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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3184

X. J. Kennedy papers


Personal and professional papers of American poet, translator, anthologist, editor, and author of children’s literature, X. J. Kennedy.


  • circa 1945-2008


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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


8 linear feet (8 boxes)

Personal and professional papers comprised of poetry, prose, reviews, lecture materials, photographs, poetry worksheets commonplace books, correspondence, and an early science fiction fanzine.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Charles Kennedy, who used the nom de plume X. J. Kennedy, was born in 1929 and is a poet, translator, anthologist, editor, and author of children’s literature and textbooks on English literature and poetry. He was editor of Counter/Measure and poetry editor for the Paris Review.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged into twelve series: Audio Materials; Correspondence; Exhibited Materials; Literary Works; Lecture Materials; Photographs; Poetry; Poetry Reviews and Other Reviews; Poetry Worksheets; Programs and Ephemera; Prose; and Science-Fiction Fanzines.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018M-108. Gift of X. J. Kennedy, 2018 May.

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: audio casesette and a reel.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.

Kennedy, X. J. X. J. Kennedy Papers, circa 1945-2008 (MS Am 3184): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 20, 2018
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Repository Details

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