All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Scope and Contents Note
Ser. I. CORRESPONDENCE. I. 1. Personal
correspondence, 1933-1974; letters filed chronologically by author,
includes selected mss, by others filed with letters, Boxes 1-7. I. 2.
Misc, correspondence, 1933-1972, letters filed chronologically, Box 8,
I. 3. John Trimmer Journal, 1963-1969, consists of letters Lee Anderson
wrote to his friend John Trimmer, which he regarded as journal
Ser II. MANUSCRIPTS. II. 1. Titled
Poems, arranged alphabetically, Boxes 10-11. II. 2. Untitled poems and
fragments, Boxes 12-13. II. 3. Essays, Box 14. Ser. II. 4. Classroom and
teaching, Box 15.
Series III. MATERIAL TOWARD BOOKS. III.
1. Prevailing Winds; III. 2. The Floating World and Other Poems; III. 3.
Nags Head; III. 4. Bearstone Tetralogy; III. 5. The Treasure Hunt
Murder; III. 6 [The Oral Interpretation of Literature]; III. 7. Misc.
Galleys, Boxes 16-26.
Ser. IV. NOTEBOOKS. Boxes 27-33.
Ser. V. AUDIOTAPES, Boxes 34-38.
Ser. VI. MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL BY OTHERS
(Excluding mss. located in Ser. I. 1 and Ser. V.) V. 1. Book of Gems,
authograph book containing holograph poems by various authors, Box 39;
VI. 2. Unpublished essays by others on the work of Lee Anderson, Box
Ser. VII. THE YALE SERIES OF RECORDED
POETS. Material relating to Anderson's involvement with this project,
Ser. VIII. MISCELLANY, Boxes 41-42.
TOTAL: 42 boxes
ca. 4760 items
Filed chronologically, this correspondence covers the period
Except where noted all correspondence is directed to Lee
Anderson. "ac" designates "autograph card.
This group of material consists of letters Lee Anderson wrote
to his friend John Trimmer during the period 1963-1969. Anderson
considered these letters to be a sort of journal. They consist
primarily of compilations of Anderson's daily activities,
thoughts, observations, etc. Anderson would periodically send
these journal letters to John Trimmer for the latter's comments.
Anderson had used Trimmer as a reader of his work in progress for
a number of years. This group of material is distinct from
Anderson's general journals and notbooks in Series IV, as well as
from the general Trimmer correspondence in Series I.1. As noted,
the material spans the years 1963-1969 and totals approximately 90
items. It is arranged chronologically.
Included are drafts of Lee Anderson's titled poems. Drafts are
arranged alphabetically by title; they are in various forms- -Ts;
Ts [carbon]; Ts [duplicated]; auto. draft- -however, no attempt
has been made to distinguish between them in this description. The
number of versions of each draft is noted in parentheses after the
title; if a title has no number following, this indicates there is
only one draft of that poem.
Includes various drafts of Lee Anderson's untitled poems, as
well as fragments of poems.
Includes titled and untitled essays; unpublished lecture notes;
speeches, prefatory notes, and reviews. The number of drafts of
each is noted in parantheses after each item, except when there is
only one draft.
Various drafts, auto. and typescript (incomplete, ca. 100pp.);
2 notebooks containing auto. drafts; typescript labelled "fair
copy" (30 pp); drawings with commentary (9 pp); page proofs with
auto. corrections (47 pp.); printer's mockup of the book in
Various drafts, auto. and typescript (ca. 650 pp.); 2
typescripts with corrections, printer's copies (91 pp, 37 pp); 3
sets of corrected galleys.
Various drafts, auto. and typescript (ca. 1100 pp.); typescript
carbon of title poem (12 pp. in folder); typescript with author's
corrections and instructions to printer or typist, possibly
printer's copy (62 pp.); 1 set of corrected galleys.
This collection consists of the author's revised versions of
his three previous collections, along with the concluding poem,
Bearstone, to what he conceived to be a tetralogy. The collection
was never published. Various drafts, auto. and typescript, ca.
Bound typescript with front cover missing (250 pp.)
Material toward a projected textbook on the oral interpretation
of poetry. Consists of various material to be included in the
book, most of which duplicates material found in Anderson's essays
and classroom/lecture material (ca. 100 pp.); 4 letters to
prospective publishers (5 pp); carbon of letter sent by
Miscellaneous galleys for unidentified publication, various
Anderson's notebooks and journals. Arranged chronologically: 207
notebooks from 1934 - 1972, with 27 additional undated
Material in this series consists of unpublished audiotapes of
readings by Anderson and others. All tapes are reel-to-reel.
Includes the following: Robert Frost reading and discussing his
poetry;, [unidentified poet]; Lewis Hull, Berkeley, May 24, 1952;
Merrill Moore, Boston, May 9, 1953; [Unidentified poet, reading
"Prayer the Night Before Easter," [n.d.]; Louis MacNeice reading,
"Visitation VI, [n.d.]. This tape was possibly used by Anderson to
illustrate his lectures.
Radio station WCFM broadcast, "Poet Americana." Selections were
taken from Eberhart's recording for the Library of Congress series
of recorded poets.
Panelists include Richard Eberhart, Carolyn Kizer, Josephine
Jacobsen, and Elliott Coleman.
Original box contained two photographs which were removed to
Series VIII Photographs.
Excluding material found in Series I and Series V.
In 1958 Lee Anderson began keeping an autograph book in which
he had various poets write samples of their work. Following is a
list of the poets and the titles of their poems that appear in the
book. The list is arranged in order of appearance. All items are
listed in the index to the Manuscript Division.
Unpublished Essays by others on the work of Lee Anderson.
From 1959-1961 Anderson was the coordinator of the Yale Series of
Recorded Poets, a recording project in which a number of outstanding
British and American poets recorded their poetry for release in the
Yale Series. The following material relates from Anderson's
involvement with the project.
Includes correspondence relating to Anderson's involvement with
the Yale Series and in particular with his later attempts to sell
his literary papers to Yale. Starred (*) correspondence is
included in the general index to the Lee Anderson Papers. Except
where indicated all correspondence is directed to Lee
Includes material relating to the issuing of specific records
in the Yale Series, particularly with editorial matters relating
to the jacket copy. Material relating to the following recordings
Includes Lee Anderson's typescript drafts of the jacket copy
(3 copies), 17 pp.; along with proofs of the jacket copy.
Included is correspondence related to the recording of Moore,
correspondents include Louis Martz, Lee Anderson, and *Geoffrey
Hartman who wrote the jacket copy.
Includes correspondence related to the issuing of the record,
including letters arranging the recording session, requests for
permissions to publishers, and contractual materials.
Correspondents include Lee Anderson, Louis Martz, and *Louis
Consists of materials relating to the jacket copy which was
written by Lee Anderson.
Consists of correspondence related to the issuing of the
record, correspondents include Louis Martz, Lee Anderson, and
Elliott Kone; one set of corrected proofs for the jacket copy,
which was written by Martz; photocopy of the accompanying text
for the record.
Includes various lists of poets, booklets and promotional
material relating to the Yale Series, and accompanying texts for
three of the records in the series: Conrad Aiken, Lee Anderson, R.
In the Spring of 1968, Lee Anderson coordinated a poetry
festival at Frostberg State College in Frostberg, Maryland.
Participants at the festival held April 27-29, 1968 included Elliott Coleman,
Josephine Jacobsen, Carlolyn Kizer, Richard Eberhart, as well as
Lee Anderson. Correspondence relating to the festival has been
interfiled in Series I; audiotape recordings made at the festival
are found in Series V. Material includes program announcements,
flyers, biographical guides to the poets, etc.
One folder of announcements, flyers, etc. for various Anderson
readings and lectures.
Program notes for various radio stations with which Lee
Anderson was involved in coordinating poetry broadcasts. Includes
KPFA Program Folio, 6 issues (Feb 24 - May 17, 1953); WGMS Program
magazine (April 1952);WCFM Program Notes (May 1953).
One folder of rejection letters Anderson received from various
magazines and publishers, often including attached poems.
One folder of photographs of various poets, including Louis
MacNeice, Anne Ridler, Elliott Coleman, and Lee Anderson.
One folder of drawings by unknown artists.
One folder of clippings and tear sheets of articles by and
about various poets, several inscribed to Lee Anderson.
Tear sheets and clippings of articles on Anderson and reviews
of his work.
Business papers, biographical information, Helen Anderson's
high school yearbook, high School diploma, Helen Anderson's family
tree, other misc. material.