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Ted Kooser Collection

Identifier: MS-0344

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of Ted Kooser and includes his writings in manuscript or typescript formats. Other creative work includes drawings, many of which are found in the journals and notebooks. The materials include correspondence from friends, colleagues, and poets, along with solicited and unsolicited manuscripts. There are resources on poetry, poets, publication, and numerous aspects of Kooser's career.


  • Creation: 1959-2022


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. There are some restrictions on materials relating to student work and judging for poetry prizes and contests.

Biographical / Historical

Ted Kooser, born in Ames, Iowa in 1939, earned a BS from Iowa State University and an MA from the University of Nebraska. He is currently the Presidential Professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has published 12 collections of poetry, and served as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. As Poet Laureate, he established "American Life in Poetry," which "provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems" ( Visit Ted Kooser's official website to learn more about the author:


42.85 Linear Feet (81 boxes)

86 Volumes

Language of Materials


Related Publications

RG 12-10-06, Prairie Schooner, Winter 1969/1970 (Review of Official Entry Blank) RG 48-05-02, Great Plains Quarterly, Spring 1999 (Article on Weather Central)

Finding aid updated by Sarah Glover and Jaiden Schilke, 2023.
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States