Archival Collections held by George Washington University

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The Special Collections Research Center collects and preserves material related to the Washington Writers' Archive. The collection focuses on Washington, D.C. writers and possesses a particular strength in the D.C. poetry community. Collection efforts include personal papers, published and unpublished works, publishing house records, and papers belonging to other writer organizations.

The Washington Writers’ Archive began in 1984 as a partnership between the GW English Department, several local authors and academic institutions, and the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library. The goal of this important academic resource is to collect the literary papers of the writing community in D.C., especially those of artists who focus their work on issues of concern to residents of Washington. Donations from local writers, especially members of the D.C. poetry community, have resulted in the beginnings of a comprehensive community history that captures the intersections between members of a vibrant literary community of artists who interact both personally and artistically.

The SCRC is actively seeking to collect and make available for research the personal papers of Washington Metropolitan Area writers, as well as the organizational records of publishing houses and other organizations associated with writers. The goal of these efforts is to uncover and explore the ways personal papers of writers and records of local organizations converge to tell a complete story of the community. The SCRC accepts donations of both the published works of local writers (especially those works published by local small presses) and of the unpublished materials created by writers in the course of their creative lives. Documents often included in donations include correspondence (especially with other writers and publishers), diaries (as they relate to the literary work and/or describe the writer's life experiences that inform the literary work), drafts of manuscripts, fliers from public performances, and audio and video of performances.

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