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Robert Creeley Papers (MSS031)

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Correspondence

Literary Manuscripts

Essays, Articles, Reviews by Robert Creeley

Journals, Diaries, Notebooks

Personal Papers

Clippings, Announcements, Miscellany

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Creeley Papers (MSS031), 1944-1978Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1951-1972

ID: MSS/MSS/031

Primary Creator: Creeley, Robert (1926-2005)

Extent: 35.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I, Correspondence, 1945-1968, bulking 1963-1968, including letters from Charles Olson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, W.S.Merwin, Witter Bynner, Louis Zukofsky, Henry Rago, Fred Eckman, others and correspondence among Creeley, Walter Hamady and Henry Wenning on publication of The Charm, Words, For Joel, letters from Creeley to Dudley Wynn, University of New Mexico, others, c. 200 items;

Series 2, Literary manuscripts, inc. those of The Charm, Divisions & other early poems, Eight [single title poem], The Finger, For Joel, For Love, The Island [printer's typescript, see Creeley I] Pieces [Black Sparrow and Scribner's editions] Seven [single title poem] Words [Scribner's and Rob Run editions]; series 2/1, material by other writers, inc. Robert Duncan's A Dancing Concerning a Form of Women [poem] David Galler's Jennings, Justice, Berryman, Creeley [review] Walter Hamady's Plumfoot poems [proof] Charles Olson's review of For Love, William Packard's and Burton' Robie's reviews of For Love, exerpt from Kenneth Rexroth's Assays, essay by Fred Wah titled Linguistic structures in the poetry of Robert Creeley.

Series 3, Essays, articles and reviews by Creeley, including transcription of 1963 Vancouver Conference panel, account of panel with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, others, essays on the experience of writing poetry.

Series 4, Journals and diaries, notebook 1966, given Creeley by Allen Ginsberg, containing drafts of poems later published in Pieces, diary entries; notebook 1968, containing drafts of poems for Pieces.

Series 5, Editorial matter emanating from The Charm, For Joel, For love, New American poetry, Pieces [Scribner's] Selected writings of Charles Olson, Words [Rob Run and Scribner's]

Series 6, Clippings, miscellany, including German language radio scripts concerning Creeley, announcements of readings, conferences, publishers' announcements, clippings concerning Creeley.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Creeley (May 21, 1926 – March 30, 2005) was an American poet and author of more than sixty books. He is usually associated with the Black Mountain poets, though his verse aesthetic diverged from that school. He entered Harvard University in 1943, but left to serve in the American Field Service in Burma and India in 1944-1945. He returned to Harvard in 1946, but eventually took his BA from Black Mountain College in 1955, teaching some courses there as well.

From 1951 to 1955, Creeley and his first wife, Ann, lived on the Spanish island of Mallorca. There they started Divers Press and published works by Paul Blackburn, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, and others. Creeley wrote about half of his published prose while living on the island, including a short story collection, The Gold Diggers, and a novel, The Island. He traveled between Mallorca and his teaching position at Black Mountain College in 1954 and 1955. They also saw to the printing of some issues of Origin and Black Mountain Review on Mallorca because the printing costs were significantly lower there.

Creeley received an MA from the University of New Mexico in 1960. He began his academic career by teaching at the prestigious Albuquerque Academy starting in around 1958 until about 1960 or 1961. Afterward, he wandered about a bit before settling into the English faculty of "Black Mountain II" at the University at Buffalo in 1967. He would stay at this post until 2003, when he received a post at Brown University. At the time of his death, he was in residence with the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Creeley first received fame in 1962 from his poetry collection For Love. It was hard for many readers and critics to immediately understand Creeley's reputation as an innovative poet, for his innovations were often very subtle; even harder for some to imagine that his work lived up to the Black Mountain tenet—which he articulated to Charles Olson in their correspondence, and which Olson popularized in his essay "Projective Verse," -- that "form is never more than an extension of content," for his poems were often written in couplet, triplet, and quatrain stanzas that break into and out of rhyme as happenstance appears to dictate.

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.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase and Gift

Acquisition Method: Accessions numbers: 750, 769, 782, 813, 821, 893, 900, 901, 941, 963, 1051, 1044, 1078, 1275, 1282, 1294

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


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1951-1972],
[Series 2: Literary Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Essays, Articles, Reviews by Robert Creeley],
[Series 4: Journals, Diaries, Notebooks],
[Series 5: Personal Papers],
[Series 6: Clippings, Announcements, Miscellany],
[Series 7: Audiovisual],
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Series 3: Essays, Articles, Reviews by Robert CreeleyAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 242: Account by Creeley of series of panels with Creeley, Billy Kluver, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Stan VanderBeek, Jack Tworkov, Len Lye, 1967: April 25Add to your cart.
Untitled, dated April 25, 1967 in Creeley's hand. Typescript, light manuscript revision. 2 pages.
Folder 243: Black Mountain ReviewAdd to your cart.
Introduction to a reprint. Typescript, manuscript revision in ink. Note by Creeley, Written for AMS reprint of BMR. Dec. 15, 1968, unsigned. 7 pages.
Folder 244: Creeley, BobbieAdd to your cart.
2 pages. Jacket copy for Creeley's complete short stories, identified verso in Creeley's hand. Manuscript, light manuscript revision.
Folder 245: "Mehr licht..." [essay conc. Stan Brakhage], 3 pages.Add to your cart.
Typescript, light manuscript revision, printed signature, 1 page manuscript notes in Creeley's hand.
Folder 246: A note on Basil Bunting, Sept. 13, 1966Add to your cart.
2 pages. Typescript [carbon] light manuscript revision. Manuscript dating, September 13, 1966.
Folder 247: A personal note [essay conc. Basil Bunting], Oct. 15, 1965Add to your cart.
2 pages. Manuscript title, typescript, light revision, manuscript date Oct. 15, 1965.
Folder 248: Contests of poetryAdd to your cart.
Transcription of tape made at Vancouver Poetry Conference, July, 1963. Separately published v. 5, no. 1 of Audit, Spring, 1968. Includes Postscript, April 14, 1968. Typescript [xerox] with manuscript [xerox] revision.
Folder 249: Preface to Krazy Kat and other stories, by Fielding DawsonAdd to your cart.
1 page. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969. Typescript, no revision, manuscript note in Creeley's hand.
Folder 250: Geography, by Edward Dorn [review]Add to your cart.
6 pages. Typescript, manuscript title, some manuscript revision. Manuscript date April 15, 1966. With typescript [carbon] final draft.
Folder 251: Roots and branches, by Robert Duncan [review]Add to your cart.
4 pages. Typescript early draft, very lifgt revision, manuscript date November 28, 1965. Typescript [carbon] final draft, light manuscript revision.
Folder 252: Duncan, Robert. An essay concerning Robert DuncanAdd to your cart.
2 pages. Typescript, no revision. Untitled, unsigned, n.d.
Folder 253: A note for David FranksAdd to your cart.
1 page. Typescript, no revision, manuscript title, date May 14, 1965, signature.
Folder 254: Notes apropos "free verse", Dec. 11, 1966Add to your cart.
4 pp. Typescript, manuscript revision and dating Dec. 11, 1966.
Folder 255: Rainer Gerhardt: A noteAdd to your cart.
2 pages. Typescript [xerox] manuscript [xerox] revision and dating Jan. 30, 1964. Initialed in pencil R.C.'s top right page.
Folder 256: A note for Kenneth IrbyAdd to your cart.
1 page. Typescript, heavy manuscript revision, signed, n.d.
Folder 257: Note for Alan Marlowe's book of poemsAdd to your cart.
1 page. Typescript [carbon] manuscript initial, A. M. in title space, Oct. 31, 1968 in manuscript, with title.
Folder 258: Introduction to the selected writings of Charles OlsonAdd to your cart.

Typescript, light manuscript revision, manuscript. Labeled first draft., dating Feb. 12, 1965. 3 pages.

Typescript, light to moderate manuscript revision, manuscript, dating Oct. 3, 1965. 6 pages.

Folder 259: Human universe, Proprioception and Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn, by Charles Olson [review]Add to your cart.

Typescript, light manuscript revision, manuscript, dating April 7, 1966. 3 pages.

Typescript [carbon] titled A foot is to kick with, light manuscript revision. Incomplete. 4 pages.

Folder 260: Preface to The charm, by Robert CreeleyAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light manuscript revision, manuscript dating July 21, 1967. Titled in manuscript ink.
Folder 261: Frank Stella: A way to goAdd to your cart.

Typescript, very light manuscript revision, 4 pages.

Typescript [carbon] light manuscript revision, 7 pages.

Folder 262: Introduction to Thongs [novel] by Alexander TrocchiAdd to your cart.

Manuscript, titled Preface for Trocchi, with note appended "...written as `notes' when high one afternoon..., 4 pages.

Typescript  [carbon] light manuscript revision, manuscript note. Written in Annisquam, Mass. Typescript, dating July 28, 1967, 2 pages.

Folder 263: Why bother? Essay concerning the function of an innovative magazineAdd to your cart.
1 page. Typescript [xerox] manuscript [xerox title, note for Tish, dating Sept. 9, 1962. Penciled R`6's on top right corner.
Folder 264: A note [essay on Louis Zukofsky]Add to your cart.
6 pages. Typescript, very light manuscript revision. Manuscript signature, date April 2, 1967, printed by Creeley.
Folder 265: All [collection of poems] by Louis Zukofsky [review]Add to your cart.

Typescript, heavy manuscript revision. Untitled. Signed, dating in manuscript, July 8, 1965. 3 pages.

Typescript, manuscript revision, manuscript title Review of All for Agenda (London). Manuscript, date July 4, 1965. 3 pages.

Typescript [carbon] manuscript revision. Signed, no date 3 pages.

Folder 266: Transcription of a tape concerning the making of a poem and the nature of poetryAdd to your cart.
11 pages. Typescript, heavy manuscript ink revision, instruction to typist. Manuscript dating Winter 1966.
Folder 267: Lecture on making poems, based on preceding transcriptionAdd to your cart.
10 pages. Erased title, Literarisches colloquium Berlin: Comments on poetry. Typescript [carbon] light manuscript revision, addition n.d.
Folder 268: Essay concerning the nature of a poemAdd to your cart.
1 page. Typescript light manuscript revision. Manuscript dating July 30, 1965.
Folder 269: Biographical sketch, untitledAdd to your cart.
2 pages. Typescript, manuscript revision, manuscript dated finished June 26, 1966 (begun about a month earlier).
Folder 270: Biographical sketch in form of a resumeAdd to your cart.
1 page. Typescript [carbon] manuscript note 'for record' at top left, manuscript dating July 28, 1967.
Folder 271: Plan for Rockefeller[grant proposal]Add to your cart.
1 page. Typescript, light revision, note 'first draft: March 20, 1965' upper right corner.
Folder 272: Notes for a New Prose, 8 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 273: A Note on Objectivity, 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 274: How to Write a Novel, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 275: The New Odyssey, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 276: Note for Souster on Canadian Poems (1850-1952), 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 277: Olson, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 278: The Letters of Hart Crane edited by Brom Weber [review], 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 279: The Gentle Admonition [review], 5 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 280: A Dilemma, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 281: Journey With Genius by Witter Bynner [review], 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 282: A Character for Love, 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 283: In Cold Hell, In Thicket by Charles Olson [review], 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 284: The Collected Later Poems by William Carlos Williams [review], 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 284: The Collected Later Poems by William Carlos Williams [review], 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 285: The Release, 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 286: Edward Dorn in the News, 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 287: A New Testament: Williams Burroughs' The Naked Lunch [review], 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 288: For Paterson Society, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 289: Some Notes on Olson's Maximus, 4 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 290: The Fascinating Bore [review], 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 291: Why Bother?, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 292: The Fact, 9 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 293: A Note on Writing, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 294: Rainer Gerhardt: A Note, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 295: A Note on Louis Zukofsky, 4 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 296: A Sense of Measure, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 297: Selections from Ezra Pound's Letters to Robert Creeley: March 1950 to May 1952, 4 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 298: The New World, 5 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 299: Rules of Thumb, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 300: Writing, 16 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 301: New American Review: Symposium, 6 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 302: Imaginations of the City, 24 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 303: The Creative, 12 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 304: Guggenheim Fellowship application, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 305: Black Mountain Review, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 306: For John Chamberlain, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 307: A Note, 3 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 308: Review of Selected Poems of Andrei Voznesensky, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 309: Review of The Epistemology of Loss by Frederick Eckman, 2 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 310: Think What's Got Away..., 6 pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 311: A Note, 1 pageAdd to your cart.
Folder 312: Miscellaneous, 25 pagesAdd to your cart.

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[Series 4: Journals, Diaries, Notebooks],
[Series 5: Personal Papers],
[Series 6: Clippings, Announcements, Miscellany],
[Series 7: Audiovisual],
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