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John Koethe papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 600

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, clippings, writings of others, photographs, awards, student papers, teaching papers, audiovisual materials, and digital media documenting the life and work of poet John Koethe. Correspondence includes letters from other poets and writers including John Ashbery, Robert Dash, John Godfrey, Mary Kinzie, David Lehman, James Schuyler, Susan Stewart, and others. Writings include drafts of books by Koethe, individual poems, and other writings. Writings of others include manuscripts by John Ashbery, John Godfrey, and others.


  • 1960 - 2011


Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 28 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 29 (mold damaged photographs): ‡a Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 30 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Ownership & Copyright

The John Koethe Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Granary Books, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2011.


Organized into eleven series: I. Correspondence, circa 1960s-2009. II. Writings, 1960s-2011. III. Notebooks, 1966-1969. IV. Clippings and printed material, 1965-2010. V. Writings of others, 1949-2010. VI. Photographs, 1970s-2000s. VII. Awards and memorabilia, 1959-1963. VIII. Student and teaching papers, 1967-2000s. IX. Other papers, 1960s-2000s. X. Audiovisual material, 1987-2008, undated. XI. Electronic media, 2005, undated.


15.0 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

John Koethe

John Koethe (1945- ) is an American poet, essayist, and retired professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the John Koethe Papers
by Beinecke staff
July 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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