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Ruth Bloom collection of Larry Eigner materials

Call Number: MS 349


This collection originated in the library of Ruth Bloom, a cousin of poet Larry Eigner. The materials relate to the life and work of Eigner, including some correspondence, newspaper clippings, draft poetry, and published poetry and prose.


  • 1953 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biographies of Ruth Bloom and Larry Eigner

Ruth Bloom was a cousin of poet Larry Eigner and admired his poetry, collecting many of his works, both published and unpublished, in her home library.

American poet Larry (Laurence Joel) Eigner was born in 1927 in Swampscott, Massachusetts where he lived for the first 50 years of his life until 1978, when he moved to Berkeley, California. He was a prolific poet, publishing numerous monographs and contributing to countless periodicals and poetry compilations. Having been influenced by the Beat Poets, Eigner used an open form of poetry, a technique ascribed to the Black Mountain Poets. This group of writers published in The Black Mountain Review, an experimental magazine printed by Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Eigner's later work was associated with and an influence on the Language Poets. Eigner died in 1996.


1 linear foot (2 document cases + 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

This collection is arranged into three series. The "Larry Eigner papers" series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, obituaries, draft poetry, and photocopies of published materials by Eigner. The "Serials and compilations" series contains copies of serials and compilations to which Eigner contributed or in which his poetry was discussed. The "Monographs" series contains several monographs of poetry and prose by Eigner.

Physical Location

MS 349

Physical Location

MS Q81

Custodial History

From the library of Ruth Bloom, cousin of Larry Eigner. Donated by Joseph Eigner in September 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Joseph Eigner, September 2016.

Related Materials

Larry Eigner poems and papers, MS 39, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Transcriptions of Larry Eigner poems by Robert Grenier, MS 257, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Spencer Library holds other collections with materials relating to Larry Eigner located at MS 53, MS 122, MS 55a:Ea, and MS 257.

Separated Materials

Four volumes, not related to Larry Eigner, were donated with the collection from the library of Ruth Bloom. These materials have been cataloged separately and added to the Spencer Library's rare books collection.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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