This collection comprises the literary archive of poet John Godfrey, representing his earliest drafts in New York City and San Francisco, and continuing through his present projects.
The archive is compact, but dense with autograph material, as well as files that show Godfrey’s composition process across notebooks and index cards, the typewriter, and the computer. With nearly 50 notebooks (containing nearly 4,000 pages of autograph drafts), over 6,000 pages of autograph and typescript drafts of work, hundreds of index cards, and over 3,100 pages of drafts in Microsoft Word documents, the archive shows an iterative relationship between Godfrey’s modes of composition. In almost all instances, this relationship is described by Godfrey himself, who has arranged the archive and annotated folders and notebooks with reflections on the material and pointing out connections across items.
The archive has sold.