Scope and Contents
Correspondence in the collection can be found with writers, literary critics, publishers, and family. Correspondents include: Dudley Fitts, William Meredith, Howard Nemerov, Anne Sexton, and the publishers Harper & Row, McGraw-Hill, W. W. Norton, Viking, and North Point Press. The March 2013 Acquisition contains a large file of correspondence, dating from 1945 and 1946, between Maxine Kumin and her husband Victor.
Other materials appear chiefly to document Kumin's professional and public actitivities. There are financial and legal records, such as contracts and permissions, correspondence and documents relating to speaking engagements and participation on literary juries and in the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference; printed materials, including reviews and publicity; audiovisual materials, including both sound and video recordings of readings by Kumin, interviews, and other cultural events; and personal papers, such as calendars and photographs.
- 1923 - 2015
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 47, 54, 61, and 64-65 (audiovisual material, computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 43-46 and 62-63 (sound and video recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 79, 82, 94 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 80, 81, 96, 98 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
May 2017 Acquisition: Purchased from Maxine W. Kumin Literary Trust on the George B. Alvord Fund, 2017.
June 2017 Acquisition: Gift of Susannah Colt, 2017.
76.01 Linear Feet ((95 boxes) + 1 roll, 2 record album storage)
Language of Materials
Maxine Kumin (1925-)
Biographical information taken from "Maxine Kumin." Contemporary Women Poets. Gale, 1998. Biography In Context. Web. 13 June 2013.
The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008.
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 processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Former call numbers: Uncat Za Ms 131, Uncat Za Ms 436, Uncat MSS 118, Uncat MSS 739, and Uncat MSS 899.
- American literature -- 20th century
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Born digital
- Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College
- Electronic documents
- Fitts, Dudley, 1903-1968
- Harper & Row, Publishers
- Kumin, Maxine, 1925-2014
- McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
- Meredith, William, 1919-2007
- Nemerov, Howard, 1920-1991
- North Point Press
- Photographic prints
- Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974
- Sound recordings
- Video recordings
- Viking Press
- W.W. Norton & Company
- Guide to the Maxine Kumin Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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