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Special Collections and Rare Book Department: Carol Ann Haenicke American Women's Poetry Collection

Outlines major collections, provides links to finding aids and describes services of the Special Collections and Rare Book Department at Western Michigan University.

Images from the Collection

Early edition of Emily Dickinson's poems (1896), from the Harrison Hayford Emily Dickinson sub-collection.

Page from Mary Ruefle's altered book of erasure poetry, Now It, (2009)

History of the Carol Ann Haenicke Collection of American Women's Poetry


The Carol Ann Haenicke Collection of American Women's Poetry was dedicated on October 28, 1993 and hailed as "the beginnings of a distinctive scholarly resource."  The collection was named for Mrs. Haenicke, a librarian and the wife of the president of WMU at that time, Dr. Diether Haenicke.  The collection began with a purchase from Dr. Harrison Hayford, of Northwestern University, with the help of Dr. Katherine Joslin of Western Michigan University's English Department.  It is primarily comprised of books, but it also contains archival sub-collections (see the links on this page), as well as artists' books and broadsides. The  collection is focused on "breadth, inclusiveness and scope rather than for qualities that conventional collectors value more highly, such as rarity or mint condition of the books."  The collection continues to grow each year.

Materials from the collection can be located through the libraries' online catalog by searching for author, title, keyword, etc. under "Books and Media" and then limiting those results to this location in the left-hand sidebar: Waldo Library Carol Haenicke Women's Poetry, Waldo Library, Rare Books. 


Large Archival Sub-Collections in the Haenicke Collection

Small Archival Sub-Collections in the Haenicke Collection

The personal papers, working papers or correspondence of successful poets and writers can offer insights to students and scholars in many ways.