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George Oppen Letters
MSS 0205  
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Accession Processed in 1992



Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Letters, mainly photocopies, the bulk of which were originally written between 1963 and 1976, arranged chronologically. Prominent correspondents include family members June Oppen Degnan and Linda Oppen Mourelatos; poets William Bronk, Cid Gorman, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, David Ignatow, Robert Kelly, Denise Levertov, Ezra Pound, Charles Reznikoff, Jerome Rothenberg, John Taggart, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, and others; editors, publishers, and professors, including John Crawford, L.S. Dembo, Milton Hindus, Eric Homberger, Hugh Kenner, David McAleavey. Oppen's letters detail his life not only at the forefront of contemporary American poetry, but en famille. In them he reveals his love of conversation, his coming to fame, his various public stances, his aesthetic opinions and positions, his participation in publishing. The CORRESPONDENCE series also includes "Miscellaneous queries," which contain name and address lists of Oppen correspondents, DuPlessis's letters of inquiry,and negative, but at times anecdotal, responses to her letters.
Box 1, Folder 1

1930 - 1934

Box 1, Folder 2

1935 - 1955

Box 1, Folder 3-9

1958 - 1964

Box 2, Folder 1-7

1966 - 1972

Box 3, Folder 1-10

1973 - 1982

Box 3, Folder 11

Miscellaneous queries 1980 - 1989



Box 4, Folder 1

DuPlessis correspondence with CIA/FBI regarding Oppen's FBI file 1980 - 1989

General note

Correspondence with CIA and FBI regarding opening of G. Oppen's file.
Box 4, Folder 2-3

FBI file 1941 - 1956


Accession Processed in 1993



Box 4, Folder 4

Oppen to DuPlessis 1965 - 1966

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(36 leaves)
Box 4, Folder 5

Oppen to DuPlessis 1966 - 1969

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(21 leaves)
Box 4, Folder 6

Oppen to DuPlessis 1969 - 1977

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(19 leaves)