Assembled from a number of miscellaneous literary manuscript collections, Authors and Poets is a diffuse collection of correspondence, manuscripts, page and galley proofs, publications, serials, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera relating to various literary figures. The bulk of the collection consists of materials by and relating to the publishing activities of twentieth-century American authors, such as William Carlos Williams, John Updike, Amiri Baraka, and Richard Aldington and journalists such as H. L. Mencken and Derek Stanford.
This collection is open for research.
Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.
8.75 Linear Feet
The Authors and Poets Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, page and galley proofs, publications, serials, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera relating to various literary figures. The material spans the dates between 1880 and 1989, with the bulk falling between 1946 and 1968.
The collection is divided into seven series.
Many of the items in the collection were purchased from various dealers between 1970 and 1975 with some material purchased in 1963, 1968, and 1976-1977. For many of the items, information on the provenance does not exist. Some manuscript items were located in rare book materials and were subsequently removed for cataloging.
The Authors and Poets Collection was created by combining of two literary manuscripts collections, Authors and Poets and Literary Manuscripts Miscellaneous. For both of these collections, material had been described at the item level and housed individually by item. When both collections were brought together, series were created based on format. Fragile materials and photographs have been housed in Mylar sleeves. Metal paper clips and staples have been removed. The materials have been placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Oversize materials have been separated and appropriately housed.