The William Plumley/Robert Penn Warren Collection

Identifier: MSS.0336

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Scope and Content Note

William Plumley presents this small archive of material on and from Robert Penn Warren as it reveals Warren’s working as a poet and writer. He corresponded with Warren in the years 1969 through 1984, and that correspondence is an important component of this collection.


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Summary of Contents of the Archive

Correspondence, three manuscripts (typescripts); one signed photograph; the original video of the PBS interview; s/s unit of the same interview; audiotape of Dr. Foster’s interview with Warren; ephemera. Plus signed typescript by Allen Tate, colleague

Biographical Sketch

The 1999 National Faculty Directory lists William Plumley in Humanities at the University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle, S. E., Charleston, West Virginia 25304-1099.


.42 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the William Plumley/Robert Penn Warren Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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