The William E. Stafford Archives, Series 3, Sub-Series 4: Manuscripts Sent to William Stafford by Other Authors, 1968-1992  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Stafford, William, 1914-1993
The William E. Stafford Archives, Series 3, Sub-Series 4: Manuscripts Sent to William Stafford by Other Authors
1968-1992 (inclusive)
1.5 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
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 typescripts of manuscripts by other authors sent to Stafford in the solictation of reviews or publicity statements. The Index to the entire Stafford Archives can be found at:
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
Telephone: 503-768-7758
Fax: 503-768-7282
Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions and is open for research.


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

Typed drafts and proofs of books.

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


Arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name.

Location of Collection

Special Collections

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Container(s) Description Dates
1.1 Poems
Bennani, Benjamin
1.2 "Strang"
Burrows, Ed G.
1.3 Poems
Canzoneri, Robert
1.4 "Pacific Northwest Writing: A Collection of Contemporary Poetry and Fiction"
Carlson, Roy
1.5 "Letting Go"
Carrier, Warren
ca. 1970
1.6 "Kazimierz Square"
Chase, Karen
ca. 1991
1.7 "End of Summer"
Diorio, Margaret
1.8 "Sabbatical in England"
Duvall, Robert
1.9 A Surprise on Every Page: Kenneth Patchen's Wonderings
Dyer, Paul
ca. 1980
1.10 Poems
Emmons, David
1.11 "A River Runs Through It"
Friedenberg, Richard
Screenplay and test lines for possible WS narration of the film.
1.12 "Wesley's Methodist Episcopalians"
Garrett, Arthur
Chapter from "AmeriChristendom"
1.13 Collection of work
Henderson, Christine
Includes an original watercolor of the Columbia River gorge
1.14 Poems
Hodson, Stan
1.15 "Remember Where You Started From"
Holway, Susan Pakenen
C&D Publishing
1.16 "Nocturnals Upon St. Lucy's Day"
Khairallah, George
1.17 "Celebration: My First Fifty Years"
Lamear, Kathleen
1.18 "The Love Poem" and "The Foot of the Mountain"
Marchant, Fred
Two copies of "The Foot of the Mountain"
ca. 1990
1.19 Essay
Marchant, Fred
ca. 1990
1.20 "To Find the Poem: Suggestions for the Venture"
Nielsen, Vaneta L.
1.21 Poems
Pasquale, Emanuel di
1.22 "Dearest Phillis"
Patterson, Raymond
1.23 "Belongings"
Rawn, Michael David
ca. 1990
1.24 "Supplement for Modern Poetry of Western America"
Robinson, Howard
supplement to the anthology by William Stafford and Clinton Larson
1.25 "Burn Down the Icons: Poems"
Schulman, Grace
1.26 "Sophomore Thesis"
Seid, Hugh T.
1.27 "Heart Attacks"
Skellings, Edmund
Stafford wrote a blurb for the jacket of this book.
1.28 "Something as Reckless as Wind"
Turley, William
1.29 Poems
Warren, Eugene
1.30 Anthology of Oregon Literature
Wendt, Ingrid
1.31 "The Luminaries of the Humble"
Woody, Elizabeth
1.32 "Of Earth"
Worth, Douglas
1.33 Poems, "Spam and the Cry of the Dope Bird" and "Men"
Young, William

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Pacifism--Poetry.
  • Pacifism--United States.
  • Poetry -- Authorship.
  • Poetry -- Study and teaching.
  • Poetry--20th century.
  • Poets, American--20th century.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors -- United States.

Personal Names

  • Stafford, William, 1914-1993--Archives
  • Stafford, Dorothy

Corporate Names

  • Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Or.)

Geographical Names

  • Kansas.
  • Oregon.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Stafford, Kim (creator)