The Papers of Joseph Langland, 1930-2004 | Luther College Archives

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Title: The Papers of Joseph Langland, 1930-2004Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: LCA/RG15/Langland, J

Primary Creator: Langland, Joseph (1917-2007)

Extent: 11.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged into twelve series:

Series I, Correspondence;

Series II, Publications;

Series III, Writings About Joseph Langland;

Series IV, Personal Papers;

Series V, Appearances;

Series VI, Poetry Not by Joseph Langland;

Series VII, Photography;

Series VIII, Art;

Series IX, Education; Class/School;

Series X, Albums;

Series XI, Indexes on Notecards;

Series XII, Realia; and

Series XIII, Audio Visual.

Abstract

A collection of personal and professional materials dating 1930-2004 relating to the life and career of poet Joseph Langland.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Documentation consists of books of poetry written by Joseph Langland; misc papers. This collection contains information relating to Joseph Langland's personal and professional life as a nationally-known Norwegian-American poet.  Materials include correspondence, compositions, biographical information, personal papers, appearances, related poetry, photograph, educator materials, scrapbook albums, indices, realia, and audiovisual items.  A very small portion of this collection contains slides of art by Judith Langland, Joseph's wife.  The entire collection covers the dates 1930-2004.

Biographical Note

Joseph Thomas Langland, a nationally known Norwegian-American poet, was born in Spring Grove, Minnesota on February 16, 1917. Langland’s parents, Charles M. Langland and Clara Elizabeth (Hille), raised him and his eight siblings in northeastern Iowa on the family’s general farm which had been homesteaded by his grandfather in 1877. Langland attended rural schools, Santa Ana College of California and the University of Iowa. In 1940, Langland was awarded his BA from the University of Iowa; a year later the same institute presented him with his MA.

Joseph Langland married Judith Gail Wood on June 26, 1943. The couple had three children: Joseph Thomas Jr., 1946; Elizabeth, 1948; and Paul, 1951.

Joseph Langland served in the U.S. Infantry for four years from 1942-1946. Two of these years were spent in Europe during WWII. He was near the Elbe River when Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death was announced, and in Weimar on V.E. Day. After the combat had ended Langland spent several months with the Military Government in Bavaria. Langland was with a detail who liberated the Concentration Camp at Buchenwald. It was during the war years that Langland published his first collections of poems; For Harold (1945) for his younger brother who was killed in action in the Philippines. While in the Army, Langland worked his way up from the rank of Private to Captain.

Joseph Langland spent 1941-1942 as an instructor of English at Dana College, Nebraska. From 1946-1948 he was a part-time instructor at the University of Iowa. Working as an assistant professor and later associate professor, Langland spent 1948-1959 at the University of Wyoming. He then moved to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he served as a faculty member from 1959-1979, Professor of English, 1964-1979 and Professor Emeritus 1979-present. While at U. Mass. Langland also served as the Director of the Masters of Fine Arts program in writing from 1964-1970, 1978-1979. Besides his normal teaching duties Langland traveled as a guest lecturer to the University of British Columbia, University of Washington, and San Francisco State University. He received an honorary doctorate from Luther College in 1974.

Joseph Langland was a distinguished, published poet and author. Published works include: Poems For Harold (1945), The Green Town (1956), The Wheel of Summer (1963) 2 nd edition (1966), An Interview and Fourteen Poems (1973), The Sacrifice Poems (1975), Any Body’s Song (National Poetry Series) (1980), A Dream of Love (A poem with etchings) (1986), Twelve Preludes and Postludes (1988), Selected Poems (1991) 2 nd edition (1992). Langland co-edited Poet’s Choice with Paul Engel(1962), The Short Story (1956); and co-translated Poetry From the Russian Underground (1973). Joseph Langland was awarded the 1953-1954 Ford Fellowship in Humanities, Harvard-Columbia Universities; the Amy Lowell Poetry Fellowship in Poetry 1966-1967; the Melville Cane Prize-Poetry, Poetry Society of America 1964; and was named a Living Art Treasure in Literature for the New England Arts Biennial 1985.

He died April 9, 2007 at his home in New Rochelle, NY at the age of 90.

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 29 boxes

Acquisition Method: The collection was collected and maintained by Joseph Langland.  Materials were donated to the Luther College Archives by Joseph Langland.

Finding Aid Revision History: Original finding aid written during the 1990s. Formatted for Archon July 2012.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1959],
[Series 2: Publications by Joseph Langland],
[Series 3: Writings about Joseph Langland],
[Series 4: Personal Papers],
[Series 5: Appearances],
[Series 6: Poetry, not written by Joseph Langland],
[Series 7: Photography],
[Series 8: Art],
[Series 9: Education - Classes/School],
[Series 10: Albums],
[Series 11: Indexes on notecards],
[Series 12: Realia],
[All]

Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1959Add to your cart.
The first series, Correspondence, spans the years 1930-2003, and also contains some undated material.  It includes letters to and from Joseph Langland, cards he received, as well as Business Correspondence with publishers and other poets, and letters of congratulation and appreciation from fans.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1930-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1945-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1964Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1975-1979Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1980-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1990-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1995-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 2000-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: unsent postcards, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Publications by Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Series II contains items related to the numerous Publications (by Joseph Langland).  This includes drafts of all of Joseph Langland’s poems including many first drafts.  Manuscript copies of many of Langland’s books are also included.  Some of these Manuscripts are made by Langland himself.  This series also includes scores of all of Joseph Langland’s poems that have been set to music by either himself or other composers.  Lastly, this series has copies of articles and critiques by Langland, interviews with him, and unfinished or unpublished works of his.
Box 6: PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: A - GAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: H - PAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Q - ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: UntitledAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: First DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Poetry From the Russian UndergroundAdd to your cart.
Box 7: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "Anybody's Song"Add to your cart.
Box 8: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "Contemporary Poems in English; 1945 - Present"Add to your cart.
Box 9: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "Hans"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Poems From the Russian UndergroundAdd to your cart.
Box 10: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "Selected Poems: Second Draft"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Selected Poems: Final Draft"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Songs, Lyrics and Half Songs"Add to your cart.
Box 11: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "Wheel of Summer"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Untitled"Add to your cart.
Box 12: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Untitled, bound manuscriptAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Untitled, bound manuscriptAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Untitled, bound manuscriptAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Untitled, bound manuscriptAdd to your cart.
Box 13: Music ScoresAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "All the Lovers You Ever Knew" - Patricia King / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "The Amalfi Grotto" - Patricia King / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Ballad in a Summer Season" - Gerald Ginsburg / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Barcarole for Shira" - Robert Stern / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Buchenwald, Near Weimar" - Patricia King / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Come Up From the Valley, Children" - Morton Gould / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "The Fallen Snow" - Danby L. M. / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Four Songs By Joseph Langland" - Patricia King / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "The Friendly Beasts" - Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Hiroshima Lullaby" - Patricia King / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Hello Song" - Morton Gould / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "In the Shell of the Ear" - Charles Bestor / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Loveliest of Trees" - A. E. Housman / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Morning, Noon, Evening" - Philip Berganson / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "Recollections of Octobers" - Charles Smith / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Seafarer" - Robert Stern / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Seven Song Settings" - Gerald Ginsburg, Patricia King / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "Song at Evening" - Gerald Ginsburg / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "War"- Gerhard Krapf / Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Box 14: Poets' ChoiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Permission Lists - ContributorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Poets' Choice" BiographiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Preface DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Poets' Choice" Bills/ExpensesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Poets' Choice" TIME Reading ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Poets' Choice"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Poets' Correspondence on "Poets' Choice" ProjectAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Poets' Choice" Royalties and ContractsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Russian Underground Poetry" - Dial PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Wheel of Summer"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Kent State Memorial Poem"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "The Wheel of Summer" Royalties/ContractsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Holt, Rinehart, Winston CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Memoir, University of IowaAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Adlai Stevenson - Stone Wall PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Anthology" - Holt, Reinhart, WinstonAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: CritiquesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: The Sacrifice PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Writings on William Butler YeatsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Articles on Poetry by Joseph Langland / Interviews w/ Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Writings about Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Closely related to Series II are the items in Series III: Writings About Joseph Langland.  This series contains articles about Langland and his poetry as well as critiques of his work.  Newspaper clippings relating to public appearances, family, his work, career, and involvement in WWII are all included in this series.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Chicago Review "Poems and Mirrors" by: Ralph J. Mills Jr.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Comments on the poetry of Joseph Langland / ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "The Writers Directory" - St. James PressAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Poetry ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Who's Who in the East"Add to your cart.
Box 16: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: AppearancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Family / Personal LifeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Subject FilesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Reviews of Langland's WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Interviews and Articles by Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Teaching CareerAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: WWII Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Poets' Choice" Press Clippings AlbumAdd to your cart.
Series 4: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
The fourth series, Personal Papers, contains a variety of papers related to Joseph Langland’s life and family.  A collection of Biographical handouts provides a detailed look at his life and works.  Property information for the Langland home at 16 Morgan Circle, Amherst, Mass. and for Joseph Langland Jr.’s home are included.  Royalty statements and copyright/permission forms are included.  Lastly, information pertaining to Judith Langland’s memorial service can be found here.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: BiographicalAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Judith Langland Memorial ServiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Waverly Theft recordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Property Information, Joseph Langland Jr. (JoeyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Joseph Langland Jr. (Joey) College InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Rental Lease - 16 Morgan Circle, Amherst, Mass.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Royalty StatementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Charles Scribner's Sons and other publishers - Copyrights/PermissionsAdd to your cart.
Series 5: AppearancesAdd to your cart.
Series V, Appearances, covers the time that Joseph Langland was working as a professional poet.  Flyers for Poetry Readings and Poetry tours are a prominent part of this collection.  Besides this, though, are detailed records from various professional related trips around the country and world.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Norway/Lapp TripAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: China Trip, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Amherst Humanities Panel/ Arts Council, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Luther College Commencement, May 18-19, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: School College Conference on English - Barnard, NYC, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Library of Congress Recording Laboratory, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Florida Poetry Trip, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: West Coast Poetry Trip, March 1-12, 1972; 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Poetry Society of AmericaAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Recordings/BroadcastsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Wyoming Fine Arts FestivalAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Poetry Tours / Business Info.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Poetry ReadingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: March Moratorium Poetry Festival, 1970Add to your cart.
Series 6: Poetry, not written by Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Poetry not by Joseph Langland can be found in Series VI.  These are works that are meaningful to Joseph Langland either for subject matter or because of the author.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Seven Poems by Jon KlimoAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: John LinthicumAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mohmoud DarweeshAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Dmitry BobyshevAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Mya AngelouAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ann StanfordAdd to your cart.
Series 7: PhotographyAdd to your cart.
Series VII contains Photography, are a collection of images related to Joseph Langland and his life.  Spanning topics of his childhood, family, and time in WWII are most of this collection.  Portraits of Joseph Langland can also be found here.  There are also a series of photographs taken at the 1974 class in poetry at ‘Wheel of Summer’ in Highlandville, IA.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: WWIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Misc.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: ChildhoodAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Class in Poetry at Wheel of Summer, Highlandville, IA, Summer 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: FamilyAdd to your cart.
Series 8: ArtAdd to your cart.
A few Art items are located in Series VIII.  These are slides of Judith Langland’s work.  Half the images are part of her 1966 Masters Degree Project.  The other half are other paintings by Judith Langland throughout the years.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Judith Langland Masters Project, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Paintings of Judith LanglandAdd to your cart.
Series 9: Education - Classes/SchoolAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous papers relating to Joseph Langland’s teaching career are in Series IX: Classes / Education.  This includes syllabuses, assignment information, and instructor evaluation forms for the time Joseph Langland spent teaching in Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and elsewhere.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MFA StudentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Creative Writing 202-203Add to your cart.
Folder 3: English 413; University of Washington, Fall 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Misc. University of Mass. AmherstAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Oregon University, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Wyoming Conference on English, University of WyomingAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Summer Academy of Contemporary ArtsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Faculty Reports on Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Lecture NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Student Evaluations of Joseph Langland classesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: English 267Add to your cart.
Folder 12: English 211Add to your cart.
Series 10: AlbumsAdd to your cart.
The next series in the collection, Series X, contains four Albums pertaining to Joseph Langland.  These books are made by Langland to collect some news clippings and other items relating to various works and family events/locations.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Langland CountryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: 1960sAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: PoetryAdd to your cart.
Series 11: Indexes on notecardsAdd to your cart.
Series XI is  three sets of Indexes.  These indexes contain information on poets, poets and the poems they wrote, and poems and where they were published
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PoetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Poets/PoemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Poems and PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Series 12: RealiaAdd to your cart.
Series XII contains Realia or memorabilia relating to the Langland family.  Diplomas of Joseph and Judith Langland can be found here, as well as an Alumni Achievement Award plaque presented to Joseph Langland in 1971.  Langland’s WWII pocket New Testament is also here.  Three U.S. passports belonging to Langland are here as well.  A collection of homemade birch paper is present.  Two reindeer antlers are found, as is a large chalk portrait and oversized score to “Haruspicating on Valley View Farm.”  Audio Visual items can also be found.  These include records, reel-to-reel, cassette tapes, and CDs  of Langland’s poetry readings.  VHS tapes are also present documenting poetry readings, and TV specials of areas of interest to Joseph Langland.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: Diploma: State University of Iowa; B.A. Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Diploma: State University of Iowa; M.A. Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Diploma: University of Massachusetts; M.A. Judith LanglandAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Alumni Achievement Award Plaque: Santa Ana College; Joseph Langland, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 5: New Testament; WWII, Joseph LanglandAdd to your cart.
Item 6: U.S. Passport issued to Joseph Langland, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 7: U.S. Passport issued to Joseph Langland, 1966Add to your cart.
Item 8: U.S. Passport issued to Joseph Langland, 1968Add to your cart.
Item 9: Homemade Birch "paper"Add to your cart.
Item 10: Chalk PortraitAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Score Haruspicating on Valley View FarmAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: Reindeer AntlersAdd to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: Today's Poets: Their Poems - Their Voices: Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, Joseph Langland, Robert FrancisAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: Record
Item 2: Joe Langland Singing Popular BalladsAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: Record
Item 3: Original Songs by Joseph Langland, 1981Add to your cart.
Physical Description: Reel-to-Reel
Item 4: Writings from Nature, 1985Add to your cart.
Physical Description: Reel-to-Reel
Item 5: UntitledAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: Reel-to-Reel
Item 6: Joseph Langland at the Joves Library on Frost, 1998Add to your cart.
Physical Description: Cassette
Item 7: Joe Langland: Ballads, Decorah, Summer 2000Add to your cart.
Physical Description: Cassette
Item 8: Joseph Langland Poetry Reading; Horse PoemsAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: Cassette
Item 9: In the Shell of the EarAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: CD
Item 10: Joseph Langland: A Dream of Love and My Own CountryAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: CD
Item 11: Iowa State Wrestling / Living In IowaAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 12: DelafieldAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 13: In Search of Wild HorsesAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 14: Dad and FrostAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 15: Joseph Langland Poetry Reading, 2003Add to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 16: Joseph Langland: Norwegian RiversAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 17: DelafieldAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 18: Fathers and SonsAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 19: Getting Ready to Really LeaveAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS
Item 20: Paul and Joseph: Getting Ready to Really LeaveAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: VHS

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1959],
[Series 2: Publications by Joseph Langland],
[Series 3: Writings about Joseph Langland],
[Series 4: Personal Papers],
[Series 5: Appearances],
[Series 6: Poetry, not written by Joseph Langland],
[Series 7: Photography],
[Series 8: Art],
[Series 9: Education - Classes/School],
[Series 10: Albums],
[Series 11: Indexes on notecards],
[Series 12: Realia],
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