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Starbuck, George, 1931-1996

 Person

Biographical Note

Poet George Starbuck was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1931. He attended Cal Tech, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and Harvard.

Starbuck began working at the University of Buffalo in October, 1963 as a librarian and part-time lecturer in Millard Fillmore College. Shortly after hire, he was asked to sign an anti-Communist loyalty oath. His refusal led to a Supreme Court challenge to the New York State "Feinberg Oath." The court struck down the oath in 1967.

He later taught at the University of Iowa, Boston University, and the University of Alabama. As a poet, Starbuck's tools were pun and parody.

George Starbuck died in 1996 from Parkinson's disease.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Richard Lipsitz, Sr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0005
Overview Working papers of Richard Lipsitz, Esq., attorney for plaintiffs in Keyishian et al. vs. Board of Regents et al., 1964, in which four faculty members and a librarian at the State University of New York at Buffalo challenged New York State's Feinberg Law on public employees and subversive activities. Includes correspondence, court documents, notes, press clippings, and background materials.

George Starbuck papers on the Feinberg Oath

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 16-4F-383
Abstract Papers of George Starbuck regarding his employment at the University at Buffalo and his refusal to sign the "Feinberg certificate," an anti-Communist oath.