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Margaret Hasse papers

Identifier: Mss107

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the correspondence and manuscripts of poet Margaret Hasse, as well as materials documenting her work as a teacher and arts consultant. Also included are many books, chapbooks, periodicals, posters, and broadsides featuring Hasse and others in the Midwestern literary community. The bulk of the collection dates from 1970 to 2000.


  • Creation: 1929 - 2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2000

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Restrictions on Access

Materials in the "Correspondence" and "Journals" series are not accessible to the public until 2050. For more information, please contact the Upper Midwest Literary Archives.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Margaret Mary Hasse was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1950. Soon after, her family moved to Vermillion, South Dakota, where her father was on the mathematics department faculty and also taught astronomy at the University of South Dakota. Margaret’s mother, Gladys Irene Elizabeth Hasse, was a life-long diarist and poet who published in journals such as the South Dakota Review. Hasse received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1973, and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1983, both in English.

Hasse is author of five collections of poetry, including Stars Above, Stars Below (1984), In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling (1988), Milk and Tides (2008), Earth’s Appetite (2013), and Between Us (2016). Three of her collections were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Milk and Tides won the 2009 Midwest Independent Publishers Association poetry award. She is editor of See My Message and Come Home: An Anthology of poetry from the Minnesota Poets in the Schools (1978), Secret Traffic: Selected Poems by Roy McBride (2013), and A Little Book of Abundance: Poems of Gratitude throughout the Year (2016). She has received two Loft-McKnight fellowships in poetry, two Minnesota State Arts Board poetry grants, two Jerome Foundation poetry grants, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Margaret Hasse’s professional life as a teaching poet, arts administrator, and arts consultant in the areas of planning and fundraising has brought her in contact with many Twin Cities’ arts organizations, including COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences), Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education, The Loft Literary Center, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Walker Art Center, and SASE: the Write Place. She has curated literary reading series at ArtStart and Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and performed her poetry in many settings, including in The Loft’s Writers on Stage program, directed by Ben Krielkamp.


18 Linear Feet (11 record cartons, 6 flat boxes, 3 book trays, 1 hollinger box)


2 CDs


This collections contains the papers of Minneapolis (Minnesota) poet, teacher, and arts consultant Margaret Hasse, including manuscripts, correspondence, and published works, as well as material related to her teaching and commissions.


The collection is organized in the following series:

  1. Personal
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscripts
  4. Journals
  5. Project Files
  6. Teaching
  7. Published Works
  8. Posters and Broadsides
  9. Photographs
  10. Audio Visual

Physical Location

HB (R8, D19, S14-16)


Collection donated by Margaret Hasse in 2015.


Additional accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries include:

Milkweed Editions records (MSS080)

Processing Information

Initial accessions were processed by Kate McManus in 2016.

Additional processing work was completed by Carissa Hansen in 2017 with the help of student assistant Pearl McClintock and funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Margaret Hasse papers
Kate McManus; updated by Carissa Hansen
2016; 2017
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Collecting Area Details

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