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Ray DiPalma papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 776

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, artwork, photographs, audiovisual material, computer media, and personal papers by and relating to American poet and visual artist Ray DiPalma. It includes a large amount of correspondence with Vincent Dussol, DiPalma's French translator, and American poets Merrill Gilfillan, Ken McCullough, Ron Silliman, and Paul Vangelisti, as well as Mail Art. Other correspondents include authors and visual artists chiefly of DiPalma's generation, such as Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Guy Davenport, Lyn Hejinian, Peter Klappert, Michael Lally, and Tom Raworth. DiPalma's literary and artistic output includes drafts, proofs, and printed versions of written work and representations of graphic work dating from the mid 1960s. Supplementing this professional output are printed materials, including clippings and publicity, and sound recordings of readings. Also found in the collection are various personal papers, including diaries, notebooks, journals, and calendars.


  • circa 1943-2018


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 39-40, 111 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 51, 110 (computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ray DiPalma 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, Inc. on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2005.

July 2006 acquisition: purchased from Ray DiPalma on the George B. Alvord Fund, 2006.

May 2018 acquisition: purchased from Granary Books, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2018.


Organized into three groupings: June 2005 Acquisition, July 2006 Acquisition, and May 2018 Acquisition.


73 Linear Feet ((105 boxes) + 1 record album storage, 7 broadsides)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Collections consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, artwork, photographs, audiovisual material, computer media, and personal papers by and relating to American poet and visual artist Ray DiPalma.

Ray DiPalma (1943-)

Ray DiPalma, American poet and visual artist, was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and educated at Duquesne University (1966) and the University of Iowa (1968). DiPalma has published over 30 books of poetry, translations, and graphic work, including House of Keys (2010), The Ancient Use of Stone: Journals and Daybooks 1998-2008 (2009), Pensieri (2009), and Further Apocrypha (2009). Earlier collections include Numbers and Tempers: Selected Early Poems, 1966-1986 (1993), Le Tombeau de Reverdy (1997), Provocations (1994), Hôtel des Ruines (1993), and Planh (1979). His visual work has been collected by galleries and museums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. DiPalma lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Biographical information taken from The Poetry Foundation website at <>.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below according to month and year of acquisition.

The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part 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.

Former call numbers: Uncat MSS 796 and Uncat MSS 925.

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 Ray DiPalma Papers
by Beinecke staff and Nora Soto
May 16, 2007. Revised: May 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-02-10: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.

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