Guide to the Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2014
Collection number: MC 53
(Ca. 700 cu.ft.)
About Donald Hall (1928-2018)
Donald Hall was born in 1928 in Hamden, Connecticut, and attended Phillips Exeter, Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Universities. He taught for 19 years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving in 1975 to the family farm on Eagle Pond in Wilmot, New Hampshire with his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon.
Hall is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including The One Day (1988), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Without (1998),and most recently The Back Chamber (2011), memoirs, including String To Short To Be Saved (1961), The Best Day The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005) and Unpacking The Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008), essay collections, such as the Eagle Pond books Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987) and Here at Eagle Pond (1992), children’s books, among them the best-selling Ox-Cart Man (1979), textbooks, and edited collections.
On the death of Jane Kenyon in 1995, he was appointed Poet Laureate of New Hampshire for the second time, having first held the title from 1984-1989. He was Poet Laureate of the United States for 2006-2007. In 2010 Hall was awarded the National Medal of Arts by president Barack Obama.
About the Donald Hall Papers [partially processed]
The collection is approximately 700 cubic feet in extent, most of which is unprocessed. The largest part consists of correspondence and manuscript drafts and is approximately 600 cubic feet. The remaining 100 or so cubic feet are books. There are also recordings and photographs. Accrual of new material is ongoing. Access is restricted until after the death of the creator.
This collection is restricted until after the death of Donald Hall. Permission to view the collection must be obtained in advance from Donald Hall. Contact Special Collections staff for information.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2014, MC 53, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Multiple acquisitions, multiple sources, 1977-2014 (many varied accession numbers). The bulk of the collection has been purchased from its creator starting in 1977.