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Jack W. C. Hagstrom (AC 1955) Correspondence with or about Thom Gunn, Donald Hall, Marianne Moore, Dave Smith and Richard Wilbur, 1958-2002
7 records storage boxes, 2 half archives boxes (7.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Chiefly Dr. Hagstrom's correspondence with poets Gunn, Hall, Moore, Smith and Wilbur, as well as with numerous publishers, scholars, librarians and book dealers, mainly concerning his collection of these writers' works. Also included are critical and bibliographical reviews, invoices, etc.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Notes

Jack W.C. Hagstrom (b. December 2, 1933), physician, literary collector and bibliographer, is a 1955 graduate of Amherst College. He earned an M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1959, where he went on to become Instructor in Pathology. He has retained close ties with Amherst College, particularly with the Robert Frost Library in connection with his avocational interest in collecting modern British and American poetry.

Thom Gunn was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, in 1929. He enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1950. In 1954, he relocated to San Francisco, where he lived the rest of his life. Gunn published more than thirty books of poetry in the United States and Britain. His honors include a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. Thom Gunn died on April 25, 2004, in San Francisco.

Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928 and earned a B.A. from Harvard in 1951 and a B. Litt. from Oxford in 1953. He has published fifteen books of poetry as well as books on baseball and other topics, children's books, short stories and plays. He served as poetry editor of The Paris Review from 1953 to 1962. Hall has received two Guggenheim fellowships, the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Silver medal, a Lifetime Achievement award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project, and the Ruth Lilly Prize for poetry. Hall also served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984 to 1989.

Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was an American poet, critic, and translator. She graduated in 1909 from Bryn Mawr College. Her Collected Poems (1951) earned the poet the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, and the Bollingen Prize.

Dave Smith was born on December 19, 1942 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned a B.A. at the University of Virginia (1965), an M.A. at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (1969), and a Ph.D in English at Ohio University (1976). He has taught English at many American colleges and universities, and since 1998 he has been the Boyd Professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He also has served as poetry editor for numerous magazines. Smith has published over 18 books of poetry as well as short stories, criticism and a novel.

Richard Wilbur, poet, translator and critic, was born in New York City in 1921. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and has taught English at Harvard and Wesleyan Universities and Wellesley and Smith Colleges. He has been awarded a number of honors for his poetry, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the Wallace Stevens Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Frost Medal, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bollingen Prize, the T. S. Eliot Award, a Ford Foundation Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize for Poetry, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, the National Arts Club medal of honor for literature, two PEN translation awards, the Prix de Rome Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Award. He was elected a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and is a Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets. In addition to poetry, he has also published numerous translations of plays by Molière and Racine, contributed the lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's musical Candide, written several books for children, and produced two collections of critical writing. In 1987-1988 Richard Wilbur served as Poet Laureate of the United States.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists chiefly of Dr. Hagstrom's correspondence with poets Thom Gunn, Donald Hall, Marianne Moore, Dave Smith and Richard Wilbur, as well as with numerous publishers, scholars, librarians and book dealers, mainly concerning his collection of these writers' works. Also included are critical and bibliographical reviews, invoices, etc.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Jack W.C. Hagstrom Literary Correspondence with or about Thom Gunn, Donald Hall, Marianne Moore, Dave Smith and Richard Wilbur [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

Series 1, 2 and 4 (Gunn, Hall and Smith) were the gift of Thomas J. Fleming in November 2003.

Processing Information

Series 1, 2 and 4 (Gunn, Hall and Smith) were originally described in separate finding aids, but were joined in 2012 to form separate series in one finding aid. Series 3 (Moore) originally formed part of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection (formerly MS 122). It, together with Series 5 (Wilbur), was integrated with this collection in 2012.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English

Contents List
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE WITH THOM GUNN,
1970-2002


Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE WITH THOM GUNN: Approximately 400 original signed letters (autograph or typed and postcards (autograph) from Gunn, with Hagstrom's side of the correspondence present in carbon or photocopy. Many of the letters include enclosures. Also included is some correspondence from publishers and others concerning Hagstrom's bibliography of Gunn.

1970 Dec 28 - 1975 Oct 23

Box 1: folder 1
1975 Dec 5 - 1976 Dec 28

Box 1: folder 2
1976 Dec 29 - 1978 Feb 15

Box 1: folder 3
1978 Feb 23 - 1979 Jul 15

Box 1: folder 4
1979 Jul 24 - 1980 Nov 29

Box 1: folder 5
1980 Nov 24 - 1982 Oct 4

Box 1: folder 6
1982 Nov 9 - 1985 Jan 31

Box 1: folder 7
1985 Jan 27 - 1986 Mar 9

Box 1: folder 8
1986 Mar 23 - 1987 Feb 19

Box 1: folder 9
1987 Mar 2 - 1986 Sep 15

Box 1: folder 10
1988 Jan 10 - 1988 Aug 19

Box 1: folder 11
1988 Aug 21 - 1989 Sep 6

Box 1: folder 12
1989 Oct 29 - 1990 Nov 5

Box 1: folder 13
1990 Nov 21 - 1991 Dec 22

Box 1: folder 14
1992 Jan 6 - 1993 Jan 8

Box 1: folder 15
1993 Jan 6 - 1993 Aug 10

Box 1: folder 16
1993 Aug 2 - 1995 Jan 10

Box 1: folder 17
1995 Mar 11 - 1997 Jan 19

Box 1: folder 18
1998 Nov 19 - 2000 Mar 21

Box 1: folder 19
2000 Mar 25 - 2002 Jun 23

Box 1: folder 20
SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE WITH DONALD HALL,
1976-2002


Series 2, CORRESPONDENCE WITH DONALD HALL: Approximately 50 original and signed letters (chiefly typed) from Hall, 1976-2002, with Hagstrom's side of the correspondence present in carbon or photocopy. Many concern the placement of Hall's papers at the University of New Hampshire.

1976 Sep 16 - 1979 Jan 8

Box 2: folder 1
1979 Jan 14 - 1979 Oct 23

Box 2: folder 2
1979 Nov 24 - 1985 May 21

Box 2: folder 3
1985 May 30 - 2002 Jul 16

Box 2: folder 4
SERIES 3: CORRESPONDENCE WITH MARIANNE MOORE,
1958-1966


Series 3, CORRESPONDENCE WITH MARIANNE MOORE: 16 letters from poet Marianne Moore to Jack W.C. Hagstrom as well as carbon copies of 15 of Hagstrom's replies. The bulk of the collection covers the period from winter of 1958 to fall of 1959. The letters continue until March 1966.

MM to JWCH, T.PC.S. (initialed)
1958 Jul 14

Box 3: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1958 Dec 2

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.L.S. (with env.)
1958 Dec 8

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.L.S. (with env)
1958 Dec 10

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.PC.S.
1958 Dec 18

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.L.S.
1959 Jan 22

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Jan 28

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.N.S. (with env.)
1959 Jan 29

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Feb 1

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.PC.S.
1959 Feb 6

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Apr 15

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.L.S.
1959 Apr 18

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon, 2 p.)
1959 May 22

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.L.S. (with env.)
1959 Jun 23

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Jul 7

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon, 2 p.)
1959 Sep 12

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.PC.S.
1959 Sep 14

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Sep 16

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.N.S. (initialed; with env.)
1959 Sep 19

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Oct 27

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.PC.S. (initialed)
1959 Oct 31

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1959 Dec 18

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1960 Oct 14

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.N.S. (initialed; with envelope)
1960 Oct 16

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1960 Oct 22

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.PC.S. (initialed)
1960 Oct 29

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L.S. (with MM's reply, typed and signed, at foot, with evn., Nov 30)
1960 Nov. 25

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, T.L. (carbon)
1962 Mar 24

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, T.L.S. (with env.)
1962 Mar 31

Box 2: folder 1
JWCH to MM, A.L.S. (photocopy)
1966 Mar 6

Box 2: folder 1
MM to JWCH, A.PC.S.
1966 Mar 12

Box 2: folder 1
SERIES 4: CORRESPONDENCE WITH DAVE SMITH,
1985-1996


Series 4, CORRESPONDENCE WITH DAVE SMITH: Approximately 25 original signed letters (chiefly typed) from Smith, some with enclosures, with Hagstrom's side of the correspondence present in carbon or photocopy, 1985-1996.

1985 May 25 - 1986 May 7

Box 3: folder 1
1986 May 14 - 1988 Dec 18

Box 3: folder 2
1989 Apr 28 - 1996 Nov 11

Box 3: folder 3
SERIES 5: RICHARD WILBUR COLLECTION CORRESPONDENCE,
1958-2000


Series 5, RICHARD WILBUR COLLECTION CORRESPONDENCE: Six linear feet of correspondence with Wilbur as well as with numerous book dealers, librarians, and literary scholars, together with invoices and various printed matter, chiefly related to Hagstrom's project (with John Lancaster) to produce a comprehensive bibliography of Richard Wilbur.

1958-1981

Box 4
1981-1983

Box 5
1983-1986

Box 6
1986-1990

Box 7
1986-1995

Box 8
1995-2000

Box 9

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Subjects
  • American poetry -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
  • Gunn, Thom -- Bibliography -- Sources.
  • Gunn, Thom -- Correspondence.
  • Hagstrom, Jack W. C. -- Correspondence.
  • Hall, Donald, 1928- -- Correspondence.
  • Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972 -- Correspondence.
  • Smith, Dave, 1942- -- Correspondence.
  • Wilbur, Richard, 1921- -- Bibliography -- Sources.
  • Wilbur, Richard, 1921- -- Correspondence.
  • Wilbur, Richard, 1921- -- Correspondence.

Contributors
  • Gunn, Thom.
  • Hagstrom, Jack W. C.
  • Hall, Donald, 1928-
  • Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972.
  • Smith, Dave, 1942-
  • Wilbur, Richard, 1921-


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