Guide to the Robert Peterson Papers

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The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Robert Peterson Papers

Collection number: MS 44

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
July 2005
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2005 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Peterson papers
Dates: 1945-1990
Collection number: MS 44
Creator: Peterson, Robert
Collection Size: 1 document box
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, drafts and annotated typescripts of poet, Robert Peterson.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Robert Peterson papers. MS 44. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Peterson and Carolyn Stoloff.

Biography

The author of nine books and a widely anthologized poet, Robert Peterson was born in Denver in 1924. His childhood was spent in San Francisco at the Fielding Hotel, a Union Square hotel owned by his adoptive parents. There he developed a sharp idiosyncratic eye for human nature that would later give his poems their particular style and charm. He was writer-in-residence at Reed College, Portland Oregon from 1969-1971. After leaving Reed College, Peterson lived in Taos, New Mexico, where he wrote a collection of poems, Leaving Taos, that was named a National Poetry Series selection in 1981. He then returned to the Bay Area, where he started his own publishing company, Black Dog Press, and created artworks that were shown in local galleries. He also served a writer-in-residence at Oregon's Willamette University from 1991-1992. Peterson was one of the first artists to win a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts after its founding in 1965, and one of the first to edit an anthrology of poems in opposition to the Vietnam War.
Robert Peterson died of cancer in September 2001 at the age of 76.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains early correspondence from Peterson to his parents, outgoing correspondence to long time friend and poet Carolyn Stoloff, manuscripts, drafts and annotated typescripts of poems.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Peterson, Robert--Archives
Authors, American--California--Santa Cruz County
American poetry--20th century
Santa Cruz County (Calif.)--Imprints
Stoloff, Carolyn


Container List

Box:folder 1:1

Biographical information

Box:folder 1:2-7

Correspondence - Outgoing

Box:folder 1:2

To Mr. & Mrs. Ernest F. Peterson, February 2 - May 26, 1945

Box:folder 1:3-7

To Carolyn Stoloff,

Box:folder 1:3

1964-1969

Box:folder 1:4

1970-1975

Box:folder 1:5

1976-1980

Box:folder 1:6

1981-1985

Box:folder 1:7

1988-1990

Box:folder 1:8-9

Poems

Box:folder 1:8

Undated manuscripts, drafts, annotated typescripts, undated

Box:folder 1:8

Sudden Love undated

Box:folder 1:8

Yesterday at the Tavern... undated

Box:folder 1:8

Cracking its wild bones, 1/23 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Kuhlman as Caviar, 2/18 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Amos Feely at the Fielding (Sonnet for Amos Feely), 3/9 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Evening Poem (Meditations on a Still Night), 4/16 undated

Box:folder 1:8

A Possible Suicide, 4/17 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Now and then I find myself, 5/5 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Planning my future (backside: To the Single Mind), 5/5 undated

Box:folder 1:8

We're sitting around a table, 5/7 undated

Box:folder 1:8

In the 2am club, 5/9 undated

Box:folder 1:8

You've been sent off in the rain, 5/9 undated

Box:folder 1:8

I'm walking to the Bay, 5/12 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Hands folded like napkins in my lap, 5/13 undated

Box:folder 1:8

The Second Year, Two Rhododendrons, 5/19 undated

Box:folder 1:8

The Young Conquistador, 5/26 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Three Northamericans, 7/6 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Mazatlan, 7/11 undated

Box:folder 1:8

A Beauty, 7/15 undated

Box:folder 1:8

A Swim in Ouhuira Bay, 7/18 undated

Box:folder 1:8

The Yellow Cat, 7/28 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Thinking about what to do next, 8/12 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Skunk, 9/19 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Famous for Comfort, 9/25 undated

Box:folder 1:8

A Disaster, 10/5 undated

Box:folder 1:8

You Dream of Bawdy Priests, 10/10 undated

Box:folder 1:8

The Bird, 10/19 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Late Autumn Leaves, 11/2 undated

Box:folder 1:8

Stopped by Highway Patrol going too slow, 12/26 undated

Box:folder 1:9

Dated manuscripts, drafts, annotated typescripts, 1957-1979

Box:folder 1:9

I can hear it now (The First day of the Lovers) 4/21/1957

Box:folder 1:9

Beach at Ft. Cronkite - Draft 1 10/5/1965

Box:folder 1:9

Toshiro Mifune as Ski Patrol 11/16/1965

Box:folder 1:9

A Neighbor to the South (An Enemy) 4/20/1966

Box:folder 1:9

The laurels sway like java dances 9/11/1966

Box:folder 1:9

Cracking its Drunken Bones 1/21/1967

Box:folder 1:9

Sea Poem / Sea Changes 1/26/1968

Box:folder 1:9

Resolutions 1/22/1971

Box:folder 1:9

Lone Rider (Taos Dog) 10/5/1971

Box:folder 1:9

In the St. James Hotel 10/15/1971

Box:folder 1:9

Sonnet for Grandpa 10/24/1971

Box:folder 1:9

Near Ojo Caliente, November 10/29/1971

Box:folder 1:9

Southwest Sunsets 12/1/1971

Box:folder 1:9

Winter Evening, Ranchos 12/6/1971

Box:folder 1:9

January of this Year 1/4/1972

Box:folder 1:9

How to use Italian Trains 1/24/1973

Box:folder 1:9

Outward Bound 1/28/1973

Box:folder 1:9

A Birthday 2/8/1973

Box:folder 1:9

Swifts / Summer Evening, Ranchos 9/6/1973

Box:folder 1:9

Nacho Jimenez (Stockton) vs. Richie Manchacha (Pittsburgh) Lightweights, Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco 8/25/1975 2/6/1976

Box:folder 1:9

How to Bury a Sparrow 8/10/1977

Box:folder 1:9

The Mountains of Taos 5/12/1978

Box:folder 1:9

Oceans 2/5/1979