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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 8: Printed Materials, Box 47Add to your cart.
Item 1: Andrews, Lyman. Cornwall. Oxford, England: Fishpaste Nineteen, 1968Add to your cart.
Printed poemcard. inscribed by Andrews
Item 2: Bax, Martin C.O. [s.1.]: [privately printed], 1967Add to your cart.
(wrappers.)  Letters, poems and drawings for Vernon Scannell. This anthology includes work by Edwin Brock, Prosper Dowden, Richard Freeman, Alan Brownjohn, George MacBeth, Dannie Abse, Peter Porter, Mike Foreman, as well as Bax.
Item 3: Bell, Marvin. Woo havoc. Somerville, MA: Barn Dream Press, [1971]Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Bell.
Item 4: Bly, Robert Elwood. A broadsheet against the New York Times Book Review. Madison, MN: The Sixties Press, wrappers., 1961.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Coolidge, Clark. Flag flutter & U. S. Electric. New York, NY: Lines,  wrappers., 1966.Add to your cart.
Item 6: Cuscaden, Robin R. Poem for a ten pound sailfish and other sonnets. New Rochelle, NY: The Elizabeth Press, [1963].Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Cuscaden; contains annotations by Sward.
Item 7: Dana, Robert. Journeys from the skin. Iowa City, IA: The Hundred Pound Press, wrappers., 1966.Add to your cart.
Item 8: Di Palma, Ray. From The gentle wind. [s.1.]: Living Series, No. 1, No dateAdd to your cart.
single sheet. inscribed by Di Palma.
Item 9: Dickey, William. Rivers of the Pacific Northwest. San Francisco, CA: Twowindows Press, [1969]Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Dickey.
Item 10: Ford, Gena. Tall tales from far corners and other poems. New Rochelle, NY: The Elizabeth Press, 1962Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Frederick Eckman; contains annotations by Sward.
Item 11: Fried, Michael. Other hands. Oxford, England: Fantasy Press, [1962]Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 12: Gilbert, Jack G. Views of jeopardy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. wrappers., 1962.Add to your cart.
Item 13: Ginsberg, Allen. Timothy Leary defense fund. New York, NY: [privately printed], 1966Add to your cart.
(single sheet folded, mimeographed.)  Mass-circulation fund-raising appeal letter signed by di Prima and Allen Ginsberg although the signatures do not appear to be genuine.
Item 14: Goodell, Larry. Cycles. Placitas, NM: Duende, [1966].Add to your cart.
wrappers. with 1 galley proof of Cycle poem; inscribed by Larry Goodell.
Item 15: Grieg, Michael. Guide to the city. San Francisco, CA: The Black Hand Press, [1957].Add to your cart.
wrappers. review copy with note for reviewer; contains Auto. notes by Sward.
Item 16: Hamilton, Alfred Starr. Sphinx. Montclair, NJ: Kumquat Press, wrappers., [1968].Add to your cart.
Item 17: Heliczer, Piero. You could hear the snow melting & dripping into the deer's mouth. [s.1.]: [privately printed], No dateAdd to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 18: Hitchcock, George. The dolphin with the revolver in its teeth. Santa Barbara, CA: Unicorn Press, 1967Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 19: Hollo, Anselm. Leaf times. [s.1.]: Exeter Books, Series No. 11., wrappersAdd to your cart.
wrappers; inscribed.
Item 20: Huff, Robert. Two tricks for Christmas Eve. [s.1.]: [privately printed], No dateAdd to your cart.
(printed poemcard signed by author. inscribed by Huff)  poem is from Colonel Johnson's ride.
Item 21: Katz, Steven. The lestriad. Lecce: Edizioni Milella, 1962.Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Katz.
Item 22: Kiviat, Erik. Museum of Memmon. Mexico City, Mexico: El Corno Emplumado, Coleccion la llave, vol. III, [1966].Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 23: Kolmar, Richard. Games. New York, NY: Lines,  wrappers., 1966.Add to your cart.
Item 24: Lamantia, Philip. Ekstasis. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, 1959.Add to your cart.
wrappers. review copy with Sward's annotations.
Item 25: Lieberman, Laurence 1935. [Review of poetry by Peter Carr]. [s.1.]: [privately printed], that was mimeographed for distribution., [1964].Add to your cart.
(mimeographed broadside.)  includes Lady-frog [poem], by Peter Carr; this is an article from Orange County Illustrated, May, 1964.
Item 26: Meredith, William.Add to your cart.
Item 1: For Guillaume Apollinaire. Uncasville, CT: [privately printed], 1962., 1963: Jan. 1.Add to your cart.
(single sheet folded.)  also includes An old photograph of strangers [poem]; filed in Ser. I.1. on verso of letter from William Meredith.
Item 2: Lines for a guest-book. New London, CT: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
poemcard. inscribed by Meredith.
Item 3: An old field mowed for appearances' sake. New London, CT: [privately printed], 1959.Add to your cart.
poemcard. inscribed with short note to Sward by Meredith.
Item 4: An old photograph of strangers. Uncasville, CT: [privately printed], 1962.Add to your cart.
(single sheet.)  also includes For Guillaume Apollinaire [poem]; filed in Ser I.1. on verso of letter from William Meredith, 1963: Jan. 1.
Item 5: Three translations from Guillaume Apollinaire and uncounted greetings from William Meredith. New London, CT: [privately printed], [1963]., [1963].Add to your cart.
single sheet folded. inscribed by Meredith.
Item 6: Year end accounts. New London, CT: [privately printed], 1965.Add to your cart.
single sheet folded. inscribed by Meredith.
Item 27: O'Hara, Frank. Lunch poems. Koln, Germany: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, [1969].Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 28: Padin, Clemente. Los horizonted abiertos. Montevideo, Uruguay: Los Huevos del Plata, coleccion "La Cascara del Huevo", 1969.Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 29: Perchik, Simon. I counted only April. New Rochelle, NY: The Elizabeth Press, [1964].Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Perchik.
Item 30: Perreault, John. Camouflage. New York, NY: Lines, 1966.Add to your cart.
wrappers. contains annotations by Sward.
Item 31: Phry, Phinneas K. A Christmas hello. Chicago, IL: Odyssey Press, 1959.Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 32: Prevert, Jacques. Selections from Paroles. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, Pocket Poets Series No. 9, [1958].Add to your cart.
wrappers. Robert Sward's copy with his Auto. notes.
Item 33: Randall, Margaret. Concerning the suppression of El Corno Emplumado. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1970.Add to your cart.
2 loose stenciled sheets.
Item 34: Water I slip into at night. Mexico City, Mexico: El Corno Emplumado, [1967].Add to your cart.
(wrappers. inscribed by Margaret Randall.) Jointly written with Robert Cohen; re: the problems encountered by the magazine's editors with the Mexican government and the eventual demise of the magazine.
Item 35: Ray, David. Ursula. New Haven, CT: Penny Poems, No. 46, 1959.Add to your cart.
single sheet.
Item 36: Rossi, Matti. The trees of Vietnam. Mexico City, Mexico: El Corno Emplumado, Coleccion la llave, vol. 1, 1966Add to your cart.
wrappers.
Item 37: Sanders, Edward. A catalogue. New York, NY: [privately printed], 1964.Add to your cart.
stencilled sheets stapled
Item 38: Sandy, Stephen. Home again, looking around. [s.l.]: William Ferguson, 1969.Add to your cart.
single sheet folded.
Item 39: Synder, Gary. Four changes. [s.l.]: [privately printed], No dateAdd to your cart.
single sheet folded
Item 40: Starbuck, George Edwin. A Christmas poem from Boston. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
single sheet folded. signed by Starbuck.
Item 41: Sward, Robert.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ad classified--pets. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
(single sheet.) with drawing by Mildred Thompson on recto.
Item 2: The apteryx (1/35) of Webster's dictionary. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
(single sheet.)  with drawing by Mildred Thompson on recto.
Item 3: The Breadloaf poets. Bread Loaf, VT: [privately printed], 1958.Add to your cart.
(mimeographed sheets stapled at top corner; inscribed with annotations by Sward.)  anthology includes poems by Jonathan Aldrich, A. Basalyga, Ann Boyer, Mary Frances Claggett, Leona G. Davis, Paula Dunaway, Margaret Grant Fielders, Mrs. Cleora Fuller, Arnold E. Grade, William Hare, Lyris Hyatt, Margaret Tongue, Marguerite Townsend, as well as Sward.
Item 4: Cow. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
single sheet. with drawing by Mildred Thompson.
Item 5: The dodo. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
single sheet. with drawing by Mildred Thompson on recto.
Item 6: Nature, with two hands. New Haven, CT: Penny Poems, No. 149, 1961.Add to your cart.
single sheet.
Item 7: New Hampshire; November. [s.l.]: [privately printed], November., No date.Add to your cart.
single sheet folded. inscribed Christmas greeting to William Meredith from Robert & Diane Sward
Item 8: A pentogy. Victoria, British Columbia: Soft Press, novels 1-4, 1970.Add to your cart.
6 loose cards with hole for binder.
Item 9: Portrait for J. W.. [s.l.]: [privately printed], 1961.Add to your cart.
single sheet. with drawing by Mildred Thompson on recto.
Item 10: Song. Pacific Palisades, CA: [privately printed], 1964.Add to your cart.
(poemcard. Christmas card; 2 copies.) 1 sent to Mona Van Duyn.
Item 11: The weather. Ithaca, NY: [privately printed], 1963.Add to your cart.
poemcard. Christmas card; 2 copies, 1 with Margaret Widdemer's address on verso.
Item 42: Vas Dias, Robert. The counted. New York, NY: [privately printed], Caterpillar VIII, [1967].Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed from Vas Dias; with ACS to Sward from Vas Dias.
Item 43: Vincent, Stephen. Piece by piece. Nsukka, Nigeria: Okike + Redberry Publications, 1967.Add to your cart.
wrappers. inscribed by Vincent.
Item 44: Wilson, Keith. Sketches of a New Mexico hill town. Orono, ME: Prensa de Lagar--Wine Press, 1966., 1966: July 17;Add to your cart.
Wrappers. inscribed by Keith Wilson, contains annotations by Sward.

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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