Waterman Archive

Literary papers of the poet Andrew Waterman

The archive contains the literary papers of Andrew Waterman, with some

Draft of 'The Boppo' poem by Andrew Waterman

personal material. The papers comprise:

  • Dated manuscript drafts of his poetry, including some of his earliest poems written during the late 1950s and early 1960s
  • Dated typescripts of every completed poem by Waterman
  • Typescripts of reviews, critical essays and prose articles
  • A notebook containing lists of all Waterman’s completed poems, with the month and year in which they were completed since 1966
  • Typescripts of unpublished poetry collections, essay collections, memoirs and novels
  • A typescript of Collected Poems 1959 – 1999
  • Papers related to the Poetry of Chess, an anthology edited by Waterman
  • Papers, typescripts and proofs related to The Captain’s Swallow
  • Copies of each of Waterman’s published works
  • A cassette recording of Waterman reading his own poems for the British Council and Harvard University (1980)
  • Reviews
  • Correspondence with Michael Schmidt, Judith Wilson, John Mole and Patricia McCarthy
  • Personal correspondence with friends
  • Personal papers relating to Waterman’s schooldays, university life and career at the University of Ulster
  • Lecture and teaching notes
  • Journals kept between 1958 and 1961

Related material

The Special Collections Division of the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester also holds the Carcanet Press Archive (CPA), which contains correspondence and literary manuscripts by Andrew Waterman.


Access conditions

The archive is open to bona fide researchers, although some papers which are of a particularly sensitive nature, including some correspondence files, are closed under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. More detailed information about closed records is provided at file level in the catalogue.

Terms of use

Much of the material in the archive remains in copyright. Copyright of Andrew Waterman's own papers is held by Andrew Waterman. Copyright of the residual material, such as letters written to him and works by other authors, remains with individual authors. It is the reader’s responsibility to obtain the relevant copyright permission for the reproduction or publication of any copyright material.

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