Special Collections: Manuscript Collections
363 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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The Ant’s Forefoot was a poetry magazine published between 1967 and 1973 at the Coach House Press in Toronto and was founded by David Rosenberg and other American expatriates living in Canada. Its archive represents a unique literary collection documenting experimental collage poetry featuring correspondence, manuscripts, printed materials, and associated works of art created and maintained for the production of the poetry magazine. Included is also an extensive series of correspondence from contributors such as Lewis Warsh, Diane Wakoski and Gerald Malanga.
The Eugene F. Premru Papers consist primarily of letters written to and by Premru during his service as a soldier in World War II. Also included are government documents related to his military service, German soldiers’ documents, and photographs (snapshots), and ephemera from the same time period.
Fidelis Zitterbart Collection
This collection was given to the University by the local composer's family in 1960. Zitterbart was a contemporary of Stephen Foster, and had wide-ranging musical interests. The collection includes nearly 1,500 manuscript compositions shelved in 75 boxes. Unorganized; for access see the Music Librarian (624-4130) or the Head, Special Collections.
The selected manuscripts in this online collection from the Darlington Memorial Library provide insight into the early hostilities of the French and Indian War and illustrate George Washington's involvement, mainly in western Pennsylvania, at various points in his long career.
This collection was purchased in 1952, and includes manuscripts, correspondence, memorabilia, and the personal library of Mr. Allen (1889-1949), author of Anthony Adverse, was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. A catalog of books and the manuscripts, as well as an index to correspondence, are maintained in the Special Collections Department. Arrangements for working with the manuscripts should be made by consulting the Head of Special Collections.
This collection was donated by Professor Lee's family in 1978, the year of his death. Lee was a short story writer and a published poet. At the time of his death he was a contributing columnist to the Pittsburgh Press, and he had been a member of the Pitt English Department for 31 years. The collection includes poetry manuscripts and personal correspondence, published books and magazine articles by Lee, autographed editions by other contemporary authors, and association copies. Preliminary inventory in the Department.
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was a popular and prolific American author in the first half of the 20th century. Best known for her mysteries, Rinehart published poems, short stories, plays, articles, essays, memoirs, romances, and novels. Some of her works were adapted for stage, film, radio, and television. The Mary Roberts Rinehart Papers document her career as a writer, her life, her family, and her travels and activities. Digital reproductions of selected portions of the collection (WWI notebooks) are available online.
Pavlova-Heinrich Dance Collection
This collection was acquired in 1967; consists of the "Mlle. Anna Pavlova Memorial Ballet Library", formed by Mr. Carl Heinrich in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Civic Ballet - also, printed books on dance, scrapbooks, original sketches, posters, and choreographic notes. Books are cataloged; a partial inventory to the manuscripts is in the Department.
This collection of papers was purchased by the University in 1967, and consists of annotated first editions, clippings, and 60,000 manuscripts by the 20th century Spanish author. Gomez de la Serna (1888-1963) was a prolific poet, novelist, and essayist. His works, particularly his "greguerías," have been widely translated. This collection represents an important resource for the study of modern Spanish literature.
Ernest Dilworth and Walter Leuba Correspondence
This collection consists of 23 English manuscript documents, mostly from the town of Ripon, England, which were donated by the English Nationality Room Committee in 1961. Mostly indentures, the manuscripts include mortgages, deeds, bargain and sale transactions, and marriage settlements from 1636 through 1770, with at least one from the reign of each English monarch during that period. All but one is written on parchment. Inventory list in the Department.
These papers are unpublished draft manuscripts by Thomas Garrique Masaryk (1850-1937), first President of Czechoslovakia, given to the University by the Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee in 1983. The manuscripts were either written personally by Masaryk or drafted according to his specific instructions during 1918 and 1919. They include letters, memoranda, and messages later published in finished form, either in English or Czech, and addressed to American and European statesmen during the final phase of World War I and the early period of Czechoslovak independence.