, serials and other items are inour Rare Books holdings. Please search Libraries Search for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Baraka, Amiri, 1934-
Bean, Marshall.
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.
Hazard, Geoffrey.


American poetry -- 20th century.
Beat Generation (Group of writers)
Bohemianism -- United States.
Literature, Experimental.
Poets, American.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Allen Ginsberg Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

1997 letter purchased, 2013.

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