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John M. Haines Collection

Manuscript Collection No.145

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.6 cu. ft. in 2 boxes. 1988-1990.

Provenance: The Ohio University Library received the John M. Haines Collection as a gift from Mr. Haines through two installments in June 1990 and January 1991. Barbara Ziegler began the collection inventory in Summer 1990 and Michael Parker completed the inventory in February 1991.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library owns the property rights for this collection.

Copyrights: The material may only be used with the permission of Mr. Haines during his lifetime, or thereafter for 20 years with the consent of his trustee, Mr. Scott Walker, of Graywolf Press, St. Paul, MN.

Access: Access to this collection is restricted.

Photoduplication: Ohio University Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of authorized individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection name and number, and Ohio University Library in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

Related Materials: Copies of more recent books are cataloged as part of the department's book collections.

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John Meade Haines was born in 1924 in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1938-1941 he attended St. John's College in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. After being discharged, he attended the National Art School in Washington, D.C. From 1948-1949 he attended American University in Washington, D.C., and from 1950-1952 he attended Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art in New York City. Wanting to live a life in the wilderness, he left New York City in 1954 for Alaska to live in a cabin he had built. In Alaska, he began his career as a poet and nature writer, publishing his first book in 1967. As a writer, Haines has received numerous awards, and has served as a visiting lecturer at several colleges and universities. For the academic year 1989-1990, Mr. Haines served on the faculty in the English Department at Ohio University, returning to Alaska in June 1990.

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The John M. Haines Collection at Ohio University includes materials developed recently in his career. They are arranged into three series:

  • Series 1: Writings and Publications
  • Series 2: Correspondence
  • Series 3: Miscellaneous Items

The first series is subdivided into subseries for books, poems (drafts and revisions), and essays. This includes the typescript for his most recent book, New Poems, 1980-88, and his contributions to a volume, Season of Dead Water, on the natural havoc resulting from the March 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The second series for the most part includes copies of outgoing letters. It is subdivided into four subseries-- publishers and editors, students, general, and letters to newspaper editors. The last has letters to the editors of publications in Anchorage, AK, Athens, OH, and New York City. The third series contains items related to Haines' 1990 Western States Book Award for lifetime achievement in poetry presented by the Western States Arts Federation.

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Series 1: Writings and Publications
Box 1
  • Folder 1 - Typescript for The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer
  • Folder 2 - Typescript for New Poems, 1980-88
  • Folder 3 - Typescripts (2) for Season of Dead Water
  • Folder 4 - Drafts and revisions for Broken Mirrors; drafts and revisions for A Certain Field In Auvers; and drafts for The Sleepwalkers
  • Folder 5 - Drafts and revisions for House of Wax
  • Folder 6 - Drafts and revisions for Days of Edward Hopper
Essays and Stories
Box 2
  • Folder 1 - Typescript for From the Beginning
  • Folder 2 - Story, "Stories We Listened To," in Heartland magazine, supplement to the Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner, January 28,1990.

Series 2: Correspondence
Publishers and Editors
Box 2
  • Folder 3 - Editor (Helen Frost)
  • Folder 4 - Storyline Press (Robert and Lysa McDowell)
  • Folder 5 - River Press (Barry Steinlieb)
  • Folder 6 - Photocopies of letters to Ohio University Students (September 1989-April 1990)
  • Folder 7 - A - E
  • Folder 8 - John Adams
  • Folder 9 - Jane Brox
  • Folder 10 - Joy DeStefano
  • Folder 11 - F - P
  • Folder 12 - Dana Gioia
  • Folder 13 - R - Z
Letters to the Editor
  • Folder 14 - Photocopies of letters to editors (October 1989-April 1990)
Series 3: Miscellaneous Items
  • Folder 15 - Western States Book Award (1990), winner for lifetime achievement in poetry; includes press packet
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