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The UB Poetry Collection: The hidden treasure that all bookish-beings dream of finding

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Tucked away in the University at Buffalo, rests a poetry collection like no other. Behind the glass walls, rests William Carlos Williams’ writing desk and Larry Eigner’s 1940s type writer. For some, it stands as a research center, but for others it stands as an extraordinary literary museum. The Poetry Collection was founded by Charles Abbott in 1937. 78 years later, it holds one of the most renowned collections of 20th- and 21st-century first-edition poetry in English. In addition, it houses many “little magazines,” anthologies, art collections and the largest James Joyce collected works in the world. Athira Unni, a former UB English and Sociology undergraduate, says that she “found the fact that there was so much of Joyce and Frost, along with a number of ‘little books’ or poetry journals with numerous not so famous poets, in the same collection, really inspiring.” The assortment contributes to its uniqueness.