Richard Hugo was born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington. He was raised by his grandparents in White Center, Washington. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. in 1948 and his M.A in 1952 and was a student of Theodore Roethke. He worked as a technical writer for the Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle. His first book of poetry, A Run of Jacks, was published in 1961; it was followed by another, Death of Kapowsin Tavern, in 1965. In 1963 he resigned his position at Boeing, and went with his wife Barbara Williams (whom he married in 1951) to Italy for a year. On returning to the United States, he was offered a position teaching creative writing at the University of Montana, where he would become head of that program. He also taught at the University of Washington and the University of Iowa. He published The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir (1973), What Thou Lovest Well Remains American (1975), 31 Letters and 13 Dreams (1977), White Center (1980) and The Right Madness on Skye (1980). After his divorce from Barbara Williams in 1965, he married Ripley Schamm in 1974. By the end of his life Hugo had accumulated many prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation creative writing grant, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize. He died of leukemia in 1982.
The collection contains fifteen of Hugo's poetry notebooks and other miscellaneous literary manuscripts.
Also available, with the remainder of his papers from The University of Washington, on microfilm.
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.
[Name of document or photograph number], Richard Hugo Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.
|1/1||Notebook 1 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|1/2||Notebook 2 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|1/3||Notebook 3 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|1/4||Notebook 4 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|1/5||Notebook 5 (pages 5-118)||undated|
|1/6||Notebook 6 (pages 33-108)||undated|
|1/7||Notebook 7 (pages 5-116)||undated|
|1/8||Notebook 8 (pages 1-118)||undated|
|1/9||Notebook 9 (pages 21-110)||undated|
|2/1||Notebook 10 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|2/2||Notebook 11 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|2/3||Notebook 12 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|2/4||Notebook 13 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|2/5||Notebook 14 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|2/6||Notebook 15 (pages 1-120)||undated|
|2/7||Spiral notebook (unpaged, 158 pages
or 79 leaves)
First poem in notebook is "Where Rock Creek Pools Against the Rock"
|2/8||Spiral notebook (unpaged, 126 pages or 63 leaves)||undated|
|2/9||"Good Luck in Cracked Italian" with printers marks||undated|
|2/10||"Good Luck in Cracked Italian" same as above with no marks||undated|
|2/11||Group of 7 leaves
Includes "Snoqualmie October""October Snocualmiet' "Salmon in October"
|2/12||Group of 11 leaves
Includes "Stafford's Landscapes" "West of Your City"