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Larry Eigner letters and poems

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0824

Scope and Content Note

A small collection of typed material written by American poet Larry Eigner. Includes two typed postcards written by Larry Eigner to Leroi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka) and Robert Hawley, three typed letters written by Eigner to David and Maria Gitin, and ten leaves of typescript numbered poems. Most sheets have multiple poems either on the recto or on the verso, with a total of twenty-four poems. Some poems bear the same number but vary in content and date.


  • Creation: 1960-1978
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1973-1976


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Larry Eigner (Laurence Joel Eigner) (1927- )

American poet Larry Eigner (Laurence Joel Eigner) was born August 7, 1927, in Lynn, Massachusetts. Although an injury at birth left Eigner palsied, the poet and writer spent his life describing the world around him, first from his glassed-in porch in a small town in Massachusetts and later from his home in Berkeley, California. Although most of his published work is poetry, he has also written a play, short stories and prose.

"Larry Eigner."Contemporary Poets, 6th ed. (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed June 2008)


32 item (27 pages)


One typed card, one typed letter, and fifteen typed poems written by American poet Larry Eigner.


The letters are in chronological order, followed by the poems in order as numbered.


Purchase, April 2008 and Gift, November 2010.

Shelving Summary

Box 55, F0824: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

OCLC Number


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, June 2008. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for Larry Eigner letters and poems
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2008 June 11
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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