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Lee Anderson Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms004


  • 1933-1972


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Biographical Information

Lee Anderson (1896-1972) was an American poet. He was born in Saxton, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and spent several years as a self-employed printer and farmer in western Pennsylvania. In 1942, he published his collection of poetry, Prevailing Winds. Anderson became interested in poetry readings and the oral aspects of poetry and began to record contemporary poets reading their work onto audiotape. At first, Anderson kept the recordings for his personal collection but soon he was asked by the Library of Congress to record and submit recorded poetry readings to the library. In 1955, Yale University acquired Anderson's complete collection of more than 500 tapes of contemporary British and American poets reading from their work, including duplicates of recordings donated to the Library of Congress. In addition, Yale hired Anderson as a Research Associate. While at Yale, he helped produce the Yale Series of Recorded Poets, a collection of LP records of poets reading their work which was derived largely from Anderson's tape collection.


Series 1: Correspondence is divided into three subseries. Subseries  1.1. Personal correspondence, 1933-1974; letters filed chronologically by author, includes selected manuscripts, by others filed with letters, Boxes 1-7. Subseries 1.2. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1933-1972, letters filed chronologically, Box 8. Subseries 1.3. John Trimmer Journal, 1963-1969, consists of letters Lee Anderson wrote to his friend John Trimmer, which he regarded as journal entries.

Series 2: Manuscripts is divided into four subseries. Subseries 2.1. Titled Poems, arranged alphabetically, Boxes 10-11. Subseries 2.2. Untitled poems and fragments, Boxes 12-13. Subseries 2.3. Essays, Box 14. Subseries 2.4. Classroom and teaching, Box 15.

Series 3: Materials Toward Books is divided into seven subseries. Subseries 3.1. Prevailing Winds; Subseries 3.2. The Floating World and Other Poems; Subseries 3.3. Nags Head; Subseries 3.4. Bearstone Tetralogy; Subseries 3.5. The Treasure Hunt Murder; Subseries 3.6 [The Oral Interpretation of Literature]; Subseries 3.7. Miscellaneous Galleys, Boxes 16-26.

Series 4: Notebooks, Boxes 27-33.

Series 5: Audiotapes, Boxes 34-38.

Series 6: Manuscript Material by Others (excluding manuscripts located in Subseries 1. 1 and Series 5.) Includes Book of Gems, autograph book containing holograph poems by various authors, Box 39. Also includes unpublished essays by others on the work of Lee Anderson, Box 39.

Series 7: The Yale Series of Recorded Poets includes material relating to Anderson's involvement with this project, Box 40.

Series 8: Miscellaneous, Boxes 41-42.

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  • 2021 April 16: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

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Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
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