The collection consists of correspondence, writings, professional papers, research files, personal papers, photographs, audiovisual materials, and electronic media documenting the lives and work of Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy. The correspondence documents their personal, professional, and family networks and includes writers, poets, and collaborators. Writings include published and unpublished works by both Killian and Bellamy. Professional papers include essays, talks, and other papers documenting their work and careers. Research files document Bellamy's research on Sam D'Allesandro for Real: The Letters of Mina Harker and Sam D'Allesandro (Hoboken, N.J. : Talisman House, 1994), and Killian's research on Jack Spicer for My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, which he co-edited with Peter Gizzi. Personal papers include juvenilia, schoolwork, reviews, flyers, teaching materials, memorabilia, papers relating to Poets Theater, and other papers. Photographs include 8 x 10 prints, in both color and black and white, which mostly consist of portraits of Bellamy, Killian, and many other individuals. Photographs also include a series of photographs taken by Kevin Killian titled "Tagged," as well as general photographs of events and performances. Audiovisual materials include interviews regarding Jack Spicer, additional interviews, music, and other recordings. Electronic media includes audio recordings, research materials, digital photographs, and commercially-produced media.
The Barbara Guest Papers span 1923 to 2006 and document Guest's life as a prominent American poet, her personal and professional relationships with other writers, and her personal life as a wife, mother, and friend. The papers include drafts of writings, correspondence, personal and professional papers, photographs, artwork, printed material, audiovisual material, born digital material, artwork, and a typewriter.