A Guide to the Robert Creeley Papers, undated, circa 1940-1978

Creeley (Robert) Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Robert Creeley Papers
Creator - cre
Creeley , Robert
Inclusive Dates
undated, circa 1940-1978
Extent
1 Linear Feet
Abstract
Robert Creeley attended Harvard University, Black Mountain College and University of New Mexico. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Creeley has written novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary criticism and history. Creeley died in 2005.
Call Number
1978.0008
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Archives & Special Collections Staff.
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Robert Creeley Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Portions of the collection were donated by Robert Creeley. Additional materials were from Robert Creeley and dealers.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Robert Creeley Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)

Genre(s)

  • Poems
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Correspondence
  • Periodicals
  • Newspapers

Geographic Name(s)

  • Black Mountain (N.C.)
  • United States (nation)
  • North Carolina (state)

Personal Name(s)

  • Creeley , Robert

Subject(s)

  • Education
  • Literature
  • Authors and publishers
  • Universities and colleges
  • Poets
  • Poets, American
  • Poetry -- Editing
  • Black Mountain review (Black Mountain, N.C.: Periodical)
  • Educators
  • American poetry
  • Fiction
  • American literature
  • Twentieth century.
  • Poetry

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Biography

Robert Creeley was born 21 May 1926, in  Arlington, Massachusetts, the son of Oscar Slade (a physician) and  Genevieve (Jules) Creeley. He attended  Holderness School in  Plymouth, New Hampshire, before entering  Harvard University (1943-1944 and 1945-1946),  Black Mountain College (B.A., ca. 1955) and the  University of New Mexico (M.A., 1960). From 1945-1946, he served with the American Field Service in  India and  Burma as an ambulance driver. A member of the  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Creeley has written novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary criticism and history. Creeley has been awarded the Levinson Prize (1960),  D. H. Lawrence fellowship (for summer writing,  University of New Mexico, 1960), National Book Award nomination (1962, for  For Love), Leviton-Blumenthal Prize (1964) Guggenheim fellowship in poetry (1964-1965, 1971),  Rockefeller Foundation grant (1966),  Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Prize (1967), Shelley Award (1981), Frost Medal (1987),  National Endowment for the Arts grant (1982), Deutsche Auftauschdienst Programme (DADD, providing residency in Berlin, 1983 and 1987), Leone d'Oro Premio Speziale (Venice, 1985), Fulbright Award (1988, 1995),  Walt Whitman citation of merit (1989), named  New York State Poet (1989-91), distinguished award from  State University of New York at Buffalo (1989), D.Litt,  University of New Mexico (1993), Horst Bienek Preis fur Lyrick (Munich, 1993) and The America Award for Poetry (Washington, 1995).

Poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, and editor, Creeley has had a varied career.

1950-1954 Founder and publisher, Divers Press, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

1954-1955 Instructor in English, Black Mountain College,  Black Mountain, NC

1954-1957 Founder and editor, Black Mountain Review

1956-? Instructor at school for young boys, Albuquerque, NM

1961-1962 Instructor in English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

1963-1966 Lecturer, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

1968-1969 and 1970-1971 Lecturer in Creative writing, San Francisco State College

1962-1963 Instructor in English, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

1963-1965 Lecturer in English, University of New Mexico

1965-1966 Visiting professor, State University of New York at Buffalo

1967-- Professor of English, State University of New York at Buffalo

1978-1980 Visiting professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

1978-1989 David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters,  State University of New York at Buffalo

1985, 1986 Visiting professor, State University of New York at Binghamton

1988 Bicentennial chair of American studies, University of Helsinki,  Finland

1990-- Capen Professor of Poetry and Humanities, State University of New York at Buffalo

1991-1992 Director of poetics program, State University of New York at Buffalo

Participated in numerous poetry readings and writers' conferences

Robert Creeley died 30 March 2005.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists chiefly of letters from Creeley to Jacob R. Leeds “Bob” (ca. 1940-1955), drafts of Creeley's stories and poems sent to Leeds, and Creeley's typescripts of poems written by  Charles Olson,  Vincent Ferrini, and others. Also includes Creeley's correspondence to others (1954-1978).

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Bibliography

Also author of The Old Daysand  Gnomic Verses,both 1991.Work represented in anthologies, including  The New American Poetry: 1945-1960,edited by Allen, Grove, 1960;  A Controversy of Poets,edited by Paris Leary and Robert Kelly, Doubleday, 1965;  Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry,edited by Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, Norton, 1973;  The New Oxford Book of American Verse,edited by Ellmann, Oxford University Press, 1976; and  Poets' Encyclopedia,edited by John Cage, Unmuzzled Ox Press, 1980. Contributor to literary periodicals, including  Paris Review, Nation, Black Mountain Review, Origin, Yugen,and  Big Table.  Source: Gale Database: Contemporary Authors

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Correspondence, (undated, 1940-1978) 

Incoming 

Leed, Jacob R. “Bob”, ca. 1950 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:1

Pound, Dorothy (envelope only), 1950 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:2

Outgoing 

Arcano, Michael, 1974 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:3

Chapin, Hank B., 1962-1963 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:4-5

Gay, Karl, 1970 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:6

Landreau, Anthony N., 1958-1966 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:7-22

Leed, “Bob”, 194? 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:23

Leed, “Bob”, 1946 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:24

Leed, “Bob”, 1947 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:25

Leed, “Bob”, 1948 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:26

Leed, “Bob”, 1949 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:27-29

Leed, “Bob”, 1950 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   1:30-31

Leed, “Bob”, 1950 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:32-33

Leed, “Bob”, 1951-1955 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:34

Mason, Ronald, 1954 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:35-38

McGrath, Thomas, 1958 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:39

Morgan, John R., 1978 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:40

Rowan, J.R., 1966 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:41

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Series II: Poetry and Prose, (undated, 194?-1950) 

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By Creeley 

not specified

“Aphorisms”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:42

“As Now It Would be Snow”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:43

“Le Bonhomme”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:44

“The Cemetery”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:45

“Dialogue: On Love and Existence”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:46

“Doggerel for O”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:47

“The Epic Expands”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:48

“Epithalamion”, 194? 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:49

“Fairy Tale” and “Poem”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:50

“Fragments from Pico Della Mirandola”, 1949 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:51

“France”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:52

“Gangster”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:53

“It has been now how long...”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:54

“The Late Comer”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:55

“Leo and the Wind”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:56

“My Gradfater is Dead”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:57

“The New Comer”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:58

“Notes on Love”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:59

“Otto Rank and Others”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:60

“Pico Della Mirandola”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:61

“Poems for Beginners”, 1948 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:62

“Poem for Bob Leed”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:63

“Poem for Henry Miller”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:64

“The Poor Season”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:65

“Return”, 1946 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:66

“Selection from the Rocket Book of Verse”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:67

“The Shade is Eloquence”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:68

“Things have changed since Hannah died”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:69

“To Address the Insipid”, 1949 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:70

“To Robert That He Maketh Much”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:71

“To the One in the Gray Coat”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:72

“Woodsville, N.H.”, 1948 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:73

By Others or Unattributed 

Unattributed, [1950] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:74

“Ballad of the Goodly Fader”, undated 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:75

“Forced into peculiarities”, [1950] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:76

“In Cold Hell” (Olson), [1950] 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:77

“Zoo Scene” and ”Night”, 194? 


    boxfolder
Mixed Materials   2:78

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