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Robert VanderMolen papers

Identifier: MSS 345 large

Scope and Contents

The Robert VanderMolen papers contains personal and professional correspondence (1962-2004), draft and published writings, works of others, ephemera, poetry reading and contest announcements, and grant application materials.


  • 1962-2004

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Robert VanderMolen is a writer, born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed his BA in advertising from Michigan State University in 1971 and earned an MFA in English from the University of Oregon in 1973. Vander Molen participated in two Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony (1973) and the Ossabaw Island Project (1979). He has had several poetry collections published, including: "Blood Ink"(1967), "The Pavilion and Other Poems" (1974), "Peaches" (1998) and "Water" (2009). The Robert Vander Molen Papers archive is divided into four series. Series I contains both personal and professional correspondence written to the author between 1962-2004. Series II contains the author's written works in both draft and published formats. Series III is a set of written works by his collegues and collected by Robert Vander Molen. Series IV is a miscellaneous collection of the author's ephemera, poetry reading and contest announcements, and grant application materials.


22 Linear Feet (22 boxes) ; 27 x 14 x 32 cm.

Language of Materials



The materials are arranged in four series: Series I: Personal & Professional Correspondence; Series II: Author’s Written and Published Works; Series III: Collected Works of Other Authors; and Series IV: Miscellaneous Collections belonging to author

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers were acquired from Robert VanderMolen in multiple installations. The most recent acquisition was from 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Molly Dean – 2009-2010.

Finding Aid for the Robert VanderMolen papers
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Finding aid prepared by Molly Dean.
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA