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Inventory of the Henri Coulette Papers, 1955-1990
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Cataloging Decisions
  • Biographical Note
  • Indexing: Form and Genre Terms
  • Item Transferred
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henri Coulette Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1990
    Creator: Coulette, Henri
    Extent: Number of containers: 14 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    This collection was purchased from the Henri Coulette estate (accession number 1881) on August 15, 1995.


    Collection is open to qualified researches 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], Henri Coulette Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Cataloging Decisions

    • 1. Henri Coulette was in the habit of writing on every available piece of paper, consequently his handwriting can be found throughout the collection.
    • 2. Poems - The poems are filed by title, or first line when untitled. If there is more than one poem on a page, it is filed by the first poem.
    • 3. Poems - Versions of the same poem appear throughout the notebooks, groups of poems, single poems, and book length poems. They have not all been cataloged separately in each form.
    • 4. Poems - In boxes 7 and 8 nearly all the poems exist in multiple drafts.

    Biographical Note

    Henri Anthony Coulette was born in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 1927. He received his B.A. from Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles) in 1952, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1954 and his PhD from Iowa in 1959. Coulette taught high school English, was an instructor in the University of Iowa writer's workshop (1957-1959), and for most of his career, was a professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles (1959-1988). Coulette published The War of the Secret Agents, his first book of verse in 1965 and his second, The Family Goldschmitt, in 1971. He contributed to New Poets of England and America (1957); The Attic, (1959); Poetry for Pleasure (1960). Coulette served as the editor for The Unstrung Lyre: Interviews with Fourteen Poets (1965). Coulette also contributed to Paris Review, New Yorker, and Hudson Review. Coulette's first book of verse, The War of the Secret Agents, was awarded the James D. Phelan Foundation award (given each year to a California artist) and the Lamont Poetry Prize for the best first volume of poetry published in America in 1965. Coulette was named Cal State L.A.'s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1970 and in 1976 was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim memorial fellowship. Coulette was best known for his traditionally metered poetry and as an educator, editor, and poet. Coulette died of apparent heart failure on March 26, 1988.

    Indexing: Form and Genre Terms

    • Awards
    • Commonplace books
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Poems

    Item Transferred

    A volume of poems by Henri Coulette was transferred from the Manuscript Department to the Rare Books Department on April 13, 1998:
    • The Family Goldschimitt,by Henri Coulette, (New York: Scribner's, 1971).


    • Contemporary Authors. Vols 65-68. ed. Jane A. Bowden (Detroit: Gale Research Comapny, 1977), p. 142.
    • Contemporary Authors. Vol 125. eds. Hal May and Susan M. Trosky (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1989), p. 74.
    • Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series, Vol 14. ed. Linda Metzger (Detriot: Gale Research Company, 1985), p. 110.
    • Los Angeles Times, Obituaries, 1988, Apr. 14.