Inventory of the Alan Bacher Williamson Papers

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
Phone: (530) 752-1621
Fax: (530) 754-5758
Email: speccoll@ucdavis.edu
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Creator: Williamson, Alan (Alan Bacher), 1944-
Title: Alan Bacher Williamson Papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1960-1997
Extent: 2 linear feet
Abstract: Alan B. Williamson, Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, is an author of poetry, short stories, and books on poetry. His works include: Westernness: a Meditation (2006), Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification (2001), Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry (1994), Presence: Poems (1983), and Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell (1974), among others. The Alan Bacher Williamson Papers contain his poems, plays, short stories, and writing notebooks, as well as literary correspondence, and manuscripts by Frank Bidart and Richard Wertime.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-522
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

Alan Bacher Williamson was born on January 24, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Jehanne (Bacher) Williamson. He earned a B.A. from Haverford College (1964), and an M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University.
Williamson worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (1969-1975), Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University (1977-1980), and Lecturer at Brandeis University (1980-1982) before joining the University of California, Davis faculty as Assistant Professor in 1982. Professor Williamson has served as Professor of English at UC Davis since 1983.
His works include: Westernness: a Meditation (2006), The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems (2004), Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification (2001), Res Publica (1998), Love and the Soul (1995), Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry (1994), The Muse of Distance: Poems (1988), Introspection and Contemporary Poetry (1984), Presence: Poems (1983), and Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell (1974).
Sources:
"Alan B. Williamson." University of California, Davis. Dept. of English website. http://english.ucdavis.edu/people/directory/fzalanb . Accessed July 9, 2010.
Contemporary Authors, Detroit: Gale Research Co, 1976. volume(s) 57-60.

Scope and Content

The Alan Bacher Williamson Papers contain his poems (circa 1960-1975), plays (1963-1966), short stories (1961-1964), and writing notebooks (1968-1997), as well as literary correspondence (1963-1981), and manuscripts by Williamson's friends Frank Bidart and Richard Wertime.
Future installments are expected from Professor Williamson.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Works by Williamson, 2. Correspondence, and 3. Works by Others.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Williamson, Alan (Alan Bacher), 1944---Archives
Bidart, Frank, 1939-
Wertime, Richard
University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives
American poetry--20th century

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alan Bacher Williamson in 2010 and 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alan Bacher Williamson Papers, D-522, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

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