Over the course of 40 years, William Stafford accumulated more than 20,000 pages of daily writings, as well as a large collection of correspondence and many thousands of photographs he took of fellow poets, family, friends, and Lewis & Clark College faculty.
Staff and students working in the William Stafford Archives have digitized Stafford’s first two books of poetry, West of Your City (1960) and Traveling through the Dark (1962). For each collection, visitors can view the drafts and typescripts of poems, alongside supplemental audio and video material, when available.
In January 2014, the Special Collections team in Watzek Library will debut an interactive exhibition of Stafford’s photography. More details about that event will be posted as they become available.
- photos, audio, video, and digitized poem drafts and transcripts.
- text and recordings of Stafford reading 10 poems from The Way It Is, 1998