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William Carlos Williams Collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0024

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 and from Charles Abbott, James Laughlin, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Louis Zukofsky, and others. These materials are described in Neil Baldwin and Steven L. Meyers’s The Manuscripts and Letters of William Carlos Williams in The Poetry Collection of The Lockwood Memorial Library, State University of New York at Buffalo: A Descriptive Catalogue (1978). In 1982 Williams’s letters to his son William Eric Williams were added to the collection. Supplementing these materials is Williams’s desk and typewriter and The Poetry Collection’s complete set of first editions of Williams’s books and virtually every book of Williams criticism.

Dates

  • 1902-1960

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Physical Description

22 linear feet (88 boxes)

Terms of Access

The William Carlos Williams Collection, 1902-1960, is open for research.

Copyright

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.

Extent

22 Linear Feet (88 boxes)

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 and from Charles Abbott, James Laughlin, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Louis Zukofsky, and others.

Biographical Note

Known for his writing’s attention to the particular details of speech and location, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century whose circle of associates includes a long list of modernist writers and artists. His works include Spring and All (1922), The Wedge (1944), Paterson (1946-1958), The Desert Music and Other Poems (1954), and Journey to Love (1955).

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in thirteen series.

Acquisition Information

Some donated by William Carlos Williams to Charles Abbott beginning in 1943. Other letters purchased from William Eric Williams around 1982.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Physical Description

22 linear feet (88 boxes)

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.

Title
Finding aid for the William Carlos Williams Collection
Author
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard.
Date
2008
Description rules
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

Contact:
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