Special Collections. LIU Post. Brookville, New York 11548

The Karl Otto Paetel Beat Generation Collection
Collection Facts at a Glance


Mrs. Karl Otto Paetel generously donated her husband's Beat Generation Collection to LIU in 1975.

Collection Time Period:

1946 - 1969


The Karl Otto Paetel Beat Generation Collection was donated to LIU by Mrs. Paetel in 1975. The materials in this collection belonged to Karl Otto Paetel, a German Jewish émigré who arrived in the United States in 1940 after a perilous journey fleeing Germany and the Nazis during World War II. Mr. Paetel was a political journalist noted for his radical writings pre and post World War II. This collection contains many important works produced by Beat Generation authors such as William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamantia and more in the 1950's - 1960's.

Scope and Content:

54 Books
26 Periodical Titles with Many Issues
Miscellaneous: 3 Catalogues and 1 Poster


Special Collections Main Room
Special Collections. B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
LIU Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY 11548


The Collection is available for viewing in the Special Collections' Reading Room. Requests for digital images are considered on a case by case basis. Please call or email us for an appointment @ 516/299-2880; Conrad.Schoeffling@liu.edu and Jarron.Jewell@liu.edu

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