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The Difficulties Records

Call Number: YCAL MSS 382

Scope and Contents

The Difficulties Records contain correspondence, production files, drafts of writings, and printed material relating to the production and publication of journal issues.


  • 1977-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Difficulties Records 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 Thomas L. Beckett on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 1997.


7.52 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Difficulties Records contain correspondence, production files, drafts of writings, and printed material relating to the production and publication of journal issues.

The Difficulties

The Difficulties was an arts journal started by poet and editor Tom Beckett in 1980. The journal's name was derived from a Charles Olson quote and the journal was published by Viscerally Press in Kent, Ohio. Between 1980 and 1990, six issues were produced, each focusing on process-oriented and language-centered work. The first issue was comprised of responses to a questionnaire about "language environment;" the second was an issue of poetry; and the final four issues were critical considerations of the writers Charles Bernstein, Ron Silliman, David Bromige and Susan Howe.

Processing Information

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat ZA MS 549.

Collection 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, 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. 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 Difficulties Records
by Molly Wheeler
May 15, 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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