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Michael Benedikt papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 589
Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and personal papers documenting the personal and professional life of American poet and author Michael Benedikt. Correspondence in the collection consists of letters to Benedikt from authors and artists, editors and publishers, literary agents and organizations, academic institutions, and others dating largely from the late 1950s to early 1980s. Correspondents include Duane Ackerson, Anna Balakian, Alan Brilliant, A. Poulin, Carolee Schneemann, and others. Writings features annotated printed versions of early works by Benedikt, such as Changes (1961) and The Body (1968), printed versions of essays, and a few drafts and proofs of individual poems. Personal Papers include a curriculum vitae, electronic files, notebooks, photographs, records documenting a dispute with a New York City landlord, where Benedikt resided late in life, and other materials.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 4 (computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Michael Benedikt 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 Asako Kitaori and Gerard Malanga, 2007.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1957-1997. II Writings, 1951-1980. III. Personal Papers, 1968-2002.

1951 - 2002
1.46 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Related Names
Benedikt, Michael, 1935-2007
Language of Materials