Inventory of the Wallace Stevens Oral History Collection, 1975-1985, (bulk 1976-1978)

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Inventory of the Wallace Stevens Oral History Collection, 1975-1985, (bulk 1976-1978)

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
Huntington Library staff
Date Completed:
January 1992
© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wallace Stevens Oral History Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1975-1985, (bulk 1976-1978)
Creator: Brazeau, Peter A.
Extent: 605 pieces, consisting of 137 tapes, 105 transcriptions, and 363 pieces of correspondence
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Tapes and transcriptions acquired from J. R. Harrison (executor of Peter Brazeau's estate) in June, 1989. Correspondence acquired from Harrison in July, 1990.

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wallace Stevens Oral History Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Scope and Content

The oral history tapes and transcriptions, together with the correspondence, that make up this collection were created by Peter A. Brazeau during the course of his research for his oral history biography of Wallace Stevens: Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (New York: Random House, 1983). Brazeau, a member of the English Department faculty of St. Joseph College, wrote to and interviewed dozens of Stevens' relatives, friends, neighbors, employees, business colleagues, and literary associates and acquaintances in order to elicit their recollections about the poet.
While Brazeau mined the material fairly thoroughly, the mass of information was too great for it all to be used in the book, and there yet remains a good deal of unused data. Therefore, this collection is an excellent research tool for Stevens scholarship.
Researchers are advised to use Brazeau's Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered as a reference source for the collection, to identify the people whose interviews and correspondence are contained in the collection.

Physical Description

There are three formats of material:
1. Tapes. Duplicate cassette tapes have been made from the master tapes (which are in both cassette and reel-to-reel formats). A fairly substantial number of the master tapes are of markedly inferior sound quality, and, while the copies are no worse in quality, it has not been possible to improve or enhance the quality of the copies. The most frequent problem is either very low volume or loud background noise, or a combination of the two.
Researchers are cautioned that there is almost certainly some duplication in the tapes for some individuals. This is often due to Brazeau's inconsistent practice of making a second master of a given interview (in either the same or a different format), whose contents may or may not exactly match those of the first master. In almost every instance, the task of exhaustively comparing the contents of two masters proved too unwieldy and time-consuming and had to be abandoned; all that could be done was to copy each master tape unless duplicate masters could be readily identified. Moreover, Brazeau would group interviews on tapes in the most economical manner possible, and these would not be grouped similarly for duplicate master tapes, e.g., groups of interviews on a reel-to-reel tape would not then be retained as a group on Brazeau's own second (cassette) master but would be dispersed to several cassette tapes. This made the identification of duplicate interviews especially difficult. A third difficulty was Brazeau's frequent habit of beginning an interview too early on the tape (with far too little leader tape) or with the volume initially too low, so that his verbal identification of the interviewee and date of the interview are unintelligible. In short, the tapes were made, not by a professional oral historian, but by a Stevens scholar who used the craft as a means to pursue his own research, so the quality of recordings is highly uneven.
2. Transcriptions. The transcriptions have been xeroxed, and the xeroxes will be used for research purposes. Both the originals and the xeroxes are difficult to read, for Brazeau wrote the transcriptions by hand, often in pencil. Moreover, his transcriptions are not complete but are selective; he omitted segments that were not of interest for his own research.
3. Correspondence. The correspondence consists of originals, most in good condition.

Arrangement of the Collection

Boxes 1-4: Cassette tapes (copies).
Boxes 5-8: Transcriptions (copies).
Boxes 9-15: Correspondence.
Boxes 16-19: Transcriptions (masters -- not to be circulated).
Boxes 20-26: Cassette and reel-to-reel tapes (masters -- not to be circulated).
The following pages of this report consists of a complete list of the people represented in the collection. Each individual's name is followed by columns in which appear call number(s) for his/her tape(s), transcription(s), and correspondence. For each individual listed, there will be one or more items in any one or two formats, or in all three. A blank in any of the columns means that there is nothing in the designated format for that individual. The specific items desired can be called out using the call numbers provided, each beginning with the prefix "HM". In no instance will the master tapes or the originals of the transcriptions be provided for research.

Container List

 

Adams, Leonie Fuller HM 53813HM 53759-53761HM 54239-40

 

Aiken, Mary Augusta (Hoover) HM 53814HM 53680HM 53917-8

 

Akselhjelm, [?] HM 53919

 

American Literature HM 53920

 

Anderson, Gwendolyn Gardner HM 53815HM 53773

 

Anderson, Hale HM 53816HM 53683, 53806, 53808

 

Artworks Gallery HM 53933

 

Avery, Mrs. Milton HM 53682

 

Barter, Mr. and Mrs. John HM 53817HM 53693-53694

 

Barzun, Jacques Martin HM 53921

 

Bate, Walter Jackson HM 53922

 

Bauer, W. Walt HM 53923

 

Beach, Charles HM 53818HM 53741-53742

 

Beecher, Mr. and Mrs. Robert HM 53819HM 53684

 

Berger, Arthur Asa HM 53820HM 53685HM 53924

 

Berkman, Florence HM 53821HM 53704

 

Bissell, Richard Pike HM 53703

 

Bissell, William HM 53822HM 53742

 

Blume, Peter HM 53925

 

Boroff, Marie HM 53926

 

Brazeau, Peter Alden (misc. notes) HM 54279

 

Brinnin, John Malcolm HM 53803HM 53927-8

 

Brock, Marianne HM 53823HM 53707

 

Brooks, Cleanth HM 53824HM 53731HM 53929

 

Brooks, Ernest HM 53930

 

Brown, Ernest Francis HM 53931

 

Brown, Lynn HM 53753

 

Buchsbaum, Betty HM 53932

 

Burdge, Clifford HM 53825HM 53687

 

Burns, Mrs. Charles HM 53686

 

Buttel, Robert William HM 53934-6

 

Buzzell, Dorothy HM 53937

 

Cameron, Kenneth Walter HM 53938

 

Carlsen, Robin Woodsworth HM 53939

 

Carrier, Constance V. HM 53940-6

 

Carruth, Hayden HM 53947

 

Cason, Mrs. Frederick HM 53826HM 53715

 

Cassian, Father HM 53810

 

Castro, Robert Clayton HM 53948

 

Causley, Charles Stanley HM 53949

 

Chickering, Elizabeth Ann (Halloran) HM 53827HM 53710, 53731

 

Chickering, Howell D. HM 53950

 

Cleary, John HM 53804

 

Cole, Thomas HM 53951-2

 

Cole, William Rossa HM 53828HM 53688HM 53953

 

Corn, Naaman HM 53829HM 53780-53781

 

Cowie, E. A. HM 53830HM 53743

 

Cowley, Malcolm HM 53954

 

Creeley, Robert White HM 53955

 

Crile, Helga Sandburg HM 54278

 

Crocket, John HM 53689-53690HM 53956

 

Cross, Richard W. HM 53831HM 53688, 53807HM 53957

 

Cunningham, Charles Crehore HM 53832HM 53768HM 53958

 

Curry, Mary HM 53778

 

Daugherty, Lillian (Mrs. Ivan, Jr.) HM 53795, 53798

 

Deutsch, Babette HM 53959

 

DeVore, Robert HM 53833HM 53692

 

DeVore, Robert & Mrs. DeVore HM 53833HM 53702

 

Diamond, Edwin HM 53960

 

Doggett, Frank and Dorothy (Emerson) HM 53834HM 53723HM 53961-74

 

Dow, Paul A. HM 53835HM 53705, 53742, 53743HM 53975-6

 

Dow, Paul A. & Mrs. Dow HM 53783

 

Duncan, Harry HM 53979

 

Earle, Sophie (Sigmans) HM 53836HM 53698, 53765, 53775

 

Eberhart, Betty HM 53837HM 53697

 

Eberhart, Richard HM 53837HM 53695-53697HM 53980-90

 

Engley, Donald Brown HM 53838HM 53699HM 53991

 

[?], Eulalia HM 54277

 

Faber and Faber, Inc. HM 53993-5

 

Fadiman, Clifton Paul HM 53992

 

Fenn, Francis T. HM 53839HM 53702HM 53996

 

Fitzgerald, Penny HM 53703

 

Fitzgerald, Robert Stuart HM 53997

 

Flaxman, Bernard HM 53843HM 53698, 53704, 53808

 

Fletcher, A. J. HM 53840HM 53705-53706HM 53998-54000

 

Flynn, Anna HM 53841HM 53749

 

Ford, Martha HM 54237

 

Ford, William T. HM 54001

 

Foulke, Adrienne HM 54002

 

Fountain, Gary HM 54003

 

Francis, Robert Churchill HM 54004-5

 

Frazier, J. HM 53842HM 53706

 

Gallup, Donald Clifford HM 54006

 

Gay, James HM 53844HM 53704

 

Gay, John Curry HM 53845HM 53784

 

Gerlach, Kathryn (Mrs. Gerhard) HM 53792, 53799HM 54007

 

Giamatti, Angelo Bartlett HM 54008-10

 

Gilmore, John HM 53846HM 53714

 

Gioia, Michael Dana HM 54011-22

 

Goldstein, Elliott HM 53847HM 53708

 

Goodenough, Cynthia (Goss) HM 54023

 

Green, Elizabeth Alden HM 53848HM 53707, 53720HM 54024-6

 

Gregor, Arthur HM 54027

 

Gregory, Horace Victor HM 54028-9

 

Grobe, Newton HM 54030

 

Gruen, Jane (Wilson) HM 53849HM 53709-53710

 

Gruen, John HM 53849HM 53709-53710HM 54031-3

 

Guild of Book Workers HM 54034

 

Halloran, Robert HM 53850HM 53710

 

Halpern, Daniel HM 54035

 

Hammer, Carolyn P. HM 54036

 

Hanley, Rev. Arthur P. HM 53851HM 53693HM 54037-9

 

Hanley, Frank HM 53852HM 53800, 53803-53804

 

Hanna, Alfred Jackson HM 54040

 

Harper, Robert HM 54041

 

Harris, Leonard HM 53853HM 53676, 53784-53785

 

Harvard University Library HM 54042-3

 

Hatch, Benton C. HM 54082

 

Haven, Richard HM 53752

 

Heard, Manning HM 53854HM 53677-53679, 53714

 

Heller, Alfred HM 54044

 

Hendrick, George HM 54045

 

Heringman, Bernard HM 53855HM 53761-53762HM 54046-50

 

Hill, Russell HM 53806

 

Hohmann, J. Tansley HM 53856HM 53711, 53742, 53765

 

Hollander, John HM 53848HM 54051

 

Horner, Joyce HM 53848HM 53707, 53720

 

Howes, Barbara HM 54052-5

 

Hullett, James C. HM 54056

 

Hullett, Mrs. James C. HM 54057

 

Iles, Mrs. L. D. HM 53715HM 54058

 

Ingalls, Jeremy HM 54059

 

Jarrell, Mary (von Schrader) HM 53857HM 53681HM 54060-1

 

Jhopin(?), Karl HM 54276

 

John Ryland Library HM 54161

 

Johnston, Coy HM 53858HM 53707-53708

 

Johnston, Mrs. Coy HM 53707

 

Johnston, Gladys HM 54169

 

Jones, Frank William HM 53859HM 53712, 53797HM 54062-3

 

Kain, Sister Mary of God HM 54064

 

Kearney, Frank HM 53860HM 53713, 53721

 

Kennure, Mary HM 53861HM 53800

 

Kinnell, Galway HM 54071

 

Knight, John HM 54065

 

Knopf, Alfred A. HM 54066-8

 

Korschgen, Sandy HM 54069

 

Kuhnly, Hazel HM 53862HM 43736

 

Kunstler, William Moses HM 54070

 

Ladish, John E. HM 53863HM 53711, 53714, 53738-53739, 53776

 

Langton, Stephen HM 53864HM 53769, 53772, 53773

 

Laughlin, James HM 54072-3

 

Lawrence, Seymour HM 53865HM 53762-53763HM 54074

 

Laws, Arthur HM 53866HM 53732

 

Ledbetter, John HM 53867HM 53708

 

Lee, Peter Hacksoo HM 53868HM 53715HM 54075

 

Lensing, George HM 54076

 

Levin, Harry Tuchman HM 53869HM 53716HM 54077

 

Lichtenstein, Stanley HM 53718

 

Lukens, John HM 53719

 

McCormick, Elva HM 53698, 53765

 

McGee, Alan HM 53870HM 53720

 

McKenna, Rollie HM 53871HM 53685

 

McNally, Peter HM 53787

 

McPhee, Josephine HM 53872HM 53721

 

Mack, Maynard HM 54078

 

Macleish, Archibald HM 54079

 

MacLeod, Glen HM 54080

 

Martz, Louis Lohr HM 53873HM 53722HM 54081

 

Matisse, Maria-Gaetana HM 54084

 

Matisse, Pierre HM 54083

 

Maule, Robert HM 53874HM 53686, 53725

 

May, Lillian M. HM 54085

 

May, Philip HM 53723

 

Mengel, Elias HM 53681-53682

 

Minton, Helen Church HM 53875HM 53794, 53801

 

Mitchell, Stephen HM 53724, 53732

 

Moher, James HM 53876HM 53741

 

Moore, Frederick W. HM 53877HM 53685, 53687, 53725,HM 54086-7

 

Morgan, Frederick HM 53878HM 53788-53791, 53793 53809, 53810

 

Morgan, Marian HM 53780

 

Morrison, Theodore HM 54088

 

Morse, Samuel French and Morse, Jane (Crowell) HM 53879HM 53726-53727, 53803HM 54089-54110

 

Murdock, Eleanor (Eckhart) McLaughlin HM 54111

 

Myers, John Bernard HM 53880HM 53771HM 54112-3

 

National Gallery of Ireland HM 54114

 

Nemerov, Howard Stanley HM 54115

 

The New Republic HM 54116

 

Newton, Louie HM 53881HM 53712, 53724

 

O'Brien, Gael M. HM 54117-8

 

O'Connor, Mary (Allen) HM 54119

 

O'Dowd, Charles HM 53882HM 53679, 53728-53729

 

O'Loughlin, John HM 53883HM 53675

 

Olson, Elder James HM 53884HM 53759HM 54120-2

 

Osborn, Robert Chesley and Osborn, Elodie (Courter) HM 54123

 

Pack, Robert HM 54124

 

Palmer, Michael HM 54125

 

Parini, Jay Lee HM 54126

 

Park, Arthur HM 53764HM 54127

 

Parker, T. H. HM 54128

 

Patke, Rajeev Shridhar HM 54129

 

Pearce, Roy Harvey HM 54130

 

Pia, Adele HM 53885HM 53729

 

Pieraccini, Roland HM 54194

 

Polley, Arthur HM 53886HM 53730-53731

 

Posey, Addison Cecil HM 54131-2

 

Powell, Esther HM 53887HM 53732HM 54133

 

Power, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. HM 53888HM 53732HM 54134

 

Powers, James C. HM 54135

 

Powers, Margaret (Carhart) HM 53889HM 53733HM 54136-45

 

Prentiss, Robert HM 54146

 

Radcliffe College, Office of Development and Alumnae Affairs HM 54147

 

Ramke, Bin HM 54148-50

 

Rankin, James HM 53890

 

Regnier, [?] HM 53802, 53805

 

Reik, James HM 53804, 53805

 

Reis, Rebecca HM 54151

 

Renill, James HM 54152

 

Reyher, Rebecca HM 53798-53799HM 54153

 

Richardson, Joan HM 54154

 

Rodman, Selden HM 54155

 

Rodriguez Feo, Jose HM 53891HM 53734HM 54156-7

 

Roesch, Kurt HM 53892HM 53735-53736HM 54158

 

Rogers, John HM 53893HM 53737-53738

 

Rueckert, Betty (Ehlers) HM 54159

 

Ryan, Elizabeth HM 54160

 

Sabersky, Jane HM 54162

 

Saint Mary's College, College Archivist HM 54163

 

Saintonge, Jane HM 54164

 

Saintonge, Paul & Constance HM 53894HM 53807

 

Salomon, Isidore Lawrence and Salomon, Frances (Slobodin) HM 53699-53701HM 54165-8, 54170-93, 54295-7

 

Sanders, Mrs. Leroy HM 53745

 

Sandy, Stephen Merrill HM 54198

 

Sauer, Eleanor (Stevens) HM 53895HM 53740, 53750HM 54199

 

Sauer, John C. HM 53896HM 53740-53741HM 54200-1

 

Schoen, Herbert HM 53897HM 53743, 53748-53749

 

Schreibman, Susan HM 54202

 

Schulman, Grace HM 54203

 

Schwartz, Anna HM 53744, 53807, 53809

 

Scotts, Earl K. HM 54204

 

Seasongood, Murray HM 54205-9

 

Sesnick, Anthony and Sesnick, Mary Catherine (Stevens) HM 53898HM 53750, 53751HM 54210

 

Sesnick, Joan M. HM 53899HM 53749, 53751HM 54211-4

 

Sharfman, Etta HM 53701

 

Shattuck, Virginia Grigsby Chandler Peabody HM 54215

 

Shaw, A. Park HM 53900HM 54216

 

Sigmans, Anthony P. HM 53836, 53901HM 53704, 53775, 53796-53797, 53811HM 54217

 

Snow, Charles Wilbert HM 54218-20

 

Snow, Elizabeth HM 54221

 

Soby, James Thrall HM 53902HM 53774

 

"Southern Folks" HM 53757-53758

 

Southern Illinois University, Special Coll. HM 54222

 

Stanford, Donald Elwin HM 53682HM 54223-5

 

Stevens, Anna May HM 53903HM 53745-53746

 

Stevens, John B. HM 54226

 

Sullivan, Florrie HM 53904HM 53800, 53801

 

Sunbury, Richard E. HM 53905HM 53678, 53711, 53766-53767, 53777HM 54229

 

Sweeney, James Johnson HM 53906HM 53717

 

Sweeney, John L. HM 54230-1

 

Sylvester, Milli HM 53907HM 53684, 53691

 

Tate, Allen John Orley HM 54232-3

 

Taylor, Wilson E. HM 53908HM 53747HM 54234

 

Thompson, Robert Harris HM 54235

 

Tindall, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. York HM 53748, 53763HM 54236

 

Trilling, Diana HM 54238

 

Tucker, Leslie F. HM 53687, 53770HM 54241-4

 

Tucker, Robert Gerland HM 53752HM 54245-6

 

University of Dublin HM 53977-8

 

Untermeyer, Louis HM 54247

 

Vail, Hazel HM 53909HM 53753HM 54248

 

Vance, Will HM 53911HM 53771

 

Van Doren, Dorothy HM 54249

 

Van Raalte, Arlene (Mullen) HM 53910HM 53786, 53787

 

Vazakas, Byron HM 53912HM 53778-53779HM 54250-2

 

Wade, Jane HM 54253

 

Wallace Stevens Society. Journal. HM 54227-8

 

Warren, Robert Penn HM 54254

 

Weeks, Edward Augustus HM 53913HM 53763HM 54255

 

Weicker, Lowell Palmer HM 54256

 

Weiss, Paul HM 53914HM 53754-53755HM 54257-60 54275

 

Weiss, Theodore Russell HM 54261-2

 

Wescott, Glenway HM 53713

 

Wheeler, Monroe HM 53713

 

Wilbur, Richard Purdy HM 53782HM 54263-5

 

Wilder, Isabel HM 53791-53792HM 54266-7

 

Wilkins, Richard HM 53682

 

Williams, Harry HM 53915HM 53705

 

Williams, William Eric HM 54268

 

Wilson, Jane (McFarland) HM 53916HM 53756HM 54269-74

 

Zaturenska, Marya HM 54029