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Finding-Aid for the Clark Mills McBurney Papers (WTU00078)

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Summary Information
Title: Clark Mills McBurney Papers
Creator: McBurney, Clark Mills.
Call number: WTU00078
Language: English

Access and Use:
Source of Collection:

Gift of Remy McBurney.

Access Restrictions:

Open.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff. EAD encoded finding-aid complete September, 2010


Biography

Clark Mills McBurney (1913-1986) was a graduate of Washington University and classmate of Tennessee Williams and William Jay Smith during the 1930’s. Publishing under the name Clark Mills, McBurney was a poet and translator.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

Manuscripts, scrapbooks, and clippings of work by Clark Mills McBurney. Also included are excerpts from work by William Jay Smith and Tennessee Williams concerning their youth in St. Louis, where they were both friends with McBurney.

Contents List
      Title
box-folder   1/1-15  
Series I. Correspondence   
Scope: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author's last name.


box-folder   1/1  
Bosquet, Alain
 
[n.d.]:
 
December 26, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
1942:
 
September 17, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
September 30, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
October 7, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
October 23, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
December 6, ((ALS, 1 p))
 
December 12, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
1943:
 
January 20, ((ALS, 1 p))
 
January 25, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
March 16, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
April 10, ((ALS, 2 pp))
box-folder   1/2  
Helms, Richard
 
To: McBurney, Remy
 
1986:
 
March 13, ((TLS[x], 1 p), 2 copies)
box-folder   1/3  
Humphries, Rolfe
 
1942:
 
August 25, ((ALS, 1 p))
box-folder   1/4  
Lang, Erwin P.
 
[n.d.]:
 
((TLS, 2 pp))
 
((TLS, 2 pp))
 
((TLS, 4 pp))
 
((TLS, 5 pp))
 
[n.d.]:
 
September 19, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
1933:
 
May 30, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
June 3, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
June 8, ((TL, 2 pp))
 
July 12, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
August 19, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
October 23, ((TLS, 1 p))
box-folder   1/5  
Laughlin, James
 
To: Brown, Andreas
 
1986:
 
March 17, ((ALS[x], 1 p) with encl.)   
Scope: Enclosure: Materials relating to McBurney's memorial service at Gotham Book Mart, March 1986.


box-folder   1/6  
McBurney, Remy
 
To: Jarowski, Charles I.
 
1985:
 
October 5, ((TLS[x], 1 p), 2 copies)
box-folder   1/7  
Pinkley, Helen Morrow
 
[n.d.]:
 
((ALS, 3 pp))
 
((ALS, 2 pp))
 
1940:
 
July 25, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
August 10, ((ALS, 3 pp))
 
August 12, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
August 14, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
October 21, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
October 21, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
October 24, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
November 18, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
November 19, ((ALS, 4 pp))
 
1941:
 
February 11, ((ALS, 2 pp))
box-folder   1/8  
Romains, Jules
 
[n.d.]:
 
May 31, ((ALS, 1 p))
 
June 4, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
1936:
 
August 26, ((ALS, 2 pp))
 
November 10, ((TLS, 2 pp) with encl.)
 
December 18, ((TC, 1 p))
 
1937:
 
April 25, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
August 26, ((ALS, 1 p))
 
November 19, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
December 1, ((ALS, 1 p))
 
1938:
 
January 1, ((ALS, 1 p))
 
January 30, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
February 4, ((TC, 1 p))
 
1940:
 
September 9, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
October 26, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
December 4, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
December 15, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
1941:
 
January 14, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
January 26, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
July 16, ((ACS, 1 p))
 
April 21, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
1942:
 
January 16, ((TLS, 2 pp))
 
July 18, ((ACS, 1 p))
 
August 31, ((TLS, 1 p))
box-folder   1/9  
Sevareid, Eric
 
To: McBurney, Remy
 
1986:
 
March 13, ((TLS[x], 1 p))
box-folder   1/10  
Smith, Sonja
 
To: McBurney, Remy
 
1986:
 
February 27, ((ALS[x], 1 p))
box-folder   1/11  
Smith, William Jay
 
To: McBurney, Remy
 
1986:
 
January 25, ((ALS[x], 2 pp))
 
February 27, ((TLS[x], 1 p))
box-folder   1/12  
Speyer, Leonora
 
[n.d.]:
 
((ALS, 2 pp))
 
[n.d.]:
 
December 7, ((ALS, 2 pp))
box-folder   1/13  
Spire, Andre
 
[1942]:
 
November 22, ((ALS, 1 p))
box-folder   1/14  
Tate, Allen
 
1941:
 
April 23, ((ALS, 1 p))
box-folder   1/15  
Unidentified
 
[n.d.]:
 
((ALS, 3 pp))
 
1942:
 
March 10, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
April 7, ((TLS, 1 p))
 
1983:
 
December 16, ((ANS, 1 p) with encl. and env.)   
Scope: Enclosure: Includes copies of Mills' poems: A Small Wind, The Moth, The Wheel, The Fable, and A Borrowed Planetarium.


box-folder   1-5/16-159  
Series II. Manuscripts   
Scope: Manuscripts is divided into three series: Poetry, Translations, and Prose. Each are arranged alphabetically by title or first line.


box-folder   1-3/16-120  
II.1 Poetry   
Scope:


box-folder   1/16  
Algae (1 p)
box-folder   1/17  
"All in all, given the king dead in his royal chambers' (3 pp)
box-folder   1/18  
"All propaganda, classified as black" (1 p)
box-folder   1/19  
"Altitude, 1300" (2 pp)
box-folder   1/20  
"And I remember Rose" (12 pp)
box-folder   1/21  
The Anonymous Lieutenant (2 pp)
box-folder   1/22  
Antithesis (1 p)
box-folder   1/23  
"As from parent to child, ruler to subjects" (1 p)
box-folder   1/24  
The Astronaut (1 p)
box-folder   1/25  
"At Kelly's on Third Avenue (2 pp)
box-folder   1/26  
"At the center of the realm of God all was still" (2 pp)
box-folder   1/27  
"The Autobahn between Frankfurt and Bonn" (1 p)
box-folder   1/28  
Background For a Portrait: Georgian Bay (1 p)
box-folder   1/29  
Beach Summer (1 p)
box-folder   1/30  
The Beggars (1 p)
box-folder   1/31  
"Big as a foothill" (12 pp)
box-folder   1/32  
A Borrowed Planetarium (2 pp)
box-folder   2/33  
Catalina (1 p)
box-folder   2/34  
Catalina II (4 pp)
box-folder   2/35  
Catechism (1 p)
box-folder   2/36  
Cavern (1 p)
box-folder   2/37  
Cecropia (6 pp)
box-folder   2/38  
Central Park South (1 p)
box-folder   2/39  
Clayton, Missouri (1 p)
box-folder   2/40  
"The conflict on the staircase" (1 p)
box-folder   2/41  
"The creek trickled close beside us" (2 pp)
box-folder   2/42  
The Decade 1980 (3 pp)
box-folder   2/43  
Departure (4 pp)
box-folder   2/44  
The Departure (1 p)
box-folder   2/45  
Discovery (3 pp)
box-folder   2/46  
"A dread past dread, death that precedes a death" (1 p1)
box-folder   2/47  
E.A.M. (1 p)
box-folder   2/48  
"Elegant, just a bit nostalgic, with her miniature" (1 p)
box-folder   2/49  
The Ferris Wheel (1 p)
box-folder   2/50  
"First let the flute with an intake of breath" (1 p)
box-folder   2/51  
"The flute phrase, clear as gently-flowing" (1 p)
box-folder   2/52  
For Helen (1 p)
box-folder   2/53  
For J. (1 p)
box-folder   2/54  
Freedom Day (3 pp)
box-folder   2/55  
Gardens (13 pp)
box-folder   2/56  
Geneva (4 pp)
box-folder   2/57  
Gothic Panel (6 pp)
box-folder   2/58  
"The graveyard and the picnic ground" (2 pp)
box-folder   2/59  
Gray at the Temples (1 p)
box-folder   2/60  
Green Gown (2 pp)
box-folder   2/61  
"Had I but shown the bright fish in the blue" (1 p)
box-folder   2/62  
Hallowe'en Foray (3 pp)
box-folder   2/63  
I Do Not Forget (1 p)
box-folder   2/64  
"I, in the course of one revolving" (2 pp)
box-folder   2/65  
"I too, as you've written, still remember" (9 pp)
box-folder   2/66  
"I try and try endlessly to recall" (1 p)
box-folder   2/67  
"I wonder, did you know, years after we had left" (1 p)
box-folder   2/68  
"In a nightmare I saw whole Manhattan lying" (1 p)
box-folder   2/69  
"In high school" (1 p)
box-folder   2/70  
In Sleep the Buildings Rise (1 p)
box-folder   2/71  
"In that old claptrap heap of junk" (12 pp)
box-folder   2/72  
"The infinitely slow' (2 pp)
box-folder   2/73  
"Innate, unpracticed, Auden had two powers" (1 p)
box-folder   2/74  
Interval (1 p)
box-folder   3/75  
Landscape (1 p)
box-folder   3/76  
"Lately, in dreams, I have discovered" (1 p)
box-folder   3/77  
"The leg on the Autobahn pointed, askew (2 pp)
box-folder   3/78  
"The life and death of Dylan Thomas were like a wave in the ocean of disorder and sorrow" (1 p)
box-folder   3/79  
Listening to Joan Sutherland in the Role (1 p)
box-folder   3/80  
Marcel Proust (2 pp)
box-folder   3/81  
The Menagerie (1 p)
box-folder   3/82  
A Mid-Century Cleopatra (2 pp)
box-folder   3/83  
"My substance" (1 p)
box-folder   3/84  
Never Each Color (1 p)
box-folder   3/85  
"Never go into the pasture!" (4 pp)
box-folder   3/86  
Not Far (1 p)
box-folder   3/87  
Now From the Sea of Man (1 p)
box-folder   3/88  
Now the Cries (1 p)
box-folder   3/89  
"Once, I recall, you thus explored a drama in a flophouse" (1 p)
box-folder   3/90  
Oxyacetylene Cereus (1 p)
box-folder   3/91  
A Passerby (1 p)
box-folder   3/92  
Passersby (1 p)
box-folder   3/93  
Penny, Remembered (4 pp)
box-folder   3/94  
A Random Walk (3 pp)
box-folder   3/95  
"Rise, Lazarus!" (1 p)
box-folder   3/96  
The Ritual (3 pp)
box-folder   3/97  
Saint-Malo (2 pp)
box-folder   3/98  
Sleeper (2 pp)
box-folder   3/99  
Slow Dusk (1 p)
box-folder   3/100  
The Smile (1 p)
box-folder   3/101  
Song (2 pp)
box-folder   3/102  
Souffle d'Air (6 pp)
box-folder   3/103  
Squibs (18 pp)
box-folder   3/104  
Still Life with Champagne (1 p)
box-folder   3/105  
"Sundays my father took me to a graveyard" (1 p)
box-folder   3/106  
"A sunflower in a field" (1 p)
box-folder   3/107  
That Girl (1 p)
box-folder   3/108  
To "Passersby" (6 pp)
box-folder   3/109  
To Serve as Letters (1 p)
box-folder   3/110  
Two Sonnets for R.B.D. (1 p)
box-folder   3/111  
"Until, until my first day of the war" (3 pp)
box-folder   3/112  
Valmondois (1 p)
box-folder   3/113  
Vistas of Infancy (4 pp)
box-folder   3/114  
Le Voyage: Rimbaud, Gauguin, Apollinaire (1 p)
box-folder   3/115  
The Water-Shadowed Acres (1 p)
box-folder   3/116  
The Wheel (8 pp)
box-folder   3/117  
Where They Stroll (1 p)
box-folder   3/118  
Without Ado (1 p)
box-folder   3/119  
Fragments (30 pp)
box-folder   3/120  
Tennessee Williams (15 pp)
box-folder   4/121-153  
Series II.2 Translations
box-folder   4/121  
Ady, Endre
 
After a May Shower (2 pp)
 
From the Ér to the Ocean (2 pp)
 
I Hunt Love (2 pp)
 
Old Woman Kun (2 pp)
box-folder   4/122  
Apollinaire, Guillaume
 
1909 (1 p)
 
Moonlight (1 p)
 
Rhenish Night (2 pp)
box-folder   4/123  
Aistis, Jonas
 
Of Autumn and a Dog (1 p)
box-folder   4/124  
Baudelaire, Charles
 
The Clock (2 pp)
 
Correspondences (3 pp)
 
The Little Old Women (12 pp)
 
The Windows (2 pp)
box-folder   4/125  
Béalu, Marcel
 
The Fishbowl (2 pp)
box-folder   4/126  
Becker, Lucien
 
Le Seul Horizon (1 p)
box-folder   4/127  
Bosquet, Alain
 
The Unpardonable Image (2 pp)
box-folder   4/128  
Breton, Andre
 
Fata Morgana (2 pp)
box-folder   4/129  
Cocteau, Jean
 
Spring at the Bottom of the Sea (1 p)
box-folder   4/130  
Comte de Lautréamont
 
The Songs of Maldoror (6 pp)
box-folder   4/131  
Donelaitis, Kristijonas
 
The Seasons (2 pp)
box-folder   4/132  
Eluard, Paul
 
Their Eyes Forever Clear (2 pp)
box-folder   4/133  
Follain, Jean
 
The Children (1 p)
 
The Schoolboys' Dog (1 p)
 
Timeless (1 p)
box-folder   4/134  
Goll, Ivan
 
Fisherman of the Seine (2 pp)
 
Jean Sans Terre Is Landsick (1 p)
 
John Landless Beside the Road (1 p)
 
Quai of Dreams (2 pp)
 
Songs of a Malay Girl (9 pp)
box-folder   4/135  
Huysmans, Joris-Karl
 
Intaglio in Red (1 p)
box-folder   4/136  
Jacob, Max
 
Sometimes... (1 p)
box-folder   4/137  
Jammes, Francis
 
David, You Slept (1 p)
 
Guadalupe de Alcaraz (2 pp)
 
In ancient drawing-rooms... (2 pp)
box-folder   4/138  
Larbaud, Valery
 
Ode (2 pp)
box-folder   4/139  
Lechoń, Jan
 
The Death of Mickiewicz (1 p)
 
Don Giovanni (1 p)
 
The Hills of Oytzouv (1 p)
 
Manon (2 pp)
 
On the Death of Joseph Conrad (1 p)
 
Sarabande For Wanda Landowska (2 pp)
box-folder   4/140  
Mallarmé, Stéphane
 
Herodias (4 pp)
box-folder   4/141  
Maironis
 
Song of Antiquity (1 p)
box-folder   4/142  
Nyka-Niliūnas, Alfonsas
 
A L'Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleur (1 p)
box-folder   4/143  
Piwonka, Maria
 
Debris (1 p)
 
Jetsam (1 p)
 
Rain (1 p)
box-folder   4/144  
Rimbaud, Jean-Arthur
 
Alchemy of the Word (4 pp)
 
Daybreak (1 p)
 
Drunken Boat (6 pp)
 
Faun's Head (1 p)
 
"Veiled songs of distant horns" (3 pp)
box-folder   4/145  
Romains, Jules
 
Europe (1 p)
 
The Four Ducks by the Lake of Come (2 pp)
 
"He was inclined to contradict" (2 pp)
box-folder   4/146  
Škėma, Antanas
 
Primeval Lithuania (1 p)
box-folder   4/147  
Spire, André
 
The Blue Bird (1 p)
 
Gardens, Gardens (1 p)
 
Honeymoon Trip (4 pp)
 
Paris (1 p)
box-folder   4/148  
Superveille, Jules
 
The Room at Daybreak (2 pp)
 
Stalks (2 pp)
box-folder   4/149  
Unidentified (8 pp)
box-folder   4/150  
Valéry, Paul
 
Caesar (1 p)
 
The Wasted Wine (2 pp)
box-folder   4/151  
Verhaeren, Emile
 
London (2 pp)
box-folder   4/152  
Verlaine, Paul
 
Classical Walpurgis Night (4 pp)
 
Marionettes (2 pp)
 
The Song of the Ingenues (2 pp)
box-folder   4/153  
Wierzyński, Kazimierz
 
The Fifth Season (3 pp)
 
Fugue (1 p)
 
New York Horse (2 pp)
 
The Pole Vault (1 p)
 
A Postscript to the Winds (1 p)
 
Talk With an American Lady About Translating Poetry (1 p)
box-folder   4-5/154-159  
Series II.3 Prose
box-folder   4/154  
Notes and fragments (48 pp)
box-folder   4/155  
"Poetic translation from a language known..." (4 pp)
box-folder   4/156  
The Sniper (1 p)
box-folder   5/157  
Unanimism and the Fiction of Jules Romains (127 pp)   
Scope: Thesis (A.M.)--Washington Univ., 1937. Dept. of Romance Languages


box-folder   5/158  
Untitled World War II narrative (21 pp)
box-folder   5/159  
Untitled World War II narrative concerning Mark Winkler (4 pp)
box-folder   5/160-162  
Series III. Works By Others   
Scope: Works by Others are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, then by title or first line.


box-folder   5/160  
Bosquet, Alain
 
"jusqu'à ce que le courant, pareil à de l'air frais" (1 p)   
Scope: Translation of Mills poem into French. Missing first page.


box-folder   5/161  
Smith, William Jay
 
Sad Day at Oahu (20 pp)
box-folder   5/162  
Williams, Tennessee
 
The Color of the House (2 pp)
 
Return to Dust (18 pp)
box-folder   5-6/163-171  
Series IV. Personal Papers   
Scope: Personal Papers is divided into four series: Clippings, Memorial Service, Published Works of Clark Mills, and Scrapbooks.


box-folder   5/163-166  
Series IV.1 Clippings
 
(Art clippings)
 
(McBurney clippings)
 
(Miscellaneous clippings)
 
(Tennessee Williams)   
Scope: Includes a TLS, 1 p from Lyle Leverich to Mills (1985: March 6) and photocopies of Williams' poems from the Paul Bigelow collection.


box-folder   6/167-168  
Series IV.2 Memorial Service   
Scope: Consists of material toward Mills' memorial service at Gotham Book Mart, March 1986. Contains works by Mills.


box-folder   6/169  
Series IV.3 Published Works of Clark Mills, bibliography
box-folder   6/170-171  
Series IV.4 Scrapbooks   
Scope: Scrapbooks containing McBurney's publications.