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Philip Whalen Collection, 1950-1960

Collection Overview

Title: Philip Whalen Collection, 1950-1960

Predominant Dates:1950-1960

ID: MS/VMF/vmf184

Creator: Whalen, Philip

Extent: 3.0 Items

Date Acquired: 02/19/1970

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of three notebooks containing addresses, manuscript notes on Prometheus, and manuscript notes for story by Whalen

Administrative Information

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: Purchased from Henry Wenning

Acquisition Method: Accession number 1150

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

Processing Information: Processed February 1970 by Holly Hall


Box and Folder Listing

Item 1: Autograph notebook containing two rhymes, several addresses, proposed menu, several lines of untitled poetry, and description of a hike with Locke around Mt. Tamalpais on April 18, 1959. Also, contains impressions of San Francisco, written during a walk on February 27, 1960. 17 pages. Brief dialogue-play, written March 12, 1969, based on traditional Prometheus legend. 10 pages, 1958: October 11 - 1960: February 27Add to your cart.
Pencil, yellow spiral notebook. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2" 27 pages
Item 2: Autograph notebook containing addresses, notes on behavior of teenagers, etc, 1956: August 31Add to your cart.
Pencil, blue spiral notebook. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4" 5 pages
Item 3: Autograph notebook containing draft of untitled prose work in four sequential chapter installments, beginning “At the age of thirty I decided to learn all about love.” Relates, in first person narrative, the antics of an unnamed character in pursuit of knowledge about love. Other characters included Gordon, Irene, Andrea. Includes character’s description of certain adolescent experiences, family relations, proposals to improve the texture of life in the world. Dream (drug?) sequence involving transformation of body and perceptions. Possibly early draft of unpublished novel titled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Other prose title possibilities are: Invisible Idylls and The Diamond NoodleAdd to your cart.
Ink, occasional lines and words revised, most in ink, some in pencil. Blue cloth covers. 7 1/4 x 9 1/8" 39 pages