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American Literary Studies

Special Collections: Twentieth-Century Poetry Since 1945

  • Rae Armantrout (1947- )
    This collection contains original manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, and teaching materials. A key member of the West Coast Language Poetry movement, Armantrout is the author of eleven books.
  • Dorothy Dodds Baker (1907-1968) and Howard Baker (1905-1990)
    Published and unpublished manuscripts of poetry, plays, fiction and essays by both authors as well as extensive correspondence with other writers, friends, and family. Howard Baker, a Stanford graduate and co-editor with Yvor Winters of the magazine Gyroscope, was a novelist, poet, and literary scholar; Dorothy Baker published several highly regarded novels and also wrote plays. Their friends included Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, and Robert Penn Warren as well as Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis.
  • Gregory Corso (1930 - 2001)
    Original manuscripts, notebooks, photographs, correspondence, and other archival materials. Corso is an American poet and influential member of the Beat generation. Closely associated with Allen Ginsberg, he has published numerous books of poetry since the mid-1950's, all collected in Mindfield (1989).
  • Robert Creeley (1926-2005)
    Personal papers through 1996, including literary manuscripts and notebooks, correspondence, and private library. A major presence in the American avant-garde since the 1950s, Creeley is the author of more than 30 books of poetry as well as many volumes of prose. Early in his career, Creeley was also a publisher and editor of his fellow experimental writers.
  • Edward Dahlberg Papers
    The collection contains correspondence, typescripts, photographs, periodicals, clippings, and ephemera. Included in the collection are typescripts for The Olive of Minerva; or, The Comedy of a Cuckold, (1976) and typescripts for the Crowell anthology, Bottom Dogs; From Flushing to Calvary; Those who Perish: and Hitherto Unpublished and Uncollected Works (1976). Other materials in the collection include unpublished typescript portions of The Carnal Myth (1968), The Confessions of Edward Dahlberg (1971), and extensive notes for miscellaneous works.
  • Larry Eigner (1927-1996)
    Personal papers through 1996, including all his poetry manuscripts arranged in sequence of composition by Eigner himself. Also correspondence, prose manuscripts, and notebooks. Associated with Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, and Charles Olson, Eigner was a notable voice in post-World War II avant-garde poetry.
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
    Personal papers through 1997, including literary manuscripts, journals, correspondence, photographs, and tape recordings as well as his library. Since publication of Howl and Other Poems (1956), Ginsberg was at the center of American avant-garde literature and counter-cultural politics.
  • Allen Ginsberg Photographic Archive
    Approximately 88,000 images taken by Ginsberg and others documenting his personal life and the contemporary cultural scene.
  • Allen Ginsberg Film and Video Archive
    A unique collection of 160 VHS tapes about the life and career of Allen Ginsberg assembled by the filmmaker Jerry Aronson.
  • Robert Grenier
    Personal papers including original manuscripts, notebooks, photographs, correspondence, and other archival materials. Grenier is an American poet and a central figure in the Language Poetry movement. He is closely associated with the poets Larry Eigner and Robert Creeley.
  • E. V. Griffith Archive
    Literary papers (1945-1995) of E. V. Griffith, poet and editor, with material from virtually every poet of the American avant-garde. Materials from Griffith's years issuing distinguished small magazines in the second half of the century: Sheaf, Hearse, Hearse Chapbooks, Coffin, and Poetry Now, including manuscripts, correspondence, printed matter, photographs.
  • Denise Levertov (1923-1997)
    Personal papers through 1997, including diaries, notebooks, and manuscripts of poetry and essays as well as family papers and correspondence. Levertov was the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry, memoirs, and criticism, and also a former poetry editor of the Nation.
  • Ron Loewinsohn (1937- )
    Working and personal papers through 1976, with both published and unpublished manuscripts of Loewinsohn's poetry and prose criticism as well as a massive correspondence from friends, fellow writers, and publishers including letters from Richard Brautigan, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, John Martin, and Charles Olson. Author of numerous books of poetry and also a writer of novels, Ron Loewinsohn has been a major figure of the San Francisco poetry scene since his student days at San Francisco State College. While there he published his first volume of poetry, Watermelons (1959), which featured an introduction by Allen Ginsberg.
  • Duncan McNaughton (1942- )
    The McNaughton Papers feature the manuscripts of his own work, both published and unpublished, handwritten notebooks related to his poetry and prose works, and correspondence with other writers and artists. Additionally, the Papers contain extensive documentation of the Program in Poetics, covering its institutional development, McNaughton's own class notes and materials, and the records of teaching by other writers, including Robert Duncan, Diane DiPrima, and Robin Blaser.
  • Toby Olson (1937- )
    This collection contains original manuscripts of all his published and some of his unpublished works in poetry, fiction, opera, and criticism; correspondence to Olson from fellow writers; and all his published books.
  • Marjorie Perloff (1931- )
    The collection contains letters from prominent poets, including Charles Bernstein, Robert Creeley, Barbara Guest, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Ann Lauterbach, Robert Lowell, Robert Pinsky, and Leslie Scalapino. Other materials include scrapbooks, reviews, editorials, and correspondence relating to the publication of her books, as well as materials relating to her teaching and academic administrative positions.
  • Robert Pinsky (1940- )
    Personal papers from 1960 through 1995, including drafts of poems, manuscripts of his prose, documents from his service as poetry editor for the New Republic (1978-1986), and extensive correspondence with fellow writers and friends. Poet, critic and translator, and former Stegner Fellow of Stanford, Pinsky served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 to 2000.
  • Stephen Rodefer (1940- )
    Personal papers and manuscripts from 1955-1994. Rodefer is the author of the poetry collections One or Two Love Poems from the White World (1976) and Plane Debris (1981), and the play Tennyson (1983).
  • Irving Rosenthal Papers
    The papers document Irving Rosenthal's life from his childhood onwards, containing outgoing correspondence, doctoral dissertation materials, manuscript materials, and detailed documentation of his own novel, Sheeper. There are materials relating to his editorship of The Chicago Review and Big Table, his trip to Cuba in 1961, and his life in Tangier from 1962-1964. Also included are manuscripts by, and correspondence with, William Burroughs, Edward Dahlberg, Herbert Huncke, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Smith. Other significant figures featured in the collection include Paul Bowles, Paul Carroll, Gregory Corso, Elsa Dorfman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, George Harris III, Jack Kerouac, Eila Kokkinen, Robert LaVigne, Phillip Lamantia, Edward Marshall, Michael McClure, Peter Orlovsky, Ed Sanders, Philip Whalen, and John Wieners.
  • Nathaniel Tarn (1928 - )
    Personal papers through 1999, including drafts of poems, manuscripts of prose, notebooks, and correspondence, along with a complete collection of his published work. Nathaniel Tarn is one of the principal poets and theorists of the international ethnopoetics movement. A professionally trained anthropologist, he turned full-time to literature in the mid-1960s and is the author of over twenty books of poetry and criticism. Tarn is also a distinguished translator, well known for his work on Pablo Neruda, Victor Segalen, the Maya Rabinal Achi and many younger French and Latin American poets.
  • Yvor Winters (1900-1968)
    Personal papers through 1968, including correspondence, manuscripts, and materials related to his teaching at Stanford (1928-1966). Poet and critic, Winters was a major voice in literary American critcism from the late 1930s into the 1960s; his Collected Poems won the Bollingen Prize in 1952.
  • Eddie Woods Archive
    The Eddie Woods Archive documents an understudied, indeed, largely undefined, segment of the “new American poetry and prose” of the post-1945 period – namely, the expatriate, essentially surrealist school that has numerous connections with the Beats but is essentially an independent, coherent body of work whose leading figures are represented in this collection by substantial numbers of manuscript materials, scarce and rare books, photographs, and a variety of art prints, including numerous silk screens.

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