A Guide to the Philip Whalen Collection, 1958-1977

A Guide to the Philip Whalen Collection

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Philip Whalen Collection
Creator
University of Connecticut. Special Collections Department [Collector]
Inclusive Dates
1958-1977
Extent
0.15 Linear feet
Abstract
Philip Whalen was born 20 October 1923, in Portland, OR. He has been a poet, novelist, lecturer, and instructor since 1951 and was ordained a Zen Buddhist priest in 1973. He became the head monk, Dharma Sangha, Santa Fe, NM, in 1984.
Call Number
1998.0218
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Archives & Special Collections Staff. (September 2002)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item, Folder #], Philip Whalen Collection. Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Items purchased from multiple vendors.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item, Folder #], Philip Whalen Collection. Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Coolidge, Clark, 1939- .
  • Marlowe, Alan
  • Waldman, Anne, 1945- .

Subject(s)

  • American poetry
  • Beat generation
  • Poets
  • Twentieth century.

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Biography

Philip Whalen was born 20 October 1923, in  Portland, OR, the son of Glenn Henry and Phyllis (Bush) Whalen. He attended  Reed College (B.A., 1951) after having served in the  U.S. Army Air Forces (1943-1946). He has been a poet, novelist, lecturer, and instructor since 1951 and was ordained a Zen Buddhist priest in 1973. He became the head monk, Dharma Sangha,  Santa Fe, NM, in 1984.

He has received the Poets Foundation Award (1962), V. K. Ratcliff Award (1964), American Academy of Arts and Letters grant-in-aid (1965), Committee on Poetry grant (1968, 1970, 1971), and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1985) for "progressive, original and experimental tendencies."

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a typescript of Whalen's Seven Newport Poems (1958), with textual variations from the published version, accompanied by a letter to  Cid Corman (25 October 1958). Also included is a postcard from Whalen to  Alan Marlowe (1975), letters to Whalen from  Anne Waldman (1975-1977) and  Clark Coolidge (1971-1977).

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1971-1977 

Box

Coolidge, Clark, 1971 

1:1

Coolidge, Clark, 1975 

1:2

Coolidge, Clark, 1977 

1:3

Coolidge, Clark, 1977 

1:4

Waldman, Anne, 1975 

1:5

Waldman, Anne, 1975 

1:6

Waldman, Anne, 1976 

1:7

Waldman, Anne, 1977 

1:8

Waldman, Anne, 1977 

1:9

Waldman, Anne, 1977 

1:10

Whalen, Philip (to  Alan Marlowe), 1975 

1:11

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Typescript, 1958 

Box

"Seven Newport Poems", 1958 

1:12

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