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Hugh Ogden Collection

Identifier: Hugh Ogden Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection contains detailed background information from the time of acquisition in 1994, audio-cassette recordings from a reading by Ogden at the Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington, Connecticut) in 1992, as well as correspondence between Ogden and other poets, critics, and writers such as Dick Allen, Steve Foley, Nancy Anne Miller, and Stephen Minot from the late 1980s through the early 1990s. The collection also includes manuscript poems related to two of Ogden’s books: Looking for History (1991) and Two Roads and This Spring (1993). Some poems are first versions and notes are included in folders.


  • Creation: 1979 - 1994


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh Ogden; a poet and professor of English at Trinity College since 1967, was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1937. Ogden graduated from Haverford College (1959) and New York University (1961), and earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan (1967) where he taught before joining the Trinity College faculty. Ogden’s subject areas are British and American Literature, creative writing, and Greek and Latin Literature. He published several books of poetry, including Looking for History (1991) and Two Roads and This Spring (1993), along with many poems in various periodical publications. He went on to publish another five books of poetry and to win a National Endowment for the Arts grant before his death in 2006.


2 Cubic Feet (6 flat boxes)


There are four series in this collection:

Series I: Background Information and Audio-Cassette Readings, 1992-1994 Series II: Correspondence, 1989-1994 Series III: Manuscript Poems: Looking for History (1991) Series IV: Manuscript Poems: Two Roads and This Spring (1993)

Correspondence are arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent, and manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title of poem in each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Hugh Ogden donated his literary papers related to two of his publications to the Watkinson Library in 1994.

Guide to the Hugh Ogden Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
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Hartford Connecticut 06106