Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1951-2000

35 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence (alphabetically arranged, spanning the years of Keeley's career, 1950s to 1990s) with organizations—usually those to which Keeley belonged or in which he held an office—colleagues, personal friends, and relatives. Organizations found are the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Farm School (including board meeting minutes), the American Literary Translator's Association (ALTA), the Modern Greek Studies Association (including the executive committee meeting minutes and notes), the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Poetry Society of America (including minutes, bulletins, newsletters, and expense reports), Princeton University (covering the years 1959 to 1995, including alumni, committee, interdepartmental, and other correspondence), Princeton University Press (covering the years 1961-1994), the United States Educational Foundation in Greece, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Keeley's correspondence with his many colleagues, both at Princeton and elsewhere, include, most notably, Carlos Baker, Peter Bien (the translator with whom Keeley collaborated), R. P. Blackmur, Elizabeth Bowen, William G. Bowen, John Brademas, Bill Bradley, Kay Cicellis, Edward T. Cone, Robert W. Connor, Babette Deutsch, Odysseus Elytēs, Paul Engle, Robert Fagles, Robert Fitzgerald, Richard Ford, Russell A. Frazer, Kimon Friar, Paul and Betty Fussell, George Garrett, Robert F. Goheen, Dimitri Gondicas, Rachel Hadas, Daniel Halpern, Denise Harvey (literary agent), Bob Hollander, Carolyn Kizer, Aaron Lemonick, Walton Litz, Archibald MacLeish, W. S. Merwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Giannēs Ristos, Carol Rigolot, George Savidis and Philip Sherrard (two of Keeley's main translation collaborators), George Seferis, Brian Swann, Willard Thorp, Constantine Trypanis, Vassilis Vassilikos, Rex Warner, Ted and Renee Weiss, Reed Whittemore, and Frederick Will. Many of these colleagues were also personal friends of Keeley.

Relatives represented in the correspondence include Keeley's two brothers, Hugh Morgan ("Budge") Keeley and Robert V. Keeley and their wives; his father, James Hugh Keeley; his mother, Mathilde Vossler Keeley; and various others.

There is a small amount of unidentified correspondence at the end of the series.

Additional correspondence acquired after 1995 can be found in Series 10 and 11.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

The first part of the collection was processed by Jennifer Bowden and Paul Koepp in 1996. Finding Aid written by Jennifer Bowden and Paul Koepp in 1996. Series 11 was processed and added to the Finding Aid by Kelly Bolding in 2015, with assistance from Fiona Bell '18, Isabella Litke (GS), and Sophia Alvarez '18. Due to the complexity and size of later accessions, materials received after the original accession were arranged by accession in Series 10 and 11. New materials received and they were processed and arranged by accession in Series 12, and were added to the Finding Aid by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2018-2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2: General Correspondence; Edmund Keeley Papers, C0763, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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