Collection ID: LMC 2424
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Collection context


The Nims mss. II, 1929-2003, consist of the correspondence and writings of poet John Frederick Nims, 1913-1999, including materials relating to his work as a translator of poetry.
48 Boxes and 4 folios (oversize)
Materials are in English.
Preferred citation:

[Item], Nims mss. II, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

John Frederick Nims, 1913-1999, was an American poet, translator, and academic. He was born in Muskegon, MI, and was educated at DePaul University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago, where he earned his PhD in comparative literature in 1945. He taught at several universities both in the United States and abroad, notably Harvard, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was the editor of Poetry magazine from 1978-1984.

He is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Fountain in Kentucky (1950) and Knowledge of the Evening (1960), as well as an important introductory poetry textbook, Western Wind. His translations include Sappho to Valery (1971), which included poetry translated from 9 languages, and The Complete Poems of Michelangelo (1998).

Acquisition information:
Purchase: 1999

Series are as follows: Publications Writings Publicity Teaching Files Printed Materials Personal Correspondence Oversized

This collection was previously worked on by one other archivist, possibly two. This writer built upon the established series with minimal changes. Correspondence relating to a specific project is housed with that project. It appeared that personal correspondence had been sent to us by donator in alphabetical order, so alphabetical order was kept. In the Chronological Records sub-series, 1978 is not missing, there was no folder upon this writer's arranging the series. Otherwise original order kept wherever possible.

Posters from Western Wind (will be oversized) and patent from Frank Nims Writings folder (box 32) are in conservation queue.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility); ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) - OVFlat



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[Item], Nims mss. II, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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