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Guide to the Mekeel McBride and David Gordon Campbell Papers, 1966-1995

Collection number: MC 163

Size: 3 boxes (1.00 cu.ft.)

About Mekeel McBride and David Gordon Campbell

Mekeel McBride was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1950 and attended Mills College, in Oakland, California (B.A. 1972), and Indiana University where she studied creative writing under Samuel Yellen. She has taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, Wheaton College, Berwick Academy, and is currently Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire (1979-present). She also works part time as a floor-guard and birthday party specialist at Happy Wheels Roller Rink.

She has published poems in numerous magazines including The Nation, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The American Review, Tendril, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her books include A Change in the Weather (Chowder Chapbooks, 1979), No Ordinary World (1979), The Going Under of the Evening Land (1983), Red Letter Days (1988), Wind of the White Dresses (1995), and The Deepest Part of the River (2001), all published by Carnegie-Mellon. She has had residency at the MacDowell Colony, has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and was a Bunting Institute Fellow. She lives in Kittery, Maine.

David Gordon Campbell was born in 1937 and was a teacher.

About the Mekeel McBride and David Gordon Campbell Papers

The collection was donated to the University of New Hampshire by David Gordon Campbell. It primarily consists of 30 years of correspondence from Mekeel McBride to David Gordon Campbell. Also included are various McBride manuscripts and publications as well as a collection of 57 photographs.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mekeel McBride and David Gordon Campbell Papers, 1966-1995, MC 163, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: David Campbell, San Francisco, CA, February 6, 1998 (Accession number: 98.001)

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1966-1995

Subseries A: McBride to Campbell

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 June 30, 1966 (1)
Box 1, Folder 2 May-September 1967 (3)
Box 1, Folder 3 February-December 1968 (9)
Box 1, Folder 4 January-December 1969 (10)
Box 1, Folder 5 January-November 1970 (12)
Box 1, Folder 6 January-November 1971 (1 )
Box 1, Folder 7 January-December 1972 (14)
Box 1, Folder 8 January-March 1973
Box 1, Folder 9 April-November 1973
Box 1, Folder 10 1974
Box 1, Folder 11 1975
Box 1, Folder 12 January-June 1976
Box 1, Folder 13 June 23-November 19, 1976
Box 1, Folder 14 January 17-August 19, 1977
Box 1, Folder 15 August 26-December 28, 1977
Box 1, Folder 16 January 22-June 15, 1978
Box 1, Folder 17 August 21-September 15, 1978
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 1979
Box 2, Folder 2 1981
Box 2, Folder 3 1982
Box 2, Folder 4 1983
Box 2, Folder 5 1984
Box 2, Folder 6 1985
Box 2, Folder 7 1986
Box 2, Folder 8 1987
Box 2, Folder 9 1988
Box 2, Folder 10 1989
Box 2, Folder 11 1990
Box 2, Folder 12 1991
Box 2, Folder 13 1992
Box 2, Folder 14 1993
Box 2, Folder 15 April 1-August 21, 1994
Box 2, Folder 16 August 26-October 24, 1994
Box 2, Folder 17 October 30-December 11, 1994
Box 2, Folder 18 1995
Box 2, Folder 19 Undated

Subseries B: Others to Campbell

Box 2, Folder 20 Others to Campbell

Series II: Manuscripts

Subseries A: Individual Poems

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 A-F
Box 3, Folder 2 G-L
Box 3, Folder 3 M-R
Box 3, Folder 4 S-Z
Box 3, Folder 5 Untitled

Subseries B: Collections

Box 3, Folder 6 “A Backward Look”
Box 3, Folder 7 “Learning to Sing”
Box 3, Folder 8 “Red Letter Days”
Box 3, Folder 9 “Survival Poems”
Box 3, Folder 10 “Wind of the White Dress”

Subseries C: Prose

Box 3, Folder 10 “The Order of Things”; “Ophelia’s Handkerchief”

Subseries D: Commonplace Material

Box 3, Folder 12 Commonplace notebook 8×6. Includes: Booth, Creeley, Dickey, Enslin, Gilbert, Kizer, Levertov, McBride, Merwin, Moore, Nash, Norris, Pickey, Rich, Sexton, Williams
Box 3, Folder 13 Loose commonplace. Includes: Jon Anderson, Spencer Brown, Michael Dennis Browne, James Dickey, Stephen Dobyns, Shirley Kaufman, WS Merwin, Howard Nemerov, Paul Petrie, Alastair Reid, Pierre Reverdy (translated by Ron Padgett), Carl Sanburg, Anne Sexton, Stevie Smith, Wallace Stevens, James Tate, Diane Wakoski, Robert Wallace, Robert Penn Warren, William Carlos Williams

Series III: Works by Others Annotated by McBride

Box 3, Folder 13 Student poetry

Series IV: Publications in Periodicals, 1971-1977

Box 3, Folder 15 Spring 1971, Sumac

1977, The Agni Review

1982, Poetry East

Winter 1982, Tendril

1989, Tray Full of Lab Mice

Fall 1995, The Portsmouth Review

1995, Seneca Review

1996, The Prose Poem: An International Journal

Undated, Free Lunch

Box 3, Folder 16 March 22, 1977, Bibliography

Series V: About McBride

Box 3, Folder 17 Newsclippings

Series VI: Photographs, 1970-1994

Box 3, Folder 18 Photographs
Envelope 1 1970, Mekeel portrait: “take this-if you should ever go hunting for mushrooms at sunset!” “Kiki”
Envelope 2 July 5, 1984, “Fred the Dog” from letter dated July 5, 1984
Envelope 3 August 13, 1988, “Little G. of N. getting a hot toot among other things. Lately she’s been learning the spiritual discipline of lying on sleeping stoves…or letting sleeping stoves lie” Enclosed in letter dated October 22, 1988.
Envelope 4 September 4, 1988, “David Bucknell washing dishes in Katherine Sullivan’s house being watched by parrot…” Enclosed in letter dated October 22, 1988.
Envelope 5 September 4, 1988, “Brenda in pardas[sic] helps David + the parrot wash dishes” Enclosed in letter dated October 22, 1988.
Envelope 6 September 4, 1988, “She’s pointing to his bellybutton which she would like to get a closer look at + he’s making the Hawaiian sign for ‘hang loose’ over her head which is as good as a halo as any…” Enclosed in letter dated October 22, 1988.
Envelope 7 September 10, 1988, “Me in my newest phase as Brenda Lee avec[sic] air courant turquoise socks. Later that afternoon I turned into a great blue heron…” Enclosed in letter dated October 22, 1988.
Envelope 8 September 25, 1988, “Molly O’Malone on the farside of the aquarium dreaming of…” Enclosed in letter dated October 22, 1988.
Envelope 9 October 10, 1988, “Little G. of N. enjoying her quilting fabric throne”
Envelope 10 October 12, 1988, “Miss White watching gold-fish TV. The goldfish, named by David, are kiss + this. They are twice as big now as they appear in the photo.”
Envelope 11 October 25, 1988, “Little G. of N. pretending she’s in Ethiopia or starring in Children of the Damned”
Envelope 12 October 25, 1988, “I took tree pictures especially for you.”
Envelope 13 December 7, 1988, “Foxes + greatgrandmothers to the left of the sofa.”
Envelope 14 December 7, 1988, “A sofa! The bookcase painted white.”
Envelope 15 December 7, 1988, “The mantle over the wood stove-which doesn’t look so stark in real life-rather chic instead.”
Envelope 16 December 7, 1988, “Where I am sitting right now with a different coffee cup.”
Envelope 17 August 29, 1989, Quilt
Envelope 18 April 23, 1989, Cat on bed
Envelope 19 October 11, 1989, Cat on couch
Envelope 20 October 11, 1989, Cat on couch; close up
Envelope 21 October 12, 1989, Dog and cat
Envelope 22 October 12, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 23 October 12, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 24 October 12, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 25 October 12, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 26 October 12, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 27 October 12, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 28 October 19, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 29 October 19, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 30 October 24, 1989,
Envelope 31 October 24, 1989, Foliage reflected in water
Envelope 32 October 24, 1989, Wigland, Dover, NH
Envelope 33 October 24, 1989, The Virgin Mary
Envelope 34 October 24, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 35 October 24, 1989, Jack-o-lantern
Envelope 36 October 24, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 37 October 24, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 38 October 24, 1989, Mums
Envelope 39 October 24, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 40 October 24, 1989, Foliage
Envelope 41 October 24, 1989, Ghost and jack-o-lantern
Envelope 42 October 24, 1989, Foliage reflected off water
Envelope 43 September 7, 1991, Garden and doll with no arms
Envelope 44 September 7, 1991, Cat on table
Envelope 45 September 11, 1991, Futon
Envelope 46 September 11, 1991, Bookcase
Envelope 47 September 11, 1991, Bookcase
Envelope 48 September 11, 1991, Kitchen table
Envelope 49 September 14, 1991, Rocking chair
Envelope 50 June 17, 1994, “My porch, my blue rocker.”
Envelope 51 June 17, 1994, “What’s left of beautiful down the street rhoddies after our heat wave…”
Envelope 52 June 17, 1994, “Window in my bedroom.”
Envelope 53 June 17, 1994, “Maine rhoddies and friends.”
Envelope 54 Undated, “This tree is in love with the sky.”
Envelope 55 Undated, “One end of Otis sort of electrical congested.”
Envelope 56 Undated, “The other end of Otis is a bit more Thoreau-esque.”
Envelope 57 Undated, “Kittery library, very Dickensian, should be where I got Old Curiosity but they’ve moved fiction to a small modern brick number across the street. Still, I think of this as the library. I had to stand in the middle of the street to take this picture. Cars were annoyed…”

Series VII: Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 19 Pressed leaves, unidentified poem