Michigan Quarterly Review Records: 1968-2007
Summary Information
Title: Michigan Quarterly Review Records
Creator: Michigan Quarterly Review.
Dates: 1968-2007
Extent: 8 linear feet
Abstract:
Founded in 1962 Michigan Quarterly Review is the University of Michigan's flagship scholarly journal. It is a multidisciplinary publication devoted to new and creative works of fiction, essays, book reviews, memoirs, interviews, poetry, and the graphic arts. The collection is primarily comprised of records and correspondence created during the tenure of the magazine's third editor, Laurence Goldstein relating to the journal's regular publications, as well as its books and special issues.
Call number: 2009165 Bimu 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Kate Donovan Jarvis, October 2009

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Accession received through Michigan Quarterly Review editor Laurence Goldstein in 2009 (donor no. 10260) 10260

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open without restriction.

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Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Processing Information:

The Michigan Quarterly Review collection was received by the Bentley as 8 linear feet of records in July 2009, through Laurence Goldstein, the third editor of the journal. Prior to donating the records to the Bentley, Goldstein organized them into three primary groupings: alphabetically organized correspondence, records filed by the issue, and miscellaneous materials. The processor attempted to respect this original order, keeping the alphabetical and issue-related records intact.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Michigan Quarterly Review Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

When Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR) was launched in the winter of 1962 as the University of Michigan's flagship scholarly journal, it proclaimed itself "A Journal of University Perspectives," devoted to expressing the scholarly activities and "intellectual interests" of Michigan's "cosmopolitan" student body, alumni, faculty, and university community.[1] The journal was created out of the dissolution of The Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review, which was subsequently reincarnated as two separate publications: The Michigan Alumnus published by the Alumni Association and Michigan Quarterly Review, published by the university. Since its founding, Michigan Quarterly Review has included essays, book reviews, fiction, interviews, and poetry from some of the century's most accomplished writers, and helped launch the careers of countless others. Among the many writers to have contributed works to the journal are Diane Ackerman, Rudolf Arnheim, John Ashbery, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Charles Baxter, Marvin Bell, Paul Bowles, Malcolm Cowley, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Richard Ford, Mary Gaitskill, Nadine Gordimer, Jorie Graham, Donald Hall, Robert Hayden, Donald Justice, Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Kostelantz, Maxine Kumin, Philip Levine, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Amos Oz, Walker Percy, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, Carolyn See, W.D. Snodgrass, Wole Soyinka, Wallace Stegner, Wislawa Szymborska, John Updike, Tom Wolfe, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Frank E. Robbins, formerly the editor of The Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review, served as the interim editor of Michigan Quarterly Review until the appointment of the new journal's first editor, Sheridan Warner Baker, in 1963. The "Editor's Corner" of Michigan Quarterly Review's first edition outlined the magazine's goal to publish works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, that encompassed "university perspectives and general intelligence."[2] The magazine seemed well on its way to achieving its vision by the mid-sixties, with University of Michigan President Harlan Hatcher saying that Baker had "set a blazing standard of what this kind of publication can be."[3]

Baker, who was also on the faculty in the department of English literature at the University of Michigan, served at the editorial helm of Michigan Quarterly Review until 1970. He was born in 1918 in Santa Rosa, California and received his B.A. and advanced degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (M.A. 1946, Ph.D. 1950). Baker came to the University of Michigan as an instructor in English in 1950, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1957, associate professor in 1961, and full professor in 1964. Baker stayed at Michigan until his retirement as an emeritus professor in 1984. He passed away in June 2000. An accomplished poet and author of numerous scholarly works on Henry Fielding, Baker was especially interested in the teaching of writing and wrote numerous books on rhetoric including The Practical Stylist, The Essayist, The Complete Stylist, and The Practical Imagination. Baker sought to model the Quarterly Review after the eighteenth-century journal The Spectator, which "transplant[ed] philosophy from the study to the coffee house," as well as the venerable The New Yorker magazine.[4] Baker described his aspirations for the journal, writing, "If we can make the university universal, the intellect amiable, and the magazine readable, we shall rest content."[5]

When University of Michigan English professor Radcliffe Squires took over the editorship of Michigan Quarterly Review in 1970, he transformed it from an interdisciplinary journal to a literary magazine. Like Baker, Squires' background was in poetry and English literature. Squires was born in 1917 in Salt Lake City, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1940, a master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1946, and a doctorate from Harvard in 1952. Squires, a poet and a critic, joined the University of Michigan in 1952 as an instructor in the English department, became a full professor in 1963, and remained in the department until his retirement in 1982. He died in 1993. Squires, whose poetry focused on classical Greece and the Western United States was described by one critic as "one of the finest American poets writing today."[6] Squires also earned respect and was known for his critical treatments of Robert Frost, Robinson Jeffers, and Allen Tate. During his tenure as editor, 1970-1977, Squires published works by a wide range of notable authors including, Jorge Luis Borges, Brewster Ghiselin, Anaïs Nin, Wes Magee, William Stafford, and Anne Stevenson.

In 1977 Michigan Quarterly Review underwent yet another shift with the appointment of Laurence Goldstein as editor of the journal. Although a poet and literary critic like his predecessor, Goldstein returned the magazine to its roots as an interdisciplinary journal, expanding its scope to include graphics as well as essays, interviews, memoirs, fictions, poetry, and book reviews. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1943, Goldstein was educated at the University of California, Los Angles (B.A., 1965) and Brown University (Ph.D., 1970). He came to the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of English in 1970, and was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 1978, and full professor in 1985. Of his childhood in California, Goldstein once wrote that he thought that "southern California is a good place for an editor to grow up. One is nourished there first by a progressive offbeat lifestyle, and then by nostalgia for a greater degree of order and meaning in life."[7]

As editor, Goldstein established Michigan Quarterly Review as one of the country's premier scholarly journals, putting his editorial imprint on the magazine from the outset. The journal covered a wide range of subject areas and sought to "publish manuscripts that demonstrate an alert sense of living in the present historical moment."8 Beginning in 1979, the journal devoted one issue a year to a special theme, such as "The Moon Landing and Its Aftermath," "The Automobile and American Culture," or "Detroit: An American City," and invited a wide swath of contributors, from poets, fiction writers, essayists, graphic artists, politicians, and scientists, to include written or visual works for the issue. So popular and well regarded were these theme issues that a number of them were expanded into full-length books published by the University of Michigan Press.

Although it was an academic journal, Goldstein took pains for Michigan Quarterly Review to be accessible to any "intellectual" reader. He considered it his responsibility as editor to "serve as a guide, at best a pathfinder" leading readers "through the thickets of everyday discourse."[9] However, while Goldstein took his role as editor seriously, he said it was "the authors, eminent and emerging, who make the magazine exciting or not."[10] While serving as editor of the journal, Goldstein established the reputation of the magazine as an important venue for new creative work, first publishing pieces that would later be selected for inclusion in anthologies such as the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Poetry. Goldstein left an indelible mark on Michigan Quarterly Review during his thirty-two years as editor, and the writers published by the journal over the course of his editorship constituted some of the most well-regarded authors of twentieth century poetry and prose.

In 2009, Laurence Goldstein retired from his post as editor. University of Michigan professor of English and American culture Jonathan E. Freedman was named the new editor of Michigan Quarterly Review. A former contributor to the journal and guest co-editor with Sara Blair of MQR's "Jewish in America" theme issue, Freedman's primary scholarly interests include late nineteenth-century British and American literature, as well as Jewish and multicultural literature, and he is known for his critical treatments of Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and Alfred Hitchcock. In addition to his previous work with the Quarterly Review, Freedman was a founding editor of Yale Journal of Criticism. Born in Iowa in 1954, Freedman earned a bachelor's degree in English from Northwestern (1977), as well as a master's of philosophy (1980) and a doctorate in English (1985) from Yale University. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Freedman served as an assistant and associate professor at Yale (1985-1990) and as an instructor at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College (1987-1991, 1998-2001). He began his career at the University of Michigan in 1991 as an associate professor of English, with tenure, and was promoted to full professor in 1999. Friedman's first issue as editor of Michigan Quarterly Review was the Summer 2009 issue, Obama and the Challenge of the Real.

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Notes:

1. "The Editor's Corner," Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 1962): 71.

2. Ibid.

3 University of Michigan, Proceedings of the Board of Regents, November Meeting, 1964: 606.

4. "Introduction," Michigan Quarterly Review.

5. Ibid.

6. J. Radcliffe Squires Obituary, The University Record, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan, 1 March 1993.

7."Laurence Goldstein," Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002.

8. "Who We Are," Michigan Quarterly Review website, accessed on 5 May 2004, .

9. Laurence Goldstein, "An Editor's Farewell to Michigan Quarterly Review," Michigan Today, 14 April 2009.

10. Ibid.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Michigan Quarterly Review collection documents the history of the University of Michigan's premier scholarly journal. The records in this collection measure 8 linear feet, and date from 1968 to 2007, with the majority of the records from the period 1971-2007. The collection is primarily comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, and administrative materials, and is arranged into four series: Administrative Materials, Audio-Visual Materials, Correspondence, and Publications.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Michigan Quarterly Review.
  • Scholarly periodicals.
  • Baker, Sheridan Warner, 1918-2000.
  • Freedman, Jonathan, 1954-
  • Goldstein, Laurence, 1942-
  • Squires, Radcliffe, 1917-1993.
  • University of Michigan -- Periodicals.
  • Arnheim, Rudolf.
  • Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
  • Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989.
  • Mailer, Norman.
  • Miller, Arthur.
  • Nin, Anaís, 1903-1977.
  • Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1908-1993.
  • Updike, John.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Materials 1978-2004 [series]

The records in the Administrative Materials series, 1978-2004 (0.25 linear feet), document the day-to-day operations of the MQR. The series includes materials related to the administrative functioning of the journal, including financial reports, correspondence, editorial transition, special events, obituaries of former editors, and publicity and promotions.

Box   1  
Business and Finance
Box   1  
Correspondence
Box   1  
Editorial Transition
 
Events
Box   1  
"Making a Place for Literature"
Box   1  
"Wolverines and the Word"
Box   1  
Obituaries
Box   1  
Promotional Materials
 
Audio Visual Materials 1989-2004 [series]

The Audio-Visual Materials series, 1989-2004 (0.25 linear feet), includes photographs and slides of journal contributors and graphic art, journal covers and mock-ups, compact discs of data files, and audio-tapes.

Box   1  
Compact discs
Box   1  
Journal Covers
Box   1  
Photographs and slides
Box   1  
Audio Tapes
 
Correspondence 1968-2005 [series]

The Correspondence series, 1968-2005 (0.50 linear feet), is primarily organized alphabetically by correspondent, and contains general correspondence to and from editor Laurence Goldstein not related to specific issues of Michigan Quarterly Review. Many of the letters concern submissions to MQR, editorial queries, or general thoughts on literature and Michigan Quarterly Review. The series also contains one folder of letters to and from editor Radcliffe Squires.

 
By Last Initial of Surname
Box   1  
A
Box   1  
B (2 folders)
Box   1  
C
Box   1  
D
Box   1  
E
Box   1  
F
Box   1  
G (2 folders)
Box   1  
H (2 folders)
Box   1  
I
Box   1  
J
Box   1  
K
Box   1  
L
Box   1  
M (2 folders)
Box   2  
N
Box   2  
O
Box   2  
P
Box   2  
Q
Box   2  
R
Box   2  
S (2 folders)
Box   2  
T
Box   2  
U
Box   2  
V
Box   2  
W (2 folders)
Box   2  
Y
Box   2  
Z
Box   2  
Squires, Radcliffe (2 folders)
 
Publications 1971-2007 [series]

The materials in the Publications series, 1971-2007 (7.0 linear feet) comprise the bulk of the records in the Michigan Quarterly Review collection. The series is divided into three subseries: books, clippings, and issues. The books subseries includes documentation on the books that were produced out of MQR themed issues, and the clippings subseries includes articles and reviews of special and regular issues, as well as the issue-related books. The issues subseries is organized by journal issue, and contains an array of materials including original manuscripts, author and contributor correspondence, editors' notes, and administrative materials. Like the Correspondence series, the Publications series includes substantial correspondence to and from well-known writers, academics from a variety of fields, and public figures. Aside from those authors named in the History section above, the series also has correspondence related to published material by Francis A. Allen, Ruth Behar, William Bolcom, Lee Bollinger, Leo Braudy, Alice R. Burks and Arthur W. Burks, Hayden Carruth, Noam Chomsky, Robert Coles, Wendy Doniger, William K. Frankena, Sheldon Glashow, Clifford Geertz, Sandra M. Gilbert, Alger Hiss, Elaine H. Kim, Diane Kirkpatrick, Carolyn Kizer, Paul W. McCracken, Norman Mailer, Marcel Marceau, Czeslaw Milosz, Sherry B. Ortner, Marjorie Perloff, Karl Popper, Richard Rorty, Richard L. Rubenstein, Carl Sagan, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Charles Simic, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Wendy Steiner, Catharine R. Stimpson, Eric J. Sundquist, Phyllis Trible, Phyllis Tuchman, and Helen Vendler.

 
Books [subseries]
Box   2  
Contemporary American Fiction
Box   2  
The Male Body (2 folders)
Box   2  
The Movies
Box   2  
Seasonal Performances (2 folders)
 
Clippings [subseries]
Box   2  
Miscellaneous topics (4 folders)
 
MQR Issues 1971-2008 [subseries]
 
1971
Box   2  
Summer
Box   2  
Fall
 
1972
Box   2  
Winter
Box   2  
Spring
Box   2  
Summer
Box   2  
Fall
 
1973
Box   2  
Winter
Box   2  
Spring
Box   2  
Summer
Box   2  
Fall
 
1974
Box   2  
Winter
Box   2  
Spring
Box   2  
Summer
Box   2  
Fall
 
1975
Box   2  
Winter
Box   2  
Spring
Box   3  
Summer
Box   3  
Fall
 
1976
Box   3  
Winter
Box   3  
Spring
Box   3  
Summer
Box   3  
Fall
 
1977
Box   3  
Winter
Box   3  
Spring
Box   3  
Summer
Box   3  
Fall
 
1978
Box   3  
Winter
Box   3  
Spring
Box   3  
Summer
Box   3  
Fall (2 folders)
 
1979
Box   3  
Winter
Box   3  
Spring, Special Issue: The Moon Landing and Its Aftermath (4 folders)
Box   3  
Summer
Box   3  
Fall
 
1980
Box   3  
Winter (2 folders)
Box   3  
Spring (2 folders)
Box   3  
Summer (2 folders)
Box   3  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: The Automobile and American Culture (3 folders)
 
1981
Box   3  
Spring
Box   3  
Summer
Box   4  
Fall
 
1982
Box   4  
Winter, Special Issue: The Writer's Craft (2 folders)
Box   4  
Spring
Box   4  
Summer
Box   4  
Fall
 
1983
Box   4  
Winter
Box   4  
Spring/Summer, Special Issue: The Bible and Its Traditions (2 folders)
Box   4  
Fall
 
1984
Box   4  
Winter
Box   4  
Spring (2 folders)
Box   4  
Summer
Box   4  
Fall
 
1985
Box   4  
Winter
Box   4  
Spring, Special Issue: Science and the Human Image (2 folders)
Box   4  
Summer
Box   4  
Fall
 
1986
Box   4  
Winter
Box   4  
Spring, Special Issue: Detroit: An American City (3 folders)
Box   4  
Summer
Box   4  
Fall
 
1987
Box   4  
Winter
Box   5  
Spring
Box   5  
Summer
 
1987/1988
Box   5  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: Contemporary American Fiction, Vols. I & II (3 folders)
 
1988
Box   5  
Spring
Box   5  
Summer
Box   5  
Fall
 
1989
Box   5  
Winter (2 folders)
Box   5  
Spring
Box   5  
Summer
Box   5  
Fall, Special Issue: Perestroika and Soviet Culture
Box   5  
Winter
Box   5  
Spring (2 folders)
Box   5  
Summer
 
1990/1991
Box   5  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: The Female Body, Vols. I & II (5 folders)
 
1991
Box   5  
Spring
Box   5  
Summer
Box   6  
Fall (2 folders)
 
1992
Box   6  
Winter
Box   6  
Spring
Box   6  
Summer
Box   6  
Fall, Special Issue: The Middle East
 
1993
Box   6  
Winter
Box   6  
Spring
Box   6  
Summer
Box   6  
Fall, Special Issue: The Male Body, Vol. I (2 folders)
 
1994
Box   6  
Winter, Special Issue: The Male Body, Vol. II
Box   6  
Spring
Box   6  
Summer/Fall, Special Issue: Bridges to Cuba, Vols. I & II
 
1995
Box   6  
Winter
Box   6  
Spring
Box   6  
Summer
 
1995/1996
Box   6  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: The Movies: A Centennial Issue, Vols. I & II (5 folders)
 
1996
Box   6  
Spring (2 folders)
Box   7  
Fall, Special Issue: The Poet's Voice, Vol. I
 
1997
Box   7  
Winter, Special Issue: The Poet's Voice, Vol. II (2 folders)
Box   7  
Spring
Box   7  
Summer
Box   7  
Fall
 
1998
Box   7  
Winter
Box   7  
Spring/Summer, Special Issue: Disability, Art, and Culture, Vols. I & II (2 folders)
Box   7  
Fall, Special Issue: Arthur Miller (4 folders)
 
1999
Box   7  
Winter
Box   7  
Spring
Box   7  
Summer
Box   7  
Fall
 
2000
Box   7  
Winter
Box   7  
Spring/Summer, Special Issue: Secret Spaces of Childhood, Vols. I & II (3 folders)
Box   7  
Fall
Box   8  
2001
Box   8  
Winter, Special Issue: Reimagining Place (2 folders)
Box   8  
Spring
Box   8  
Summer
Box   8  
Fall
 
2002
Box   8  
Winter
Box   8  
Spring
Box   8  
Summer
 
2002/2003
Box   8  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: Jewish in America, Vols. I & II
 
2003
Box   8  
Spring
Box   8  
Summer
Box   8  
Fall
 
2004
Box   8  
Spring
Box   8  
Summer
 
2004/2005
Box   8  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: Vietnam Beyond the Frame, Vols. I & II
 
2005
Box   8  
Spring
Box   8  
Summer
 
2005/2006
Box   8  
Fall/Winter, Special Issue: Documentary Imagination, Vols. I & II (2 folders)
 
2006
Box   8  
Spring
Box   8  
Summer (2 folders)
Box   8  
Fall
 
2007
Box   8  
Winter, Special Issue: Hopwood Award Winners, 2000-2006
Box   8  
Spring
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Related Material

Researchers should note that material related to Michigan Quarterly Review may also be found in the John W. Aldridge papers, also located at the Bentley Historical Library. Aldridge served as editorial board chair of the MQR from 1978 to 1992. In addition, the Bentley Historical Library holds bound copies of The Michigan Alumnus, Michigan Quarterly Review, and several books published by the University of Michigan Press. Michigan Quarterly Review is also available electronically in a searchable full-text archive.