Word Works, Inc. records
Collection Scope and Content
This collections contains by-laws, articles of incorporation, correspondence, personnel records, financial records, programs, the Word Works Washington Prize, publications, photographs, audiocassettes, and websites. The material dates from 1971-2023. Copies of manuscripts submitted by the young, aspiring poets who contributed to The Word Works are included in this collection. The collection also includes copies of unpublished manuscripts (along with reviewers' notes) for several Word Works publications. Additionally, the Word Works Collection contains correspondence between the poet and the Word Works editors and information on many of the programs conducted by Word Works such as the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series. The student of printing and publishing will be able to see how a book is written for publication, from raw manuscript to the finished form.
The records of Word Works were given to the Department of Special Collections at the Gelman Library, George Washington University, Washington, D. C., in 1990, with an additional accretion in 2002.
This collection is part of the Washington Writers Archives at Gelman Special Collections, which includes original manuscripts and records from writers's organizations in the Washington D.C. area.
- Creation: 1971-2023
- Word Works, Inc. (Person)
Restrictions on Access
Some records may be restricted.
Restrictions on Use
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Historical or Biographical Note
Since 1974, Word Works has been the center of literary life in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area. Because of its location, in the nation's capital, and the uniqueness of its mission, Word Works attracts the attention of poets nationwide and internationally. Word Works is a non-profit organization, originally funded exclusively by yearly grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The small amount of federal funding was supplemented by private donations and proceeds from book sales, much of which went toward the cost of materials for future publications. Its staff consists entirely of volunteers. In 1990, the records of Word Works were given to the Department of Special Collections at the Gelman Library, George Washington University, Washington, D. C., with an additional donation in 2002. The records of The Word Works, Incorporated document the activities of a small poets' collective in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Word Works was established in order to provide opportunities for young, little-known poets to gain recognition for their talents. Recognizing that the success of a poet's career often depends upon obtaining that "first" publication or chance at public exposure, Word Works sponsors public readings of local poets at various locations in the Washington, DC area, especially the Joaquin Miller Cabin in Rock Creek Park every summer. Word Works also sponsors yearly poetry writing contests and publishes several books of poetry put together by local Washington, D. C. poets.
For more information on Word Works' current activities, see http://www.wordworksdc.com.
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Language of Materials
Collection contains by-laws, articles of incorporation, correspondence, personnel records, financial records, programs, the Word Works Washington Prize, publications, photographs, audiocassettes, and websites. The material dates from 1971-2023. Copies of manuscripts submitted by the young, aspiring poets who contributed to The Word Works are included in this collection.
Organized into six series: Administrative files, Activities files, Publications, Photographs, cassettes, and artifacts, Oversized materials, and websites (captured using the Internet Archive's Archive-it service in 2023 and then once a year after that).
Eleven books have been seperated from acc#2010.035 and added to the Special Collections stacks.These books have the phrase “Gift of Word Works Inc.” within their catalog record.
- Preliminary Guide to the Word Works, Inc. records, 1971-2013
- Folder Inventory
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English