Collection number: MC 110
Size: 86 boxes (26.66 cu.ft.)
About Charles Simic (1938-2023)
Charles Simic was born on May 9, 1938, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 1953 he left Yugoslavia with his mother and brother to join his father in the United States, where they lived in and around Chicago until 1958. His first poems were published in 1959, when he was twenty-one. In 1961 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and in 1966 he earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University.
His first full-length collection of poems, What the Grass Says, was published the following year. Since then he has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, among them Jackstraws (Harcourt Brace, 1999), which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times; Walking the Black Cat (Harcourt Brace, 1996), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; A Wedding in Hell (1994); Hotel Insomnia (1992); The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems (1990), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Selected Poems: 1963-1983 (1990); and Unending Blues (1986). He has also published many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry, and books of prose, most recently The Monster Loves His Labyrinth (Ausable Press, 2008) and The Renegade (Braziller, 2009). He was also the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 1992.
Elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000, his many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1973 he has lived in New Hampshire, where he is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire. In 2007 Simic was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He died in January 2023.
About the Charles Simic Papers
The collection consists of correspondence, notebooks, manuscripts, published works, recordings, photographs, and material about Simic’s work.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], Charles Simic Papers, 1958-2018, MC 110, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Multiple acquisitions, multiple sources, 1983-2014 (many varied accession numbers)
Charles Simic publications in the University of New Hampshire library catalog.
This series contains personal correspondence from and to Simic, correspondence with publishers, and correspondence related to events, awards, and memberships.
|Box 1, Folder 1-7||Introductory Materials
|Box 2, Folder 1-14||Personal, From Simic, A-R|
|Box 3, Folder 1-5||Personal, From Simic, S-Z and unidentified|
|Box 3, Folder 6-20||Personal, To Simic, Aaron - Arnoldy|
|Box 4, Folder 1-25||Personal, To Simic, Asali - Bromige|
|Box 5, Folder 1-23||Personal, To Simic, Brooks - Collins|
|Box 6, Folder 1-18||Personal, To Simic, Commission - DeConnick|
|Box 7, Folder 1-20||Personal, To Simic, Degruson - Feeny|
|Box 8, Folder 1-26||Personal, To Simic, Feigenson - Gluck|
|Box 9, Folder 1-18||Personal, To Simic, Goff - Harper|
|Box 10, Folder 1-19||Personal, To Simic, Harris - Jusdanis|
|Box 11, Folder 1-21||Personal, To Simic, Kaesshaefer - Laughlin|
|Box 12, Folder 1-20||Personal, To Simic, Law - Lynch|
|Box 13, Folder 1-21||Personal, To Simic, McBride - Mignola|
|Box 14, Folder 1-21||Personal, To Simic, Minailovic - Parnas|
|Box 15, Folder 1-17||Personal, To Simic, Pascal - Rudman|
|Box 16, Folder 1-23||Personal, To Simic, Ruefle - Smilijanic|
|Box 17, Folder 1-20||Personal, To Simic, Smith - Vyec|
|Box 18, Folder 1-19||Personal, To Simic, Waberer - Young|
|Box 19, Folder 1-8||Personal, To Simic, Young - Zwicky; Unidentified Correspondence|
|Box 20, Folder 1-7||Unidentified Correspondence|
|Box 21, Folder 1-15||Publishers, Amnesty International - Hanser|
|Box 22, Folder 1-14||Publishers, Carl - Franckstiflungen|
|Box 23, Folder 1-19||Publishers, Frankfurter - Hunger Mountain|
|Box 24, Folder 1-18||Publishers, Imprint Publishers - New York Review of Books (up to 2010)|
|Box 25, Folder 1-17||Publishers, New York Review of Books (2011 onwards) - Retivov|
|Box 26, Folder 1-19||Publishers, The Review - Vuelta|
|Box 27, Folder 1-17||Publishers, Events
|Box 28, Folder 1-13||Events, Dartmouth - Lynchburg College|
|Box 29, Folder 1-12||Events, MacArthur Foundation - Purchase College|
|Box 30, Folder 1-16||Events, Queens College - Zbignew Award|
This series contains Simic's working notebooks for his poetry and translations, organized chronologically.
|Box 31, Folder 1-12||Draft notebooks, 1963-1991|
|Box 32, Folder 1-10||Draft notebooks, 1991-1997; Bibliography of works 1994-2004|
|Box 33, Folder 1-14||Draft notebooks, 1997-2002|
|Box 34, Folder 1-16||Draft notebooks, "1963-2002" and 2003-2011|
|Box 35, Folder 1-15||Draft notebooks, 2010-2017 and undated|
|Box 36, Folder 1-18||Draft notebooks, undated|
|Box 37, Folder 1-8||Translation Notebooks
Simic's translations of works by fellow Balkin poets Hristic, Janevski, Ladic, Mihalic, Miljovic, Pistalo, and Popa.
|Box 38, Folder 1-8||Translation Papers
Simic's translations and subject files for translating Popa, Lalic, Keaten, Ashbury, Bosch, Hess, ICP, Brodsky, Freilicher, Lightman, Merrill, and Ristovic. Also includes subject file on dictator Milosovic.
The Published Poetry series contains drafts, galleys, edits (sometimes on published volumes), and proof copies of Simic's poetry, as well as pre-publication material related to his translations of others' works.
|Box 39, Folder 1-17||Poetry, 1967-1990
|Box 40, Folder 1-16||Publications, 1990-1994
|Box 41, Folder 1-12||Publications, 1994-1996
|Box 42, Folder 1-14||Publications, 1996-1999 and Undated
|Box 43, Folder 1-13||Publications, 1999-2000 and undated
|Box 44, Folder 1-14||Publications, 2000-2001 and undated
|Box 45, Folder 1-12||Publications, 2002-2006 and undated
|Box 46, Folder 1-13||Publications, 1992-2012 and undated
|Box 47, Folder 1-15||Publications and Translations, 1990-2010 and undated
|Box 48, Folder 1-23||Publications, 2006-2013 and undated
|Box 49, Folder 1-10||Misc. Poetry, 1960s-2013
|Box 50, Folder 1-23||Misc. Poetry, undated
|Box 51, Folder 1-23||Misc. Poetry & Unsorted proofs
|Box 52, Folder 1-48||Published Poems, 1980-2018 and undated
|Box 53, Folder 1-22||Published Poems, 1983-2012 and undated
|Box 54, Folder 1-50||Periodicals and Poetry Publications, 1961-1995
|Box 55, Folder 1-53||Poetry Publications, 1995-2004|
|Box 56, Folder 1-40||Poetry, Translations, Prose, 1975-2006
The Published Prose series contains drafts, galleys, edits, and proof copies of Simic's prose, as well as pre-publication material related to his translations of others' works. Occasional poetry is also included.
|Box 56, Folder 41-60||Prose published in magazines, 1994-2000|
|Box 57, Folder 21-48||Published Prose, 1958-2018 and undated
|Box 58, Folder 1-32||Prose and Book Reviews, 1990-2004
Poems and Prose:
Book Reviews, 1990-1997 and undated, including:
|Box 59, Folder 1-46||Published Reviews, Introductions, and Prose Manuscripts, ca.
1998-2006 and undated
Manuscripts (dates not given):
|Box 60, Folder 1-34||Prose, Speeches, and Manuscripts/Reviews, 1996-2013
Published Prose and Speeches, dates not given:
|Box 61, Folder 1-12||Published Prose, 1994-2005 and Undated
|Box 62, Folder 1-34||Periodicals, 1970-1991
|Box 63, Folder 1-56||Prose, Poems, Reviews Published in Magazines, 1982-2014 and
|Box 64, Folder 1-60||Reviews, Prose Published in Magazines, 1993-2014
|Box 65, Folder 1-29||Interviews and Prose, 1973-2013 and undated
|Box 66, Folder 1-26||Published Prose, 1997-2006|
|Box 67, Folder 1-29||Translations in Periodicals, undated
Articles, interviews, translations, reviews, tributes to Simic, awards, reading ephemera, scholarly works on his poetry and prose, and materials related to his professional appointments can be found in this series.
|Box 68, Folder 1-35||Translations and Interviews, 1973-2000
|Box 69, Folder 1-6||Reviews and Interviews, Unsorted|
|Box 70, Folder 1-32||Interviews and Simic's Books Reviewed, 1970s-2007 and
|Box 71, Folder 1-6||Scholarly Works Studying Simic's Poetry & Prose|
|Box 72, Folder 1-20||Poems, Prose, and Music Dedicated to Simic, most undated|
|Box 73, Folder 1-29||Simic's Books Reviewed and Works Inspired by Simic,
|Box 74, Folder 1-5||Drawings and Photos of Simic and of his Gardner Museum Exhibit|
|Box 75, Folder 1-50||Articles About Simic, 1971-1999|
|Box 76, Folder 1-5||Articles About Simic, Unsorted & Undated|
|Box 77, Folder 1-39||Articles and Reviews, 1960-2006 and Undated
|Box 78, Folder 1-39||Reviews and Appearences, 1980-2002
|Box 79, Folder 1-15||Appearences, Awards, Introductions, 2000-2016|
|Box 80, Folder 1-28||Awards, Readings, Contracts, 1966-1998
|Box 81, Folder 1-24||Contracts, War Writing, UNH Materials
|Box 82, Folder 1-2||Readings/Events, Contracts (Unsorted)|
The Audiovisual series contains interviews, readings, and digital versions of some of Simic's works.
|Interviews and Readings (DVD, VHS, and floppy disc formats)|
|Blogs, Emails, Music, Readings, Interviews (compact disc format)|
|Readings and Interviews (cassette tape format)|
|Readings and Interviews (cassette tape format)|
|Oversize Box 1|
|Broadsides, Musical Scores, Oversize Art (dates not given)|