A University at Buffalo Libraries Special Collection, the Poetry Collection is the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English. Founded in 1937 by Charles Abbott, the Poetry Collection now holds one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions and other titles, little literary magazines, broadsides and anthologies; a substantial collection of artworks; and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations.
The Amelia Etlinger Collection, 1971-2014, is primarily a collection of over 100 art objects, mail art, and concrete poetry sent to Ellen Marie Helinka [Bissert], Mike Belt, Mirella Bentivoglio, and the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection in the 1970s and 1980s. Additional material includes correspondence between mailart recipients and Etlinger, and correspondence between recipients pertaining to Etlinger; exhibition catalogs, announcements, interviews, newspaper clippings, and photographs; and art criticism in the form of articles, exhibition reviews, descriptions, and a DVD of artist and collector Paula Claire opening and describing her personal collection of Etlinger works.
The Kavyayantra Collection contains materials from the Kavyayantra Press including letterpress proofs, galleys, broadsides, and book covers, created both independently and in letterpress courses at Naropa University, and featuring the work of poets associated with Naropa.
Collection of materials relating to the personal life, photography, and writings of Michael Benedikt. Michael Benedikt was a writer and editor who was also active in documenting "Happenings" in the 1960's and 1970's The collection includes poetry drafts, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other related materials.
Victor E. Reichert (1897-1990) was rabbi of the Rockdale Avenue Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1938 to 1962 and shared a long friendship with the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). In 1946 Reichert invited Frost to present a sermon, and in 1960 he was instrumental in awarding Frost an honorary Doctorate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Their relationship is documented in Andrew Marks's The Rabbi and the Poet (1994). Victor Reichert was an avid Frost collector, and his collection passed to his son Dr. Jonathan Reichert, Professor Emeritus from the UB Department of Physics, who donated it to the Poetry Collection. The Reichert Frost Collection features many signed and inscribed publications by Frost, a Frost manuscript, letters, photographs, audio recordings, and ephemera, as well as many Frost-related items from other critics.
The Robert Kelly Collection contains an extensive collection of Kelly's autographed and typed manuscripts and notebooks (approximately 58,000 pages); over 4,000 letters to Kelly from such writers as Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Ted Enslin, Clayton Eshleman, Charles Olson, Jonathan Williams, and Diane Wakoski; and copies of many of Kelly's letters to others.
Greg Haymes (1951-2019) was a writer, musician and visual artist. Born in Buffalo and raised in Tonawanda, NY, he moved to Albany to attend the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Theatre, with an English minor, emphasizing poetry, in 1972. He remained in the Albany area and worked as a journalist, music critic, and artist until his death. Between 1974 and 1978, Haymes mailed nearly 500 copies of a letter along with return postcards, asking recipients to "describe the sky." The collection comprises 225 original postcards mailed to Haymes as part of the Skymail project, along with 2 notebooks documenting the project.
The Intrepid collection is comprised of the personal correspondence and manuscripts of Allen De Loach, including some material pertaining to the literary scene in Buffalo, as well as the working papers, business records, correspondence, and manuscripts relating to both the complete life of Intrepid (1964-1980) and the publication of The East Side Scene (1968, 1972).