Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Williams, W.C. mss. III, 1884-1995, consist of letters to poet William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963, and his wife, Florence (Herman) Williams, 1890-1976, from their son William Eric Williams, 1914-1995, most of which were written while William Eric was in the armed forces, and of letters to Florence Williams, or to Williams' publisher at New Directions Press, James Laughlin, 1914- , pertaining to requests for Williams material by editors and researchers. Also included are a number of condolence cards and letters sent after Williams' death.

Correspondents include: Kay Boyle, Kenneth Burke, Robert Creeley, Charles Demuth, Babette Deutsch, Jonathan A. Diemand, Jr., Hilda Doolittle, Allen Ginsberg, James Laughlin, Denise Levertov, Robert Lowell, Robert McAlmon, Robert Mercer MacGregor, Paul L. Mariani, Marianne Moore, James Francis Murray, Marcia Nardi, Dorothy (Shakespear) Pound, Ezra Loomis Pound, Eleanor (Roosevelt) Roosevelt, Louis Untermeyer, Emily Mitchell Wallace, Edgar Irving Williams, Florence (Herman) Williams, Raquel Helene Rose (Hoheb) Williams, William Carlos Williams, William Eric Williams, William George Williams, and Louis Zukofsky.

Present in the collection are drafts of poems and other works by Williams, as well as writings about him; photographs of Williams and his family; publication contracts, 1951-1981; and Williams' journal for the period January-June 1924 when he and his wife traveled to Europe. Also included are papers relating to the Museum of Art of Ogunquit; "William Carlos Williams and the American Scene," an exhibit held at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the television program "Voices and Visions." Memorials, newspapers, reviews, and miscellaneous complete the collection.

Purchase. J. Howard Woolmer, Rare Books. Revere, PA 1996

Collection size: 3,500 items

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

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