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Special Collections: Guide to the William Packard papers

Administrative Information

Collection title:  William Packard papers
Collection number:  MS 381
Dates of collection:  1966-1985
Size of collection:  7 boxes (6 cubic feet)
Arrangement:  Original arrangement maintained; alphabetical.
Provenance:  Gift of William Packard, 1987
Restrictions on access and use:  Stored in the library's remote storage area.  One week's notice requested for retrieval.

Biography / Historical Note

William Packard was born in 1933 in New York, N.Y. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and was Professor of Poetry at the Washington Square Writing Center of New York University. He also taught acting and playwriting at the H.B. Studio in New York. He was an associate of University of Maine Professor Carroll Terrell, a poet and president of the National Poetry Foundation. He was founder and editor of the New York Quarterly.

Scope and Content Note

Papers of a screenwriter, poet, playwright, and editor of The New York Quarterly, a poetry magazine. The papers contain worksheets for plays, novels, films, poetry, and trade books by William Packard. Included also are editorial drafts, interviews, documents, and correspondence for The New York Quarterly.

Contents of Boxes

Box #1:

The art of playwriting. (1985)
The art of the playwright.
Art of screenwriting. (1984)
Colosseum [sic] poem. (1977)
Creation epic.
Death/Eros.
Drawings. Pen sketches.
Early manuscripts.
East Northfield train station.
Evangelism in America.

Box #2:

Femmes/Hombres. (1975)
First selected poems. (1976)
The funeral. A play.
Future book.
Ikkaku semin.
In the first place. (1962)
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Theatre Arts/ Macbeth log. (1964)
Killer play. Worksheets to killer play. (1979)
The killer thing. Drafts. (1979)
Light of life.
A Lincoln portrait.

Box #3:

Man on the ledge. Worksheets. 1.
Man on the ledge. Worksheets. 2.
Man on the ledge. Worksheets. 3.
The marriage.
Morrison, Eliot. Notebooks. Worksheets. (1986)
Morrison, Eliot. Notebooks. Type drafts A.
Morrison, Eliot. Notebooks. Type drafts B.

Box #4:

New York Quarterly.
Notebooks. (1978)
Notebooks. (1979)
Phedre.
Poem worksheets.
Poet at work. Worksheets.
Poetry in the theatre. (1966)

Box #5:

Sandra and the janitor.
Saturday night at San Marcos. Second worksheet drafts.
Saturday night at San Marcos. Draft chapters 2-10 worksheets. (1976)
Saturday night at San Marcos. June/July/August/September. Draft version. (1978)
Saturday night at San Marcos Next to last typescript novel drafts. June/July/August. (1979)
Saturday night at San Marcos. Loose worksheets. September/October. (1979)
Saturday night at San Marcos. Next to final manuscript. September/October. (1979)
Saturday night at San Marcos. Lose manuscript pages. January-April-June. (1980)

Box #6:

The search. Manuscript. Notebook pages.
Second shepherd’s play. Revision. October. (1981)
Second shepherd’s play. November/December. (1973)
Thermidor.
War play.
White snake.

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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