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Gerard Malanga Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 813
Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials documenting the artistic, professional, and personal activities of Gerard Malanga. Materials include correspondence, research and subject files, drafts and printed versions of writings, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, printed materials, and artwork. There is correspondence with publishers and editors, galleries and cultural organizations, writers, friends, and family. The research files and writings document work by Malanga and others. There are drafts, autograph manuscript and typescript, of a great many individual poems by Malanga and more extensive, though scattered files for collections of poems and other book-length projects, such as Ten Years After (1977), This Will Kill That (1983), Mythologies of the Heart (1996), and Scopophilia (1985). Materials can also be found for projects that relate to Malanga's work as a photo archivist for the New York City Parks Department, including books on Robert Moses and public swimming facilities in the city. Photographic materials include negatives, contact sheets, and prints, and feature portraits of writers and artists, chiefly American poets, dating from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Audiovisual materials include audiocassettes, reel-to-reel sound recordings, and optical media, including readings and performances by Malanga and others. Printed materials include posters, issues of magazines, clippings, and ephemera.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 113-117, 119, and 154-155 (Audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 269 (DVDs and CDs): Restricted fragile. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Gerard Malanga 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 Photo Anonyme Ltd. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund and gift of Asako Kitaori and Gerard Malanga, 2006-2017.


This collection is organized into eight groupings: I. September 2006 acquisition. II. September 2006 acquisition. III. November 2007 acquisition. IV. November 2007 acquisition. V. July 2008 acquisition. VI. September 2009 acquisition. VII. January 2017 acquisition. VIII. June 2022 acquisition.

1906 - 2020
Majority of material found within 1970 - 2010
154.62 Linear Feet ((254 boxes) + 3 art, 6 rolls, 7 broadsides)
Related Names
Malanga, Gerard
Language of Materials