Contents and Arrangement

Additional Writings, 1958-2020

2 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of additional papers, including drafts of reviews, essays, and other writings. Contents include: Review for Women's R of Books; "Millennial Prayer" for Tikkun; Draft of "Eros and Metaphor" Zoom lecture for Dominican Univ.; Draft of "Muriel Rukeyser: Learning to Breathe Under Water" for Rukeyser conference; Draft of "Celan, TS Eliot, Goethe, The Song of Songs: Celan's Deathfugue and the Eternal Feminine," with photo of prisoners' band at Auschwitz; Multiple drafts of "Renascence: EdnaSt Vincent Millay Today" for American Poets, plus correspondence on Millay Today Celebration; Multiple drafts of review of Adrienne Rich essays for Tikkun; Multiple drafts of "The Return of the Repressed: women Poets and the Sacred," for 2019 AWP panel; Multiple drafts of "The Soul Selects: Dickinson and Me" for Dickinson conference and ED journal; Multiple drafts of "Does Poetry Make Nothing Happen?"; Multiple drafts of "Poetry and the City" for various occasions; Introduction for Wendy Barker poems; Miscellaneous short prose pieces; Photographs for chapbook: Ideas of Order and Disorder; Draft of "Eros and Metaphor" Zoom lecture for Dominican Univ.; Letter to Don Hall; Manuscript of The Volcano and After, with occasional comments by Peter Pitzele and Wendy Barker; Earlier Manuscript of "Selected and New Poems" with various suggested titles and occasional comments by Peer and Wendy; Manuscript of "new" section of The Volcano and After, with full comments by Toi Derricotte; Drafts of Book of Seventy and Other Poems with comments by Toi Derricotte; Manuscript of The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, with working drafts of French translation by Jean Migrenne; Envelope containing Alicia Ostriker undergraduate reviews of Robert Frost and J.V. Cunningham in Brandeis student paper, 1958-59; Envelope containing photographs of poets at Dodge Poetry Festival, NJ 1998, and Berkeley, CA 2000, by J.P. Ostriker.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection History


Gift of Alicia Ostriker in 2021 (AM 2021-69).


No materials were separated from the collection during 2016 or 2021 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Dunkley in 2002. Finding aid written by Lisa Dunkley in 2002.

2010-2016 additions were processed and integrated into the existing finding aid by Kelly Bolding in June 2016, with assistance from Kristine Gift (GS). Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in June 2016.

2018-2021 additions were minimally processed and added to the existing finding aid as a separate Additional Papers series by Kelly Bolding in July 2021. Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in July, August, and December 2021. Born-digital materials were processed by Kelly Bolding in December 2021.

The born-digital materials in this collection have been processed according to Princeton University Library's Born-Digital Processing Workflows. For more information on the workflow, please read our full Born-Digital Processing Information Note.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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. Born-digital files are closed until five years after the deaths of Alicia Ostriker and Jeremiah P. Ostriker, with the exception of a digital folder titled AO JOURNEYS, which will be closed until fifteen years after their deaths.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

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:

Additional Writings; Alicia Ostriker Papers, C0910, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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