SMITH, TRACY K.
Tracy K. Smith papers, 1972-2018

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/tm43w

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, Tracy K.
Title: Tracy K. Smith papers, 1972-2018
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1468
Extent: 12.5 linear feet (13 boxes), 1 oversized papers box and 1 oversized papers folder (OP), AV Masters: 0.25 linear foot (1 box), and approximately 1.5 TB of born digital materials
Abstract:Papers of 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and author, Tracy K. Smith, including correspondence, professional and personal files, printed material, and born digital material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Per donor request, email in the collection is restricted pending review.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Purchase from Tracy K. Smith, 2018

Custodial History

The Rose Library purchased the collection from Tracy K. Smith in October 2018. The collection was packed and shipped to the Rose by Tracy K. Smith in November 2018.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Tracy K. Smith papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Interim Director Jennifer Meehan as part of the Rose Library’s holdings in literature and poetry. During accessioning in 2019, Rose Library staff removed and returned name badges and reusable bags from conferences and decorative keepsake boxes. Appraisal decisions were made by Project Digital Archivist, Brenna Edwards, in consultation with Interim Curator of Literary Collections, Carrie Hintz.

Processing

Arranged and described at the collection level by Brenna Edwards, 2019.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Tracy K. Smith (1972-) is the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey). She was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Columbia University (New York, New York). She is the author of four books of poetry: The Body’s Question (2003); Duende (2007); Life on Mars (2011), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water (2018). She has also written a memoir titled Ordinary Light (2015).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Tracy K. Smith from 1972-2018 and includes writings by Smith, juvenilia, professional papers, correspondence, photographs, and digital files. Correspondence contains both personal and professional correspondence. The bulk of the writings are of Smith’s memoir, Ordinary Light, consisting of drafts, revisions, and page proofs. Other writings include various book and poem drafts, some of which are identified, and journals. Teaching files contain syllabi and coursework from Smith's classes. Professional files include book contracts, conference memorabilia, and programs, and printed material consists of newspapers and magazines with articles about Smith. Personal files document Smith’s childhood, as well as a 2017 trip to China with fellow authors and poets. Personal files also include programs for events Smith attended and fan mail.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.


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Container List

Box Folder Content
AV1 - Audiovisual and born digital materials, undated
8 - Book contracts, conference memorabilia, and programs, 2006-2018
9 - Book contracts, conference memorabilia, and programs, 2012-2017
1 - Correspondence, personal and professional, 1990-2017
2 - Correspondence, professional, 1995-2018
OP1 2 Printed material, event posters, 2013-2016
OP1 1 Printed material, newspapers, 2017
OP2 - Printed material, Zero to Sixty Reading Series event poster, undated
10 - Personal files, 1994-2017
9 - Personal files, 1990-2018
12 - Photographs, undated
11 - Printed materials, 2008-2018
7 - Teaching files, 1998-2017
2 - Writings, After Everything That Is Happening Has Happened/In the Time of Miracles, undated
2 - Writings, Castor and Patience, undated
2 - Writings, 2003-2014
6 - Writings, notebooks and journals, undated
3 - Writings, Ordinary Light, 2012-2014
4 - Writings, Ordinary Light, 2013-2015
5 - Writings, poems, 2003-2015
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