The Lucien Stryk collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and photographs.
Manuscripts by Stryk in the collection include his poetry collections The Pit and Other Poems (Swallow Press, 1969) and Awakening (Swallow Press, 1973), first and later drafts of his poems “The Duckpond” and “Thoroughbred Country,” the collection Afterimages: Zen Poems of Shinkichi Takahashi (Swallow Press, 1970), edited by Stryk and translated by Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto; and “Lautreamont and Surrealism,” Stryk’s master’s thesis for the University of Maryland (1950). Other manuscripts in the collection include a handwritten musical score by Ayako Mitsuoka, with Japanese lyrics, dedicated to Stryk (1963) as well as miscellaneous poetry and prose sent to Stryk, primarily by his friends.
Correspondence in the collection dates from 1955 to 1972. There are several letters from Robert Bly to Stryk (1964-1970), as well as letters from X. J. Kennedy, Donald Hall, James Wright, Isabella Gardner, James Tate, Wendell Berry, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Ciardi, and other notable correspondents.
Printed material in the collection includes the some published versions of poems, articles, and reviews by Stryk in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, Confrontation, and elsewhere (1964-1976) and publicity material regarding Stryk (1956-1972).
Photographs in the collection consist of several prints of Stryk with his friends and family, as well as one photo of him alone.