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Corbett, William (William Corbett Papers, 1993-2004) Edit




  • 1993-2004 (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 0.3 Cubic Feet (Whole)
  • 1 boxes (Whole)
  • 16 Items (Whole)

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  • Biography

    William Corbett--a poet, professor, and central figure in Boston’s literary scene--was born on October 11, 1942. He grew up in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and developed an interest in literature in his youth. He studied literature and history at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1964. Corbett and his wife, Beverly Mitchell, lived in Boston, Massachusetts, from the 1960s-2012. During their time in Boston, their home at 9 Columbus Square in the South End served as a valuable salon for Boston’s literary scene. The couple welcomed both established and emerging writers into their home, frequently hosting dinners where writers could read poetry and connect with other artists.

    Corbett has published collections of poetry and prose, as well as editing books and journals. His poetry bears the influence of modernist poetry and the Black Mountain College community; it is also influenced by the landscapes of New England and the people in Corbett’s life. In 1999 Corbett, along with Daniel Bouchard and Joseph Torra, founded Pressed Wafer. Originally based at 9 Columbus Square, Pressed Wafer publishes poetry, art, and fiction and nonfiction writing. He taught writing at institutions such as Harvard University, Emerson College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a professor for over twenty years. In 2012, the Corbetts relocated to Brooklyn, New York, to be nearer their children and grandchildren.

  • Collection Overview

    This collection contains broadsides printed by Pressed Wafer, many of which commemorate poetry readings at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutions in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Some of these broadsides have been signed by the poet. The collection also includes several posters advertising poetry readings in Boston and Cambridge.

  • Organization of Collection

    Sixteen items grouped in two series, arranged chronogically within series.

    Series 1: Pressed Wafer Broadsides

    Series 2: Posters

  • Custodial History

    Collection donated by William Corbett in December, 2013.

  • Access to Collection

    This collection is open to research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The material in this collection is subject to copyright and intellectual property restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright holder(s) if they wish to publish materials from this collection. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.

  • Preferred Citation

    Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], William Corbett Papers, 1993-2004, 068, [Box#, Folder title], Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Lillian Weitzman in July, 2016.