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Register of the Armand Schwerner Papers
MSS 0485  
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Description
Papers of Armand Schwerner, poet, performance artist, musician, translator, editor, and professor of literature. Schwerner is best known for his long serial poem entitled "The Tablets." The papers contain correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished poetry and prose, journals, notes, translations, reviews, and editorial work. Schwerner's readings and performances are represented by flyers, text, photographs, and audio and videorecordings. Also included are drafts of writings of others and subject files related his interest in Buddhism, and various biographical documents. The papers are arranged in thirteen series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS BY SCHWERNER, 4) PERFORMANCES AND READINGS, 5) INTERVIEWS WITH SCHWERNER/ CRITICISM OF SCHWERNER, 6) TEACHING MATERIALS, 7) CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS, 8) WRITINGS OF OTHERS, 9) SUBJECT FILES, 10) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, 11) PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS, 12) RECORDINGS, and 13) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Background
Armand Schwerner was born on May 11, 1927, in Antwerp, Belgium. His family immigrated to the United States in the mid-1930s, and settled in New York City. He attended Cornell University, where he published his first poems in the CORNELL REVIEW. Schwerner then attended Columbia University, earning a B.A. in 1950 and a M.A. in 1964. In 1964 he began teaching English at Staten Island Community College.
Extent
32.70 linear feet (73 archives boxes, 12 card file boxes and 9 oversize folders)
Availability
Collection is open for research