Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis

Finding-Aid for the Robert Creeley Collection (WTU00174)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Robert Creeley. Collection,
Creator: Creeley, Robert, 1926-
Inclusive dates: 1965-1969.
Extent: ca. 4 items
Call number: WTU00174
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

Access and Use:
Source of Collection:

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Use Restriction:


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 completed by Sonya McDonald, August 2004.


Emerging as a young poet in the late 1940's, Creeley corresponded with those members of the previous literary generation whom he regarded as mentors: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Basil Bunting, Edward Dahlberg, to name just a few. Together with Charles Olson, Creeley transformed Modernist poetics into a new one which is most commonly referred to as the Black Mountain School after the North Carolina college of which Olson was rector and Creeley a faculty member in the mid-1950's. In their correspondence, Creeley and Olson experimented with what Olson called "projective verse" .

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The 4 letters in this small collection complement the larger set of Creeley Collection at Washington University. They span February 26, 1965-October 14, 1969 and are addressed to Diana Di Prima, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Marlowe, and Louis Rowan.

Subject Terms

  • Creeley, Robert, 1926-