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Larry Fagin papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 330

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by Larry Fagin, stemming from his individual and collaborative work as a poet and editor, and, as well as his work as a teacher, filmmaker, artist, choreographer, and journalist. It also documents his personal and working relationships with other poets and writers associated with the New York School. Material includes correspondence, printed material, typescripts of poems, essays, translations, and film scripts, publicity material for readings, lectures, and publications, interview transcripts, teaching files, collages, an 8 mm motion picture, and other material. The bulk of the collection consists of files compiled by Fagin according to correspondent and/or subject, including extensive files for Glen Baxter, Bill Berkson, Jack Collom, Clark Coolidge, Michael Friedman, John Godfrey, Naropa Institute, Ron Padgett, Poetry Project at St. Mark's, Judith Reifman, and Anne Waldman, among others.


  • circa 1880-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1950-2017


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 55 and 71 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 56-58 and 70 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Access to original audiovisual recordings (Reel 714a) is restricted. Consult the Beinecke Library Access Services department for information about reference copies.

Conditions Governing Use

The Larry Fagin 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 on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2008 and 2018.

January 2021 acquisition: Purchased from Granary Books on the George B. Alvord Fund, 2021.


The collection is organized into three groupings: November 2008 acquisition, 1956-2008; May 2018 acquisition, 1918-2017; January 2021 acquisition, circa 1880-2017.


45.79 Linear Feet ((71 boxes) + 1 film reel)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Larry Fagin

Larry Fagin (1937-2017) was an American poet and educator. Fagin graduated from the University of Maryland. He was the author or co-author of numerous collections of poetry, including Parade of the Caterpillars (1968), Brain Damage (1971), Two Serious Poems and One Other, with Bill Berkson (1971), Landscape, with George Schneeman (1972), The World of Leon, with Ron Padgett (1973), Rhymes of a Jerk (1974), Stabs (1979), Lime Rickeys, with Jack Collom (1994), and Dig & Delve, with Trevor Winkfield (1999). His poetry and prose also appeared in magazines, such as Paris Review, Blue Suede Shoes, Poetry, Open Space, and Rolling Stone, as well as several anthologies of poetry.

Fagin published and edited Adventures in Poetry magazine (1968-1975) and Un Poco Loco, a monthly poetry newsletter (1978-1979). He was co-director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church 1971 to 1976, and a founder and director of Danspace from 1975 to 1980. Starting in 1968, Fagin taught creative writing to public school students and teachers. He was on the faculty at the Naropa Institute from 1977 to 1987, and chaired the Poetics Department from 1982 to 1984. He also taught at UCLA and New School University.

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, and competing priorities. 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 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 Larry Fagin Papers
by Beinecke staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-04-08: Added January 2021 acquisition

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