- circa 1827-2009
- Majority of material found within 1942-2000
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
3.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Significant amounts of material and correspondence were created and collected during the tenure of WPR curators John Lincoln Sweeney, Robert Fitzgerald, Theodore Alevizos, Jeanne Broburg, and Stratis Haviaras. Information also pertains to the transfer of substantive archives to Houghton Library---including the Transition Magazine archives and several collections donated by Amy Lowell.
Material types include correspondence, manuscript and typescript compositions, reports, transcripts, collection lists, invoices and receipts, memos, photographs, articles, ephemera, original illustrations, clippings, and other printed materials relating to the activities of the WPR and its staff.
Among the highlights of the collection are: correspondence with Alvar Aalto, John Ashbery, W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Russell Edson, Seamus Heaney, Susan Howe, Olwyn Hughes, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Robert Lax, Denise Levertov, Louis Zukofsky; reminiscences of Robert Lowell; compositions by such poets and musicians as William Bronk, Kahlil Gibran, Archibald MacLeish, Don McLean, I. A. Richards, and Tristan Tzara; photographs of Frank O’Connor and W. B. Yeats; and Harvard Vocarium and the Fassett Recording Studio correspondence and inventories.
Biographical / Historical
The Woodberry Poetry Room was initially located in Widener Library and moved to Lamont Library in 1949. In 2000, WPR was administratively transferred to Houghton Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Woodberry Poetry Room records, circa 1827-2009 (MS Am 3170): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- 2018 April 24
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
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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