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O'Connor, William Van, 1945-1959
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection highlights Blackmur's career as both a prominent literary critic and a professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton University. The first part of the collection is composed mainly of Blackmur's writings, including the literary and cultural criticism he was well-known for. Blackmur's other writings includes his poetry - most of which was written during the early half of his career - as well as novels, short stories, and plays. Manuscripts of full-length book work can also be found here, including thirty years' worth of work on an unpublished biography of Henry Adams. The second section of the collection features Blackmur's voluminous correspondence with notable literary and art figures of the twentieth century, including Conrad Aiken, Theodore Holmes, Lincoln Kirstein, Waldo Peirce, John Crowe Ransom, Delmore Schwartz, Wallace Stevens, Allen Tate, William Carlos Williams, and Yvor Winters. The nature of the correspondence ranges from the formal to the informal, and covers such topics as publishing and the creative process. The remainder of the collection is composed of Blackmur's personal and professional information, and includes teaching materials like lectures and class syllabi. Blackmur's personal papers include photographs, diaries, and reviews of his work.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Personal checks for routine domestic payments were discarded.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The majority of the collection is open for research.
Student papers in Boxes 39-43 are restricted in compliance with FERPA regulations until 75 years following the date of creation.
For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. The Special Collections does not have playback equipment and facilities, and all original media, especially in obsolete formats, must be digitally remastered or converted in accordance with prevailing preservation standards in order to be safely accessed. Subject to staffial approval, patrons may request duplicates of such original media, but will be responsible for both the cost of digital conversion and the cost of the duplicate, payable in advance. Public Services staff handles all such requests. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project.
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media, but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Patrons may request digital copies of original analog media, but will be responsible for the cost of digital conversion, payable in advance. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project. Requests should be directed to Public Services staff.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form.
Blackmur's literary rights in the papers were transferred to the Trustees of Princeton University by Blackmur's residual legatee in 1985. When copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from Firestone Library.
- Credit this material:
O'Connor, William Van; R. P. Blackmur Papers, C0227, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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