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Guide to the Kathy Acker Notebooks
1968 - 1974
 MSS.434

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Collection processed by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez, 2015.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 19, 2017
Description is in English.

Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 “Arthur Miller, Williams-Glass Menagerie"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Yellow Paper King Memo Book

Features: "Diary II, Poems III, Appendix,” "Only Dreams & Unaccountable Dreams"

undated, circa 1971 - 1972
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [Assorted Motown Lyrics]

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript

undated, circa 1971 - 1972
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "Between The Covers Rare Books: Kathy Acker Early Manuscript Archive" Catalogue
2015
Box: 1 Folder : 4 “Concrete Poems”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Brown & Red Art Sketch Spiral Book

Features: "Mantras 1 - 4," "Midnight, Lesbian, Angelic, Holy," "Myself, Lesbian, Holy, Angelic"

undated, circa 1971 - 1972
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "Death Portraits 1.Visions, Diaries In Protection Of Self Death"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, National Spiral Notebook

Features: “a black angel comes…” & “jewels, old horses trampling thru windows” from Politics (1972)

undated, circa 1972
Box: 1 Folder : 6 [Diaries]: "Very Tired"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript Collection [Photocopies]

undated, circa 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 7 [Diary]: "days and days of anxiety"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Green Pen-Tab Wire Bound Theme Book

undated, circa 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 8 “Diary of the World, Diaries"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, University Spiral Note Book

Features: 14 pages of handwritten “diary” entries; 90 pages of handwritten notes & translations of Greek text; description of visit from David & Eleanor Antin

1971 December 8
Box: 1 Folder : 9 "Diary: Warmcatfur"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript Collection with Editing Notation

Features: “Key Word Lesbian” & other diary-like, short works

1972 January
Box: 1 Folder : 10 "Diary: Warm Cat Fur / Lesbian II”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Nu-Bound Concealed Wire Notebook

Features: “Political Poems,” “The Cat Family,” & diary-like short works

1972 January 19
Box: 1 Folder : 11 "Dreams In Night, for the Painters of Decadence & for Harriet Golden”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Pink Barnes & Noble Bookstores Spiral Notebook

Features: Ink sketches, diary-like short works about her relationship with poet Larry Fagan

undated, circa 1972
Box: 1 Folder : 12 “Ex Libris: Morda / Diary Poems Dreams, right after: what I can remember”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, National Note Board Spiral Notebook

Features: Long & short dream description, diary-like "poems" ; relationship with Lenny Newfield

1971 March 9
Box: 1 Folder : 13 "Gold Songs For Jimi Hendrix"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Ink Drawings

Features: Long form poem; This also appears in holograph manuscript form in "The Creation (diaries)," [Box 4, Folder 13]

undated, circa 1971 - 1972
Box: 2 Folder : 1 “Heidegger, K. Acker, Antigone”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, National Eye-Ease Spiral Notebook

Features: Ink sketches, long and short form diary-like works, discussions of dreams, entomology, poetry; “Journal for Lenny” ; “I tell him my desire…” & “I come into the room” from Politics (1972)

1972 March 10 - December 29
Box: 2 Folder : 2 I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining. Traveler’s Digest Editions: New York, NY. [With Illustrations by Michael McClard]
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 3 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: I]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Collegewire Composition Spiral Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Amuse Myself, Elegance / I Become A Nymphomaniac! Memory,” short form diary-like works that develop into [I]: "Desire Begins” ; “The CIA Papers: Diary”

1974 May
Box: 2 Folder : 4 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: I]

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript

Features: "The CIA Papers: Diary, The Case of the Disappearing Teahouse”

1974 May
Box: 2 Folder : 5 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: II]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Collegewire Composition Spiral Book with Editing Notation

Features: “3 by Scorpion-Spider” ; “A Tale Of Revolution Ecstasy And Love by Peter Gordon” ; short form diary-like works that develop into [II]: "I Find An Object For My Desire”

1974 June
Box: 2 Folder : 6 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: III]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Collegewire Composition Spiral Book with Editing Notation

Features: Short form diary-like work that develops into [III]: "Peter’s Story”

undated, circa 1974
Box: 2 Folder : 7 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: IV & VI]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Citadel Wiremaster Spiral Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Dykes 1” / “Part II, Tales of San Francisco, 1. Coke,” short form diary-like works that develop into [IV]: “San Francisco And…” & [VI]: “Dykes”

undated, circa 1974
Box: 2 Folder : 8 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: IV & V]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Citadel Wiremaster Spiral Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Tales Of SF, Distrust,” short form diary-like works that develop into [IV]: “San Francisco And…” & [V]: “Distrust”

undated, circa 1974
Box: 2 Folder : 9 [I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac Imagining: VI]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Citadel Wiremaster Spiral Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Dykes #1 & #2,” short form diary-like works that develop into [VI]: “Dykes”

undated, circa 1974
Box: 2 Folder : 10 “Images And Dreams”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Orange Dri-Point Theme Spiral Book

Features: “Destruction of Own Writing,” “Records of Daily Life #1: Homage to Leroi Jones,” “Refining the Sensuality of Language,” “Writing Asystematically,” Poetic Exercises on Repetition

1972 Autumn
Box: 2 Folder : 11 “I was with another woman”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Yellow National Canary Paper Spiral Notebook

Features: Short form diary-like and dream description works

undated, circa 1971 - 1972
Box: 2 Folder : 12 “Jane Eyre I”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Citadel Wiremaster Spiral Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: “I. Childhood, II. School: I Remake My Training,” “Anarchists Take Over World,” “Disintegration Of U.S., Diary of Ideas” “Drag: The Dance,” “Poems / TCLOTBT.Series II” [The Childlike Life Of The Black Tarantula] & “The Criminal Career Of Kathy Alexander,” “The Translator I: Basic Ideas”

1973 October 23 - November
Box: 2 Folder : 13 “Jane Eyre II”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Citadel Wiremaster Spiral Note Book; 3 Typescripts with Editing Notation

Features: “A.M. Fine: Dedicated to the destruction of all memories and societies by including the memories of everyone in me,” “Memory I,” “Ode to NY,” “On Desire,” “Rip-Off Red In NY,” “The Color of Raw Velvet,” “Various Memory Experiments, 1 - 3”

1973 October; 1974 January 17 - June 1
Box: 3 Folder : 1 [Jane Eyre]: "Kathy Alexander: I Become Jane Eyre Who Rebelled Against Every One, By The Black Tarantula"

Scope and Contents

1 Typescript with Editing Notation

1973 November
Box: 3 Folder : 2 [Jane Eyre]: "Kathy Alexander: I Become Jane Eyre Who Rebelled Against Every One, By The Black Tarantula"

Scope and Contents

1 Typescript with Editing Notation [Photocopies]

1973 November
Box: 3 Folder : 3 “Kathy Acker and Melvyn Freilicher Discuss The Role of Sex in the Fascist Society”

Scope and Contents

1 Handdrawn Flyer

Features: Advertisement for discussion & poetry at the University of California at San Diego, Literature Department & CPB

[no year] April 25, circa 1970 - 1980s
Box: 3 Folder : 4 “Lesbian Portrait / Harriet”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Pen-Tab Spiral Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: “II. Family Portrait,” “2nd for Lynn Lonidier,” “He photographs her sitting alone in a café,” “I’m lying in bed with her,” “Part Of The New World,” “She tried her best to kill me,” short form diary-like works that did & did not develop into Politics (1972)

1971 July
Box: 3 Folder : 5 “Lesbian Portrait(s)”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Delah Spiral Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Lesbian,” Concrete Poetry on Front & Back Covers; “Flower(s),” “For Lynn Lonidier,” “Jerry’s Leaving,” “Poems 7/71,” “Portrait,” “Portraits of Sexual Lives,” short form diary-like poetic works

1971 July
Box: 3 Folder : 6 [Lesbian] "Portraits”

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation [Originals & Photocopies]

1971 July
Box: 3 Folder : 7 [Lesbian] "Portraits”

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation [Originals & Photocopies]

1971 Summer
Box: 3 Folder : 8 "Memory Experiments I"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation

Features: “Various Memory Experiments I” with “1. Intention: change,” “2. Breaking Through Memories To Desires”

1974 February - April
Box: 3 Folder : 9 “Memory Experiment[s]: II”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Collegewire Spiral Composition Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Fuck art: go back to writing porno. Fuck Originality: COPY PORNO,” References to Poetry Project artists & others - Andrei Codrescu, Alan Sondheim, Bernadette Meyer, Bill McKay (St. Mark’s Newsletter), David Antin, Diane Wakoski, Gerald Malanga, Ken Friedman (Fluxus, Something Else Press), Tom Veitch; “Time As Modes of Consciousness,” short form diary-like and dream description works; personal and professional experiences that conceptually mirror previous work Politics (1972)

1974 March 5 - May
Box: 3 Folder : 10 “Memory [Experiments] II: (extra notes)"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, National Spiral Notebook with Editing Notation

Features: “Breaking Through Memories Into Desire,” References to Alan Sondheim, Bernadette Mayer, St. Mark’s Church, short form diary-like and dream description works; personal and professional experiences; translation exercises & schemas

1974 February 1 - 21
Box: 3 Folder : 11 “Memory [Experiments] III"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Collegewire Spiral Composition Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Breaking Through Memories Into Desire,” “[Overtly] Structuring Memory By Desire,” References to Alan Sondheim, WBAI Radio Performance, Village Voice critic Tom Johnson; short form diary-like and dream description works about personal and professional experiences

1974 March 5 - 20
Box: 3 Folder : 12 "Movie Buzz" by Leonard Neufeld

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation [Photocopies]

undated, circa 1974
Box: 3 Folder : 13 "Poems"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript [Originals & Photocopies]

Features: References to Leonard Neufeld; Short form diary-like works about personal and professional experiences mirroring “Lesbian Portraits” works

1971 May - June
Box: 3 Folder : 14 "Poems / Diary”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Pen-Tab Wire Bound Theme Book with Editing Notation

Features: Ink sketches, short form diary-like and dream description works about personal and professional experiences that were developed to form Politics (1972)

undated, circa 1971
Box: 3 Folder : 15 "Revolutionary Diary Of An Anarchist"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript, Poem with Editing Notation

undated, circa 1968 - 1971
Box: 3 Folder : 16 [Rip-Off Red: Girl Detective]

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Blue Spiral Composition Book with Editing Notation

Features: “The Adult Adventures of Rip-Off Red: A Story That Makes No Sense At All,” edits, deletions & drafts for manuscript published by Grove Press in 2002; Unsent correspondence to Michael Davidson

undated, 1973
Box: 3 Folder : 17 “Rip-Off Red: Girl Detective: I”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, University of California at San Diego, National Spiral Notebook with Editing Notation

Features: “Chapters I - X,” “Part II: The Diary Of A Murderer, Chapter VII On Fantasy,” edits, deletions & drafts for manuscript published by Grove Press in 2002

1972 April 10 - 1973 May 26
Box: 3 Folder : 18 “Rip-Off Red: Girl Detective: II”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, University of California at San Diego, National Spiral Notebook with Editing Notation

Features: “Continued, Chapters X - XIV,” “Dream & Fantasy,” “Part III: The Search for the Truth,” edits, deletions & drafts for manuscript published by Grove Press in 2002

1973 June
Box: 4 Folder : 1 “Rip-Off Red: Girl Detective: IV”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, University of California at San Diego, National Spiral Notebook with Editing Notation

Features: “Chapter XX, The Intrusion of Truth into Fantasy,” edits, deletions & drafts for manuscript published by Grove Press in 2002

1973
Box: 4 Folder : 2 [Rip-Off Red: Girl Detective]: "I Become A Revolutionary"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation

Features: "Hot," “Wanting Women and Desperate Men”

undated, circa 1973
Box: 4 Folder : 3 "Stripper Disintegration: Drugs and War"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation [Originals & Photocopies]

Features: “A Short Narration Of War And Drugs,” “Dream: Private,” “End Of Chaos,” “Queens Of The Darkest Night: My Childhood,” “Stripper Pornography,” “Strippers’s Chaos Dirge,” “The Beginning Of The Drug Dream,” “The Continuing Saga Of War And Drugs, Part I: Stripper Disintegration,” “The Death Of Nixon, The Ghosts Begin To Speak,” “The Death of the Rich People”

1973 February - March
Box: 4 Folder : 4 “suicidal depression [by] sharon"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Unsent Correspondence Fragment from “Sharon”

undated, circa 1968 - 1974
Box: 4 Folder : 5 The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec By Henri Toulouse Lautrec. TVRT Press & Printed Matter: New York.
1978
Box: 4 Folder : 6 [The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec By Henri Toulouse Lautrec]: "The Black Tarantula Toulouse Lautrec: A”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Vernon Royal University Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: Edits, deletions, notes that develop into “Chapter 1: “The Case of the Murdered Twerp,” “Chapter 2: “Longing For Better Things,” “Chapter 3: “The Desperation of the Poor”

undated, circa 1974
Box: 4 Folder : 7 [The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec By Henri Toulouse Lautrec]: "The Black Tarantula Toulouse Lautrec: B”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Vernon Royal University Note Book with Editing Notation

Features: Edits, deletions, notes that develop into “Chapter 3: The Desperation of the Poor” & “Chapter 4: The Creation of the World, Part I-IV” ; “Is Being A Whore Enough?” “The Creation Of The World,” “The Lousy Judge,” “The Mice’s Song”

undated, circa 1974
Box: 4 Folder : 8 The Childlike Life of The Black Tarantula by The Black Tarantula. TVRT Press & Printed Matter: New York, NY.
1978
Box: 4 Folder : 9 “The Childlike Life Of The Black Tarantula: [Chapter I], A Minor Work, In Praise of Murderesses”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, University of California at San Diego, National Spiral Notebook with Editing Notation

Features: Edits, deletions, notes that develop into “Chapter I: Some Lives of Murderesses, A Document” ; Mathematician August De Morgan’s Laws Notation [30 Pages]

undated, circa 1973 June
Box: 4 Folder : 10 [The Childlike Life Of The Black Tarantula: Chapters I - IV], “The Black Tarantula Drives Herself Insane: Document"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, University of California at San Diego, National Spiral Notebook with Editing Notation

Features: Edits, deletions, notes that develop into “Chapter I: Some Lives of Murderesses, A Document,” “Chapter II: A Point-To-Point Comparison,” “Chapter III: I Move to San Francisco,” “Chapter IV: I Become Helen Seferis”

1973 June 13
Box: 4 Folder : 11 [The Childlike Life Of The Black Tarantula: Chapters V - VI], “I Reveal The Real Story Of My Childhood!!”

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Collegewire Spiral Composition Book with Editing Notation; 1 Unbound Typescript

Features: Edits, deletions, notes that develop into “Chapter V: I Explore My Miserable Childhood. I Become William Butler Yeats,” “Chapter VI: The Story of My Life, I Become Marquis de Sade” ; Loose Typescript, “The Childlike Life Of The Black Tarantula #6” Synopsis / Book Back Cover Mock-Up

undated, circa 1973 September
Box: 4 Folder : 12 "The Childlike Life Of The Black Tarantula: Secret Document #1"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation

Features: “I write down my unconscious fantasy world,” short form diary-like works;“Structuristem Number Eight: Grid Sentences” Instructions & Handwritten Chart

undated, circa 1973
Box: 4 Folder : 13 “The Creation (diaries)"

Scope and Contents

1 Holograph Manuscript, Pink Dri-Point Theme Spiral Book with Editing Notation

Features: “Gold: Songs For Jimi Hendrix,” [this work also appears in unbound, typescript form in Box 1, Folder 13], “Household Objects: Breaking Up, Falling In Love, Description Of Life In NY,” “Jerry, Paul, Elly, Bruce,” “Sun Is Round,” “The Emotions Of Everyone In America Journal, Black Jewel Cats,” “What I Do And Why I Do It: The Process of Creation,” short form diary-like, meditation, and poetic works

1972 Autumn
Box: 4 Folder : 14 [The Creation (diaries)]: "Breaking Up"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript

Features: Long form poetic work; This also appears in holograph manuscript form in “The Creation (diaries),” [Box 4, Folder 13]

undated, circa 1972 Autumn
Box: 5 Folder : 1 "The Destruction Of The US: The Burning Bombing Of America"

Scope and Contents

1 Bound Typescript Collection, Black Spring Binder with Editing Notation

Features: “The Destruction Of The US: The Burning Bombing Of America,” Flyer for Acker poetry reading, artwork by Harriet Golden; Over twenty long & short form diary-like, dream description essays & poetic works, “Diary Dreams In Night: For the Painters of Decadence for Harriet Golden,” “For Lynn Lonidier,” “Poems: 5/71 - 7/71,” “Portraits,” “Portraits: Visions,”“Sequence,” “Silk For Lenny”

1971 Summer - 1972
Box: 5 Folder : 2 "The Golden Woman: Ode to Beautiful Women #1, #2, #3"

Scope and Contents

1 Unbound Typescript with Editing Notation

Features: Short form poetic works

undated, circa 1968 - 1972
Box: 5 Folder : 3 "Works Done"

Scope and Contents

1 Bound Typescript Collection, Cream-Colored Spring Binder with Gilt Rule on Board; Editing Notation

Features: Over twenty long & short form diary-like, dream description essays & poetic works; “Abstract Essay Collaged With Dreams,” “A Ghost Story,” “Communist Aesthetics,” “Information Sexual Ecstasy Revolution III,” “Last Poem,” “Narration Of The New World,” “Narrative (for Ed Klima),” “Personal Life,” “Poems for Tamar 6, 7, & 8,” “Political Desire: Something Beautiful For Margie,” “Pornographic Poems,” “Silk For Lenny,” “The Betrayal Of Friends,” “The Destruction Of The U.S., The Burning Bombing Of America,” “The New Life,” “The Parts of the Mind and How They Work,” “The Worship Of Beauty Of Angels,” “Velvet Awareness,” “Violet Women”

1968 Spring - 1972 May