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   William Bronk Papers 1908-1999.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Bronk papers,; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079737 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Bronk, William.
Title:William Bronk Papers 1908-1999.
Physical description:45 linear ft (ca.40,000 items in 95 boxes & 1 oversize folder)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »



Selectively cataloged; remainder arranged: Boxes 1-9: Cataloged correspondence & manuscripts; Boxes 10-66: Uncataloged correspondence; Boxes 67-76: Uncataloged manuscripts by William Bronk; Boxes 77-89: Uncataloged manuscripts by others; Box 90: Photographs & tape cassettes; Boxes 91-95: Printed materials; & an Oversized folder.

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Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, audio cassettes, photographs, and printed materials. The correspondence covers the years 1934 through 1999 and consists mostly of letters to and from James L. Weil, whose Elizabeth Press was Bronk's publisher from 1969 to 1981, from Eugene CanadeĢ, an artist who illustrated many of Bronk's books, from Bronk's sisters, and from many friends. There are also letters from W.H. Auden; Paul Auster, Cid Corman (Bronk's first publisher and founder of ORIGIN, the magazine in which many of Bronk's early poems first appeared), Robert Creeley, Samuel French Morse, Gilbert Sorrentino, and many other well-known authors. The manuscripts include notebooks and binders containing handwritten and typed drafts of poems and essays. They document nearly all of Bronk's published writings including the collection of essays he completed in the 1940s which was published in 1980 as THE BROTHER IN ELYSIUM as well as the collection of poems published in 1981 as LIFE SUPPORTS: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS for which Bronk won the American Books Award in 1982. There are also page proofs, photographs of Bronk, many audio cassettes of Bronk reading his work in the 1970s and the 1980s and printed materials.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Bronk papers,; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

The finding aid is available in the repository and online.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 02/--/1991

Letters from Bronk to Weil Cataloged 04/03/1995 HR

Letters from Bronk to Weil Cataloged 04/03/1995 HR

Letters from Bronk Cataloged 04/03/1995 HR

Letters from Bronk Cataloged 04/03/1995 HR

Book Processed 02/--/1996 HR

Letters & printed items Cataloged 03/--/1996 HR

Letters from Bronk & others Cataloged 07/15/1996 HR

55 items re. Bronk Cataloged & processed 01/25/2000 HR

3 Bronk letters to Booth Cataloged 01/25/2000 HR

133 letters re. Bronk Cataloged & processed 01/25/2000 HR

Letters to J. Weil re. W.Bronk Processed 03/15/2000 HR

50 Bronk letters to Mark Katzman Cataloged 10/09/2000 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 7, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-07-07 File created.
    2012-10-11 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Audio cassettes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Greeting cards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Allen, Donald, 1912-2004.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American essays--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American poetry--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American poetry--New York (State)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Auster, Paul, 1947-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors and publishers--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Benedikt, Michael, 1935-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bly, Robert.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Canade, Eugene G.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clark, Tom, 1941-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corman, Cid.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cox, Sidney, 1889-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cuomo, Mario Matthew.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
De Vries, Peter.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Duncan, Robert, 1919-1988.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Economou, George.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Elizabeth Press.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Enslin, Theodore.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eshleman, Clayton.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hall, Donald, 1928-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mailer, Norman.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-2005.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morse, Samuel French, 1916-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Olson, Charles, 1910-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oppen, George.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oppenheimer, Joel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Paz, Octavio, 1914-1998.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pearson, Norman Holmes, 1909-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poetry, Modern--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rahv, Philip, 1908-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Randall, Margaret, 1936-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rannit, Aleksis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sarton, May, 1912-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schulberg, Budd.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Small presses--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Smith, William Jay, 1918-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sorrentino, Gilbert.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Swallow, Alan, 1915-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tagliabue, John, 1923-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tomlinson, Charles, 1927-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Turnbull, Gael.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Vas Dias, Robert.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Weil, James L.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Williams, Jonathan, 1929-2008.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


American poet; born in 1918 in Fort Edward, N.Y. and was the author of more than 15 books of poems and essays and a winner of the American Book Award in 1982. William Bronk died on 22 Feb 1999.

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