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Jesse Glass papers

 Collection 0063-LIT

Jesse Glass, Jr., (1954- ), a writer, artist, and editor, was Professor of American literature and history and of comparative literature at Meikai University in Chiba, Japan. Raised outside Westminster, Maryland, he holds degrees from Western Maryland College (B.A., 1979), Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1980), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Ph.D., 1988). He was closely associated with avant-garde periodicals, Goethe's Notes (1976-1980), Cream City Review (1982-1988), and Die Young (1991-1996). After moving to Japan in 1992, he became involved with the Abiko Quarterly. In 1998, he established Ahadada Books, which publishes both online and in print. Ahadada Books began publishing Ekleksographia, a journal of digital text-work on its Web site ( in January 2009. Published works of Glass's poetry include The Passion of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems (2006), The Life and Death of Peter Stubbe (1995) and Lexical Obelisk (1983, 1990, 1996). He has also written on the history and folklore of Carroll County, Maryland, in The Witness: Slavery in 19th century Carroll County, Maryland (2004), Carroll County Newspaper Wars: Know-Nothings, Alms House Scandals and the Death of a Civil-War Editor (2004), and Ghosts and Legends of Carroll County (1982; revised, 1998). Jesse Glass retired in 2020 as Professor Emeritus after 19 years of teaching in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs at Meikai University, Shin-Urayasu, Japan. His papers include correspondence with such notable poets as Cid Corman, Leo Connellan, Robert Peters, Rod Summers, David Ray, and Armand Schwerner. Also in the collection are photographs, artwork, clippings, background material for books, visual and sound poetry, monographs, serials, chapbooks, manuscripts and poetry publications documenting the careers of Glass and of others. The collection includes both English and Japanese language materials and documents Glass's interest in Japanese poetry and folklore.


  • 1836-2023
  • Majority of material found within 1974-2015

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.

Correspondence with and other materials relating to seven individuals and the recorded oral memoirs concerning another individual are restricted until January 1, 2028.

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.


80.50 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries in over 40 donations by Jesse Glass from 2006-2022.

Guide to the Jesse Glass papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2012-05-01: EAD markup checked and verified using Oxgen software by Joanne Archer.
  • 2017-05-01: Finding aid title revised; related accessions related; finding aid filing title and description rule added by Maya Riser-Kositsky.
  • 2017-05-15: Related materials note removed and external documents added by Maya Riser-Kositsky.
  • 2017-10-30: Finding aid reviewed and minor updates made by Caitlin Rizzo.
  • 2018-11-18: Preliminary inventory added and minor updates made by Perri Pyle.
  • 2024-05-10: Preliminary inventories added and minor updates made by Jasper Nash.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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