Ginny Crouch Stanford collection of Frank Stanford
Scope and Contents
This collection contains writings, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, artwork, personal papers, audiovisual materials, and other papers by or related to American poet Frank Stanford. Includes material related to painter Ginny Crouch Stanford, including her artwork and correspondence.
Conditions Governing Access
This material is open for research.
Boxes 13 and 15 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 14 (electronic media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Ginny Crouch Stanford Collection of Frank Stanford 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 Jeff Maser on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2014.
Organized into seven series: Series I: Writings, 1957 - 1979, Series II: Correspondence, 1970 - 2009, Series III: Personal papers, 1948 - 1998, Series IV: Artwork, 1973 - 1975, Series V: Photographs, 1950 - 1991, Series VI: Audiovisual materials, 1957, 1974, Series VII: Electronic media, undated
6.67 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Frank Stanford (1948- 1978) was an American poet. He authored over ten books of poetry, including The Singing Knives (1972), Ladies from Hell (1974), Field Talk (1974), Shade (1975), Arkansas Bench Stone (1975), Constant Stranger (1976), The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You (1977), and Crib Death (1978). His posthumous collection, What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford (2015), was a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award.
Stanford was born Francis Gildart Smith in Richton, Mississippi. In 1974 he married the painter Ginny Crouch, and they moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where Stanford worked as a land surveyor. In 1975, Stanford began a relationship with poet C. D. Wright which would last the rest of Stanford's life. In 1976, Stanford founded Lost Roads Publishers, an independent literary publisher that produced books of poetry, literary fiction, and translation.
At the age of twenty-nine, on June 3, 1978, Stanford died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Ginny Crouch Stanford is a painter and contributed artwork to accompany many of Stanford's bodies of poetry, including works produced for Mill Mountain Press, Lost Roads Publications and other periodicals. Following Stanford's death, Crouch Stanford, along with C. D. Wright as co-executors of his estate, played instrumental roles in preserving his legacy.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Information included in the Content Description 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.
Description, including lists of Stanford's works, was provided by Ginny Crouch Stanford at the time of acquisition, and has been repurposed to describe folder contents.
- Guide to the Ginny Crouch Stanford Collection of Frank Stanford
- by Jessica Tai
- May 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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