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Primarily incoming correspondence from students and teaching
colleagues; fellow poets and other literary figures; and a few family members.
The letters frequently enclose chapbooks and typescript or manuscript poetry
for review; snapshots of family members; and formal and informal photographs of
Ammons and other literary figures. Envelopes frequently bear Ammons's draft
replies to letters received as well as draft poetry, lecture notes, and other
matter. The papers provide sources for the study of modern American poetry,
including the publication of poetry in journals such as The Hudson Review, The
Manhattan Review, and The Bluefish; and in such Southern literary journals as
The Pembroke Magazine and The North Carolina Literary Review. Letters from W.
W. Norton & Company discuss the publication of Ammons' own books of poetry,
while others highlight activities of such small presses as Palaemon Press
Limited and the Jackpine Press. Letters and records of writers conferences
sponsored at the Reynolds Homestead Learning Center in Critz, Va., underscore
Ammons' role in Southern regional literature. Letters, departmental memoranda,
and "Recommendations" files detail his role in Cornell's Department of English
and its creative writing program. And letters from 1981 and later record his
relationship with the MacArthur Foundation.
Also included are sixty-eight journals, in which Ammons interfiled
journal entries, poems, and correspondence. They detail Ammons' growth as a
poet, and his relationship with his mentor Josephine Miles and editor John
Benedict. Literary manuscripts include published and unpublished poetry.
Journal #1, Journal (letters to Phyllis) 1947-1949, photographs:
Archie and son John, Archie and grandson, Archie.
Correspondence, 1997-1998; 25 watercolor paintings dating from the
late 1970s to the late 1980s.
Major correspondents include John G. Benedict, James Bertolino, Philip
E. Booth, Frederick Buell, David Burak, James Burgess, Kathryn Stripling Byer,
Stephen Cushman, Ephim Fogel, Kenneth Frazelle, Philip H. Fried, Alice Fulton,
William Harmon, David Ardene Hinton, Josephine Jacobsen, Phyllis Janowitz,
Cathrael Kazin, Milton Kessler, David Lehman, Gay Leonhardt, Michael McFee, Jim
Merod, Frederick Morgan, Reeve Parker, Robert Dale Schultz, John E. Sitter,
Mark Soifer, Stephen Tapscott, Helen Hennessy Vendler, Hugh Walthall, Emily
Herring Wilson, and Stuart Wright.
Archie Ammons art shows (2008-2010)