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Guide to the Theodore Enslin Papers
ca. 1955-1975
 MSS.047

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Enslin, Theodore
Title: Theodore Enslin Papers
Dates [inclusive]: ca. 1955-1975
Quantity: 3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.047

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Biographical/Historical note

Theodore Enslin was born in Chester, PA on March 25, 1925. He studied muscial composition with Nadia Boulanger and Francis Judd Cooke. He has two children, Deirdre and Jonathan Morton, from his first marriage with Mildred Marie Stout in 1945. He divorced in 1961 and married Alison Jane Jose in 1969, with whom he had a son, Jacob Hezakiah. Theodore Enslin has written many books of poetry, including Forms (1971-73),  The Poems (1970),  Views (1973),  Synthesis (1975),  Etudes (1972) and  To Come, to Have Become (1966) for which he won the Hart Crane Award in 1969. Other awards include the Niemann Award in 1955 for his weekly newspaper column, "Six Miles Square." Enslin has also written a play,  Barometric Pressure 29.83 and Steady (produced in New York in 1965), and an extended essay on Gustav Mahler published by Black Sparrow Press.

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Scope and Content note

The Theodore Enslin Papers are a collection of correspondence and manuscripts written to and by Theodore Enslin between 1957 and 1975. Collection highlights include letters written by Paul Blackburn, Robert Bly, Carol Berge, Hayden Carruth, Cid Corman, Diane DiPrima, Clayton Eshleman, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Rago and Gary Snyder.

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

 Series I: Correspondence
Series I contains five boxes of correspondence with such notable literary figures as Paul Blackburn, Robert Bly, Hayden Carruth, Cid Corman, Diane DiPrima, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder and Theodore Weiss.
 Series II: Manuscripts
Series II contains two boxes of manuscripts by Theodore Enslin, including  Forms I-IV and miscellanous poems and prose.

Arrangement note

The Theodore Enslin Papers are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Manuscripts

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Snyder, Gary, 1930-
  • Eshleman, Clayton
  • Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997
  • Carruth, Hayden, 1921-2008
  • Blackburn, Paul
  • Lewis, Harry
  • Randall, Margaret, 1936-
  • Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
  • Corman, Cid
  • Bergé, Carol, 1928-
  • Kelly, Robert, 1935-
  • Bly, Robert
  • Taggart, John, 1942-
  • Wieners, John, 1934-2002
  • Wakoski, Diane

Document Type

  • Scripts (documents)
  • Correspondence.
  • Proofs (printed matter)

Subject Topics

  • American poetry |y 20th century |v Periodicals.
  • Avant-garde poetry.
  • Avant-garde literature.
  • American poetry |y 20th century.
  • American literature |y 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Theodore Enslin Papers; MSS 047; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Theodore Enslin Papers were purchased from Theodore Enslin between 1968-1975.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 A

General note

Abrams, Samuel
Aldan, Daisy
Allen, Donald
Anastas, Peter
Anderson, Lee
Antin, David
Antin, Eleanor
Ashman, Richard

Box: 1 Folder : 2 Arnett, Carroll
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 B

General note

Beltrametti, Franco
Beum, Robert
Bealy, Harvey
Boulanger, Nasha
Braun, Henry
Bronk, William
Brown, William
Brubeck, Dave
Butterick, George

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Banks, Russell
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Blackburn, Paul
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Bly, Robert
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Berge, Carol
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bowering, George
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 C

General note

Calhoun, Douglas
Carroll, Paul
Childs, Barry
Chute, Robert
Coleman, Victor
Coupland, Ken
Curry, David

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Cabassa, Stella Leonardas

General note

see also legal size folder "Enslin"
(Cabassa is T. E.'s translator in Portuguese)

1965-1966
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Carruth, Hayden
1973-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Corman, Cid
1964-1974
Box: 1 Folder : 13 D

General note

Dean, Nicholas
DeLoach, Allen
Dennison, George
DiPrima, Diane
Doyle, Michael
Durrett, Eustace

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 E

General note

Eberhart, Richard
Emerson, R. W.
Evans, Paul

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Eshleman, Clayton

General note

(see also legal folder)

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 F

General note

Fowler, Albert
Frank, David
Finlay, Ian Hamilton (see also legal folder)

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 G

General note

Gerber, Daniel
Gitin, David
Glover, Albert
Greenberg, Al (1962-1968)
Griffin, John Howard
Griffith, E.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Goodman, Mitchell (re: Denise Levertov)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Geyerhahn, Gordon
1970-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Greene, Jonathan
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Grieder, Ted [NYU]
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Grossinger, Richard
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 H

General note

Hamady, Walter
Hanna, Charles
Hanson, Ken
Hay, John
Haydn, Hiram
Higgins, Dick
Hirschman, Jack
Hoffman, Daniel
Hough, Lindy (Grossinger)
Hopper, Jack

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Harris, Marie
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Holsapple, Bruce
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 I

General note

Ignatof, David
Irby, Kenneth

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 J

General note

Johnson, Ronald
Jones, Jeanetta

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Johnston, George

General note

(see also Legal Folders)

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 K

General note

Kiralis, Karl
Kizer, Carolyn
Koller, James
Krey, Elizabeth

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Kelly, Robert
1963-1968
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Kelly, Robert
1969-1974
Box: 2 Folder : 10 King, Basil [Martha]
1972-1974
Box: 2 Folder : 11 L

General note

Larson, Carl
Laughlin, James
Layton, Irving
Levendosky, Charles
Linick, Anthony

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 12 to La Belle, Christine
1965
Box: 2 Folder : 13 to La Belle, Christine
Jan.-Jun. 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 14 to La Belle, Christine
Jul.-Dec. 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 15 to La Belle, Christine
1967
Box: 2 Folder : 16 to La Belle, Christine
1968
Box: 2 Folder : 17 to La Belle, Christine
1969
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Levertov, Denise

General note

(see Mitchell Goodman)

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Lewis, Harry

General note

{see also Legal Folders)

1965-1968
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Lewis, Harry
1972-1974
Box: 3 Folder : 4 to Lewis, Harry
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Lish, Gordon
1962-1963
Box: 3 Folder : 6 M

General note

Marlatt, Daphne
Metzer, David
Moraff, Barbara
Morris, Richard
Morris, Robert
Mottram, Eric

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 McCord, Howard
1970-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 8 McCord, Howard
1973-1974
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Martell, Charles
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Marton, John [Black Sparrow]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Merton, Thomas
1968
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Metcalf, Paul
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Metzger, Wendell
1966-1970
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Moore, Marianne
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 N-O

General note

Newberry, Samuel
Olson, Toby
Ossman, David

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Oppen, George
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 P

General note

Perchik, Simon
Perkoff, Stuart
Phelps, Donald

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 18 R

General note

Rago, Henry
Reznikoff, Charles
Rothenberg, Jerome

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Randall, Margaret [El Corneo Emplumado]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Reyes, Carlos
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Rowan, Louis

General note

(see also Legal Folders)

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1 S

General note

Samperi, Frank
Schreiber, Ron
Schwerner, Armand
Shahoud, Charles
Solotaroff, Theodore
Stefanile, Felix
Stock, Noel

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Salstrom, Paul
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Sherman, Susan
1962-1974
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Shoemaker, Jack
1970-1974
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Silliman, Ronald
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Snyder, Gary
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Souster, Raymond H.
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 8 T

General note

Thayler, Carl
Thurman, Eva
Tolstoy, Ivan
Turnbull, Gael

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Taggart, John
1966-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Taggart, John
1971-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Taggart, John
1973-1974
Box: 4 Folder : 12 to Taggart, John
1970-1971
Box: 4 Folder : 13 to Taggart, John
1972-1973
Box: 4 Folder : 14 to Taggart, John
1974
Box: 4 Folder : 15 V

General note

Valkenier, Willem A.
Varese, Louise
Van Dias, Robert

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 1 W

General note

Wade, John Stevens
Webb, Jon
Williams, Loring
Williams, Paul

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Wakowski, Diane
1962-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Weil, James
1963-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Weil, James
1970-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 5 to Weil, James
1963-1966
Box: 5 Folder : 6 to Weil, James
1967-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 7 to Weil, James
1970-1973, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Weiss, Theodore; Whitney, John D.
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Wieners, John
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Williams, Jonathan
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Wilson, Keith
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Wroth, Will [William]
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Zukofsky, Louis
1958-1971

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Series II: Manuscripts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Forms I - printers copy, p. 1-100

General note

[see also Galleys]

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Forms I - printers copy, p. 101-198
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Forms I - page proofs, 112 pgs.
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Forms II [The Tessaract] - printers copy, p. 183-265

General note

[see also Galleys]

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Forms II [The Tessaract] - p. 266-351
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Forms III - typescript of LXXIV-LXXV, p. 83 of printers copy
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Forms III - printers copy
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Forms III.2 - printers copy
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Forms IV - typescript XCVIII-XCVIX
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Forms IV.1 - printers copy
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Forms IV.2 - printers copy
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Misc. A-L

General note

"The Belongings." Ms. (12 April 1962)
Etudes. Ms.
Etudes. Ts. 41p. (1972)
"Fascicles." Ms.
"The Log." Ms.

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Misc. N-P

General note

"A New Morality & Its Generation"
"Notes from a Line to a Line"
"Philo Logos"
"The Place Poem"

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 3 The Poems - Ms. (1966-1967); Ts. (1970)
1966-1967, 1970
Box: 7 Folder : 4 The Poems - Page proofs

General note

[see also Galleys]

1970
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Poems and prose
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 6 "Some Roads Around Olson's (s.a. Synthesis 18); "Sweet Hour of Prayer"
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Synthesis; short poems; "Night Shower"
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Times of Day (One to Another?)
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Views
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Work in progress
undated

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