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Carol Berge Autobiographical Manuscript

Identifier: AC 585

Scope and Content

This is a collection of unpublished remembrances gathered by Carol Bergé in the 1980s and 1990s from members of the 1960s Avant-Garde New York City Coffee House scene.


  • 1980s-1990s

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Carol Bergé (1928 – 2006) was a native of New York City who organized of the Lower East Side (East Village) bohemian arts scene in Manhattan. Among other colleges, she studied at New York University and The New School without obtaining a degree. She has been married twice and divorced and had one sone from her first marriage. While remaining connected to Paris and New York, she made Santa Fe her home. She published/edited the literary magazine Center from 1970-1984. She taught (among other institutions) at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she edited the Mississippi Review; and the University of New Mexico.

Over the decades she solicited mini-memoirs from friends and colleagues for her tome on the origins of coffeehouse poetry in New York, Light Years and resumed writing fiction for her collection on antiques-traders titled Antics: Passionate Stories. Light Years: The New York 1960s Coffee House Poets is the title of an anthology of stories written by poets, musicians, and artists of the Avant-Garde period in New York City from the late 1950s through the 1960s. All of these remembrances centered around the Deux Megots Coffee Shop in the East Village. Due to her death in 2013, the manuscript remains unpublished.


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Finding Aid of the Carol Bergé Autobiographical Manuscript, 1980s-1990s
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© 2015
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090