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Anne Rubicam Witten papers

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00017

Scope and Contents

The papers are a multi-media collection, including drafts, audio recordings (tapes, cassettes and records) and printed versions of Witten's sound poetry. Photographs, slides and drawings used in either the publication or performance of her poetry are also included. There are a few drafts of her prose writings, letters, legal documents and clippings.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1935 - 1992

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Sound poet Witten was born in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4, 1942. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A., 1964) and Boston University (Ph.D., 1981). She taught at the University of Maine at Augusta and at the University of New England. While living in New York City she owned and managed Erebus Press. Her poetry was largely oral rather than printed. She also worked in journalism for 18 years and was a copy verifier and proofreader for Time magazine, editor for United Press International, copy editor for Cosmopolitan magazine and general news reporter for The Longmont Daily Times-Call. Witten died on Mar. 6, 1992 in Peaks Island, Maine.


30.458 linear feet (25 containers)

Language of Materials



Organized in seven series: 1. Correspondence, ca. 1971-1992; 2. Personal papers, ca. 1935-1992; 3. Professional papers, ca. 1971-1992; 4. Teaching papers, ca. 1970-1992; 5. Writings, ca. 1968-1992; 6. Library; 7. Photographs, ca. 1985-1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Anne Rubicam Witten.

Finding aid to Anne Rubicam Witten papers
Enhanced Finding Aid (Completed)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-12-04: Added box 25

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063