Blue Star Collection

The Woodberry Poetry Room's collection of rare or limited-edition monographs, chapbooks, serials, typescripts, mimeographs, broadsides, portraits, photographs, and related correspondence.
Angela Davis broadside, Broadside Press
Woodberry Poetry Room

The Woodberry Poetry Room's Blue Star collection is a non-circulating collection of rare or limited-edition monographs, chapbooks, serials, typescripts, mimeographs, broadsides, photographs, and correspondence. The collection serves to augment scholars' understanding of the authors whose works we have recorded for our A/V archive; to document the work of Boston-area poets and small presses; and to illuminate aspects of the Poetry Room's literary, social, and architectural history.

Highlights from the Blue Star collection include:

Amanda Gorman researching the Broadside Collection
Amanda Gorman explores the Broadside Collection Broadside Press Finding Aid
Christina Davis

The Blue Star collection also has a special focus on regional (New England/New York) literary magazines---such as Bezoar (1971-1995), Fire Exit (1968-1974), and a complete run of Telephone (1970-1983)---and correspondence and typescripts related to our A/V collection, including the letters of Boston-based audio engineer Stephen B. Fassett (1914-1980), with references to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and W. S. Merwin.
 

Accessing These Materials

The Blue Star collection is cataloged in HOLLIS and accessible via Houghton Library's Reading Room. 

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