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Since early in 1988, Leonard L. Milberg '53 has been donating a collection of contemporary American poetry and he is doing so in honor of Prof. Emeritus, Richard M. Ludwig.
As of March 2013, holdings are being formed for the following more than 90 poets: A.R. Ammons, John Ashbery, Wendell Berry, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Bly, Louise Bogan, Philip Booth, Philip Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amy Clampitt, Alfred Corn, Robert Creeley, Guy Davenport, James Dickey, Diane Di Prima, Ed Dorn, Rita Dove, Robert Duncan, Richard Eberhart, Allen Ginsberg, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Emily Grosholz, Allen Grossman, Barbara Guest, Donald Hall, Daniel Halpern, Michael Harper, Robert Hass, Robert Hayden, Anthony Hecht, John Hollander, Richard Howard, Andrew Hudgins, Richard Hugo, David Ignatow, Randell Jarrell, Donald Justice, August Kleinzahler, Robert Kelly, X. J. Kennedy, Galway Kinnell, Carolyn Kizer, Kenneth Koch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maxine Kumin, Stanley Kunitz, Richmond Lattimore, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, J.D. McClatchy, Nathaniel MacKey, William Meredith, James Merrill, W.S. Merwin, Frederick Morgan, Howard Nemerov, Frank O'Hara, Alicia Ostriker, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Charles Reznikoff, Adrienne Rich, James Richardson, Theodore Roethke, Jerome Rothenberg, Muriel Rukeyser, Kay Ryan, May Sarton, Gjertrud Schackenberg, James Schuyler, Delmore Schwartz, Anne Sexton, Alan Shapiro, Karl Shapiro, Charles Simic, Louis Simpson, W.D. Snodgrass, Gary Snyder, William Stafford, Gerald Stern, Mark Strand, May Swenson, James Tate, Chase Twitchell, Diane Wakoski, Robert Penn Warren, Theodore Weiss, Reed Whittemore, Richard Wilbur, Rosanna Warren, C.K. Williams, Charles Wright, James Wright, and Louis Zukofsky.
A catalogue of the holdings of the collection (about 1800 items) as of the end of July 1993 was published in April, 1994. See J. Howard Woolmer, The Leonard L. Milberg Collection of American Poetry (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1994) with biographical essays by Molly Weigel [(ExB) Z1231.P7 P74 1994]. As of December, 2000 over 3500 pieces are in this collection.
Also published at the time of this catalogue was a special issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle to mark the receipt of the collection of the Library. See the Princeton University Library Chronicle LV, 3 (Spring, 1994) [full text].
The collection is regularly growing and catalogue entries for individual items in it can be retrieved in the main catalog by searching "Milberg Collection of American Poetry" as a phrase using the Keyword index.