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K.S. Ernst papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1209

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, printed materials, writings, mail art, and ephemera. The collection includes many mail artworks from artists including David Cole, Mark Sonnenfield, and John M. Bennett. Also included are Ernst’s Press Me Close business files, buttons, and notes. The strengths of this collection include the mail art and correspondence between artists.


  • 1980-2007


Language of Materials

Includes materials in English, French, German, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 13 (audiovisual and born-digital): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The K.S. Ernst 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

Gift of K. S. Ernst, 2019.


The collection is organized into two series: Series I. Mid-career Mail Art from others and Series II. Old Mail Art and correspondence. Within the series, the materials are organized in alphabetical order.


17.63 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The collection chiefly includes correspondence with writers and other collaborators. The collection also contains project files which include manuscript drafts, book mock ups, and printed materials. The records provide insight into the collaborative process between publisher and writer including correspondence, manuscript drafts, and book proofs.

Biographical / Historical

K.S. (Kathy) Ernst was born in St. Louis in 1946. She is a visual poet and artist, working in the media of sculpture, artists’ books, painting, and digital works. She contributed to the “text as image” trend. Ernst manages Press Me Close which publishes books, postcards, and visual poetry T-shirts.

Separated Materials

Printed materials that arrived at the library with the collection were separated for separate cataloging.

Processing Information

The collection was processed adhering to Ernst’s original filing system. There is an overlap between mail art and correspondence between the artists. The series titles are Ernst’s original titles.

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