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Preliminary Guide to the Will Inman Papers, 1910-2003

Collection Overview

The correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, clippings, and printed material in the Will Inman Papers span from 1939-1999, and serve to document the life and literary career of the poet, essayist, editor, educator, and publisher.

Inman was a prolific corespondent and maintained regular correspondent relationships with his friends and family, as well as with his readers and other editors and authors. He also regularly wrote to political and social figures during the 1960s. These letters to public and political figures express admiration and voice concerns about political events and social conditions. Inman protested in favor of civil rights, ending the war in Vietnam, and various environmental causes, and his letters reflect his thoughts and opinions on these subjects. Inman was also in regular contact with the editors and publishers of various literary magazines and the letters to these individuals document his efforts to publish his work. The collection holds many of Inman's out going correspondence as he regularly kept copies of his own letters.

Inman's copious diaries provide almost daily detail of his life from 1950-1994. In his diaries Inman recorded daily events, poetic inspirations, and his responses to world events. The diaries also include information about the poetry he is working on and several include typescripts of completed poems.

Inman also kept detailed records concerning his completed writings. He kept typescript copies of his poems and other writings, ordering them chronologically into notebooks, and recording publication information onto the typescripts. In organizing this collection, Inman's notebooks were discarded, but the typescripts maintain the order they held while bound in the notebooks, and serve to provide a chronological overview of Inman's published and unpublished writings.

This collection also contains copies of several of the anthologies and literary magazines where Inman published his work and several of the poetic monographs that Inman authored.

Inman regularly published his early work in newspapers in North Carolina. The collection contains clippings of these early published works as well as clippings of Inman's mid 1960's newspaper column "Conchsounds in the Hills."

There are also photographs of the McGirt family from ca. 1910, chiefly mounted in albums, as well as Inman's baby book from 1923. (16 accessions from 1998 and 1999) (35,475 items, 59 linear feet; dated 1910-1999)

The addition (accession #2001-0195) (1676 items, 2.7 linear feet; dated 1940-2001, bulk 1976-2001) comprises mainly personal correspondence to and from Inman and Jimmy Santiago Baca, 1971-1995, including typescript poetry. It also includes typescript poetry by Inman as Bill McGirt, 1940-1956; other poetry by Inman; professional correspondence; and a journal kept by Inman, 2000-2001.

The addition (accession #2002-0143) (2250 items, 3.60 linear feet; dated 1982-2001) consists primarily of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence. Topics include Inman's poems, publication work, and his political activites. There is also poetry and prose by Inman and others, and 20 black-and-white and 148 color photographs.

The addition (accession# 2003-0124 and 2003-0181)(2775 items, 3.6 linear feet; dated 1957-2003, bulk 1970-1989) contains published and unpublished typescript poetry written by Will Inman. Also includes literary newsletters, periodicals and brochures; a notebook containing poetry, biographical information and professional correspondence; and a paperweight.

Addition (2009-0263) (500 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1976-2009) includes correspondence, poetry by Inman and others, press releases and reviews, official documents (such as his birth certificate, insurance information, and medical documents), and materials from Inman's death and funeral.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Will Inman papers 1910-2009
Creator
Inman, Will, 1923-
Extent
69.5 Linear Feet, 42,754 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence with various individuals, organizations, and literary magazines, arranged in alphabetical order. Some correspondence is foldered by subject and incorporated into the alphabetical arrangement. Also included with this accession are miscellaneous published and unpublished poetry and essays, diaries, and miscellaneous clippings and notes.

The correspondence includes the letters Inman received from his parents, Delia E. and William A. McGirt, while a student at Duke University from 1940-1943.The series maintains Inman's original folder titles and alphabetical arrangement.

Angry Arts, [St. Patrick's Day Church Protest]
Box 1
Araay, Hailu
Box 1
Artists of Conscience
Box 1
Ashley, George
Box 1
Bailey, Mary
Box 1
Baird, Martha - Society for Aesthetic Realism
Box 1
Baldwin, James
Box 1
Bassil, Robert - Michigan Voices
Box 1
Benes, Barton Lidice
Box 1
Blair, Ed
Box 1
Blake, Tom
Box 1
Bleakley, Harriet
Box 1
Blessed Damned
Box 1
Berke, Joe
Box 1
Bonitz, Fred
Box 1
Brandt, Barbara
Box 1
Boyd, Sue Abbott
Box 1
Breakthru Magazine
Box 1
Brown, Norman O.
Box 1
Chase, Rod
Box 1
Chimney Rock
Box 1
Communist Party
Box 1
"Conchsound in the Hills" - [Newspaper Column]
Box 1
Conscientious Objector Letters
Box 1
Coordinating Council for Literary Magazines
Box 1
COSMEP - Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers
Box 1
Cousins, Norman
Box 1
Crooks Family
Box 1
Day, Ashely T.
Box 1
McGirt, Delia Ellen (Inman), 1939-1942
(2 folders)
Box 1
McGirt, William A., Sr., 1940-1943
(2 folders)
Box 1
McGirt, William A., Sr., 1940-1943
(5 folders)
Box 2
McGirt, William A., Sr. and McGirt, Delia Ellen, 1946-1948
Box 2
Miscellaneous Acquaintances, 1959-1970
Box 2
Whishnart, Charleen - Charlotte Observer/Red Clay Reader
Box 2
Wilkinson, Bethell
Box 2
Williamson, Eula - Raleigh News and Observer
Box 2

The writings include Inman's published poetry and essays for his newspaper column "Conchsound in the Hills." The journals include one diary with miscellaneous poetry from the 1960sand one diary from 1986.

" Conchsound in the Hills"- Poetry and Essays
(2 folders)
Box 2
Journal / Miscellaneous Poetry 1960s
(1 folder)
Box 2
Journal 1986
Box 2
Clippings and Notes
(6 folders)
Box 2

These two accessions include copies of the books and literary journals featuring Inman's work; published and unpublished writings (chronological order); diaries form 1950-1994;and correspondence with various individuals and organizations (alphabetical order).

1950, May4. - 1978, Apr. 13
(16 folders)
Box 1
1978, Apr. 14- 1994, Dec. 30
(14 folders)
Box 2
Published Poems 1940s-1950s
Box 3
1940-1947
Box 3
1948-1952
Box 3
1951
Box 3
1953-1954
Box 3
1955
Box 3
1956-1958
Box 3
1958-1960
Box 3
1959
Box 3
1959-1963
Box 3
1960
Box 3
1961-1962
Box 3
1963
Box 3
1964
Box 3
1967
Box 3
1968
(2 folders)
Box 3
1970-1974
Box 3
1975
Box 3
1975-1976
Box 3
1976
Box 3
1977
(2 folders)
Box 4
1978
(3 folders)
Box 4
1979-1980
Box 4
1980
(2 folders)
Box 4
1981
(3 folders)
Box 4
1982
(3 folders)
Box 4
1983
Box 4
1984
Box 4
1985 - Stretchings: Selected Poems, 1985
Box 4
1985
Box 4
1987
(3 folders)
Box 4
Writings 1987-1988
Box 5
1988
(3 folders)
Box 5
1989
(2 folders)
Box 5
Eller, James
Box 6
EPOS - Evelyn Thorne
(3 folders)
Box 6
Evans, Richard
Box 6
Evans, William McKee
Box 6
Eventorium
Box 6
Faber, Robert
(2 folders)
Box 6
Falleder, Arnold
Box 6
Faulkner, Stanley
Box 6
Faust, Seymour
Box 6
FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
Box 6
Feldman, Eugene
Box 6
Ferlinghetti, L. ( City Lights)
Box 6
Fiddlehead - Fred Cogswell
Box 6
Flowers, Shirley
(4 folders)
Box 6
Flynn, Grace
(3 folders)
Box 6
Foster, Musa
Box 6
Fowler, Gene
Box 6
Fowler, John
Box 6
Fox, Hugh
Box 6
Fox, Leonard (Leonid)
Box 6
Frances, Thomas
Box 6
Frantz, Laurent and Marge
Box 6
Freelance
Box 6
Free University - NY
(4 folders)
Box 6
French, Elizabeth
Box 6
French, Elizabeth
(2 folders)
Box 7
French, Warren
Box 7
Friends World Institute
Box 7
Fromm, Erich, Dr.
Box 7
Gauthier, Carol Anne
Box 7
Genesis (theatre)
Box 7
Georeakas, Dan
Box 7
Gerstman, Eric
Box 7
Giles, Dolores
Box 7
Glassman, Marlene
Box 7
Glaze, Andrew
Box 7
Glenn, Jerome Clayton
Box 7
Golden, Harry (Carolina Israelite)
Box 7
Goliards, Paul and Mariah
Box 7
Gottesman, Marie
Box 7
Gove, James ( Showcase)
Box 7
Greigs, N.A. and Beth
Box 7
Greiger, William (Bill)
Box 7
Grinberg, Miguel ( Argentina)
Box 7
Harpers
Box 7
Harrington, Donald Szantho
Box 7
Harriot, Samuel
Box 7
Harris, Barry ( Theiner Well)
Box 7
Hayden, James L. and Barbara Lee
Box 7
Head, Robert (NOLA)
Box 7
Heifferon, B.
Box 7
Hirschhorn, Paul
Box 7
Hoag, Bonnie Elizabeth
Box 7
Hoffman, Jill (Steinberg)
Box 7
Hodges, Walter
Box 7
Holcomb, Della and Lester
Box 7
Holland, Barbara
Box 7
Homik
Box 7
Honey in Hot Blood
Box 7
Hopkins, Velma
Box 7
Horn, Jon
Box 7
Hubbard, Grigsby
Box 7
Hughes, Tom
Box 7
I am the Snake Handler: Lament and Psalm
Box 7
I Ching
Box 7
Inman, Samuel Guy
Box 7
Janes, Kelly
Box 7
Jawarski, Richard
Box 7
Jerome, Sister Gail
Box 7
Jervay, T.C. ( Wilmington Journal)
Box 7
Johnson, Anne Rhodes
Box 7
Johnson Lyndon B.
Box 7
Jones, Leroi
Box 7
Jones, Mrs. Prescott ( Aunt Nell Inman)
Box 7
Jones, Thomas L.
Box 7
Joseph, Clifford
Box 7
Joshi, Ratanlal
Box 7
Kauri
Box 7
Kempton, Karl and Sylvia
Box 7
Katz, Menke - Bitter Root
Box 7
Kennedy, Laura
Box 7
Vincent: The Mad Brother of Theo
Box 8
New North Carolina Poetry: The Eighties
Box 8
The Unitarian Universalist Poets
Box 8
Images from the High Plains
Box 8
Lament and Psalm
Box 8
Of Poetry and Power: Poems Occasioned by the Presidency and by the Death of John F. Kennedy
Box 8
Mad Windows
Box 8
Gay Sunshine Journal: Gay Fiction Anthology
Box 8
TOPO
Box 8
Samisdat
Box 8
Transports
Box 8
Songs for Our Time
Box 8
Poet: An International Monthly
Box 8
Brother Word
Box 8
Selected Poems: Will Inman and Charles Taylor
Box 8
The Friendly World
Box 8
REAL: Re Arts and Letters
Box 8
Cross-Fertilization
Box 8
South and West: An International Literary Quarterly
Box 8
Uroboros
Box 8
Minotaur 7
Box 8
Southwest: A Contemporary Anthology
Box 8
Ironwood 19
Box 8
Pembroke Magazine
Box 8
NYQ: The New York Quarterly (1972)
Box 8
NYQ: The New York Quarterly (1975)
Box 8
A River of Laughter
Box 8
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time
Box 8
Passages
Box 8
We Sing Our Struggle
Box 8
A Geography of Poets
Box 8
In a Time of Revolution
Box 8
The East Side Scene: American Poetry, 1960-1965
Box 8
Honey in Hot Blood
Box 8
Black Men, White Men: A Gay Anthology
Box 8
A Still Wind
Box 8
Ohzone
Box 8
Thirteen
Box 8
Image
Box 8
Cafe Solo
Box 8
Box 8
I Am the Snake Handler
Box 8
Fennel Stalk
Box 8
Spectacular Diseases 8: Sexuality and the Argument of Art
Box 8
The Windless Orchard
Box 8
Scree
Box 8
Swords of Darkness
Box 8
Bitterroot
Box 8
Ailey, Alvin
Box 1
Akivah
Box 1
Allen, Robert and Pam
Box 1
Allerdice, John
Box 1
Allyn, George
Box 1
AMERIKA (cases in point)
Box 1
Anderson, Sidney
Box 1
Anthony, Philip
Box 1
Approach
Box 1
Archer, Norman
Box 1
Arnoni, M.
Box 1
Avital, Samuel
Box 1
Barrett, Alice
Box 1
Barry, Donald
Box 1
Barth, John
Box 1
Berge, Carol
Box 1
Berkman, Jack and Eleanor
Box 1
Berry's - Writer's Forum
Box 1
Bertois, Michele
Box 1
Bethell-Wilkson
Box 1
Bibbs, Hart Leroi
Box 1
Black Mask
Box 1
Bloom, Gene
Box 1
Brennan, Peg
Box 1
Brill, Father Earl
Box 1
Brooks, Jim David
Box 1
Broome, Harry Travis
Box 1
Brown, Jacqueline
Box 1
Brown University
Box 1
Brown, Michael
Box 1
Burns, Jerry
Box 1
Business, Miscellaneous
Box 1
Callahan, Jim
Box 1
Cebulski, Paul
Box 1
Chodes, John
Box 1
Christie, Elaine
Box 1
Cintron, Wilfredo
Box 1
Clarke, Michael and Frederica
Box 1
Cohen, Joseph
Box 1
Conchsound in the Hills (4 folders)
Box 1
Cooper, P.
Box 1
Corbitt, W.Z.
Box 1
Cornish, Sam
Box 1
Cosmos ( clippings)
Box 1
Couch, Philip
Box 1
Cox, Harvey A. (3 folders)
Box 1
Crews, Judson
Box 1
Coelho, Art
Box 1
Currier, Raymond
Box 1
Dane, Barbara
Box 1
D.C. Acquaintances
Box 1
DeBaggio, Thomas and Joyce
Box 1
Dentists
Box 1
Dorn, Alfred
Box 1
Dubois. Dr. WEB
Box 1
Duke University
Box 1
Duncan, Helen Zoe ( Wheaton College)
Box 1
Edinburgh, Lee
Box 1
Editors, Small Magazines (3 folders)
Box 1
Kennedy, Sen. Robert
Box 2
Kent, Art
Box 2
Kriby, Rev. Roderick
Box 2
Kitson, Worth
Box 2
Kiviat, Erik
Box 2
Kurson, Rissa
Box 2
Kramer, Aaron
Box 2
Krawchek, Karen and Bob
Box 2
Lafferty, Michael
Box 2
Laks, Rhoda
Box 2
Landlords, leases, etc.
Box 2
Larkins, William
Box 2
Larson, Carl
Box 2
Lawrence, Gale
Box 2
Len, Gladys
Box 2
Leal, Father John A.
Box 2
Leber, Eric and Jennifer, Lorn and Jeremy
Box 2
Legman, G.
Box 2
Le Monde
Box 2
Leslie, Joe
Box 2
Levy, Bill and Rachel
Box 2
Lhaman, Judy
Box 2
Little, Bill and Holly
Box 2
Love, Louise - Mrs. T.D. Love (2 folders)
Box 2
Luce
Box 2
Lynx - Margaret Lee Johnson
Box 2
McAlister, Mr. Lacy
Box 2
McClammy, Margaret
Box 2
McDowell, David
Box 2
McGirt, Archibald - Family History
Box 2
McGirt, Ellen Inman (3 folders)
Box 2
McGirt Family (7 folders)
Box 2
McGirt, W.A., Sr. - Business
Box 2
McGirt, W.A., Sr. (1 folder)
Box 2
McGirt, W.A., Sr., and Delia Inman (7 folders)
Box 3
McGrath, Wm. (6 folders)
Box 3
McGovern, Sen. George
Box 3
McLaren, Ken
Box 3
Major, Clarence
Box 3
Manana, Herbert
Box 3
Marco, Anton (Tony)
Box 3
Marty, Martin E.
Box 3
Martin, Sarah
Box 3
Martin, Neal
Box 3
Mason, Lenise
Box 3
May, James Boyce
Box 3
Mazurova, Alexandra
Box 3
Melegrito, Elvira and Jonathon
Box 3
Melvilles (3 folders)
Box 3
Melvilles (1 folder)
Box 4
Mielke, Thelma
Box 4
Mills, Barriss
Box 4
Mintz, Ellen (see also McGirt, Ellen Inman)
Box 4
Montegomery, George
Box 4
Moraff, Barbara
Box 4
Morgan, John, USMC (6 folders)
Box 4
Mornin
Box 4
Morris, Richard
Box 4
Motive
Box 4
Montgomery College - Students
Box 4
Montgomery College
Box 4
Mugge, Robert (3 folders)
Box 4
Murphy, Frank
Box 4
Mutiny
Box 4
National Guardian
Box 4
NYU Library
Box 4
News and Observer, Raleigh
Box 4
Nolan, David
Box 4
Norman, Ron
Box 4
North Carolina Symphony
Box 4

Correspondence in alphabetical order by correspondent's last name, M through Y. Some folder titles pertain to subjects, journals and poem titles, or classes Inman taught. This portion of the collection chiefly covers the early 1950s through the late 1980s. In many cases, Inman has included copies of his responses to the correspondence received.

McGirt, Harry
Box 1
Notables
Box 1
O'Brien, Jane
Box 1
Of Poetry and Power
Box 1
Officials
Box 1
One Hundred and Eight Events
Box 1
One Hundred and Eight Prayers for J. Edgar
Box 1
One Hundred and Eight Verges Unto Now
Box 1
Overmeyer, Barbara
Box 1
Overton, Marcia
Box 1
Owen, Guy
Box 1
Owens, David
Box 1
Paredes, Juan
Box 1
PARADOX reading
Box 1
Parrish, Juanita
Box 1
Pavlovits, A.
Box 1
Payne, John
Box 1
Poetry Subscriptions
Box 1
Peart, Rosalind
Box 1
Peress, Dr. Irving
Box 1
Perkins, Michael
Box 1
Perniciaro, Tony
Box 1
Perry, Phil
Box 1
Phillips, Milton
Box 1
Pierson, Virginia (2 folders)
Box 1
Pike, Steve
Box 1
Planz, Allen
Box 1
Plummer, Paul
Box 1
POET - American Issue
Box 1
Poetry Submitted [Accepted]
Box 1
Poetry Magazine
Box 1
Poetry Society of America
Box 1
Pollack, Felix
Box 1
Politicians
Box 1
Pride - American University Course
Box 1
Progressive Party
Box 1
Protests
Box 1
Protest Letters
Box 1
Quakers
Box 1
Quasebarth, Ron
Box 1
Rafalsky, Steve
Box 1
Rafferty, Michael
Box 1
Ragan, Sam
Box 1
Ramirez, Louise
Box 1
Raphael, Lennox
Box 1
Rasey, David
Box 1
Raskin, Marc and Barb
Box 2
Rather, Linda
Box 2
Ray, Stanli
Box 2
Reed, Ishmael
Box 2
Relatives, Irregular
Box 2
Renata, Ralph
Box 2
Reyes, Carlos
Box 2
Reynolds, Jack
Box 2
Richards, Howard
Box 2
Richardson, Tom
Box 2
Right Wing
Box 2
Rivera, René
Box 2
Roddewig, Louis
Box 2
Rose, Leanna
Box 2
Rosen, Jeff
Box 2
Rosen, Jon
Box 2
Rosen, Rose
Box 2
Rosenberg, Marc
Box 2
Rosenbaum, Jean
Box 2
Rother, Rev. Charles
Box 2
Rubb, Cliff
Box 2
Ruiz, Dennis
Box 2
Russell, Bertrand
Box 2
Rustin, Bayard
Box 2
Saint-Geraud
Box 2
Salamon, Russell
Box 2
Sander, Margaret
Box 2
Sanders, C.R..
Box 2
Schramm, Irene
Box 2
Seiffer, Sam
Box 2
Sensitivity
Box 2
Shapiro, Nancy Jane
Box 2
Sherman, Bob
Box 2
Sherry, Ruth Forbes
Box 2
Sheviakava, Clara
Box 2
Siegel, Alan
Box 2
Sierra, Gil
Box 2
Simon, Alvin
Box 2
Simpson, Bessie Maude
Box 2
Singer, James
Box 2
Sitaramayya, K.B.
Box 2
Smith, James
Box 2
Smoot, Paul
Box 2
Spoor, Dale
Box 2
Srinivas, Krishna
Box 2
Standish, Jim
Box 2
St. Marks
Box 2
Stanley, Will
Box 2
Stanton, Robert
Box 2
Starbuck, Jeff
Box 3
Stelzig, Eugene
Box 3
Stepleton, Jim
Box 3
Stetler, Russell
Box 3
Stewart, David
Box 3
Stone, I.F. [ Ethan Stone]
Box 3
Studies on Will Inman
Box 3
Susshoetz, Michael
Box 3
Sussman, Vic
Box 3
Swallow, Alan
Box 3
Swensen, Karen
Box 3
Swift, Beulah
Box 3
Tagliabue, John
Box 3
Tagore Society
Box 3
Tanner, Powell
Box 3
Targets
Box 3
Taylor, Bill
Box 3
Terialles, Vincent
Box 3
Terzian, Larry
Box 3
Teunis, William
Box 3
Thomas, Neal
Box 3
Tignor, Marian
Box 3
Tompkins Square Press
Box 3
Touchet, Francis
Box 3
Trunzo, Russ
Box 3
Tucker, Harry
Box 3
Tyrka
Box 3
Tyson, Brady
Box 3
Umbra
Box 3
United Peoples
Box 3
Ussery, Harvey and Evelyn
Box 3
Village Voice
Box 3
Vining, Kay
Box 3
Vira, Soma
Box 3
Von Bretzel, Philip
Box 3
Vrbovska, Anca
Box 3
Wachtel, Joel
Box 3
Wakowski, Dianne
Box 3
Waller, Bill
Box 3
Walser, Richard
Box 3
WAMU- FM
Box 3
War Resisters League
Box 3
Warley, Elliot
Box 3
WBAI-FM
Box 3
Weitzner, Rénee
Box 3
Weddings
Box 3
Wellman, John
Box 3
West, Don
Box 3
Wheaton College
Box 3
White, Bob
Box 3
White, Grace
Box 3
Wilkinson, Ned
Box 3
Willard, Robert
Box 3
Williams, Jonathan
Box 3
Williams, Vincent B.
Box 3
Wilson, May
Box 3
Winchester, Kermit
Box 3
Winston Salem
Box 3
Women's Group
Box 3
Wolfe, Thomas
Box 3
Wood, John
Box 3
Writers and Editors - War Tax Protest
Box 3
Writers Exchange - Herb Vernon
Box 3
Yale Club Library
Box 3
Yglesias, Roberto
Box 3

Later correspondence, primarily with friends and other poets, arranged in alphabetical order. In almost all cases, Inman has included copies of his responses to the correspondence he received.

Bagby, Jeanne
Box 4
Cage, Taylor (2 folders)
Box 4
Constable, Pam and Arturo Venezuela
Box 4
Craven, Jerry
Box 4
del Vecchio, Gloria
Box 4
Falleder, Arnold
Box 4
Fenton, Sharon (2 folders)
Box 4
French, Elizabeth (2 folders)
Box 4
Gholsen, Christien (2 folders)
Box 4
Gove, Jim (5 folders)
Box 4
Grumman, Bob (2 folders)
Box 4
Hanni, Carl
Box 5
Huffstickler, Albert (9 folders)
Box 5
Ingalls, Jeremy
Box 5
Leber, Eric (2 folders)
Box 5
Luce, Ralph
Box 5
Mariah, Paul
Box 5
McAnally, Mary
Box 6
Moore, Bob
Box 6
Phillips, Milton
Box 6
Robson, William
Box 6
Rutowski, Thad
Box 6
Sullivan, Kevin Patrick (2 folders)
Box 6
Taylor, Valerie
Box 6
Thorn, Lee
Box 6
Woods, Christopher (3 folders)
Box 6
Yamrus, John
Box 6
Writings (2 folders)

Miscellaneous unsorted manuscripts, notes, fragments, and related clippings.

Box 6
Clippings (2 folders)

Primarily clippings of "Conchsound in the Hills," Inman's newspaper column from the early 1970s.

Box 6
Miscellaneous (3 folders)

Assorted clippings, personal documents, and unsorted correspondence.

Box 6

Accessions received in September of 1998 and minimally processed. These additions to the collection consist of correspondence with prisoners, correspondence with family members and other individuals, miscellaneous writings and notes, and published literary journals, magazines, and poetry anthologies.

Miscellaneous (2 folders)

Miscellaneous unsorted notes, writings, and papers.

Box 1

Inman's correspondence with the prisoners began in the mid 1970s,when Inman first started teaching a writing workshop in several prisons near Tucson, and continued through to 1998.The letters themselves contain many examples of the writings that the prisoners produced during and after Inman's workshop and provide insights into the intense and supportive relationships that Inman developed with the prisoners. While this portion of the collection is open for research, those using it may not quote the names of individual prisoners. This correspondence has been arranged chronologically to the year level, but may need further processing before use.

Letters, 1975-1977 (1 folder)
Box 1
Letters, 1978
Box 1
Letters, 1979 (2 folders)
Box 1
Letters, 1980
Box 1
Letters, 1981
Box 1
Letters, 1982
Box 1
Letters, 1983
Box 1
Letters; 1984
Box 1
Letters, 1985 (3 folders)
Box 1
Letters, 1986
Box 1
Letters, 1987
Box 1
Letters, 1989 (2 folders)
Box 1
Letters, miscellaneous 1990s
Box 1
Letters, 1990 (1 folders)
Box 1
Letters, 1990 (1 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1991 (5 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1992 (2 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1993 (4 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1994 (2 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1995 (2 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1996 (2 folder)
Box 3
Letters, 1997
Box 3
Letters, 1998
Box 3
Letters, undated
Box 3
McGirt, William A., Sr. (2 folders)
Box 3
McGirt, Harry G. (2 folders)
Box 3
Brigham, Besmilr
Box 3
Giancola, Dan
Box 3
Hill, Walter
Box 3
Napora, Joe (6 folders)
Box 3
Thorne, Evelyn (2 folder)
Box 3
Tisdale, Walter
Box 3
Tritica, John (2 folders)
Box 3
Published Materials

Poetry journals, anthologies, and literary magazines, many featuring Inman's poetry and prose writings.

Box 4

Accessions received in September 1998 and minimally processed. These accessions consist of small amounts of clippings from gay newspapers and literary journals and correspondence with editors and publishers of literary journals where Inman submitted work.

Inman's correspondence with editors and publishers of small literary journals spans 1966-1996 (bulk 1980-1995), and is chiefly concerned with the publication of his work. The letters of several editors who Inman corresponded with on a regular basis are arranged alphabetically by correspondent at the front of the collection. The bulk of the material, Inman's correspondence with miscellaneous editors, is arranged chronologically by the year.

Boyd, Greg, "Asylum Arts"
Box 1
Chorlton, David and Roberta, The Signal(16 folders)

Includes some correspondence with Joan Silva, co-editor of "The Signal."

Box 1
Daggy, Robert, " Thomas Merton Studies Center"
Box 1
Dame, Enid, Home Planet News
Box 1
De Frates, Steven, (3 folders)
Box 1
De Frates, Steven, (2 folders)
Box 2
Hathaway, Michael, Chiron Review
Box 2
Katz, Menke, "Bitterroot"
Box 2
Kopelke, Kendra, "Passager"
Box 2
Moe, Frederick, "Color Wheel"
Box 2
Morse, Carl, Open Lines: Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time
Box 2
Packard, William, New York Quarterly
Box 2
Page, Carolyn, Potato Eyes
Box 2
Rogers, Norma, "Cultural Dimensions"
Box 2
Stephenson, Shelby, "Pembroke Magazine"
Box 2
Stone, Ken, Thirteen M.A.F. Press (2 folders)
Box 2
Miscellaneous Editors, 1960s
Box 2
Miscellaneous Editors, 1970s (2 folders)
Box 2
Miscellaneous Editors, 1980
Box 2
Miscellaneous Editors, 1981 (2 folders)
Box 2
Miscellaneous Editors, 1982
Box 2

Accession received October, 1998.Includes copies of Inman's literary journal Kauri, other literary journals, and Inman's daily journal for 1995-1997.

Kauri, 1964-1971 (6 folders)
Box 1
Intrepid
Box 1
Gargoyle
Box 1
Miscellaneous (2 folders)
Box 1
1964 (2 folders)
Box 1
Works and Commentary, 1983-1986 (7 folders)
Box 1
Poetry and Commentary,1990 (3 folders)
Box 1
Journals, 1995-1997 (3 folders)
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1

Nine-box unprocessed accession received in December, 1998.Chiefly correspondence from the 1970s, poetry (1986), and literary magazines and pamphlets from the 1980sand 1990s.

Correspondence
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 4
Correspondence
Box 5
Correspondence
Box 6
Correspondence
Box 7
Writings
Box 7
Poetry, 1986
Box 7
Correspondence
Box 8
Literary Magazines

Various literary magazines and poetry journals, chiefly from the 1980sand 1990s.

Box 8
Literary Magazines
Box 9

Materials range in dates from 1938 through 1998

Correspondence,1970s-1990s (unsorted)
Box 1
Correspondence,1970s-1990s (unsorted)
Box 2
Correspondence,1970s-1990s (unsorted)
Box 3
Correspondence,1970s-1990s (unsorted)
Box 4
Correspondence,1970s-1990s (unsorted)
Box 5
Correspondence,1970s-1990s (unsorted)
Box 6
Clippings, 1960s
Box 7
Personal and Financial Papers
Box 7
Diary, 1952
Box 7
Poetry, 1991-1992
Box 8
Typescripts, ca.1950
Box 8
Typescripts, 1980s-1990s
Box 8
School Yearbooks, 1938-1939
Box 8
Journals, 1990s
Box 8

One box unprocessed accession, chiefly correspondence,1960s-1980s. Correspondents include Eugene Feldman, Robert Faber and Brother William McGrath.

William McGrath
Box 1
Robert Feldman
Box 1
Robert Faber
Box 1

Two boxes unprocessed correspondence and writings.

Randall, Margaret
Box 1
Wise, Greg
Box 1
Taylor, Charles
Box 1
Allen, Chude
Box 1
Whitebread, J.
Box 1
Unsorted (8 folders)
Box 1
Writings and miscellaneous printed materials
Box 2
Baby book, 1923
Box 2

Materials date: 1941-1994 (bulk 1966-1977)

Writings (5 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence (2 folders)
Box 1
Photographs, slides, and negatives
Box 1
Printed Materials (7 folders)

Includes clippings, newsletters, and journals

Box 1
Printed Materials (6 folders)

Primarily clippings of his column Conchsound in the Hills

Box 2
Clippings
Box 3
The Best of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Box 3
Walden, with Inman's marginalia
Box 3
Scrapbook

All materials in this box arrived together pasted to a poster-size pad of paper, essentially used as a scrapbook. Includes clippings, letters, and other miscellaneous materials.

Box 4

[In addition, some of the materials in this accession are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Special Collections Library to use this collection.]

Some of the materials in this collection are restricted: The correspondence may not be published.

Typescript poetry, 1997-2000; Journal/Diary (includes glued-in weather reports from the Tucson Citizen for each day), 2000 January 1- 2001 August 9; Correspondence/Poetry, 1976-1996
Box 1
Correspondence, 1977-1996; Paperback poetry journal, La Confluencia,1978 March; Typescript poetry by Jimmy Santiago Baca, ca. 1977 and 1988
Box 2
Correspondence, 1977-1995; Typescripts of Inman's and Baca's poetry, 1977-1996
Box 3
Correspondence and Poetry, 1977-1980; A Resonance of Begetting, typed manuscript by Inman, 1999 January 8-9; Typescript poetry by Baca; Correspondence 1977-1978; Healing Earthquakes, by Baca, undated
Box 4
Typescript poetry by Inman as Bill McGirt, 1940-1956, and as Inman, 1953-1957; Framed thank-you regarding the magazine Kauri to Inman from Louie Roddewig containing a poem, a hand-written note, and a two-dollar bill, undated

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Box 5

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[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

Correspondence (A-D)
Box 1

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[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

Correspondence (D-I)
Box 2

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[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

Correspondence (I-K)
Box 3

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[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

Correspondence (K-M)
Box 4

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[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

Correspondence (M-R)
Box 5

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[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

Correspondence (R-W)
Box 6

Some of the materials in this accession are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Rubenstein Library to use this collection.

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[Loose Materials of Poetry and Prose Primarily by Inman.] 1957-2003
Box 1

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[Loose Materials of Poetry and Prose Primarily by Inman.] 1957-2003
Box 2
[Loose Materials of Literary Periodicals and Collections of Poetry and Prose.] 1957-2003
Box 2
[Loose Materials of Poetry and Prose Primarily by Inman.] 1957-2003
Box 3
[Loose Materials of Literary Periodicals and Collections of Poetry and Prose.] 1957-2003
Box 3

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[Loose Materials of Literary Periodicals and Collections of Poetry and Prose.] 1957-2003
Box 4
[Loose Materials of Literary Periodicals and Collections of Poetry and Prose.] 1957-2003
Box 5

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[Loose Materials of Literary Periodicals and Collections of Poetry and Prose.] 1957-2003
Box 6
[Loose Materials of Poetry and Prose by Inman.] 1957-2003
Box 6
[Poetry and Prose Primarily by Inman.] 1957-2003
Box 7
[Poetry and Prose Primarily by Inman.] 1957-2003
Box 8
Paperweight
Box 8

Addition (09-263) (500 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1976-2009) includes correspondence, poetry by Inman and others, press releases and reviews, official documents (such as his birth certificate, insurance information, and medical documents), and materials from Inman's death and funeral.

General poetry, 2007-2009
Box 1
Poetry by Inman
Box 1
Correspondence, 1976-2009 (2 folders)
Box 1
Press releases and reviews
Box 1
Newspaper articles, 2005-2007
Box 1
Official documents (legal and insurance materials)
Box 1
Poets
Box 1
Sierra Rx
Box 1
Vam Tran
Box 1
The Waterways Project
Box 1
Home Planet News
Box 1
Photographs
Box 1
Devon Gables Health Care Center, 2009
Box 1
Inman's death and funeral, 2009
Box 1
Cigar box with stamp collection and ephemera
Box 1

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1923, May 4Born, Wilmington, North Carolina
1943Graduated from Duke University
1964-1971Editor and publisher of Kauri, a poetry newsletter,
1967Artist in residence, American University, Washington DC
1969Married Barbara Ann Sherman
1969-1973Member of the English faculty, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.
1973Divorced
Legally Changed name from William A. McGirt, Jr. to Will Inman.
Moved to Tucson, Arizona

Will Inman was a poet, essayist, editor, and publisher. He was born William Archibald McGirt, Jr. in Wilmington, North Carolina where his father, William A. McGirt, was in the insurance and real estate business and his mother, Delia E. McGirt (maiden name Inman), was a registered nurse. He attended Duke University, graduating with an A.B in 1943. After college, Inman worked as a union organizer for tobacco workers in North Carolina before moving to New York City in the late 1950s. He served as the Vice-president of Free University of New York in the mid 1960s. He has worked as an editor and publisher of various literary journals and has had his work published in numerous anthologies and literary journals as well as in individual volumes. His weekly column, "Conchsound in the Hills," was published in the Franklin, PA News-Heraldin the 1960s. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, plays, and essays, Inman was also a prolific correspondent and diarist. He was active in numerous causes, including the War in Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, gay rights, and various environmental issues. In 1956, he was questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee as to his relationship with the Communist Party. His activism continued into the 1990s; he led writing workshops in an Arizona State Prison, as well as teaching writing to the homeless in transition.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Will Inman Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Collection was purchased from Will Inman in 1998-1999 and received as a gift in 2001-2003 and in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler

Completed August 11, 1998; Further additions accessioned in 1999 by Lisa Stark

2001-2003 additions minimally processed by Michelle Garcia; Joshua Kaiser; Douglas Brown

Accession 2009-0263 added by Meghan Lyon, December 2009

Encoded by Don Sechler; Lisa Stark; Danielle McGregor; Ruth E. Bryan; Joshua Kaiser; Douglas Brown; Meghan Lyon

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.