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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3151

Robert Coover papers

Personal and professional papers of author Robert Coover.


  • 1954-2017

Language of Materials

In English. Some materials in French.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.
A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


31.5 linear feet (38 boxes)

0.00432 Gigabytes (1 folder)

Includes numerous drafts of various works of fiction by Coover as well as correspondence, photographs, one videocassette, one audiocassette, and three floppy disks. Also includes cpublished copies of Coover's works. Correspondents include Theodor Geisel and John Hawkes and several publishers.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Lowell Coover was born February 4, 1932, in Charles City, Iowa, and is an American author and professor emeritus in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.


Materials are arranged in series based on accession numbers, Accession 2013M-087, Accession 2018M-043, Accession 86M-104, and Accession 2004M-133 and further broken down into two sub-series: Composition and Correspondence.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2013M-087. Purchased with funds from the Amy Lowell Trust; received: 2014 March 27.

2018M-043. Purchased with funds from the Amy Lowell Trust, 2017 October.

86M-104. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, November 1998.

2004M-133. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, May 2005.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3151BD

General note

Three floppy disks were removed for processing.
General note Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: floppy disks.

Processing Information

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner. Addition minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn 2017 November and Ashley Nary 2018 April.
This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation.
Link to catalog
Coover, Robert. Robert Coover papers, circa 1958-2017 (MS Am 3151): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
December 2, 2016
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Repository Details

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