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Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154)

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Material Toward Books

Other Projects

Boston Review

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Personal Papers

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Ephemera

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Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154), 1950-2017 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154), 1950-2017Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1980s-2000s

ID: MSS/MSS/154

Primary Creator: Bang, Mary Jo

Extent: 92.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 12/23/2014

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mary Jo Bang Papers consists largely of her own manuscript materials, including drafts of individual poems, book reviews, essays, introductions and translations, as well as editorial material toward her published and unpublished books. Also included are personal journals, college work, artwork, printed materials and ephemera. A substantial amount of personal and business correspondence is present, primarily with friends, family, editors, students, and colleagues in the literary community. Finally, the Bang Papers include a large assortment of material relating Bang’s work outside of writing including editorial work for the Boston Review, teaching, conferences and readings, consolations and advisory boards, fellowships, residencies, exhibitions, and photography.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Jo Bang (October 22, 1946 - ) is an American poet.  Born in Waynesville, Missouri, Bang grew up in Ferguson and graduated from McCluer High School. She received a BA and an MA in Sociology from Northwestern University, a BA in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London, and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Bang is the author of several books of poems, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize and the 1998 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award; Louise in Love (2001); The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001); The Eye Like a Strange Balloon (2004); Elegy (2007), which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; and The Bride of E (2009); Inferno (2012); and The Last Two Seconds (2015).

Bang has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bellagio Foundation, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has received a “Discovery”/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including New Republic, Yale Review, Boston Review, Paris Review, Columbia, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Nation, Notre Dame Review, Paris Review, Tin House, New Yorker, and New American Writing.

Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005, and is currently a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more details.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from Mary Jo Bang

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 2014.022

Accession number MSS2017-027

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Other Projects],
[Series 5: Boston Review],
[Series 6: Works by Others],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
[Series 9: Audiovisual],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Printed Materials],
[Series 12: Artwork],
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Series 7: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.

Personal Papers consists of appointment books and calendars, awards, a copy of Bang’s birth certificate, contracts, Bang’s curriculum vita, materials relating to Bang’s divorce from Gary R. Bang, education, financial, identifications, juvenilia, photographs, ticket stubs, travel information, Bang’s wedding invitation to Gary R. Bang, and yearbooks.

Divorce, Financial, and Identifications sub-series are RESTRICTED. Please contact Curator for more details.

Sub-Series 7.1: Appointment Books and CalendarsAdd to your cart.
Box 72-73Add to your cart.
Folder 11-14;1-13: Appointment Books and Calendars, 1986-2010Add to your cart.

1986-1988 located in Box 72. 1989-2010 located in Box 73. Also includes an address book, loose address pages, and business cards

1995 calendar is located in box  (oversize)

Sub-Series 7.2: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Academy of American Poets Honorable Mention Poetry Competition at Columbia University, 1995Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence from Bruno Navasky
Item 2: Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, Poetry Society of America, 2005Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, programs, and poetry drafts
Item 3: Certificate of Appreciation for Facilitating Food for the Soul Poetry Reading, Washington University, 2001Add to your cart.
Item 4: The Curators of the University of Missouri Certificate of Recognition as a Student of Scholastic Promise, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 5: Delta Delta Delta Initiation Certificate, 1966: March 11Add to your cart.
Item 6: East Texas State University Photographic Society Annual International Photographic Competition; Commercial Portraiture Honorable Mention, 1993: April 3Add to your cart.
Item 7: Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, 1998Add to your cart.
Includes Bang's agreement to participate in New Writers tour
Item 8: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2004Add to your cart.
Item 9: The National Book Critics Circle 2007 Poetry Finalist for Elegy awardAdd to your cart.
2 copies
Item 10: Our Pens Are Mighty: Celebrating Writers and Authors with STL 250, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, 2014: September 28Add to your cart.
Item 11: R-2 Elementary Track Meet Standing Broad Jump ribbon, 1958: MayAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Scholastic Art Award Certificate of Merit, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
2 items
Sub-Series 7.3: Birth CertificateAdd to your cart.
Copy of original issued in 1973
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Copy of original issued in 1973Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7.4: ContractsAdd to your cart.
RESTRICTED. Please contact Curator for more details.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Contracts, 1999-2016Add to your cart.
Includes publication agreements, permission requests, recording releases, poetry reading contracts, etc
Sub-Series 7.5: Curriculum VitaAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Curriculum VitaAdd to your cart.
Consists of various incarnations of Bang's CV over time, 8 copies
Sub-Series 7.6: DivorceAdd to your cart.
RESTRICTED. Please contact Curator for more details.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mary Jo Bang's divorce from Gary R. BangAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 7.7: EducationAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ferguson-Florissant Public Schools report cards, 1952-1961Add to your cart.
Grades 1-8
Folder 7: McCluer High School diploma, 1964: June 12Add to your cart.
Includes 2 copies of the commencement program
Folder 8: Northwestern University Bachelor of Arts diploma, 1971: August 31Add to your cart.
Includes transcript
Folder 9: Northwestern University Master of Arts diploma, 1975: June 14Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Polytechnic of Central London Bachelor of Arts in Photography, 1989: June 29Add to your cart.
Includes a photocopy of the degree and official transcript.
Box 75Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Saint Louis University Physician's Assistant certificate, 1977: August 26Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Materials relating to Physician's Assistant certificationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: University of WestminsterAdd to your cart.
Official transcript
Sub-Series 7.8: FinancialAdd to your cart.
RESTRICTED. Please contact Curator for more details.
Box 75Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Check registers, 1990-1993Add to your cart.
5 items
Folder 5-17: Financial records, 1963-2014Add to your cart.
Consists of credit card statements, tuition bills, W-2s, income statements, paycheck stubs, etc
Box 76Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Leases, 1989-2014Add to your cart.
Apartment leases in Chicago and New York. Correspondence and other information related to ABC Condominiums in St. Louis. Also includes correspondence, architecture plans, photographs, mortgage paperwork, etc for 147 West Broadway, Philipsburg, MT.
Folder 3: Michael Van Hook financial and medical records, 1994-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Royalty Statements, 2005-2015Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7.9: IdentificationsAdd to your cart.
RESTRICTED. Please contact Curator for more details.
Box 76Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1983-1993Add to your cart.
Includes identifications for Columbia University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Montana, Beutazólap - Entry Form Einreiseformblatt, Kiutazólap - Exit Form Ausreisezettel, Certificate of Registration - England, Supreme Court of the State of New York juror certificate, passport application with photograph, and passport. 11 items
Sub-Series 7.10: JuveniliaAdd to your cart.
Includes birth announcement, early birthday cards, childhood art work and school work by Bang
Box 76Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Birth announcement, early birthday cards, childhood art work and school workAdd to your cart.
15 items
Sub-Series 7.11: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 77-79Add to your cart.
Item 77-79: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs of Bang's material and paternal relatives and ancestors, including her parents, Eugene and Helen Ward, her sister, Norma Jean, her half-sister, Tamera Simons. Also included are informal and professional photographs of Bang; photographs of Gary Bang, Gary "Rusty' Bang, Jr. and family, Michael Van Hook and family; photographs of Bang's wedding to Gary Bang; photographs taken by Bang; photographs of friends including Bin Ramke, Timothy Donnelly, and Lynn Melnick; and photographs of construction work on 147 West Broadway, Philipsburg, Montana. Original wedding album housed in Folder 7, Box 76. Oversized photograph of Bang's confirmation (back row, 5th from right) at Evangelical Luthern Church in Ferguson, Missouri located in Box 91.
Sub-Series 7.12: Ticket StubsAdd to your cart.
Box 80Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ticket stubs for various eventsAdd to your cart.
6 items
Sub-Series 7.13: TravelAdd to your cart.
Box 80Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Itineraries for various readings, travel information, and list of places visited by Bang, 1990-2014Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7.14: Wedding Invitation to Gary R. BangAdd to your cart.
Box 80Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wedding invitation to Gary R. Bang, 1978Add to your cart.
3 items
Sub-Series 7.15: YearbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 80Add to your cart.
Folder 4-7: Yearbooks, 1960-1962Add to your cart.

1960-1962 McCluer Junior High School yearbook, 2 items. The 1960 yearbook includes two photographs of Bang - one as a cheerleader.

1962 Ferguson High School's "Crest" yearbook, 1 item

1963-1964 McClure Senior High School, 2 items


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Other Projects],
[Series 5: Boston Review],
[Series 6: Works by Others],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
[Series 9: Audiovisual],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Printed Materials],
[Series 12: Artwork],
[All]


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