Contents and Arrangement

Series 14: Additional Material, 1905-2006 (mostly 1990-2005)

33.0 linear feet

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of additional personal and professional materials received prior to and following Stanley Kunitz's death in 2006. A diverse array of materials, including manuscripts, correspondence with friends, fans, and fellow literati, subject files, photographs, audiovisual materials and artwork, richly portrays Kunitz's illustrious career and the various literary and artistic communities to which he and his wife Elise Asher belonged. Kunitz was active professionally all the way up to his death, a remarkable feat for anyone, much less a centenarian. This addition of materials to his papers best represents the period of 1995-2006, in which he published three books: Passing Through (1995) The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz (2000) and The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (2005). While most of the materials date from the mid-1990s until 2006, older materials in this series fill gaps in the first acquisition.


This series is arranged into ten subseries: Writings, Correspondence, Subject Files, Memorabilia, Audiovisual Materials, Artwork, Writings of Others, Printed Material, and Ephemera.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Heather A. Shannon and Jennifer Maloney in 1999 , 2003 , and 2004 . Additional materials to the collection were processed by Jill Baron in 2012 with the assistance of Lauren Hoffman '15. Finding aid written by Heather A. Shannon and Jennifer Maloney in 1999 , 2003 , and 2004 . Finding aid written and revised by Jill Baron in 2012 .

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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 14: Additional Material; Stanley Kunitz Papers, C0837, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box 136-209