Valentine, Jean. Papers of Jean Valentine, 1952-2004 (inclusive), 1970-2004 (bulk):
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Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College
Class of 1956.
Call No.: MC 538
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Jean Valentine
Title: Papers of Jean Valentine, 1952-2004 (inclusive), 1970-2004 (bulk)
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (6 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 3 photograph folders, 1 videotape, 4 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Poetry, correspondence, and prose of Jean Valentine.
Accession number: 2004-M57
The papers of Jean Valentine were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jean Valentine in June 2004.
Processed: November 2006
By: Cat Lea Holbrook
Access. Unrestricted, except that #2.2-2.4 are closed until January 1, 2025. Individual
items throughout the collection are closed as noted to protect personal privacy. An
appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
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Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their
authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Permission to cite or quote passages of
any length from the collection, whether drafts of poems, correspondence, or any other
text by the donor, must be sought in writing from her during her lifetime. Upon her
death, permission to quote from the above mentioned must be sought in writing from
her literary executor, Julie Carr.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. Papers
may not, however, be reproduced on the internet until after the donor's death.
Jean Valentine Papers, 1952-2004; item description, dates. MC 538, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Donors: Jean Valentine
Accession number: 2004-M57
Processed by: Cat Lea Holbrook
The following item was removed and transferred to the Schlesinger Library's book collection:
- Rich, Adrienne. Selected Poems 1950-1995. Knockeven, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 1996.
Jean Valentine was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 27, 1934, to John and Jean
Purcell Valentine. Later, the family moved to Massachusetts, where Valentine attended
Milton Academy Girls' School. In 1952 Valentine entered Radcliffe College, and majored
in English. In December 1955, a Harvard University student publication, The Harvard Advocate, published her "Poem", which received a favorable review in The Harvard Crimson (January 10, 1956). Valentine graduated cum laude in June 1956. Valentine married
James Chace in 1957 and was later divorced; they had two daughters, Sarah (b.1958)
and Rebecca (b.1960). A second marriage in 1991 to artist Barrie Cooke, also ended
in divorce. In 1964, a collection of her poems won the Yale Series of Younger Poets
Award, chosen over 300 other entries; it was published in 1965 as Dream Barker and Other Poems.
Valentine has taught poetry at 92nd Street Young Men's Hebrew Association, Sarah Lawrence
College, Hunter College, City University of New York, Pierson College at Yale University,
Swarthmore College, Barnard College, Bucknell University, American University, Columbia
University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has also won various awards and
fellowships including: the Rockefeller Fellowship, the Bunting Institute Fellowship,
the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Shelley Memorial Prize (2000), the National
Book Award for Poetry (2004), and the Jean Kennedy Smith New York University Creative
Writing Award of Distinction (2005).
Valentine's other published works include: Pilgrims (1969); Ordinary Things (1974); Turn (1977); The Messenger (1979); Home.Deep.Blue (1989); Night Lake (1992); The River at Wolf (1992); Night Porch: Poems (1995); The Under Voice: Selected Poems (1995); Growing Darkness, Growing Light (1997); The Cradle of the Real Life (2000); The Lighthouse Keeper: Essays on the Poetry of Eleanor Ross Taylor (2001); and Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 (2004).
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I. Biographical and personal
- Series II. Correspondence
- ___Subseries A. Alphabetical
- ___Subseries B. General
- Series III. Writings
- ___Subseries A. Poetry
- ___Subseries B. Prose
- Series IV. Photographs, Audiovisual, and Oversized
- ___Subseries A. Photographs
- ___Subseries B. Audiovisual
- ___Subseries C. Oversized
This collection documents the personal and professional life of poet Jean Valentine.
The bulk consists of correspondence, including extensive correspondence with other
well-known poets. The processor retained the original arrangement of the correspondence.
The remainder includes her writings (drafts and proofs of poems, examples of prose,
etc.); reviews of her published books; photographs; one videotape; and four audiotapes.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1964-2003 (#1.1-1.5), includes Valentine's curricula
vitae, articles about her, transcripts of interviews, and introductions by others
given at poetry readings. For brief diary excerpts of daily life and snippets of poems
from 1989-1990, see #2.19.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1965-2004 (#1.6-3.9), is arranged in two subseries: alphabetical
Subseries A, Alphabetical, 1969-2004 (#1.6-2.6), consists of substantive correspondence
with friends and poets. Poets would send a poem back and forth for criticism and validation,
providing insight into the evolution of the work. This subseries also highlights Valentine's
life in Ireland with her second husband, Barrie Cooke, as well as her trips to artists'
communities, Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, New York), and Macdowell Colony (Peterborough,
Subseries B, General, 1965-2004 (#2.7-3.9), consists of correspondence with other
friends and other poets, discussing their health, personal lives, and professional
activities. The subseries includes spouses and friends of correspondents from Subseries
A; many of the same people and subjects are discussed. Arranged chronologically.
Series III, WRITINGS, 1952-2002 (#3.10-6.13) is arranged in two subseries: poetry
Subseries A, Poetry, 1955-2002 (#3.10-6.1), contains drafts, proofs, reviews, correspondence
concerning Dream Barker and Other Poems; Pilgrims; Ordinary Things; The Messenger; Home.Deep.Blue; The River at Wolf; Growing Darkness, Growing Light; The Cradle of the Real Life; and Door in the Mountain. Also included is the poem Valentine published while attending Radcliffe College.
See also F+D.1 for book jackets of some of her volumes.
Subseries B, Prose, 1952-2001 (#6.2-6.13), consists of articles written by Valentine
about Eleanor Ross Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Jane Cooper, Jane Keynon,
Robert Lowell, and Czeslaw Milosz, and various other writings.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, AUDIOVISUAL, AND OVERSIZED, 1980-2002 (# PD.1-PD.3, Vt-143,
T-334.1-334.4, F+D.1) is arranged in four subseries: photographs, videotapes, audiotapes,
and oversized material.
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL
- 1.1. Articles about Valentine, 1964-2003
- 1.2. Curricula vitae and references, 1970-1994
- 1.3. Fellowships and teaching positions, 1970-1979
- 1.4. Interviews, 1972-2002
- 1.5. Introductions of Valentine by others at poetry readings, 1995-2002, n.d.
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE
- Subseries A. Alphabetical
- 1.6. Andrews, Tom, 1989-1999; includes poems.
- 1.7. Burkard, Michael, 1979-1998, n.d.; includes poems.
- 1.8. Bishop, Elizabeth, 1974-1979
- 1.9-1.11. Carruth, Hayden, 1997-2004; includes poems.
- 1.12. Cooper, Jane, 1989-1994, n.d.
- 1.13. Cuddihy, Michael, 1981-1998, n.d.
- 1.14. Greenstreet, Max and Kate, 2002-2004. Includes poems and reference copy of photograph;
original filed in PD.1.
- 2.1. O'Driscoll, Dennis, 1992-2002, n.d.
- 2.5-2.6. Taylor, Eleanor Ross, 1989-2004, n.d.; includes poems, uncataloged photographs.
Also, reference copy of photograph in #2.5; original in #PD.1.
- Subseries B. General
- 2.7-3.9. Correspondence, arranged chronologically, 1965-2004, n.d. #2.8, 2.9, 3.6, 3.8 include
uncataloged photographs. #2.8, 2.10, 2.11, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4-3.6, 3.8, 3.9 include poems
by others. #3.2 contains a recommendation from Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985), for
the Rockefeller Fellowship. #3.8 includes a draft of "Daylight's Messenger" by Allan Gurganus. (15 folders)
- Series III. WRITINGS
- Subseries A. Poetry
- 3.10. Dream Barker: correspondence and reviews, 1965-1967
- 3.11. Pilgrims: correspondence and reviews, 1969-1970, n.d.
- 3.12-3.13. Ordinary Things: drafts, n.d.
- 3.14-4.1. Ordinary Things: correspondence and reviews, 1974-1978
- 4.2-4.3. The Messenger: correspondence and reviews, 1979-1980
- 4.4-4.6. Home.Deep.Blue: drafts, n.d.
- 4.7. Home.Deep.Blue: proofs (ca.1988)
- 4.8. Home.Deep.Blue: correspondence and reviews, 1982-1990
- 4.9. The River at Wolf: diary with excerpts of poems and day-to-day activities, 1989-1990
- 4.10-4.11. The River at Wolf: drafts, 1988-1990
- 4.12. The River at Wolf: correspondence and reviews, 1989-1993, n.d.. Includes poems from other poets and
- 4.13. Night Lake: published volume, 1992
- 5.3. Growing Darkness, Growing Light: correspondence and reviews, 1997-1999
- 5.4-5.6. The Cradle of the Real Life: drafts, n.d.
- 5.7. The Cradle of the Real Life: published volume, 2000
- 5.8-5.9. The Cradle of the Real Life: correspondence and reviews, 1998-2000. #5.8 contains uncataloged photographs.
- 5.10. Door in the Mountain: drafts, 2001, n.d. Includes notes from Jane Cooper.
- 5.11. "Poem" published in the The Harvard Advocate, 1955-1956; includes review from the The Harvard Crimson.
- 5.12-5.14. Miscellaneous poems, 1998-2002, n.d.
- 6.1. Poems by others translated by Valentine, n.d.
- Subseries B. Prose
- 6.2. Cooper, Jane, 1997: article
- 6.3. Heaney, Seamus, 1996: article for Seamus Heaney: A Celebration
- 6.4. Kenyon, Jane, 1995: article for Poetry Pilot
- 6.5. Lowell, Robert, 1994: article for Poetry Ireland Review; includes draft with annotations.
- 6.6. The Magus, 1952, published by Milton Academy Girls' School: article and senior class entry
- 6.7. Milosz, Czeslaw, 1981: article for Ironwood; includes draft with annotations.
- 6.8-6.9. Plath, Sylvia, 1995-1998, n.d.: letter to the editor of The New Yorker, an unpublished piece titled "Notes on Sylvia Plath", and clippings about Plath
- 6.10-6.12. Taylor, Eleanor Ross, 1990-2001, n.d.; includes interview of Taylor by Valentine,
and Valentine's introduction to The Lighthouse Keeper: Essays on the Poetry of Eleanor Ross Taylor.
- 6.13. Reviews by Valentine, 1972-1973, n.d.
- Series IV. PHOTOGRAPHS, AUDIOVISUAL, AND OVERSIZED
- Subseries A. Photographs
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.1. Photographs removed from #1.14, 2.5.
- PD.2. Portraits taken for The River at Wolf, 1990
- PD.3. Prose and Poetry Conference, Pen and Brush Club, 2000
- Subseries B. Audiovisual
- Vt-143. Videotape of poetry reading at Kirtland Community College, Michigan, 1999
REQUEST AS Vt-143.
- T-334.1. Audiotape of poetry reading at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania (given while Valentine
was poet-in-residence), 1990
REQUEST AS T-334, reel 1.
- T-334.2. Audiotape of poetry reading [Ohio University's Spring Literary Festival?], 1993
REQUEST AS T-334, reel 2.
- T-334.3. Audiotape of The River at Wolf [Cambridge, Massachusetts: Alice James Books], 1993
REQUEST AS T-334, reel 3.
- T-334.4. Audiotape of The Resurrected [Washington, District of Columbia: Watershed Tapes], 1989
REQUEST AS T-334, reel 4.
- Subseries C. Oversized
- F+D.1. Book jackets for Dream Barker and Other Poems; Pilgrims; Ordinary Things; and The Messenger. Also, a poetry reading flier, 1980.
American literature--20th century
American literature--Women authors
Authors and publishers
Feminist poetry--Book reviews
Ireland--Description and travel
Manuscripts for publication
Proofs (printed matter)
Publishers and publishing--United States
Alfred, William, 1922-1999
Andrews, Tom, 1961-2001
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979
Burkard, Michael, 1947-
Carruth, Hayden, 1921-2008
Carruth, Joe-Anne McLaughlin
Cooper, Jane, 1924-2007
Doty, Mark A. (Mark Allen), 1948-
Fitzgerald, Robert, 1910-1985
Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013
Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977
McGuckian, Medbh, 1950-
92nd Street Y (New York, N.Y.)
Rich, Adrienne, 1929-2012
Taylor, Eleanor Ross, 1920-2011
Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994