John Taggart Papers, 1962-2012 (MSS 0011)

Restrictions: The reel-to-reel audio tape in box 23 is restricted. Researchers must request a user copy be produced.

Extent: 29.6 Linear feet (69 archives boxes, 1 records carton and 2 oversized folders)

Papers of John Taggart, a contemporary American poet known for his formal and prosodic innovations. The collection contains manuscripts and typescripts of Taggart's published and unpublished poetry, juvenilia from the 1960s and 70s, fiction, and essays devoted to the work of individual artists such as George Oppen and Edward Hopper as well as collective movements such as the Objectivist poets. The collection also contains many of his personal journals, notebooks, and loose notecards, as well as ongoing correspondence with writers, artists, and editors such as Theodore Enslin and Susan Howe.

John Taggart was born in 1942 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. He graduated with honors in 1965 from Earlham College in Indiana, earning a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy. In 1966 he received a M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Chicago, and in 1974 he completed a Ph.D. in the Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Syracuse University. His dissertation, titled "Intending a Solid Object: A Study in Objectivist Poetics," was one of the first extended discussions of the compositional strategies informing the work of poets Louis Zukofsky and George Oppen. Though the work has never been published as a monograph, revised sections of it have appeared in Louis Zukofsky: Man and Poet, edited by Carroll F. Terrell (National Poetry Foundation, 1979) and Credences: Journal of Twentieth Century Poetry and Poetics (nos. 2-3 Fall/Winter, 1982).

Taggart's poetry first appeared in print in 1965, when three poems, "Upon the Sweeping Flood," "An Egyptian Cat," and an "Evening with Anna Akhmatova" were published in Crucible. Since then, Taggart's work has appeared in many literary journals including The North American Review, The Painted Bride Quarterly, Ironwood, Boundry 2, Sulfur and Temblor. His work was featured in the 1969 summer issue of Cid Corman's Origin, and the 1979 spring issue of Paper Air was given over entirely to Taggart's work. Besides Taggart's long poem Peace on Earth, a "healing prayer" on the Vietnam War, the issue included commentary on Taggart's work by Toby Olson, Bruce Andrews, Jackson Mac Low, Paul Metcalf, and several others. Taggart's poetry has been printed in several anthologies including The Gist of Origin (Grossman, 1975), Pushcart Prize Anthology (Avon, 1980), New Directions: An International Anthology of Prose and Poetry (issues 24 and 41), and Poetes Americans D'Aujourd'hui (Delta, 1986).

In addition to numerous appearances in literary magazines and journals, Taggart has also published several collections of verse including To Construct a Clock, The Pyramid is a Pure Crystal, and Prism and the Pine Twig (Elizabeth Press 1971, 1974 and 1977 respectively), Dodeka, with an introduction by Robert Duncan (Membrane, 1979), Peace on Earth (Turtle Island, 1981), Dehiscence (Membrane, 1983), Loop (Sun and Moon, 1991), Standing Wave (Lost Roads, 1993), When the Saints (Talisman House, 1999), Pastorelles (Flood Editions, 2004), Crosses: Poems 1992-1998 (Stop Press, 2006), There Are Birds (Flood Editions, 2008) and Is Music: Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2010).

Taggart has earned a reputation as a judicious, though infrequent, commentator on contemporary American poetry. In addition to seminal articles on Zukofsky, Oppen and Objectivist poetics, Taggart has also reviewed the work of Wallace Stevens, William Bronk, Robert Duncan, Bruce Andrews, Theodore Enslin, and several other contemporary American poets. He was also the editor and publisher of Maps, an acclaimed literary magazine appearing during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and, in 1978, edited an issue of Truck (1978) devoted to the work of Enslin.

Taggart was a professor of literature and creative writing at Shippensburg State University from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. His work as writer and teacher has been awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship (1965), a Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a Pushcart Prize, and the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, as well as two National Endowments for the Arts Writing Fellowships (1976 and 1986).

Papers of John Taggart, a contemporary American poet known for his formal and prosodic innovations, and literary technique associated with Objectivist theory. The collection contains manuscripts and typescripts of Taggart's published and unpublished poetry, juvenilia from the 1960s and 70s, fiction, and essays devoted to the work of individual artists such as George Oppen and Edward Hopper as well as collective movements such as the Objectivist poets. The collection also contains many of his personal journals, notebooks, and loose notecards, as well as ongoing correspondence with writers, artists, and editors such as Theodore Enslin and Susan Howe.

Accessions Processed in 1987

The bulk of this accession dates from the early 1970s when Taggart was a doctoral student at Syracuse University, assembling his first collection of poetry and editing Maps. It also includes essays completed by Taggart while an undergraduate at Earlham College and a graduate student at the University of Chicago.

Arranged in seven series: 1) NOTEBOOKS AND JOTTINGS, 2) POETRY, 3) FICTION, 4) TRANSLATIONS, 5) ESSAYS AND REVIEWS, 6) CORRESPONDENCE and 7) MISCELLANEOUS.

Accessions Processed in 1989

Arranged in four series: 8) POETRY, 9) ESSAYS AND REVIEWS, 10) CORRESPONDENCE and 11) MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.

ACCESSIONS PROCESSED IN 1991-2000

Arranged in three series: 12) CORRESPONDENCE, 13) WRITINGS and 14) NOTEBOOKS.

Accession Processed in 2005, 2015

Additional materials highlighting Taggart's literary and teaching career, including more recent letters from colleagues, editors and fellow poets, numerous drafts of both published and unpublished poems and critical works, as well as composition notebooks.

Arranged in three series: 15) CORRESPONDENCE, 16) WRITINGS and 17) NOTEBOOKS.

Container List

Accessions Processed in 1987

NOTEBOOKS AND JOTTINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) NOTEBOOKS AND JOTTINGS: Consists of notebooks, journals, and notecards dating from 1963 to 1983, and newspaper clippings with annotations or attached notes. Most of the earlier notebooks appear related to classes Taggart attended at Earlham College and Syracuse University. The loose notecards filed in this series are citations taken from his reading during the 1970s. (Taggart has been fond of composing on notecards and small sizes of loose leaf paper before preparing a final draft on standard 8 x 11 paper. Typically these notecards have been filed with or in close proximity to the typescript to which they pertain, but only when that relationship was quite evident.) The journals written during the 1980s are more closely connected to subsequently published work; they often contain seed ideas for poems and essays, but also citations from and comments on other writers.

Box: 1 Folder: 1-4
Earlham notebook, 1963 - 1964
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Notebook, 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Notebook "Surrealism", 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Notebook "Arts-Ideas of 18th Century"
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Notebook "Analytic Problems in Visual Arts", 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Notebook "Wittgenstein", 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Selected notebooks on Romanticism
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Selected notes on Walt Whitman
Box: 1 Folder: 12
Selected notes on Arnold Schoenberg
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Notes on Luminist painters, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Assorted notecards
Box: 2 Folder: 1-3
Assorted notecards, 1978
Box: 2 Folder: 4
Notebook, 1981 - 1982
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Journal, 1982
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Notebook, 1982 - 1983
Box: 2 Folder: 7-11
Newspaper clippings with notes attached

POETRY

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) POETRY: Worksheets, heavily annotated drafts, and final versions of poems. Arranged in three subseries: A) Juvenilia and Unpublished Poetry, B) Uncollected Published Poetry and C) Collected Works.

A) Juvenilia and Unpublished Poetry: 110 or so unpublished poems, many of which are standard academic exercises, such as odes, sonnets, elegies, etc., dating from ca. 1963-1968. There are also a few poems written for Donald Justice's poetry workshops at Syracuse University, which are annotated by Justice. (Several of the poems in this template may have appeared in print.) Arranged alphabetically.

B) Uncollected Published Poetry: 45 published poems which have not been collected in any of Taggart's books, dating from 1964 to 1985. Arranged alphabetically.

C) Collected Works: Works published under the following titles: Liveforever, a lyrical mixture of poetry and meditations on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger; To Construct a Clock (1972); The Pyramid is a Pure Crystal (1974); Prism and the Pine Twig (1977); Dodeka (1979); Peace on Earth (1981); Dehiscence (1983); and Loop. Organization mirrors the arrangement of the published collection to which the poems pertain. Dates for the composition of individual poems are given as provided by the poet.

Juvenilia and Unpublished Poetry

Box: 2 Folder: 12
Adultery, 1928: A Model, 1969
Box: 2 Folder: 13
And this has also been..., 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Anise
Box: 2 Folder: 15
Antinous of Eleusis
Box: 2 Folder: 16
Approximations of a Galvometer
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Artemis, 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 18
At the Grave of Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Bowl-Ring Valentine Poem, 1970
Box: 2 Folder: 20
Burning of My Cock's House
Box: 3 Folder: 1
But There Is No Evading, 1974
Box: 3 Folder: 2
Chirographi
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Coming Forth By Day, 1966
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Dancing - Lesson
Box: 3 Folder: 5
David Smith
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Day's Sickness, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Dead is Now That Bankrupt
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Despairing
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Early, Adolescent Solipsism, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Eight Lines on the State of the Nation / Realizati
Box: 3 Folder: 11
Emily Dickinson, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 12
Evening with Anna Akmatova
Box: 3 Folder: 13
Eyes That Look Through Many Branches
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Father and Son, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 15
Flame Fusion, 1974
Box: 3 Folder: 16
Fear Behind the Curtain
Box: 3 Folder: 17
Few words for..., 1968
Box: 3 Folder: 18
First Fragment: Sappho to Aphrodita
Box: 3 Folder: 19
For One Percussionist
Box: 3 Folder: 20
Garden of Cyrus, 1974
Box: 3 Folder: 21
Georgia O'Keefe's Breasts..
Box: 3 Folder: 22
Happiness
Box: 3 Folder: 23
Hash Gift Returned
Box: 3 Folder: 24
How white bodies ought..
Box: 3 Folder: 25
Im Felden: The Unfaithful Shephard
Box: 3 Folder: 26
In a Summer Season
Box: 3 Folder: 27
In Honor of This High Feast
Box: 3 Folder: 28
In My Father's House
Box: 3 Folder: 29
Innocent Dream of a Young White Man
Box: 3 Folder: 30
In Our City, 1968
Box: 3 Folder: 31
It is a Relief
Box: 3 Folder: 32
Khum
Box: 3 Folder: 33
Le Sperme
Box: 3 Folder: 34
Let Him Kiss Me
Box: 3 Folder: 35
Main, 1969
Box: 3 Folder: 36
Mantis and The Bee
Box: 3 Folder: 37
Marriage, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 38
Mummy, Seen..., 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 39
Musick of..., 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 40
My Brother Has Committed a Crime
Box: 3 Folder: 41
Narcissus
Box: 3 Folder: 42
Nothing Is So Lovely as a Lie
Box: 3 Folder: 43
Nuances of a Theme by Stevens
Box: 3 Folder: 44
Nuances of a Theme of Rilke
Box: 3 Folder: 45
Ode for Gnaeus, Marcius, Surnamed, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 46
Ode for Titus Manlius, Son of God, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 47
Ode on a Bird Called the Phoenix, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 48
Ode on the Banishment of Appuleia Varilia
Box: 3 Folder: 49
Ode on the Battle of Cannae, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 50
Ode on the Birds of Evil Omen, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 51
Ode on the Death of Lutorius Priscus, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 52
Ode on the Death of Seneca, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 53
On a Painting by Rousseau
Box: 3 Folder: 54
Osiris: For Her Hand, Crumpled
Box: 3 Folder: 55
Painting: "Femme et enfants..."
Box: 3 Folder: 56
Painting, No. 2: "Femmes affrayees..."
Box: 3 Folder: 57
Panama, The Dream
Box: 3 Folder: 58
Passive girl reading..
Box: 3 Folder: 59
Piano Lessons, 1916-17 Matisse
Box: 3 Folder: 60
Please Forward If Found, 1968
Box: 3 Folder: 61
Poem For My Birthday
Box: 3 Folder: 62
Poem for Looking Where Bud Powell...
Box: 3 Folder: 63
Poem for Willis, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 64
Poem Upon the Death of My Grandfather, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 65
Poet talks quietly
Box: 3 Folder: 66
Question
Box: 3 Folder: 67
Rain
Box: 3 Folder: 68
Raking Horse Manure
Box: 3 Folder: 69
Randolph Street, Chicago 1956, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 70
Reading Lesson, 1972
Box: 3 Folder: 71
Real Hate Rises from Its Obscure Field
Box: 3 Folder: 72
Remote Flowers
Box: 3 Folder: 73
Samuel Beckett's Last Words
Box: 3 Folder: 74
Search for the Fecund Minimum
Box: 3 Folder: 75
She Burned
Box: 3 Folder: 76
Shells, 1968
Box: 3 Folder: 77
She May Ask Him
Box: 3 Folder: 78
Sometimes, When It All Hangs In Air, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 79
Song Breaks Dragon's Teeth, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 80
Sonnet for a Portuguese Nun, 1965
Box: 3 Folder: 81
Stone Breakers Make Way
Box: 3 Folder: 82
Syd Valentine..
Box: 3 Folder: 83
Tamarisk and Grass, 1984
Box: 3 Folder: 84
That is the Poem, 1974
Box: 3 Folder: 85
There Was a Clamouring Crowd
Box: 3 Folder: 86
There Was a Man
Box: 3 Folder: 87
These Nostril Hairs
Box: 3 Folder: 88
This Is So
Box: 3 Folder: 89
Thoughts Are Trees
Box: 3 Folder: 90
Transaction, 1969
Box: 3 Folder: 91
Tribute to Charles Ives
Box: 3 Folder: 92
Turn Away As From a Snake
Box: 3 Folder: 93
Two Sisters
Box: 3 Folder: 94
Unexpected, I
Box: 3 Folder: 95
Upstate N.Y. Dusk Poem, 1974
Box: 3 Folder: 96
Verses on an Ionian Analogy
Box: 3 Folder: 97
Villa Lante, No. 2
Box: 3 Folder: 98
Waiting for Things to Become Clear
Box: 3 Folder: 99
When the Cathedrals Were White, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 100
Whistling Clay Bull Made in Mexico
Box: 3 Folder: 101
Why the Nights Are Quiet
Box: 3 Folder: 102
Winter, Radio Poem, 1968
Box: 3 Folder: 103
Words at my School, 1969

Uncollected Published Poetry

Box: 4 Folder: 1
7 Series
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Antimasque for Antonio
Box: 4 Folder: 3
Body and Soul
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Christopher Columbus and the Guitar Factory, 1964
Box: 4 Folder: 5
DeathBean Man, 1965
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Die Logik, 1975
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Disease Called Takeoff, 1981
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Enticements, 1985
Box: 4 Folder: 9
German Game, 1970
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Gift of Fossils
Box: 4 Folder: 11
In Chicago, On a Bus
Box: 4 Folder: 12
In Itself, 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Inquiry, 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 14
K Variations
Box: 4 Folder: 15
Knee, 1969
Box: 4 Folder: 16
Kore's Sleeping Song
Box: 4 Folder: 17
Lester Young Pursued..
Box: 4 Folder: 18
My Daughter Sarah Gives..
Box: 4 Folder: 19
Nasturtium, 1969
Box: 4 Folder: 20-22
Not Quite Parallel Lines, 1985
Box: 4 Folder: 23
Noun Can Be Best, 1974
Box: 4 Folder: 24
One True Love
Box: 4 Folder: 25
Poem for Morandi, 1975
Box: 4 Folder: 26
Prayer No. 20, 1986
Box: 4 Folder: 27
Question, 1974
Box: 4 Folder: 28-29
Reading of Something Written, 1985
Rothko Chapel Poem
Box: 4 Folder: 30-32
Drafts, 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Page proofs for "Conjunctions"; letter from Bradford Morrow, 1984
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Page proofs for "Temblor"; letter from Leland Hickman, 1985
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Rub Her Coke, 1974
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Rule 14 L, 1984
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Stone, 1974
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Strip or Ribbon
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Tall Man
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Violet
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Walking and Running: A Model, 1971
Box: 5 Folder: 10
What I said to Monk, 1968
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Which Explains
Box: 5 Folder: 12
Young Man Said to Me
Box: 5 Folder: 13
Young White Man Steps Out..
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Bound workbook, 1969 - 1972

Collected Works

Liveforever
Box: 5 Folder: 15-16
Drafts
Box: 5 Folder: 17-20
Second version, 1970
Box: 5 Folder: 21
Two notebooks - Some material concerns THE PYRAMID IS A PURE CRYSTAL
To Construct a Clock (1972)
Box: 5 Folder: 22
Ricercar, pp. 11-12
Box: 5 Folder: 23
Egg, pp. 13-14
Box: 5 Folder: 24
Box, pp. 15-16
Box: 5 Folder: 25
Position, p.17
Box: 6 Folder: 1
Resemblances, p. 18, 1968
Box: 6 Folder: 2
Signification, Burrs, p. 19
Box: 6 Folder: 3
Problem, p. 20, 1970
Box: 6 Folder: 4
There Was a Cat, p. 21
Box: 6 Folder: 5
Miro's "The Kiss," p. 22
Box: 6 Folder: 6
Deceased Man, p. 23
Box: 6 Folder: 7
Drum Thing, p.24
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Corot's "Women With Child"
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Head in a Mirror, pp. 27-28
Box: 6 Folder: 10
Room, pp. 29-30
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Dance of Sleeves, pp. 31-33
Box: 6 Folder: 12
Eroded Rock, 1942, pp. 34-38
Box: 6 Folder: 13
Liveforever: Of Actual Things..., pp. 39-45
Box: 6 Folder: 14
Bound typescript, 1972
The Pyramid is a Pure Crystal (1974)
Box: 6 Folder: 15
Notebook, 1972
Box: 6 Folder: 16-17
Worksheets
Box: 6 Folder: 18
Manuscript, 1971 - 1972
Box: 6 Folder: 19
Typescript
Box: 6 Folder: 20
Publisher's typescript
Box: 6 Folder: 21
Page proofs
Prism and the Pine Twig (1977)
Box: 6 Folder: 22
I live in a barn, p. 9
Box: 6 Folder: 23
They and We, no. 1 of "3 Poems...," p. 10, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 24
Tzuzumi, no. 2 of "3 Poems...," pp. 11-12, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 25
After-Image, no. 3 of "3 Poems...," p. 13, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 26
Black Puritan Trees of..., p. 15, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 27
Balance / Rest, p. 16, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 28
Square Order Shuffle, p. 17, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 29
Contrafact, pp. 18-19, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 30
Weight, pp. 21-22, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 31
Thought, Walking Away from Town, p. 23, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 32
Ars Poetics, p. 24, 1974
Box: 6 Folder: 33
Bat-Geode, p. 25, 1975
Box: 6 Folder: 34
Prism and the Pine Twig, p. 26, 1975
Box: 6 Folder: 35
Jennifer's Poem, p. 27, 1972
Box: 6 Folder: 36
Good-Bye, pp. 28-30, 1975
Box: 6 Folder: 37
Dipytch: Some Words of Meister Eckhart, pp. 31-32, 1975
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Notebook from Prism and the Pine Twig and Dodeka, 1974
Dodeka (1979)
Box: 7 Folder: 2
Notecards
Box: 7 Folder: 3
Source essays
Box: 7 Folder: 4-10
First version, 1975-1976
Box: 7 Folder: 11-13
Second version, 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 14
First unison
Box: 7 Folder: 15-16
Last version
Box: 8 Folder: 1-9
Last version
Box: 8 Folder: 10-11
Dodeka
Peace on Earth (1981)
Box: 8 Folder: 12
Giant Steps, 1978
Box: 8 Folder: 13
Slow Song for Mark Rothko
Box: 8 Folder: 14-15
Peace on Earth
Box: 8 Folder: 16-17
Inside Out
Dehiscence (1983)
Box: 9 Folder: 1
Typescripts
Box: 9 Folder: 2-6
Worksheets
Box: 9 Folder: 7
Typescript
Box: 9 Folder: 8
Cover art
Loop (1987)
Box: 9 Folder: 9
Notebook: "New Poetry for Mild Shouting Poems", 1983
Box: 9 Folder: 10
Sumac: for George Oppen, 1980
Box: 9 Folder: 11
Sumac, 1981
Box: 9 Folder: 12-13
O for a Thousand Tongues, 1980
Box: 9 Folder: 14
Babble, Babble, 1980
Box: 9 Folder: 15
See What Love, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 1
Mild Shouting Poem - Includes a letter from William Spanos, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 2
Bird Run
Box: 10 Folder: 3
Very Slow, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 4-5
Brace's Cove - Includes two letters from G. Butterick, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 6
Wild Blue Phlox, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 7
My Name Called Out, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 8
Nativity, 1981
Box: 10 Folder: 9
Against the Nurses of Experience, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 10
In True Night, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 11
Sine Cura, Securum, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 12
Lily Alone, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 13
Not Raw Enough, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 14-15
Twenty-One Times
Box: 10 Folder: 16
Through Planes, 1982
Box: 10 Folder: 17
Return to Dehiscence, 1982
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Beware, 1982
Box: 11 Folder: 2-3
Were You, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 4
Monk, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 5-6
Never Too Late, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 7
Orange Berries and Chain Letter, 1987
Box: 11 Folder: 8
Repetition, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 9
Pen Vine and Scroll, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 10
Loop, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 11
Let's Be Indians and For Jerry Lee Lewis, 1983
Box: 11 Folder: 12
Desire, 1985
Box: 11 Folder: 13
Night Train, 1985
Box: 11 Folder: 14
Three, 1985
Box: 11 Folder: 15-16
Loop

FICTION

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) FICTION: Six unpublished works.

Box: 11 Folder: 17
Into a More Gray Distant Suburb
Box: 11 Folder: 18
Skyaminos Not Yet Ascended
Box: 11 Folder: 19
Fiftieth Gate
Box: 11 Folder: 20
He Fell, Thunderously..
Box: 11 Folder: 21
Young America
Box: 11 Folder: 22
Nothing But Dust..
Box: 11 Folder: 23
Packing envelope for fiction

TRANSLATIONS

Box: 11 Folder: 24
Sappho's First Fragment
Box: 11 Folder: 25
Francis Ponge's My Creative Method

ESSAYS AND REVIEWS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) ESSAYS AND REVIEWS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Unpublished and B) Published.

A) Unpublished: Consists almost wholly of papers written for undergraduate and graduate courses, most of which address the works of literary authors. Of particular interest are the papers regarding Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman and Henry Miller, and Taggart's dissertation on the Objectivist poets.

B) Published: Includes papers treating the work of William Bronk, Robert Duncan, Louis Zukofsky, and Susan Howe. It also includes two statements of Taggart's poetics, "The Poem as Woven Scarf" and "Of the Power of the Word," as well as correspondence to Taggart from various writers, artists, and editors.

Unpublished

Box: 12 Folder: 1
Theology of the 1 Isaiah, 1962
Box: 12 Folder: 2
Concerning Fate in the Iliad, 1963
Box: 12 Folder: 3
Explication of a Poem by Dylan Thomas
Box: 12 Folder: 4
Paper on Gerard Manley Hopkins
Box: 12 Folder: 5
Paper on Samuel Johnson
Box: 12 Folder: 6
Paper on Lyrical Ballads
Box: 12 Folder: 7
Paper on Classical Ideal of Art
Box: 12 Folder: 8
Paper on Jonathan Edwards, 1964
Box: 12 Folder: 9
Paper on Richard Crashaw, 1964
Box: 12 Folder: 10
Paper on John Milton, 1964
Box: 12 Folder: 11
Paper on Dante and Ezra Pound, 1964
Box: 12 Folder: 12
Paper on Franz Kafka
Box: 12 Folder: 13
Paper on William Shakespeare, 1964
Box: 12 Folder: 14
Paper on Marlowe and Shakespeare, 1964
Box: 12 Folder: 15
Paper on Jean-Paul Sartre
Box: 12 Folder: 16
Paper on Stephen Spender, 1965
Box: 12 Folder: 17-18
Papers on Wallace Stevens, 1965
Box: 12 Folder: 19
Paper on Edmund Spenser, 1965
Box: 12 Folder: 20
3rd Paper on Wallace Stevens, 1965
Box: 12 Folder: 21
Paper on Joan Miro, 1965
Box: 12 Folder: 22
4th Paper on Wallace Stevens, 1968
Box: 12 Folder: 23
Paper on Wolfgang Mozart, 1968
Box: 12 Folder: 24
Review of Frank Samperi
Paper on Walt Whitman and Henry Miller
Box: 12 Folder: 25-28
Notes
Box: 13 Folder: 1-2
Notes & drafts
Box: 13 Folder: 3-4
Paper on Miller and the Whitman Tradition
Box: 13 Folder: 5
On Working With Dancers
Intending a Solid Object, Ph. D. thesis, 1974
Box: 13 Folder: 6-7
Notes
Box: 13 Folder: 8-11
Abstract, chapters 1-7, bibliography
Box: 13 Folder: 12
Notes for bibliography of work by Cid Corman
Box: 13 Folder: 13
Notes and draft for talk on Pablo Neruda
Box: 13 Folder: 14
Statement of influences

Published

Box: 14 Folder: 1
Deep Jewels: George Oppen's SEASCAPE: Needle's Eye
Box: 14 Folder: 2-3
Reading William Bronk - Notecards & typescript
Box: 14 Folder: 4
Enslin Symposium (issue of Truck edited by Taggart)
Box: 14 Folder: 5-6
The New Primitive - Notes & typescript
Box: 14 Folder: 7-13
Louis Zukofsky: "Song of Degrees"
Box: 14 Folder: 14
Poem as Woven Scarf
Box: 14 Folder: 15
Of the Power of the Word
Box: 14 Folder: 16
Review of Susan Howe's Pythagorean Silence

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) CORRESPONDENCE: Charles Bernstein, George Butterick, Robert Creeley, Ted Enslin, Bradford Graves, Susan Howe, Paul Metcalf, Toby Olson, George Oppen, Ron Silliman, James Weil, and Karl Young are some of the major represented correspondents. Also includes letters from Rene Char, Robert Duncan, Leslie Fiedler, and Louis Zukofsky. Several of the correspondent's files contain literary manuscripts or typescripts by the correspondent.

Box: 15 Folder: 1
Andrews, Bruce, 1973 - 1978
Box: 15 Folder: 2
Barone, Dennis, 1982 - 1985
Box: 15 Folder: 3-4
Bernstein, Charles, 1978 - 1985
Box: 15 Folder: 5
Bronk, William, 1975
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Butterick, George, 1970 - 1985
Box: 15 Folder: 12
Byrd, Bobby, 1980 - 1985
Box: 15 Folder: 13
Byrd, Don, 1984
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Callahan, Bob, 1979 - 1980
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Carruth, Hayden, 1971 - 1985
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Char, Rene, 1966
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Corman, Cid, 1972
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Creeley, Robert, 1979 - 1985
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Cuddihy, Michael, 1983 - 1985
Box: 15 Folder: 21
Duncan, Robert, 1973 - 1978
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DuPlessis, Rachel Blau, 1981, 1984
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Economu, George, 1975
Box: 15 Folder: 24
Edson, Russell, 1976 - 1979
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Elliott, George P., 1978 - 1979
Box: 15 Folder: 26
Ellison, Ralph
Enslin, Theodore
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1975 - 1977
Box: 16 Folder: 1-7
1978 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 8
Eshleman, Clayton, 1982 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 9
Ferreni, Vincent, 1971
Box: 16 Folder: 10
Fiedler, Leslie, 1978
Box: 16 Folder: 11
Golding, Alan, 1983 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 12
Gottleib, Michael, 1978
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Graves, Bradford, 1981 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 15
Hejinian, Lyn, 1974 - 1978
Box: 16 Folder: 16
Hickman, Leland, 1983 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 17-21
Howe, Susan, 1981 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 22
Johnson, Ronald, 1974
Box: 16 Folder: 23
Justice, Donald, 1979 - 1981
Box: 16 Folder: 24
Kitchell, Marilyn, 1984 - 1985
Box: 16 Folder: 25
Mackey, Nathaniel, 1982 - 1984
Box: 16 Folder: 26
Messerli, Douglas, 1978 - 1979
Metcalf, Paul
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1978 - 1981
Box: 17 Folder: 1-2
1982 - 1983
Box: 17 Folder: 3
Morrow, Bradford, 1982 - 1985
Box: 17 Folder: 4-9
Olson, Toby, 1970 - 1985
Box: 17 Folder: 10-11
Oppen, George and Mary, 1970, 1980
Box: 17 Folder: 12
Ortiz, Simon, 1980 - 1981
Box: 17 Folder: 13
Palmer, Michael, 1982 - 1985
Box: 17 Folder: 14
Pearson, Norman Holmes, 1974 - 1975
Box: 17 Folder: 15
Piper, Paul, 1983 - 1985
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Rothenberg, Jerome, 1976 - 1983
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Samperi, Frank, 1973
Box: 17 Folder: 19
Sherman, Bill, 1974
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Sherry, James, 1978
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Silliman, Ron, 1971 - 1980
Box: 17 Folder: 25
Snyder, Gary, 1972 - 1979
Box: 17 Folder: 26
Sorrentino, Gilbert, 1976 - 1979
Box: 17 Folder: 27
Stryk, Lucien, 1982 - 1983
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Tarn, Nathaniel and Janet, 1978 - 1981
Box: 18 Folder: 2
Tarn, Nathaniel, 1983 - 1985
Box: 18 Folder: 3-4
Waldrop, Keith and Rosmarie, 1972 - 1979
Box: 18 Folder: 5-6
Watson, Craig, 1982 - 1985
Box: 18 Folder: 7
Watten, Barrett, 1972 - 1973
Box: 18 Folder: 8-10
Weil, James, 1969 - 1979
Box: 18 Folder: 11
Williams, Jonathan, 1977 - 1978
Box: 18 Folder: 12
Wilson, Keith, 1973
Box: 18 Folder: 13-18
Young, Karl, 1974 - 1985
Box: 18 Folder: 19
Zukofsky, Louis and Celia, 1970 - 1980
Box: 18 Folder: 20
Miscellaneous correspondence

MISCELLANEOUS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) MISCELLANEOUS: Includes C.E. Hockersmith's musical settings for four of Taggart's poems, syllabi for courses Taggart taught at Shippensburg State University, and various publicity releases.

Box: 18 Folder: 21
Course syllabi and form for professorial evaluation
Box: 18 Folder: 22
Publicity releases
Box: 18 Folder: 23
Four musical compositions by C.E. Hockersmith

Accessions Processed in 1989

POETRY

Scope and Content of Series

Series 8) POETRY: Includes materials on the poems Dodeka and Loop, which directly relate to the previously processed accession. The Dodeka files contain a version prepared for poetry readings, which varies from the published edition; while the Loop materials comprise worksheets for poems not included in the previous Loop subseries. Taggart's latest poems are organized under the title Standing Wave and are arranged by order in which they will appear in the published work.

Box: 19 Folder: 1-3
Dodeka - Version prepared for reading purposes with variations from published edition, 1979

LOOP

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Reflexive and His Master's Voice, 1986
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Saul and David, 1986
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Game With Red, 1986
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Crying In The Chapel and Three Kisses, 1986
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Rougher Black Music, 1986
Box: 19 Folder: 9
Poem Beginning With A Line by Traherne, 1986
Box: 19 Folder: 10
For Me, undated
Box: 19 Folder: 11-12
Marvin Gaye Suite, 1986
Box: 19 Folder: 13
That This May Be, undated

STANDING WAVE

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Typescripts of final drafts
Box: 19 Folder: 15
Last Train, 1988
Box: 19 Folder: 16
Three Words From Thomas Bernhard, 1988
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All the Steps, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 2
King of Eynan, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 3
Blueweed, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 4
Star Dust, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 5
In The Sense Of, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 6
Black And White Close-Up, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 7
In And Under, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 8
Question No Question and The Face of Love, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 9
Take Away, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 10
How Long, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 11
Standing Wave, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 12
For Instance and Free Gifts, 1988
Box: 20 Folder: 13
Alternate Take, 1988
Box: 21 Folder: 1
Rereading, 1988
Box: 21 Folder: 2
Vaguely Harmless, 1988
Box: 21 Folder: 3
Milk and Seed, 1988
Box: 21 Folder: 4
Ready Or Not, 1988
Box: 21 Folder: 5
Like That And Then and "Louder", 1988

ESSAYS AND REVIEWS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 9) ESSAYS AND REVIEWS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Essays and B) Reviews. No distinction has been made regarding published versus unpublished works. The materials in each subseries are arranged alphabetically by title.

A) Essays: Included among these essays are a college paper on Charles Olson, notes on a paper for the UC San Diego Oppen Conference, and an exhibition catalogue essay on the sculpture of Bradford Graves.

B) Reviews: Includes Taggart reviews of the work of Theodore Enslin, Susan Howe, and Karl Young.

Essays

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Come Shadow Come And Take This Shadow Up - Essay on Louis Zukofsky
Box: 21 Folder: 8
Composition By Field: The Poetics of Charles Olson - Earlham (College) paper on projective verse
Box: 21 Folder: 9
Essay For Brad Graves' Show - Includes notebook, 1985
Box: 21 Folder: 10-11
George Oppen And The Anthologies
Box: 21 Folder: 12
Notes concerning procedure in Basil Bunting's Briggflatts
Box: 21 Folder: 13
Olson and Melville
Box: 21 Folder: 14
Oppen notes for UCSD Oppen Conference, 1986
Box: 21 Folder: 15
Prompted By Jazz
Box: 21 Folder: 16
Prose on Poetry - Foreword
Box: 21 Folder: 17
Review of Frank Samperi - Published in Occurrence 7, 1977
Box: 21 Folder: 18
Slow Sing For Mark Rothko - Preface
Box: 21 Folder: 19
Teaching Of Poetry
Box: 21 Folder: 20
To Go Down To Go Into - Revised original

Reviews

Box: 21 Folder: 21
Enslin, Theodore. The Weather Within
Box: 22 Folder: 1
Howe, Susan. My Emily Dickinson
Box: 22 Folder: 2
Young, Karl. Five Kwaidan

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 10) CORRESPONDENCE: Contains many of the same correspondents included in the accession processed in 1987, although more than two thirds of correspondents are new. Letters are organized by author, then arranged chronologically from earliest to latest. Among the correspondents in this series are Theodore Enslin, Bradford Graves, David Melnick, Bradford Morrow, Andrew Schelling, and Karl Young.

Of special importance is the abundant correspondence between Taggart and Enslin, including both incoming and outgoing letters. The Taggard-Enslin correspondence is deeply personal and involves discussions of contemporary writing, current events, music, and philosophical issues.

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Unidentified correspondents
Box: 22 Folder: 4
Alexander, Charles, 1985 - 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 5
American Biographical Institute, Inc., 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 6
Ammons, Archie, 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 7
Anderson, Cindy, 1986 - 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 8
Andrews, Bruce, 1976
Box: 22 Folder: 9
Barone, Dennis, 1985 - 1989
Box: 22 Folder: 10
Berge, Carol, 1970
Box: 22 Folder: 11
Bernstein, Charles, 1986 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 12
Booth, Phillip, 1988 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 13
Butterick, George, 1979 - 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 14
Byrd, Bobby, 1979 - 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 15
Callahan, Bob, 1980
Box: 22 Folder: 16
Callahan, Eileen, 1986
Box: 22 Folder: 17
Caputo, John, 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 18
Carruth, Hayden, 1986
Box: 22 Folder: 19
Coburn, Robert, 1984
Box: 22 Folder: 20
Creeley, Robert, 1986 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 21
Crumb, George, 1985 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 22
Cuddihy, Michael, 1975 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 23
Davidson, Michael, 1984
Box: 22 Folder: 24
Dickison, Steven, 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 25
Doyle, Mike, 1970
Box: 22 Folder: 26
DuPlessis, Rachel Blau, 1987 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 27
Edson, Russell, 1970
Box: 22 Folder: 28-29
Enslin, Theodore, 1972 - 1989
Box: 22 Folder: 30
Eshleman, Clayton, 1986 - 1989
Box: 22 Folder: 31
Evans, George, 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 32
Foss, Phillip, 1987 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 33
Gartung, Karl, undated
Box: 22 Folder: 34
Gass, William, 1985
Box: 22 Folder: 35
Gingerich, Willard, 1987 - 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 36
Giscombe, C.S., 1985
Box: 22 Folder: 37
Golding, Alan, 1986 - 1989
Box: 22 Folder: 38
Graves, Bradford, 1970 - 1989
Box: 22 Folder: 39
Heller, Michael, 1970
Box: 22 Folder: 40
Hickman, Leland, 1985 - 1986
Box: 22 Folder: 41
Hocquard, Emmanuel, 1985
Box: 22 Folder: 42
Hoover, Paul, 1988
Box: 22 Folder: 43
Jaffer, Frances, 1987
Box: 22 Folder: 44
Johnson, Ronald, 1985
Box: 22 Folder: 45
Kenner, Hugh, 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 1
Kimmelman, Burt, 1985 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 2
Kitchell, Marilyn, 1986 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 3
Laughlin, James, 1969 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 4
Levi Strauss, David, 1986 - 1988
Box: 23 Folder: 5
Mac Low, Jackson, 1988
Box: 23 Folder: 6
Marshall, Jack, 1988
Box: 23 Folder: 7
Melnick, David, 1966 - 1971
Box: 23 Folder: 8
Metcalf, Paul, 1986 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 9
Morrow, Bradford, 1985 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 10
Olson, Toby, 1986 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 11
Palmer, Michael, 1986
Box: 23 Folder: 12
Pater Faranda, Lisa, 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 13
Perlman, John, 1987 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 14
Perloff, Marjorie, 1982 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 15
Perschetti, Vincent, 1982
Box: 23 Folder: 16
Piper, Paul, 1985 - 1986
Box: 23 Folder: 17
Quartermain, Peter, 1986 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 18
Rosenblum, Martin, 1986 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 19
Schelling, Andrew, 1984 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 20
Scroggins, Mark, 1987 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 21
Silliman, Ron, 1986 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 22
Smith, Marla, 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 23
Smith, Pat, 1986 - 1988
Box: 23 Folder: 24
Steiner, George, 1986
Box: 23 Folder: 25
Stevens, Holly, 1970
Box: 23 Folder: 26
Sutton, Walter, 1986 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 27
Tarn, Nathaniel, 1986
Box: 23 Folder: 28
Tisdale, Walter, 1988 - 1989
Box: 23 Folder: 29
Veinus, Abraham, 1970 - 1988
Box: 23 Folder: 30
Waldrop, Rosmarie, 1983 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 31
Watson, Craig, 1985 - 1987
Box: 23 Folder: 32
Wellman, Don, 1987 - 1988
Box: 23 Folder: 33
Young, Karl, 1985 - 1989

MISCELLANEOUS

Scope and Contents of Series

Series 11) MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: Includes three-dimensional paper models and a metal frame used in the composition of the poem Dodeka. Also contained in this group is a reel-to-reel audio tape recording of a 1965 reading Taggart organized in support of Exclusions, which later became the magazine Maps, and a group of sketches by Bradford Graves for Taggart's book of poetry Peace on Earth.

Box: 23 Folder: 34
First "Exclusions" Reading - Reel-to-reel audio tape recording of a reading which Taggart organized in support of Exclusions, later his magazine Maps. Readers at the Earlham College event included Clayton Eshleman, Ronald Johnson, Jonathan Williams, as well as regional poets, 1965

Restrictions Apply

Box: 24 Folder: 1
Dodeka - Construction paper models and metal frame used in the composition of the poem
Oversize: MC-037-07
Paper Air. Sketches by Bradford Graves

Accessions Processed in 1991-2000

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 12) CORRESPONDENCE: Contains Taggart's professional correspondence with fellow poets, writers, editors and others connected with his teaching and literary career including Charles Bernstein, Bobby Byrd, Lew Daly, Alan Golding, Bradford Graves, James Laughlin, Hank Lazer, Paul Metcalf, Gil Ott, Pam Rehm, Abraham Veinus, Rosmarie Waldrop, John Wilson and Karl Young. Significant correspondents appearing in previous accessions include Theodore (Ted) Enslin and Bradford Graves. Also included is correspondence with the University of Alabama Press regarding the production process for Songs of Degrees. Materials date from 1970s to 2000.

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Alcalay, Ammiel, 1989 - 1991
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Alexander, Charles, 1985
Box: 25 Folder: 3
Andre, Michael, 1972 - 1974
Box: 25 Folder: 4
Andrews, Bruce, 1996
Box: 25 Folder: 5
Arnett, Carroll, 1970 - 1976
Box: 25 Folder: 6
Ashbery, John, 1984
Box: 25 Folder: 7-10
Barone, Dennis, 1981 - 1997
Box: 25 Folder: 11
Baude, Dawn Michelle, 1992
Box: 25 Folder: 12
Bell, Charles G., 1980
Box: 25 Folder: 13
Bernstein, Charles, 1989 - 1994
Box: 25 Folder: 14
Bertholf, Robert, 1978 - 1990
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Black Warrior Review, 1991
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Bobo, Jean-Raphael, 1989
Box: 25 Folder: 17
Booth, Philip, 1998 - 2000
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Breda, Don, 1997
Box: 25 Folder: 19
Buck, Paul, 1972 - 1981
Box: 25 Folder: 20
Butterick, George, 1979 - 1980
Box: 25 Folder: 21-23
Byrd, Bobby, 1975 - 1997
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Byrd, Don, 1971 - 1981
Box: 25 Folder: 25
Calhoun, Douglas, 1970 - 1972
Box: 25 Folder: 26
Callahan, Bob, 1980 - 1982
Box: 25 Folder: 27
Caputo, John, 1983