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Fussiner (Barbara and Howard) collection on Denise Levertov
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Barbara and Howard Fussiner collection on Denise Levertov
    Source: Fussiner, Barbara
    Source: Fussiner, Howard
    Creator: Fussiner, Barbara
    Creator: Fussiner, Howard
    Creator: Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997
    Creator: Goodman, Mitchell
    Identifier/Call Number: M2241
    Physical Description: 0.75 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box and 1 half box)
    Date (inclusive): 1951-circa 1997
    Language of Material: English

    Biographical / Historical

    Barabara (née Bank) Fussiner and her husband Howard Fussiner were friends of poet Denise Levertov. Barbara and Denise met in New York in 1948 through Mitch Goodman's brother Howard. Barbara went on to work as the director of the Children's Preschool in New Haven, Connecticut. Howard was a painter and later worked as Souther Connecticut State University as a professor of art. Denise and Mitch wed in 1947 and divorced in 1975.

    Scope and Contents

    Materials consist of correspondence between the Fussiners and Denise Levertov and Mitchell Goodman, mostly incoming correspondece to the Fussiners from Denise and/or Mitch. Letters and cards from a few other individuals can be found in the collection as well.


    Denise also signed her name as Denny, Den, D. She also addressed Barbara and Howard Fussiner as B and H.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased by Stanford Libraries in 2017. Accession 2017-190.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Barbara and Howard Fussiner collection on Denise Levertov (M2241). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American literature -- 20th century
    Poets, American
    Fussiner, Barbara
    Fussiner, Howard
    Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997
    Goodman, Mitchell