John Woods Papers
Scope and Contents
This is a collection of the personal papers of American poet and Western Michigan University English professor John Warren Woods (1926-1995). After completing his BS and MA at Indiana University, he began his academic career in the English department at Western Michigan University in 1955. He retired in 1992 as a full professor. Over the course of his career he published over a dozen books of poetry.
His papers include manuscript drafts of individual poems as well as manucript drafts of his books. There is a significant amount of correspondence between Woods and various publishers, records of contracts, copyright agreements and other documents related to his publishing activities. There are also newspaper articles containing interviews with Woods or mentions of his works or public readings, a scrapbook and other documents relating to his academic career at Western Michigan University and twenty five cassette tape recordings of poets giving readings or lectures; these include recordings of Robert Bly, Robert Frost, Alan Ginsberg, W.S. Merwin, Czesław Miłosz and others.
- Majority of material found within Bulk 1950-1992
- Other: Date acquired: 07/15/1999
- Woods, John, 1926- (Person)
Language of Materials
Personal papers of twentieth century American poet John Woods, including drafts of individual poems and book manuscripts, research materials, academic career files, photographs, cassette tape recordings. Also associated with this collection are 987 books from the poet's personal library, many inscribed by the authors (the books are cataloged separately and searchable through the WMU Libraries online catalog)
Physical Access Requirements
WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.
Source of Acquisition
Richard W. and Christy R. Woods
Method of Acquisition
The collection is housed in 12 archival boxes and 1 commercially produced cassette tape case (Box 11), which is the original container for the cassettes. The collection spans approximately 6.25 linear feet.
- Inventory of the John Woods Papers Finding Aid
- Sydney Small
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository
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