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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3190

Woodberry Poetry Room collection of broadsides


Poetry broadsides, predominantly in English, published in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.


  • circa 1914-1991 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1980

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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.

Some oversize materials in the collection may require special handling. Please consult with Houghton Public Services staff.


4.7 linear feet (15 boxes)

Includes poetry broadsides, predominantly in English, published in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Authors include Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Langston Hughes, and Adrienne Rich, among many others.

The bulk of the broadsides are letterpress printed, with illustrations utilizing a variety of printmaking techniques, including screen printing, relief and intaglio processes, and lithography; some broadsides are entirely screen printed (notably those of Wild Hawthorn Press).


Arranged alphabetically by publisher, then by date of publication or (in the case of numbered series) in the order assigned by the publisher. Miscellaneous broadsides, for which no publisher could be determined at the time of processing, fall at the end of the series and are arranged alphabetically by author.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Walker Graham, 2019 May.

Materials were rehoused in new folders and boxes during processing.

Processing Information

This finding aid was revised in 2022 to address racist descriptive language. During that revision, description was changed in the description of a single item; the problematic term appears in a formal title and was used in a specific civil rights-related context in the mid-twentieth century. It thus was not removed, but a contextual historical note as well as a processing information note explaining the term's presence were added to the item's description. If you have questions or comments about these revisions, please contact Houghton Library. For more information on reparative archival description at Harvard, see Harvard Library’s Statement on Harmful Language in Archival Description.

Woodberry Poetry Room collection of broadsides, circa 1914-1991 and undated, bulk 1960-1980 (MS Am 3190): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 May
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

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