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Guide to Tuli Kupferberg and Sylvia Topp Papers MSS.385

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Collection processed by Stacey Flatt and Samantha Rowe.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 09, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Stacey Flatt to include materials integrated from a recovered box Updated by Rachel Mahre and Lyric Evans-Hunter to enhance the description of audio materials and reflect the digitization of video materials.  , March 2021 , May 2022

Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Kupferberg, Samara
Creator: Kupferberg, Tuli
Source - dnr: Topp, Sylvia
Title: Tuli Kupferberg and Sylvia Topp Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1821-2010
Dates [bulk]: 1960-2000
Abstract: Naphtali "Tuli" Kupferberg (1923-2010) was an American counterculture poet, cartoonist, publisher, activist, and musician. This collection reflects the varied, interconnected assortment of projects Kupferberg undertook beginning in the 1940s until his death in 2010, while living in lower Manhattan. Material in this collection includes essays, articles, and books by Kupferberg and his wife Sylvia Topp; work files for his and Topp's publishing company, Birth Press; fan mail, song lyrics, and recordings related to his band, The Fugs; props for his performance group, The Revolting Theater; and recordings of his local television show, Revolting News. His correspondence with authors including Sparrow, Urban Gwerder, Ted Joans, Walter Lowenfels, and Coby Batty, provide perspective into the network and relationships among the literary bohemian community within New York and beyond during the 1960s through 2000s. The bulk of the collection is Kupferberg's extensive research and source material grouped into subjects including sex, politics, smoking, religion, drugs, and education. Material within these subject files were used as inspiration or incorporated into works he wrote and performed. His significant collection of local, small-run independent published material as well as mainstream publications illustrates the output of writers and artists during these decades, and represents the interests of readers within the New York community and beyond.
Quantity: 202.75 Linear Feet in 106 record cartons, 146 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, 1 tall manuscript box, 30 flat boxes, 3 hinged-ring binder boxes, 33 oversize flat boxes, 4 flat-file folders, 1 suitcase, 2 musical instruments, 1 toy gun
Quantity: 3 sound discs (vinyl)
Quantity: 2 sound discs (cd)
Quantity: 2 dvd-r disks
Quantity: 86 sound tape reels
Quantity: 273 audiocassettes
Quantity: 2 sound cassettes (dat)
Quantity: 33 videocassettes (minidv)
Quantity: 3 film reels
Quantity: 132 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 16 videocassettes (u-matic)
Quantity: 1 videoreels (1 inch)
Location: Portions of this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.385