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Paul Violi papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 624

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, teaching material, newspaper clippings, audiovisual material, student work, juvenilia, and printed materials relating to the life and work of American poet Paul Violi. Materials document his writing, his relationships with other writers and artists including Charles North, Tony Towle, and Dale Devereux Barker, and his activities as co-founder of Swollen Magpie Press.


  • circa 1955–2011
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 24, 25, 29 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 30 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Paul Violi Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Granary Books, Inc. on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2012.


Organized into eleven series: I. Correspondence, circa 1970s-2011. II. Journal and Notebooks, 1965-2011. III. Publishing, 1970-1987. IV. Manuscripts, circa 1969-1999. V. Publications by Paul Violi, circa 1997-2000. VI. Education and teaching papers, undated. VII. Photographs, undated. VIII. Papers relating to Kenneth Koch, circa 1990s. IX. Other Papers, 1960s-2006. X. Audiovisual Material, undated. XI. Born Digital Material, circa 1975-2004.


28.17 Linear Feet ((30 boxes) + 1 record album storage)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Paul Violi

Paul Violi (1944-2011) was an American poet and small press publisher. He co-founded Swollen Magpie Press, taught at Columbia University and the New School, and won numerous awards for his writing including two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His works include Overnight (2007), Fracas (1998), and Splurge (1982).

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Paul Violi Papers
by Beinecke staff
April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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