Skip to content
print page header

The University of Iowa Libraries

Guide to the George Edwin Starbuck Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1966-1971
Creator: Starbuck, George Edwin (1931-1996)
Extent: 3.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0075
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: University of Iowa professor of English and director, Iowa Writers

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries by the University of Iowa Writers Workshop in the early 1970s.

Preferred Citation: George Edwin Starbuck Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

George Edwin Starbuck was born June 15, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Illinois and California. He was twice married and had five children. He served in the Army Military Police Corps in California and Germany, 1952-1954.
 
Starbuck's education includes: California Institute of Technology, 1947-1949, University of California at Berkeley, 1950-1951, and he earned a B.A. at the University of Chicago in 1957, after which he attended Harvard University for one semester. He held a Guggenheim Fellowship from 1961 to 1962, and was a fellow in residence at the American Academy in Rome (Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts and Letters), 1961-1963. Starbuck began publishing his poetry in 1955 in such noteable magazines as Harper's, New Yorker, Yale Review, Paris Review, and North American Review. He authored four books of poetry: Bone Thoughts (1960), White Paper (1966), Elegy in a Country Church (1975), and The Argot Merchant Disaster (1982).
 
Starbuck was a lecturer in Boston and New York before working in that same capacity at the University of Iowa in 1964. Starbuck's grandfather, Edwin Diller Starbuck, was a faculty member of the University of Iowa's Department of Philosophy from 1906-1930. At Iowa, George Starbuck became Assistant Professor of English in 1966, and Associate professor in 1967. He served as Director of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop from September 1, 1967 until May 26, 1971, succeeding Paul Engle, who resigned in 1966 in order to direct the International Writing Program at Iowa. Starbuck left Iowa to head the graduate writing program at Boston University, a position he held for twenty years.
 
George Starbuck developed Parkinson's Disease in 1974, and died at his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on August 15, 1996.

This collection contains the correspondence of George Starbuck during his tenure as Director of the Iowa Writers Workshop, 1967-1971, and some earlier and later official workshop correspondence. The folder labels tend to be very specific and many contain only a few items. The folders are in a single alphabetical arrangement.
Records of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (RG06.0012.008)

The Papers of Lewis Turco (MsC0537) contains references to George Starbuck. John Leggett succeeded Starbuck as Workshop director, and the Papers of John Leggett (MsC0503) contain correspondence from George Starbuck.

The Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files collection of the University Archives contains two folders relating to Students for a Democratic Society, for which correspondence is found below under 'S'. Other clubs listed below, such as Asian Society, are also found in the Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files.

Faculty members for whom correspondence is listed below may also have a file in the Faculty and Staff Vertical Files. This applies to George E. Starbuck, Willard Boyd, Kurt Vonnegut, Seymour Krim, Paul Engle, John C. Gerber, and Clay Harshbarger, among others.

The Special Collections Department holds individual collections for the following correspondence entries listed below: Jose Donoso papers (MsC0340), Papers of Paul Engle (MsC0514), Papers of John C. Gerber (RG99.0062), and International Writing Program (RG06.0012.009).

Further material regarding Black Sparrow Press may be found in our Private Press Ephemera Collection. Additional information about Windhover Press, also listed in correspondence below, may be found in the University of Iowa collection, Records of the Yellow Barn Press (MsC0487), as well as in Books at Iowa, November 1976, and the University of Iowa Center for the Book Web page.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE

  • Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Sub-Series: A
  • Box 1:
  • American Association of University Professors (A.A.U.P.)
  • A.A.U.W.
  • ABC Television
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Addresses: publishers, magazines
  • Administration and Workshop
  • Financial aid - 1970-1971
  • Amabile, George
  • American Friends
  • Andy Warhol Films, Inc.
  • Antioch College
  • Arizona, University of
  • Asian Society
  • Action Studies Program (ASP): Kleinberger, Fishman course
  • Aspen School
  • Sub-Series: B
  • Box 1:
  • Bail Fund
  • Bard College
  • Barnes, Helen (placement)
  • Barnstone, Willis
  • Barry, John
  • Beaver College
  • Bell, Marvin
  • Beloit Poetry Journal
  • Benedict, Kennette M.
  • Bennington College
  • Berg, Stephen
  • Berriault, Gina
  • Berrigan, Ted
  • Berryman, John
  • Billings, Robert
  • Biographies of staff
  • Black Culture Symposium
  • Black Sparrow Press
  • Blackburn, Paul
  • Boles, Robert
  • Bowen, Howard
  • Boyd, Willard (Sandy)
  • Braddock, Richard
  • Brown, Bush
  • Brownstein, Oscar
  • Bryan, C.D.B.
  • Burford, William
  • Burnett, William
  • Burns, Alan
  • Sub-Series: C
  • Box 2:
  • Carter, Mary
  • Case Western University
  • Cassill, Verlin
  • CEA Critic
  • Clark, Tom
  • Cloud, Marauder
  • Coe College
  • College Association
  • Columbia University: Writing
  • Connecticut College
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Coover, Robert
  • Core literature
  • Cornell College
  • Correspondence Course
  • Correspondence Schools of Britannica
  • Creeley, Robert
  • Crome, Nick
  • Cronin, Tony
  • Cunningham, J.V.
  • Sub-Series: D
  • Box 2:
  • Departmental memos
  • Dana, Robert
  • Davis, Robert B. (Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa)
  • De Pauw University
  • de Roche, Joseph
  • Daily Iowan reviews and interviews - 1969-1970
  • Dickey, James
  • Directory of American Scholars
  • Donoso, Jose
  • Dorne, Albert: Memorial Foundation (Mr. Reiss)
  • Draft
  • Drake University
  • Duncan, Robert
  • Sub-Series: E
  • Box 2:
  • East Stroudsburg State College
  • Elliott, G.P.
  • Engel, Monroe
  • Engle, Paul
  • Evaluation Service: University of Iowa
  • Sub-Series: F
  • Box 2:
  • Faculty: possible future staff
  • Feldman, Irving
  • Fitzgerald, Robert
  • Fixler, M.
  • Flaherty, Douglas (Oshkosh)
  • Fox, William Price
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Fraser, Kathleen
  • Friedman, B.J.
  • Fulbright lecture information
  • Sub-Series: G
  • Box 2:
  • Gaines, Charles
  • Gallant, Mavis
  • Box 3:
  • Garber, Eugene
  • Garrett, George
  • Gehman, Richard
  • Gerber, John
  • Gibson, Morgan
  • Giovanni, Norman di
  • Glanville, Brian
  • Goldensohn, Barry
  • Gould, Thomas (University of Texas)
  • Graduate College position paper - 1966 November
  • Graduate College staff
  • Gross, Suzanne
  • Guggenheim
  • Sub-Series: H
  • Box 3:
  • Hall, James B. (and others)
  • Hallmark
  • Hamburger, Michael
  • Hanson, K.O.
  • Hanzlicek, Charles
  • Harcourt, Brace and World
  • Harding, K.G.
  • Harian Press
  • Harper, Michael
  • Harper and Row
  • Harrison, Keith
  • Harrison, Margaret
  • Harshbarger, H. Clay
  • Hawkes, John
  • Haydn, Hiram (Harcourt, Brace)
  • Hays, J . Bob
  • Hazel, Robert
  • Helz, Marion
  • Hemley, Elaine
  • Hoegberg, Norm
  • Hollo, Anselm
  • Honig, Edwin
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Housing for faculty
  • Howren, Robert
  • Hufstader, Bob
  • Hughes, Ted
  • Hugo, Richard
  • Hunter College in the Bronx
  • Hutchinson, Pearse
  • Sub-Series: I
  • Box 3:
  • Illinois University
  • Indiana University
  • Intermedia: William Hibbard
  • International Writing Program
  • Box 4:
  • Iowa Arts Council
  • Iowa Poetry Circuit
  • Iowa State University
  • Sub-Series: J
  • Box 4:
  • Johnson, Curt
  • Jones, LeRoi
  • Journalism
  • Jumper, Will C.
  • Justice, Donald
  • Sub-Series: K
  • Box 4:
  • KCRG Television
  • Kansas, University of
  • Karchmer, S.
    See NW Review, University of Oregon
  • Katz, Steve
  • Kelly, Robert
  • Kessler, Ed
  • Kiely, Benedict
  • King, George
  • Kinnell, Galway
  • Knoepfle, John
  • Knott, William
  • Ko Won
  • Koch, Kenneth
  • Kozol, Jonathan
  • Kraus, Wolfgang: A.S.L.
  • Kray, Elizabeth (circuits)
  • Krim, Seymour
  • Kunitz, Stanley
  • Sub-Series: L
  • Box 4:
  • Lattimore, Richmond
  • Lavin, Mary
  • Lawrence University
  • Lazard, Naomi
  • Leggett, John
  • Levertov, Denise
  • Levine, Philip
  • Libraries in U.S.A.
  • Library: University of Iowa
  • Library of Congress
  • Liddy, James
  • Liebermann, Larry
  • Lies, Michael
  • Linenthal
  • Lloyd-Jones
  • Local readings - 1969-1970
  • Lockhaven State College
  • Logan, John
  • Lowell, Robert
  • Lowenfels, Walter
  • Lucier, Jeff
  • Sub-Series: M
  • Box 4:
  • McDowell, Frederick P.W. (CSML)
  • McDowell Colony
  • McGeorge, Pauline
  • McGill University, Montreal
  • McGuane
  • MacMahon, Bryan
  • Mailer, Norman
  • Malanga, Gerard
  • Marshall, Jack
  • Massachusetts, University of
  • Massachusetts Review
  • Mayo, E.L. (Drake University)
  • Memos about fiction staff
  • Memos about poetry staff
  • Meredith, William
  • Merriam, Eve
  • Merrill, James
  • Box 5:
  • Merwin, W.S.
  • Metz, Kathryn
  • Mezey, Robert
  • M.F.A. degree
  • M.F.A. exam reading lists - 1969-1970
  • Midwest Artists for Peace
  • Mirabelli, Eugene, Jr.
  • Missouri, University of
  • Monmouth College
  • Moratorium - 1969 October 15
  • Mt. Allison College
  • Sub-Series: N
  • Box 5:
  • Nabokov, Vladimir
  • New American Review
  • National Council on the Arts
  • National Educational TV (N.E.T.)
  • National Foundation on Arts and Humanities
  • National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (N.E.C.L.C.)
  • Nemerov, Howard
  • New Hampshire, University of
  • New York University
  • New York State University (State University of New York) Buffalo
  • Newman, Charles: Tri-Quarterly
  • Noll, Bink
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwest Review
  • Sub-Series: O
  • Box 5:
  • O'Connor, Philip
  • Offers and candidates: jobs for holders of Master of Fine Arts degrees
  • Ogen, Mart
  • Ohio University
  • Olson, Charles
  • Olson, Elder
  • Oneonta State University College, Oneonta, New York
  • Oregon State University
  • Sub-Series: P
  • Box 5:
  • Palmer, David
  • Paz, Octavio
  • Pecile, Jordan
  • Personnel: prospective faculty
  • Personnel: possible future job openings
  • Personnel: jobs (applicants and openings) - 1970-1971
  • Petersen, Don
    See Oneonta
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Pinsker, Sanford
  • Pittsburgh, University of, Press
  • Poetry Center
  • Powers, J.F., Doubleday & Co., Inc.
  • Publicity: staff and visitors
  • Publicity on Workshop
  • Sub-Series: R
  • Box 6:
  • R.A. utilization
  • Ramparts
  • Random House
  • Ray, David
  • Readings of fiction: future possibilities
  • Readings of poetry - 1970-1971
  • Staff poetry readings - 1970 Fall
  • Reading possibilities - 1969-1970
  • Reed College
  • Registration materials - 1969 September
  • Henry Regnery Company (Dominick Abel)
  • Reich, Helen
  • Resistance reading - 1969 April 25
  • Rexroth, Kenneth
  • Rickey, Larry
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Rockefeller proposal
  • Rogers, Tom
  • Rogin, G.
  • Rosenblum, Arthur
  • Rosenthal, William: Southwest Writers Conference
  • Roth, Stephen
  • Sub-Series: S
  • Box 6:
  • San Francisco State
  • Sanes, Irvetz
  • Sange, Gary
  • Santos, Ben
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Sauter, V.G.
  • Sayre, Bob
  • School of Letters
  • Scott, H.
  • Shapiro, Steve
  • Silkin, Jon
  • Simon Frazer University
  • Skelton, Robin
  • small magazines
  • Snodgrass, W.D.
  • Snyder, Gary
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Sou'wester, publication of Southern Illinois University
  • Space Assignment
  • Spectrum Books
  • Spirit
  • Spitzer, Alan
  • Stafford, Jean
  • Stafford, William
  • Starbuck, George
  • Starbuck, George: Executive Committee - 1970
  • Stewart, Sam
  • St. James Press
  • Stony Brook (State University of New York)
  • Stone, Robert
  • Stryk, Lucien
  • Student Activities Office
  • Students for a Democratic Society
  • Summers, Hollis
  • Swallow Press
  • Sward, Robert
  • Sweeney, John (Jack)
  • Symposium (Writers) - 1971 Fall
  • Sub-Series: T
  • Box 7:
  • Tape Lab
  • Tarn, Nathaniel
  • Tate, James
  • Teacher placement agencies
  • Teaching creative writing
  • Teaching placement
  • Tevis, Walter
  • Texas Union speakers program
  • Theses
  • Thompson, Mrs. Nancy Price
  • Toledo, University of
  • Trinity College: Connecticut
  • Tuition increase - 1969-1970
  • Sub-Series: U
  • Box 7:
  • University of Iowa News Service
  • University: general
  • Updike, John
  • United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.)
  • Sub-Series: V
  • Box 7:
  • Valparaiso University
  • Van Duyn, Mona
  • Vermont, University of
  • Vietnam: committees, etc.
  • Virginia, University of
  • Visiting readers: tentative
  • Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Sub-Series: W
  • Box 7:
  • Wabash College
  • Wagner, Esther
  • Wagner, Linda
  • Wallace, Robert
  • Weiss, Ted
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • West, Ray
  • West Virginia State College
  • Western Reserve University
  • Western Washington State College
  • Weston, John
  • Wichita
  • Wilbur, Richard
  • Will, Fred
  • Willcox, Donald
  • Williams, Jonathan
  • Williamsport Area Community College
  • Wilson, Robley C.
  • Windhover Press
  • Wisconsin, University of (Milwaukee)
  • Wisconsin State University, Superior
  • Woodburn Sound Service
  • Woodrow Wilson fellowships
  • Workshop publications - 1969-1970
  • Workshops, other
  • Wright, Charles
  • Wright, James
  • Writers' Symposium - 1971 Fall
  • WSUI: Dr. Hugh Cordier
  • Sub-Series: Y
  • Box 7:
  • Yaddo
  • Yates, Richard
  • Young Men's Hebrew Association (Y.M.H.A.)