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Albert Drake papers

Identifier: UA-17.307

Scope and Content

The Albert Drake papers contain poetry anthologies and newsletters of student poetry from Drake's time as a professor at Michigan State University. There are also submissions of artwork and poetry, for Drake's personal publication, The Happiness Holding Tank. The artwork submissions include black, line-drawn, intricate prints as well a one color print. The subjects range from early 1900s-style women with large bonnets and randomly placed eyeballs, to explicit and artful drawings of male and female anatomy. The collection also includes postcards from photographer Richard Olderman and poetry and information about Dave Morice.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1972


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Albert Dee "Bud" Drake was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He was educated in public schools and followed his father's footsteps, working for years in service stations, garages and automotive warehouses. He eventually attended Portland State College, and earned a B.A. (1962) and an M.F.A. (1966) at the University of Oregon. He twice won the Ernest Haycox Prize for fiction. From 1966 to 1991, he taught in the Department of English at Michigan State University where he was cited for his outstanding teaching and rose to the rank of professor. He was the first academic to teach a class in science fiction as literature, and for several years he was the director of the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop. He has received numerous academic and creative grants, including two major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. His fiction, poetry and prose have been widely published in literary quarterlies and popular magazines, including Redbook, Epoch, North American Review and The Best American Short Stories.

(Sources: MSU Archives Biography files and


0.5 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Special Collections Department, Michigan State University Libraries.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Albert Drake Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
Decmeber 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US