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Coleman Barks papers

Coleman Barks papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Coleman Barks papers
Creator: Barks, Coleman, 1937-
Inclusive Dates: 1955-2021
Language: English
Extent: 64.5 Linear Feet 64 boxes, 6 oversize folders, 1 oversized box
Collection Number: ms4164
Repository: Hargrett Library
Location: The gourd banjo is housed off-site at Main Library Storage. Contact Hargrett Library to request these items.

Collection Description

Historical Note

From the New Georgia Encyclopedia: Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks, a poet and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, has gained world renown for his translations of Near Eastern poets, especially Jalal al-Din Rumi. He is also an accomplished poet, whose interest in Near Eastern mysticism infuses his observations of southern landscape and life. Barks has published several collections of his own poetry and numerous poetry translations, and his work has appeared in a wide array of anthologies, textbooks, and journals, including the Ann Arbor Review, Chattahoochee Review, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Plainsong, Rolling Stone, and Southern Poetry Review. He was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials covering the life and career of Coleman Barks, with materials ranging from 1959-2017. Includes correspondence with other authors, such as John Moyne, Robert Bly, Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver, Reshad Feild, and James Dickey. Other notable correspondence includes filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman, actress Debra Winger, and former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers.

Collection includes extensive files from Barks' career, including early drafts and notes of his first published book of poetry, The Juice, extensive notes on his many Rumi books, and several other published and unpublished works. Notable items include Barks' first published poem The Recuperating in Box 30, and Barks' first Rumi translations in Box 19.

Other notable items from the collection include the robes, emblem, and honorary doctorate degree Barks' received from the University of Tehran in 2006, several dream journals he kept from 1972-2008, extensive notes from his travels and appearances across the world, and props from the set of the film Big Bad Love, in which he played a small role as a minister.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coleman Barks papers, ms4164, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Authors -- Correspondence.
Authors, American -- Georgia.
Authors, American -- Manuscripts.
Authors, American -- Southern States.
Authors, American.
Authors.
Poetry -- Georgia.
Poetry -- Study and teaching -- Georgia -- Athens.
Poetry.
Poets -- Georgia.
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Poets, American -- Correspondence.
Poets, American -- Georgia.
Poets, American.
Translations.
Universities and colleges -- Faculty.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive: http://purl.libs.uga.edu/brown/har-ms4164/bmac-coll


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Correspondence

boxfolder
631Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert)
boxfolder
11Frank and Lisa Archibald
12-4Benjamin Barks
15Herb Barks & The Baylor School
16-7Bets Barks
18Charlie Barks
19Family
110Robert Bly
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632David Bottoms
633Van Brock
634Fred Chappell
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110AJudith Ortiz Cofer
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635Rosemary Daniell
636Andrew Dick
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110BJames Dickey
111Annie Dillard
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637Stephen Dunn
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112-13Dorothy Fadiman
114Gretchen Faust
115Reshad Feild
boxfolder
638Richard Ford
639Eugene Frieson
6310Tess Gallagher
boxfolder
116James W. Gardner
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21Chloe Goodchild
22Donald Hall
23Bill Harmon
24Ed Hicks
25Jordan Hobson
boxfolder
6311Seaborn Jones
6312Galway Kinnell
6313Etheridge Knight
6314Norman Lear
boxfolder
26Edmond Legum (Rumi graphic novel)
27-8Barbara Lowell
29Sandra Martin (agent)
boxfolder
6315Bill Matthews
6316Frances Mayes
6317Heather McHugh
boxfolder
210Bill Moyers
211John Moyne
212Ahamed Muhaiyaddeen
213Susan Muse
214Naomi Shihab Nye
215Mary Oliver
216Judith Orloff
217Kathleen Pratt
218Qahira Qalbi
219Mark Rylance
220Ingrid Schaar (Rumi illustrator)
221Sergey Serchiv
boxfolder
6318Dave Smith
boxfolder
222Lisa Starr
boxfolder
6412-14Lisa Starr
boxfolder
222ALetter to Ted Turner
222BVic Varney
boxfolder
6319Robert Penn Warren
6320Paul Winter
boxfolder
223Belle Xuan Yang
boxfolder
6321Zuleikha (dancer)
boxfolder
224Letter from John Densmore (The Doors)
224Letter regarding Leonard Cohen
boxfolder
31-6Debra Winger
37-9Personal
310University of Georgia
311-12Appearances and readings, 1969-1979
313Oprah Magazine
boxfolder
41Big Red Book
42The Juice
43Soul Fury
44-13Publishing and permissions
414-16Professional/Business
boxfolder
51-3Professional/Business
54-14Friends and fans, 1965-1979
box
6Friends and fans, 1980-1999
box
7Friends and fans, 2000-Undated
boxfolder
81-5Friends and fans
 

2. Manuscripts

boxfolder
86-10A Year with Rumi - drafts, notes, cover art
box
9Rumi: The Big Red Book - drafts
box
10Rumi: The Big Red Book - drafts, notes, related materials
box
11Rumi: The Big Red Book - drafts, notes, related materials
boxfolder
121-3Rumi: The Big Red Book - drafts, notes, related materials
124-7"New Rumi Book" , 2011
box
13Masnavi - translations, drafts, notes, materials shared with Qahira Qalbi
boxfolder
141-5Soul Fury - drafts and notes
146-11Hummingbird Sleep - drafts, notes from editor Jon Davies, publishing materials
boxfolder
151-10Hummingbird Sleep - drafts, notes, research
1511-15Rumi: Bridge to the Soul, New Poems for Rumi's 800th Birthday - drafts, notes
1516-18Scrapwood Man - drafts, notes, related materials
boxfolder
161-6Club: Granddaughter Poems - drafts, notes, artwork, related materials
167-11AThe Juice - drafts, notes, proofs, Harper & Row changes
1612-16Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008 - drafts, notes, related materials
boxfolder
171-6Gourd Seed - drafts, notes
177-8Say I Am You - drafts, notes
179-10The Drowned Book: Ecstatic and Earthly Reflections of Bahauddin, the Father of Rumi - drafts, notes, translations with John Moyne
1711-13In the Dance of the Sun - drafts, notes
1713AThe Duckpond
1714-15They Lose Their Limits - drafts, notes
boxfolder
181-2Birdsong - drafts, notes
183Early Autumn - drafts, notes
184Like This - draft, notes
185One Handed Basket Weaving - draft, notes
186Open Secret - draft, notes
187Unseen Rain - draft, notes
188Untitled Book manuscript, September 1981
188Chimney Snakeskin - draft, notes
189The Color of Water - draft, notes
1810Evening Clothes, draft
1811Lay Back Your Head and Listen - draft, notes + Body poems
1812Headlessness - draft, notes
1812This Late - draft, notes
1812Lighter Fluid - draft, notes
1813Salt Grains with John Moyne - draft, notes
1814Small Green Island (by Belle Xuan Yang) - draft, notes
1815A Waking Town - draft, notes
1816What a Fine Song (never published) - draft, notes, 2008
1817Materials for Harper and Row book with Robert Bly
1818Materials for "next book"
1819Companion Rumi - notes and revisions
1820Rumi: One Who Hides - draft
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4Oversize book design proofs
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5Oversize book design proofs
boxfolder
648Hajj: The Inner Pilgrimage manuscript copy
By M. R. Bawa Muhaiyadeen
 

3. Other Rumi materials

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19Coleman Barks' First Rumi Translations
box
20Rumi translations - drafts and notes, 2011-2013
box
21Rumi translations - drafts and notes
box
22Rumi translations - drafts and notes
box
23Rumi translations + Coleman Barks poetry, 2006
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241-5Rumi translations + Coleman Barks poetry - potential commentary/connection between the two materials
246"Rumi on Staying Awake All Night: Versions of Rumi" by Coleman Barks and Robert Bly
247Arberry's Rumi text, reworked by Coleman Barks
248Arberry's Rumi quatrains revised
249-10Rumi film materials
2411Rumi course materials
2412Reviews of Coleman Barks' Rumi books
2413Poetry from Rumi's "Divan"
2414Script for "Rumi's Kimia" by Dariush Mehrjui
2415Changes and edits to "Rumi's Kimia"
2416"E Rumi Introduction"
2417Miscellaneous Rumi work
 

4. Other poetry, writings, and drafts/worksheets

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25Poetry - drafts and notes, 2007-2011
box
26Poetry - drafts and notes, 1967-Undated
box
27Poetry - drafts and notes, Undated
boxfolder
281-4Poetry - drafts and notes
285-14Odes and Quatrains, 1989-Undated
boxfolder
291-2Poetry - drafts and notes, 1966-1989
293Poetry - drafts and notes, Summer 1978
294Poetry - drafts and notes, 1984-2000
295Poetry - drafts and notes, 1990
296Poetry - drafts and notes, October 2006
297-8Poetry - drafts and notes, Undated
299-10Unpublished poetry - drafts and notes, 1983-1984
2911-13Unpublished poetry - drafts and notes, Undated
2914-15Index cards featuring information on poems sent out to publishers , 1967-1989
2916Poems - "Yunus Emre"
2917Body poems
2918Poems written for Coleman Barks' mother and father - "Betsy's Voice" and "Betsy's Conversations"
boxfolder
301First published poem - "The Recuperating", Circa 1964
302-4Poetry and other writings - drafts and notes, 2009-2010
305-7Afghanistan poetry readings, 2005
308-9Nevit Ergin's quatrains - notes and revisions, Undated
3010Shams drafts and notes, 1990-2003
3012"Possible Addition to Nazar"
3013Writings on John Seawright
3014"Brass" drafts and notes
3015"Eyelight, Sun, and de Hooch"
3016"Mixed Nuts"
3017"New Words"
3018"A Parrot, Three Fish, and a Donkey"
3018"Ruminations"
3019"Poems for Dodge #2"
3020"The Promise"
3021"Sub-Archetypes" with Andrew Dick
3022"Woodpecker Joy"
3023"Your Gifts to Me" - Coleman Barks' work on Tagore
3024"Funeral Arrangements" - Baylor High School Senior Short Story award, 1955
boxfolder
311Poetry from South India book
312"Mukteshwari" translations
313Translations of Shree Guru Gita
314-5Hafiz translations
316Translations of "Maarif" by Bahauddin
317Nasruddin translations, notes, materials
318Poems rejected by Coleman Barks (his own poetry)
319Speeches and set lists
3111Sir Gawain film proposal
3111Marriage poem for Cole Barks
3111"Two Brains" letter - to Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, and George Gipe (never responded)
3112Remarks made at Herb Barks' retirement
3112Introduction for Nevit Ergin
3112Introduction to "Islam and World Peace"
3113Anti-war poems
3114Georgia poetic heritage
3115James Dickey introduction
3115Hammond's Erotic Anthology
3115Ruffin anthology
3115Questions for Robert Bly
3116-17Other writings
boxfolder
6411Other writings
box
61Writings by other people
box
62Writings by other people
boxfolder
641"Good as Dead"
6415"Wine Poems"
6416Writings by other people
6417Rumi: Edited and Condensed Poems - Orlando Nieves
6418New Poems?
6419Stevens
6420Nasruddin
6421Nasruddin
6422Sunny Day Cold
6423There Ain't Nothing Like It
6424The Guest House
6425Rumi for Russia
6426My 1954 shory story
6427Loving the Universe
6428Unsorted writing and notes
6429Mickey Gilmore - notes
6430BRB quatrain #1
 

5. Notes and research

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3118-22"Performance Notes" - from readings/performances and studio recording sessions, often contain revised versions of poetry. , 1998-2010
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32"Performance Notes" - from readings/performances and studio recording sessions, often contain revised versions of poetry. , 1998-2010
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33"Performance Notes" - from readings/performances and studio recording sessions, often contain revised versions of poetry. , 1998-2010
boxfolder
341Notes - personality and dreams
342Notes - "Zen"
343"Old notes and possible ideas for writing"
344Shams research materials
345James Dickey teaching notes
346-9AGraduate school notes
3410-15Notes and research
3416-17Notes on napkins
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35Teaching notes (from early in career), Circa 1965-1989
box
36Teaching notes (from early in career), Circa 1965-1989
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37Teaching notes (from early in career), Circa 1965-1989
oversized_box
1Large notebook (old I.O.O.F. ledger)
 

6. Travel notes and dream journals

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3418"Shebang: Summer travel notes"
3419Afghanistan trip , March 2006
boxfolder
391Afghanistan trip, March 2006
392Iran trip, 2006
393University of Tehran trip
394-12Travel notes and materials
box
40Travel notes and materials
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41Travel notes and materials
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42Travel notes and materials
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43Travel notes and materials
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44Dream journals , 1972-2008
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45Dream journals , 1972-2008
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46Dream journals , 1972-2008
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47Dream journals , 1972-2008
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48Dream journals , 1972-2008
boxfolder
642-7Dream journals , 1972-2008
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55Dream journals + note pads
box
56Dream journals + note pads
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649-10Note pads
 

7. Business files, legal, and University of Georgia materials

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491-6Contracts and agreements
496-7Permissions requests
498-12Royalties
4911-13Publishing materials
4914Transfer of Nevit Ergin translation to Maypop Books
4915Legal documents regarding power of attorney, burial
4916Legal documents regarding Book People Employee Association, Inc. bankruptcy
4917Legal documents
4918-20University of Georgia promotion materials
4921University of Georgia English department teaching evaluations, 1997
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57Calendars
 

8. Projects and awards

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501Phillip Glass "Monsters of Grace" project
502-4CD projects
505John Moyne book project
506Prentice-Hall project
507Paul Sills theatrical project
507A"Body Poems" set to music with Pete Healy and Ray Prendergast
507BBarrett Martin's spoken word with music project
508Big Bad Love filming and production files
509Big Bad Love shooting scripts, 2000
5010Big Bad Love prop - prayer book and notes
5011Other projects
5012Juliet Hollister awards, 2003-2004
5013Georgia Writers Hall of Fame materials , 2008
5014Georgia Writers Hall of Fame plaque , 2008
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58Honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tehran, 2006
58Honorary doctorate emblem of the University of Tehran, 2006
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5014ABody Mind Spirit Magazine Award of Excellence, 1996
5014AUniversity of Georgia retirement certificate, 1998
5014ACalifornia Institute of Integral Studies honorary degree of Doctor of Arts and Spirituality, 2010
 

9. Promotional materials

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5015-17Brochures, flyers, programs
5018Name tags, event passes, and pins
5019Maypop Books catalog
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591-2Brochures, flyers, programs
oversized_folder
3Promotional posters and flyers
3City of Philadelphia Rumi Day Proclamation, 2007 December 17
 

10. Photographs and artwork

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511-5Photographs - travels and performances
516-15Photographs - Coleman Barks, family, and friends
5116-17Photographs - unidentified people
5118Photographs - objects, places, pets
5119Photographs - Set of "Big Bad Love"
5119Photographs - from/of Debra Winger
5120Photographs - classes/students
5120Photographs - Scrapwood Man cover
5121Photographs - Robert Bly, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, Hamza Yusef, Erskine Caldwell, Morgan Freeman, "Language of Life with Bill Moyers"
5122Slides, negatives, proofs
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6Oversize photographs
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521-3Mohamed Zakariya calligraphy
524"We Are Three" artwork
525Deanne Shartin artwork
526Stationary
527-9"New Words" artwork
5210-15"Dingbats" artwork
5216-17Artwork
52183D rendering by Tip Scott Architects - Proposed Kolodny residence, Brown Co., 1995
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1Oversize artwork
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2Oversize artwork
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1Piece of wood used for the cover of Scrapwood Man
 

11. Clothing, fabrics, jewelry

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38Robe and accessories from ceremony at the University of Tehran
38Suspenders and tie from the set of Big Bad Love
38Cloth bag with jewelry
38Turban
38Scarf
 

12. Memorabilia and artifacts

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531Bill Moyers interview materials
532-4Interview materials
534-5Reviews
536Scrapbook 1 materials
537Scrapbook 2 materials
538Biographical information, CV, resumes
539Coleman Barks - Biography (self-created)
5310Herbert Barks' Sunday school lesson, July 1956
5311Cole and Ben Barks mementos
5311Memorial for Coleman Barks' parents
5312Speech therapy materials
5313Wedding officiant materials
5314West Broad Street studio renovations
5315Application to Obama administration, November 2008
5316Invitations
5317"Cash Memo"
5318-20Tibetan manuscript brought back from Bhutan, 1988
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54Retirement scrapbook from the University of Georgia English Department
54Scrapbook
54Scrapbook
54Scrapbook
54Photograph album
54Plaque from the International Mevlana (Rumi) Symposium, 2000
54Commemorative box and cross necklace for the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the Baylor School, 2011
54Clock from the Asanbe family
54Signed Leonard Cohen CD - "For Coleman Barks, fraternal greetings"
54Coin featuring Rumi from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Turkey , 2000
54Name plates - "Coleman Barks" and "Poet"
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60Books, periodicals, yearbooks - school, family
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1Enlightened Rumi - calendar, 2009
1Illuminated Rumi - calendar, 2021
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MLSGourd banjo including inscription "This was made by John and Erson at Rutidge Falls in 1896, Coffee County, Tennessee"