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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1658

Richard Selig papers


Correspondence and various documents of American poet Richard Selig.


  • 1935-1962
  • Majority of material found in 1949-1962

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Correspondence (including 18 letters from Stephen Spender), manuscripts of poetry and prose, notebooks and diaries, college notes and term papers. Includes correspondence of Peter Levi and his materials relating to the posthumous publication of Selig's poems, including proof copies of the book published in 1962. Also a few poems by others, including one by William Carlos Williams.

Biographical / Historical

Selig was an American poet. Educated at the University of Washington, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Returning to the U.S. in 1956, he worked in the public relations department of Western Electric. He died of Hodgkin's disease in 1957. A volume of his poems was published posthumously in 1962 by the Dolmen Press, Dublin.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Materials concerning Richard Jay Selig and his work
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. ___A. Letters by Richard Jay Selig to various people
  4. ___B. Letters to Richard Jay Selig from various people
  5. ___C. Letters to Peter Levi from various people
  6. ___D. Letters by other people
  7. III. Poetry
  8. IV. Prose
  9. V. Notebooks and diaries
  10. VI. College notes and term papers
  11. VII. Miscellaneous printed works
  12. VIII. Poetry by other authors

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*62M-50. Gift of Peter Levi, S.J. ; received: 1962.

Related Materials

Additional papers of Richard Selig are at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Selig, Richard, 1929-1957. Richard Selig papers, 1935-1962: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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