Guide to the Rae Armantrout Papers, circa 1970-2001 M.1211

Finding aid prepared by Joseph Geller
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
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Stanford, California, 94305-6064
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Title: Rae Armantrout papers
Identifier/Call Number: M.1211
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 10.5 Linear feet (21 manuscript boxes, 1 half box)
Date (inclusive): circa 1970-2001
Abstract: The collection documents Rae Armantrout's writing career from the 1970's through 2001.
Physical Location: Special Collections materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
creator: Armantrout, Rae, 1947-

Preferrred Citation

[Identification of item], Rae Armantrout papers, M1211. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Access

The collection is open for research, except box 22, which is closed until 2021.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Acquisition Information

Accession numbers: MSS.2001-095, MSS.2001-140. This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in April and May 2001.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains correspondence, notebooks, typescripts, teaching materials, and photographs. Much of the correspondence, from the late 1970's to the present, consists of substantive letters and emails from other poets and writers, including Fanny Howe, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, and Ron Silliman. The notebooks in the collection record random thoughts from which Armantrout's poems often evolve, as well as multiple versions of both published and unpublished work. The collection also includes typescripts for Armantrout's books, including Precedence (1985), Necromance (1989), Made to Seem (1995), True (1996), as well as typescripts for other miscellaneous poems and essays. Teaching materials in the collection consist of Armantrout's lecture notes, syllabi, and course readers for classes on poetry and personal narrative taught at the University of California, San Diego from the mid-1980's to the present.

Biography

The poet and essayist Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California on 13 April 1947 and grew up in San Diego. Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970, she later received a Master's degree in creative writing at San Francisco State University in 1975. Armantrout is the author of many books, including, among others, Extremities (1978), The Invention of Hunger (1979), Precedence (1985) Necroromance (1991), Made to Seem (1995), Writing the Plot about Sets (1998), True (a memoir, 1998), The Pretext (2001), Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001), Up to Speed (2004), and Next Life (2007). A founding member of the West Coast "Language Poetry" movement, Armantrout worked closely with a dynamic group of writers including Ron Silliman, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Steve Benson, Barret Watten, Tom Mandel, and Carla Harryman. Although Language poetry can be seen as advocating a poetics of nonreferentiality, Armantrout's work, focusing as it often does on the local and the domestic, resists such definitions. Internationally known, Armantrout's work has been the subject of numerous essays (some of which are gathered in A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout, a collection dedicated to her work), and an entry in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (vol. 193). Currently, she teaches at the University of California, San Diego.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series:
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Notebooks
Series III: Writing
Series IV: Teaching Materials
Series V: Photographs

Other Finding Aids

Fanny Howe Papers, M0648, M0768, M0848
Marjorie Perloff Papers, M1504

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Armantrout, Rae, 1947-
Davis, Lydia.
Hejinian, Lyn.
Howe, Fanny
Perelman, Bob
Silliman, Ronald, 1946-
American literature -- Poetry -- 20th Century
Women authors.

 

Series I: CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content

This series contains incoming letters, postcards, and printed emails. Typescripts and other materials originally included with the correspondence have been retained in this series.
Box 1, Folder 1

Abbott, Steve, 1979: letters

Box 1, Folder 2

Acker, Kathy, 1978-1980: letters, postcard

Box 1, Folder 3

Alcosser, Sandra, 1988: letter

Box 1, Folder 4

Alexander, Charles, 1990-2000: letter, emails

Box 1, Folder 5

Alferi, Pierre, 1991: letter

Box 1, Folder 6

Andrews, Bruce, 1977-1995: letters, postcards

Box 1, Folder 7

Armantrout, Hazel, 1989: birthday card

Box 1, Folder 8

Ashbery, John, 1979-1992: letters

Box 1, Folder 9

Baracks, Barbara, 1976-1978: letters

Box 1, Folder 10

Bellamy, Dodie, 1995-1998: emails

Box 1, Folder 11

Benson, Steve, 1977-1992: letters, typescripts, postcards

Box 1, Folder 12

Bernheimer, Alan, 1985-1994: postcard, letter

Box 1, Folder 13

Bernstein, Charles, 1977-2000: postcards, letters, emails

Box 1, Folder 14

Berrigan, Sandy, 1988: letter

Box 1, Folder 15

Brito, Manuel, 1990-1994: letters, questionnaire

Box 1, Folder 16

Bromige, David, 1985-1997: letters, postcards, email

Box 1, Folder 17

Brooker, Gregory, 1994: letter, typescripts

Box 1, Folder 18

Brossard, Nicole, 1987: letter

Box 1, Folder 19

Brown, Colin, 1986: letters

Box 1, Folder 20

Brown, Lee Ann, 1994: letter

Box 1, Folder 21

Capgras, Genevieve, 1991: letter

Box 1, Folder 22

Chadwick, Cydney, 1989-1992: letters, postcard

Box 1, Folder 23

Chamberlain, Lori, 1988-1991: letters, postcard

Box 1, Folder 24

Codrescu, Andrei, 1993: letter

Box 1, Folder 25

Coleman, Wanda, 1990: letter

Box 1, Folder 26

Creeley, Robert, 1985-1999: postcards, email

Box 1, Folder 27

Cutler, Carolyn, 1991: letter

Box 1, Folder 28

Damon, Maria, 1995: email

Box 1, Folder 29

Darragh, Tina, 1987-1992: letters, postcards

Box 1, Folder 30

Davidson, Michael, 1987-1991: letters

Box 1, Folder 31

Davies, Alan, 1979-1992: postcards, essay

Box 1, Folder 32

Davis, Lydia, 1983-1995: typescripts, letters, postcards

Box 1, Folder 33

Davis, Lydia, 1996-2000: letters, postcards, emails

Box 1, Folder 34

Destremau, Lionel, 1995: letter

Box 1, Folder 35

Doris, Stacy, 1994: letter

Box 1, Folder 36

Doughty, Julia, 1987: postcard

Box 1, Folder 37

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau, 1984-1998: letters, postcards, emails

Box 2, Folder 1

Edwards, Ken, 1978: letters

Box 2, Folder 2

Equi, Elaine, 1992-2001: emails, postcards

Box 2, Folder 3

Eshleman, Clayton, 1970-1988: letters

Box 2, Folder 4

Evans, Steve and Jennifer Moxley, 1989-1992: letters, greeting card

Box 2, Folder 5

Fraser, Kathleen, 1978: letter

Box 2, Folder 6

Freilicher, Melvyn, 1982-1992: postcards

Box 2, Folder 7

Gilonas, Harry, 1990: letters

Box 2, Folder 8

Gizzi, Michael, 1991: letters

Box 2, Folder 9

Gizzi, Peter, 1988-1997: letters, postcards, email

Box 2, Folder 10

Golding, Alan, 1992-1995: letters, email

Box 2, Folder 11

Grim, Jessica, 1989-1998: letters, postcards, email

Box 2, Folder 12

Hejinian, Lyn, 1977-1995: letters, signed broadside, postcards, typescripts, emails

Box 2, Folder 13

Hejinian, Lyn, 1996-2000: letters, emails

Box 2, Folder 14

Hocquard, Emmanuel, 1985-1986: letters, program

Box 2, Folder 15

Hoover, Paul, 1988-1994: letters

Box 2, Folder 16

Howe, Fanny, 1988-1995: letters, postcards, typescripts

Box 2, Folder 17-18

Howe, Fanny, 1996-2000: emails

Box 22, Folder 1

Howe, Fanny, 1994-2000: emails. Closed until Jan. 1, 2021.

Box 3, Folder 1

Howe, Susan, 1978-1996: letters, postcards, emails

Box 3, Folder 2

Jarolin, Edie, 1985-1991: letters, postcards

Box 3, Folder 3

Jorris, Pierre and Jerome Rothenberg, 1996: letter

Box 3, Folder 4

Killian, Kevin, 1989-1996: letters

Box 3, Folder 5

Killian, Kevin and Dodie Bellamy, 1996-2000: emails, letter

Box 3, Folder 6

Kinnell, Galway, 1990: letter

Box 3, Folder 7

Kitchell, Marilyn, 1986: letters

Box 3, Folder 8

Krantz, Chris, 1989: letters

Box 3, Folder 9

Lally, Michael, no date: note

Box 3, Folder 10

Lauterbach, Ann, 1991: letters

Box 3, Folder 11

Lazer, Hank, 1988-2000: letters, emails, typescripts

Box 3, Folder 12

Leddy, Michael, 1991-1995: letters, postcards, typescripts, essay on Armantrout

Box 3, Folder 13

Levertov, Denise, 1970-1978: postcards

Box 3, Folder 14

Littman, Brett, 1991-1993: letters, typescript, postcard

Box 3, Folder 15

Luoma, Bill, 1995: email

Box 3, Folder 16

Manson, Peter, 1994: letters

Box 3, Folder 17

Mayer, Bernadette, circa 1989: postcards, letters

Box 3, Folder 18

McCaffery, Larry, 1991: letter

Box 3, Folder 19

McGann, Jerome, 1989-1990: letters

Box 3, Folder 20

Merritt, Bruce, 1993: letter

Box 3, Folder 21

Messerli, Douglas, 1985-1997: letters, postcards, publishing agreement

Box 3, Folder 22

Moriarty, Laura, 1994-2000: letters, emails, wedding invitation

Box 3, Folder 23

Morrow, Brad, 1990-1995: letters

Box 3, Folder 24

Mott, Glenn, 1991: letters

Box 3, Folder 25

Moxley, Jennifer, 1991-1995: letters, typescripts

Box 3, Folder 26

Mullen, Harryette, 1993: letter

Box 3, Folder 27

Myles, Eileen, 1994: postcard

Box 3, Folder 28

Neilson, Melanie, 1989-1995: letters, postcard

Box 3, Folder 29

Nicholls, Peter, 1994-1995: letters, email

Box 3, Folder 30

Nielsen, Aldon, 1992: letter

Box 3, Folder 31

Nowak, Mark, 1992: letter

Box 3, Folder 32

Olson, Toby, 1985: letter

Box 3, Folder 33

O'Sullivan, Maggie, 1994-1995: letters

Box 3, Folder 34

Owen, Maureen, 1978: letter

Box 4, Folder 1

Perelman, Bob, 1978-1994: letters, postcards, typescripts, some with annotations by Armantrout

Box 4, Folder 2-3

Perelman, Bob, 1994-2001: emails; includes poems, some with annotations by Armantrout.

Box 4, Folder 4

Perloff, Marjorie, 1994-2001: emails, letter, postcard

Box 4, Folder 5

Perry, Margeaux, 1989: letter

Box 4, Folder 6

Peterson, Jeffrey, 1995: essay on Armantrout

Box 4, Folder 7

Piombino, Nick, 1990: note

Box 4, Folder 8

Quartermain, Peter, 1995: email

Box 4, Folder 9

Raworth, Tom, 1990-1999: letters, postcards, email

Box 4, Folder 10

Reed, Pat, no date: greeting card

Box 4, Folder 11

Retallack, Joan, 1992: letter

Box 4, Folder 12

Robinson, Kit, 1978: letter, postcard

Box 4, Folder 13

Royet-Journoud, Claude, no date: letter

Box 4, Folder 14

Scalopino, Leslie, 1990: postcard

Box 4, Folder 15

Schultz, Susan, 1990-1995: letter, email

Box 4, Folder 16

Sherry, James, 1992: letter, postcards

Box 4, Folder 17

Silliman, Ron, 1972-1994: postcards, letters, essay

Box 4, Folder 18-19

Silliman, Ron, 1994-2000: letters, emails, typescripts

Box 4, Folder 20

Sloan, Margy, 1994-2000: letters, emails

Box 5, Folder 1

Stein, Jean, 1990-1991: letters

Box 5, Folder 2

Swenson, Cole, 1992-1995: letter, greeting card

Box 5, Folder 3

Sze, Arthur, 1992: greeting card

Box 5, Folder 4

Waldrop, Rosemarie, 1983-1991: letters, postcard

Box 5, Folder 5

Ward, Diane, 1989-1998: postcards, note, email

Box 5, Folder 6

Watten, Barrett, 1985-1993: letters, greeting card

Box 5, Folder 7

Wheeler, Susan, 1997-2000: emails; includes typescript essay on Armantrout.

Box 5, Folder 8

White, Shelly, 1990-1991: letters, greeting cards

Box 5, Folder 9-12

Miscellaneous correspondence: mostly emails; some letters, cards, typescripts.

Box 6, Folder 1-5

Miscellaneous correspondence continued

 

Series II: NOTEBOOKS

Scope and Content

The notebooks in this series contain drafts and notes for published and unpublished poems, as well as miscellaneous notes. Dated notebooks are arranged chronologically, followed by undated notebooks.
Box 7, Items 1

1986

Box 7, Items 2

1988-1989

Box 7, Items 3

Spring 1992

Box 7, Items 4

Fall 1992

Box 7, Items 5

1992

Box 7, Items 6

1992

Box 7, Items 7

1992

Box 7, Items 8

1992-1993

Box 7, Items 9

Summer 1993

Box 7, Items 10

Summer-Fall 1993

Box 8, Items 1

Fall 1993

Box 8, Items 2

1993

Box 8, Items 3

1993-1994

Box 8, Items 4

1993-1994

Box 8, Items 5

Spring 1994

Box 8, Items 6

Summer 1994

Box 8, Items 7

Summer 1994

Box 8, Items 8

Summer 1994

Box 8, Items 9

Fall-Winter 1994

Box 8, Items 10

1994

Box 8, Items 11

1994

Box 9, Items 1

Winter 1995

Box 9, Items 2

Winter 1995

Box 9, Items 3

Summer 1995

Box 9, Items 4

Summer 1995

Box 9, Items 5

Fall 1995

Box 9, Items 6

Fall 1996

Box 9, Folder 7

1996

Box 9, Items 8

1996-1997

Box 9, Items 9

Spring 1997

Box 9, Items 10

Spring 1997

Box 9, Items 11

Spring-Summer 1997

Box 9, Items 12

Fall 1997

Box 9, Items 13

Fall 1997

Box 9, Items 14

Fall 1997

Box 10, Items 1

Winter 1997-1998

Box 10, Items 2

Winter 1998

Box 10, Items 3

Winter 1998

Box 10, Items 4

Spring 1998

Box 10, Items 5

Spring 1998

Box 10, Items 6

Spring 1998

Box 10, Items 7

June 1998

Box 10, Items 8

Summer 1998

Box 10, Items 9

Summer 1998

Box 10, Items 10

Fall 1998

Box 10, Items 11

1998-1999

Box 10, Items 12

May 1999

Box 10, Items 13

Fall 1999

Box 11, Items 1

1999

Box 11, Items 2

2000

Box 11, Items 3-13

Undated

Box 12, Items 1-13

Undated continued

 

Series III: WRITING

Scope and Content

This series contains typescripts, proofs, periodicals, clippings, and other materials relating to Armantrout's publications and reading engagements. Loose typescripts by other writers have also been included in this series.
Box 13, Folder 1

American Literature, 1993: letter

Box 13, Folder 2

Best American Poetry, 1988: letter

Box 13, Folder 3

Clippings, circa 1986-1995: newspaper and magazine articles by or about Armantrout

Box 13, Folder 4

Davis, Lydia, circa 1994: End of the Story typescript

Box 13, Folder 5

Davis, Lydia, circa 1999: typescripts

Box 13, Folder 6

Delo, 1989: no. 8

Box 13, Folder 7

Equi, Elaine, no date: typescripts

Box 13, Folder 8

The Germ, 2000: galley proofs

Box 13, Folder 9

Grand Piano Project, 2000-2001: emails

Box 13, Folder 10

Hejinian, Lyn, 1991: typescript

Box 13, Folder 11

HOW(ever), 1983-1984: vol. 1, nos. 1, 3; vol. 2, no. 1

Box 13, Folder 12

Howe, Fanny, no date: typescripts

Box 14, Folder 1

Interview, 1987: typescript interview of Armantrout by Lori Chamberlain

Box 14, Folder 2

LANGUAGE, 1978-1979: nos. 2, 3, 5, 7,

Box 14, Folder 3

Lazer, Alexander, no date: typescript of essay on Armantrout

Box 14, Folder 4

Made to Seem, circa 1995: typescript

Box 14, Folder 5

Necromance, 1989: typescript; includes letter from Sun and Moon Press.

Box 14, Folder 6

Necromance, 1989: proofs

Box 14, Folder 7

Neilson, Melanie, 1995: typescripts

Box 14, Folder 8

Page Mothers, 1999: typescript essays by Armantrout and others

Box 14, Folder 9

Partisan Review, 1981: letter

Box 14, Folder 10

Perelman, Bob, no date: typescripts

Box 14, Folder 11

Perelman, Bob, 1998: annotated proof for The Future of Memory

Box 14, Folder 12

Poetry Flash, 1979-1991: nos. 74, 148, 223

Box 14, Folder 13

Precedence, circa 1985: typescript

Box 14, Folder 14

Prosodia, 1994-1995: letters

Box 15, Folder 1

Reviews, circa 1989-2000: clippings, typescripts

Box 15, Folder 2

Silliman, Ron, no date: typescript

Box 15, Folder 3

Sun and Moon Press, 1992-1993: royalty statements, publishing agreement

Box 15, Folder 4

True, circa 1996: typescripts

Box 15, Folder 5

True, 1996: page proofs

Box 15, Folder 6

Tuumba Press, no date: broadsides

Box 15, Folder 7-9

Typescripts, no date: poems and essays, many with extensive annotations

Box 16, Folder 1-7

Typescripts continued

Box 17, Folder 1

Wesleyan University Press, 1999-2001: emails, publishing agreement for American Women Poets of the Twenty First Century

Box 17, Folder 2

A Wild Salience, 1998-2000: correspondence

Box 17, Folder 3

A Wild Salience, 2000: page proofs

Box 17, Folder 4

Zyzzyva, 1993: letter, publishing agreement

Box 18, Folder 1-5

Miscellaneous writing, no date: typescript essays by Armantrout and others; includes flyers for readings and conferences.

 

Series IV: TEACHING MATERIALS

Scope and Content

This series contains teaching materials, such as course readers and handouts from courses taught by Armantrout at the University of California, San Diego.
Box 19, Folder 1

Syllabi

Box 19, Folder 2

Course handouts

Box 19, Folder 3-7

Course notebooks

Box 20, Folder 1

Course readers, 1985-1987

Box 20, Folder 2

Course readers, 1988

Box 20, Folder 3

Course readers, 1989

Box 20, Folder 4

Course readers, 1991-1992

Box 20, Folder 5

Course readers, 1992

Box 21, Folder 1

Course readers, 1993

Box 21, Folder 2

Course readers, 1994-1996

Box 21, Folder 3-4

Course readers, no date

Box 21, Folder 5

Naropa course packet, 2000

Box 21, Folder 6

Miscellaneous teaching

 

Series V: PHOTOGRAPHS

Scope and Content

This small series includes one black and white portrait of Armantrout from a 1982 reading, snapshots from a later reading with Ron Silliman, and other miscellaneous snapshots of Armantrout and others.
Box 21, Folder 7

Photographs, circa 1982-1996