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Ira Cohen papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 625

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, photographs, artwork, objects, audiovisual materials, and electronic media the document the life and work of Ira Cohen. The papers include materials relating to other writers, artists, and groups including Ronnie Burk, Louise Landes-Levi, the Living Theatre, Gerard Malanga, Petra Vogt, Tom Weigel, various Beat generation writers, and others. Artwork includes mail art, paintings, drawings, screen prints, and posters. Objects include stamps, Cohen's typewriter, masks, and plaster and papier mache casts. Casts include life masks made by Cohen of friends including Allen Ginsberg and Julian Beck and a cast of William S. Burroughs' hand.

Dates

  • 1924-2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 44, 93-97, 185-213 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 98, 214-219 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ira Cohen 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 Johan Kugelberg on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund, 2011.

Arrangement

Organized into eleven series: I. Selected Papers, 1924, 1960s-2000s. II. Correspondence, 1970s-2000s. III. Papers Relating to Other Writers and Groups, 1960s-2000s. IV. Manuscript Materials and Working Files, circa 1961-2007. V. Notebooks, 1979-2005. VI. Photographs, 1960s-2000s. VII. Papers Removed from Printed Material, undated. VIII. Artwork, 1970s-2000s. IX. Objects, circa 1936, 1980s-2000s. X. Audiovisual Materials, 1965-2000s. XI. Electronic Media, 1980s-2000s.

Extent

132.64 Linear Feet ((206 boxes) + 14 broadside, 2 record album storage, and 1 art)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.iracohen

Overview

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, photographs, artwork, objects, audiovisual materials, and electronic media the document the life and work of Ira Cohen. The papers include materials relating to other writers, artists, and groups including Ronnie Burk, Louise Landes-Levi, the Living Theatre, Gerard Malanga, Petra Vogt, Tom Weigel, various Beat generation writers, and others. Artwork includes mail art, paintings, drawings, screen prints, and posters. Objects include stamps, Cohen's typewriter, masks, and plaster and papier mache casts. Casts include life masks made by Cohen of friends including Allen Ginsberg and Julian Beck and a cast of William S. Burroughs' hand.

Ira Cohen

Ira Cohen (1935-2011) was an American poet, photographer, publisher, and filmmaker. He was associated with the Living Theatre, as well as various writers associated with the Beat generation.

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.
Title
Guide to the Ira Cohen Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
November 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.