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Personal Correspondence, 1972-1973

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2

Scope and Content

From the Collection: The papers of Joel Weishaus primarily relate to his original research and his published and unpublished materials. The collection contains 5 series: Correspondence, Unpublished Works, Published Works, Works by Others, and Photographic Materials. The collection documents much of Weishaus's career and concerns as a poet (1965-84).

Major correspondence files include letters from Robert Bly (1967-71); Marion Mountain (1968-83); Gary Snyder (1965-71) and William Witherup (1968-83). The importance of this series becomes apparent in their support of a struggling colleague. Issues covered range from critical review of works in progress to extensive letters on a personal level. The collection also contains materials reflecting Weishaus's interest in the Trappist monk philosopher, Thomas Merton, and the publication of Merton's work Woods, Shore, Desert: A notebook. May 1968, This 1982 Museum of New Mexico publication includes photographs by Merton and an introduction and notes by Joel Weishaus. Weishaus continues to be interested in Merton and his philosophy, which directly contributed to Weishaus being the guiding force behind the publication of the Woods, Shore, Desert book. This section does contain one photocopied letter from Merton to Weishaus. Weishaus' original works include "Deeds and Sufferings of Light: The Aesthetic of Nuclear Technology," "Generating Whispers," and "Reality Dreams: A Metalogue." Photographs of Weishaus' sculptures are also included in the collection.

Joel Weishaus' Digital Archive should be consulted as a complement to this paper archive.


  • 1972-1973

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English.

Access Restrictions

Use of one Folder of material on Thomas Merton is restricted.


From the Collection: 2 Boxes (2 cu. ft.)

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131