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MS Am 3151

Coover, Robert. Robert Coover papers, circa 1958-2017 (MS Am 3151): Guide

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, b
Call No.: MS Am 3151
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Robert Coover papers
Date(s): 1954-2017
Quantity: 31.5 linear feet (38 boxes)
Quantity: 0.00432 Gigabytes (1 folder)
Language of materials: In English. Some materials in French.
Abstract: Personal and professional papers of author Robert Coover.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2013M-087. Purchased with funds from the Amy Lowell Trust; received: 2014 March 27.
2018M-043. Purchased from George Minkoff Rare Books with funds from the Amy Lowell Trust in 2017 October.
86M-104. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, November 1998.
2004M-133. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, May 2005.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner. Addition minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn 2017 November and Ashley Nary 2018 April.
This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation:

Robert Coover Papers, circa 1954-2017 (MS Am 3151). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3151BD

Biographical / Historical

Robert Lowell Coover was born February 4, 1932, in Charles City, Iowa, and is an American author and professor emeritus in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.


Materials are arranged in series based on accession numbers, Accession 2013M-087, Accession 2018M-043, Accession 86M-104, and Accession 2004M-133 and further broken down into two sub-series: Composition and Correspondence.

Scope and Contents

Includes numerous drafts of various works of fiction by Coover as well as correspondence, photographs, one videocassette, one audiocassette, and three floppy disks. Also includes cpublished copies of Coover's works. Correspondents include Theodor Geisel and John Hawkes and several publishers.


Three floppy disks were removed for processing.


Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: floppy disks.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence