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Italian Visual Poetry Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0061

Scope and Content Note

Material found in the Italian Visual Poetry Collection includes correspondence, original visual and textual artwork, exhibition announcements, artist catalogs, and other materials. The Italian Visual Poetry Collection is organized into two series including artist and subject files as well as a separate series comprised of unidentified printed matter. The artist and subject series contains general correspondence between Bertholf and artists as well as promotional material such as exhibition announcements and catalogs; and small works featuring text, photographs, hair, and thread.

The Italian Visual Poetry Collection has been alphabetized by artists' last name with additional printed matter at the end of the collection.


  • 1967 - 1991

Language of Materials

Collection materials mostly in Italian with some materials in English, French, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The Italian Visual Poetry Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

Robert J. Bertholf solicited materials from Italian visual poets for the Poetry Collection in 1990. Visual and concrete poets offered exhibition announcements, catalogs, original works, and other material in response to his interest. Italian visual poetry, or "poesia visiva," came to prominence in the late 1950s and 1960s, and several of its major figures are represented here.


1 Linear Feet (1 oversize manuscript box)


The Italian Visual Poetry Collection contains material solicited by Robert J. Bertholf, a curator of the Poetry Collection. Material includes correspondence, exhibition announcements, artist catalogs, and art materials ranging from 1967-1991. Formats include correspondence, photographs, mixed media visual art, and other paper formats.


This collection is arranged in two series: I. Artist and Subject Files; II. Additional Printed Matter.

Acquisition Information

Solicited by Robert J. Bertholf in 1990.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Allison Cardon.

Processing Information

A minimal amount of mechanical damage has been noted to have occurred to a few documents, including minimal folding and acid exchange.


Finding Aid for the Italian Visual Poetry Collection
Finding Aid prepared by Allison Cardon.
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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