Gary Gildner papers Edit


MSS 210 large


  • 1963 – 2016 (Creation)


  • 29 Linear Feet (Whole)
    29 boxes and oversized posters stored flat in map case



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections three (3) working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Gary Gildner papers, MSS 210, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials acquired from the author.

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  • Biographical / Historical

    Gary Gildner is a contemporary, mid-western, American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. His writings span over four decades. Gildner was born in West Branch, Michigan in 1938 and grew up in Flint, MI. He has spent most of his profession as an English professor at Drake University in Iowa and as a visiting professor or writer-in-residence at other educational institutions, including Michigan State University, within the US. Two of his sabbatical years were spent in Warsaw, Poland and Paris, France. Gildner is a respected writer whose works include novels, short stories, memoirs, poetry collections, and poems published in anthologies. He has won numerous awards, including The 1976 Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the 1977 William Carlos Williams Poetry Prize from New Letters and the coveted Pushcart Prize. Gildner short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories in both 1985 and 1986. Gildner’s works are accessible and genuine renderings of his love of story telling.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection of Gary Gildner’s papers includes manuscript and typescript drafts and final editions of his fiction and poetry both published and unpublished. His correspondence is categorized into three main areas; letters to colleagues and acquaintances within academia, personal letters to family, friends, and colleagues, and letters exchanged with publishers. Also arranged within the series on correspondence are files that include his correspondence with Drake University administrators, his personal memorabilia, conference notifications that featured him, newsprint and published blurbs critiquing his writings, and poster-like flyers: announcements of his many readings and workshops across America and Europe.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Fiction & Non Fiction: Manuscripts and Typescripts of original fiction, non-fiction and poetry; Series 2: Correspondence: Correspondence, collected memorabilia, & reading announcements; and Series 3: Published Works: Published works and or anthologies that contain his works.