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Wayne State University Miles Modern Poetry Committee Records

Identifier: WSR000150
The papers of the Miles Poetry Committee reflect contributions to the encouragement of culture, in the form of modern poetry, on the campus of Wayne University and later, Wayne State University.

This collection consists of correspondence, financial data programs, clippings and poetry pertaining to the annual Modern Poetry Weeks.


  • 1946 - 1974


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


1 Linear Feet (2 MB)


This collection contains correspondence, publications, and other files of the Miles Modern Poetry Committee.


The Miles Modern Poetry Room and Miles Poetry Committee were established in 1946 with funds collected by Dorothy Thompson Miles and friends of Theodore Miles, assistant professor of English, who was killed in World War II. As a memorial to Miles, the Miles Modern Poetry Room was established by Wayne University and was located in the General Library. The Room was formally opened in January, 1947, used by the Committee and housed a continuing collection comprised primarily of books of poetry, manuscripts, and recordings of poets reading their works.


Papers of the Miles Poetry Committee are arranged chronologically and precede papers pertaining to Poetry Weeks, which are also listed in chronological order. Collections of poetry and miscellaneous items from the Miles Poetry Room are last.


The papers of the Miles Poetry Committee originally were given to the University Archives by Mrs. George Drury in November 1964, and were open to researchers May 1965. Additional material was added by Chester Cable in September, 1974.

Related Materials

Theodore Miles Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 1965 and revised in 1975.
Guide to the Wayne State University Miles Modern Poetry Committee Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 1974: Additional material was donated to the University Archives and finding aid revised.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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