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   John Eugene Unterecker Papers, 1961-1987

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Eugene Unterecker Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1278
Bib ID:4079747 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Unterecker, John Eugene, 1922-
Title: John Eugene Unterecker Papers, 1961-1987
Physical description:54 linear ft.(ca. 50,000 items in 126 boxes and 3 file card boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: The following boxes are located off-site: 3-128. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. For preservation purposes, original audiotapes cannot be played back, and must be digitized before use. Please contact the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for more information.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

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.

Subseries I.1: Catalogued correspondence

Materials in catalogued correspondence are cross-referenced in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's card catalog.

Subseries I.2: Arranged correspondence

Materials in arranged correspondence are not cross-referenced in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's card catalog.

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.

Series V: Transparencies

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following boxes are located off-site: 3-128. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

For preservation purposes, original audiotapes cannot be played back, and must be digitized before use. Please contact the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for more information.

Restrictions on 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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Eugene Unterecker Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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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

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 2008, after digitization, two audiotapes were deaccessioned due to mold damage. In 2013, a folder of materials related to William Claire were added to Box 8.

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. Audiotapes were consolidated into one box (Box 20). Box 21, which was empty, was removed from the collection. One blank audiotape was also deaccessioned.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    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.

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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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Genre/Form

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ClippingsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drafts (preliminary versions)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
EssaysPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
LecturesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (for publication)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PhotoprintsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PoemsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reviews (Criticism)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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

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History / Biographical Note

History

John Eugene Unterecker (1923-1989) was a poet, biographer, and professor of English at Columbia University from 1958-1974.. His first book, A Reader’s Guide to W. B. Yeats, was published in 1959. A decade later, he published his biography of the poet Hart Crane, Voyager, which 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.

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