Finding Aid to the Thom Gunn Papers, 1930-2004, bulk 1950-2004

Finding Aid written by Dean Smith, March 2008
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Finding Aid to the Thom Gunn Papers, 1930-2004, bulk 1950-2004

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/235

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Dean Smith, March 2008
Date Completed:
May 2012
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Thom Gunn papers
Date (inclusive): 1930-2004,
Date (bulk): bulk 1950-2004
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/235
Creators : Gunn, Thom
Extent: Number of containers: 11 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes, 22 oversize folders, and 6 volumes Linear feet: 19.15
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Thom Gunn Papers consist of correspondence, personal papers (diaries and scrapbooks detailing his life and career), notebooks of poetry and prose, writings (both poetry and prose), professional papers, teaching materials, writings by other poets and authors, and a small collection of alternative (mostly gay) newspapers.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thom Gunn Papers, BANC MSS 2006/235, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.
Additional Notes on Collection:
BANC MSS 87/1 c, Thom Gunn poetry notebooks, 1968-1973 [Notebook numbers: I - XIV] were incorporated into this collection.

Related Collections

Thom Gunn manuscripts of poems, 1952-1984, BANC MSS C-H 138
Thom Gunn letters, 1968-1969, BANC MSS 71/81 c
Thom Gunn letters : San Francisco, Calif., to John Haffenden, 1979-1980, BANC MSS 2007/24
Belle Randall Collection of Thom Gunn Letters, BANC MSS 2008/252
Photographs from the Thom Gunn papers [graphic]. ca. 1950-ca. 2000, BANC PIC 2008.063-PIC
Edward DeCelle papers, 1969-2001, BANC MSS 2005/185 c
Jess papers, 1941-2004 (bulk 1962-1997), BANC MSS 2006/203
Josephine Miles papers, 1911-1986, BANC MSS 86/107 c
Collage from the office walls of poet Thom Gunn, BANC PIC 2012.056

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gunn, Thom--Archives
Faculty papers.
Manuscripts for publication.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Poems.
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of English

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Thom Gunn papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library on December 2, 2006.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Dean Smith in 2007-2008.

Biographical Information

Thom Gunn [Thomas William Gunn] was born in Gravesend, England in 1929. His father, Herbert Smith, and his mother, Ann Charlotte Thompson Gunn, were both journalists. His parents divorced when he was nine. At the age of 15, Gunn and his younger brother Ander found their mother dead from suicide. Gunn served in the British Army for two years, from 1948 to 1950. After serving in the army, Gunn lived in Paris for a year and began to write seriously. He then attended Trinity College at Cambridge, where he focused on writing poetry.
Gunn's first collection of poems, Fighting Terms, was published in 1954. It was this same year he met his lover and life-partner of 40 years, Mike Kitay, who followed him to the States; the two settled in San Francisco. His adopted home in America soon became an essential part of his work. In a San Francisco Chronicle interview, Gunn said coming to America "changed everything for me."
Gunn pursued graduate studies at Stanford University with poet Yvor Winters from 1954 to 1958. Winters was to become a second father figure to Gunn, though it was a difficult relationship as Winters rejected all that Gunn wrote after 1958, calling his poetry "journalism." Gunn published his second collection of poems, The Sense of Movement, in 1957.
Gunn was offered a teaching job at the University of California, Berkeley in 1958 and left his graduate studies at Stanford, never to finish his doctorate. Aside from occasional trips to England and a year teaching in San Antonio, Texas, Gunn taught at Berkeley and lived in San Francisco until his death in 2004. What is frequently regarded as his best-known early collection of poems, My Sad Captains, was published in 1961. The ensuing 1960s and '70s were to see Gunn partaking in the counter-cultures of the hippie movement and gay liberation.
Gunn's poetry is recognized as defying any kind of easy categorization, and it was his use of LSD during the '60s that opened vistas to new possibilities in form and subject matter in his work. This newfound freedom of expression was explored in books of poems such as, Moly (1971) and Jack Straw's Castle (1976). Despite a lack of signature style, Gunn received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career, including: a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971, a coveted MacArthur Fellowship Prize in 1993, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit in 1998.
Often being described as a gay poet, Gunn was to write honestly and unsentimentally about all aspects of gay life; but his themes were of wide enough interest to appeal to a broad readership beyond the gay community. As Gunn himself described in a San Francisco Examiner interview in 1998, "Obviously, I am a gay writer because I write about gay themes, but I also write about other things and I don't want to be restricted in the way that somebody would be called a landscape painter or a writer of boys stories. I don't think I write just one kind of poem."
Gunn was to lose many friends during the onset of AIDS in the 1980s. This loss was voiced movingly, though in his characteristically unsentimental manner, in the collection of poems, The Man with Night Sweats (1992). Almost a decade later, with AIDS having shifted in the States from frightening epidemic to managed disease, Gunn explored the theme of Eros in all its sexual guises in Boss Cupid (2000).
Throughout his long career Gunn's work made little of the distinctions between high and low art, finding no subject taboo; as a result, his poetry has been praised for its contemporary and immediate qualities. Although embracing popular culture, Gunn delved deeper, with great subtlety and wit, than the surface qualities of Pop. As Gunn explained, "People tend to think poetry as existing on a different plane than the novel or nonfiction, that it is necessarily mystical or spiritual in some undefined way. But of course it's everything."

Scope and Content of Collection

The Thom Gunn Papers consist of correspondence, personal papers (diaries and scrapbooks detailing his life and career), notebooks of poetry and prose, writings (both poetry and prose), professional papers, teaching materials, writings by other poets and authors, and a small collection of alternative (mostly gay) newspapers.
The correspondence is divided into three sub-series: Letters from Thom Gunn, General Correspondence, and Wall Collage Correspondence. Letters from Thom Gunn is primarily his correspondence to John Holmstrom with a small amount of miscellany. The General Correspondence is fairly substantive and includes letters to Gunn from many notable literary figures. Wall Collage Correspondence consists of photocopies of correspondence and notes found on postcards, greeting cards, etc. found in Thom Gunn's wall collage in his home study.
Gunn's personal papers are divided into three sub-series: Diaries, Scrapbooks, and Personal Miscellany. There are small clutch of diaries written in Gunn's small, tight handwriting in a brief notational manner. But it is the six volumes of scrapbooks that capture visually, and with judicious use of letters, photographs and ephemera, the arc of his life both personally and professionally, and the evolution of gay culture from the 1950s through the mid-70s. The series concludes with a small amount a personal miscellany that includes address books, a few artworks and portraits of Gunn, and gay ephemera mostly from the 1980s and 90s.
The notebooks are divided into three sub-series: Poetry Notebooks, Prose Notebooks, and Other Notebooks. The Poetry Notebooks are an incredible view into the working mind of a poet and detail the many revisions Gunn exacted upon his poems. A previous collection of Gunn's early Poetry Notebooks (BANC MSS 87/1 c, Thom Gunn poetry notebooks, 1968-1973 [Notebook numbers: I - XIV]) were incorporated into this collection, thus reuniting and making a complete run from 1967-1997. The Prose Notebooks are few and many undated. Both the Poetry and Prose Notebooks contained many loose pages slipped in throughout; these pages were removed and foldered separately in order found and follow each respective notebook so as to minimize wear and tear. The series concludes with Other Notebooks which fall outside the scope of the previous two sub-series.
The writings of Gunn are divided into nine sub-series: Poetry, Broadsides; Poetry, Collected Poems; Poetry, Other Poems; Prose, Anthology; Prose, Criticism; Prose, Essays; Prose, Fiction; Prose, Lectures; and Prose, Other. All writings are organized first hierarchically, then by title, and then chronologically. Most of the writings, both poetry and prose, represent finished/published works or works that are being prepared for publication (printing galleys, proofs, etc.). The few drafts of works are mainly to be found in the Prose sub-series.
Gunn's professional papers are divided into four sub-series: Awards, Publicity, Poetry Readings Materials, and Professional Miscellany. The series is arranged first hierarchically, then alphabetically, and then chronologically. The sub-series Awards represents his achievements from the mid-80s to the year before his death in 2003. Publicity covers a variety of subjects that illustrate Gunn's influence in both popular and academic media, i.e. publication announcements, reviews, articles, critical studies (of Gunn's work) among other items. Poetry Reading Materials includes flyers and programs of readings Gunn gave as well as several programs of other poets, and the copious, if not exhaustive, list of poems that Gunn had read at various readings and copies of his poems that he annotated for the same. Professional Miscellany includes such items as Gunn's chronology and curriculum vitae, as well as an issue of Bulletin of Bibliography devoted to Gunn and various symposia and exhibition materials that featured Gunn's poetry.
Gunn's papers regarding teaching are divided into two sub-series: Course Materials and Teaching Miscellany which are arranged numerically, then hierarchically, and then chronologically. Course Materials are syllabi, exam guides, lecture notes, and course readers for the various courses Gunn taught from the 1980s through 90s. Teaching Miscellany represents papers devoted to Gunn's academic appointment at the University of California at Berkeley, i.e. his curriculum vitae, biography for academic personnel, annual supplement to his bio-bibliography, promotion and merit increase materials. This series is rounded out with miscellaneous papers that fall outside his teaching appointment at U.C. Berkeley.
The series Writings by Others is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, and contains the numerous writings by various authors and poets, both friends and colleagues, sent to Gunn either for review or as a gift.
The Newspaper Collection, arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, represents various alternative papers, mostly published for the gay community, that Gunn had collected for various personal and professional reasons.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence 1952 2004; undated

Physical Description: Cartons 1-2

Arrangement

Divided into three subseries.
 

Subseries 1.1 Letters from Thom Gunn 1952-2001; undated

Physical Description: Carton 1

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 1, Folder 1

To: John Holmstrom 1952; 1974-2001

Carton 1, Folder 2

To: C-T Miscellaneous 1990-1996; undated

 

Subseries 1.2 General Correspondence 1954-2004; undated

Physical Description: Cartons 1-2

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 1, Folder 3

Bowers, Edgar 1956-1968

Carton 1, Folder 4

Bowles, Paul 1958-1960

Carton 1, Folder 5

[Bronskill], David 1989-2003

Carton 1, Folder 6

Burgess, Chris 2000-2003; undated

Carton 1, Folder 7

Carpenter, Rick 1996; undated

Carton 1, Folder 8

[Collins], Jess 1969-2004; undated

Carton 1, Folder 9

Conquest, Robert [Bob] 1955-1974

Carton 1, Folder 10

Corn, Alfred 1981-1997

Carton 1, Folder 11

Davie, Donald and Doreen 1958-1997; undated

Carton 1, Folder 12

Davis, Dick 1976-1979

Carton 1, Folder 13

Day, Allen 1976-1977; undated

Carton 1, Folder 14

Dowell, Coleman 1981-1983

Carton 1, Folder 15

Gander, Forest 1995-2004

Carton 1, Folder 16

Gunn, Ander and Margaret 1955-2004; undated

Carton 1, Folder 17

Hall, Donald [Don] 1955-1994; undated

Carton 1, Folder 18

Hinkle, Charlie 1986-1987; undated

Carton 1, Folder 19

Hughes, Ted 1961-1998

Carton 1, Folder 20

H., John 1976-2003

Carton 1, Folder 21

Isherwood, Christopher 1955-1974; undated

Carton 1, Folder 22

Johnson, Ron undated

Carton 1, Folder 23

Joshua Odell Editions 2003-2004

Carton 1, Folder 24

Keaveney, Liam 2001-2002

Carton 1, Folder 25-26

Kitay, Melvin [Mike] 1956-1995; undated

Carton 1, Folder 27

Kleinzhaler, August 1983-2002; undated

Carton 1, Folder 28

Kushner, Tony 1993-1996

Carton 1, Folder 29

Lasdun, James 1992; undated

Carton 1, Folder 30

Laughlin, James [New Directions Publishing Corp.] 1965; 1992

Carton 1, Folder 31

Lehmann, John 1955-1982

Carton 1, Folder 32

Lessor, Wendy 1979; 2003; undated

Carton 1, Folder 33

Levine, Philip 1988-1994; undated

Carton 1, Folder 34

Lewis [Winters], Janet 1966-1994; undated

Carton 1, Folder 35-38

Lux, William [Billy] 1994-2003; undated

Carton 1, Folder 39

McClatchy, J.D. [Sandy] 1994; 2000

Carton 1, Folder 40

McPherson, William [Bill] 1987-1992

Carton 1, Folder 41

Megaw, Therese 1994-2003; undated

Carton 1, Folder 42

Miles, Josephine 1957; undated

Carton 1, Folder 43

Miller, Karl undated

Carton 1, Folder 44

Mokus, Joe 1977-1997

Carton 1, Folder 45

Moorsom, Sasha 1956; undated

Carton 1, Folder 46

Noseworthy III, Allan 1975-1984; undated

Carton 1, Folder 47

Pinsky, Robert 1989-1996; undated

Carton 1, Folder 48-49

Powell, Jim 1980-1987

Carton 1, Folder 50

Purdy, James 1978-1980

Carton 1, Folder 51

Randall, Belle 1976-2004; undated

Carton 2, Folder 1

Sacks, Oliver 1973-1989

Carton 2, Folder 2

Scheussler, Bill 1970-1988; undated

Carton 2, Folder 3

Spagnuolo, Peter 1992-2001; undated

Carton 2, Folder 4

Stephens, Alan 1958-1963; undated

Carton 2, Folder 5

Tanner, Tony 1960-1979; undated

Carton 2, Folder 6

Tayler, E.W. [Ted] 1955; 1984-1986

Carton 2, Folder 7

Townsend, Ruth 1996-2003; undated

Carton 2, Folder 8

White, Tony 1955-1998; undated

Carton 2, Folder 9

Wilmer, Clive 1968-2003; undated

Carton 2, Folder 10

Winters, Yvor [Arthur] 1954-1966; 1999

Carton 2, Folder 11

Miscellaneous A-D 1955-2004; undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes:

  • Adams, John
  • Beaton, Cecil
  • Bishop, Elizabeth
  • Bly, Robert
  • Clarke, Kenneth
  • Cox, Kenneth
  • Dorn, Ed
Carton 2, Folder 12

Miscellaneous E-H 1954-2004; undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes:

  • Gascoyne, David
  • Ginsburg, Allen
  • Glück, Robert [Bob]
  • Heath, Catherine
Carton 2, Folder 13

Miscellaneous J-0 1956-2002; undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes:

  • Larkin, Philip
  • Levertov, Denise
  • Malanga, Gerard
  • Mapplethorpe, Robert
  • Maugham, Somerset
  • Merrill, James
  • McDonald, Boyd
Carton 2, Folder 14

Miscellaneous P-T [1954]-2004; undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes:

  • Pack, Robert
  • Raworth, Tom
  • Simpson, Louis
  • Spender, Stephen
  • Stow, Randolph
  • Sweeney, Jack
  • Tress, Arthur
Carton 2, Folder 15

Miscellaneous U-Y 1967-2003; undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes:

  • Weiner, Joshua
  • Wells, Robert
  • Wilson, Angus
Carton 2, Folder 16

No Surname - Bob 1993-1994; undated

Carton 2, Folder 17

No Surname - Charlotte 1985; undated

Carton 2, Folder 18

No Surname - David 1999; undated

Carton 2, Folder 19

No Surname - Douglas [C.?] 1977-1999; undated

Carton 2, Folder 20

No Surname - Simone 2000; undated

Carton 2, Folder 21

No Surname - Miscellaneous A-J 1979-2004; undated

Carton 2, Folder 22

No Surname - Miscellaneous L-W [1970]-2004; undated

Carton 2, Folder 23

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "B" undated

Carton 2, Folder 24

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "C" 1956

Carton 2, Folder 25

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "E, F, G" 1977

Carton 2, Folder 26

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "K, L" 1957; undated

Carton 2, Folder 27

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "M, N" 1979; undated

Carton 2, Folder 28

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "R" 1958

Carton 2, Folder 29

No Surname - Found in alphabetical file under "W" 1957-1976

Carton 2, Folder 30

Unidentified [D. R. D.] 1969-1979; undated

Carton 2, Folder 31

Unidentified 1976-1997; undated

Carton 2, Folder 32

Fan Mail 1986-2004; undated

 

Subseries 1.3 Wall Collage Correspondence 1965-1992

Physical Description: Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged by original location.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of correspondence and notes written on postcards, greeting cards, etc. found in Thom Gunn's wall collage in his home study. Originals in BANC PIC 2012.056
Box 1, Folder 1

Notes on contents and arrangement

Box 1, Folder 2

Wall Section A2: Orlan J. Fox, Ander Gunn, unidentified 1982-1992

Box 1, Folder 3

Wall Section A3: Clive, unidentified 1979-1992

Box 1, Folder 4

Wall Section A4: unidentified undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Wall Section B2: Big Al, Josephine Bradley, George Evans, Belle Randall, Sandy, unidentified 1979-1985

Box 1, Folder 6

Wall Section B3: Ben, Billy, Orlan Fox, Lollie Groth, Ray, Sandy McC, Timothy Steele, PFC Zahler, unidentified 1984-1992

Box 1, Folder 7

Wall Section B4: Lollie Groth, Mark, Ric, Therese 1982-1987

Box 1, Folder 8

Wall Section C2: Boots, Carol Porch[?], Timothy Steele 1982-1984

Box 1, Folder 9

Wall Section C3: Bob Bair, Billy, Edgar, Ander Gunn, unidentified 1981-1988

Box 1, Folder 10

Wall Section C4: Bob, Peter, Rick, unidentified 1981-1987

Box 1, Folder 11

Wall Section D1: C.H.T. 1990

Box 1, Folder 12

Wall Section D2: Douglas Chambers, Ander Gunn, Grover Lewis, Jerry R., [Herbert Smith?], Therese 1972-1981

Box 1, Folder 13

Wall Section D3: Allen, Paul Bowles, F.L., unidentified 1965-1986

Box 1, Folder 14

Wall Section D4: Big Bert, Douglas Chambers, Therica Elliott, John Kelly, unidentified 1980-1983

Box 1, Folder 15

Wall Section E1: Tony undated

Box 1, Folder 16

Wall Section E2: Bob, Ander Gunn, Therese 1978-1981

Box 1, Folder 17

Wall Section E3: August, Douglas Chambers, Ander Gunn, Peter Jay, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allan Noseworthy, Ken Singleton 1975-1981

Box 1, Folder 18

Wall Section E4: Bob, Rick, Ron 1975, undated

 

Series 2 Personal Papers circa 1930-2001; undated

Physical Description: Carton 2-3, Volumes 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
 

Subseries 2.1 Diaries 1944-2001

Physical Description: Carton 2

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Carton 2, Folder 33

Diary 1944-1945

Carton 2, Folder 34

Diary 1962-1966

Carton 2, Folder 35

Diary 1966-1970

Carton 2, Folder 36

Diary 1970-1974

Carton 2, Folder 37

Diary 1974-1986

Carton 2, Folder 38

Diary 1983-1989

Carton 2, Folder 39

Diary 1986-2000

Carton 2, Folder 40

Diary 1997-1998

Carton 2, Folder 41

Diary 2000-2001

 

Subseries 2.2 Scrapbooks circa 1930 - 1977

Physical Description: Volumes 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Oversize Volume 1

Scrapbook circa 1930

Oversize Volume 2

Scrapbook circa 1930-1952

Oversize Volume 3

Scrapbook 1952-1954

Oversize Volume 4

Scrapbook 1954-1960

Oversize Volume 5

Scrapbook 1960-1967

Oversize Volume 6

Scrapbook 1967-1977

 

Subseries 2.3 Personal Miscellany 1958-2001; undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, Oversize Box 1, Folders 1-3

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 3, Folder 1

Address books undated

Carton 3, Folder 2

Master of Arts Degree - University of Cambridge 1958

Oversize Box 1, Folder 1

Pen and Ink Portraits of Thom Gunn undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 2

Engraving Portrait of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke 1830

Carton 3, Folder 3

Ephemera - Gay Culture 1966-1998; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 3

Ephemera - Gay Culture 1996; undated

Carton 3, Folder 4

Ephemera - Various 1999-2001; undated

 

Series 3 Notebooks 1950-1997; undated

Physical Description: Cartons 3-5

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
 

Subseries 3.1 Poetry Notebooks 1967-1997; undated

Physical Description: Cartons 3-5

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Carton 3, Folder 5

Poetry Notebook 1967

Carton 3, Folder 6

I 1968

Carton 3, Folder 7

Loose Pages from Notebook I 1968

Carton 3, Folder 8

II 1968-1969

Carton 3, Folder 9

Loose Pages from Notebook II 1968-1969

Carton 3, Folder 10

III 1969

Carton 3, Folder 11

Loose Pages from Notebook III 1969

Carton 3, Folder 12

IV 1969

Carton 3, Folder 13

Loose Pages from Notebook IV 1969

Carton 3, Folder 14

V 1969-1970

Carton 3, Folder 15

Loose Pages from Notebook V 1969-1970

Carton 3, Folder 16

VI 1970

Carton 3, Folder 17

Loose Pages from Notebook VI 1970

Carton 3, Folder 18

VII 1970

Carton 3, Folder 19

Loose Pages from Notebook VII 1970

Carton 3, Folder 20

VIII 1970-1971

Carton 3, Folder 21

Loose Pages from Notebook VIII 1970-1971

Carton 3, Folder 22

IX 1971

Carton 3, Folder 23

Loose Pages from Notebook IX 1971

Carton 3, Folder 24

X 1971

Carton 3, Folder 25

Loose Pages from Notebook X 1971

Carton 3, Folder 26

XI 1972

Carton 3, Folder 27

Loose Pages from Notebook XI 1972

Carton 3, Folder 28

XII 1972

Carton 3, Folder 29

Loose Pages from Notebook XII 1972

Carton 3, Folder 30

XIII 1973

Carton 3, Folder 31

Loose Pages from Notebook XIII 1973

Carton 3, Folder 32

XIV 1973

Carton 3, Folder 33

Loose Pages from Notebook XIV 1973

Carton 3, Folder 34

XV 1974

Carton 3, Folder 35

XVII 1977

Carton 3, Folder 36

No. 1 1978

Carton 3, Folder 37

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 1 1978

Carton 3, Folder 38

No. 2 1979-1980

Carton 3, Folder 39

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 2 1979-1980

Carton 4, Folder 1

No. 3 1980

Carton 4, Folder 2

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 3 1980

Carton 4, Folder 3

No. 4 1981-1983

Carton 4, Folder 4

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 4 1981-1983

Carton 4, Folder 5

No. 5 1983-1984

Carton 4, Folder 6

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 5 1983-1984

Carton 4, Folder 7

No. 6 1984-1985

Carton 4, Folder 8

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 6 1984-1985

Carton 4, Folder 9

No. 7 1985-1986

Carton 4, Folder 10

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 7 1985-1986

Carton 4, Folder 11

No. 8 1986-1987

Carton 4, Folder 12

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 8 1986-1987

Carton 4, Folder 13

No. 9 1987-1988

Carton 4, Folder 14

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 9 1987-1988

Carton 4, Folder 15

No. 10 1988-1989

Carton 4, Folder 16

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 10 1988-1989

Carton 4, Folder 17

No. 11 1990-1991

Carton 4, Folder 18

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 11 1990-1991

Carton 4, Folder 19

No. 12 1991-1992

Carton 4, Folder 20

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 12 1991-1992

Carton 4, Folder 21

No. 13 1992-1994

Carton 4, Folder 22

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 13 1992-1994

Carton 5, Folder 1

No. 14 1994-1997

Carton 5, Folder 2

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 14 1994-1997

Carton 5, Folder 3

No. 15 1997

Carton 5, Folder 4

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 15 1997

Carton 5, Folder 5-6

Poetry Notebooks undated

 

Subseries 3.2 Prose Notebooks 1950-[1993?]; undated

Physical Description: Carton 5

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Carton 5, Folder 7

Prose Notebook 1950

Carton 5, Folder 8

Prose Notebook 1972

Carton 5, Folder 9

Prose Notebook 1973

Carton 5, Folder 10

No. 2 undated

Carton 5, Folder 11

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 2 undated

Carton 5, Folder 12

No. 3 undated

Carton 5, Folder 13

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 3 undated

Carton 5, Folder 14

No. 4 [1987]

Carton 5, Folder 15

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 4 [1987]

Carton 5, Folder 16

No. 5 undated

Carton 5, Folder 17

Loose Pages from Notebook No. 5 undated

Carton 5, Folder 18-19

Prose Notebook [1991]

Carton 5, Folder 20

Prose Notebook [1993?]

 

Subseries 3.3 Other Notebooks [1968]; undated

Physical Description: Carton 5

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 5, Folder 21

Latin Scansion [1968]

Carton 5, Folder 22

French/English Word Translations undated

Carton 5, Folder 23

Miscellaneous undated

 

Series 4 Writings 1941-2003; undated

Physical Description: Cartons 6-7

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then alphabetically and then chronologically.
 

Subseries 4.1 Poetry, Broadsides 1967-1998; undated

Physical Description: Carton 6

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 6, Folder 1

Broadsides - "Aqueduct" 1967

Carton 6, Folder 2

Broadsides - "As Expected" 1986

Carton 6, Folder 3

Broadsides - "June" 1994, 1998

Carton 6, Folder 4

Broadsides - "This Morning Light" undated

 

Subseries 4.2 Poetry, Collected Poems 1976-2000; undated

Physical Description: Carton 6, Oversize Box 1, Folder 4

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 6, Folder 5

"The Acid Garden" undated

Carton 6, Folder 6

"Boss Cupid" - Typescript undated

Carton 6, Folder 7

"Boss Cupid" - Galley Proof 2000

Oversize Box 1, Folder 4

"Boss Cupid" - Galley Proof With Corrections [2000]

Carton 6, Folder 8

"Boss Cupid" - Galley, First Pass Pages Master 2000

Carton 6, Folder 9

"Boss Cupid" - Galley, Final Pass 2000

Carton 6, Folder 10

"Boss Cupid" - Dust Jacket Art [2000]

Carton 6, Folder 11

"Boss Cupid" - Annotated Copy for Readings 2000

Carton 6, Folder 12

"Collected Poems" - Galley Proof [1993]

Carton 6, Folder 13

"Jack Straw's Castle" - Typescript of Title Poem undated

Carton 6, Folder 14

"Jack Straw's Castle" - Galley Proof of Reset Edition (Faber Library Edition) [1997]

Carton 6, Folder 15

"Jack Straw's Castle" - Galley with Corrections (Faber Library Edition) [1997]

Carton 6, Folder 16

"Jack Straw's Castle" - Annotated Copy for Readings (Faber Library Edition) 1976

Carton 6, Folder 17

"Jack Straw's Castle" - Inscribed Copy (First American Edition, Paperback) 1976

Carton 6, Folder 18

"The Man with Night Sweats" - Typescript, Final Arrangement 1989

Carton 6, Folder 19

"The Man with Night Sweats" - Annotated Copy for Readings (First American Edition, Hardcover) 1992

Carton 6, Folder 20

"The Man with Night Sweats" - Dust Jacket 1992

Carton 6, Folder 21

"Molly" - Robert Duncan's "Translation," (Annotated Copy of First Edition, Hardcover) 1971; 1984

Carton 6, Folder 22-23

"New Poems and Uncollected Poems" 1997

Carton 6, Folder 24

"The Passages of Joy" - Annotated Copy for Readings (Paperback Edition) 1982

Carton 6, Folder 25

"Selected Poems, 1950 - 1975" - Annotated Copy for Readings (First American Printing, Paperback) 1979

Carton 6, Folder 26

Untitled Manuscript of Collected Poems, 1975 - 1980 [1980]

Carton 6, Folder 27

Untitled Manuscript of Poems - Rejected from "The Man With Night Sweats" undated

 

Subseries 4.3 Poetry, Other Poems 1977-2001; undated

Physical Description: Carton 6-7, Oversize Box 1, Folders 5-6

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 6, Folder 28

Poems Given to Mike Kitay undated

Carton 6, Folder 29

Miscellaneous Poems 1997-2001; undated

Carton 6, Folder 30

Poems by Thom Gunn? 1977-1982; undated

Carton 6, Folder 31-32

Poems in Publications 1953-1962

Carton 7, Folder 1-4

Poems in Publications 1963-1999; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 5

Poems in Publications 1979; 1988

Oversize Box 1, Folder 6

Poems Set to Music 1978

Scope and Content Note

"Nightpiece" by David Duke.
 

Subseries 4.4 Prose 1941-2003, undated

Physical Description: Carton 7
 

4.4.1 Prose, Anthology 1968

Physical Description: Carton 7

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 7, Folder 5

Faber Book of Verse 1968

 

4.4.2 Prose, Criticism 1956-1996; undated

Physical Description: Carton 7, Oversize Box 1, Folder 7

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Carton 7, Folder 6-8

Various Publications 1956-1987; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 7

Various Publications 1968-1996

 

4.4.3 Prose, Essays 1974-2003; undated

Physical Description: Carton 7

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 7, Folder 9

"Ezra Pound - Poems Selected by Thom Gunn" 1999

Note

Correspondence and Introduction
Carton 7, Folder 10

"Ezra Pound - Poems Selected by Thom Gunn" [2000]

Note

Galley
Carton 7, Folder 11

"Choice of Dunne" 1974-1979

Carton 7, Folder 12

"An Introduction to Basil Bunting" 1990-1998

Carton 7, Folder 13

"The Occasions of Poetry" 1985

Note

Verso Cover of Paperback Edition
Carton 7, Folder 14

"On a Drying Hill" 1981

Note

Published in The Southern Review
Carton 7, Folder 15

"Pushy Jews and Aging Queens..." undated

Carton 7, Folder 16

"Saint John The Rake: Rochester's Poetry" 1998

Carton 7, Folder 17

"Small Persistent Difficulties" undated

Carton 7, Folder 18

Fragment of Draft Essay on Yvor Winters undated

Carton 7, Folder 19

Untitled Draft Essay on Yvor Winters 1981

Carton 7, Folder 20

"Yvor Winters" 2000-2003

Carton 7, Folder 21

Essays Given to Mike Kitay undated

Note

"A Record: Allen Ginsburg's Poetry" and "Christopher Isherwood: Getting Things Right"
 

4.4.4 Prose, Fiction 1941-1969

Physical Description: Carton 7

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Note

"A Record: Allen Ginsburg's Poetry" and "Christopher Isherwood: Getting Things Right"
Carton 7, Folder 22

"The Flirt" 1941

Carton 7, Folder 23

"The Flirt" 1978

Carton 7, Folder 24

"San Francisco Romance" 1969

 

4.4.5 Prose, Lectures [1971?]-1977

Physical Description: Carton 7

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Carton 7, Folder 25

"Interviewing Myself" [1971?]

Carton 7, Folder 26

"An Apprenticeship" 1977

 

4.4.6 Prose, Other 1982-2000; undated

Physical Description: Carton 7

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 7, Folder 27

Introductions for Readings/Awards 1992; undated

Carton 7, Folder 28

Letters to Editors 1982; 2000

Carton 7, Folder 29

Obituaries 1985; undated

Carton 7, Folder 30

"Uncollected Prose I" 1987; undated

Carton 7, Folder 31

"Uncollected Prose II" 1989-1991; undated

Carton 7, Folder 32-33

"Uncollected Prose III" 1991-1999; undated

Carton 7, Folder 34

Miscellaneous Notes undated

 

Series 5 Professional Papers 1961-2004; undated

Physical Description: Carton 8

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, then alphabetically, and then chronologically.
 

Subseries 5.1 Awards 1985-2003; undated

Physical Description: Carton 8

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 8, Folder 1

American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit 1998

Carton 8, Folder 2

The James Laughlin Award 2003

Carton 8, Folder 3

The Lenore Marshall/Nation Poetry Prize 1993

Carton 8, Folder 4-5

Lila Wallace - Reader's Digest Fund 1991-1993; undated

Carton 8, Folder 6-8

MacArthur Fellowship Prize 1993

Carton 8, Folder 9

Robert Kirsch Award 1988

Carton 8, Folder 10

The National Poetry Award: Robert Duncan 1985

 

Subseries 5.2 Publicity 1973-2003; undated

Physical Description: Carton 8, Oversize Box 1, Folders 8-15

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 8, Folder 11

Publication Announcements 1981-1995; undated

Carton 8, Folder 12

Reviews - "Boss Cupid" 2000; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 8

Reviews - "Boss Cupid" 2000

Carton 8, Folder 13

Reviews - "Collected Poems" 1993-1994

Oversize Box 1, Folder 9

Reviews - "Collected Poems" 1993-1995

Carton 8, Folder 14

Reviews - "The Man With Night Sweats" 1992-1993; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 10

Reviews - "The Man With Night Sweats" 1992

Carton 8, Folder 15

Reviews - Miscellaneous 1978-1979; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 11

Reviews - Miscellaneous 1968-1988; undated

Carton 8, Folder 16

Literary Tribute - Poetry Nation Review 1989

Oversize Box 1, Folder 12

Literary Tributes - San Francisco Review of Books; The Threepenny Review 1983; 2005

Carton 8, Folder 17

Interviews 1966-2000

Oversize Box 1, Folder 13

Interviews 1977-2003

Carton 8, Folder 18

Articles - Profiles 1992-2000; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 14

Articles - Profiles 1977-2003

Carton 8, Folder 19

Articles - Miscellaneous 1991-2000; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 15

Articles - Miscellaneous 1980-2004

Carton 8, Folder 20

Criticism - "The Stipulative Imagination of Thom Gunn" by John Miller 1973

Carton 8, Folder 21

Criticism - "Thom Gunn" by Lyle Galzier 1985

Carton 8, Folder 22

Criticism - "Thom Gunn's Transformations" by William Kerrigan 1998

Carton 8, Folder 23

Brochure - "Writers on Writing" 2001

Carton 8, Folder 24

Author Trading Cards and Postcard undated

Carton 8, Folder 25

Television Poetry Series - "Arrows of Desire" 2001

Carton 8, Folder 26

Auction Notice for Thom Gunn Notebook 1982

Carton 8, Folder 27

Articles / Flyers / Clippings About Other Poets/Authors 1980-2001; undated

 

Subseries 5.3 Poetry Reading Material 1961-2004; undated

Physical Description: Carton 8

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 8, Folder 28

Flyers 1979; undated

Carton 8, Folder 29

Programs 1990-1998; undated

Carton 8, Folder 30

Programs - Others 1992

Carton 8, Folder 31-33

Lists of Poems Read 1968-2004

Carton 8, Folder 34-36

Poems - Annotated for Readings 1961-1999; undated

Carton 8, Folder 37

Thom Gunn, Reading Poetry That Makes Him Laugh; Various Poems of Others undated

 

Subseries 5.4 Professional Miscellany [1978]-1999; undated

Physical Description: Carton 8

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 8, Folder 38

Chronology [1978]

Carton 8, Folder 39

Curriculum Vitae - Major Publications (1954-1999) [1999]

Carton 8, Folder 40

Bulletin of Bibliography, v.49, no.3, Sep. 1992 1992

Carton 8, Folder 41

Symposia - Programs (in Honor of T. Gunn) 1999

Carton 8, Folder 42

Exhibition - "A Medium for Modernism: British Poetry and American Audiences" 1997

Carton 8, Folder 43

Program - San Francisco Queer Arts Festival 1998

 

Series 6 Teaching 1956-2003; undated

Physical Description: Carton 9

Arrangement

Arranged numerically, then hierarchically, and then chronologically.
 

Subseries 6.1 Course Materials 1982-2003; undated

Physical Description: Carton 9

Arrangement

Arranged numerically and then chronologically.
Carton 9, Folder 1

English 24 - Shakespeare's Sonnets. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes 1993-1994

Carton 9, Folder 2-5

English 26. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes 1989-1998

Carton 9, Folder 6

English 28B - Basil Bunting. Course Reader 2003

Carton 9, Folder 7-8

English 124 - The English Lyric. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes, and Course Reader 1986-1993

Carton 9, Folder 9-10

English 127. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes 1984-1999

Carton 9, Folder 11

English 127. Black Lightening Lecture Notes 1997

Carton 9, Folder 12

English 127. Robert Duncan Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 13

English 127. T.S. Eliot Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 14

English 127. D.H. Lawrence Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 15

English 127. Mina Loy Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 16

English 127. Marianne Moore Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 17

English 127. Ezra Pound Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 18

English 127. Wallace Stevens Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 19

English 127. William Carlos Williams Notes 1997

Carton 9, Folder 20

English 127. W.B. Yeats Notes undated

Carton 9, Folder 21

English 141 - Modes of Writing. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes 1982

Carton 9, Folder 22-24

English 143 B - Modernism. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes, and Printed Poems with Annotations 1990-1999

Carton 9, Folder 25-26

English 180L - Lyric Verse. Syllabi, Exam Guides, Lecture Notes 1995

Carton 9, Folder 27

English 266 - Chief American Poets. Syllabus undated

Carton 9, Folder 28-29

Index of Articles undated

Carton 9, Folder 30

Miscellaneous Notes 1980-1996

 

Subseries 6.2 Teaching Miscellany 1956-1995; undated

Physical Description: Carton 9

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.
Carton 9, Folder 31

Curriculum Vitae 1990

Carton 9, Folder 32

Biography for Academic Personnel 1982-1985

Carton 9, Folder 33

Annual Supplement to Bio- Bibliography 1991-1995

Carton 9, Folder 34

Promotion Materials 1988-1989

Carton 9, Folder 35

Merit Increase Materials 1991-1992

Carton 9, Folder 36

Open University Arts Faculty, Level III Course, 20th Century Poetry - Broadcast Programme Transcript 1974

Carton 9, Folder 37

French Vocabularies undated

Carton 10, Folder 1

"All My Pretty Ones" by Anne Sexton, with Annotations by Thom Gunn 1962

Carton 10, Folder 2

"La Chute" by Albert Camus, with Annotations by Thom Gunn 1956

Carton 10, Folder 3

"Selected Poems by Ezra Pound," with Annotations by Thom Gunn 1957

Carton 10, Folder 4

"The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse," with Annotations by Thom Gunn 1991

 

Series 7 Writings by Others 1959-2004; undated

Physical Description: Cartons 10-11, Oversize Box 1, Folder 16

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Carton 10, Folder 5

Arnold, Craig undated

Carton 10, Folder 6

Bernstein, Michael André 1985

Carton 10, Folder 7

Bronson, Bertrand undated

Carton 10, Folder 8

Brown, Brandon 2000

Carton 10, Folder 9

Chambers, Douglas 1992

Carton 10, Folder 10

Coulette, Henri 1963

Carton 10, Folder 11

Davie, Donald 1976; 1980

Carton 10, Folder 12

Di Piero, W.S. undated

Carton 10, Folder 13

Fields, Kenneth 1991

Carton 10, Folder 14

Fried, Daisy 2000

Carton 10, Folder 15

Gerken, Timothy undated

Carton 10, Folder 16

Gewanter, David 2003

Carton 10, Folder 17

Haas, Robert 2004

Carton 10, Folder 18

Hinkle, Charles 1988; undated

Carton 10, Folder 19

Holmstrom, John undated

Carton 10, Folder 20

Johnson, Ronald undated

Carton 10, Folder 21

Kleinzahler, August 1980-2003; undated

Carton 10, Folder 22

Lee, David JinSoo 1997

Carton 10, Folder 23

Lewis, Melanie undated

Carton 10, Folder 24

Lux, Billy 1995

Carton 10, Folder 25

McClure, Michael 1961; undated

Carton 10, Folder 26

Mockus, Joe undated

Carton 10, Folder 27

Moyer, Don 2000

Carton 10, Folder 28

Niles, John [Jack] D. 1977

Carton 10, Folder 29

O'Brien, Mark 1997

Carton 10, Folder 30

Oliver, Raymond 1996

Carton 10, Folder 31

Peters, Robert 1991

Carton 11, Folder 1-2

Pomeroy, Ralph undated

Carton 11, Folder 3

Powell, D. A. undated

Carton 11, Folder 4

Randall, Belle 1996-2004; undated

Carton 11, Folder 5

Sacks, Oliver 1972-1983; undated

Carton 11, Folder 6

Salas, Floyd 1999

Carton 11, Folder 7

Schorer, Mark 1959

Carton 11, Folder 8

Sharpless, John 1980

Carton 11, Folder 9

Silberman, Steve undated

Carton 11, Folder 10

Simpson, Louis undated

Carton 11, Folder 11

Smote, Joan 2000

Carton 11, Folder 12

Snyder, Gary [1971]

Carton 11, Folder 13

So, Calvin 1997

Carton 11, Folder 14

Stephenson, Craig 1999

Carton 11, Folder 15

Tanner, Tony 1962; 1965

Carton 11, Folder 16

Trimpi, Helen 1977

Carton 11, Folder 17

Trimpi, Wesley 1968

Carton 11, Folder 18

Turpin, Mark undated

Carton 11, Folder 19

Watt, Ian 1960

Carton 11, Folder 20

Weiner, Joshua 2000

Carton 11, Folder 21

Wilmer, Clive 1974

Carton 11, Folder 22

Winters, Yvor 1960-1961

Carton 11, Folder 23

Wojczuk, Michael 1977

Carton 11, Folder 24

Miscellaneous 1985-1999; undated

Carton 11, Folder 25

Broadsides / Printed Works 1959-2000; undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 16

Broadsides / Printed Works 1985; 2000

Oversize Box 1, Folder 17

Articles About Other Poets / Authors 1971-2003

Carton 11, Folder 26

Unidentified 1960; undated

 

Series 8 Newspaper Collection 1940-1999

Physical Description: Oversize Box 2, Folders 1-5

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Oversize Box 2, Folder 1

Bay Area Reporter 1982-1999

Oversize Box 2, Folder 2

Folsom, Nos. 2 and 3 1981

Oversize Box 2, Folder 3

Haight Ashbury Newspaper 1983-1985

Oversize Box 2, Folder 4

The Sentinel 1978-1988

Oversize Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellaneous 1940; 1976