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November 29, 2015

Literary Manuscripts Collections

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The Upper Midwest Literary Archives

Established in 1971, the Literary Manuscripts/Upper Midwest Literary Archives (UMLA), is the repository for the personal papers and manuscripts of authors and poets either born in Minnesota or who resided in the state for a significant length of time. Collections include the papers of Robert Bly, John Berryman, Frederick Manfred, James Wright, Patricia Hampl, and Lewis Hyde, among others.

The UMLA also contains the archives of local publishers, such as Graywolf Press and Milkweed Editions, among others.

Please contact Assistant Curator Kathryn Hujda for research and reference questions and appointments.

Among the collections is a broad array of source materials for studying the lives and careers of writers. Materials include:

  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Correspondence
  • Notes
  • Outlines
  • Manuscript drafts of written works
  • Photographs
  • Copies of published editions
  • Audio/Visual materials

Detailed finding aids are online and in 213 Andersen Library.