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MS Am 2092

Corbett, William, 1942-. William Corbett archive for "A History of New Directions", 1967-1998: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2092
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Corbett, William, 1942-.
Title: William Corbett archive for "A History of New Directions",
Date(s): 1967-1998.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Abstract: Papers relating to the unpublished book "A History of New Directions" by William Corbett. Book originally contracted between James Laughlin of New Directions Publishing Corporation and Corbett.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

98M-28. Purchased from William Corbett through Granary Books, 568 Broadway, Suite 403, New York, N.Y. 10012, with funds from the Amy Lowell Fund; received: 1998 Dec. 12.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt; with the assistance of Jackie Dean, Mary Hammer, Vicki Denby, Jermaine Hollins, Michael Newton, and Meghan Schmeltz-Kiel.

Conditions Governing Use:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Corbett Archive for "A History of New Directions", 1967-1998 (MS Am 2092). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

In 1996, James Laughlin, founder and owner of the New Directions Publishing Corporation, contracted with American poet William Corbett to write a history of New Directions. Laughlin died in November of 1997 and the project was later cancelled by W.W. Norton & Company.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

This archive includes correspondence, manuscripts, notes, audiotapes, contracts, and other materials assembled by Corbett relating to his research and writing of the book "A History of New Directions." The manuscript of the book is the final version prior to JL's death in 1997 and includes the history of ND up to 1996. All of the materials deal with the history of New Directions.

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