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Robert Sward Papers

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Correspondence, Box 1-16, Folders 1-197

Poetry, Box 17-29, Folder 198-353

Fiction, Box 34-37, Folders 354-369

Drama, Non-fiction Prose, Miscellaneous Works, Box 38, Folders 370-384

Journals, Box 39-40

Manuscripts by Others, Box 41-42, Folders 393-411

Miscellany, Box 43-46, Folders 412-443

Printed Materials, Box 47



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Robert Sward Papers, 1951-1971 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Sward Papers, 1951-1971Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1951-1971

ID: MS/MS/ms110

Primary Creator: Sward, Robert, 1933-

Extent: 47.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Robert Sward Papers are one of the largest and most diverse manuscript collections among Washington University's holdings. They include an extensive correspondence with literary figures, little magazine editors, small press publishers, family members, and friends. Thousands of pages of Sward's heavily revised worksheets and journals are also present and serve as excellent examples of the poetic process at work. A large collection of little magazines, small press publications, and literary ephemera is also housed in the Sward Papers and helps further document not only the life and career of Robert Sward, but also the American poetry scene during the 1960's and 1970's.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Sward emerged as a promising young American poet in the late 1950's. A Chicago native, Sward was educated at the University of Illinois (BA, 1956), Middlebury College, and the University of Iowa (MA, 1958). After graduating from the Iowa Writers' Program, Sward spent a year in England on a Fulbright Fellowship and upon his return joined the English Department at Cornell University.

While he was at Cornell, Sward's colleagues included the poets A.R. Ammons and William Meredith, both of whom helped promote Sward's poetry. It was Cornell University Press, in fact, that brought Sward's work to the attention of the academic community by publishing his two early collections, Kissing the Dancer and Other Poems (1964) and Thousand Year Old Fiancée and Other Poems (1965).

Sward left Cornell in the mid-1960's and spent much of the remaining decade traveling extensively in the United States and England teaching poetry workshops and giving readings. His work appeared regularly in most of the important little magazines and he developed friendships and correspondences with numerous authors of his generation, notably Carol Berge, Paul Blackburn, Robert Cohen, Larry Lieberman, Ann Quin, and Margaret Randall.

In 1969 Sward took a position as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. It was here that he launched Soft Press, a small press that he operated for nearly ten years which became the primary publishing outlet for his work in the 1970's. Sward eventually became a landed immigrant in Canada and lived in Toronto where he became an active member of that city's literary scene. In 1985, he returned to the United States and now lives in California. Sward reads and performs regularly as one of the "Three Roberts" (Sward, Robert Zent, and Robert Priest) and recently had a major collection of poetry published by Aya Press, Half a Life's History: Poems New and Selected, 1957-1983 (1983).

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.)

Acquisition Source: Gift and purchase from Robert Sward

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-16, Folders 1-197],
[Series 2: Poetry, Box 17-29, Folder 198-353],
[Series 3: Fiction, Box 34-37, Folders 354-369],
[Series 4: Drama, Non-fiction Prose, Miscellaneous Works, Box 38, Folders 370-384],
[Series 5: Journals, Box 39-40],
[Series 6: Manuscripts by Others, Box 41-42, Folders 393-411],
[Series 7: Miscellany, Box 43-46, Folders 412-443],
[Series 8: Printed Materials, Box 47],
[All]

Series 7: Miscellany, Box 43-46, Folders 412-443Add to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous materials, broken into 2 sub-series, Personal miscellany and General miscellany. 521 items
Sub-Series 7.1: Personal Miscellany, Box 43-33, Folders 412-430Add to your cart.
Consists of personal miscellany, including material for Soft Press, family documents, photographs, drawings and material for teaching. 328 items
Folder 412: Contains items relating to the Soft Press. Includes A valentine to Hannah, excerpt from Kiss, bite and moo softly, excerpts from Mr. Scales, biographical note on Sward, 2 pp., description of the Press, and announcement sheets.Add to your cart.
Folder 413: Contains items relating to the Soft Press. Includes biographical statements, announcements of publications, the "Soft Motto", and a Sward bibliography and resume.Add to your cart.
Folder 414: Contains newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles referring to Sward's poetry readings and publications. Included are articles about obscenity disputes at Bowling Green concerning Sward's poetry, announcements of readings, a page from Hudson Review, with Attic by the River, and Elm trees, by Sward, and short reviews of Sward's work.Add to your cart.
Folder 415: Contains newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles referring to Sward's readings and work. Includes an interview with Sward, brief reviews of his work, announcements of readings, personal items concerning his family, and an account of an attack on Sward during a peace march.Add to your cart.
Folder 416: Contains an article by Irving Sward that appeared in Chiropody Record, a page of a letter from Gertrude, miscellaneous journal entries, quotations and fragments of a German record of the family line of the Huebsch family.Add to your cart.
Folder 417: Contains documents relating to the Huebsch family. Includes deeds, marriage certificates, membership document for the Masons, and receipts.Add to your cart.
Folder 418: Contains 1 collage, probably done by Judith Sward, of photos and clippings.Add to your cart.
Folder 419: Contains various bibliographies compiled by Sward over many years. Drafts and finished versions included.Add to your cart.
Folder 420: Contains various stray pieces of miscellaneous material related to life in Victoria, British Columbia. Includes documents referring to the Neo-American Church, and University of Victoria activities.Add to your cart.
Folder 421: Contains drawings by Rick Sargent of Sward, photos of Sward, Diane Sward, Ann Quin, and various people at writing conferences.Add to your cart.
Folder 422: Contains photos of Sward, Ann Quin, an unidentified woman, and a professional pen and ink sketch of the same woman.Add to your cart.
Folder 423: Contains items referring to Sward's teaching at the University of Victoria, Cornell University, and other colleges. Includes outlines for classes, announcements of poetry readings by others, and schedules of activites at the University of Victoria, notes, memos, and reader's comments on students' work.Add to your cart.
Folder 424: Contains items referring to Sward's teaching at the University of Victoria. Includes syllabi, student poems, poems for classroom use, and evaluations.Add to your cart.
Folder 425: Contains items referring to the biographical data of various poets, including Sward.Add to your cart.
Folder 426: Contains items referring to various poetry readings by Sward, documents dealing with a play he was in in college, press releases for readings, and brochure describing his services.Add to your cart.
Folder 427: Contains items relating to the Northwest Poetry Circuit. Includes newsletters, itineraries, and poems to be read.Add to your cart.
Folder 428: Contains items relating to the Yaddo Conference, the Huntington Hartford Foundation, and Bread Loaf. Includes information sheets and newsletters.Add to your cart.
Folder 429: Contains catalogs, announcements, news releases, and posters concerning poetry books and readings by Sward and others.Add to your cart.
Folder 430: Contains offprints, clippings and photocopies of poems and articles by Larry Lieberman, Paul Viereck, Rosette Lamont, Irving Malin, Robert Sward, Jonathan Baumbach, Andrei Voznesensky, Al Purdy, Richard Shelton, Lyman Andrews, Thomas Lask, Gregory Corso, William Meredith, and reader's comments on Sward's work.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7.2: General Miscellany, Box 47, Folder 431-443Add to your cart.
Consists of general miscellany including announcements, clippings, MacDowell Colony material and other matter. 193 items
Folder 431: Contains announcements for little magazines and for poetry festivals.Add to your cart.
Folder 432: Contains announcements for small presses and exhibitions.Add to your cart.
Folder 433: Contains announcements and catalogs for small presses and poetry readings.Add to your cart.
Folder 434: Contains announcements and catalogs for small presses and poetry readings, photographer's portfolio, and Guggenheim applications.Add to your cart.
Folder 435: Contains announcements for poetry readings and catalogs of small presses.Add to your cart.
Folder 436: Contains announcements for poetry readings and catalogs of small pressesAdd to your cart.
Folder 437: Contains manila envelopes with notes by Sward on them.Add to your cart.
Folder 438: Contains programs and other memorabilia from plays, productions, and societies.Add to your cart.
Folder 439: Contains random newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles dealing with a wide variety of topics (mostly Taos and Mexico).Add to your cart.
Folder 440: Contains announcements and newsletters pertaining to poetry series and poetry reading circuits.Add to your cart.
Folder 441: Contains items pertaining to the MacDowell Colony. Includes reports, information sheets, and announcements.Add to your cart.
Folder 442: Contains newsletters from the Associated Writing Programs, the Victoria Youth Project, Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Victoria film society, and rejection notices.Add to your cart.
Folder 443: Contains announcements, pleas, and articles relating to the protest against the Vietnam war.Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-16, Folders 1-197],
[Series 2: Poetry, Box 17-29, Folder 198-353],
[Series 3: Fiction, Box 34-37, Folders 354-369],
[Series 4: Drama, Non-fiction Prose, Miscellaneous Works, Box 38, Folders 370-384],
[Series 5: Journals, Box 39-40],
[Series 6: Manuscripts by Others, Box 41-42, Folders 393-411],
[Series 7: Miscellany, Box 43-46, Folders 412-443],
[Series 8: Printed Materials, Box 47],
[All]


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