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The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s archival holdings are open to faculty, staff, students, and the public Monday through Friday during business hours.
Patrons are required to comply with the Poetry Center's archives policies to ensure that materials are protected for current and future use. First-time users of the archives must sign an archives and rare books policies form indicating compliance with these policies.
This primarily print collection contains correspondence, administrative records, board meeting minutes, printed materials, audiovisual recordings, and scrapbooks dating from 1960, related to the unique history of the Poetry Center and its prominent role in Southern Arizona’s literary arts landscape. “Author files” contain records and correspondence pertaining to poets such as Robert Frost, Kenneth Koch, and Allen Ginsberg. A finding aid has been created, describing how the collection is organized: University of Arizona Poetry Center Records Finding Aid.
This collection of several thousand film negatives and photographic prints consists of portraits of poets by the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s first director, LaVerne Harrell Clark. Many of the portraits were captured on site at the Poetry Center and other locations in Tucson. The collection also contains correspondence and ephemera. Dating from 1962 to 2000, the collection portrays many of the twentieth century’s leading poets, often at unguarded, intimate moments. A finding aid has been created, describing how the collection is organized: LaVerne Harrell Clark Photographic Collection Finding Aid.
Digitized images from the collection may be viewed online on the Arizona Memory Project. Many digitized images from the collection are also contained on voca, the Poetry Center’s online library of audiovisual recordings and images.
voca is a world-class collection of audiovisual recordings of poets reading their work, dating from 1963 to the present, offered free to the public in an online digital library. In addition to analog recordings from 1963–2006 that are being digitized in an ongoing process, 20 to 30 new born-digital readings are added each year through the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series. Nearly 500 recordings are currently available.
Readings on voca are broken down into separate tracks for ease of navigation. They are accompanied by rich, searchable metadata and photographs depicting the authors as they appeared at the time of the reading. A free registration process enables interactive features, including tagging and comments, that allow users to contribute to the scholarly value of the resource.
To learn more about voca, begin your visit at http://voca.arizona.edu or watch this introductory video: