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  • Arrangement of the Collection
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Department of Special Collections
    Title: Alan Bacher Williamson Papers
    creator: Williamson, Alan (Alan Bacher), 1944-
    Identifier/Call Number: D-522
    Physical Description: 6.4 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): circa 1960-2010
    Abstract: Alan B. Williamson, Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, is an author of poetry, short stories, and books on poetry. His works include: Westernness: a Meditation (2006), Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification (2001), Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry (1994), Presence: Poems (1983), and Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell (1974), among others. The Alan Bacher Williamson Papers contain his poems, plays, short stories, and writing notebooks, as well as literary correspondence, and manuscripts by Frank Bidart and Richard Wertime.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.


    Alan Bacher Williamson was born on January 24, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Jehanne (Bacher) Williamson. He earned a B.A. from Haverford College (1964), and an M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University.
    Williamson worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (1969-1975), Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University (1977-1980), and Lecturer at Brandeis University (1980-1982) before joining the University of California, Davis faculty as Assistant Professor in 1982. Professor Williamson has served as Professor of English at UC Davis since 1983.
    His works include: Westernness: a Meditation (2006), The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems (2004), Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification (2001), Res Publica (1998), Love and the Soul (1995), Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry (1994), The Muse of Distance: Poems (1988), Introspection and Contemporary Poetry (1984), Presence: Poems (1983), and Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell (1974).
    "Alan B. Williamson." University of California, Davis. Dept. of English website. http://english.ucdavis.edu/people/directory/fzalanb . Accessed July 9, 2010.
    Contemporary Authors, Detroit: Gale Research Co, 1976. volume(s) 57-60.

    Scope and Content

    The Alan Bacher Williamson Papers contain his poems (circa 1960-1975), plays (1963-1966), short stories (1961-1964), and writing notebooks (1968-1997), as well as literary correspondence (1963-1981), and manuscripts by Williamson's friends Frank Bidart and Richard Wertime.
    Future installments are expected from Professor Williamson.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged in five series: 1. Biographical Materials, 2. Works by Williamson, 3. Correspondence, 4. Works by Others, and 5. Addenda.


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed this collection with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie. Archives intern Rachelle Caouette, Manuscript Archivist Liz Phillips, and student assistant Monica Doan incorporated later accessions.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Alan Bacher Williamson, 2010-2017.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alan Bacher Williamson Papers, D-522, Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American poetry--20th century
    Williamson, Alan (Alan Bacher), 1944---Archives
    Bidart, Frank, 1939-
    Wertime, Richard
    University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives