John Eugene Unterecker papers, 1961-1987

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:
MS#1278
Bib ID:
4079747 View CLIO record
Creator(s):
Unterecker, John, 1922-1989
Repository:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Physical Description:
53 linear feet (125 manuscript cartons, 3 file card boxes)
Language(s):
English .
Access:
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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.

There is no Box 21 in the collection.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Description

Summary

The collection documents the scholarship and writing of John Eugene Unterecker, a poet, biographer of the poet Hart Crane, and professor of English. The majority of the collection is composed of correspondence and manuscripts. Materials date from 1961 to 1987.

  • Series I: Correspondence

    Series I, Unterecker's extensive correspondence, includes letters from prominent poets, writers, artists, and academics. Some of these letters were separated and catalogued individually; the rest are arranged in alphabetical order.

  • Series II: Manuscripts and publishing

    Series II includes manuscripts of poetry and prose by John Unterecker, as well as galley proofs and other materials from the process of publishing those works. Lectures and other less formal writings are also included in this series. Works represented in the series include A Reader's Guide to W. B. Yeats, Voyager: A Life of Hart Crane, Stone: Poems, Approaches to the Twentieth Century Novel, and the essay "Lawrence Durrell." The series also includes manuscripts of individual poems, essays, and reviews by Unterecker.

  • Series III: Audiotapes

    Series III is composed of audio recordings of interviews, lectures, and other multimedia works by John Unterecker.

  • Series IV: Subject Files

    Series IV contains materials belonging to Unterecker that are grouped by subject.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 4 series.

Using the Collection

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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.

There is no Box 21 in the collection.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); John Eugene Unterecker papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Unterecker Estate. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--02/15/91. Accession number--M-91-02-15.

Gift of John E. Unterecker, 1966-1969; Purchase, 1977 and 1991.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Entered in AMC 08/23/91.

The collection was originally arranged in eleven series. Three of these series were composed of correspondence, two were composed of audiotapes, and four were composed of manuscripts. The system of box numbering started over again after Box 23, and three card file boxes were not numbered. Rare Book and Manuscript Library staff also individually catalogued two boxes of correspondence, as well as a handful of manuscripts and other items.

In 2019, the collection's arrangement was altered to reduce the number of series to five, and to intellectually group materials with similar formats and subject matter together. Box numbers were changed to a single series of consecutive numbers.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-02-11 Finding aid arrangement revised by Celeste Brewer to consolidate materials of similar formats from multiple accessions into the same series, and to eliminate duplicated box numbers.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Biographical / Historical

John Eugene Unterecker (1923-1989) was a poet, biographer, and professor of English at Columbia University from 1958-1974. His biography of the poet Hart Crane, Voyager, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970. A collection of his poetry, Stone, was published in 1977. Unterecker also published poems in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, and The Nation. Unterecker earned a Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University in 1948 and a Ph.D. in 1956. Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia University, he taught at the College of the City of New York. In 1974, he was appointed Citizens' Professor in English at the University of Hawaii. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1989.

Subject Headings

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

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Genre/Form
Clippings (Information Artifacts) CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Essays CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
First drafts CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Lectures CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Poems CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Name
Adams, Léonie, 1899-1988 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Bly, Robert CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Booth, Philip CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Calisher, Hortense CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Clark, Tom, 1941- CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Clemens, Cyril, 1902-1999 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Corman, Cid CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Dahlberg, Edward, 1900-1977 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Diamond, David, 1915-2005 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Dickey, James CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Durrell, Lawrence CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ehrenpreis, Irvin, 1920-1985 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Feiffer, Jules CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Frank, Waldo David, 1889-1967 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Galpin, Alfred M (Alfred Maurice), 1901-1983 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Gunn, Thom CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Hall, Donald, 1928-2018 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Heyen, William, 1940- CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Highet, Gilbert, 1906-1978 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ignatow, David, 1914-1997 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Justice, Donald, 1925-2004 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Kinnell, Galway, 1927-2014 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Kizer, Carolyn CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Koch, Kenneth, 1925-2002 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Krementz, Jill CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Levine, Philip, 1928-2015 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Loewinsohn, Ron CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
MacBeth, George CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Mack, Maynard, 1909-2001 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Miles, Josephine, 1911-1985 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Moss, Howard, 1922-1987 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Pack, Robert, 1929- CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Pearson, Norman Holmes, 1909-1975 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Snyder, Gary CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Stafford, Dorothy CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Stafford, William, 1914-1993 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Stallworthy, Jon CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Tate, Allen, 1899-1979 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Vogt, Gertrude CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Wakoski, Diane CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Wright, James, 1927-1980 CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Subject
American poetry -- 20th century CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Criticism -- History -- 20th century CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Critics CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Critics -- United States CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Literature -- History and criticism CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Poets CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Poets, American -- 20th century CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID