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Allen Ginsberg Interview

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 29 Jul 2009

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.

John Mero is a graduate of Syracuse University and Assistant Professor of Government at Campbell University. His wife, Ali Stieglitz, was head of development and public relations for ARISE in Syracuse.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Allen Ginsberg Interview consists of a single audiocassette containing an interview with Ginsberg. The interview is 20-30 minutes long; in it Ginsberg discusses Bill Clinton, yoga, infectious diseases, and macrobiotic diets. The interview took place during the summer of 1993 at the YMCA Conference Camp in Silver Bay, New York. Other voices on the tape are Kelley Wendell and Stan Kissell, both of Ticonderoga, New York, and an unnamed Silver Bay employee then attending the University of Wisconsin. Kissell was head of basketball operations at Syracuse University.

Arrangement of the Collection

One item.


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.

Access to tape requires advance notice in order to produce a working copy.

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 Collection.

There is also published material by Ginsberg cataloged in the general collections and in Rare Books; please refer to the Classic Catalog for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.


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

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Mero, 2009.

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