Willamette Writers Guild Records, 1976-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Salisbury, Joyce
Title
Willamette Writers Guild Records
Dates
1976-1986 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.2 cubic feet, (3 document boxes)
Collection Number
A-046
Summary
Records of the Willamette Writers Guild, including correspondence, project and topic files, poems, and biographical information on poets and writers. Collected by Joyce Salisbury.
Repository
Lane Community College Archives
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR
97405
Telephone: 541-463-5466
archives@lanecc.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Willamette Writers Guild records were created by Joyce Salisbury between the years of 1975 and 1986. Included are administrative records, information about writers, materials related to WWG events, and newsletters or publicity materials for the WWG. In addition to organizing smaller lectures, the WWG hosted “Writing & Publishing: A Colloquium,” which was a three day colloquium on writing and publishing held February 15th through 17th, 1977.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

There are no use restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Willamette Writers Guild Records, 1976-1986 (A-046), Lane Community College Archives, Eugene, 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.

The records are listed in the description column alphabetically within the appropriate series. However, they are physically stored in the boxes in the order they were sent to the Archives with minimal rearrangement or processing. The physical arrangement is reflected in the Box/Folder column in the following series lists.

Administrative, 1976-1978Return to Top

These are records documenting the day-to-day operation of the Willamette Writers Guild (forms, financial statements, funding received). The series also contains information about future projects; potential sources of funding (grants, bills, endowments); and general correspondence between members, organizations, and authors.

Collection is open for research.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence
1978-1979
1/4
Art and Education Bill
1977
3/1
Danforth Foundation
1978
2/21
Financial Statements
1976-1978
2/20
Forms
1978
3/2
Foundations
1977-1978
1/10
Future Projects
1977
3/4
LCC Development Fund
1976
1/11
Literature in the Third World
1978
1/2
Local Community Organization
1976-1984
1/3
Miscellaneous
1977
3/5
National Endowment for the Arts
1977
3/6
National Endowment for the Humanities
1977
3/7
Oregon Arts Commission
1977
3/8
Oregon Community Foundation
1977-1978
3/9
S and H Lectureship Program
1974-1979
1/15
Science and Humanities
1976-1977
1/20
Women Support Audiotape
1977-1979

Writers, 1976-1986Return to Top

This series contains correspondence, publicity materials, curriculum vitas, publications, schedules of events, and photographs from authors the Willamette Writers Guild included in programs or authors the Guild was interested in including in future programs. The bulk of the collection is from 1977 through 1979; however, in 1983 and 1984, there was a renewed interest with the Visiting Lectures Program and "Black Women Writers on Racism & Sexism" conference in 1983. The files contain a range of materials, from an undated photo or copy of an author’s work to personal correspondence.

The writers in this collection are from a wide range of genres: screenwriters, poets, dramatists, novelists.

Collection is open for research.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Adam, Helen
undated
2/2
Ashbery, John
1978
2/3
Bangs, Carol Jane
1983
2/4
Barnes, Dick
1978
2/5
Biggerstaff, Diane
undated
2/6
Chinosole
1982, 1986
2/7
Crawford, Oliver
1979
2/8
Creeley, Robert
1978
2/9
Harder, James A.
1977-1978
2/10
Harkness, Ed
1978
2/11
Hero, Peter
1978
2/12
Hugo, Richard
1977-1978
2/13
Karp, David
1979
2/14
McDade, Carolyn
1983
2/15
Miscellaneous Poets
undated
2/16
Platt, Polly
1978
2/17
Rich, Adrienne and Audre Lorde
1982
2/18
Schisgal, Murray
undated
2/19
Wakoski, Diane
1976

Events, 1976-1983Return to Top

The bulk of this series is dedicated to lectures and fundraising events sponsored by the Willamette Writers Guild in 1977 and 1978.

Of particular note is "Writing & Publishing: A Colloquium" (February 15-17, 1977), which was a three day colloquium on the conditions in the field of writing and publishing. Panelists included philosopher and novelist William Gass, poet Richard Hugo, fiction editor Gorden Lish, African-American feminist poet Gwendolyn Brooks, film director Victoria Hochberg, small press publisher Len Fulton, screenwriter Paul Schrader, essayist Richard Kostelanetz, and agent Rhonda Weyr.

"Writing & Publishing: Science Fiction" (March 7-10, 1978) was a series of one-day workshops and evening lectures. Workshop leaders included editor Ben Bova, writers-editors Kate Wilheim and David Knight, writer Vonda McIntyre, writer Dean Ing, and scholar Reginald Brentor. "Poetry & People: Art in the Community" (April 11-28, 1978) was a three-week program of short residencies and public readings. Participating poets included W.S. Merwin, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Carolyn Kizer, and Oregon poet-laureate William Stafford.

"The UFO Experience" and "Realities of the Close Encounter" (1978) were part of a series of lectures given by Dr. James Harder.

Additionally, there is information about a major literary event entitled "Black Women Writers on Racism & Sexism" on January 23, 1983. Audra Lorde, Gloria Watkins, Sylvia Wynter, and Pat Warner spoke at the Hult Center for Performing Arts.

Collection is open for research.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/14
[Black Women Writers on] Racism & Sexism
1983
1/5
Arts Alliance
1978
1/6
Colloquim: Writing & Publishing, Artists
1977
1/8
Colloquim: Writing & Publishing, Evaluations
1977
1/7
Colloquim: Writing & Publishing, Planning
1976-1977
1/9
Community Projects
1978
1/14
Poetry & People: Art in the Community
1978
1/17
Science Fiction Proposal
1977-1978
1/12
"The Impact of Native American Resurgence Upon Contemporary US Lit & Society"
1977
1/18
Theater & the Media in the Community
1978
3/10
Walk-a-thon; Jog- a-thon
1978
1/19
Willamette Writers Conference
1977-1978
3/11
Wine Tasting and Fund Raising
1978
1/21
Writing & Publishing
1977-1978

Publicity and Newsletters, 1975-1979Return to Top

This series contains publicity and promotional materials. Included are newsletters from the Willamette Writers Guild and other literary organizations, fliers, and news-clippings (1977-1979). It also contains mailing lists and telephone numbers.

Collection is open for research.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/14
Newsletter
1977-1978
3/13
Other Promotional Materials
1977-1978
1/13
Poetry Calendar (newsletter)
1975-1976
2/22
Telephone Numbers
undated
3/15,16,17
Various Newsletters
1976-1979
2/23
WWG Mailing
1979
3/12
WWG Publicity
1978

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community colleges--Oregon
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon
  • Vocational guidance
  • Writing as a profession
  • Personal Names :
  • Lorde, Audre
  • Rich, Adrienne Cecile
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lane Community College (Eugene, Or.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Salisbury, Joyce (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Willamette Writers Conference (creator)
    • Willamette Writers Guild (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Occupations :
  • Authors, American
  • Novelists, American
  • Poets, American
  • Screenwriters, American