A Tour of Special Collections through Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month Patricia Chavez and Nora Gabor will take you on a tour of our collections through poetry.

Paradise Lost by John Milton, 1885

You can find poetry in all corners of Special Collections and Archives, both in the expected literature sections and in more surprising places. In our stacks you can find multiple editions of Milton’s Paradise Lost,  works by Langston Hughes, Poetry of the Year, T.S. Eliot, Phillis Wheatley, and many other poetry collections of poets both well-known and more obscure, modern and ancient. Two of our surprising poetry finds include The Collected Poetry of Abraham Lincoln, and the poem Bomb by Gregory Corso, which takes the form of an artists’ book. Our  Arnold and Jane Grisham Collection includes poetry by prominent African American authors like Paul Laurence Dunbar and Rita Dove. Our community archives contain both the papers and the library of the Berrigan family. Within these collections you can find the poetry of Daniel Berrigan, a social activist and Jesuit priest. Collections that have long been at DePaul like the Irish and Napoleon collections also contain poetry like Creatures by Padraic Colum and Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin , respectively. One of the most surprising finds was volume twenty-eight of the periodical The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes, titled The Poetry of Sport . This is a collection of poetry that in some way relates to sporting and hunting and can be found, fittingly, in our Stuyvesant Peabody Sports Collection.

Bomb: A Poem by Gregory Corso, 2008
Poetry of the Year, 1867

If you are interested in reading poetry from our collection, all the aforementioned works are available for research in suite 314 of the John T. Richardson Library during our open hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  For questions or more information on any of our other book collections, please contact Nora Gabor. To use these materials in an instruction session please contact Morgen Macintosh Hodgetts or submit a request for instruction.

The Cultivation of Christmas Trees by T.S. Eliot, 1956

To learn more about DePaul Special Collections and Archives, visit us in room 314 of the John T. Richardson Library or contact us at archives@depaul.edu

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