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Guide to the Muriel Rukeyser Papers, 1927-1967

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980
Title: Muriel Rukeyser Papers
Dates: 1927-1967
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Abstract: The Muriel Rukeyser Papers contain various published works and corresponding promotional materials in addition to manuscripts, including signed Neruda translations. Correspondence with the poet and photographs of The Colors of the Day complete the collection.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, photographs, printed materials, and manuscripts

Biographical Note

Born 15 Dec 1913 in New York City, Muriel Rukeyser (VC Ex 1934) was an American poet and political activist. With a style ranging from lyrical to documentary, deeply affected by the social and political, Rukeyser worked in poetry, prose and drama. She died 12 February 1980 in New York City.

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Scope and Content Note

The Muriel Rukeyser Papers contain various published works and corresponding promotional materials in addition to manuscripts, including signed Neruda translations. Correspondence with the poet and photographs of The Colors of the Day complete the collection.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Librarywithout any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973 -- Translations into English.

Subjects:

  • Poetry
  • Women poets

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Encoding Information

Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 24 Feb 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Muriel Rukeyser Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections Library Staff.

Acquisition Information

Issues of Walden Splash donated by Jeanette Lambert, Laguna Hills, CA, 1988.

Four issues of Walden Splash donated by Barbara Newman Morris, London, U.K., 5 Apr 2005.

One letter donated by Congregation Emanu-El, New York, N.Y., 27 Sept 2008.

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Series List

Series I. Correspondence, 1930-1965

Series II. Publications, 1927-1967

Series III.Manuscripts, 1953-1961

Series IV.Photographs, 1961

Series V.Publicity Materials, 1960-1961

Container List

SERIES I. Correspondence

Folder 1.1 Rukeyser to Jeanette Lambert, 13 Oct 1930
Folder 1.2 Rukeyser to Fanny Borden, 2 Mar 1942
Folder 1.3 Rukeyser to Dorothy Plum, 1962-1963
Folder 1.4 Rosalie Tucker to Rukeyser, 1963
Folder 1.5 Dorothy Plum to Rukeyser, 1962-1964
Folder 1.6 Wislocki to Rukeyser, 1965
Folder 1.7 Rukeyser to Grace Proffitt, undated
Folder 1.8 Fragments (photocopy)

SERIES II. Publications

Folder 1.9 Libretto: The Colors of the Day, 1961
Folder 1.10 Playbill: The Colors of the Day, 1961
Folder 1.11 Postcard: "The Poem as Mask: Orpheus," 1967
Folder 1.12 Walden Splash (vol. 12, no. 1), 1928
Folder 1.13 Walden Splash (vol. 14, no. 1), 1930
Folder 1.14 Walden Splash (vol. 19), 1935
Folder 1.15 Walden Splash, 1927-1930
Folder 1.16 Poem: XIX, 1953

SERIES III. Manuscripts

Folder 1.17 "The Day of the Closing"/ "All the Way Home," 1953
Folder 1.18 Notebook: The Colors of the Day, undated
Folder 2.1 Script: The Colors of the Day (Author's Presentation Copy), 1961
Box 3 Translation of Pablo Neruda's "Pueblo Cautivo," undated (MS, signed)
Box 3 Translation of Pablo Neruda's "Pueblo Cautivo," undated (TS, signed)
Box 3 Translation of "Prisoner Land," author unknown, undated (TS, signed)

SERIES IV. Photographs

Folder 2.2 The Colors of the Day, 1961

SERIES V. Publicity Materials

Folder 2.3 Book Jackets, Promotional Material
Folder 2.4 Clippings, Press Release
Folder 2.5 Press Release for V.C. Centennial, 1960
Folder 2.6 Program: The Alumnae Festival, 1961

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