Papers of Jean Valentine, 1952-2004 (inclusive), 1970-2004 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1970-2004
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. Papers may not, however, be reproduced on the internet until after the donor's death.
2.5 linear feet ((6 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 3 photograph folders, 1 videotape, 4 audiotapes)
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1964-2003 (#1.1-1.5), includes Valentine's curricula vitae, articles about her, transcripts of interviews, and introductions by others given at poetry readings. For brief diary excerpts of daily life and snippets of poems from 1989-1990, see #2.19.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1965-2004 (#1.6-3.9), is arranged in two subseries: alphabetical and general.
Subseries A, Alphabetical, 1969-2004 (#1.6-2.6), consists of substantive correspondence with friends and poets. Poets would send a poem back and forth for criticism and validation, providing insight into the evolution of the work. This subseries also highlights Valentine's life in Ireland with her second husband, Barrie Cooke, as well as her trips to artists' communities, Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, New York), and Macdowell Colony (Peterborough, New Hampshire).
Subseries B, General, 1965-2004 (#2.7-3.9), consists of correspondence with other friends and other poets, discussing their health, personal lives, and professional activities. The subseries includes spouses and friends of correspondents from Subseries A; many of the same people and subjects are discussed. Arranged chronologically.
Series III, WRITINGS, 1952-2002 (#3.10-6.13) is arranged in two subseries: poetry and prose.
Subseries A, Poetry, 1955-2002 (#3.10-6.1), contains drafts, proofs, reviews, correspondence concerning Dream Barker and Other Poems; Pilgrims; Ordinary Things; The Messenger; Home.Deep.Blue; The River at Wolf; Growing Darkness, Growing Light; The Cradle of the Real Life; and Door in the Mountain. Also included is the poem Valentine published while attending Radcliffe College. See also F+D.1 for book jackets of some of her volumes.
Subseries B, Prose, 1952-2001 (#6.2-6.13), consists of articles written by Valentine about Eleanor Ross Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Jane Cooper, Jane Keynon, Robert Lowell, and Czeslaw Milosz, and various other writings.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, AUDIOVISUAL, AND OVERSIZED, 1980-2002 (# PD.1-PD.3, Vt-143, T-334.1-334.4, F+D.1) is arranged in four subseries: photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, and oversized material.
Poem, which received a favorable review in The Harvard Crimson (January 10, 1956). Valentine graduated cum laude in June 1956. Valentine married James Chace in 1957 and was later divorced; they had two daughters, Sarah (b.1958) and Rebecca (b.1960). A second marriage in 1991 to artist Barrie Cooke, also ended in divorce. In 1964, a collection of her poems won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, chosen over 300 other entries; it was published in 1965 as Dream Barker and Other Poems.
Valentine has taught poetry at 92nd Street Young Men's Hebrew Association, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, City University of New York, Pierson College at Yale University, Swarthmore College, Barnard College, Bucknell University, American University, Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has also won various awards and fellowships including: the Rockefeller Fellowship, the Bunting Institute Fellowship, the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Shelley Memorial Prize (2000), the National Book Award for Poetry (2004), and the Jean Kennedy Smith New York University Creative Writing Award of Distinction (2005).
Valentine's other published works include: Pilgrims (1969); Ordinary Things (1974); Turn (1977); The Messenger (1979); Home.Deep.Blue (1989); Night Lake (1992); The River at Wolf (1992); Night Porch: Poems (1995); The Under Voice: Selected Poems (1995); Growing Darkness, Growing Light (1997); The Cradle of the Real Life (2000); The Lighthouse Keeper: Essays on the Poetry of Eleanor Ross Taylor (2001); and Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 (2004).
- Series I. Biographical and personal
- Series II. Correspondence
- ___Subseries A. Alphabetical
- ___Subseries B. General
- Series III. Writings
- ___Subseries A. Poetry
- ___Subseries B. Prose
- Series IV. Photographs, Audiovisual, and Oversized
- ___Subseries A. Photographs
- ___Subseries B. Audiovisual
- ___Subseries C. Oversized
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Jean Valentine were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jean Valentine in June 2004.
Accession number: 2004-M57
Processed by: Cat Lea Holbrook
The following item was removed and transferred to the Schlesinger Library's book collection:
- Rich, Adrienne. Selected Poems 1950-1995. Knockeven, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 1996.
By: Cat Lea Holbrook
- American literature--20th century
- American literature--Women authors
- Authors and publishers
- Authors, American
- College teachers
- Feminist poetry
- Feminist poetry--Book reviews
- Ireland--Description and travel
- Manuscripts for publication
- Motherhood--United States
- Poets, American
- Poets, Irish
- Poets, Polish
- Proofs (printed matter)
- Publishers and publishing--United States
- Women poets
- Valentine, Jean. Papers of Jean Valentine, 1952-2004 (inclusive), 1970-2004 (bulk): A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College Class of 1956.
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