Abbott, Charles D. (Charles David), 1900-1961
Charles David Abbott (1900-1961) was the director of the University Libraries from 1934 to 1960. An authority on modern poetry, he was a prolific book collector and the founder the University's Twentieth-Century Poetry in English Collection.
Overview The Contemporary Manuscripts Collection contains a total of thousands of pages of manuscripts and/or correspondence from hundreds of poets and writers such as Lascelles Abercrombie, W. H. Auden, David Gascoyne, Elizabeth Jennings, Hugh MacDiarmid, Thomas Merton, Charlotte Mew, Ezra Pound, Alastair Reid, Peter Russell, Winfield Townley Scott, Genevieve Taggard, Ruthven Todd, Henry Treece, and Louis Zukofsky.
Overview The James Laughlin Collection contains typescripts and autograph manuscripts, many with corrections, for approximately 835 poems; and 39 letters from Laughlin to individuals such as Charles D. Abbott, Peter Russell, and Robert Bertholf.
Overview Totaling approximately 20,000 pages, the William Carlos Williams Collection contains manuscripts including the working papers for The Wedge (1944) and Books 1 and II of Paterson, early fragments, a working journal, and several drafts for the plays A Dream of Love (1948) and Many Loves (1942); and 1,200 letters of Williams’s correspondence to...