Richard Hugo Papers, circa 1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hugo, Richard, 1923-1982
Richard Hugo Papers
circa 1965 (inclusive)
1.0 linear foot
Collection Number
Mss 488
Richard Hugo was a poet who taught at the University of Montana. The collection contains fifteen of his poetry notebooks and other miscellaneous literary manuscripts.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Additional Reference Guides

Guide to microfilm collection available at the Mansfield Library.

Funding for creating this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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. Richard Hugo died of leukemia in 1982.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains fifteen of Hugo's poetry notebooks and other miscellaneous literary manuscripts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Also available, with the remainder of his papers from The University of Washington, on microfilm.

Restrictions on Use

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. Rights to some materials are owned by Melissa Hansen of Waldport, Oregon, who is the literary executor of Richard Hugo’s estate. Rights to some unpublished works are assigned to Lois Welch of Missoula, Montana. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for additional information.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Richard Hugo Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
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"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American poetry--20th century
  • American poetry--Montana
  • Personal Names :
  • Hugo, Richard, 1923-1982--Manuscripts
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Faculty
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Poems
  • Occupations :
  • Poets, American--Montana--Missoula