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Altagor papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1466
Scope and Contents
The Altagor Papers, which span from 1930-2009, contain correspondence, personal papers, writings, artwork, printed material, objects, long-playing records, audio tapes, and other papers by or relating to the artist Altagor, also known as Andre Vernier. These materials document Altagor’s writings including drafts of his novels, manifestoes, typewriter poems, symphonic poems, and his most well-known works, “Discours absolu” and “Simonia.”

This collection also contains Altagor’s musical creations including his post-war compositions and scores, as well as designs for his musical instruments and the proto-type of one of them, the “pantaphone.” Notebooks, correspondence, and reel-to-reel tapes document his performances, his creative practice, and his involvement with Lettrism.
Language of Materials
Chiefly in French; some material in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Boxes 17-28 (audiotape reels): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Altagor 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 Didier Lecointre-Dominique Drouet on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2017.
Organized into thirteen series: I. Novels and Classical Poems, 1930-1960. II. Simonia, 1942-1964. III. Poetic Fragments, 1936-1961. IV. Symphonic Poems and Odes, 1939-1948. V. Metapoesie and Metapoesie Lettrism, 1941-2001. VI. Discours Absolu, 1937-1958, VII. Recordings and Scores, 1943-2009. VIII. Notes, Notebooks, and Uncollected Texts, 1950-1984. IX. Writings, Theories, and Ideas, 1945-2002. X. Drawings and Paintings, 1957-1985. XI. Personal Papers and Photographs, undated. XII. Annotated Books, 1937-1986. XIII. Objects, 1976, undated.
1930-2009, undated
23.25 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
Related Names
Altagor, 1915-1992
Language of Materials