Abstract

Letters to Joe Brainard, author and artist. The collection is comprised of correspondence from various poets and artists, including John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, and Kenward Elmslie, and includes letters, postcards, images and ephemera. The materials date from 1957 through 1994, with the bulk of the collection covering the period from 1964 through 1993.

Biographical/Historical note

Born in Arkansas in 1942 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brainard moved to New York City in 1961. There, he quickly developed friendships with Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Bill Berkson, Barbara Guest, and other participants in the New York School.

Brainard's achievement, however, is remarkable aside from his many associations. Brainard harmonized linguistic and visual materials in extraordinary ways. His graphic work is notably literary, often incorporating words and sentences into non-literary designs. Such qualities prompted Frank O'Hara to say that Brainard's work had "nothing to do with philosophy, it's all art." Both the art work and writing are full of information and frequently take erotic and semiotic risks. In one of his more scandalous serial works, Brainard subjected Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy to every imaginable erotic and high art situation.

A prolific artist, Brainard's work has been exhibited extensively in the New York City area since the early 1960s. The Joe Brainard Archive, located in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at UCSD, is the largest collection extant of Brainard's work.

Brainard died on May 25, 1994.

Scope and Contents note

The Joe Brainard Letters include correspondence from such American authors and artists as John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley, Kenward Elmslie, Joanne Kyger, and Alice Notley. The collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Materials cover the period from 1957 to 1994 and include copies of manuscript and typescript drafts of poems sent to Brainard from such writers as Ted Berrigan, Ray Johnson, and Lewis Warsh.

This collection includes 89 postcards, separated into 12 undated packets, from Frank Bidart. These postcards, in which Bidart wrote for Brainard, contain an overarching narrative in each packet, including such themes as "clothing", "hair", and "the wonder book."

CORRESPONDENCE

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Box Folder Oversize
1 1 Adler, Stella, 1980-1984.
1 2 Albee, Edward, 1982.
1 3 Alan, Charles, undated.
1 4 Allen, Donald, 1972-1979.
1 5 Ashbery, John, 1967-1993.
Includes a three page handwritten manuscript of introduction for Gegenschein Quarterly 1975, entitled "Joe Brainard."
1 6 Bachardy, Don, 1963-1993.
1 7 Bamberger, Janet, undated.
1 8 Baxter, Glen, 1973-1974.
1 9 Berkson, Bill, 1966-1970.
1 10 Berkson, Bill, 1971-1972.
1 11 Berkson, Bill, 1973-1993.
1 12 Berkson, Lynn O'Hare, 1993.
1 13 Berrigan, Sandy, 1964-1978.
1 14 Berrigan, Ted, 1964-1982.
Includes a fourteen page handmade booklet entitled "Corridors of Blood" and a copy of "Living with Chris," by Joe Brainard and Ted Berrigan.
1 15 Bidart, Frank, January-July 1992.
1 16 Bidart, Frank, August-September 1992.
2 1 Bidart, Frank - Postcards, undated.
Includes twelve undated packets containing six-twelve numbered and captioned postcards.
2 2 Blaine, Nell, 1973.
2 3 Brainard, Marie, 1971-1973.
2 4 Bridges, Jim, 1978.
2 5 Brinkman, Rolf Dieter, 1968.
2 6 Britton, Donald, 1979.
2 7 Brodey, Jim, 1964.
2 8 Brown, Lee Ann, 1993.
2 9 Brownstein, Michael, 1969-1973.
Includes a five page typescript entitled "More Short Poems for Joe."
2 10 Burckhardt, Rudy and Yvonne Jacquette, 1967-1982.
2 11 Burrow, Ruby, 1975-1982.
2 12 Button, John, 1977-1982.
2 13 Butts, Robert, 1974-1994.
2 14 Bye, Reed, 1993.
2 15 Chernoff, Maxine, 1984-1993.
2 16 Clark, Tom, 1966-1972.
2 17 Clinton, William Jefferson and Hillary Clinton, 1993.
Contains a holiday greeting card with a stamped signature from the Clintons in December 1993.
2 18 Cooper, Dennis, 1977-1984.
2 19 Corbett, Bill, 1974-1993.
2 20 Cox, Chris, 1979.
2 21 Creeley, Robert, 1971-1974.
Includes a seven page poem typescript entitled "The Class of '47."
2 22 Dalrymple-Hollo, Jane, 1993.
2 23 Dine, Jim, 1970.
2 24 Dlugos, Tim, 1988-1990.
2 25 Dunn, Anne, 1991.
2 26 Elmslie, Kenward, 1964.
2 27 Elmslie, Kenward, 1965.
2 28 Elmslie, Kenward, 1966-1970.
3 1 Elmslie, Kenward, 1971.
3 2 Elmslie, Kenward, 1972-1973.
3 3 Elmslie, Kenward, 1974-1975.
3 4 Elmslie, Kenward, 1976-1979.
3 5 Elmslie, Kenward, 1980-1991.
3 6 Elmslie, Kenward, 1992-1993.
3 7 Elmslie, Kenward, undated.
3 8 Elmslie, Vivian, 1993.
3 9 Equi, Elaine, 1981-1993.
Includes three page poem typescript entitled "Molecules."
3 10 Evans, Donald, 1973.
3 11 Fagin, Larry, 1970-1979.
3 12 Falco, Louis, 1971-1977.
3 13 Fishbach Gallery, 1972.
3 14 Ford, Charles Henri, 1969-1970.
3 15 Ford, Ruth, 1970-1993.
Includes a two page poem typescript.
3 16 Freeman, Jonathan, 1993.
3 17 Freilicher, Jane Hazen, 1969-1973.
3 18 Fulmer, Frederick, 1975-1976.
3 19 Gander, Forrest, 1993.
3 20 Ginn and Company, 1975.
3 21 Ginsberg, Allen, 1971-1988.
4 1 Giorno, John, 1969-1973.
4 2 Godfrey, John, 1993.
4 3 Golde, Morris, 1973-1978.
4 4 Gooch, Brad, 1976-1984.
4 5 Gottlieb, Michael, 1993.
4 6 Greenwald, Ted and Joan Simon, 1969-1979.
4 7 Groffsky, Maxine, 1965-1975.
4 8 Grossinger, Richard, 1972-1973.
4 9 Guest, Barbara, 1965-1993.
4 10 Hannah, Duncan, 1991-1993.
4 11 Harwood, Lee, 1965-1973.
4 12 Hawkins, Bobbie Creeley, 1971-1982.
Includes a seven page typescript entitled "The Valley Dark-And-Drear and The Girl who Couldn't Laugh."
4 13 Henry, Gerrit, 1972-1973.
4 14 Higgins, Dick, 1970.
4 15 Holland, Joyce, 1972.
Contains 5 issues of Matchbook poetry magazine.
4 16 Hurwitz, Michael, 1991.
4 17 Isherwood, Christopher, 1972.
4 18 Jess [Collins, Jess], 1971-1974.
4 19 Johns, Jasper, 1971.
4 20 Johnson, Ray, 1971-1975.
4 21 Katz, Alex, Ada and Vincent, 1966-1978.
4 22 Kernan, Nathan, 1988-1993.
4 23 Kikel, Rudy, 1980-1992.
Includes a two page poem typescript entitled "Boston."
4 24 Koch, Kenneth, 1965-1993.
4 25 Kyger, Joanne, 1971-1993.
4 26 Lally, Michael, 1973-1993.
Includes one envelope enclosure containing six cards of a Lally/Worthington poem entitled "Joe Brainard."
4 27 Larson, Jack, 1969.
5 1 Lauterbach, Ann, 1974-1993.
5 2 Lehman, David, 1976-1980.
5 3 Le Seur, Joe, 1964-1979.
5 4 Levitt, Annabel, 1978.
5 5 Marberger, Aladar, 1973.
5 6 Martin, John, 1971-1973.
5 7 Mathews, Harry, 1966-1986.
5 8 Mayer, Bernadette, 1978-1993.
5 9 McConnell, David, 1984-1993.
5 10 McDermott, Keith, 1993.
5 11 McDermott, Ray, 1993.
5 12 Mikolowski, Ken and Ann, 1974.
5 13 Mitchell, John J., 1969-1979.
Includes a six page typescript of "The Hairping Drop Heard Around the World."
5 14 Moss, Barbara, 1981-1988.
5 15 Moynihan, Anne, 1977-1981.
5 16 The Museum of Modern Art, 1973.
5 17 Notley, Alice, 1972-1993.
5 18 Oliver, Douglas, 1993.
5 19 Owen, Maureen, 1979.
5 20 Palmer, Michael, 1993.
5 21 Pell, Margaret, 1994.
5 22 The Poet's Press, 1973.
5 23 Porter, Anne, 1988.
5 24 Purdy, James, 1973.
5 25 Raworth, Tom, 1970-1992.
5 26 Rivers, Larry, 1963.
5 27 Rorem, Ned, 1969-1993.
5 28 Rosenberg, David, 1971.
5 29 Rosenblum, Robert, undated.
5 30 Ryan, D. D., 1957-1972.
5 31 San Francisco Community Press, 1973.
5 32 Saroyan, Aram, 1965-1973.
5 33 Schjeldahl, Peter and Brooke Alderson, 1968-1971.
5 34 Schmidt, Paul, 1975.
5 35 Shapiro, David, 1970-1972.
Includes a two page poem typescript draft.
5 36 Solomon, Holly, 1975-1987.
5 37 Sondheim, Stephen, 1972-1973.
5 38 Stanton, Johnny, 1971-1972.
6 1 Stein, David, 1993.
6 2 Stern, Peter, 1980.
6 3 Thomas, Ronald and Serge Cao, 1993.
6 4 Thomson, Virgil, 1978.
6 5 Trinidad, David, 1983-1993.
6 6 Veitch, Tom, 1971-1972.
6 7 Watchel, Andi, 1971.
6 8 Waring, James, 1965.
6 9 Warsh, Lewis, 1968-1979.
6 10 Whalen, Philip, 1971-1972.
6 11 White, Edmund, 1973-1987.
6 12 Wieners, John, 1969.
6 13 Wilcock, John, 1966-1968.
6 14 Winkfield, Trevor, 1968-1979.
6 15 Williams, Jonathan, 1972-1982.
6 16 Young, Geoff, 1973-1975.
6 17 Zirlin, Harry, 1973-1975.
6 18 Zirlin, Larry, 1972-1976.
6 19 Unidentified correspondents.
6 20 Unidentified correspondent [Juan Antonio?], 1973-1975.
6 21 Unidentified correspondent [Doug?], 1981-1993.


Finding aid generated: 2010-05-11