Wesley McNair Papers

THE PHYSICAL COLLECTION

In 2006, Colby College Special Collections acquired the personal papers of one of New England’s most notable poets, Wesley McNair. The collection currently exceeds 200 linear feet in extent and continues to grow through annual accruals. It is a rich body of materials that together document McNair’s early life as well as his college and professional years. Included are:

Scrapbooks, photographs, family letters, clippings and ephemera
Early writings (elementary through high school)
Notebooks with graduate school writings, teaching notes and poem drafts
Manuscript drafts, first appearances, and audio/visual recordings
Extensive correspondence (Maine Times colleagues, Donald Hall, literary peers)

Representing one poet’s daily life and his creative process, the collection is a valuable tool for understanding and teaching the writing of poetry.

THE DIGITAL COLLECTION

Images of Notebook Pages and Transcript Overlays, plus audio files of recorded poems have been rendered in digital format and displayed on this site. They are referenced through individual keyword searches (title, format), or by selecting “Poem Cluster” or another category in the drop-down list of Categories on any page of the site.

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