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Guide to the Robert Huff Papers, 1948-1989

Collection number: MC 87

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Robert Huff

Born in 1924, Robert Huff was educated at Wayne State University, Michigan. He taught English at several universities in the West before taking a position at Western Washington University in Bellingham, from where he retired in 1989. Huff’s first book of poetry, Colonel Johnson’s Ride, was published in 1959. Three others followed: The Course (1966); The Ventriloquist (1977), and Shore Guide to Flocking Names(1985). He was a Bread Loaf Writers Conference Fellow in 1961, and a MacDowell Colony [Peterborough, N.H.] Fellow in 1963. He died in a fire at his home in 1993.

About the Robert Huff Papers

The Robert Huff Collection primarily contains correspondence from various American poets to Huff. The greatest number of letters are from e.e.cummings, who frequently wrote Huff from 1948 until his death in 1962, and Karl Shapiro. Other correspondents include Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Bernard Malamud, and James Wright. The collection also contains over twenty-five typescripts of poems and a number of reviews and newspaper articles written about Huff.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Huff Papers, 1948-1989, MC 87, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Charles Seluzicki, June 2, 1986

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Anania, Michael-Ciardi, John, 1961-1977
Michael Anania, Poetry Editor, The Swallow Press, 1971 (1)

Philip Booth, 1961-1967, (3)

John C. Broderick, Library of Congress, 1977,

(2)

Mrs. Hugh Bullock, Academy of American Poets, 1964 (1)

Constance Carrier, undated (1)

John Ciardi, 1967 (1)

Box 1, Folder 2 e.e. cummings, 1948-1952, (8)

Box 1, Folder 3 e.e. cummings, 1953-1960, (11)

Box 1, Folder 4 e.e. cummings and Marion Morehouse, 1961-1962,

(16)

Box 1, Folder 5 Dickey, James – Engel, Paul John, 1962-1984

James Dickey, 1972-1973, (2)

Annie Dillard, undated, (1)

Alan Dugan, 1966, (1)

Richard Eberhart, 1967-1984,

(5)

Richard Eberhart, 1967-1984,

(5)

Galen Eberl, The Poetry Center, 1962,

(3)

Paul Engel, 1956-1960, (3)

Box 1, Folder 6 Garrett, George Palmer-Golstein, Lawrence, 1968-1977
George Palmer Garrett, 1977,

(1)

Louis Ginsberg, 1968, (2)

Allen Goldbarth, undated, (1)

Lawrence Goldstein, 1977, (2)

Box 1, Folder 7 Hague, Albert-Hugo, Richard – Engel, 1958-1981
Albert Hague, 1965, (1)

Donald Hall, 1958-1976, (4)

W. Harris, 1961, (2)

Robert Hayden, 1970, (1)

Seamus Heaney, 1989, (1)

Tony Hecht, 1989, (4)

Robert Hillyer, 1960-1961, (4)

Dr. Ernest B. Hookand Huff’s reply, 1967,

(1)

Richard Hugo, 1976-1981, (2)

Box 1, Folder 8 Kennedy, X. J. (Joe) – Kumin, Maxine, 1960-1989
X. J. (“Joe”) Kennedy, 1971-1985,

(4)

Milton Kenley, undated, (1)

Margaret King, 1962, (2)

Galway Kinnell, 1975, (2)

Thomas Kinsella, 1989, (1)

Elizabeth Kray, 1960-1961, (2)

Maxine Kumin, 1980, (2)

Box 1, Folder 9 Lieberman, Larry-Poage, Mam, 1960-1976
Larry Lieberman, 1962, (1)

John Logan, 1967-1976, (3)

Mám Poage, 1960, (1)

Box 1, Folder 10 ?, Mike-Moss, Stanley1964-1985
Mike ?, undated, (1)

K. McClanahan, undated, (3)

Sandy McPherson, 1973-1985, (6)

Bernard Malamud, 1960-1976, (9)

Ann Malamud, 1974, (1)

Marcia ?, Chicago Tribune, 1968,

(2)

Howard Moss, The New Yorker, 1964, (1)

Stanley Moss,New American Review, 1968, (1)

Box 1, Folder 11 Nims, John Frederick – Roethke, Theodore, 1957-1976
John Frederick Nims, 1961, (1)

K. McClanahan, 1976 (1)

Frank P?, undated, (1)

Don Petersen, 1972, (1)

George Plimpton, 1970, (1)

Dudley Randall, 1968, (1)

Dave Ray, undated, (1)

Wallace and Anne Andrews Robson, 1957,

(1)

Theodore Roethke, 1961, (1)

Box 1, Folder 12 Salvatore, Domininc – Sexton, Anne 1960-1972
Dominic Salvatore, 1960 (3)

Anne Sexton, 1967-1972, (2)

Box 1, Folder 13 Karl Shapiro, 1960-1982, (29)

Box 1, Folder 14 The Swanee Review – Swenson, May 1955-1984
The Sewanee Review, 1955, (2)

William Stafford, 1960-1976,

(7)

Peter Steel, 1984, (1)

Hamilton Stillwell, 1961, (1)

Mark Strand, 1970, (4)

May Swenson, 1963-1964, (3)

Box 1, Folder 115 T?, Peter – Wright, Anne 1960-1981
Peter T?, undated, (1)

John Wain, 1966, (1)

Diane Wakoski, 1969-1970, (3)

Chad Walsh, undated, (1)

Richard Wilbur, 1968, (2)

Miller Williams, 1964-1985, (4)

William Carlos Williams, 1960,

(1)

John Woods, 1956, (1)

James Wright, 1958-1962, (2)

Anne Wright, 1981, (1)

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 16 Handwritten drafts of poems, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 17 Typewritten: “Accident,” “Affinity,” “Adonis Walks…,” “Apology,” “Aunt Getrude and Apollo”
Box 1, Folder 18 “Caitlin’s Because,” “Dilly’s,” “The Fat Man…,” “Father Waking,” “For Gene Lundahl”
Box 1, Folder 19 “For Philip Booth,” “For Ursula,…,” “High,” “I Dream…,” “I Hear…”
Box 1, Folder 20 “In Memory…,” “Inmate,” “1964,” “The Postman’s Dream,” “Revelation at Hand”
Box 1, Folder 21 “A Riddle…,” “A Sketch…,” “Their Suicide,” “Wife Waking”
Box 1, Folder 22 Shore Guide to Flocking Names [paste up].
Box 1, Folder 23 Taking Her Sides on Immortality [typescript]

Series III: Publications

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 24 Venture, Robert Hillyer Memorial Issue, May 1962
Box 1, Folder 25 e.e. Cummings: Sketches and Watercolors of the Twenties and Thirties, Gotham Book Mart, New York City, 9 March-6 April, 1968

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 26 Reviews, 1960-1962
Box 1, Folder 27 Memorabilia and Newsclippings, 1962-1972
Box 1, Folder 28 Photographs: e.1: B and W, 3×5 of Ed McClanahan, n.d. e.2: Photomat strip of four images of Karl Shapiro, n.d.

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