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Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119)

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Correspondence

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Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119), 1940-1983 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119), 1940-1983Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940-1983

ID: MSS/MSS/119

Primary Creator: Urdang, Constance, 1922-

Extent: 9.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Constance Urdang Papers include a nearly complete collection of manuscript and editorial material toward all of her published books. These materials include typescript drafts of entire books as well as drafts of individual poems. A number of Urdang's journals and notebooks are also present. The collection also contains drafts of translations by Urdang and the drafts of two unpublished novels. The Urdang Papers are completed by a small yet significant collection of her business, personal, and literary correspondence.

Collection Historical Note

Constance Urdang, a native of New York City, was a writer who achieved critical success as a poet and novelist and academic success as a teacher of writing. She did her undergraduate studies at Smith College. Following her graduation, Urdang worked for some years as a military intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of the Army and as an editor for several New York publishers.

Urdang returned to school in 1954 and in 1956 she received her MFA in writing from the University of Iowa. In 1960, Urdang and her husband, the poet Donald Finkel, came to Washington University where they taught in and co-directed the graduate Writers’ Program. Urdang’s first association with Washington University came in 1974, when she served as an instructor in advanced exposition in University College in Arts and Sciences and in the Writing Workshops for Women program in the School of Continuing Education. She also coordinated the Writers’ Program from its inception in 1977 until 1989. From 1989-90, Urdang was a lecturer in English, and in 1991, she taught in University College.

In 1965, Urdang’s first collection of poems, Charades and Celebrations, was published and four years later her only novel, Natural History, appeared. Urdang wrote seven additional collections of poetry after her novel, The Picnic in the Cemetery (1975), The Lone Woman and Others (1980), Only the World (1983), Lucha (1986), American Earthquakes (1988), The Woman Who Read Novels and Peacetime (1990), and Alternative Lives (1990). Among other awards, she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1976.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS 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

Other Note: Additional material was added to the Constance Urdang Papers in 2008, not yet listed on this finding aid. Please contact the Manuscript Department for more information.


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
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Series 2: Material Toward BooksAdd to your cart.
Consists of various drafts, copyedited manuscripts, miscellaneous correspondence, reviews and promotional material toward the following works by Urdang: Charades and Celebrations, Natural History, The Lone Woman and Others, Only the World, American Earthquake, The Woman Who Read Novels, and The Picnic in the Cemetery. 320 items.
Sub-Series 1: Charades and Celebrations, circa 1965Add to your cart.
Consists of typescript drafts and reviews of Charades and Celebrations (October House, 1965). 14 items
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10-11: DraftsAdd to your cart.
Consists of two typescript, typescript [carbon] drafts, 2 items
Folder 12: ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Consists of 5 typescript drafts of reviews of Urdang's book. 5 items.
Sub-Series 2: Natural History, circa 1969Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, drafts, page proofs toward and reviews of Natural History (Harper, 1969). 148 items.
Box 3-4Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence.Add to your cart.
1 folder of correspondence relating to Natural History. 31 items.
Folder 14-17: Drafts.Add to your cart.
Consists of several drafts, draft fragments and a setting copy of book. 106 items.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Page Proof.Add to your cart.
Consists of one set of page proofs of book. 1 item.
Folder 19: Reviews.Add to your cart.
Consists of 10 individual reviews of Urdang's book from various newspapers and journals. 10 items.
Sub-Series 3: The lone women and others.Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, drafts and promotional material toward, and reviews of The Lone Women and Others (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980). 147 items.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence.Add to your cart.
Consists of one folder of correspondence relating to The Lone Woman and Others. 78 items.
Folder 21-24: Drafts.Add to your cart.
Consists of drafts, draft fragments and a setting copy of the book. 22 items.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Reviews and promotional material.Add to your cart.
Consists of promotional material toward and reviews of the book. 47 items.
Sub-Series 4: Only the world, 1983Add to your cart.
Consists of one typescript [photocopy] draft and a review of Only the World (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1983). 2 items.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Draft.Add to your cart.
Consists of manuscript marked "early version." 1 item.
Folder 27: Reviews.Add to your cart.
Consists of one review of book. 1 item.
Sub-Series 5: American earthquakeAdd to your cart.
Consists of a typescript synopsis of book.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 28: American earthquakeAdd to your cart.
Ts synopsis of book. 1 item.
Sub-Series 6: The woman who read novelsAdd to your cart.
Consists of one typescript draft of The Women Who Read Novels. 1 item
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 29: The Women Who Read Novels, draft.Add to your cart.
Consists of one Ts draft of The Woman Who Read Novels. 1 item.
Sub-Series 7: The picnic in the cemeteryAdd to your cart.
Consists of 5 reviews of The Picnic in the Cemetery (Braziller, 1975). 5 items.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 30: The Picnic in the Cemetery, reviewsAdd to your cart.
Consists of five reviews of The Picnic in the Cemetery (Braziller, 1975). 5 items.

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