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Preliminary Guide to the Steven J. Bernstein Papers
1972-2001



Manuscript Collection No.: 5244
Creator: Bernstein, Steven J., 1950-, creator
Title: Steven J. Bernstein papers
Date Span: 1972-2001
Quantity: 5.42 cubic feet (15 boxes and 4 folders)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Born in Los Angeles, Steven J. Bernstein (Jesse) worked as a musician during his chaotic adolescence and early adulthood. He suffered from infantile paralysis and mental illness, and later drug and alcohol abuse as well. From 1966 on, he lived mainly in Seattle, working as a poet, playwright, novelist, singer/songwriter and performance artist, often collaborating with other Seattle artists such as Pete Leinonen, Susy Schneider, Roberto Valenza and Kathleen Hunt. He often read at punk rock venues. He died at Neah Bay, Washington in 1991.

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Inventory

  
Accession No. 5244-001
Steven J. Bernstein papers, circa 1990
0.21 cubic feet (1 box)
4 sound cassettes
Scope and Content
Sound cassette recordings. One cassette consists of National Public Radio interview excerpts with Bernstein (11/20/1990)
Acquisition Info
Donor: Leslie Fried, June 27, 1996

  
Accession No. 5244-002
Steven J. Bernstein papers, 1972-1991, 2001
5.21 cubic feet (14 boxes and 4 folders)
Scope and Content
Prose, poetry, letters, plays, songs, ephemera, and other materials created by or relating to Bernstein.
Acquisition Info
Donor: Leslie Fried, February 13, 2012
General Notes
A portion of the material written by Bernstein is also dated 2001
Box/FolderDate
Collections Published/Unpublished
1/1Choking on Sixth1979
1/2Diary of a Mad Godn.d.
1/3Exotic Disasters1979
1/4A Ghost of His Former Self1981
1/5Holy Night1990
1/6Popo and Ginger1990
Ephemera
2/1AA Notes1991
2/2AA Work Notesn.d.
2/3Bernstein: Autobiology1991
2/4Big Scoren.d.
2/5Corrections for Jesse Bio Intron.d.
2/6Dear Dad and Andrey1991
2/7Dear Bill1991
2/8Hand Drawn Notebook1991
2/9Handsn.d.
2/10I Act As Though I Don't Have a Life1990
2/11I Will Not Lay Among Weapons1991
3/1Jesse Bernstein: Biographical Noten.d.
3/2Les Fleurs D'Amour1988
3/3Miscellaneous Fragmentsca. 1991
3/4Molesh1986
3/5Notebook1991
3/6Notebook with Biographyca. 1991
3/7Re: Self-Treatment1991
3/8Remember the Lord!1991
3/9So Easy Lordn.d.
3/10Statement of Purpose1988
3/11-3/12Steven J. Bernstein: Autobiology1991, n.d.
3/13What Happens1989
Letters
4/127 July1979
4/217 December1987
4/319 December1983
4/421 December1987
4/522 December1987
4/624 December1987
4/725 December1987
4/826 December1987
4/9-1027 December1987
4/1128 December1987
4/1229 December1987
4/1330 December1987
4/14-152 January1988
4/163 January1988
4/175 January1988
4/186 January1988
4/199 January1988
4/2011 January1988
4/2112 January1988
4/22-2313 January1988
4/24-2514 January1988
4/2616 January1988
4/2717 January1988
4/2819 January1988
4/2921 January1988
4/3023 January1988
4/3124 January1988
4/329 March1988
4/332 April1988
4/3418 May1988
4/3526 June1989
4/3622 September1989
4/3726 September1989
4/383 March1990
4/39From a Letter to My Brothern.d.
4/40From a Letter to My Mothern.d.
4/41January Nineteen1989
4/42Jeff These are the Onlyn.d.
Manuscripts
5/1Hermione1982
6/1-3Personal Effects1990, n.d.
5/2Poems and Letters to Ln.d.
7/1The Sanctuary1980
7/2Short Skirt1991
5/3Soon Sweet Misery1978
5/4The Wraith1981
Plays
8/1Almost Home Port1986
8/2Breaking In1982
8/3The Bride of the Assassin1988
8/4Candyn.d.
8/5Critics2001
8/6The Dead Dog1980
8/7Dr. Emu and the Dead President's Wife1989
8/8Dr. Wn.d.
8/9Father and Daughter1984
8/10God in All Her Glory1980
8/11Howard and Shirley1987
8/12Mariana's Love Affairn.d.
8/13Moms1990
8/14Monologues for Paula Killenn.d.
8/15Namu: Desert Angel1992
8/16Separate Partners1987
8/17Silent Partners1987
8/18-20A Well-Ordered Room1980-1986
Poetry
9/1All the Things I Always Wantedn.d.
9/2The Amazing Healing Power of the Madman1976
9/3Antonin Artaudn.d.
9/4The Anvil1985
9/5At Home in the Futuren.d.
9/6At the Movies1989
9/7August 271991
9/8Bad Boy1987
9/9The Bandages That Touch the Burned Skinn.d.
9/10Bartholomew's Flower1986
9/11Being Alone in Lifen.d.
9/12Being Broken.d.
9/13The Birds in the Mirrorn.d.
9/14Blood and Smoke1989
9/15Born Free1989
9/16A Brief Visit1989
9/17The Broken and Chaotic Europe of the Fortiesn.d.
9/18Car With No Driver1990
9/19Catholic Toy Melancholyn.d.
9/20The Celln.d.
9/21Cell Shockn.d.
9/22Children's Slaughterhouse1986
9/23The Concrete Looks Soft Today1989
9/24A Day of Lettersn.d.
9/25Dead Animal Songn.d.
9/26Dead on the Farmn.d.
9/27Dice Player's Riddle1989
9/28The Difference1989
9/29Dirt Cheap1991
9/30Down at the Orpheum1991
9/31The Enemyn.d.
9/32Excerpt From a Recent Novel1977
9/33The False Frontn.d.
9/34The Family Treen.d.
9/35The Famous Weasles Eat Their Childrenn.d.
9/36Fear of Piano Keys1976
9/37Fire in the Untrusting Bellyn.d.
9/38For Matthew Parsons: Starting Another Fall1991
9/39Frozen Sapphire1987
9/40The Game is Playedn.d.
9/41Georgeous2001
General Notes: Title is written as it appears on materials
9/42Gestapo Square Dance Poem Number One1989
9/43Girl n.d.
General Notes: Contains only the second page
9/44The Girl Has Faithn.d.
9/45The Going to Bed After1989
9/46A Guy's Jobn.d.
9/47Haircutn.d.
9/48The Hard Knocks1977
9/49Hands Work the Organ1988
9/50The Happy Poet1989
9/51Heartbreak Machine1989
9/52Hendrixn.d.
9/53He's Growing His Beard Again1986
9/54Holding Onto the Cracksn.d.
9/55The Housefire1987
9/56How It Represents Itself2001
9/57I Am Always Looking2001
9/58I Tried Every Number in the Book1991
9/59I Want to Be Like Dirt in Its Teethn.d.
9/60I Write Because I'm Boredn.d.
9/61I'll Tell You What...2001
9/62An Illusion of Freedom1989
9/63In Front of Me the Keys1989
9/64In My Broken Mindn.d.
9/65In the Daylightn.d.
9/66In the End I Will Forget1989
9/67In This Place1991
9/68In This World of Solid Etc. and Waste1991
9/69Islands of Faint Soap1985, 2001
9/70It is a Mouth That Criesn.d.
9/71It is Fake Statuaryn.d.
9/72The Jetsn.d.
9/73Last Word2001
9/74Let's Just Sit Here and Get Drunk While the Real Men are Fixing the Streets1984
9/75The Life of the Poet1989
9/76Light of Dead Windows1989
9/77Love: Another Cold Car Ride1988
9/78Love or Not Loven.d.
9/79The Lunatic Vision1989
9/80The Lurid Detailsn.d.
9/81The Man Upstairs1989
9/82The Markings of Fishn.d.
9/83The Marrow of a Tree2001
9/84Me and Her Outside1990
9/85Message From the Sun1976
9/86The Modern Infant1987
9/87More Noise, Please1989
9/88Morning in the Sub-Basement of Hell1991
9/89Mr. Charlie1990
9/90Murdered in the Middle of the Dance1989
9/91My Mind Gets Flatter and Flatter1989
9/92My Mother is Ugliern.d.
9/93My Mouth Hurtsn.d.
9/94My Purposen.d.
10/1Not Much Windn.d.
10/2Oceanographers Bite My Dick...1989
10/3Off Duty Dancer1989
10/4Oh, the Pleasant Shame1989
10/5One Morning1989
10/6Over Doughnuts and Tean.d.
10/7The Paraden.d.
10/8Party Balloon1990
10/9Passages to the Eastn.d.
10/10The Peanut1989
10/11People and Worriesn.d.
10/12The Perambulor Mixup1988
10/13The Photo With Your Facen.d.
10/14Pillheadn.d.
10/15Poem for Executive Toy (Scrap Junky)1988
10/16Poem for Hannah, #1n.d.
10/17-22Poem for L, #1-#3, #5, #6, #121988, n.d.
10/23Poem for Leslie, #8n.d.
10/24Poem for Yecutieleh, #4n.d.
10/25Poem/July 8/In.d.
10/26Poor Animals of Fleshn.d.
10/27Possession1988
10/28The Prayer Rug1989
10/29The Prison1989
10/30Reasons You Can Understand1989
10/31Rip Cordn.d.
10/32The Saints of Today1989
10/33The Second Time1990
10/34See Us O Star1991
10/35She Comes and Goesn.d.
10/36Shell Shock on the Deaf Islands/Jesse Bernstein Intron.d.
10/37Signed a Contract, Got a Zero2001
10/38Sister of Pain1989
10/39Soft Font Test on Maris' Headn.d.
10/40Some Naked Joyn.d.
10/41Something to Cry About1989
10/42A Song Recalled & Sungn.d.
10/43The Sour Loops of Smoken.d.
10/44The Spitting Fan1989
10/45Standing Against the Backs of Storms1989
10/46Staring Mudfacedn.d.
10/47Still Traffic1989
10/48Summer Solstice1985
10/49Sunday June 231985
11/1The Tabloid Tablen.d.
11/2The Tantalizing Momentn.d.
11/3Taste the Fumes of Hell1991
11/4Teenage Girl From Marsn.d.
11/5Teenagers Without Anklesn.d.
11/6Test2001
11/7Tete a Teten.d.
11/8There is a Fire Under the Seatn.d.
11/9There is a Fortification of the Moon1988
11/10There is a Moment1991
11/11There is an Orange That Blushes1989
11/12There is No Sun or Moon For Men.d.
11/13They Make the Batteries Out of Tylenol1990
11/14They Say I am a Survivorn.d.
11/15The Thiefn.d.
11/16Thisn.d.
11/17This Clouded Heart1990
11/18This Eye and Its Broken Lip1989
11/19This Yellow Eyeball1989
11/20The Tightrope Walkern.d.
11/21The Toothache1989
11/22The Top of Your Head1989
11/23The Trash in the Cityn.d.
11/24The Unseeable1989
11/25Untitled (My Fingers Burned Like Furniture...)1991
11/26Visit Number Onen.d.
11/27The Voices Win at 4 a.m.n.d.
11/28Waiting for the Sandwichn.d.
11/29The Way to Gon.d.
11/30Wednesday1975
11/31A Well-Planned Disappearancen.d.
11/32What I Don't Need1989
11/33What is Left1989
11/34When I Go Outside1989
11/35When the Sun is Finally Dry1988
11/36When You're Not Heren.d.
11/37Where the Fire isn.d.
11/38The Wind is Fresh With Dogs1987
11/39The Wind, the Wind, the Stale Wind1991
11/40The Window Alone1989
11/41The Wings of the Tortoise1991
11/42The Winning Number isn.d.
11/43Wintern.d.
11/44The Wish is All There is1986
11/45Writing in Bedn.d.
11/46Yoo Hoon.d.
11/47You Animalsn.d.
11/48You are Not Ashamedn.d.
11/49You Were the Thing1988
11/50You With Your Indians Breathn.d.
11/51Your Silence2001
Prose
12/182 KGNWn.d.
12/2Actual Synchronous Happening1990
12/3After T.V.1979
12/4America Loves Its Gunfighters1981
12/5Among Friendsn.d.
12/6Anyway You Cut Me1980
12/7Bad Habits1990
12/8A Bed to Lie On1989
General Notes: Alternate title: Popo and Ginger
12/9The Broken and Chaotic Europe of the Fortiesn.d.
12/10Burnt Up Baseball Head1985
12/11Car Accident1987
12/12Catalogue of Silences2001
12/13Cell Shock1988
12/14-15Come Out Tonight1989, n.d.
12/16Crying and Shitting at the Same Timen.d.
12/17Daily Erotica1987
12/18A Daily Lifen.d.
12/19Dog Dream: July 201986
12/20Doorn.d.
12/21Dream July 91987
12/22Excerpt From a Recent Novel1977
12/23Face1987
12/24First Met Bruce1988
12/25First Poem of the Day1989
12/26Gods and Religionn.d.
12/27The Hand Knocks1977
12/28The Harbor1989
12/29The Highwaymann.d.
12/30His Last Hoursn.d.
12/31How I Met My Present Wife1988
12/32Identifying Consciousness1990
12/33The In Out1988
12/34In the California Sunn.d.
12/35Is This What It All Comes Down To?1979
12/36January Twenty-Seven1989
12/37Jesse Bernstein 1950-19911991
12/38Junkn.d.
12/39Letting the Horses Go (For L)n.d.
12/40The Life of the Instrument: A Lexicon of Invocationsn.d.
12/41A Likely Story1990
12/42Looking at Porno1989
12/43Mainstreet USA1986
12/44Me and Her Outside1990
12/45The Memoryn.d.
12/46Monologues for Paula Killenn.d.
12/47The Noon News1989
12/48Now, He Plays the Accordionn.d.
13/1Obsolete Modeln.d.
13/2Of Modern Cannibals1982
13/3Our Moon of Moonsn.d.
13/4Out of the Picture1987
13/5Palestinen.d.
13/6Pictures of the War1986
13/7Pirate1988
13/8Plague Doctorn.d.
13/9Pleasure on Platforms1979
13/10Poems and Letters for L1987-1988
13/11Police Mentalityn.d.
13/12Popo and Ginger - Unfinishedn.d.
13/13Portrait Collectionn.d.
13/14Povertyn.d.
13/15A Purple Moon on Her Cheek1990
13/16The Revolution1989
13/17The Rooms Where Fish Lay Hissing2001
13/18A Serious Crime1986
13/19Short Skirt1991
13/20Showdown1982
13/21Sissies Suck It Up (Bad Boys Gulp It Down)1986
13/22Slides From a Winter Vacationn.d.
13/23Sometimes a Duckn.d.
13/24Spookey and Fuckn.d.
13/25St. Sob: Fog in the Hands of a Child (STUDIES)n.d.
13/26Strip Poker1989
13/27Taboo1988
13/28Text for C. Iffland1989
13/29That's Him in the Pantsn.d.
13/30There are Some Placesn.d.
13/31There Was a Star Over the Watern.d.
13/32Tonight's Crime1989
13/33The Tour1986
13/34The Vacuous Formn.d.
13/35Visitn.d.
13/36The War With Love1991
13/37Wednesday1975
13/38When the Thing Happens1990
13/39Window1986
13/40The World is Auto Cannibaln.d.
13/41Writer's Vocabulary1986
13/42You are a Footn.d.
13/43Zulus2001
Songs
14/1Adam1987
14/2Angel of Luckn.d.
14/3Elipses of Titanic Appeal1985
General Notes: Title is written as it appears on materials
14/4The Lighthouse and the Ship1987
14/5Moon Up Like Aspirinn.d.
14/6This Ship of Headless Sorrowsn.d.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bernstein, Steven J., 1950- --Archives.
Subjects:
Composers--Washington (State)--Seattle.
Musicians--Washington (State)--Seattle.
Poets, American--Washington (State)--Seattle.
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