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Register of the William Everson Papers, 1937-1971.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Source of Acquisition/Provenance
  • Arrangement
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Everson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1971
    Collection number: Press coll. Archives Everson
    Creator: Everson, William, 1912-1994
    Extent: 31 boxes (11.9 linear feet)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This collection contains items written by William Everson, primarily poems, correspondence, and drafts of manuscrupts (including his autobiography). Other items such as ephemera and newspaper clippings are also held in the collection.
    Physical location: Clark Library
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    Gift, 1949 from William Everson.
    Gift, 1960 from Robert Duncan.
    Gift, 1962 from Doubleday Company.
    Gift, 1962 from Brother Antoninus (William Everson).
    Gift, 1971 from Lawrence Clark Powell.


    This inventory is a simple listing of the contents of the boxes. Where poem titles have changed over several drafts, they have been listed under the published title if known. In some cases the published title is listed with the first line. The correspondence had not been pre-sorted and arranged to the same extent as that of the poetry. While the letters to and from Edwa Everson, William Everson's first wife, were separated from the others, all other correspondence was left a mixture of personal and professional correspondence, not in any consistent order. The correspondence inventory lists names of correspondents and the earliest and latest dates in any group. The organization and order have not been changed.
    The inventory of the autobiography Prodigious Thrust is a simple listing of the contents of the boxes. Original order has been followed as much as possible, with the exception of removing the three complete working drafts and the final typescript from the original boxes and rehousing them separately. The three drafts have been designated A, B, and C--not for chronological order, but rather for the order in which they were originally found. Box 29, containing the "worksheets," has been kept in the original order, although divided into folders for ease of handling. Everson says of the worksheets that the order "is roughly chronological, working from the bottom up, but of course not strictly so, and it would not be wise to try to correlate chronologically by position in the heap." Box 30 has been kept in original order down to the folder level. A general contents description for each file has been given, such as "worksheets" or "working draft." If the file contains some other item of interest, such as drafts of letters or a poem not included in the autobiography, this has been noted.
    In the 2010 revision of the finding aid, individual records were changed to separate item information out from the title field. The contents of box 12 and a short biography of William Everson were added to the finding aid.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Everson Papers, 1937-1971, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    William Everson was born in Sacramento, California on September 10, 1912. He grew up on a farm outside Fresno and later attended Fresno State College. Everson was a poet and author, literary critic, and small press printer. During World War II, he was relocated to Camp Waldport (or Camp Angel) located outside Waldport, Oregon -- one of the Civilian Public Service camps for conscientious objectors. While in the camp, he helped found the Untide Press with other objectors. The poetry inspired by his time at the camp, 'The Residual Years' helped start his career in writing. He joined the Dominican Order for a period of time, adopting the name 'Brother Antoninus' which he used as an alternate name throughout life. Everson lived the latter part of his life near Santa Cruz, California (where he was the poet in residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz), and later died on June 3, 1994.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of William Everson's personal papers consists of manuscripts and typescripts of poems, correspondence, and ephemera. Boxes 1-13 were given to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in 1949 by William Everson and contain a record of Everson's life and work to that date. Boxes 1 through 7 are primarily poetry; boxes 8 through 13 are primarily correspondence. It is likely that the typescripts and manuscripts of the poems were collected and arranged for the 1948 edition of The Residual Years.
    Boxes 14 through 25 consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, working drafts of poems, proof pulls, galley proofs, magnetic tapes of Everson (as Brother Antoninus) reading his poetry, and ephemera. This material was given to the Library over a period of eleven years and from four different sources, Everson being one of them.
    Boxes 26 through 30 contain William Everson's autobiography, Prodigious Thrust, and consist of manuscripts, typescripts, three complete typescript working drafts, and one final complete typescript (all with holograph corrections). They were given to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in October 1961. The autobiography is contained in five boxes, with the final typescript in a binder. Boxes 26 through 28 contain the three complete working drafts; box 29 contains "worksheets" that Everson discarded while completing his autobiography from the summer of 1955 through the summer of 1956. Box 30 contains manuscript and typescript chapters from both the first draft ( Fire on the Earth) and the final draft ( Prodigious Thrust), and Everson's notes on a variety of topics (mostly religious) that he eventually included in his autobiography.