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The William E. Stafford Archives, Series 3, Sub-Series 2: Correspondence with Publishers, 1958-2010

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Stafford, William, 1914-1993
Title
The William E. Stafford Archives, Series 3, Sub-Series 2: Correspondence with Publishers
Dates
1958-2010 (inclusive)
Quantity
12 linear feet
Collection Number
OLPb098STA
Summary
William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. This subseries of the collection includes all of Stafford's books where he is listed as author or co-author published in English. The Index to the entire Stafford Archives can be found at: http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv83782
Repository
Lewis & Clark College, Special Collections and Archives
Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and Archives
Aubrey R. Watzek Library
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland, OR
97219
Telephone: 503-768-7254
Fax: 503-768-7282
archives@lclark.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions and is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many credentials, Stafford served as consultant in poetry at the Library of Congress, and received the National Book Award for his poetry collection Traveling through the Dark (1963). During his lifetime, Stafford wrote over sixty books of poetry that still resonate with both scholars and general readers. Stafford’s perspectives on peace, the environment, and education serve as some of the most articulate and engaging dialogues by a modern American writer about three of the most important issues of the second half of the twentieth century with lasting impacts on future generations. Howard Zinn, one America’s most iconic modern historians, was keenly aware of Stafford’s insight into modern American culture. Zinn claimed, “William Stafford’s prose and poetry, wise and eloquent, speak directly to the violence of our time, and to our hope for a different world” (from cover of Every War Has Two Losers).

The William Stafford Archives, donated to Lewis & Clark College by the Stafford family in 2008, contain the private papers, publications, photographs, recordings, and teaching materials of the poet William Stafford. The Lewis & Clark College Special Collections actively add to this collection by acquiring unique Stafford related materials.

Stafford wrote every day of his life from 1950 to 1993. These 20,000 pages of daily writings form a complete record of the poet’s mostly early morning meditations, including poem drafts, dream records, aphorisms, and other visits to the unconscious, recorded on separate sheets of yellow or white paper or when traveling, often in spiral-bound reporters’ steno pads. The archive also includes typescripts of poems submitted for publication and for use in readings. Stafford listed where he submitted each poem, and whether it was accepted for publication on the typescript. Each of his published collections, large and small, is represented by its gathering of documentary copies (typescripts), called by Stafford a “put-together.” Unpublished poems, poems published in journals, and reading copies of published poems were also gathered, in a virtually complete record from 1937 to 1993, totaling about 7,000 items. The collection also includes copies of all known Stafford books and translations. Stafford saved correspondence received, with an indication of the date of reply, and sometimes a copy of the reply, from the early 1960s to August 1993. Estimated at 100,000 sheets, the collected correspondence contains some full exchanges of correspondence initiated by WS. One such exchange is the correspondence with Marvin Bell on their sequence Segues. In addition to many photographs of and relating to William Stafford, the archive includes an estimated 20,000 photographs and negatives taken and developed by Stafford of fellow poets, family, friends, and Lewis & Clark College faculty. The archive provides documentation of Stafford's teaching career, including more than one thousand index cards, some dating from research at Iowa, others from later. These were much used in preparing for classes, workshops, and lectures. The files also contain scattered notes for workshops and lectures. The archive also includes course syllabi, and faculty documents relating to Stafford's teaching years at Lewis & Clark College.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Includes incoming correspondence and some carbon copies of outgoing correspondence. Includes correspondence from the Estate of William Stafford relating to posthumous publications.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, broadcast, or quote from materials in the Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections requires written permission of the Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The William Stafford Archives, Lewis & Clark College Aubrey Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections, Portland, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
75A.1 Down in My Heart publishing history 1947-1998
75A.2 Down in My Heart OSU Press 1998
75A.3 Down in My Heart OSU Press 2006
75A.4 Winterward copyright undated
75A.5 Winterward Tavern Press 2011-2012
75B.1 West of Your City correspondence with Robert Greenwood 1958-2005
75B.2 Robert Greenwood and Talisman Press 1958
75B.3 Traveling through the Dark correspondence with Elizabeth Lawrence 1960-1985
75B.4 Traveling through the Dark copyrights, royalties, etc. 1963
75B.5 Traveling through the Dark reviews and National Book Award 1963
75B.6 Traveling through the Dark correspondence with Mary Jo Reiter 1993-1996
75B.7 Traveling through the Dark Weatherlight (UK) reprint 1997
75B.8 Traveling through the Dark Urban Editions reprint 2004
75B.9 The Rescued Year correspondence 1963-1969
75B.10 The Rescued Year poems left out (advice of Donald Hall) 1966
75B.11 The Rescued Year copyright clearances 1966
75B.12 The Rescued Year reviews 1966
75B.13 The Rescued Year royalties 1966
76.1 NCTE Commission on Literature preliminary drafts 1965
76.2 Correspondence NCTE Boston February Feb. 1965
76.3 NCTE Chicago May 1965
76.4 Correspondence NCTE PRR affiliate breakfast Nov 1965
76.5 Correspondence NCTE New York Nov 1965
76.6 Correspondence NCTE Literary Statement May-Dec 1966
76.7 Friends to This Ground (WS NCTE Literary Statement) proofs & edits 1966
76.8 NCTE Council-grams (broadsides) April 1965 - September 1966
77.1 The Achievement of Brother Antoninus royalties 1967
77.2 Eleven Untitled Poems copyright 1968
77.3 Allegiances correspondence with Ann Harris December 1968-January 1970
77.4 Allegiances manuscript 1969
77.5 Allegiances copyrights 1969
77.6 Allegiances royalties 1969
77.7 Allegiances reviews 1969
77.8 Temporary Facts correspondence and typescript 1970
77.9 Poems & Perspectives correspondence June 1970-April 1971
77.10 Poems & Perspectives drafts 1971
77.11 Wind World unpublished Indian poems book for Perishable Press Fall 1971
77.12 Someday, Maybe correspondence with Ann Harrris May 1972-February 1973
77.13 Someday, Maybe copyrights and correspondence 1972-1973
77.14 Someday, Maybe proofs 1973
77.15 Someday, Maybe royalties 1973
77.16 In the Clock of Reason permissions 1973
77.17 Voices of Prose Correspondence 1965
77.18 Voices of Prose Proof 1966
77B.1 Voices of Prose corrected proof, 1-95 1966
77B.2 Voices of Prose corrected proof, 96-end 1966
77B.3 Voices of Prose royalties 1966
77B.4 Ghalib correspondence with Asia Society 1967-1970
77B.5 Aijaz Ahmed on Ghalib 1967-1970
77B.6 Aijaz Ahmed on Ghalib Ghazals I-XXX 1967-1970
77B.7 Aijaz Ahmed on Ghalib Ghazals XXXI-XLI 1967-1970
77B.8 Aijaz Ahmed on Ghalib Ghazals versions I-XL 1967-1970
77B.9 Drafts of published and unpublished versions of Ghalib 1967-1970
77B.10 Ghalib versions Adrienne Rich 1967-1970
77B.11 Ghalib versions W. S. Merwin 1967-1970
77B.12 Ghalib versions David Ray 1967-1970
77B.13 Ghalib versions Thomas Fitzsimmons 1967-1970
77B.14 Ghalib versions Mark Strand 1967-1970
77B.15 Ghalib versions William Hunt 1967-1970
77B.16 WS Translates Ghalib (Malahat Review) 1967-1970
77B.17 WS Translates Ghalib (Mahfil) 1967-1970
77B.18 WS Translates Ghalib (Ghazals of Ghalib) 1967-1970
78.1 Modern Poetry of Western America correspondence Dec 1972 - Dec 1974
78.2 Modern Poetry of Western America proofs 1974
78.3 Braided Apart correspondence 1976
78.4 Braided Apart copyrights 1976
78.5 Stories that Could Be True correspondence November 1975 - December 1977
78.5.1 Stories that Could Be True poems left out (advice of Donald Hall) 1977
78.6 Stories that Could Be True copyrights 1977
78.7 Stories that Could Be True royalties 1977
78.8 Writing the Australian Crawl correspondence June 1976 - October 1977
78.9 Writing the Australian Crawl royalties 1978
78.10 All About Light correspondence 1978
78.11 Smoke’s Way chapbook 1978
78.12 The Small Farm Spring/Fall 1979
78.13 The Quiet of the Land correspondence 1979
78.14 Things that Happen Where There Aren’t Any People correspondence June 1978-Aug 1979
78.15 Things that Happen Where There Aren’t Any People copyrights 1979
78.15.1 WS Preface for Mary Barnard Selected Poems 1979
78.16 WS Preface for Ingrid Wendt, Moving the House 1980
78.17 Two About Music; Around You, Your House; Absolution 1978/1979/1980
78.18 Sometimes Like a Legend correspondence 1981
78.19 Roundup correspondence 1981
78.20 It Was Like This. Cascade Head Project correspondence 1975-1992
79.1 A Glass Face in the Rain correspondence and contract 1981-1982
79.2 A Glass Face in the Rain copyrights 1982
79.3 A Glass Face in the Rain printing blues 1982
79.4 A Glass Face in the Rain Library of Congress copyright 1982
79.5 A Glass Face in the Rain royalties 1982
79.6 Smoke’s Way correspondence 1980-1983
79.7 Smoke’s Way draft 1983
79.8 Smoke’s Way final manuscript 1983
79.9 Smoke’s Way publisher’s paste-up 1983
79.10 Smoke’s Way poems omitted from paste-up 1983
79.11 Smoke’s Way royalties 1983
80.1 Segues authors correspondence 1983
80.2 Segues typescript 1983
80.3 Segues publisher correspondence 1983
80.3.1 Roving Across Fields 1983
80.4 Listening Deep correspondence 1984
80.5 Stories, Storms and Strangers copyrights 1984
80.6 Wyoming correspondence 1985
80.7 Brother Wind correspondence 1986
80.8 Brother Wind copyrights 1986
80.9 You Must Revise Your Life correspondence with Donald Hall 1986
80.10 You Must Revise Your Life text 1 1986
80.11 You Must Revise Your Life text 2 1986
80.12 You Must Revise Your Life copyrights 1986
80.13 You Must Revise Your Life royalties 1990-1991
80.14 You and Some Other Characters correspondence 1987
80.15 You and Some Other Characters drawings by Barbara Stafford-Wilson 1987
80.16 You and Some Other Characters copyrights 1987
81.1 An Oregon Message submission 1987
81.2 An Oregon Message correspondence with Frances Lindley and Terry Karten 1987
81.3 An Oregon Message copyrights 1987
81.4 An Oregon Message press-marked manuscript 1987
81.5 An Oregon Message author’s proof 1987
81.6 An Oregon Message final proof 1987
81.7 An Oregon Message blues 1987
81.8 An Oregon Message reviewers’ proof 1987
81.9 An Oregon Message reviews 1987
81.10 An Oregon Message royalties 1987
82.1 Annie-Over authors’ correspondence 1988
82.1.1 WS / Marvin Bell conversation, with V. Wixon published transcript July 1987
82.2 Annie-Over correspondence with Donnell Hunter 1988
82.3 Annie-Over Barbara Stafford-Wilson drawings 1988
82.4 Annie-Over copyright 1988
82.5 Writing the World manuscript 1988
82.6 Writing the World correspondence 1988
82.7 A Scripture of Leaves manuscript 1989
82.8 A Scripture of Leaves documentary copy 1989
82.9 A Scripture of Leaves copyright agreement 1989
82.10 A Scripture of Leaves correspondence 1987-1989
82.10.1 A Scripture of Leaves Brethren Press reprint correspondence 1999
82.11 Fin, Feather, Fur copyright 1989
82.12 Fin, Feather, Fur manuscript 1989
82.13 Fin, Feather, Fur correspondence 1989
82.14 How to Hold Your Arms When It Rains correspondence 1988-1990
82.15 How to Hold Your Arms When It Rains copyright registration 1990
82.15.1 Kansas Poems correspondence 1986-1993
82.16 Passwords correspondence December 1989-July 1991
82.17 Passwords manuscript 1989
82.18 Passwords copyright clearances and publisher’s contract 1989
82.19 Passwords drafts and proof 1989
82.20 Passwords master proof December 20, 1990
82.21 Passwords master proof January 21, 1991
83.1 History Is Loose Again correspondence January-March 1991
83.2 History Is Loose Again copyright registration July 1, 1991
83.3 The Long Sigh the Wind Makes correspondence September 1990-February 1991
83.4 The Long Sigh the Wind Makes drafts 1991
83.5 Seeking the Way correspondence 1992
83.6 Torque Tongue correspondence 1992
83.7 My Name Is William Tell correspondence 1983-1992
83.8 My Name Is William Tell manuscript 1992
83.9 My Name Is William Tell corrected proof 1992
83.10 My Name Is William Tell final proof 1992
83.11 My Name Is William Tell WESTAF book award 1992
83.12 My Name Is William Tell reviews 1992-1993
83.13 Introduction to Jeremy Driscoll, Some Other Morning 1992
83.14 The Animal That Drank Up Sound correspondence 1990-1992
83.15 The Animal That Drank Up Sound contract 1990
83.16 The Animal That Drank Up Sound paste-up 1992
83.17 The Animal That Drank Up Sound reviews 1992
83.18 The Animal That Drank Up Sound Oberlin opera 1992
83.19 Holding Onto the Grass correspondence 1992
83.20 Holding Onto the Grass copyright agreement 1992
83.21 Holding Onto the Grass UK reprint correspondence 1993-1994
84.1 Stephen Dunning, Running with Bill (poems) ca. 1992
84.2 Getting the Knack correspondence part 1 1979-1983
84.3 Getting the Knack correspondence part 2 1990-1992
84.4 Getting the Knack draft part 1 1979
84.5 Getting the Knack draft part 2 1979
84.6 Getting the Knack draft part 1 1979-1981
84.7 Getting the Knack draft part 2 1979-1981
85.1 Getting the Knack draft 1981-1982
85.2 Getting the Knack book proposal 1983
85.3 Getting the Knack Spooner focus groups June-October 1991
85.4 Getting the Knack drafts October-November 1991
85.5 Getting the Knack contract 1992
85.6 Getting the Knack galley 1-169 1992
85.7 Getting the Knack galley 169-end 1992
86.1 Sometimes I Breathe part 1 1992
86.2 Sometimes I Breathe part 2 1992
86.2.1 Sometimes I Breathe editorial 1992
86.3 Sometimes I Breathe copyright clearances 1990-1996
86.4 Who Are You Really, Wanderer? correspondence 1993
86.5 Who Are You Really, Wanderer? copyright notice 1993
86.6 Listening to the River correspondence with Robert Adams
86.7 The Darkness Around Us Is Deep contract 1991
86.8 The Darkness Around Us Is Deep correspondence February 1992
86.9 The Darkness Around Us Is Deep Robert Bly selection April 1992
86.10 The Darkness Around Us Is Deep proof May 18, 1993
86.11 The Darkness Around Us Is Deep proof August 25, 1993
86.12 The Darkness Around Us Is Deep reviews 1994
87.1 Methow River signs project with USFS correspondence 1993-2006
87.2 Methow River Poems contract 29 April 1995
87.3 Methow River Poems drafts 1993
87.4 Methow River Poems broadsides 1995
87.5 Methow River Poems press notices and photographs 1997-1999
88.1 Even in Quiet Places correspondence 1992-1998
88.2 Even in Quiet Places contract 1995
88.3 Even in Quiet Places manuscript 1995
88.4 Even in Quiet Places Methow River poems 1995
88.5 Even in Quiet Places Afterword, etc. 1995
88.6 Even in Quiet Places publisher’s mock-up 1996
88.7 Even in Quiet Places proof corrected by Paul Merchant 1996
88.8 Even in Quiet Places proof corrected by Kim Stafford 1996
88.9 Even in Quiet Places proof corrected by Vince Wixon 1996
88.10 Even in Quiet Places press kit 1996
88.11 Even in Quiet Places ads and reviews 1996
89.1 Crossing Unmarked Snow correspondence October 1995-January 1998
89.2 Crossing Unmarked Snow contract 1996
89.3 Crossing Unmarked Snow editorial work 1995-1997
89.3.1 Crossing Unmarked Snow editorial work 1998
89.3.2 Crossing Unmarked Snow Vincent Wixon editorial work 1998
89.4 Crossing Unmarked Snow originals part 1, 1-104 1998
89.5 Crossing Unmarked Snow originals part 2, 105-end 1998
89.6 Crossing Unmarked Snow original Stephen Ratiner interview 1998
89.7 Crossing Unmarked Snow proofed typescript 1998
90.1 Crossing Unmarked Snow permissions and acknowledgments 1998
90.2 Crossing Unmarked Snow final draft 1998
90.3 Crossing Unmarked Snow corrected manuscript 1998
90.4 Crossing Unmarked Snow corrected proof (PM) 1998
90.5 Crossing Unmarked Snow corrected proof (VW) 1998
90.6 Crossing Unmarked Snow publicity 1998
90.7 Crossing Unmarked Snow reviews 1998
91.1 The Way It Is correspondence 1991-1995
91.2 The Way It Is correspondence 1996
91.3 The Way It Is correspondence January-June 1997
91.4 The Way It Is correspondence July-December 1997
91.5 The Way It Is correspondence 1998-1999
91.5.1 The Way It Is contract 1998
91.6 The Way It Is editorial work 1998
91.7 The Way It Is small press poems 1998
91.8 The Way It Is Naomi Shihab Nye preface 1998
91.9 The Way It Is edits: Tom Andrews, Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, etc. 1998
91.10 The Way It Is permissions 1998
92A.1 The Way It Is manuscript part 1 (1-200) October 31, 1996
92A.2 The Way It Is manuscript part 2 (201-399) October 31, 1996
92A.3 The Way It Is manuscript part 3 (400-end) October 31, 1996
92A.4 The Way It Is corrected proof 1-150 1998
92A.5 The Way It Is corrected proof 151-end 1998
92A.6 The Way It Is reviews 1998 1998
92B.1 The Way It Is editorial (Vincent Wixon) 1995-1997
92B.2 The Way It Is rearrangement of part I by Kim Stafford 1995-1997
93.1 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains correspondence 1999-2002
93.2 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains contract 2002
93.3 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editorial work 1 2002
93.4 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editorial work 2 2002
93.5 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editorial work 3 2002
93.6 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editing Dailiness 2002
93.7 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editing Poems about Poets 2002
93.8 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editing Memory Map 2002
93.9 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains rejected material 1 2002
93.10 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains rejected material 2 2002
93.11 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains rejected material 3 2002
94.1 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains editorial work (Vincent Wixon) 2002
94.2 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains manuscript 2002
94.3 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains copyedited manuscript 2002
94.4 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains permissions 2002
94.5 The Answers Are Inside the Mountains promotional and reviews 2002
95.1 Every War Has Two Losers correspondence 2002-2003
95.1.1 Every War Has Two Losers drafts 2002
95.2 Every War Has Two Losers texts 2002
95.3 Every War Has Two Losers manuscript August 2002
95.4 Every War Has Two Losers reading copy 2003
95.5 Every War Has Two Losers copyedited manuscript June 2003
95.6 Every War Has Two Losers permissions 2003
95.7 Every War Has Two Losers corrected galley proof July 2003
95.8 Every War Has Two Losers first paginated proof August 2003
96.1 Another World Instead correspondence 2006 to June 10, 2007
96.2 Another World Instead correspondence June 12, 2007 to 2009
96.3 Another World Instead corrected galley proof November 2007
96.4 Fred Marchant calendars 2006/2009/2010