Carol Ann Haenicke Women’s Poetry Collection

American Women’s Poetry is a research and teaching collection at WMU and includes historical examples of books by and for women, artists’ books created by women and collections of poetry by American women.

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Typed letter from Carol Berge to Judson Crews.Carol Bergé-Judson Crews Correspondence Collection (1978-87)

Carol Berge and Judson Crews’s relationship was influential for their creative work and this correspondence and collection of drafts document this time in their lives. Also included is the correspondence between Berge and Crews and others.

Black and white photo of poet May Sarton.May Sarton Archive

May Sarton (1912-1995) was a poet and novelist whose works are highly regarded. This archive includes letters regarding contracts, rights, and film and publication information.

Poems for the Lago notebook by Besimir Brigham inscribed to Will Inman from November 1, 1977.Besmilr Brigham-Will Inman Correspondence Collection (1971-78)

The Besmilr Brigham-William Inman Collection includes correspondence from 1977 and 1978 and typescripts of two Brigham poetry collections, short stories, photographs of the poet and two resumes of Besmilr Brigham.

Hand written letter from Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, younger sister of President Theodore Roosevelt, and poet Howard Hilles.Howard Hilles-Corinne Roosevelt Robinson Correspondence Collection (1913-38)

This collection contains letters between poet Howard Hilles and the poet and younger sister of President Theodore Roosevelt, Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, as well as poems and photographs.

Handwritten postcard from poet Denise Leverov.Denise Levertov-Alan Helms Correspondence Collection (1974-97)

Postcards and letters between the poet Denise Levertov and Alan Helms can be found among these materials, as well as a 1985 legal document signed by Levertov, which lists Helms as a co-trustee of the Denise Levertov Trust.

Typed letter from Judy Moffett to novelist and poet George Abbe.Judith Moffett Literary Correspondence Collection (1964-99)

This collection features letters received by Moffett from other poets and writers, including over 400 letters, notes, postcards and cards.

Postcard featuring the solar system from poet Diane di Prima to publisher Ted Wilentz. Ted Wilentz, Diane di Prima and Barbara Guest Correspondence Collection (1967-91)

Correspondence between book publisher Ted Wilentz from poets Diane di Prima and Barbara Guest are part of this collection.

United States postage stamps with an image of poet Emily Dickson.American Women's Poetry Miscellaneous Correspondence and Ephemera Collection (1865-2002)

This collection is an assortment of correspondence and ephemera associated with American women poets and other authors and artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Collection history

The Carol Ann Haenicke Collection of American Women's Poetry was dedicated on October 28, 1993. It was named for Mrs. Haenicke, a librarian and wife of former WMU president Dr. Diether Haenicke. The collection’s core is a purchase of selected printed volumes from Dr. Harrison Hayford of Northwestern University with the help of Dr. Katherine Joslin of Western Michigan University's English Department.