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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries East Asian Library
    Title: Ko Won papers
    Creator: Ko, Wŏn, 1925-
    Identifier/Call Number: 3328
    Physical Description: 6.33 Linear Feet 9 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2006
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Korean-American poet, human rights activist, and professor Ko Sung-Won (1925-2008).
    Language of Material: Korean, English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Young Ah Ko, 2018.

    Biographical / Historical

    Ko Sung-Won (1925-2008), known by the pen name Ko Won, was born and educated in Korea before studying in England and immigrating to the United States in 1964. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University. He was an associate professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and later taught at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of La Verne. Ko published his own poetry and translations of poetry in English and Korean.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Ko Won papers, Collection no. 3328, Korean Heritage Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Initial processing by Jiin Park in October 2020. Work included arrangement, physical re-housing of materials, and the creation of this finding aid. This collection is not fully processed.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains the papers of Korean-American poet, human rights activist, and professor Ko Sung-Won (1925-2008). Materials include papers related to the Korean democracy movement that Ko Won participated in, dating from the 1970s and 1980s, with many files relating to Korean poet, dissident, and political prisoner Kim Chi-ha. There are also files related to Ko's involvement and writing for the literary and humanitarian organization PEN American Center/ West. The collection also contains manuscript drafts and published writings by Ko and some correspondence, notes, transcripts, class materials, some files related to book projects, photographs, and a sketchbook.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Korean Heritage Library at eal@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage 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.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Korean Americans -- Archives
    Poets, Korean -- Archival resources
    Democracy -- Korea (South) -- Archival resources
    Ko, Wŏn, 1925- -- Archives
    Kim, Chi-ha, 1941-