The Journals and Notebooks series (3 linear feet)
consists of over 110 journals, notebooks, appointment books, and address books
kept by Anne Waldman. (For the sake of convenience, all of these items are
referred to here as "journals.") A small number of journals kept by others is
also represented. The journals offer a diverse array of content, from random
jottings and to-do lists, to literary notes and drafts, to intensely personal
diaries. In some cases distinct literary pieces have been recorded, and
sometimes the line between journal and handmade book is somewhat blurred. There
are even collaborative works, such as those with Bill Berkson and Reed Bye.
Other pieces were clearly written for friends such as Joe Brainard, Jim
Carroll, and others.
The Journals and Notebooks series is broken into two subseries, Anne
Waldman and Others, representing journals kept by Waldman and journals kept by
others. The Anne Waldman subseries is arranged chronologically by decade, from
the 1960s through the 1990s. There are many undated journals as well. The
Others subseries contains journals by Lewis Warsh (including one that was
co-written with Waldman) and journals very likely by Reed Bye. Of note within
one of the journals from the 1970s in the Anne Waldman subseries is a drawing
of Anne Waldman made by Bob Dylan.