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Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1082

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, writings of others, personal papers, photographs, printed material, audio recordings, electronic media, and other papers documenting the life and work of poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Correspondence consists of letters from poets, writers, publishers, literary organizations, and others including John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein, Susan Bee, Ray DiPalma, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Ron Padgett, Arthur Sze, and Richard Tuttle. Writings consist of drafts, revisions, notes, mock-ups, proofs, publicity materials, and related correspondence for published works by Berssenbrugge; drafts of early poems; other writings by Berssenbrugge; and writings of others, including Barbara Guest, Arthur Sze, and others.


  • 1955 - 2015




Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 54 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 55 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge 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 Ruth Stephan Fund and the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund, 2015.


Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1967-2015. II. Writings, 1955-2014. III. Personal papers, 1955-2014. IV. Audiovisual materials, undated. V. Electronic media, 2005-2010.


45.72 Linear Feet (55 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (born 1947) is a Chinese-American poet. Winner of two American Book Awards, Berssenbrugge's work is often associated with the New York School and the Language poets. She is married to painter Richard Tuttle, a frequent collaborator.

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 Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge Papers
by Beinecke staff
May 2019
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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