MsC 582

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: Undated; 1983 -- 1993
.25 in linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: August 1999

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1995 by Margaret Sunday.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

Copyright:  Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Biographical Note

Amy Clampitt was born in New Providence, Iowa, in 1924. She graduated from Grinnell College and in 1941 studied at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. Clampitt worked for Oxford University Press as a secretary and writer, from 1943 to 1951 and as a reference librarian at the National Audubon society from 1952 to 1959. She spent most of the 1960's and 1970's working as a freelance writer, editor, and researcher, and was an editor at E.P. Dutton from 1977 to 1982.

Clampitt's first small collection of poetry was published in 1974, after which her work began to appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1983, at the age of 63, Clampitt earned acclaim when her first full-length book of poetry, The Kingfisher, was published. She went on to publish many more works of poetry before her death in 1994.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Amy Clampitt consist of .25 linear feet of literary manuscripts and correspondence. This collection includes drafts of such works as Manhattan: An Elegy and Other Poems and The Three of Us: A Play in Two Acts.

Related Materials

Amy Clampitt: Selected Poems. Edited by Mary Jo Salter. Iowa Authors in Special Collections; also Main Library PS3553 L23 A6 2010. This book contains an introduction written by Salter, who knew Clampitt, with an analysis of Clampitt's poetry.



Correspondence, 1984 -- 1993.

Manhattan: An Elegy and Other Poems. Typescript copy with the editor's comments.


Poetry: "Hippocrene" and "Vacant Lot with Fencerow of Seedling Ailanthus".

Real Estate: A Group of Poems. Photocopy.

The Three of Us: A Play in Two Acts. Typescript copy.

Clark, Tom. Review of What the Light Was Like. Holograph and carbon copy typescript


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