Lit. Literary Collections
The Literary Collections are comprised of the personal papers and manuscripts of over one hundred American and English writers. The bulk of the literary collections include the extensive personal papers of poet, literary theorist, and essayist Charles Olson, and extensive holdings of papers of poets associated with the Black Mountain, Beat, and New York Schools of poetry. Records of a number of small literary presses, as well as strong holdings of first editions, broadsides, fine and private press editions, artists’ books, and literary magazines, complement the manuscripts and document the networks of editors and contributors of which the writers were a part. Among the Literary Collections are the papers of several twentieth-century nature writers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edwin Way Teale, Phyllis Busch, George Heinold, and John K. Terres.
Found in 42 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Typewritten transcriptions made by Donald Allen of Frank O'Hara letters. Allen collected and transcribed the letters while preparing and editing The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara.
Abstract: Poetry and personal papers of the American poet, art critic, teacher, editor and publisher Bill Berkson comprised of literary manuscripts, correspondence, drafts, notebooks, lecture notes, interviews, Big Sky Books and press records, photographs, audio recordings, broadsides, and rare publications. The archive spans from 1960 to the present day and documents the poet’s extensive body of work, his collaborations in and among the realms of visual art, media, and literature, and his affinities...
Abstract Ted Berrigan, American poet, was born Edmund Joseph Michael Berrigan in Providence, Rhode Island. Berrigan's recognition as a poet came in 1964 with the publication of The Sonnets, for which he received the Poetry Foundation Award. Berrigan died in 1983.
Dates: undated, 1962-1983
Scope and Contents Manuscripts, letters, personal papers, faculty papers, notebooks, lecture notes, photographs, and published materials documenting the writings and life of poet, classicist, student of Charles Olson (State University of New York Buffalo), and University of Connecticut English faculty Charles Boer.
Abstract Small press publisher (1971-1976) of poetry, children's books, and cookbooks located in Lenox, MA. The press was owned by Gerald Hausman. Authors and illustrators published by the press include Ruth Krauss, Paul Metcalf, David Kheridan, Sam Cornish and Maurice Sendak.
Dates: undated, 1967-1976
Abstract Scholar, author, photographer, and life-long editor and chronicler of Jack Kerouac and other writers of the Beat Generation, Ann Charters was born in November 1936 in Bridgeport, CT, the daughter of Nathan (a contractor) and Kate (Schultz) Danberg. She attended the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1957) and Columbia University (M.A., 1959, Ph.D., 1965). Her papers include literary manuscripts, letters, notebooks, photographs, periodicals, broadsides, interviews, audio and video...
Abstract Poet, editor and translator, Cid Corman was born in 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts. Owner of the Origin Press, he was the editor and publisher of Origin magazine.
Abstract Gregory Corso was born 26 March 1930, in New York, NY. His career included working as a writer, manual laborer in New York City (1950-1951), and employee of the Los Angeles Examiner (Los Angeles, CA, 1951-1952), a merchant seaman on Norwegian vessels (1952-1953) and in the English department of the State University of New York at Buffalo (1965-1970).
Abstract Robert Creeley attended Harvard University, Black Mountain College and University of New Mexico. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Creeley has written novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary criticism and history. Creeley died in 2005.
Dates: undated, circa 1940-1978
Abstract: Curbstone Press, a non-profit press and literary arts organization, was founded in 1975. Located in Willimantic, Connecticut, Curbstone's founders and Co-Directors Alexander “Sandy” Taylor and Judith Ayer Doyle focused the organization's activities on education and publishing works that encouraged a deeper understanding between world cultures. Curbstone's mission encompassed two goals: to publish creative literature that promotes human rights and cultural understanding and to bring writers and...
Abstract Writings, correspondence, artwork, publications and photographs of short story writer, novelist, poet, artist, and teacher Fielding Dawson. Dawson was known for his "stream-of-consciousness" style of writing and for his vivid memoirs of his time spent as a student at Black Mountain College. The papers contain some drawings and memorabilia, including posters, flyers, brochures, and bulletins, from Black Mountain College.
Abstract Diane Di Prima, best known for her work as a Beat poet and writer, was born 6 August 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Swarthmore College (1951-1953). Di Prima has received National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1966 for Poets Press and in 1973. She writes nonfiction, autobiographies, journals, essays, poetry and plays.
Dates: undated, 1934-1990
Abstract Edward Dorn was born 2 April 1929 in Villa Grove, Illinois. He studied with Charles Olson at Black Mountain College and graduated in 1955. He taught at Idaho State University at Pocatello (1961-65), the University of Essex, Great Britain (1965-1970), Northeastern Illinois University at Chicago (1970-1971), Kent State University, Ohio (1973-74) and the University of Colorado (1977-1999). Mr. Dorn died in December 1999 at the age of 70.
Dates: undated, 1956-1993
Abstract Born in 1927 in Swampscott, Massachusetts, Laurence (Larry) Eigner was a prominent American writer who authored more than 75 books of poetry as well as literary broadsides. He was born with cerebral palsy on August 7, 1927 to parents Israel and Bessie. Eigner lived most of his life—that is, his first 50 years—in his parents’ Swampscott, Massachusetts home. Though he was wheelchair-bound from birth, this did not hinder him from becoming a prolific writer. Indeed, he is known for having shared...
Abstract Born in 1937, Larry Fagin was a poet and editor affiliated with the New York School. The Collection is comprised of correspondence to Larry Fagin. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1968-1974.
Dates: undated, 1958-1977
Abstract Poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born Lawrence Ferling (original family name of Ferlinghetti restored 1954) on 24 March 1919, in Yonkers, NY. Throughout his career he has been a poet, playwright, editor, and painter; worked for Time, New York City, post-World War II; taught French in a adult education program, San Francisco, CA, 1951-52; City Lights Pocket Bookshop (now City Lights Books), San Francisco, co-owner, 1953—, founder and editor of City...
Dates: circa 1963
Abstract Vincent Ferrini was born 24 June 1913 in Saugus, Massachusetts, the son of Italian immigrants. Ferrini's first book of poems, No Smoke (1941), was written while he was employed by General Electric at the Lynn (MA) plant. In the early 1950s he edited a small magazine entitled Four Winds
Dates: undated, 1949-1977
Abstract Vietnam War veteran Basil T. Paquet founded First Casualty Press in September 1971 with fellow veterans Larry Rottmann and Jan Barry Crumb. Paquet both edited and contributed to Winning Hearts and Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans and Free Fire Zone: Short Stories by Vietnam Veterans. Paquet won the Wallace Stevens Award for Poetry in 1969.
Scope and Content Note The papers of Frances Boldereff include correspondence, literary manuscripts, notebooks and journals, personal and professional papers, books owned and annotated by Boldereff, references materials, notes, financial documents, clippings, photographs, and personal ephemera that reflect the work, activities, and intellectual life of the author, her family, and her community of friends.
Scope and Contents Records and publications of Giligia Press, a small press founded by poet, novelist, and memoirist David Kherdian in 1965.
Dates: undated, 1965-1974
Abstract The Joan Joffe Hall Papers include notebooks, correspondence, literary manuscripts, and professional papers of poet and educator Joan Joffe Hall. Hall taught at the University of Connecticut with a joint appointment in English and Women's Studies for forty years, beginning in 1963. Nationally renowned for her poetry and prose, she has published several collections of her work.
Abstract Gerald Hausman was born 13 October 1945 in Baltimore, MD. He attended New Mexico Highlands University (B.A., 1968). His career has included Poetry teacher (Lenox, MA, 1969-1972), editor of the Bookstore Press (1972-1977), vice-president of Sunstone Press (Santa Fe, NM, 1979-1983); English teacher at the Santa Fe Preparatory School (1983-1987).
Abstract Materials related to the life and career of author David Kherdian. The collection is comprised of correspondence, notes, galley proofs, print proofs, and publications, and contains many of his published works. In addition to his literary work, the collection contains various materials related to his Armenian family and interests.
Dates: 1917 - 2016
Abstract The collection consists of letters to James Koller from various friends and colleagues, including Philip Whalen, and original manuscripts and typescripts of Koller's poetry and novels.
Abstract The Ruth Krauss Papers contain documents and artwork created by Ruth Krauss in her work as a children's author and poet. The collection also includes materials related to the publication of Krauss's books, such as galleys, illustrations, brochures, posters, and audio-visual materials. The collection contains some documents and artwork created by David Leisk (Crockett Johnson), Krauss's husband. Separated materials include monographs, serials, and audio-visual materials.
Dates: undated, 1929-1992
Abstract Alice Notley, born in 1945, is an American poet, author, and editor.
Abstract Born in Yonkers in 1930, Joel Oppenheimer was a student of Charles Olson's at Black Mountain College from 1950-1953. He published over a dozen books of poetry, a play, a book on baseball, and was a columnist for the Village Voice from 1968 to 1984. Oppenheimer was the first director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project in Greenwich Village (from 1966 to 1968) and was an active teacher of poetry throughout his life. He died of complications from cancer in 1988. The...
Abstract Founded in 1964 by Robert Hawley and Stevens van Strum, the Oyez Press initially produced a series of poetry broadsides by such notable figures as Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, William Everson, Gary Snyder, and Charles Olson. Although van Strum left in 1968, Hawley continued on with the press in his spare time, eventually publishing over 80 books in addition to numerous keepsakes and broadsides, featuring authors such as David Meltzer, Josephine Miles, Lew Welch, Philip Lamantia, and many...
Abstract: The Penmaen Press was an imprint created by its proprietor, Michael McCurdy, with the goal of producing high quality hand-printed books. McCurdy designed and supervised the layout of each Penmaen production, and frequently supplied his own woodcut engravings as illustrations.
Abstract Portents, an independent record label and small press, was established by Ann and Samuel Charters in 1963 and operated until the early 1980’s. The name given to the imprint by the Charters was derived from the Herman Melville poem about the abolitionist John Brown that opens the book Battle Pieces. “To Melville, ‘portents’ were the vital signs in the mid 19th century that the Civil War was imminent in the United States. A Century later, we believed the word suggested the social and cultural...
Dates: 1951-2006; Majority of material found within 1951 - 1978