24 November 2018

Sylvia Plath Archival Documents Hub

Sylvia Plath archives are rather dispersed and so it can make locating documents tricky. So, in an effort to aid in locating typescripts and manuscripts of Plath's creative works, I have collated a spreadsheet called the Sylvia Plath Archival Documents Hub. There are four worksheets: Poetry, Prose, Correspondence, and Photographs.

In the first two, Poetry and Prose, I am tracking only the manuscripts and typescripts.

The largest worksheet consists of correspondence. This was developed as part of my tracking spreadsheet of Plath's letters for The Letters of Sylvia Plath project but I've included letters she received that survive, as well as letters that may relate to her in some fashion. There is a clear division at 11 February 1963 to indicate to you this is after Plath's life. It is not by any means complete in the latter category (post-11 February 1963). Now that Letters project is over, I felt the information was worth sharing.

The fourth worksheet compiles all the known photographs of Plath held in archives and published in books. I have done what I think is my best to describe the photograph in hopes of helping you picture each respective one.

The spreadsheet is a Google document and will be View only access. The creative works are sorted alphabetically by title. I can do nothing about how slow it loads, so please be patient with this cloud-shared document.

If you notice errors or omissions, please do let me know. Over on my website, A celebration, this is, is a list of all the known, public-accessible Plath archives. In addition to this blog post and that Archival Materials page, the document will be linked on the Bibliography page, and of course it can be bookmarked.

I truly hope you are able to make use of it.

All links accessed 16 and 24 November 2018.


Unknown said...

I have what may be a stupid question- can just anyone access these archives to take a look at these primary sources? Or does one usually have to have some sort of project at hand (for example, editing the Letters of Sylvia Plath, or writing a biography of her)? I salivated over the One Life exhibit and wished so badly that I could see more, mainly because I am a super-fan.
Thanks in advance. And thank you very much for all your hard work in creating this massive, amazing finding aid.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Elizabeth -- not a stupid question at all and thank you for your comment and kind words. I can think of no archive represented on this list that requires a reason to visit. Interest in the subject is certainly reason enough. The only thing archivists and librarians like is advanced notice of your visit! ~pks

Unknown said...

Thank you so much. Oh my goodness, I have been wasting time. I live in Rhode Island and could be up at Smith so easily!

Peter K Steinberg said...

With apologies to Hamlet... Get thee to an archivery! ~pks

David Kassay said...

My father knew Sylvia Plath and even made it into her journals after he emigrated to Boston from Hungary. There is mention of a Hungarian in the Bell Jar and I always wondered if my father was partly the inspiration for that passage (he died, like Sylvia, too young in 1973 of a heart anuerysm). Today would have been his 90th birthday, his name was Attila Kassay.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Hi David, Thank you very much for your comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to do so. I would love to ask you some questions, perhaps, if you don't mind. Please email me at peterksteinberg AT hotmail DOT com. Thank you.

citronyella said...

I was curious about the location of Falcon Yard, and now, thanks to you, I know its at Emory! Thank you so much for your work in putting this together. Do you think we will ever see the publication of Falcon Yard?

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Publications & Acknowledgements

  • BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
  • Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
  • Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017.
  • Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
  • Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
  • Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
  • Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. (Acknowledged in)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1, 1940-1956. London: Faber, 2017.
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2, 1956-1963. London: Faber, 2018.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
  • Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'A Fetish: Somehow': A Sylvia Plath Bookmark." Court Green 13. 2017.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "The Persistence of Plath." Fine Books & Collections. Autumn 2017: 24-29
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.