John Logan collection
Scope and Content Note
The John Logan collection contains the poet's library of over 2,700 books, broadsides and periodicals, many inscribed by their authors to Logan; manuscripts, including typescripts and corrected page proofs for books by Logan, 25 holograph notebooks and journals, over 1,000 pages of notes and poetry manuscripts (many unpublished), Logan's MA thesis, a copy of his handmade book Photography and Poetry (a collaboration with Mike Weinberg), and Logan's academic papers; approximately 7,000 letters comprising his correspondence with poets such as A. R. Ammons, Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov as well as his editorial and family correspondence; and photographs.
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
The John Logan collection, 1945-1987, is open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and The Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
A native of Red Oak, Iowa, John Logan (1923-1987) was a nationally regarded poet who taught in the English Department at The State University of New York at Buffalo for nineteen years (1966-1985). His published volumes of poetry include Cycle for Mother Cabrini (1955, 1971), Spring of the Thief (1963), The House that Jack Built or A Portrait of the Artist as a Sad Sensualist (1974, 1985), and The Bridge of Change (1981). In 1976 the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York published several of his poems along with a number of Aaron Siskind's photographs in Aaron Siskind Photographs/John Logan Poems. The last volume published before his death was The Transformation: Poems January to March 1981 (1983). Logan's poetry appeared in many distinguished magazines and literary journals and he himself was the founder of Choice, a literary and visual arts magazine that he edited from 1961 to 1980. His professional accolades include the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the New Hope Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.
218 Linear Feet (269 boxes)
The John Logan collection contains the poet's library of over 2,700 books, broadsides and periodicals; manuscripts; approximately 7,000 letters comprising his correspondence with poets such as A. R. Ammons, Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov as well as his editorial and family correspondence; and photographs.
The collection is arranged in 22 series.
Purchased from James S. Jaffe in 1989.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.
- Finding aid for the John Logan collection
- Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and revised by Marie Elia.
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