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Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, May 21, 2002; Updated September 17, 2002; Last Updated: April 2021
Inclusive Dates: 1956-1994
Extent: .66 cubic foot (2 document cases)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Lithographer, painter, and poet, Will Petersen (1928-1994) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the United State Army during the Korean Conflict and also served a year in Japan, where he later returned to live and study Japanese calligraphy, printmaking and Noh performance. After his service in Korea, he lived for a time in the Oakland, California, area and came in contact with many poets of the Beat Generation, including Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Jack Kerouac, and Cid Corman. In addition to teaching at Ohio State University and West Virginia University, Morgantown, he founded the Plucked Chicken Press through which he published works of art and poetry by many different artists.
Scope and Content: Petersen's papers consist of correspondence between Petersen, L. Hubbell, Philip Whalen and Tessa Lowell from 1956 to 1982. There is also some correspondence between Will Petersen and Jim Lowell dating from 1963 to 1993. Box 2 contains manuscripts and miscellaneous publications.
Related Material: For additional correspondence to Will Petersen, see the Gary Snyder papers collection.
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Items received after initial processing are arranged by year of correspondence.
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Note: All manuscripts below are from a book commemorating Gary Snyder's 60th birthday, Gary Snyder: Dimensions of a Life (Sierra Club, 1990).