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Oppen (George) Papers
MSS 0016  
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Description
Literary papers of George Oppen (1908-1984), objectivist poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1969. Materials range in date from 1958-1984 and include correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts for all the poems contained in Oppen's nine published books, drafts and fragments of unpublished poems, typescripts of published and unpublished essays, and interviews, translations, and reviews of Oppen's work.
Background
Oppen was born in 1908 in New Rochelle, New York, the son of George A. Oppen and Elsie Rothfeld Oppen. He died in 1984 in San Francisco, a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.
Extent
15 Linear feet (34 archives boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 map case folder)
Availability
The George Oppen papers, with the exception of the 1989 accession, are restricted due to fragility. Materials have been microfilmed and scanned. Researchers may place requests to access digital copies of through our virtual reading room service. Researchers wishing to use the original materials must first obtain the permission of the director of Special Collections & Archives.