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American Poets' Corner Archive, 1984-1996

Summary Information

Abstract

Poets Corner is an ongoing cultural tradition important to the Morningside neighborhood as well as the commemoration of a range of American writers, not limited to NYC, but brought together under the aegis of a national cultural canon.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1991
Bib ID 14336459 View CLIO record
Creator(s)
Title American Poets' Corner Archive, 1984-1996
Physical Description 1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
Other Finding Aids

Daniel Haberman Papers. Columbia University Libraries.

Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in seven series:

Description

Scope and Contents

Ballots for the election of poets, correspondence by the poets in residence, DVDs and photos of dedication services, and materials relating to the induction and selection of poets.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Other Finding Aids

Daniel Haberman Papers. Columbia University Libraries.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); American Poets' Corner Archive; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed by Patrick Lawlor and Barbara Nissman, 2019.

Revision Description

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American poetry -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nissman, Barbara Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Content Description

The American Poets' Corner was created in 1984 in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City and modeled after a similar alcove for writers at Westminster Abbey in London. Located in the cathedral's Arts Bay, the Poets' Corner is made up of stone slabs, both on the wall and on the floor, commemorating (as of 2019) thirty American writers with inscriptions of the writer's name, dates of birth and death, and a memorable quotation from the writer's work. For Hart Crane, his words "Permit me voyage, love, into your hands" were chosen, and Edna St. Vincent Millay is remembered with "Take up the song; forget the epitaph." The Cathedral Poet-in-Residence program has been ongoing since 1983. Poets serve for a term of five years. The poet in turn appoints the Electors, for staggered terms, keeping in mind the original guidelines calling for geographical and genre diversity. Every spring, the Poet-in-Residence invites each Elector to nominate a writer deceased for at least 25 years. The Electors and Poet-in-Residence discuss candidates and engage in balloting until consensus is reached. A line of poetry is chosen to be engraved in the cathedral.