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Walter Howard Kerr papers

 Collection 0089-LIT

Poet Walter Howard Kerr (1914-1994) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1931 to work for the Government Printing Office as a printer, a position which he held for over 35 years. Kerr's poetry has been widely anthologized and has been featured in publications such as Southern Poetry Review and Red Clay Reader. Kerr also served as an editor for several publications, including as co-editor of SCOP Publications. He was also active in poetry societies, including tenure as treasurer in the Maryland State Poetry Society and treasurer, vice-president, and president of the Federal Poets, Washington, D. C. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, serials, publications, and photographs.


  • circa 1925-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1990-1991

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


6.00 Linear Feet

Guide to the Walter Howard Kerr papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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