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Robert Edward Duncan papers, circa 1944-1966.
BANC FILM 2053; BANC FILM 3237; BANC MSS 78/164 c box 1; BANC MSS 78/164 c box 2; ...
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Robert Edward Duncan papers, circa 1944-1966
Robert Duncan papers


Duncan, Robert, 1919-1988, creator


Box 1. Letters written by Duncan, primarily to Robin Blaser, with a few addressed to Jack Spicer; a few letters written to him; Christmas and birthday cards designed by him and Jess Collins, sent to Blaser; copy of his 1961 will; notes; miscellaneous announcements; a few letters to and by Blaser. Box 2. Five notebooks; manuscripts of poems, primarily typescripts, sent to Blaser; manuscripts of poems, collected under the following titles: A Book of Resemblances; Derivations; Letters; A Looking Glass. Box 3. Manuscripts of poems collected under the following titles: The Opening of the Field; Roots and Branches; Selected Poems; The Venice Poem; Duncan's translations of André Breton's Poèmes; manuscripts of plays and other writings; script for Voice of America program in American poetry series, with Duncan; Oversize folder 1. Manuscript poem written for Robin Blaser titled "Working too long at it;" program flyers.


1944 (issued)


Duncan, Robert -- 1919-1988 -- Archives
Blaser, Robin
Spicer, Jack
Jess -- 1923-2004
Voice of America (Organization)
Poets, American -- 20th century
English poetry -- Translations from French
Beats (Persons)
American poetry -- 20th century


Copy of folder "Notebook #4, Venice Poem-with Duncan's note to Dear Friends," from Box 2: also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2053.
Robert Edward Duncan papers, BANC MSS 78/164 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from estate of Ethel Akers Robinson and from a fund established in memory of Frank Schwabacher; 1978.
In English.
Portrait transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1978.002--POR).
Related collection: Robert Duncan letters to Pauline Kael (BANC MSS 80/51 c).
Robert Edward Duncan was an American poet who spent most of his career in and around San Francisco. Though associated with numerous literary traditions and schools, Duncan is often identified with the poets of the New American Poetry and Black Mountain College. Duncan's mature work emerged in the 1950s in the literary context of Beat culture.


Manuscripts for publication.
Scripts (documents)

Physical Description:

3 boxes and 1 oversize folder (1.25 linear feet)
1 microfilm reel : negative (BNEG Box 2191) and positive.




BANC MSS 78/164 c box 1
BANC MSS 78/164 c box 2
BANC MSS 78/164 c box 3
BANC MSS 78/164 c oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 78/164 c
BANC FILM 2053, etc.