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Peter Davison papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 727

Scope and Contents

The Peter Davison Papers provide evidence of the career and personal life of author and editor Peter Davison. In addition to documenting Davison's professional and literary circles, the papers also provide insight into Davison's creative output, including his books of poetry (such as The Breaking of the Day and Other Poems and Walking the Boundaries: Poems, 1957-1974) and his autobiography (Half Remembered: A Personal History). The papers are comprised of business and personal correspondence, writings, 1 audio compact disk, photographs, personal papers, and other papers by or relating to Peter Davison.

Dates

  • circa 1938-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 16 (CD): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Peter Davison 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

Gift of Peter Davison, 2007.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1941-2002. Series II. Personal and Family Papers, 1938-1950s. Series III. Professional Papers, 1954-1995. Series IV. Writings, 1957-2003. Series V. Other Papers, 1970s-2005.

Extent

15.21 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.davisonp

Overview

The Peter Davison Papers provide evidence of the career and personal life of author and editor Peter Davison. In addition to documenting Davison's professional and literary circles, the papers also provide insight into Davison's creative output, including his books of poetry (such as The Breaking of the Day and Other Poems and Walking the Boundaries: Poems, 1957-1974) and his autobiography (Half Remembered: A Personal History). The papers are comprised of business and personal correspondence, writings, 1 audio compact disk, photographs, personal papers, and other papers by or relating to Peter Davison.

Peter Davison (1928-2004)

Davison was a poet and literary editor for the Atlantic Monthly Press and Atlantic Monthly. He was born on June 27, 1928 in New York City to Edward and Natalie Weiner Davison. He began his editorial career at Harcourt, Brace in New York after graduating from Harvard University in 1949. In 1956 Davison joined the Atlantic Monthly Press where he worked in several capacities, including executive editor, director, and senior editor, until 1985. From 1985 to 1998 Davison was the poetry editor for Houghton Mifflin.

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.

Processing Information

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

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.
Title
Guide to the Peter Davison Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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