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Dylan Thomas Digital Collection

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We are happy to announce a new Dylan Thomas Digital Collection.

Born in Swansea, Wales, Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century and also the author of numerous short stories, radio scripts, and plays. His publications include The Map of Love (1939), Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog (1940), Deaths and Entrances (1946), Collected Poems, 1934-1952 (1952), The Doctor and the Devils (1953) and Under Milk Wood (1954).

The Dylan Thomas Collection contains five holograph poetry notebooks (1930-1951); a prose notebook of ten short stories (1933-1934); holograph and typed manuscripts, many with corrections, for such works as The Doctor and the Devils (1953); a film script of Life in a Girl’s Reform School; corrected or fragmentary versions of over a dozen individual poems including “Do not go gentle into that good night,” “Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait” and “Fern Hill”; approximately 81 items of correspondence including Thomas’ letters to Henry Treece, Trevor Hughes, Donald Taylor and Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow); three diaries of Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow) 1933-1935; and two 1953 portraits of Thomas painted by Gordon Stuart.

The ten photographs featured here are from Thomas’s trip to New York shortly before his death on November 9, 1953. These images are also available for sale on the UB Libraries store.

Announcing the Harry Jacobus Collection

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Harry-JacobusThe Poetry Collection is happy to announce the opening for research of a new Harry Jacobus Collection, selections of which are also available as a digital collection.

Harry Jacobus was deeply involved in the San Francisco Abstract Expressionism movement of the early 1950s. After serving in World War II, he moved to California, enrolling first at the Oakland School of Arts and Crafts and later The California School of Fine Arts, where he studied with Clyfford Still and David Park. He also met fellow student Jess, and in turn Robert Duncan. Together, they opened the King Ubu Gallery in December 1952, which quickly—though briefly—became the center of the avant garde art, music, and poetry scene in San Francisco. The King Ubu Gallery hosted exhibitions by artists such as Elmer Bischoff, David Park, Hassel Smith, Jess, Lyn Brockway, Roy De Forest, and Deborah Remington, as well as poetry readings and performances.

During the 50s and 60s, Jacobus traveled through Europe, particularly Hydra, Greece, as well as Mexico. Back in California, he lived at the “Ghost House” on Franklin Street and later in Stinson Beach, always remaining close to Duncan and Jess, physically as well as artistically. Jacobus was profoundly influenced by Duncan and Jess’s ideas about imagination, as well as by French Modern painters, particularly les Fauves. Artists and critics often focus on the romanticism, color, and light of Jacobus’s paintings. Duncan called him “a painter in a mixed light,” noting that his work “is an intimation of the beauty around us as it is within us.”

A full finding aid is forthcoming. In the meanwhile, please contact with any questions or research queries.


Libraries Honor Student Award Winners

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On April 16th, recipients of the 2014 Writing Awards and the Undergraduate Research Prize were honored at a reception in the Special Collections Reading Room. The Awards are sponsored by the University Libraries and the UB English Department. Congratulations to the following individuals:


The Friends of the University Libraries Undergraduate Poetry Prize
Lexa Hunt
Honorable Mention: Chase Conatser

The Academy of American Poets Prize
Lexa Hunt

The Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize Graduate Student Prize
Alison Fraser

Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research
Lee Swaydis

The Arthur Axlerod Memorial Award
Jamie Gugino and Susan Seep
Honorable Mentions: Chase Conatser and Lexa Hunt

The Scribblers Prize
Kelly Schucker

The Albert Cook, Mac Hammond and John Logan Prize
Chase Conatser
Max Crinnin
Susan Seep
Honorable Mention: George Mitchell

The English Department Essay Contest
Sushmita Sircar
Honorable Mention: Holly Danielle Domney

The Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize
Alex Thayer

The English Department Prize in Creative Non-Fiction
Angelina Bruno
Honorable Mention: Kelly Schucker

The George Knight Houpt Prize
Elizabeth Teebagy

Composition Program’s Student Prizes
First: Alyssa Nobel
Second: Mahwish Khan
Third: Katrina Cropo and Emily Butera
Honorable Mention: Chad Cooper

Composition Program’s Syllabus Prizes
Andi Coulter
Honorable Mentions: Shubhangi Garg and John Rendeiro

Judges: Dave Alff, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Douglas Basford, Gil Bitely, Barbara Bono, Marie Elia, Judith Goldman, James Holstun, Karen Mac Cormack, Carine Mardorossian, James Maynard, Steve McCaffery, Amanda McLaughlin, Edric Mesmer, Kyungran Park, and Andrew Stott

The Poetry Collection Loaning Dylan Thomas Materials to Wales

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Dylan Thomas in New York, 1953. Photographer unknown.

As part of a yearlong centennial celebration of Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), the Poetry Collection will be loaning materials from its Dylan Thomas Collection to exhibitions at the National Library of Wales (28 June-20 December 2014) and the Dylan Thomas Centre (31 May-20 December 2014).

A story about the Poetry Collection’s Thomas Collection and its upcoming travels appeared in the February 8 Life & Arts section of the Buffalo News.