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Inventory of the Alan Bacher Williamson Papers
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Series 1. Works by Williamson circa 1960-1997

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in four subseries: Poems, Plays, Short Stories, and Writing Notebooks.
 

Subseries 1.1 Poems circa 1960-1975

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in four subseries: Undergraduate Poems, Graduate School Poems, Later Graduate School Poems, and Charlottesville Poems.
 

Subseries 1.1.1 Undergraduate Poems circa 1960-1964

Physical Description: 34 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
The poems are undated but were written circa 1960-1964 during Williamson's undergraduate years.
Box 1:1

"Adam Descending" undated

Box 1:2

"Ambivalences in March," "Rot at Solstice" undated

Box 1:3

"Autumnal" undated

Box 1:4

"Ballad" undated

Box 1:5

"Bastards were frequent..." undated

Box 1:6

"Before I spoke..." undated

Box 1:7

"Births and Deaths" undated

Box 1:8

"The Closing of the Aragon Ballroom" undated

Box 1:9

"Collage" undated

Box 1:10

"Corona" undated

Box 1:11

"Easter Morning" undated

Box 1:12

"Elegy" undated

Box 1:13

"Firenze" undated

Box 1:14

"In Memory of Robinson Jeffers" undated

Box 1:15

"In the night of dying stars" undated

Box 1:16

"Laid waste my harvest" undated

Scope and Content Note

draft
Box 1:17

"Memory and Belief" undated

Box 1:18

"Music for Karen's Wedding" undated

Box 1:19

"Night Watch" undated

Box 1:20

"Now is spun forth...." undated

Box 1:21

"Poem," "Inscription in January" undated

Box 1:22

"The Renewal" undated

Box 1:23

"Restaurant" undated

Box 1:24

Rilke translations undated

Box 1:25

"The Ruins" undated

Box 1:26

"Sacred Vertigo" undated

Box 1:27

"Slow / Movements" undated

Box 1:28

"Summer" undated

Box 1:29

"Thunderhead in August" undated

Box 1:30

"To a Discordant Beach" undated

Box 1:31

"Le Tombeau d'Arthur Rimbaud" undated

Box 1:32

"Walking and Vision" undated

Box 1:33

"Wedding Song" undated

Box 1:34

"The Winter Loves" undated

 

Subseries 1.1.2 Graduate School Poems circa 1964-1969

Physical Description: 27 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
The poems are undated but were written circa 1964-1969 during Williamson's graduate school years.
Box 1:35

"Autumn Clarity" undated

Box 1:36

"Beelzebub on the First of September" undated

Box 1:37

"The Cripple's House" undated

Box 1:38

"Dark of the Moon" undated

Box 1:39

"The Dead Bride" undated

Box 1:40

"The Death of the Janitor" undated

Box 1:41

"The Duelists" undated

Box 1:42

"During a Summer Rain" undated

Box 1:43

"Good Friday Riding Westward" undated

Box 1:44

"Houses in Summer" undated

Box 1:45

"Jo and Geoffrey in the Churchyard" undated

Box 1:46

"Journey After Illness" undated

Box 1:47

"Journeys" undated

Box 1:48

"The Judgments of Dawn" undated

Box 1:49

"Laurie" undated

Box 1:50

"Moulting Weather" undated

Box 1:51

"My Grandmother's Death" undated

Box 1:52

"Nostalgia (Ungaretti)" undated

Box 1:53

"Nympholepsy: Chicago" undated

Box 1:54

"Ode to Henry Thoreau" undated

Box 1:55

"On the Huron Avenue Bus" undated

Box 1:56

"A Premature Elegy for Mr. Auden" undated

Box 1:57

"The Rebuildings" undated

Box 1:58

"Spring Litany" undated

Box 1:59

"Spring Studies 2: The Radios" undated

Box 1:60

"Ulro: Night at M.I.T." undated

Box 1:61

"Walk Now, and Note the Lover's Death" undated

 

Subseries 1.1.3 Later Graduate School Poems circa 1966-1969

Physical Description: 24 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:62

"All Through the Night" undated

Box 1:63

"April 5, 1968" undated

Box 1:64

"Aubade, Reconstructed in Tranquility" undated

Box 1:65

"Chicago April" undated

Box 1:66

"Clara Is A Stained-Glass Window" undated

Box 1:67

"A Classroom on the Tenth Floor" undated

Box 1:68

"The Confessional (after Baudelaire)" undated

Box 1:69

"During First Illness, 1956" undated

Box 1:70

"Family Happiness" undated

Box 1:71

"A First Night Away From Home" undated

Box 1:72

"Frizzled John Dryden" undated

Box 1:73

"Hammond Street Twilights" undated

Box 1:74

"A Hypothetical Letter" undated

Box 1:75

"An Illustration from the Ramayana" undated

Box 1:76

"Life After Birth, Sex After Marriage" undated

Box 1:77

"Matins in Avignon" undated

Box 1:78

"Robert Lowell In Cathedra" undated

Box 1:79

"The Second of May" undated

Box 1:80

"A Suicide Letter for Gerard de Nerval" undated

Box 1:81

"Sunday Hangover in Cambridge" undated

Box 1:82

"Tetanus" undated

Box 1:83

"313 Founders Hall" undated

Box 1:84

"Van Gogh's Asylum" undated

Box 1:85

"War in the Valley of Vision: Christmas 1967" undated

 

Subseries 1.1.4 Charlottesville Poems circa 1969-1975

Physical Description: 31 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
The poems are undated but were written circa 1969-1975 during Williamson's time in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Box 1:86

"Bernini's Proserpine" undated

Box 1:87

"C., Again" undated

Box 1:88

"Cambridge 1964" undated

Box 1:89

"A Career: Matisse" undated

Box 1:90

"Customs of the Barbarians" undated

Box 1:91

"Dirty Old Teacher Poem" undated

Box 1:92

"Dream Without End" undated

Box 1:93

"The First Spring Nights" undated

Box 1:94

"Friends Who Have Failed" undated

Box 1:95

"The Hotel with a View of the Jungfrau" undated

Box 1:96

"If, on Your First Love's Wedding Day" undated

Box 1:97

"In the Town Of Springhill, Nova Scotia" undated

Box 1:98

"Interior with Seated Woman" undated

Box 1:99

"Intruder" undated

Box 1:100

"Last Autumn in Charlottesville" undated

Box 1:101

"Late Words to C." undated

Box 1:102

"Letter from Ravenna" undated

Box 1:103

"Mirror-Portrait" undated

Box 1:104

"The Mountains" undated

Box 1:105

"The Muse of Distance" undated

Box 1:106

"A Progress of the Soul" undated

Box 1:107

"A Prologue" undated

Box 1:108

"The Revolution Comes to Charlottesville, Va." undated

Box 1:109

"Secrets" undated

Box 1:110

"The Seventies" undated

Box 1:111

"Spring Trains" undated

Box 1:112

"Temporary Earth" undated

Box 1:113

"To Think of Sex in America" undated

Box 1:114

"Trois Gymnopedies" undated

Box 1:115

"Twelfth Night and the Power Failure" undated

Box 1:116

"Young in New York" undated

 

Subseries 1.2 Plays 1963-1966

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:117

"The Marble Lovers" 1966

Box 1:118

"A Passion" 1962

Box 1:119

"Quetzalcoatl" 1963

 

Subseries 1.3 Short Stories 1961-1964

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:120

"The Attempt" 1961

Box 1:121

"Proserpine" 1964

Scope and Content Note

drafts
Box 1:122

"The Return" 1961

Scope and Content Note

page proofs, never printed
Box 1:123

"Two Days Across the Tracks" 1962

 

Subseries 1.4 Writing Notebooks 1968-1999

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 2:1

1968-1969

Box 2:2

Charlottesville 1970-1975

Box 2:3

Charlottesville and Europe 1974-1976

Box 2:4

Europe and Cambridge 1975-1978

Box 2:5

1976-1977

Box 2:6

1977-1978

Box 2:7

1977-1979

Box 2:8

1978-1981

Box 2:9

1980-1981

Box 2:10

1980-1982

Box 2:11

1981

Box 2:12

1983 Fall

Box 2:13

1984-1985

Box 2:14

1984-1985

Box 2:15

1985

Box 2:16

1985-1986

Box 2:17

1986

Box 2:18

1986

Box 2:19

1986

Box 2:20

1986

Box 2:21

1986-1987

Box 2:22

1986-1988

Box 2:23

1987

Box 2:24

1987-1988

Box 2:25

1987-1989

Box 2:26

1988

Box 2:27

1988 Summer

Box 2:28

1988-1989

Box 2:29

1989

Box 2:30

1989

Box 2:31

1989

Box 2:32

late 1980s

Box 2:33

late 1980s-early 1990s

Box 2:34

1990

Box 2:35

1990

Box 2:36

1990

Box 2:37

1990-1991

Box 2:38

1990-1993

Box 2:39

1991

Box 2:40

1992

Box 2:41

1992

Box 2:42

1992

Box 2:43

1992 Fall

Box 2:44

1992 October 17

Box 2:45

1992-1993

Box 2:46

1993

Box 2:47

1995

Box 2:48

1995

Box 2:49

1995

Box 2:50

1995

Box 2:51

1995

Box 2:52

1996

Box 2:53

1996

Box 2:54

1996-1998

Box 2:55

1997

Box 2:56

1997

Box 2:57

1997

 

Series 2. Correspondence 1963-1981

Scope and Content Note

Contains Williamson's incoming and outgoing literary correspondence which discusses publication of his work.
Arranged into three subseries: Outgoing, Incoming, and Pity the Monsters book.
 

Subseries 2.1 Outgoing 1968-1975

Physical Description: 18 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains originals and carbon copy letters that Williamson sent to journals, magazines and publishers. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1:124

American Poetry Review 1975 July 20

Box 1:125

Follett Publishing Company 1971 June 30

Box 1:126

Gibson, Margaret 1974 February 24

Box 1:127

Houghton Mifflin Company 1972 August 5

Box 1:128

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 June 11

Box 1:129

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 June 24

Box 1:130

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 July 7

Box 1:131

Houghton Mifflin Company 1975 May 26

Box 1:132

Kayak 1975 January 25

Box 1:133

Alfred Knopf Inc. 1975 July 25

Box 1:134

New Yorker 1971 October 8

Box 1:135

New Yorker 1972 January 3

Box 1:136

New Yorker 1972 February 20

Box 1:137

New Yorker 1974 September 15

Box 1:138

Shenandoah 1974 May 10

Box 1:139

Tri-Quarterly 1968 September 16

Box 1:140

Viking Press 1975 February 24

Box 1:141

Yale University Press 1974 April 14

 

Subseries 2.2 Incoming 1963-1981

Physical Description: 107 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters from magazines, journals, and publishers discussing publication of Williamson's work. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1:142

Ackermann, Joan 1975 August 15

Box 1:143

American Book Review 1978 September 19

Box 1:144

American Poetry Review 1973 November 14

Box 1:145

American Poetry Review 1973 December 28

Box 1:146

American Poetry Review 1974 January 16

Box 1:147

American Poetry Review 1975 July 8

Box 1:148

Atlantic Monthly 1965 January 22

Box 1:149

Atlantic Monthly 1969 August 27

Box 1:150

Atheneum 1974 October 11

Box 1:151

Carroll, Paul 1971 November 5

Box 1:152

Carroll, Paul 1972 April 6

Box 1:153

Chelsea 1968 April 6

Box 1:154

Chelsea undated

Box 1:155

Critique 1963 October 2

Box 1:156

Doubleday 1973 September 7

Box 1:157

Doubleday 1973 December 11

Box 1:158

Faber and Faber Ltd. 1964 June 24

Box 1:159

Falmouth Review of Literature 1967 March 27

Box 1:160

Falmouth Review of Literature 1967 May 8

Box 1:161

Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1971 September 29

Box 1:162

Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1973 February 23

Box 1:163

Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1978 July 27

Box 1:164

Follett Publishing Company 1971 January 19

Box 1:165

Follett Publishing Company 1971 May 4

Box 1:166

Follett Publishing Company 1971 August 10

Box 1:167

Follett Publishing Company 1971 September 13

Box 1:168

Follett Publishing Company 1972 July 27

Box 1:169

Gibson, Margaret 1974 February 8

Box 1:170

David R. Godine 1972 October 5

Box 1:171

David R. Godine 1973 June 5

Box 1:172

David R. Godine 1981 June 10

Box 1:173

Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1981 November 23

Box 1:174

Houghton Mifflin Company 1972 April 13

Box 1:175

Houghton Mifflin Company 1972 July 18

Box 1:176

Houghton Mifflin Company 1972 September 7

Box 1:177

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 June 3

Box 1:178

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 June 19

Box 1:179

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 June 28

Box 1:180

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 July 10

Box 1:181

Houghton Mifflin Company 1974 December 17

Box 1:182

Houghton Mifflin Company 1975 July 14

Box 1:183

Kayak 1974 December 19

Box 1:184

Kayak 1975 June 4

Box 1:185

Kenyon Review undated

Box 1:186

Alfred A. Knopf Inc. undated

Box 1:187

Alfred A. Knopf undated

Box 1:188

McCann, Richard 1974 April 20

Box 1:189

New American Review undated

Box 1:190

New Directions Publishing Corporation 1976 October 6

Box 1:191

New Review 1974 June 19

Box 1:192

New Yorker 1971 February 23

Box 1:193

New Yorker 1971 September 22

Box 1:194

New Yorker 1971 October 1

Box 1:195

New Yorker 1971 October 15

Box 1:196

New Yorker 1971 December 30

Box 1:197

New Yorker 1972 January 21

Box 1:198

New Yorker 1972 February 15

Box 1:199

New Yorker 1972 February 29

Box 1:200

New Yorker 1973 September 11

Box 1:201

New Yorker 1973 September 21

Box 1:202

New Yorker 1974 February 12

Box 1:203

New Yorker 1974 December 10

Box 1:204

New Yorker 1974 December 19

Box 1:205

New Yorker 1975 January 15

Box 1:206

New Yorker undated

Box 1:207

W.W. Norton & Company 1980 July 3

Box 1:208

Partisan Review 1972 August 22

Box 1:209

Partisan Review 1973 February 1

Box 1:210

Poetry 1978 March 30

Box 1:211

Poetry 1971 October 1

Box 1:212

Poetry 1972 May 11

Box 1:213

Poetry 1978 June 12

Box 1:214

Poetry 1978 August 2

Box 1:215

Poetry 1979 February 2

Box 1:216

Poetry 1979 June 20

Box 1:217

Poetry undated

Box 1:218

Prairie Schooner 1970 October 31

Box 1:219

Princeton University Press 1976 January 9

Box 1:220

Quarterly Review of Literature 1971 January 26

Box 1:221

Quarterly Review of Literature 1974 November 23

Box 1:222

Quarterly Review of Literature undated

Box 1:223

Quarterly Review of Literature undated

Box 1:224

Quest 1967 September 28

Box 1:225

Quest 1967 October 25

Box 1:226

Sewanee Review 1976 December 9

Box 1:227

Sewanee Review 1977 March 2

Box 1:228

Shenandoah 1969 November 1

Box 1:229

Shenandoah 1969 December 27

Box 1:230

Shenandoah 1970 January 7

Box 1:231

Shenandoah 1973 September 26

Box 1:232

Shenandoah 1973 November 19

Box 1:233

Shenandoah 1974 May 15

Box 1:234

Shenandoah 1974 July 6

Box 1:235

Shenandoah 1974 July 22

Box 1:236

Shenandoah 1978 October 24

Box 1:237

Tri-Quarterly 1968 June 21

Box 1:238

University of Georgia Press 1976 March 23

Box 1:239

University of Massachusetts Press 1978 February 16

Box 1:240

University of Massachusetts Press 1981 March 6

Box 1:241

Viking Press Inc. 1975 March 4

Box 1:242

Viking Press Inc. 1975 May 15

Box 1:243

Virginia Quarterly Review 1970 April 23

Box 1:244

Wesleyan University Press 1972 February 4

Box 1:245

Wesleyan University Press 1979 July 6

Box 1:246

Yale Review 1971 June 17

Box 1:247

Yale University Press 1974 April?

Box 1:248

Unidentified undated

Box 1:249

Subseries 2.3 Pity the Monsters book 1973-1981

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, primarily with Yale University Press, concerning the publication of Williamson's book, Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell.
 

Series 3. Works by Others 1964-1989

Scope and Content Note

Contains manuscripts of Frank Bidart and Richard Wertime, friends of Williamson. Organized into two subseries Frank Bidart and Richard Wertime.
 

Subseries 3.1 Bidart, Frank 1964-1989

Physical Description: 20 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:250

The Book of the Body 1975

Box 1:251

"California Plush" 1969

Box 1:252

"Dark Night" undated

Box 1:253

"Desertion" 1964

Box 1:254

"The First Hour of the Night" 1989

Box 1:255

"For Mary Ann Youngren" 1980

Box 1:256

"Genesis 1-2:4" 1982

Box 1:257

Golden State 1969

Box 1:258

Golden State 1971 May

Box 1:259

Golden State 1971 November

Box 1:260

"Guilty of Dust" undated

Box 1:261

"In Memoriam John F. Kennedy" undated

Box 1:262

"In the Western Night" undated

Box 1:263

"Robert Lowell" 1979

Box 1:264

"The Sacrifice" 1982

Box 1:265

"The Sacrifice" undated

Box 1:266

"Temporary Order" 1965

Box 1:267

"To the Dead" undated

Box 1:268

Untitled late 1960s

Box 1:269

"The War of Vaslav Nijinsky" 1980

 

Subseries 3.2 Wertime, Richard circa 1966-1973

Physical Description: 9 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:270

"At the Pool" undated

Box 1:271

"The Chinese Sword" undated

Box 1:272

"Good Fences" undated

Box 1:273

"The Hills of Soft Oblivion" undated

Box 1:274

"On the Outside Looking In" undated

Box 1:275

"Peter and the Wolf" undated

Box 1:276

"The Return" undated

Box 1:277

"Texaco" undated

Box 1:278

"A Wool Scarf from London" undated