Papers of Professor Giovanni Giovannini, including letters, printed ephemera and recordings relating to poet Ezra Pound. Includes lecture cards and notes on English literature. Collection contains media (3 reels of 1/4" audio tape). The bulk of the collection is comprised of letters, corresondence, and printed matter related to the confinement of Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, and to efforts on his behalf to secure his release, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine clippings related to this period and to Pound's subsequent return to Italy after 1958.
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Giovanni Giovannini (1906-1985) was a professor of English at Catholic University of America from 1954 until his retirement in 1972. In the 1950's Professor Giovannini befriended Ezra Pound during the latter's confinement at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC. Maintaining frequent contact with Pound, Giovannini became part of the inner circle of the poet's many visitors and correspondants, taking an active role in efforts to release Pound from involuntary commitment at the hospital.
Gift of Ann Conlin, December 2014.
Related Archival Materials note
Material in other repositories related to the Giovannini papers and to Ezra Pound include:
Papers Relating to Ezra Pound, Accession #6272, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Harry M. Meacham Papers, 1900-1975, Accession #5508, etc Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Giovannini Manuscripts at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.
Olivia Rosetti Agresti Papers at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
At The Boothe Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University, a few letters regarding Ezra Pound during his time at St. Elizabeth's may be found in the Katherine Biddle Papers, GTM.Gamms250.
A few letters and manuscripts by Pound may also be found in the America Magazine Archives, GTM.Gamms60.