Located at Stanford University, the Special Collections and University Archives house over 48,000 linear feet of original materials, an additional 45,000 individual items and handwritten volumes as well as over 200,000 rare books. The collections contain a wide range of formats ranging from 700,000 photographs and slides, 12,000 prints, 22,000 audio tapes, 9,200 videos and more than 24,000 items of legacy computer media. Stanford University owns archival material, manuscripts, and papers of D.H. Lawrence, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, Robert Pinsky, and Fanny Howe.
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The primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University, the Houghton Library houses collections that focus on the study of Western civilization. Materials relating to American, Continental, and English history and literature comprise the bulk of these collections and include special concentrations in printing, graphic arts, and the theatre. Contained within the library are the papers of Samuel Johnson, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Margaret Fuller, John Keats, Gore Vidal, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Theodore Roosevelt, T.S. Eliot, E.E.
Established in 1999, the Attic Institute offers writing workshops; five-month fellowships that provide guidance in both craft and publishing; and the Attic Atheneum, an annual certificate program that is an alternative to the MFA program. The Attic also rents out writers studios.
The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, close to 9,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, and about 65,000 media elements, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, including the papers of writers such as E. L. Doctorow, Erich Maria Remarque, and William Zinsser.
Established in 1936, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library has grown to over 300,000 books and over 7,130 linear feet of manuscripts. Particular strengths lie in early printing and the Elizabethan and Stuart periods in England, with works by Shakespeare, various important editions of the Bible, and renaissance school books standing out as distinctive and deep collections. The Library is also renowned for its collections of incunabula and emblem books, the collections in the history of Mark Twain and his age, as well as the papers of such notable figures as William Maxwell, W. S.
A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.
Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts, the Frost Place is located in the farmhouse where poet Robert Frost and his family lived full-time from 1915 to 1920 and spent nineteen summers. It sponsors writing intensives and poetry seminars, an annual summer residency given to an emerging American poet, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching, and the annual Festival and Conference on Poetry for writers seeking classes and workshops with a faculty of illustrious poets, a teachers’ conference, and an advanced seminar.
Incorporated in 1975, the Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses and hosts readings and other literary events, as well as sponsors a series of awards for writers. Writers may also rent studios at Open Book, where the Loft is housed along with Milkweed Editions and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where the Loft is housed.
Founded in 1979, Woodland Pattern Book Center is a nonprofit organization and writing center that also houses a bookstore with over twenty-five thousand small press titles, including a selection of poetry, chapbooks, broadsides, and multicultural literature. The center includes an art gallery where it hosts exhibitions, artist talks, readings, experimental films, concerts and writing workshops for adults and children.
Founded in 1997, the Hugo House offers writing classes and events, including the annual Hugo Literary Series, which invites established and up-and-coming writers to create new work and debut it at the house, and the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, which maintains a library of more than 20,000 handmade and independent publications. Residencies, one for an established writer and one for a youth writer, are also offered.