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James Koller Papers

Identifier: 1974-0002

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily 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. The materials date from 1959-1986. Dan Cushman's novel Stay Away, Joe (New York: Viking Press, 1953


  • 1959-1986


The collection is open and available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the collection must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography of

Born in 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois, Koller was an American poet, novelist, editor and publisher. Koller obtained his B.A. from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, in 1958; he then moved to San Francisco where he became the editor of Coyote's Journal, and the publisher of Coyote Books. He later moved with the magazine to New Mexico, and then to Maine. Koller has authored twenty-seven collections of poetry and four novels, and was a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient in both 1968 and 1973.


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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.


Series I: Correspondence (1959-1986)

Series II: Writings (1965-1976)

Series III: Photographs (1969-1979)


Series I: Correspondence has been arranged alphabetically according to the last name of each letter's author. Series II: Writings has been re-foldered to accommodate size, and arranged alphabetically according to the name of each piece. Photographs have been separated from their original letters or manuscripts and placed in envelopes in Series III, arranged alphabetically according to their description.

Acquisition Information

Theis collection was purchased in 1974.


  • Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Volume 5, Gale, 1987.
  • Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets, 1989-90, Highland Park: December Press, 1989.
  • Contemporary Poets, 6th edition, St. James Press, 1996.
  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2000.
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May 2002, March 2020
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Revision Statements

  • 2017 November: Revised for consistency.
  • 2020 March: Finding aid revised to include new acquisition.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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