American Literature

This collection includes extensive holdings in 19th and 20th century American Literature, including first editions of authors such as Walt WhitmanRobert Frost, and Marianne Moore

The Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman William Faulkner Collection, donated in 1989, includes all of Faulkner's first printings, as well as later printings and related works. Also noteworthy is the Peter K. Gould Collection of Lesbian Authors, including about one hundred examples of popular and pulp novels focusing implicitly or explicitly on lesbianism. 

In addition to published materials, the collection encompasses archival collections from 20th century American writers, such as Anne WaldmanMarge Piercy, and Nicholas Delbanco. It also includes the records of 20th century small poetry presses, such as The Broadside PressNaomi Long Madgett and the Lotus Press, and Hanuman Books. 

Acquisitions in this area are selective and targeted towards building on existing strengths, while increasing the diversity of authors in the collection. In the sphere of archival collections, we selectively acquire the papers of Postbeat Poets. 

These collection materials are housed in the Special Collections Research Center.

Materials in the collection

Authors’ papers finding aids

Small press papers finding aids

An open book weighted down in the left corners. There's a drawing of Walt Whitman on the left page and the title Leave of Grass on the right.

Frontispiece and title page of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1885).


Photograph of Juli McLoone, a white woman with red hair, dark blonde at the roots, and blue eyes, wearing purple.
Juli McLoone