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Linda Pastan papers

 Collection 0103-LIT

Linda Pastan (1932-2023) was a Maryland poet whose awards and recognition includes Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991-1995, the Dylan Thomas award, and the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize. This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, audiovisual materials, photographs, and publications.


  • Circa 1940-2011
  • Majority of material found within Circa 1960-2011

Conditions Governing Access

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 Access

This collection contains restricted material, please check the preliminary inventory for additional information.

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.


60 Linear Feet (39 record storage boxes and 1 oversized flat box)

3 Folders (3 oversize map case folders)

1 Items (1 oversize rolled poster in original cardboard tube)

36 Sound Cassettes : Compact cassette

19 Sound Discs : CD

5 Videodiscs : DVD

8 Tape Reels : Open reel audio ; 1/4"

11 Videocassettes : VHS

2 Sound Discs : Vinyl

3 Photographs (2 black and white, 1 color)

10 Negatives (Photographs)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.

Custodial History

Linda Pastan donated her papers to the University of Maryland Libraries in January 2018.

Guide to the Linda Pastan papers
Minimally Processed
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Revision Statements

  • 2018-12-09: Finding aid revised, extents revised, and notes added by Perri Pyle.
  • 2023-08-25: Liz Caringola updated the extents and finding aid notes.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742