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Waring Cuney collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: GV023

Scope and Content Note

Collection contains three manuscript drafts from a ollection of poetry by Waring Cuney, titled "Puzzles" (early title "Beale Street"). This collection also includes edited drafts of single poems, a grouping of poems titled "25 Blues, and a small collection of correspondence.


  • 1955-1976

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Restrictions on Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Restrictions on Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Note

William Waring Cuney was a poet born in Washington, D.C. on May 6, 1906. A trained musician, many of Cuney's poems refer to musical experiences, and several of his works have been set to music. In 1956 Cuney co-edited an anthology with poet Langston Hughes, "Lincoln University Poets: Centennial Anthology, 1854-1954." Cuney's sole collections of poetry, Puzzzles and Storefront Church, were published outside of the United States in 1960 and 1976 respectively. Cuney died in New York City on June 30, 1976.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 hollinger box)


Collection contains manuscript drafts from Puzzles, a poetry collection by Waring Cuney, as well as single drafts of poems and some correspondence.

Physical Location

GV Vault



Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Kathryn Hujda, 2017, with generous support from Creative Heritage Initiative donors.

Waring Cuney Collection
Kathryn Hujda
November 2017
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Collecting Area Details

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