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Guide to the Richard Dauenhauer papers
1961-1985

Collection number: HMC-0099
Creator: Dauenhauer, Richard
Title: Richard Dauenhauer papers.
Dates: 1961-1985.
Volume of collection: 4.35 cubic feet
Language of materials: Collection materials predominantly in English.
Collection summary: These papers primarily related to Richard Dauenhauer’s work as a poet, educator, and translator, including drafts of writings, correspondence, and curriculum materials.

Biographical note: Richard Dauenhauer holds a B.A. in Russian and Slavic languages from Syracuse University, a M.A. in German from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin.  He studied in Finland under a Fulbright Fellowship in 1966-1967.  He came to Alaska in the late 1960s to teach at Alaska Methodist University and also became involved in studies of Tlingit language and oral tradition.  He is an author and poet and has published several volumes of poetry as well as translations of poetry from languages including German, Russian, Finnish, and classical Greek.  In 1981, he was named to a four-year term as Poet Laureate of Alaska.

Scope and content note: Included in this collection are drafts of published and unpublished poetry and translation works, notes, correspondence, drafts of essays by Richard Dauenhauer and others.  Records also include materials relating to his Tlingit language and culture studies and his work with the University of Alaska’s Instructional Telecommunications Consortium.

Arrangement: The series in the collection relate to specific projects or record types.  Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Rights note: Richard Dauenhauer retains copyright and publication rights to all materials authored by him.  Materials authored by others may be subject to copyright.

Preferred citation: Richard Dauenhauer papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was deposited in the Archives by Richard Dauenhauer in 1985 and a deed of gift signed in 1996.

Processing information:  This collection was arranged and described prior to 1990.  Folder titles were retained where provided.

Container list:
Series 1: Poetry Manuscripts; 1961-1980.  0.7 cubic feet.  This series consists of drafts of poetry, notes, and translations by Richard Dauenhauer primarily relating to his period of graduate studies at the University of Texas and literature studies in Finland. 

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Poetry

1961-1963

1/2

Fall writing course

1963

1/3

Poetry

1964

1/4

Poetry

1964-1966

1/5

Old manuscripts – Texas, Finland undated

1966

1/6

Poems

1966-1967

1/7

Miscellaneous manuscripts/translations/copies

1967-1969

1/8

Poetry

1968

1/9

Medium: letters, advertisements, and poetry drafts for an experimental poetry translation magazine proposed by Richard Dauenhauer

1968

1/10

“Idea of Order” material for Concerto Poems undated

1968-1969

2/1

Miscellaneous poetry manuscripts.

1969-1975

2/2

Miscellaneous poetry and manuscripts

circa 1960s-1975

2/3

Notes to Poems/miscellaneous manuscripts

1960s-1970s

2/4

Manuscripts

1960s-1970s

2/5

Manuscripts

1960s-1970s

2/6

Poetry manuscripts Phrenologies, Glacier Bay Concerto

undated, 1980

2/7

Old manuscripts

undated

2/8

Poetry translations

undated

2/9

Drafts and duplicates

undated

 

Series 2: Haavikko poetry translations; undated, 1968.  0.25 cubic feet.  This series consists of the poetry of Finnish poet Paavo Haavikko as translated by Richard Dauenhauer for a manuscript entitled The Aspen grove: poems by Paavo Haavikko.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

3/1

Haavikko—earlier versions

1968 June

3/2

Haavikko—first version

undated

3/3

Haavikko—first drafts

undated

3/4

Haavikko—first and second drafts

undated

 

Series 3: Glacier Bay Concerto; undated, 1971-1980.  0.65 cubic feet.  This series consists of drafts of the various movements of Richard Dauenhauer’s Glacier Bay Concerto, a work of Alaskan poetry.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

4/1

Glacier Bay Concerto—poems in progress undated

1971-1972, 1975

4/2

Drafts—notes to Glacier Bay Concerto

1976

4/3

Glacier Bay Concerto Parts I and III (Xerox)

1976 December

4/4

Glacier Bay Concerto—draft with cover art

1980

4/5

Glacier Bay Concerto—first movement

undated

4/6

Glass carbon.  Draft of the first movement entitled “Commander Glass cuts deeper into Kake”

undated

4/7

Glass copy one

undated

4/8

Glacier Bay Concerto

undated

4/9

Glacier Bay Concerto—drafts and rejects

undated

4/10

Glacier Bay Concerto—part II copy

undated

4/11

Glacier Bay Concerto—final draft (electrostatic copies)

undated

 

Series 4: Doxologies; 1978-1985.  0.8 cubic feet.  This series consists of drafts of a poetry work entitled Doxologies

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

5/1

Doxologies—old copy

 1978

5/2

Doxologies—draft of August 1979 from which clean copy was typed

 1979 August

5/3

Doxologies

1979 August

5/4

Doxologies manuscript—old

1980

5/5

Doxologies—original

1980

5/6

Doxologies—working draft and corrections

1980 February

5/7

Doxologies—extra two-sided copy

1980 March

5/8

Manuscript Doxologies

1980-1981

5/9

Manuscript Doxologies

1980-1981

5/10

Doxologies

1981 August 5

5/11

Doxologies—draft

1981 August 5

6/1

Doxologies—master original

1981 September

6/2

Doxologies—copy, complete,

1981 September 18

6/3

Doxologies, working draft copy

1981 February

6/4

Doxologies

1981-1984

6/5

Doxologies—manuscript and printout

1984 January and April

6/6

Doxologies

1984 April

6/7

Doxologies—working draft

1985 September

6/8

Doxologies

1985 September 3

6/9

Doxologies—manuscript

undated

 

Series 5: Phenologies; undated, 1979-1983. 0.25 cubic feet.  This series consists of drafts of and correspondence related to Phenologies

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

7/1

Phenologies—manuscript and correspondence through 1983

1979-1983

7/2

Phenologies

1981 June 17

7/3

Phenologies—copy

1981 June 22

7/4

Phenologies

undated

7/5

Phenologies—rejects

undated

 

Series 6: Literary Review; 1966-1971.  0.35 cubic feet.  This series consists of records relating to the publication of a Finnish literature issue of Literary Review magazine.  Records include correspondence, translations of Finnish poetry, short stories, drama, and drafts of essays.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

8/1

Parnasso—poems and essay material.  Draft of a manuscript entitled Poems from Parnasso: fifteen years of modern Finnish poetry 1951-1966

1966

8/2

Literary Review—original.  Correspondence between Richard Dauenhauer, the editor of the magazine, and various authors

1968-1971

8/3

Introduction

1969

8/4

Haavikko manuscripts: Two drafts of The aspen grove: poems by Paavo Haavikko translated by Richard Dauenhauer

undated

8/5

Haavikko: Notes and drafts of an essay on the poetry of Paavo Haavikko

undated

8/6

Other manuscripts: Draft of an essay on Finnish poetry and poetry translations

undated

8/7

Literary Review essay

undated

8/8

Drafts.  Typed drafts of translation of Finnish poetry, short stories, and drama

undated

8/9

Literary Review draft 

undated

8/10

Drafts

undated

8/11

Drafts

undated

 

Series 7: “Finnbook” (Snow in May); undated, 1971-1980.  This series consists of records relating to the publication of an anthology of Finnish literature in English translation based upon the Literary Review Finnish literature issue.  Records include correspondence, drafts of essays, and translated works.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

9/1

Literary Review—notes and scraps.  Notes and other material concerning publication

1971

9/2

Literary Review correspondence.  Correspondence between Richard Dauenhauer, Phillip Binham, various authors and translators, and the publisher of the Literary Review

undated

9/3

“Finnbook” rights correspondence.  Correspondence between Richard Dauenhauer, various authors and translators, and publishers

1973-1974

9/4

“Finnbook” rights correspondence

1975-1980

9/5

Finnbook—recent correspondence.  Correspondence between Richard Dauenhauer, various authors, and the editor of Associated University Press concerning publication problems

1973-1978

9/6

Finnbook—additions and corrections

1974

10/1

Finnish poetry—miscellaneous translations

undated

10/2

Finnish short stories—miscellaneous translations

undated

10/3

Poetry and prose copies

undated

10/4

Finnish poetry and short stories—translations

undated

10/5

Knight essay: Essay by William Knight on contemporary             Finnish poetry

undated

10/6

My essay and introduction—first drafts and rejects

undated

10/7

General book material

undated

10/8

General book material

undated

10/9

Snow in May—original photographs for illustrations: 36 black and white photographs of various scenes in Finland and various Finnish authors

undated

 

Series 8: Tlingit/Native Language and culture studies; undated, 1971-1982.  0.35 cubic feet.  This series consists of records relating to Richard Dauenhauer’s studies of the culture and language of Alaska Native groups, particularly the Tlingit language and culture.  Records include correspondence, notes, essay and paper drafts, and grant proposals. 

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

11/1

Supergrant.  Letters, proposals, notes, and other materials concerning the Tlingit Language Institute and the establishment of a center for Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska

1971-1972

11/2

UAF typescript (A Cry for Shaadaax).  Drafts of an essay entitles  “A cry for Shaadaax: style and personality in Tlingit prose narrative”

1974

11/3

Shaadaax 6

1974

11/4

AP 7.  Draft of paper entitled “Ixt’ik ‘Eesh: A Tlingit tradition bearer”

1974 December

11/5

Narrative frame version IV.  Draft of essay abstract entitled “The narrative frame: style and personality in Tlingit prose narrative”

1975 September

11/6

Essay on the history of Tlingit language scholarship

1975 December

11/7

Grants: Correspondence and other materials concerning grants to publish a Tlingit language reader

1975-1976

11/8

Conflicting visions—rough drafts.  Records relating to a paper concerning the impact of education on the language and culture of Alaskan natives

1980

11/9

Aleut Art: Paper draft authored by Lydia Black

1982

11/10

Songs (10) (Tlingit).  Draft translations of Tlingit songs

undated

11/11

Historical background 2: Paper draft concerning the historical background of modern Tlingit culture

undated

 

Series 9: University of Alaska Instructional Telecommunications Consortium (UAITC); 1981-1982.  0.25 cubic feet.  This series consists of records relating to Richard Dauenhauer’s involvement in a production of a Crosstalk Alaska program on increasing teaching effectiveness with native students, including correspondence, notes, and drafts of scripts.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

12/1

UAITC correspondence

1981-1982

12/2

Typescripts

1981 September-1982 April

12/3

Script—final stages

1982 May