Contents and Arrangement

Poetry Notebooks, 1932 August-1994

7 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the papers of Houston. His papers include many poetry notebooks spanning the years 1932 to 1994, drafts of several of his published volumes of poetry, such as Sonnet Variations (1962), For the Remarkable Animals (1970), and The Importance of the Unicorn(1992), and manuscripts of other poetical and prose works including chapters for an unpublished novel, Thomas Fantasy. There is correspondence (1925-1994) with his family, friends, writers, publishers, and organizations in which he had an interest, including Mildred Chase, the Greenwich Symphony, the Hill School, Peyton Harrison Hoge, his mother, Mary S. Houston, Dolores Kendrick, the New York Center for Visual History, for which Houston served on various committees, the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, where Houston was involved in encouraging the interest in poetry at the University, and Jonathan Williams of the Jargon Society.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

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

Credit this material:

Poetry Notebooks; Peyton Houston Papers, C0831, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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