Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Williams, W.C. mss. II, 1913-1978, consist of letters from poet William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963, to his son William Eric Williams, 1914-1995, most of which were written while William Eric was a college student, and of letters to Williams's widow, Florence (Herman) Williams, 1890-1976, or to his publisher at New Directions Press, James Laughlin, 1914- , pertaining to requests for Williams material by editors and researchers. A number of letters mention John Connop Thirlwall, 1904- , and his research on Williams. The later correspondence includes letters between William Eric and Reed Whittemore, 1919- , concerning Whittemore's biography of William Carlos Williams.

Correspondents include: Martha Joanna Baird, Julian Beck, Kay Boyle, Jon Bracker, Ernesto Cardenal, Malcolm Cowley, Robert Patrick Dana, Babette Deutsch, Peter Francis du Sautoy, Richard Wirtz Emerson, Angel Flores, Charles Henri Ford, James Laughlin, Denise Levertov, Reeves Lewenthal, Robert McAlmon, Victoria McAlmon, David McDowell, Robert Mercer MacGregor, James Francis Murray, Norman Holmes Pearson, Dorothy (Shakespear) Pound, Ezra Loomis Pound, Sister Mary Bernetta Quinn, John Connop Thirlwall, Robert Clifton Weaver, Norman Charles Weinstein, Reed Whittemore, Florence (Herman) Williams, Raquel Helene Rose (Hoheb) Williams, William Carlos Williams, and William Eric Williams.

Also present in the collection are publication contracts, 1928-1968, copyright assignments, 1949-1970, and royalty statements, 1963-1970; drafts of poems and other works by Williams; as well as writings about him, including a draft of Florence Williams's reminiscences, prepared from conversations with Edith Heal. Awards, memorials, printed programs and ephemera complete the collection.

Purchase. J. Howard Woolmer, Rare Books. Revere, PA 1993

Collection size: 750 items

Related manuscripts: Williams, W.C. mss., Williams, W.C. mss. III

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