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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2954

Taylor Stoehr papers


Taylor Stoehr's professional papers that were compiled during while writing Paul Goodman's biography, as well as correspondence with writer George Dennison, whose works Stoehr edited.


  • circa 1932-2002

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1-3, 6 are open for research. Boxes 4-5 are restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff.
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.


3.75 linear feet (6 boxes)
12.7 Gigabytes
Series I contains research material compiled for the Paul Goodman biography. It includes drafts, correspondence, audiovisual materials, born-digital materials, photographs, yearbooks, and music manuscript materials. Series II contains correspondence between Dennison and Stoehr, with many letters are from Dennison. Additionally contains manuscripts annotated with Dennison's and Stoehr's edits and notes and a few related clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Taylor Stoehr was a professor of English Literature at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Paul Goodman was an American novelist, playwright, poet, psychotherapist, social critic, and public intellectual. Stoehr edited many volumes of Paul Goodman's fiction, poetry, and social commentary and was Goodman's friend and literary executor. Stoehr further edited the works of writer George Dennison, and kept in regular correspondence with him throughout the 1970s-1980s.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged into two series: I. Papers concerning Paul Goodman and II. George Dennison correspondence.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

pf and Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2013M-59 and 2013M-80. Gift of Christopher W. Stoehr, Holly Stoehr, Shaina Stoehr, Mark H. Stoehr, and Mary Stoehr in 2014 January and March.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am2954BD

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: CDs, audiocassettes, reel-to-reel audio tapes, microfilm, flash drive, and slide.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Melanie Wisner, 2014. Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018, with materials added by Betts Coup, 2019.
Link to catalog
Stoehr, Taylor, 1931-2013. Taylor Stoehr papers, circa 1932-2002 (MS Am 2954): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 9, 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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