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Donald Justice Papers

1936 - 1998
(bulk dates 1952-1996)

Manuscript Collection Number: 191
Accessioned: Purchases, 1982-1998.
Extent: 10 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, poems, essays, reviews, stories, lectures, interviews, clippings, photographs, plays, librettos, contracts, books, programs, journals, calendars, thesis, dissertation, translations, proofs, posters, identification cards, transcripts, scrapbooks, certificates, royalty statements, broadsides, slides, and sheet music.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1998 by Anita A. Wellner.

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Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

9         Series V.  Awards and honors accorded Justice, 1963-1996
               Arranged in chronological order.  See also the files for Summer
               Anniversaries (Lamont Prize, 1959), Selected Poems (Pulitzer Prize,
               1980), and The Sunset Maker (National Book Critics nomination, 1987),
               and New and Selected Poems (National Book Awards finalist, 1995).

     F468 Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1963-1964
          Letter and newsletter announcing Justice's 1964-1965 fellowship.

          The American Academy of Arts and Letters/The National Institute of Arts and
               Letters, 1974-1995

     F469 Award in Literature, 1974
          Includes correspondence, program for awards ceremony, and a catalog for the
          exhibition associated with the award.  The exhibition included manuscripts
          written by Justice.

     F470 Exhibition upon membership in the Institute, 1992
          Includes a receipt for manuscripts lent for the exhibition, a statement written by
          Justice regarding his work, typescript poems, and a catalog.

     F471 Photographs taken at American Academy of Arts and Letters dinners and
               committee meetings, 1994-1995
          Three group photographs, all of which include Justice, one contact sheet of four
          photographs of Justice, and one letter are available.

     F472 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1976
          Letter and check stub related to Justice's fellowship in 1976-1977.

     F473 Pushcart Prize XII, 1987
          Letter of notification for selection of his poem, "Psalm and Lament."

     F474 Bollingen Prize in Poetry of the Yale University Library, 1991
          Notification letter regarding Justice's shared prize with Laura Riding Jackson.

     F475 Hartwick College - Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, 1995
          Letter of notification.

     F476 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry nomination, 1996
          Letter of notification.

9         Series VI.  Interviews, books, articles, and reviews related to Donald Justice
               and his work, 1960-1997
               This series includes Justice's interview with Dana Gioia, journals
               containing articles about Justice or reviews of his poetry, and material
               related to Certain Solitudes:  on the Poetry of Donald Justice.

     F477 Interview by Dana Gioia, [n.d.]
          Photocopied typescript of the text, plus three typescript pages of "additions and
          corrections to Gioia interview" as written by Justice.  See also F337 for notes
          related to this interview.

     F478 Certain Solitudes:  on the Poetry of Donald Justice, [1997]
          Typescript of the table of contents, bearing autograph notes by Justice, plus pages
          of autograph notes and questions from Justice to authors, Dana Gioia and William

     F479 "Images of Time in Modern American Poetry," [n.d.]
          Photocopy of a prospectus for a special session of the Modern Literature
          Association which includes Paul Ramsey's paper, "The Present and the Absent:
          Allen Tate and Donald Justice."

     F480 "For Donald Justice," 1981 Jul
          Copy of The Southern Review containing Raeburn Miller's poem, "For Donald
          Justice," which Miller has inscribed to Justice.

     F481 "Sampling of comments on Donald Justice's work," 1960-1987
          Folder of material collected and labeled by Justice which includes letters or
          statements by Witter Bynner and Irving Feldman, a photocopy of a letter from
          Marvin Bell, a copy of Envoy which contains comments by John Irving, and
          excerpts from an interview with Charles Wright.

     F482 Articles and general reviews of Justice's poetry, 1981-1992
          Included here are copies of Southern World (1981 Feb) and Alumni Review
          (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1982 Apr) which contain articles about
          Justice, plus photocopies of articles and clippings.  For reviews of particular
          published collections of poetry see the series for that book.

9         Series VII.  Personal papers, 1944-1986
               The series consists of pocket calendars, college transcripts and GRE
               scores, photographs, university identification cards, and a small group of
               financial papers.

     F483 College transcripts and Graduate Record Examination scores, 1944-1951
          Includes transcripts for work at the University of Miami (1944-1947, Master of
          Arts) and Stanford University (1948), plus GRE scores (1951).

     F484 Pocket calendars and university identification cards, 1966-1970
          Three pocket-size calendars (1966, 1967, and 1970) used to record appointments,
          dates and details for readings, brief quotes, expenses, lists of students,
          descriptions of housing possibilities, names and addresses of friends or new
          acquaintances, notes, and results of poker games.  The 1966 calendar includes
          four university identification cards laid in (Princeton University, University of
          Syracuse, University of Virginia, and the University of California-Irvine).

     F485 Photographs, 1961-1986
          Consists of seven photographs, all including Justice (two of which also include
          poet Mark Strand), plus a photocopy of Justice (taken by tabolid photographer
          Weegee at an afer-hours jazz session in trumpeter Frankie Newton's basement
          apartment).  Also includes four contact sheets of thirty-one images of Justice. 
          Most of the photographs are undated.

     F486 Financial papers, 1955-1964
          Includes a certificate of purchase for a grand piano (1957), tax return forms and
          withholding statements for Donald and Jean (wife) Justice for 1955-1957, and a
          contract for the transport of an automobile (1964).

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