Jacobsen, Josephine (1908-2003)
Scope:
The Josephine Jacobsen collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, film and video, photographs, and other items.

Manuscripts in the collection consist primarily of poems, short works, and articles. Collected poem manuscripts include "The Lost," "Weather Poem," "Seven Forty-Eight," "Negro Graveyard," "The Bathers," "Tropical Park," "Night Wind," "The House of Darkness," "Cold Comfort," "The Moon Animals," "The Sicilian Crucifix," and "Augury," among others. Other items include a "Consultant's Report" for the Library of Congress; an article for the Library of Congress Journal in which Jacobsen discusses three of her poems; "The Instant of Knowing"; a review of A.R. Ammons's Collected Poems; and a holograph copy (in Jacobsen's hand) of "The Gift Outright" by Robert Frost. Additional manuscripts include a prologue for Indiana Album; a draft of an autobiographical short work; and a draft of a non-fiction short work.

Jacobsen's correspondence is collected at length and consists of hundreds of exchanges with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and friends. Among a vast catalog of notable correspondents, A.R. Ammons, Lee Anderson, John Ashbery, Dr. Roy Basler, John C. Broderick, Jean Burden, William Burford, Elliot Coleman, Richard Eberhart, Arthur Gregor, Katie Scofield Louchheim, William Morris Meredith, Richard L. O'Connell Jr., John Pauker, Julia Randall, Elisavietta Ritchie, Father Raymond Roseliep, William Jay Smith, Ann Stanford, and William Butler Yeats may be of particular interest.

The collection's personal memorabilia is constituted principally by Jacobsen's awards, honors, and honorary degrees, such as: the Maryland House Resolution No. 155 (congratulating Jacobsen on her appointment as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress); The George E.P. Mountcastle Memorial Lectureship, Gilman School; citation from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1982); a Catholic Press Association Journalism Award for "Distance" (1982); the Nation Prize for Poetry (1988); the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (1992); the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America (1993); a Poet's Prize for In the Crevice of Time (1997); and a Nation Book Award from the National Book Foundation for In the Crevice of Time; The Andrew White Medal from Loyola College; a Doctor of Letters from Goucher College; a Doctor of Divinity from St. Mary's Seminary and University; and Doctor of Humane Letters from both Towson State University and Johns Hopkins University. Membership certificates from the Academy of American Poetry (1987) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994) are present, as well.

Printed items in the collection include articles about Jacobsen (1930-1991), book reviews, poetry, news clippings, tearsheets, brochures, and programs for events at which Jacobsen spoke (1940-1976). Additional material is constituted by items pertaining to the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Council, the Agnes Scott Writing Festival, and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The collection also includes a number of periodicals in which Jacobsen's work appeared, such as American Book Review, the Back Door, Bartleby, Belles Lettres, The Commonweal, Contemporary Poetry, Cornell Review, Crosscurrents, Dialogue, Epoch, The Hollins Critic, Imagi, Mademoiselle, Maryland Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and more.

The collection's professional materials pertain to Jacobsen's tenure as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1971-1973). Collected items include itineraries, bulletins, Consultant reports, publicity pieces, clippings, appointment lists, and a pay voucher. Also present is a calendar containing holograph notations regarding Consultant activities.
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Notable Figures
1. Jacobsen, Josephine
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Poetry Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Poetry Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section