The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library

The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library consists of an astonishing 75,000 volumes of rare and first editions of modern and contemporary poetry and is one of the largest and most significant collections of verse in the world. It includes over 50,000 literary journals, several thousand broadsides, recordings, counterculture newspapers, unique manuscripts, ephemera, and other items that provide the full context of poetry as a vantage point on the 20th century and beyond.

Acquired in 2014, the collection was initially assembled by collector Raymond Danowski, whose ambition was to collect every English language poetry title published in the 20th century. It is thought to have been the largest collection in private hands before it arrived at Emory. The collection is also a living library, regularly added to by new acquisitions, readings, publishing efforts, digital projects, and exhibitions that help establish its place as the poetry library of record for the 20th century.

For more information, visit The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library site.

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