Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997
Literary File, Photography Collection

46 items

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Mary Foster and Susan McClellan, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None

Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The Allen Ginsberg Literary File consists of 46 photographs (43 loose photographic prints, 1 color slide, 1 safety negative strip, and 1 nitrate negative), the majority of which are from Peter Orlovsky's papers. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

*Items are located at PH:LF:Ginsberg, A., unless otherwise noted.

Item List

Container Accession / P No. Description
*P1 3/4 right rear profile image of Ginsberg, standing, looking at a river; inscribed on top right corner of image: "Jerry -- Thanks for the weed -- it's / like being high / Allen Ginsberg."
* P2Snapshot of Ginsberg as a child; printed label on verso: "with mother and friends."
* P3Stamped passport photograph of Peter Orlovsky.
*P4-P6 Small head shot portraits (from a photo booth) of Peter Orlovsky.
*P7 Negative print of a small head shot portrait of Peter Orlovsky.
*P8-P11 Small head shot portraits of Peter Orlovsky.
*P12 Small head shot of Peter Orlovsky wearing a hat.
* P13Small head shot of Peter Orlovsky with long hair.
* P14Snapshot of Peter Orlovsky, seated on the steps of a building (in Calcutta?), with two unidentified men in background.
*P15-P17 Bust portrait of Peter Orlovsky (3 prints; see P19 for corresponding negative).
*P19 Strip of b/w 35mm film with 2 frames on it; one is of Ginsberg, the other is of Peter Orlovsky and corresponds to prints P15-P17.
*P20 Snapshot of Neal Cassady at the wheel of a car, looking back over his right shoulder, with "new girl Anne" seated next to him.
* P21Snapshot of Neal Cassady (standing) and Charles Plymell (on motorcycle).
* P22Small head shot portrait of Vivian Nunes; handwritten description on verso.
* P23Small portrait of Aftal Ahmed.
*P24 Group portrait of 3 women and 2 men standing in front of an early automobile.
*P25 Image of an unidentifed street beggar (in Calcutta?).
*P26A-P26B Images of an unidentified naked man (in Calcutta?).
*P27A-P27N 14 b/w 35mm contact prints of various scenes and people in Calcutta; P27A is of Ginsberg.
* P28Color 35mm transparency of a mural.
*P29 Snapshot of Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky (in Calcutta?).
*P30 Snapshot of 8 men, including Ginsberg, in front of a bookstore.
*P31A-P31B Portraits of Ginsberg in Austin, Texas, circa November 1972.
NV:LF BoxesP12 Nitrate negative of Peter Orlovsky wearing a hat (same number as corresponding print).

Index of Photographers

Delhi Photo Co.--P13
Wylie, Hal--P31A-P31B

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