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Louise Glück papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 946

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, writings of others, ephemera, photographs, and artwork documenting the life and work of poet Louise Glück. Correspondence spans Glück's career and includes poets Steven Berg, Robert Pinsky, C. K. Williams, and others, as well as family correspondence. Writings include individual poems and drafts of collections including Ararat, The Wild Iris, Meadowlands, and Vita Nova. Writings of others include works by numerous writers including Steven Berg, Frank Bidart, Kathryn Davis, Robert Pinsky, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and C. K.Williams. Artwork includes oil paintings and watercolors by Louise Glück.


  • circa 1950s-2006


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 39: Restricted until 2050. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Louise Glück 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 Wylie Agency on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2008 and 2017.


Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1950s-2005. II. Writings, 1950s-2006. III. Writings of Others, 1970s-2005. IV. Other Papers, 1950s-1990s. V. Artwork, 1958-1965. VI. Restricted Material.


32.42 Linear Feet ((31 boxes) + 8 art)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Louise Glück

Louise Glück is an American poet. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for The Wild Iris, and the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 2001. Glück served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 2003-2004.

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 Louise Glück Papers
by Beinecke staff
June 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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