Guide to the Howard McCord Papers 2003-2005
Cage 697

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Hayes, John
Title
Howard McCord Papers
ID
Cage 697
Date [inclusive]
2003-2005
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 feet of linear shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection includes digital video recordings, "The Tao of Poetry: A nonlinear exploration of the art," produced and directed by John Hayes between 2003 and 2004, along with approximately nine hours of additional footage titled, "The Howard McCord Tapes," all on DVD.

Preferred Citation note

Howard McCord Papers, 2003-2005

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Howard McCord, American poet, essayist, and novelist, was born on November 3, 1932, in El Paso, Texas. After a hitch in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he returned to El Paso and attended Texas Western College receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. The following year he received a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah. In 1960, he began teaching at Washington State University offering courses in Poetry and Eastern Civilizations. He also began the graduate program in Creative Writing. In 1965 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship which allowed him to travel extensively in India and Nepal and study for a year at the University of Mysore. In 1971, he was appointed Professor of English and Director of the MFA program at Bowling Green State University. The North Carolina Poetry Circuit selected him as visiting poet for the fall of 1971, and he gave readings at campuses throughout the state. Besides his studies in India, he also traveled through Iceland and published a book of poetry about his trip. His published works include poems in over 15 collections of poetry, as well as inclusion in numerous journals and monographs. From 1960 to 1977 his Tribal Press published many works of poetry in various formats.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes digital video recordings, "The Tao of Poetry: A nonlinear exploration of the art," produced and directed by John Hayes between 2003 and 2004, along with approximately nine hours of additional footage titled, "The Howard McCord Tapes," all on DVD. "The Tao of Poetry" explores poetry in general, McCord's poetry, and McCord's life in poetry, while "The Howard McCord Tapes" consist of poetry readings by McCord and interviews/discussion with McCord in April and October of 2003.

Included in the collection are correspondence with John Hayes and Washington State University Libraries, as well as an item list provided by Hayes.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged chronologically in a single series, with "The Tao of Poetry" located at the end of the series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

This collection is open and available for research use. Reproduction not permitted.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was purchased in 2005 by Washington State University Libraries from producer and director John Hayes.

Processing Information note

Cheryl Gunselman processed this collection.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Howard McCord Papers, 1953-1979 (Cage 578); Howard McCord Papers, circa 1950-2008 (unprocessed accessions: MS.1981.06, MS.1994.31, MS.1995.37, MS.1999.45, MS.2004.23, MS.2009.27. Preliminary guide available: http://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu/MASC/finders/mssm032.htm); Dan McLachlan Collection of Howard McCord Papers (MS.2004.19).

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Literature
  • Moving Images
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Interviews
  • Poets, American -- 21st century
  • Poets, American -- 21st century -- Interviews

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Bibliography

Biography from the guide to the Howard McCord Papers, Cage 578.

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