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William F. Claire Papers 2

Identifier: GTM-110502

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of correspondence received by William Claire from Robert Lax, Thomas Merton, and Mark Van Doren. Other materials relate to the special double issue of "Voyages" magazine (Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2, September 1968) focussing on Robert Lax, with an introduction by Claire, a brief biography on and writings by Lax. The collection also includes, typescripts and correspondence pertaining to "The Essays of Mark Van Doren (1942-1972)" edited by Claire (Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980).


  • 1930 - 2016


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Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

William F. Claire was born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1935. Claire graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1954 and received his bachelor's degree in 1958 from Columbia University. He studied at Georgetown University before joining the military. Claire also worked for the Pentagon, as well as in various public and private jobs in Washington DC early in his career. A notable writer and poet in his own right, Claire founded the literary magazine "Voyages" in 1967. Since its inception, "Voyages" has won a number of awards including a National Endowment for the Arts award. Claire's work has been published in "The American Scholar", "Antioch Review", "New York Times", "Smithsonian Magazine", "The Poetry Pilot" of the Academy of American Poets, as well as numerous other major publications. His poems have also been recorded for the Library of Congress archives. Honors include winning a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for residency in Belagio, Italy and he is a Yaddo and MacDowell scholar. Claire currently lives in both Lewes, Delaware and Naples, Florida, and is the owner of an antiquarian art and book business. Biographical information from The Quotations page on William Claire.


2.7 Cubic Feet (9 boxes and 2 oversized folders)

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Revision Statements

  • 2023-12: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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