In the summer of 2017, we expanded the archival collection of EEC’s drafts (including some of his notes). Carole Walton, a long supporter of the humanities at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, generously provided funds to acquire 200 sheets, and Saint Mary’s College provided an internal grant to David Carroll and Aaron Moe to improve upon the previous interface here on WordPress. We are extremely thankful for these funds which have led to the next stage of our archival material project.
We are also thankful for the permission received from the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, Liveright Publishing Corporation, and the Houghton Library, Harvard University to circulate images from the archives in online spaces.
The grant had three deliverables: an improved interface for circulating, accessing, and viewing the increased number of drafts; a prototype of data-mining and data-visualization of the drafts; and the creation of a prototype of an online concordance, beginning with i: six nonlectures (which is forthcoming). In the months to come, we plan on adding to the data-visualization page and on extending the online concordance to include EEC’s poetry, followed by The Enormous Room, and possibly EIMI. Also, as funds become available, we hope to increase the number of drafts on the site.
If you would prefer to view a pdf of any of the drafts, contact Aaron, and he can provide you with what you need.
If you have thoughts inspired by the drafts, please don’t hesitate to contact Aaron for a possible blogpost. It is our hope that providing the drafts will open up new trajectories of discussion between enthusiasts, students, teachers, and scholars.
The following links provide information about where/how to find drafts of poems we do not yet include on this site.
List of Archival Materials at Houghton Library, Harvard University (scroll down to 1892.5 for a list of drafts of poems)
Additional List of Archival Materials at Houghton Library, Harvard University (scroll down to 1823.5 for poems)
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