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Lee Anderson Papers


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Lee Anderson Papers, 1933-1972 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Lee Anderson Papers, 1933-1972Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1933-1972

ID: MS/MS/ms004

Primary Creator: Lee Anderson, 1896-1972

Extent: 42.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series 1: Correspondence is divided into three subseries. Subseries  I. 1. Personal correspondence, 1933-1974; letters filed chronologically by author, includes selected manuscripts, by others filed with letters, Boxes 1-7. Subseries I. 2. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1933-1972, letters filed chronologically, Box 8. Subseries I. 3. John Trimmer Journal, 1963-1969, consists of letters Lee Anderson wrote to his friend John Trimmer, which he regarded as journal entries.

Series 2: Manuscripts is divided into four subseries. Subseries II. 1. Titled Poems, arranged alphabetically, Boxes 10-11. Subseries II. 2. Untitled poems and fragments, Boxes 12-13. Subseries II. 3. Essays, Box 14. Subseries II. 4. Classroom and teaching, Box 15.

Series 3: Materials Toward Books is divided into seven subseries. Subseries III. 1. Prevailing Winds; Subseries III. 2. The Floating World and Other Poems; Subseries III. 3. Nags Head; Subseries III. 4. Bearstone Tetralogy; Subseries III. 5. The Treasure Hunt Murder; Subseries III. 6 [The Oral Interpretation of Literature]; Subseries III. 7. Miscellaneous Galleys, Boxes 16-26.

Series 4: Notebooks, Boxes 27-33.

Series 5: Audiotapes, Boxes 34-38.

Series 6: Manuscript Material by Others (excluding manuscripts located in Subseries I. 1 and Series V.) Includes Book of Gems, autograph book containing holograph poems by various authors, Box 39. Also includes unpublished essays by others on the work of Lee Anderson, Box 39.

Series 7: The Yale Series of Recorded Poets includes material relating to Anderson's involvement with this project, Box 40.

Series 8: Miscellany, Boxes 41-42.

Collection Historical Note

Lee Anderson (1896-1972) was an American poet.  He was born in Saxton, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and spent several years as a self-employed printer and farmer in western Pennsylvania. In 1942, he published his collection of poetry, Prevailing Winds. Anderson became interested in poetry readings and the oral aspects of poetry and began to record contemporary poets reading their work onto audiotape. At first, Anderson kept the recordings for his personal collection but soon he was asked by the Library of Congress to record and submit recorded poetry readings to the library. In 1955, Yale University acquired Anderson's complete collection of more than 500 tapes of contemporary British and American poets reading from their work, including duplicates of recordings donated to the Library of Congress. In addition, Yale hired Anderson as a Research Associate. While at Yale, he helped produce the Yale Series of Recorded Poets, a collection of LP records of poets reading their work which was derived largely from Anderson's tape collection.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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.)

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: Notebooks],
[Series 5: Audiotapes],
[Series 6: Manuscript Material by Others],
[Series 7: The Yale Series of Recorded Poets],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],

Series 8: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Frostberg State College Poetry Festival, 1968: April 27-29Add to your cart.
In the Spring of 1968, Lee Anderson coordinated a poetry festival at Frostberg State College in Frostberg, Maryland. Participants at the festival held April 27-29, 1968 included Elliott Coleman, Josephine Jacobsen, Carlolyn Kizer, Richard Eberhart, as well as Lee Anderson. Correspondence relating to the festival has been interfiled in Series I; audiotape recordings made at the festival are found in Series V. Material includes program announcements, flyers, biographical guides to the poets, etc. 10 items
Folder 2: AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.
Includes announcements, flyers, etc. for various Anderson readings and lectures. 23 items
Folder 3: Radio program notesAdd to your cart.
Program notes for various radio stations with which Lee Anderson was involved in coordinating poetry broadcasts. Includes KPFA Program Folio, 6 issues (Feb 24 - May 17, 1953); WGMS Program magazine (April 1952);WCFM Program Notes (May 1953). 8 items
Folder 4: Rejection LettersAdd to your cart.
Rejection letters Anderson received from various magazines and publishers, often including attached poems. 36 items
Folder 5: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs of various poets, including Louis MacNeice, Anne Ridler, Elliott Coleman, and Lee Anderson. 8 items
Folder 6: DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Drawings by unknown artists. 3 items
Folder 7: Tear SheetsAdd to your cart.
Clippings and tear sheets of articles by and about various poets, several inscribed to Lee Anderson. 23 items
Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Review ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Tear sheets and clippings of articles on Anderson and reviews of his work. Circa 140 items
Folder 2-3: General MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Business papers, biographical information, Helen Anderson's high school yearbook, high School diploma, Helen Anderson's family tree, other misc. material. Circa 60 items

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