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Robert F. Mainone papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.386

Content Description

This collection includes a copy of the "Haiku Diary 2011" by Robert F. Mainone. It is a self published book consisting of photocopies of Mainone's engagement calendar. The calendar has daily entries of Mainone's weather observations, events, and haiku poems he wrote that day. The volume also contains copies of letters he has received about his poems. The letters mostly deal with people requesting to publish his poems.


  • 2011


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 / Historical

Robert F. Mainone was born on ebruary 11, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. He grew up in Ravenna, and then moved to Delton, Michigan.

In 1963, while stationed in Greenland during his service in the United States Air Force, he discovered haiku in Harold G. Henderson's An Introduction to Haiku and then Robert Biyth's Haiku series. He published his first of 11 books in 1964, and went on to receive numerous awards from the Haiku Society of America in 1976, 1977, 1980, 1985, and 1989. At Michigan State University, Mainone earned BS, BSF, and MS degrees in biology and forestry.

Mainone also worked with the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Air Force Weather Service, the Detroit Zoological Park, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the MSU Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary where he retired in 1991 after 23 years. Robert Mainone died on February 17, 2015 in Delton, Michigan.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.


Robert F. Mainone papers
3 Ready For Cataloging
M. Badgley Malone
November 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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