Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Linda Oppen Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1956-1982
1.00 linear feet
(3 archives boxes)
Abstract: The papers of Linda Oppen, daughter of the Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary. Of particular importance is the
correspondence between Oppen and her parents; 3 folders of typescript poetry by George Oppen; and 8 folders of material by
Mary Oppen, including 6 folders of a typescript for her autobiography MEANING A LIFE. The papers are arranged in three series:
1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS and 3) MISCELLANY. The Linda Oppen Papers supplement the George Oppen Papers and the June Oppen
Degnan Papers, both housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.
University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0033
Language of Material:
Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Linda Oppen Correspondence, MSS 0033. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Linda Oppen, daughter of Objectivist poet George Oppen and his wife Mary, was born 7 May 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. For
the next six years the Oppen family lived on Long Island and in Detroit, eventually settling in Redondo Beach, California,
where they lived for four years. From Autumn 1950 to Spring 1958 Linda attended the American School in Mexico City. She
then entered Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y., in Autumn 1958, and graduated with a BA. in Spring 1962.
On June 12, 1962 Linda married Alex Mourelatos, then a graduate student in philosophy at Yale. In Autumn 1962 she entered
the Yale Medical School. She discontinued her studies in 1964 while on a leave of absence with Alex, who was then a Post-doctoral
Fellow at The University of Wisconsin at Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities.
From 1965 to the present Linda and Alex Mourelatos have travelled extensively, in conjunction with Alex's teaching career,
including lengthy stays in West Germany; Washington, D.C.; Princeton, N.J.; Canberra, Australia; and Cambridge, Britain.
Their permanent residence during this period has been Austin, Texas, where Alex teaches in the Philosophy Department of The
University of Texas, and where Linda Oppen has been active in equestrian training and showing.
Scope and Content of Collection
Accession Processed in 1988
The Linda Oppen Papers primarily document the lives of George and Mary Oppen. The collection supplements the George Oppen
Papers and the June Oppen Degnan Papers, both housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The collection covers
the period from 1956 to 1982, and is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, and 3) MISCELLANY.
The Correspondence is the largest series in the collection. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Most of the
letters in this series are those of George Oppen to Linda Oppen.
The Writings Series contains no written material by Linda Oppen. Of special note in this series, besides the manuscripts
of George Oppen, are typescripts of Mary Oppen's autobiography MEANING A LIFE.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Mourelatos, Linda Oppen, -- Archives
Oppen, George, -- Archives
Oppen, Mary, 1908- -- Archives
Mourelatos, Alexander P. D., 1936- -- Archives
Degnan, June Oppen, -- Archives
American poetry -- 20th century
Oppen, George, -- correspondent
Oppen, Mary, 1908- -- correspondent
Mourelatos, Alexander P. D., 1936- -- correspondent
Degnan, June Oppen, -- correspondent