Collection Number: 04128

Collection Title: Charles Edward Eaton Papers, 1950s-1990s

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Size 60.0 linear feet
Abstract Charles Edward Eaton (1916-2006), poet and professor, was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. Eaton received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1936, studied at Princeton, and received his M.A. degree from Harvard, where he worked with Robert Frost, who later recommended him to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Eaton served as Vice Consul in Brazil, 1942-1946, and as professor of creative writing at UNC, 1946-1952. In 1950, he married Isabel Patterson of Pittsburgh. Eaton is a widely published and highly regarded writer, who has won numerous poetry prizes and other honors. The collection includes poems, short stories, and other writings; correspondence; scrapbooks; and other material of Charles Edward Eaton. Items chiefly relate to Eaton's writing and teaching careers, but some family materials are present. Individuals significant in the collection include Witter Bynner, Alfred Dorn, Emily Katherine Harris, Robert Hillyer, Judy Hogan, Will Inman, John T. Irwin, Karl Knaths, Dave Smith, R. W. Stallman, Charles Tomlinson, Frederick Turner, Louis Untermeyer, Peter Viereck, William Carlos Williams, Harold Witt, Stark Young, and Morton Zabel.
Creator Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006.
Curatorial Unit Southern Historical Collection
Language English.
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RESTRICTED: boxes 1-22a are closed pending processing. No restrictions on use of material beginning with box 23.
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles Edward Eaton Papers #4128, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Charles Edward Eaton, Chapel Hill, N.C., in a number of installments beginning in 1977.
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Charles Edward Eaton (1916- ), poet and professor, was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. Eaton received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1936, studied at Princeton, and received his M.A. degree from Harvard, where he worked with Robert Frost, who later recommended him to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Eaton served as Vice Consul in Brazil, 1942-1946, and as professor of creative writing at UNC, 1946-1952. In 1950, he married Isabel Patterson of Pittsburgh. Eaton is a widely published and highly regarded writer, who has won numerous poetry prizes and other honors.

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The collection includes poems, short stories, and other writings; correspondence; scrapbooks; and other material of poet and professor Charles Edward Eaton. Items chiefly relate to Eaton's writing and teaching careers, but some family materials are present. Individuals significant in the collection include Witter Bynner, Alfred Dorn, Emily Katherine Harris, Robert Hillyer, Judy Hogan, Will Inman, John T. Irwin, Karl Knaths, Dave Smith, R. W. Stallman, Charles Tomlinson, Frederick Turner, Louis Untermeyer, Peter Viereck, William Carlos Williams, Harold Witt, Stark Young, and Morton Zabel.

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Contents list

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60 linear feet.
Box 1

Letters from various American writers relating to the writing and publishing of poetry #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 1

Letters to Eaton from his correspondence students #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 1

Box 2-6

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Periodicals that include writings by Eaton, 1951-1977 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 2-6

Box 7

Letters from UNC Extension Division students, 1966-1980 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 7

"Poetry correspondence," 1961-1964 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 7

Copies of periodicals containing Eaton's work, 1970-1980 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 7

Box 8-12

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

Copies of periodicals containing Eaton's work, 1960s-1970s #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 8-12

Box 13

Correspondence between Eaton and Will Inman, some containing enclosures of Eaton's work #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 13

Box 14

"Poetry correspondence," 1955-1971 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 14

Letters from Harold Witt #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 14

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work, 1980-1981 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 14

Box 15

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work, 1976-1979 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 15

Box 16

Correspondence and reviews by Eaton, 1945-1983, particularly 1972-1980 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 16

Correspondence with correspondence students, 1952-1983 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 16

Material on the Karl Knaths project #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 16

Correspondence with magazines concerning Eaton's poems, 1971-1976 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 16

Nine cassette tapes of Eaton reading or discussing poetry #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 16

Box 17

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work, 1980, and statement on poetry #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 17

Box 18

Items relating to the exhibition and catalog of "Karl Knaths: Five Decades of Painting" #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 18

Box 19

Eaton's Library of Congress recording of 20 November 1958 and his 1962 Fairleigh-Dickinson University recording #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 19

Box 20

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work, 1981-1983 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 20

Box 21

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work, 1983-1987 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 21

Box 22

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 22

Box 22a

Copies of periodicals with Eaton's work, 1988-1990 #04128, Series: "Papers." Box 22a

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60 linear feet.

NOTE: Outline as of November 1992. Please see Processing Note above.

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Box 32-32a

A. Literary #04128, Subseries: "II. CORRESPONDENCE" Box 32-32a

Additional materials are in Box 42.

PA-4128/1: Photograph album: Brazil #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, PA-4128/1

B. General #04128, Subseries: "II. CORRESPONDENCE" PA-4128/1

Box 33

C. Individuals #04128, Subseries: "II. CORRESPONDENCE" Box 33

1. Bynner, Witter #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
2. Dorn, Alfred #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
3. Eaton, Charles Edward to Isabel Patterson (1947-1949) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
4. Eaton, Clement (see also I.A.2.) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
5. Harris, Emily Katherine (Mrs. Richard Hill; Kay) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
5a. Hillyer, Robert #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
6. Hogan, Judy #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
6a. Inman, Will (Bill McGirt) (1946-1981) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
7. Irwin, John T. #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
7a. Knaths, Karl #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
8. Smith, Dave (and carbons of Eaton's letters) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
9. Stallman, Robert W. and Charles Edward Eaton (1954-1982, 2 volumes) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
10. Stephenson, Holly Stevens #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
11. Tomlinson, Charles #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
12. Turner, Frederick #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
13. Untermeyer, Louis #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
14. Viereck, Peter #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
15. Wilcox, Patricia #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
16. Williams, William Carlos #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
17. Witt, Harold #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
18. Wood, James (and friends, including I. A. Richardson) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
19. Young, Stark #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33
20. Zabel, Morton Dauwen (copies) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive II. CORRESPONDENCE, Box 33

D. Students #04128, Subseries: "II. CORRESPONDENCE" Box 33

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Box 34-38, 40

A. Poetry #04128, Subseries: "III. BOOKS" Box 34-38, 40

Additional materials are in Box 42.

34: 1. The Bright Plain (1942) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 34
34: 2. The Shadow of the Swimmer (1951) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 34
34: 3. The Greenhouse in the Garden (1956) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 34
SV-4128/4: 3. Scrapbook: The Greenhouse in the Garden (1956) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, SV-4128/4
34-35: 4. Countermoves (1963) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 34-35
SV-4128/3: 4. Scrapbook: Countermoves (1963) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, SV-4128/3
35: 5. On the Edge of the Knife (1970) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 35
36: 6. The Man in the Green Chair (1977) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 36
36: 7. The Colophon of the Rover (1980) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 36
37: 8. The Think King (1983) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 37
37: 9. The Work of the Wrench (1985) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 37
38: 10. New and Selected Poems, 1942-1987 (1987) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 38
38: 11. A Guest on Mild Evenings (1991) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 38
40: 12. The Country of the Blue (1994) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 40
Box 39

B. Short Stories #04128, Subseries: "III. BOOKS" Box 39

1. "Write Me from Rio" (1959) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 39
2. "The Girl from Ipanema" (1972) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 39
3. "The Case of the Missing Photographs" (1978) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 39
4. "New and Selected Stories, 1959-1989" (1989) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS, Box 39

C. Critical Biography #04128, Subseries: "III. BOOKS" Box 39

1. Karl Knaths: Five Decades of Painting (1973) #04128, Subseries Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive III. BOOKS,
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Processing Information

Full processing of this collection has been deferred pending future additions. Isabel Eaton is gathering related materials from within the collection and elsewhere and arranging them in a scheme that she has devised (see "Guide to Charles Edward Eaton Archive," the most current version of which is included in this inventory). The newly organized materials begin with box 23. Material not yet reorganized remains in boxes 1-22a. The unprocessed material includes chronological material on Eaton's life since 1960, some literary and other correspondence, materials relating to his short stories and critical biography, magazine publications, and miscellaneous items.

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