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Dick Higgins papers, 1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993)

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Finding aid for the Dick Higgins papers, 1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993)
Series V. Pattern poetry, ca. 1987-ca. 1991 5.5 linear feet 11 boxes
Research and study materials accumulated by Higgins in preparation for his book Pattern Poetry: Guide to an Unknown Literature, 1987, a checklist and bibliography of pattern poems before 1900. The series is arranged in two subseries, V-A. Research Materials and V-B. Correspondence. See Series III for book production material.
Series V-A Research materials, ca. 1976-ca. 1991 4.0 linear feet
Contains mostly photocopies of monographs and articles by pattern poets and scholars in the field, with some annotations, bibliographic and otherwise, by Higgins and colleagues. It also contains photos, transparencies and photocopies of text reproductions with coordinating captions; repros; ms versions given to scholars for proofing, most with annotations and corrections; and some correspondence about pattern poetry searches; microfilm and permissions requests; and index cards used by Higgins for bibliographic notations. Organization follows closely that of the book, which is by language. Separate poet/author files exist for those with substantial material, and are filed alphabetically within the language. Consult Appendix A for microfilm reels, which Higgins acquired from various libraries and institutions.
68 General information for chapter 1.
Includes correspondence, Cretan, ancient, Codex Leninopol, Gregory of Manzianzen, Manuel Holobdos, John Loyd, Macarius Chrysophalus, Moschion to Osiris, Wojaczek, Theocritus, Byzantine, Neo-Greek.
Latin: 800-1500, Neo-Latin
After 1500, poets/authors A, includes: Pierre Abélard, Johannes Heinrich Alsted[ius], various anonymous works, August II, Ausonius.
69 Latin
Poets/authors B-N, includes: Bonifacio Baldassarre; André Bayam; Mario Bettini; Marco Antonio Bonciari; Juan Caramuel de Lobkowitz, contains Dick Higgins ms "Caramuel's Metametrica"; Lancino Curzio; "Enigma of Sator"; Eugenias Vulgaris; Florentius; Fragmentum 89; William Gager; Hannardus de Mosaeus Gameren; Louis de Gand de Brachey; Dominica Gisberto; Hermannus de Santa Barbara; Johannes Honthemius; Hrabanus Maurus; Iacobus Nicholai de Dacia; "In memoriam . . . Elisabethae"; Janus Pannonius; Josephus Scottus; Laevius; many works by Fortunio Liceti; Salmonicus Macrinus (Salmon Maigret); Jacob Madelen de Gouda; Benedetto Mariotti; Antonious Netenblad.
70 Latin
Poets/authors O-Z, includes: Odo of Paris; Optatian; Abraham Ortelius; Paschasius a S. Iovanne Evangelista; Enco Silvio Picolomini; Giovanni Battista Pigna; Lorenzo Pignoria; Samuel Pomario; Bernard Praetorius; Vergil-Commentary Servius; Silo, King of Asturias; Antonio Maria Spelta; Andreas Schuster (Sutor); Valentin Thilo; Uffing of Werden; Giovanni Pierio Valeriano Bolzano, ms of Dick Higgins introduction to Geoffrey Cook translations; Voulté Jean (Vulteus Iohannes); Richard Willis (Willett).
Poets include Abraham ben Samuel Abuláfia and Solomon di Oliveyra.
5 booklets and other photocopies of Kilián István essays and a catalog of the Baroque in Hungarian Folk Art.
Correspondence and poet Nicolò de' Rossi.
To 1500, 1600-1900, outside France.
71 French (cont.)
Poets/authors B-Z, includes: Louis "Aloysius" Bertrand, Jean de Boyssières, A. Canal, C. Chabrol, Albert Ferland, Jehan Grisel, Stèphane Mallarmé, Gabriel Martin, François Rabelais, Paul de la Salle.
Correspondence (see also Adler and Ernst files); poets/authors A-Z, includes: Matthias Abele von Lilienberg; Anonymous 1754 New Year chalice; Adolf Bäuerie, copy of The Spirit that Moves Us 2, no. 1 (Fall 1976); Sigmund von Birken; Erhard Falkener; frakturs; Johann Leonhard Frisch; Johann Geuder; Catherina Regina von Greiffenberg; Joseph Guthsmüthl; Johann Helwig; Johann Klaj[us]; Theodor Kornfeld; Nikolaus Peucker; J. Schirmer; Georg Weber.
Scandinavian - Danish
Correspondence, especially with Erik Dal, and poet Nicolaus Petersen.
72 Scandinavian - Swedish
Correspondence with Af Klintberg, Mats B. and Ulf Gran; and poets Johann Kankel and Israel Palleen.
Scandianvian - Finnish and Norwegian
Dutch and Flemish
Includes Belgian correspondence, and poets Matthijs de Castelein and Anthonijs de Roovere.
Includes some correspondence with Steve McCaffery, which runs throughout files, and poets/authors A-Z: Philip Ayres, Joseph Beaumont, Edward Benlowes, William Bosworth, William Browne, Robert Browning, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Hugh Crompton, William Drummond of Hawthornden, George Herbert, Sam Loyd, Sir John Mennes and James Smith, George or Richard Puttenham, Francis Quarles, Samuel Speed, Matthew Stevenson, Joshua Sylverster, Edward Taylor, Thomas Watson.
73 English - American
Includes 20th art pieces by Peggy Midener, chapbook by William Jay Smith, and Pennsylvania Dutch materials with 2 letters and ms from Bill Fetterman.
English - Canadian
Correspondence with bp Nichol, James Reaney, Caroline Bayard, etc. and offprint from Poetics Today of Dick Higgins essay "Pattern Poetry as Paradigm."
English - Irish
English - Scottish
Includes poet Allan Ramsey.
English - Welsh
Includes correspondence with Jean Longland (Hispanic Society of America), ms version of Spanish section, author/poet files for L.M. Carbonero y Sol y Merás and D. José González Estrada.
Latin American.
Catalan; correspondence and author file for Giuseppe Grilli.
Includes much correspondence with Ana Hatherly (see also Series V.B).
74 Slavic - Polish
Materials include general, early Dick Higgins's draft of Polish section, Fall 85, addenda with Rypson ms "Homo Quadratus in Labyrintho," 5 folders of correspondence and general. Some correspondence with Rypson throughout (see also V-B and Series I, Boxes 28-29).
Slavic - Other
Correspondence and general for Bulgarian, Croatian; (correspondence with Harold Segal, Columbia Univ.), Czech (Bohemian) including Dick Higgins ms with corrections, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Ukranian.
Other European
Correspondence and general for Albanian, Armenian, Breton, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Roumanian.
75 Far East - Chinese
Includes correspondence and general, and poet/authors Chung-huo Wang and Shi-Ch'ang Sang.
Far East - Japanese
Includes correspondence and general, and Gosai Tenn_ shinkan shikiske-ch_.
Far East - Korean
Includes correspondence with Karl Kempton, Kalanath Jha, Geoffrey Cook, R.K. Joshi, general materials, and old notes for ms.
Indian - Burmese
Correspondence and general with handwritten poem translations by Ngoe Soe, and Dick Higgins Burmese ms with extensive corrections and notations.
Indian - Kannada
Author T.V. Venkatachala Sastry.
Indian - Mar_th_
Correspondence and general includes letters from R.K. Joshi.
Indian - Sanskrit: general
Indian - Tamil
Correspondence and general contains correspondence with Cook, George L. Hart and Hank Heffetz (both of UC, Berkeley) and author V.R. Modh_van.
Indian - Tibetan
Correspondence and general includes 1 letter from Cook.
76 Islamic - Persian
Correspondence and general with letters from Ahmad Z. Al-Ansari, and Dick Higgins ms with corrections.
Islamic - Turkish and Indonesian
Correspondence and general.
Languages with no pattern poetry reported
Contains correspondence about searches for African, American Indian, Egyptian (with general), Ethiopian, Loatian, Malaysian, Monogolian, Nepal, Thai and Vietnamese.
Acrostics, chronograms, cryptography, decorated alphabets, emblems, lapidary inscriptions, leonine verse, lipograms, magic, mathmatical arrays, palindromes, proteus poems, rebuses and shaped prose.
Special Problems
Pattern poetry addenda
Represents Dick Higgins's research on pattern poetry since 1986, when ms was closed, until 1991. Organization closely follows that of the book.
Series V-B Correspondence, ca. 1978-ca. 1993 1.0 linear feet
Two boxes of correspondence between Higgins and scholars, filed alphabetically by correspondent. Types of letters include inquiries, search statuses, theoretical descriptions and dialogues about pattern poems. Notable correspondents are: Jeremy Adler, Willard Bohm, Geoffrey Cook, Erik Dal, Charles Doria, Ulrich Ernst, Bill Fetterman, Herbert Franke, Ana Hatherly, Gerald Janecek, Kalanath Jha, Istvan Kilián, Karl Otto, Max Patrick, Piotr Rypson, David Seaman, Harold Segel. Bulk of correspondence is between 1983-1987 when Higgins intensively conducted his research and book production activities. Post-1987 dates usually contain references to loose ends and poems later discovered, which were thought to be of interest to Higgins and others. See also Series I individual files for more correspondence relating to pattern poetry.
77 A-J, includes:
Adler, Jeremy (Goethe scholar, poet), , 1978 1982-1991
Includes some letters about Visible Language pattern poetry issue and Wolfenbüttel show and conference (1987), and Adler mss The Electric Alphabet and Towards the City. Fragments I-VII, ca. 150 letters (see also Series I, Box 1).
Af Klintberg, Bengt (Swedish pattern poetry), , 1986-1987 1991
5 letters.
Avrin, Leila (Jewish pattern poetry and micrography), , 1984-1988 1990-1991
24 letters.
Balan, Jars (Ukranian pattern poetry), , , 1977-1978 1983 1987
Includes 1 letter from Dick Higgins describing Gombrich's "hermeneutic approach" (9 Jul 1978), 5 letters.
Bohatcová, Mirjam (Czech pattern poetry), 1983-1985
Contains Dick Higgins Czech ms with many corrections by Bohatcová, 8 letters.
Bohn, Willard (Dada scholar with interest in modern visual poetry), , 1986-1987 1989-1990
Includes Bohn ms "From Sign to Signature in Apollinaire's 'Le Cheval'," 9 letters.
Botar, Oliver (Canadian scholar on Hungarian pattern poetry), 1983
2 letters.
Chouliares, Yiorgos (Greek pattern poetry), 1985
2 letters.
Clüver, Claus
No letters, Clüver ms "Iconicity and Isomorphism in Brazilian Concrete Poems."
Cook, Elizabeth, 1986-1987
4 letters.
Cook, Geoffrey, 1987
10 letters (see also Series I, Box 7).
Dachy, Marc (French Dada scholar with fascination of visual poetry), 1985-1986
6 letters.
Dal, Erik (Danish expert on baroque literature), 1986-1988
13 letters.
Dencker, Klaus Peter (German poet, professor), 1985
2 letters.
Diacano, Mario (Italian critic), 1985-1986
2 letters from Dick Higgins (see also Series I, Box 8).
Doria, Charles, 1986
Includes 2 long letters from Doria describing his "technopaegnia" research, 5 letters (see also Series I, Box 9).
D'Ors, Miguel (Spanish pattern poetry), 1983-1985
15 letters.
Erlhoff, Michael (German scholar and critic), 1986
3 letters (see also Series I, Box 9).
Ernst, Ulrich (German medievalist), 1983-1993
ca. 90 letters and numerous photocopies of Ernst articles.
Fetterman, Bill (Pennsylvania/Dutch poems), 1987-1988
9 letters, including one long letter which discusses his proposed dissertation on Cage and other school essays (see also Series V-A, Box 73, and Series I, Box 10).
Franke, Herbert (and Richard Hayman, Chinese), , 1984-1987 1993
28 letters, many regarding Franke essay for the book and Visible Language issue.
Greene, Roland (pattern poetry scholar), , 1988 1991-1993
9 letters.
Harrier, Richard, , , , 1983 1985 1987 1990
5 letters.
Hatherly, Ana (Portuguese), , 1984-1989 1991
Some correspondence regarding Visible Language issue, 50 letters and 16 postcards (see also Series I, Box 14).
Hodrová, Daniela (Czech scholar), 1983-1984
10 letters.
Janecek, Gerald (American scholar working on Slavic pattern poetry), , 1983-1986 1988
26 letters.
Jha, Kalanath (Indian expert, specifically on Sanskrit), 1984
Includes much correspondence about Jha essay in book and Visible Language issue, MLA convention which Jha attended 1984, and ms "Sanskrit Citrak_vyas and the Western Pattern Poems," for VII World Sanskrit Conference, 1984 (see also Series I, New Wilderness Foundation for overseas travel reimbursement controversy).
Joshi, R.K. (Indian language pattern poetry scholar), 1988-1989
5 letters.
78 K-Z, includes:
Kilián, Istvan (Hungarian pattern poetry), , 1983-1986 1990
31 letters.
Levitan, William (Latin pattern poetry at Princeton), 1986
1 letter from Dick Higgins.
Lienhard, Siegfried (Swedish authority on Sanskrit literature), 1986
3 letters.
Mayer, Peter, , , 1984-1985 1987 1989
11 letters (see also Series I, Box 21).
Otto, Karl (American scholar of German Baroque literature), , 1984-1985 1990
13 letters and Dick Higgins's German ms with Otto corrections.
Pagis, Dan (Hebrew scholar on pattern poetry), 1984-1986
10 letters and Dick Higgins's Hebrew ms with Pagis corrections.
Patrick, Max (major American Herbert scholar), 1983-1988
20 letters, includes 1 that describes why Patrick did not recommend Dick Higgins for a Guggenheim fellowship.
Poniz, Denis (Slovenian scholar and poet), , 1977-1978 1983
14 letters.
Pozzi, Giovanni (Medieval Latin literature), , 1977-1978 1983-1985
Includes Stumenti Critici X, no.31 (Oct 1976), 20 letters.
Rypson, Piotr (Slavic pattern poetry), , , 1979 1984-1989 1991-1992
Extensive correspondence with many long letters by Rypson regarding pattern poetry, especially on Polish and labyrinths, Visible Language issue, including one by Rypson with critical comments on the finished product, 17 Jul 1986, and Wolfenbüttel conference. Also amusing explanation of how "sie" is used in the Polish language with poem, 10 Jun 1985, untitled poem by Rypson, 24 May 1985, and Obraz s_owa exhibition catalog, 1987, and photocopied book, 1989, ca. 120 letters (see also Series I, Boxes 28-29).
Sackner, Ruth and Marvin, 1986-1987
2 letters.
Schimmel, Anna-Marie (Sanskrit scholar), , 1986 1988
3 letters.
Seaman, David (did a dissertation which includes pattern poetry), , , , 1977 1983-1985 1987 n.d.
12 letters and various photocopied texts and mss by Seaman.
Segel, Harold (Baroque and cabaret theatre and slavic studies), 1983-1987
21 letters.
Tóth, Gábor, 1983
12 letters.
Volz, Robert (librarian at Chapin), , , 1986 1988 1991
6 letters and checklist of Chapin Library exhibition (1988).
Vos, Eric, 1986
2 letters and ms "The Visual Turn in Poetry."
Westerwell, Bart (Herbert dissertation), , 1986 1988
4 letters.
Williams, John, 1985
4 letters.
Wolfenbüttel Conference, 1987
Contains various abstracts from participants and conference agendas.

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