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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2092

William Corbett archive for "A History of New Directions"


Papers relating to the unpublished book "A History of New Directions" by William Corbett. Book originally contracted between James Laughlin of New Directions Publishing Corporation and Corbett.


  • 1967-1998

Language of Materials

Collection materials in English.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

This archive includes correspondence, manuscripts, notes, audiotapes, contracts, and other materials assembled by Corbett relating to his research and writing of the book "A History of New Directions." The manuscript of the book is the final version prior to JL's death in 1997 and includes the history of ND up to 1996. All of the materials deal with the history of New Directions.

Biographical / Historical

In 1996, James Laughlin, founder and owner of the New Directions Publishing Corporation, contracted with American poet William Corbett to write a history of New Directions. Laughlin died in November of 1997 and the project was later cancelled by W.W. Norton & Company.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

98M-28. Purchased from William Corbett through Granary Books, 568 Broadway, Suite 403, New York, N.Y. 10012, with funds from the Amy Lowell Fund; received: 1998 Dec. 12.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt; with the assistance of Jackie Dean, Mary Hammer, Vicki Denby, Jermaine Hollins, Michael Newton, and Meghan Schmeltz-Kiel.

Corbett, William, 1942-. William Corbett archive for "A History of New Directions", 1967-1998: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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