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Charles Bernstein papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 984

Scope and Contents

The Charles Bernstein papers, which span from 1950-2010s, contain extensive writings, along with other papers, programs, clippings, notebooks, audiovisual materials, and electronic media that document or are related to Bernstein's life and work.


  • 1950 - 2012




Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 23-24 (printed email): Restricted: Not to be consulted before January 1, 2033.

Box 52 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 53 (electronic media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charles Bernstein 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, 2013. Additional materials received under terms of original purchase, 2019.


Organized into six series: I. Writings and Correspondence, 1980-2010. II. Notebooks, 1989-2010. III. Other Papers, 1950-2012. IV. Audiovisual Materials, circa 1970s-1980s. V. Electronic Media, 1990s-2010s. VI. Printed Materials, 1970-2010.


73.75 Linear Feet (77 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Charles Bernstein (1950-) is an American poet, essayist, and scholar. He is a prominent figure among the Language poets and taught for many years at the University of Pennsylvania. Bernstein was awarded the 2019 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry.

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, 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 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 minimal 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 Charles Bernstein Papers
by Beinecke staff
January 2019
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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