Guide to the Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2018

Collection number: MC 53
Size: (Ca. 700 cu.ft.)

About Donald Hall (1928-2018)

Donald Hall was born in 1928 in Hamden, Connecticut, and attended Phillips Exeter, Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Universities. He taught for 19 years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving in 1975 to the family farm on Eagle Pond in Wilmot, New Hampshire with his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon.

Hall is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including The One Day (1988), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Without (1998),and most recently The Back Chamber (2011), memoirs, including String To Short To Be Saved (1961), The Best Day The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005) and Unpacking The Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008), essay collections, such as the Eagle Pond books Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987) and Here at Eagle Pond (1992), children’s books, among them the best-selling Ox-Cart Man (1979), textbooks, and edited collections.

On the death of Jane Kenyon in 1995, he was appointed Poet Laureate of New Hampshire for the second time, having first held the title from 1984-1989. He was Poet Laureate of the United States for 2006-2007. In 2010 Hall was awarded the National Medal of Arts by president Barack Obama. Hall died of cancer in 2018.

About the Donald Hall Papers [partially processed]

The collection is approximately 700 cubic feet in extent, most of which is unprocessed. The largest part consists of correspondence and manuscript drafts and is approximately 600 cubic feet. The remaining 100 or so cubic feet are books. There are also recordings and photographs. Processing of the material is ongoing.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is restricted until ca. 2020. Contact Special Collections staff for information.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2018, MC 53, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Multiple acquisitions, multiple sources, 1977-2019 (many varied accession numbers). The bulk of the collection has been purchased from its creator starting in 1977.

Separated Material

Non-Hall related material was removed.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in several series, starting with Series 1, Correspondence. Processing is ongoing.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence From and To Hall, Ca. 1940-2018

(135.00 cu.ft.) (137 contaniers)

This series consists of correspondence from and to Donald Hall. The letters are divided into two groups: first correspondence written by Hall (Boxes 1-44) and then correspondence to Hall (Boxes 45-137). Materials are alphabetical within these two groups, and then chronological within each addressee/writer's letters.

Box 1
From Hall: AAA - Barnes, Kate
Box 2
From Hall: Barnes, Pat - Begley, Louis
Box 3
From Hall: Behl, Gretchen - Blue, Marian
Box 4
From Hall: Blue Flower Arts - Bly, Robert (-2000)
Box 5
From Hall: Bly, Robert (2001-2014) - Bryn Mwar College
Box 6
From Hall: Buchanen, James - Cesiro
Box 7
From Hall: Chadwick, David - Cole, Heather
Box 8
From Hall: Cole, Henri - Curtis, Stanley
Box 9
From Hall: Curtis Brown, Ltd. - Drobny
Box 10
From Hall: Drown, Merle - Fayetteville
Box 11
From Hall: Federal - Finkelstein, Caroline
Box 12
From Hall: Finkelstein, Nicholas - Gerkin
Box 13
From Hall: Germain - Grayson
Box 14
From Hall: Grey wolf - Hall, Andrew
Box 15
From Hall: Hall, Ariana - Hall, Lucy (1935-1990)
Box 16
From Hall: Hall, Lucy (1991-1993) - Hart, Henry
Box 17
From Hall: Hart, Karen - Holt, Wendy
Box 18
From Hall: Holt, Rinehart & Winston - Hornbeck, Bert (-2010)
Box 19
From Hall: Hornbeck, Bert (2011-2018) - Houghton Mifflin (1960-2016)
Box 20
From Hall: Houghton Mifflin (2017-2018) - Iyenger
Box 21
From Hall: Jabberwocky - Kelleher, Jack
Box 22
From Hall: Miller-Keller, Andrea - Kunhardt, Edith
Box 23
From Hall: Kunhardt, Linda - Lehigh, Scot
Box 24
From Hall: Lehman, David - Little, Mike
Box 25
From Hall: Little, Brown, Inc. - Madison, Russ
Box 26
From Hall: Madoff, Pamela - Mattison, Alice (1968-1999)
Box 27
From Hall: Mattison, Alice (2000-2018) - McCauly, Gerry (1968-1989)
Box 28
From Hall: McCauley, Gerry (1990 onwards) - McNair, Shanna
Box 29
From Hall: McNair, Wesley - Milligan, Bryce
Box 30
From Hall: Mills, Letha - New Hampshire Writers and Publishers
Box 31
From Hall: New Hampton School - O'Sullivan, Ted
Box 32
From Hall: Otero, Juan - Pfund, T.
Box 33
From Hall: Phelps, Christie - Pride, Mike (to 2008)
Box 34
From Hall: Pride, Mike (2009-2018) - Rector, Liam (1984-1993)
Box 35
From Hall: Rector, Liam (1994-2007) - Ritter, Rosemary
Box 36
From Hall: Roach - Schutz, Lacy
Box 37
From Hall: Schuyler, Susan - Sitney, H.
Box 38
From Hall: Skelsky, Askold - Stewert, Thomas
Box 37
From Hall: Stickney, Henry - Tillinghast, Richard
Box 40
From Hall: Tilson, Joe - University of New Hampshire
Box 41
From Hall: University of New Mexico - Wesley College
Box 42
From Hall: Wesleyan University - Wyner, Yehudi
Box 43
From Hall: Yaco, Murray - Zweig, Martha
Box 44
From Hall: Unidentified correspondents
Box 45
To Hall: Aaron - American Poetry
Box 46
To Hall: American Poetry Association - Aztinkin
Box 47
To Hall: Baas - Barnes, Pat
Box 48
To Hall: Barnes, Pat (cont.) - Begley, Anka
Box 49
To Hall: Begley, Louis - Berk, Larry
Box 50
To Hall: Berkey - Blauner
Box 51
To Hall: Blessington - Bly, Robert (1950-1961)
Box 52
To Hall: Bly, Robert (1962-2003)
Box 53
To Hall: Bly, Robert (2004 onwards) - Bradford College
Box 54
To Hall: Bradford - Budbill, David
Box 55
To Hall: Budd - Carpio, Oscar
Box 56
To Hall: Carr, Arthur - Casale, Jean
Box 57
To Hall: Chong, Lynn (to 1998)
Box 58
To Hall: Chong, Lynn (1998-2007)
Box 59
To Hall: Chong, Lynn (2007-2015)
Box 60
To Hall: Chong, Lynn (2016-2018) - Clark
Box 61
To Hall: Clark - Columbia
Box 62
To Hall: Colwell - Costanzo
Box 63
To Hall: Costello - Currier, Kendal
Box 64
To Hall: Currier - Dartmouth
Box 65
To Hall: Dartmouth - Dodd
Box 66
To Hall: Dodds - Drown, Merle
Box 67
To Hall: Drury - Embers
Box 68
To Hall: Emblen 1973 - Fierro
Box 69
To Hall: Fierst - Finkelstein, Caroline (-1997)
Box 70
To Hall: Finkelstein, Caroline (1998 on) - Flynn
Box 71
To Hall: Fogel - Fyfe
Box 72
To Hall: GC - Gindin, Jim (-1978)
Box 73
To Hall: Gindin, Jim (1979 onwards) - Grayson
Box 74
To Hall: Graywolf Press - Greenblatt
Box 75
To Hall: Greene - Hakim
Box 76
To Hall: Hale - Hall, Lucy (-1975)
Box 77
To Hall: Hall, Lucy (1976-1983 and undated)
Box 78
To Hall: Hall, Lucy (undated) - Hanover
Box 79
To Hall: Hanson - Harry
Box 80
To Hall: Hart - Heywood
Box 81
To Hall: Hickey - HOLP
Box 82
To Hall: Holt - Hornbeck, Bert (1969-2000)
Box 83
To Hall: Hornbeck, Bert (2001-2018)
Box 84
To Hall: Horizon - Houghton Mifflin (-2007)
Box 85
To Hall: Houghton Mifflin (2008 onwards) - Hudson
Box 86
To Hall: Hudson Review - Iowa Review
Box 87
To Hall: Ireland - Jones, Molly
Box 88
To Hall: Jones, Molly - Kearney, Meg
Box 89
To Hall: Kearns - Kenyon
Box 90
To Hall: Kepner - Knopf
Box 91
To Hall: Knorp - Lammon (1981-1984)
Box 92
To Hall: Lammon (1985 onwards) - Lanz
Box 93
To Hall: Lape - Leithauser
Box 94
To Hall: Leland - Liddell
Box 95
To Hall: Lieberman - Logan
Box 96
To Hall: Logos - Lythgoe
Box 97
To Hall: Maare - Marony
Box 98
To Hall: Marquette - Mattison, Alice (-April 1996)
Box 99
To Hall: Mattison, Alice (May 1996-July 1999)
Box 100
To Hall: Mattison, Alice (August 1999-2009)
Box 101
To Hall: Mattison, Alice (2010 onwards) - McCauley, Gerald (-1997)
Box 102
To Hall: McCauley, Gerald (1998-2004)
Box 103
To Hall: McCauley, Gerald (2005 onwards) - McDowell, Robert (-1988)
Box 104
To Hall: McDowell, Robert (1989 onwards) - McNair, Wes (-1983)
Box 105
To Hall: McNair, Wes (1984-2007)
Box 106
To Hall: McNair, Wes (2008 onwards) - Mezzacappa
Box 107
To Hall: Miami - Monadnock
Box 108
To Hall: Monahan - Murray
Box 109
To Hall: Museum - New Criterion
Box 110
To Hall: New England Arts - New Yorker, The
Box 111
To Hall: Newall - Ohio Wesleyan
Box 112
To Hall: Ohler - Oxford University Press (-1985)
Box 113
To Hall: Oxford University Press (cont.) - Pearson, Susan
Box 114
To Hall: Pearson, Zoe - Peters
Box 115
To Hall: Peterson - Ploughshares
Box 116
To Hall: Plourde - Poynter
Box 117
To Hall: Practice - Ratner, Steve (-2006)
Box 118
To Hall: Ratner, Steve (2007-) - Rector, Liam (-1987)
Box 119
To Hall: Rector, Liam (1988-1995)
Box 120
To Hall: Rector, Liam (1996-2006)
Box 121
To Hall: Rector, Liam (2006-2007) - Richard, Lois (-1947)
Box 122
To Hall: Richard, Lois (1947 onwards) - Rose, Ellen
Box 123
To Hall: Rose, Gino - Salinger, Wendy
Box 124
To Hall: Salisbury - Scrivner
Box 125
To Hall: Scrub - Sherry, Vincent
Box 126
To Hall: Sheward, Cynthea - Simpson, Louis
Box 127
To Hall: Simpson, Louis (cont.) - Snodgrass, W.D.
Box 128
To Hall: Snow - Steffens
Box 129
To Hall: Stegman, Lois - Strothman Agency
Box 130
To Hall: Strothman Agency (cont.) - This
Box 131
To Hall: Thomas - United States Treasury
Box 132
To Hall: Universita - University of New Hampshire Library
Box 133
To Hall: University of New Mexico - Viking Penguin
Box 134
To Hall: Viking Studio - Weiss
Box 135
To Hall: Weisman - Who's Who
Box 136
To Hall: Wichita - Worthly
Box 137
To Hall: Wren - Zydeck

Formats

Audio Recordings
Books
Letters & Postcards
Manuscripts & Typescripts
Photographs, Slides & Negatives