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Collection Overview

Title:
Ed Sanders Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc2n49tc698
Dates:
1939-2021 (mostly 1960-2010)
Size:
451 linear feet, 397 boxes, 22 digital files, and 0.11 GB
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Boxes 1-44; 46-48; 50-52; 54-84; 86-123; 125-155; 157-160; 162-167; 169-177; 179-193; 195-217; 219-238; 240-250; 252; 254-259; 300-313; 315-319; 321-336; 338-361; 363-367; 369-392; 394-413; 415-425; 427-428; 430-436; 438-440; 443-446; 448-449; 451-453; 455-459; 461-465
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of drafts, manuscripts, research files, correspondence, artwork, and other related materials of American musician, poet, writer, artist, and activist Ed Sanders.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Ed Sanders Papers includes drafts and manuscripts of Sanders' own writing as well as talks and lectures and research files for investigative writing; correspondence; printed material such as small-run publications and posters; artwork, especially "glyphs" and "bardic glyphs" or poems with visual components; ephemera, such as posters, flyers, and promotional material; photographs; and audiovisual material, including phonographs, audiocassette tapes, and CDs that document several decades of Sanders' life, specifically his political and activist activities particularly in the 1960s and '70s as well as his involvement in the political and social life of Woodstock, NY, where he still lives, as well as his research and work, including his writing, art, and music endeavors, including The Fugs. The collection also includes some teaching materials and writings and works of others.

Creator-supplied description was retained for these materials where possible. Some descriptions of physical condition, locations of materials, and cross references may be outdated and inaccurate.

Arrangement

Materials are physically arranged in the order in which they were received, with intellectual arrangement from the creator.

Collection Creator Biography:

Sanders

Edward Sanders, born in 1939, is an American musician, poet, writer, artist, and activist, whose personal involvement and works document and encompass 1960s counterculture and its aftermath. Sanders graduated from New York University in 1964, with a degree in Classics. In 1962, he began publishing the avant-garde journal, Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts, on a mimeograph machine. He opened the Peace Eye bookstore in Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1965. Sanders created the genre of "investigative poetry" in which he has often worked; two such works include "1968: A History in Verse" and "America: A History in Verse." With Tuli Kupferberg, Sanders co-founded the rock band, the Fugs, and has performed as a solo musician and poet. He has written books on the Manson family, Robert F. Kennedy, the Beatniks, and an unpublished biography of the rock band, the Eagles. He has lived in Woodstock, New York for decades, where he has been involved in local politics and environmental activism. He is the founder and editor of the Woodstock Journal along with his wife, writer and painter, Miriam R. Sanders. Ed Sanders has also taught poetry workshops at Bard College and elsewhere.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from Ed Sanders in 2022 (AM 2023-012). Granary Books, Inc. brokered the purchase.

Appraisal

About 12 linear feet of mass-produced published materials, including books, pamphlets, and newspapers as well as commercial CDs were removed as were answering machine tapes.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding, Faith Charlton, Phoebe Nobles, and Amy C. Vo with assistance from August Roberts '25, and Lauren Williams in 2022.

Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding, Faith Charlton, Phoebe Nobles, and Amy C. Vo, with assistance from August Roberts '25 and Lauren Williams in 2022. Creator-supplied description was largely retained. Processors supplied box-level descriptions when materials could not be matched to the inventory that was provided at the time of acquisition.

The born-digital materials in this collection have been processed according to Princeton University Library's Born-Digital Processing Workflows. For more information on the workflow, please read our full Born-Digital Processing Information Note.

Conservation Note

Some materials in this collection were treated for mold and pests in 2022 and 2023. Materials that were treated are noted in the inventory.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

This collection contains digital files, which may require specific software or hardware for access. Refer to our Tips on Accessing Born-Digital Content for information on how to render these file formats.

Credit this material:

Ed Sanders Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc2n49tc698
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Boxes 1-44; 46-48; 50-52; 54-84; 86-123; 125-155; 157-160; 162-167; 169-177; 179-193; 195-217; 219-238; 240-250; 252; 254-259; 300-313; 315-319; 321-336; 338-361; 363-367; 369-392; 394-413; 415-425; 427-428; 430-436; 438-440; 443-446; 448-449; 451-453; 455-459; 461-465