Scope and Contents
- circa 1938-2005
Conditions Governing Access
Box 16 (CD): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
15.21 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Language of Materials
Peter Davison (1928-2004)
Davison maintained a writing career in tandem with his career as a literary editor. He published several books of poetry in addition to his autobiography Half Remembered: A Personal History (1973). His books of poetry include: The Breaking of the Day and Other Poems (1964), Walking the Boundaries: Poems, 1957-1974 (1974), and Breathing Room: New Poems (2000). Davison also edited One of the Dangerous Trades: Essays on the Work and Workings of Poetry (1991) and The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston, 1955-1960, from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath (1994).
Davison married Jane Auchincloss Truslow, a writer, on March 7, 1959. They had two children: Edward Angus and Lesley Truslow. Following his first wife's death in 1981, Davison married the architect Joan Edelman Goody on August 11, 1984.
Davison died of pancreatic cancer on December 29, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The finding aid for this collection is compiled from a preliminary list for the acquisition that was created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary list was migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of the list; however, the content of the list was neither modified nor verified.
As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part 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.
Former call number: Uncat MSS 949.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- American literature -- 20th century
- Atlantic Monthly Press
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Born digital
- Coles, Robert, 1929-
- Davison, Peter, 1928-2004
- Editors -- United States
- Electronic documents
- Ford, Jesse Hill, 1928-1996
- O'Connor, Edwin
- Publishers and publishing -- United States
- Swenson, May, 1913-1989
- Guide to the Peter Davison Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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