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Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119)

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Correspondence

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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 The collection also contains drafts of translations by Urdang and the drafts of two unpublished novels.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 4: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Consists of manuscripts by others, printed materials, various announcements for poetry readings and publications, personal miscellany, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous literary material. 78 items
Sub-Series 1: Announcements, Catalogs, NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 45Add to your cart.
Consists of announcements, catalogs and newsletters collected by Urdang. 22 items
Sub-Series 2: Clippings and XeroxesAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 46Add to your cart.
Consists of clippings and xeroxes collected by Urdang. 13 items
Sub-Series 3: Literary BusinessAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 47Add to your cart.
Consists of contracts, royalty statements, and invoices. 15 items.
Sub-Series 4: Printed Material and MagazinesAdd to your cart.
Consists of printed poems by others and magazines collected by Urdang. 4 items.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 48Add to your cart.
Item 1: Kizer, Caroyln Ashley. Afternoon happiness., No dateAdd to your cart.
Two Magpie Press, broadside. Autograph inscription to Urdang by Kizer on recto.
Item 2: Phillips, Robert. Once., 1980Add to your cart.
Reprint from The Hudson Review. Autograph inscription to Urdang by Phillips on title page.
Item 3: Imprint. Volume 2, Number 4, 1981: SpringAdd to your cart.
Indianapolis, Indiana. Includes article about Urdang and Finkel doing workshop for Writers' Center, Indianapolis.
Item 4: Webster Review. Volume 1, Number 2, 1974: SummerAdd to your cart.
Webster Groves, Missouri. Includes interview with Urdang and Finkel.
Sub-Series 5: Manuscripts by OthersAdd to your cart.
Consists of 5 poetry manuscripts by other authors, most of which are filed in Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence
Item 1: Blair, Harry Mitchell, 1958Add to your cart.
The gunfighter [poem]. Typescript [photocopy], 1 page. Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence with typed letter signed from Florence Gaughran, 1958: September 4.
Item 2: Contoski, Victor., 1970Add to your cart.
I went to the hospital (first line) [poem]. Typescript, 1 page. Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence in text of letter from Contoski to Urdang, 1970: November 10.
Item 3: Contoski, Victor, 1966Add to your cart.
To the heart [poem]. Typescript, 1 page. Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence in text of letter from Contoski to Urdang, 1966: June 27.
Item 4: Carlos, Peter, No dateAdd to your cart.
Son to son [poem]. Typescript, 1 page. Poem signed by author and subtitled for Constance Urdang. With poem is photo by Carlos.
Item 5: Dacey, Philip, No dateAdd to your cart.
The great American poem. Typescript [photocopy], moderate revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence with typed letter signed from Dacey, 1971: May 28.
Item 6: Kizer, Carolyn, 1983: January 1Add to your cart.
Exodus [poem]. Typescript, 2 pages. Inscribed to Finkel and Urdang by Kizer. Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence with autograph letter signed from Kizer, 1983: January 5.
Item 7: Skrainka, R L., 1977: May 13Add to your cart.
Other voices [poem]. Typescript [carbon], 1 page. Series I.1. General and Professional Correspondence with typed letter signed from Skrainka, 1977: May 24.
Sub-Series 6: Personal MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 49Add to your cart.
Consists of vita for Urdang, notes toward an introduction for Carolyn Kizer, and other notes and fragments. 22 items

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