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George Butterick Papers

Identifier: 1997-0084

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Manuscripts, correspondence, and research materials documenting the curatorial and scholarly activities of George F. Butterick.


  • 1960-1988

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This collection has not yet been organized for unassisted research use. Researchers wishing to access this collection must make prior arrangements with the Curator before visiting Archives and Special Collections.


Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1942, George Butterick grew up in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx where he attended St. John's and Manhattan Prep. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1964 and received a PhD. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970.

From 1972 until his death in 1988, Butterick was the curator of literary archives at the University of Connecticut, where he also taught. Butterick was a poet and scholar who did much to insure the acceptance of Charles Olson as a major figure in American poetry. In 1984, his edition of Charles Olson's The Maximus Poems received the Los Angeles Book Award, and in 1988 he was awarded the American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation for editing The Collected Poems of Charles Olson. In addition to editing Olson's work, Butterick published several books of his own poetry. His poems were collected in an edition published posthumously in 1988.


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George F. Butterick was a poet and scholar who was also the curator of literary archives at the University of Connecticut. Consisting of correspondence, administrative papers, newspaper clippings and manuscripts, his collection focuses on his career as a poet, as well as his acclaimed work editing the poetry of Charles Olson.


A Bibliography of the Works by Charles Olson, 1967. The Norse, 1973. Reading Genesis by the Light of a Comet, 1976. A Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson, 1981. Rune Power, 1982. The Three-Percent Stranger, 1986.

Butterick, George F., Repartee with the Mummy, Minneapolis: Zelot Press, 1987.

Butterick, George F., Mummy Strands and Others, Santa Barbara: Am Here Books, 1987.

Butterick, George F., The Collected Poems of George F. Butterick, Buffalo: The Poetry/Rare Books Collection, SUNY Buffalo, 1988.

Olson, Charles and Robert Creeley, Charles Olson &Robert Creeley: the Complete Correspondence, 9 vol., ed. George Butterick, Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1980-

The Collected Poems of Charles Olson: excluding the Maximus Poems, 1987.
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Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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