unc logo

Collection Number: 05099

Collection Title: Michael McFee Papers, 1970s-2002

This collection has access restrictions. For details, please see the restrictions.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size About 8,000 items (16.5 linear feet)
Abstract Michael McFee was born in Asheville, N.C., on 4 June 1954. He received an A.B. (1976) and M.A. (1978) in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught at the University since 1984. McFee has published collections of poetry, served as assistant editor for poetry at DoubleTake magazine, and was coordinator of the Second Sunday Reading Series in Chapel Hill. The collection contains material related to McFee's writing, including drafts of poems and essays written between 1970 and 2002. Subjects of McFee's essays include writers A. R. Ammons, Doris Betts, and Fred Chappell. Material pertaining to McFee's published collections of poetry consists primarily of drafts, correspondence about publication matters, reviews and comments, and promotional material. Papers related to DoubleTake concern the selection of poems for publication in the magazine. Material from the Second Sunday Reading Series includes promotional pieces, drafts of reader introductions, and plans for the tenth anniversary celebration of the Series. Personal letters related to McFee's work as a poet and editor are scattered throughout the collection.
Creator McFee, Michael.
Language English.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Michael McFee Papers #5099, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Michael McFee of Durham, N.C., in August 2002 (Acc. 99295).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Related Collections

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

Michael McFee was born in Asheville, N.C., on 4 June 1954 andgrew up in the small town of Arden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976 with an A.B. in English with highest honors in creative writing. He received an M.A. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1978. McFee served as poetry editor for Carolina Quarterly while attending graduate school. After completing his degree, he became book editor for Spectator magazine in Raleigh, N.C., and book commentator for WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill. Throughout that time, McFee was writing poems and submitting them for publication in various magazines. Since the late 1970s, his work has appeared in journals such as Southern Poetry Review, American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Atlantic Monthly.

McFee has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1984. He started in that year as visiting lecturer in Creative Writing and, in 2002, became professor of English. He also served as visiting assistant professor of English at Cornell University and Lawrence University. During those two decades, he published six collections of poetry.

McFee has spent his professional career supporting and promoting North Carolina literature. He edited an anthology of contemporary North Carolina poetry in 1994 and compiled an anthology of short stories by North Carolina writers six years later. In 1996, McFee became coordinator of the Second Sunday Reading Series, a series started by author Doris Betts to bring writers with North Carolina roots to Chapel Hill.

McFee has won numerous awards and fellowships for teaching and writing, including a Discovery/ The Nation Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing. He lives in Durham, N.C.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

The collection contains material related to North Carolina  poet  Michael McFee's writing, including drafts of poems and essays written between 1970 and 2002. Subjects of McFee's essays include writers A. R. Ammons, Doris Betts, and Fred Chappell. Material pertaining to McFee's published collections of poetry consists primarily of drafts, correspondence about publication matters, reviews and comments, and promotional material. Papers related to DoubleTake concern the selection of poems for publication in the magazine. Material from the Second Sunday Reading Series includes promotional pieces, drafts of reader introductions, and plans for the tenth anniversary celebration of the Series. Personal letters related to McFee's work as a poet and editor are scattered throughout the collection.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Papers, 1970s-2002.

The collection contains material related to North Carolina  poet  Michael McFee's writing, including drafts of poems and essays written between 1970 and 2002. Subjects of McFee's essays include writers A. R. Ammons, Doris Betts, and Fred Chappell. Material pertaining to McFee's published collections of poetry consists primarily of drafts, correspondence about publication matters, reviews and comments, and promotional material. Papers related to DoubleTake concern the selection of poems for publication in the magazine. Material from the Second Sunday Reading Series includes promotional pieces, drafts of reader introductions, and plans for the tenth anniversary celebration of the Series. Personal letters related to McFee's work as a poet and editor are scattered throughout the collection.

Folder 1-10

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Vanishing Acts (1989) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 1-10

Folder 11-26

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Plain Air (1983) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 11-26

Folder 27-45

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

The Language They Speak Is Things to Eat (1994) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 27-45

Folder 46-63

DoubleTake #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 46-63

Folder 64-73

Drafts of poems, 1980s #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 64-73

Folder 74-99

This Is Where We Live (2000) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 74-99

Folder 100-119

Drafts of poems, 1990s #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 100-119

Folder 120-126

To See (1991) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 120-126

Folder 127-140

Sad Girl Sitting on a Running Board (1991) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 127-140

Folder 141-159

Drafts of poems, 1990s #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 141-159

Folder 160-190

Drafts of essays, 1970s-2000 #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 160-190

Folder 191-212

Drafts of poems, 1970s and 1980s #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 191-212

Folder 213-221

Drafts of poems, 2000-2002 #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 213-221

Folder 222-232

Second Sunday Readings, 1991-2002 #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 222-232

Folder 233-235

Earthly(2001) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 233-235

Folder 236-250

Colander (1996) #05099, Series: " Papers, 1970s-2002." Folder 236-250

Back to Top

Processing Information

Full processing of this collection has been deferred pending expected additions. Materials have been kept in the order in which they were received. Note that McFee's original box and folder titles have, for the most part, been retained. There has been some checking of contents against folder labels, but, because materials are largely unprocessed, researchers should be aware that folder labels may not always comprehensively reflect folder contents.

Back to Top