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"Introduction" to Before We Have Nowhere to Stand, 2012
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection consists of Alicia Ostriker's drafts and proofs of poems, nonfiction books, critical commentary, essays, articles, reviews, interviews, and other writings for various publications, as well as some unpublished writings, song lyrics, student writings, and drawings. Ostriker's extensive personal and professional correspondence includes letters exchanged with friends and fellow scholars and poets, along with reader mail and family correspondence. Her correspondents include many of the best-known American poets of the post-World War II period, such as Adrienne Rich, Robert Bly, Toi Derricotte, Stephen Dunn, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds, Robert Pinsky, and May Swenson. Teaching and research files from Ostriker's time as a professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University from 1965 through 2004 also comprise a portion of the collection, as do teaching materials related to poetry and midrash writing workshops she lead at many institutions around the world, drafts and recordings of her readings and lectures, and a small group of miscellaneous subject files regarding events, publishing, and various other topics.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials were separated from the collection during 2016 or 2021 processing.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use. Several folders (housed in Box B-000710) are closed until the death of the collection creator due to the presence of personally identifiable information.
- 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.
- Special Requirements for Access:
This collection contains digital files, which may require specific software or hardware for access. Refer to our Tips on Accessing Born-Digital Content for information on how to render these file formats.
- Credit this material:
"Introduction" to Before We Have Nowhere to Stand; Alicia Ostriker Papers, C0910, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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