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Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library). Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings: Guide.

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Last update 2012 April 16

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Woodberry Poetry Room, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Creator: Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library).
Title: Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings,
Date(s): 1931- (ongoing).
Quantity: ca. 700 audio tapes
Abstract: Recordings of poetry readings by American and English poets given at Harvard University sponsored by the Morris Gray Fund, the Corliss Lamont Poetry Reading Series, the Ellen Sitgreaves Vail Motter Fund of Radcliffe College, the Kurt Brown Audio Preservation Project, the John Lincoln Sweeney Memorial Fund, the Harvard Vocarium, and the Poetry Room itself.

Processing Information:

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.
Some recordings are cataloged individually in HOLLIS.
As of March 23, 2010 updates and the addition of digital links are no longer made to this finding aid, but to the individual HOLLIS record in the catalog.

Use Restrictions:

Copies of recordings on deposit at the Poetry Room can be made only with the written permission of the author or the author's estate, and in most cases permission from the publishers and/or other rights holders.
Audio Files linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

Access Restrictions:

All poetry recordings are restricted to room use only, unless the digital copy has been made available to the public.
For copyright reasons, access to some linked digital recordings is restricted to those using the Harvard network. This is indicated in the link itself by the wording "To listen, click here (restricted to Harvard network)."

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings. Woodberry PoetryRoom, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

The Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard was established in honor of Professor George Edward Woodberry. It was opened in 1931 in Widener Library and was moved in 1949 to Lamont Library. From the beginning, poetry readings, funded by the Morris Gray Fund, were given in the Woodberry Poetry Room. The Poetry Room now has assumed responsibility for recording all poetry readings given at Harvard. These include, in addition to those funded by the Morris Gray Fund (administered since 1939 by the English Department), the Corliss Lamont Poetry Reading Series, readings funded by the Kurt Brown Audio Preservation Project, the Ellen Sitgreaves Vail Motter Fund of Radcliffe College, the John Lincoln Sweeney Memorial Fund, readings given under the auspices of the Harvard Vocarium, and readings sponsored by the Poetry Room itself.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by reader or author. Unidentified readers are at the end of the collection.

Scope and Content

Consists of recordings of readings chiefly by American and English poets given at Harvard University. Includes readings by John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Creeley, E.E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot, Robert Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, Donald Hall, Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore, Vladimir Nabokov, Robert Pinsky, Ezra Pound, Adrienne Rich, and William Carlos Williams, among many others.

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