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William Dickey Poems, 1981-1995
GLC 22  
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  • Publication Rights
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  • Provenance
  • Materials Transferred
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Title: William Dickey Poems,
    Date (inclusive): 1981-1995
    Collection Identifier: GLC 22
    Creator: Dickey, William, 1928-1994
    Physical Description: 9.0 items
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: The collection contains letterpress and computer-generated prints of poetry by William Dickey, and some by Dickey and Leonard Sanazaro. Some pieces are examples of fine printing by Lee Engdahl (Engdahl Typography), hit & run press, and the Pterodactyl Press.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Dickey Poems (GLC 22), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by the estate of William Dickey, 1996.

    Materials Transferred

    Four bound volumes of Dickey's work have been transferred to the library's book collection. They are: Joy by William Dickey (Cumberland, Iowa: The Pterodactyl Press, 1983); The King of the Golden River by William Dickey (Cumberland, Iowa: The Pterodactyl Press, 1986); In the Dreaming: selected poems by William Dickey (Fayetteville, Arkansas: The University of Arkansas Press, 1994); The Sacrifice Consenting by William Dickey (San Francisco: The Pterodactyl Press, 1981).

    Biographical note

    William Dickey (1928-1994) was born in Bellingham, Washington, and educated at Reed College, Harvard University, the Writer's Workshop of the University of Iowa, and Jesus College, Oxford. He was a professor of English and creative writing at San Francisco State University. He wrote and published prize-winning poetry for over thirty years.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains letterpress and computer-generated prints of poetry by Dickey. Some are examples of fine printing. Of these letterpress items, two were printed by Lee Engdahl (Engdahl Typography), one by hit & run press, and two by the Pterodactyl Press. There are a few holiday greeting cards which contain poems by Dickey and Leonard Sanazaro.


    Arranged alphabetically by title.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dickey, William, 1928-1994--Archives
    Engdahl Typography (Firm).
    Engdahl, Lee, 1954-
    Hit & Run Press.
    Pterodactyl Press.
    Sanazaro, Leonard
    American poetry--20th century