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International Writers Center Archive


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Literary St. Louis

The Writer and Religion (TWAR)

The Writer in Politics (TWIP)

Dual Muse

A Temple of Texts: Fifty Literary Pillars


IWC Reading Series

IWC Programs

Unsolicited Manuscripts

Administrative Materials




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International Writers Center Archive, 1990-2001 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1990-2001

ID: MS/MS/ms059

Primary Creator: International Writers Center

Extent: 45.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 08/24/1998

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The International Writers Center Archive consist of materials toward IWC conferences and programs presented or co-sponsored by the IWC including The Writer in Politics, The Writer and Religion, and The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, the Artist as Writer; materials towards the production of Literary St. Louis: A Guide; correspondence; journals including Accent, Black Warrior, Boulevard, Ascent, Kansas Quarterly, etc.; clipping binder of IWC activities; unsolicited manuscripts; organizational materials; and various ephemera.

Collection Historical Note

The International Writers Center (IWC) was established at Washington University in October 1990 by William H. Gass “to build on the strengths of its resident and visiting faculty writers; to serve as a focal point for writing excellence in all disciplines and in all cultures; to be a directory for writers and writing programs at Washington University, in St. Louis, the United States and around the world; and to present the writer to the reader” (The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, the Artist as Writer). The IWC presented the International Writers Center Reading Series featuring writers such as David Foster Wallace, Michael Ondaatje, Ben Marcus, and Lydia Davis, published the St. Louis Literary Calendar, and hosted international conferences that generated the following books: The Writer in Politics (1992 conference), The Writer and Religion (1994 conference), and The Dual Muse: The Writer as Artist, the Artist as Writer (2 books; 1997 conference).  In addition, with the assistance of Associate Director Lorin Cuoco, the IWC produced Literary St. Louis: A Guide (2000). Gass retired from the IWC in 2001 and it was reimagined as The Center for the Humanities under the directorship of Gerald Early in 2003.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Modern Literature Curator for more details.

Use Restrictions:

Some restrictions. Please contact Modern Literature Curator for more details.

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

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 22923. Gift of Arts in Transit, August 24, 1998.

Accession number 22930. Gift of the International Writers Center, 1999.

Accession number 2012.017. Gift of the Center for Humanities, May 1, 2012.

Related Materials: See also MSS051 William H. Gass Papers and MSS152 Lorin Cuoco Papers

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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Literary St. Louis],
[Series 3: The Writer and Religion (TWAR)],
[Series 4: The Writer in Politics (TWIP)],
[Series 5: Dual Muse],
[Series 6: A Temple of Texts: Fifty Literary Pillars],
[Series 7: MetroLines],
[Series 8: IWC Reading Series],
[Series 9: IWC Programs],
[Series 10: Unsolicited Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Administrative Materials],
[Series 12: Organizations],
[Series 13: Subjects],
[Series 14: Writers],
[Series 15: Print Materials],
[Series 16: Audio/Video],
[Series 17: Binders],
[Series 18: Gassiana],
[Series 19: Photographs],
[Series 20: Oversized],
[Series 21: Restricted],