The Philip Levine Collection of Papers contains all of the poet's writings from the latter half of 1993 to 2008, documenting Levine's creative process in notes, drafts, and fair copies. Formats include loose leaves of notes and notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, and galleys; also present are incoming and outgoing correspondence (personal, professional, and business), numerous photographs, works by others, and clippings, programs, articles, and other printed ephemera.
Incoming correspondence, both personal and professional, comprises letters from almost 4000 individuals (including family memebers), institutions, periodicals, and universities. Letter writers include Edward Hirsch, Mark Jarman, Donald Hall, Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Donald Justice, Robert Mezey, Sharon Olds, David St. John, Gerald Stern, Mark Strand, C. K. Williams, and Charles Wright.
Biographical/historical: In 1995, Philip Levine received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (for The Simple Truth); he also won three National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry, two Guggenheim fellowships in poetry, the Award of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the American Book Award, the Frank O'Hara Memorial Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He has taught at Fresno State University, New York University, Tufts University, and Vanderbilt University, and he has been a visiting writer at the University of Cincinnati, Princeton University, Columbia University, Vassar College, Brown University, the University of Alabama, and the University of California, Berkeley, as well as writer in residence at the National University of Australia at Canberra. In 2011, he was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
Acquisition: The Philip Levine Collection of Papers was purchased by the Berg Collection through Samuel S. Jaffe (NYC), in 2008.
Content: Also housed in the Berg Collection is the Philip Levine Papers, 1954-1993; see the collection-level record, with a link to the finding aid, in the NYPL on-line catalog, or see the NYPL Manuscripts and Archives portal, accessible through the RESEARCH option on NYPL's homepage.
Content: Papers organized into 16 Series: Series 1: Works by Philip Levine; Series 2: Incoming correspondence; Series 3: Outgoing correspondence; Series 4: Interviews; Series 5: Correspondence by others to others; Series 6: Articles about Philip Levine; Series 7: Reviews and announcements of Philip Levine books; Series 8: Awards given to Philip Levine; Series 9: Conference Materials 1994-2006; Series 10: Announcements of events; Series 11: Ephemera; Series 12: Miscellaneous; Series 13: Poetry by others: typescripts; Series 14: Prose by others: typescripts; Series 15: Poetry by others: printed; Series 16: Prose by others: printed.