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University at Buffalo Poetry Collection
Devoted to 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English and English translation, the Poetry Collection contains over 140,000 titles of Anglophone poetry including 6,600 broadsides. The collection also houses an extensive selection of little magazines, manuscripts, letters, audio recordings, and visual art, making it the library of record for modern and contemporary poetry. Founded more than 70 years ago by Charles Abbott, the Poetry Collection holds one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions and other titles, little literary magazines, broadsides and anthologies; a substantial collection of artworks; and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations. The Poetry Collection acquires publications and papers from writers located at both the center and the margins of poetic culture.
Working manuscripts and letters of modernist poets such as Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens form the foundation of the Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, which contains tens of thousands of pages of manuscripts and correspondence from hundreds of American, British, Irish, Canadian and Australian authors. Additionally, there are more than 150 named collections, including the world’s largest and most distinguished archive of James Joyce manuscripts as well as major selections of papers from Robert Graves, Theodore Enslin, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, John Logan, Helen Adam, John Montague, Clark Coolidge, Michael Palmer, Robert Kelly, William Carlos Williams, Basil Bunting, Dylan Thomas, Jonathan Williams and Wyndham Lewis.
James Joyce Collection
The world’s largest James Joyce archives contains holograph drafts, typescript pages, and corrected galleys and page proofs for Ulysses and 66 notebooks, transcriptions, typescripts, galleys, and page proofs from Finnegans Wake. Joyce’s manuscripts as well as letters have been scanned and are available for research in the reading room of the Poetry Collection.
The collection also holds the archives of several important small presses and magazines, such as the Jargon Society, Hand and Flower Press, Frontier Press, Alcheringa, kayak, Manroot and Lost & Found Times, and serves as a regional repository for many of the presses, publications, arts organizations and galleries of Western New York including Intrepid, Earth’s Daughters, Buckle, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery and Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Also featured are the personal libraries of writers such as Helen Adam, Basil Bunting, Robert Duncan and John Logan; artworks by Salvador Dali, Constantin Brancusi, Jess (Collins), Wyndham Lewis, E. E. Cummings, and many others; and substantial collections of mail art, visual and concrete poetry, photographs, and zines.
University at Buffalo Special Collections Finding Aid
Reading Room Hours: Monday– Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
If you would like to use the collection before, after, or during the conference, please contact
To reach the collection via public transportation, take the metro from Fountain Plaza (outside the Hyatt) to University (final station). From there, walk up the stairs out of the metro station and up a hill to catch a "STAMPEDE" free shuttle bus that will take you from "south" to "north" campus. The bus will stop in Flint Loop, directly outside Capen Hall. Special Collections can be accessed only by using the elevators inside the library, not the elevators in the lobby
420 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1674
Phone: (716) 645-2917
Fax: (716) 645-3714