Guide to the Jack Hirschman Collection, 1959Manuscript MS-1227

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Guide to the Jack Hirschman Collection, 1959

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1227

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Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Jack Hirschman (b.1933), poet and social activist. Contains a collection of 19 letters between poets Jack Hirschman and Thomas Parkinson. Also includes a few Hirschman poems in typescript and 2 postcards. The letters discuss their writing, teaching and publishing efforts.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Jack Hirschman consist of correspondence between Hirschman and Thomas Parkinson. The correspondence touches on their experience in Hanover, NH as well as their respective works in progress. There are also numerous mentions of fellow poets Alan Ginsburg, Karl Shapiro, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan, as well as other contemporaries. A collection of poems by Hirschman is also included.


Jack Hirschman was born on December 13, 1933, in New York City. He received a BA from City College in New York in 1955, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1961. From 1959-1961, Hirschman taught at Dartmouth College after which he moved to California becoming a professor at UCLA. However, he was fired from this position after encouraging students to resist the draft during the Vietnam War. Hirschman published his first volume of poetry in 1960, and has continued writing for such publications as "Left Curve," and "The People's Tribune." Some of his published books include "Black Alephs" (1969), "Lyripol" (1976), "The Bottom Line" (1988), and "Endless Threshold" (1992). He also translated the youthful poems of Joseph Stalin into English. In 2009, Hirschman was named Poet-in- Residence of the San Francisco Public Library.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1959

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence between Jack Hirschman and Thomas Parkinson, circa 1959
  • Folder: 2, Poems by Jack Hirschman: "The Free and The Lonely," "A Marriage of Death and Love," "W.C. Fields," "Non-Objective Painting of America," "Toast", undated

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