Contents and Arrangement

Phil Whalen, 1961-1964

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Signed drawings 1961-1964 sent to E.S. in 1964, 12 drawings in all; letter to E.S. after the birth of Deirdre Sanders in September of 1964; packet of posters (signed by Whalen) for readings: 1. Snyder, Welch, Whalen, PLMA Hall, San Francisco 1964, Voices. 1962-63 various readings in S.F., Big Sur and Monterey, Poetry Center, S.F. Phil Whalen reading poetry signed 1964; press release of picketing of Harcourt, Brace in NYC over high cover price of Whalen's book, "On Bear's Head"; issue of Bezoar, 1977, containing Whalen's poetry; framed and signed, with a dedication, 1964, of a sample, wrapped in a ribbon, of Phil Whalen's pubic hair, given to E.S. for inclusion in Ed Sanders Catalog.


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

Collection History


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.

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.

Credit this material:

Phil Whalen; Ed Sanders Papers, C1703, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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