Albert Drake Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Drake, Albert
Albert Drake papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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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

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections Decmeber 2013

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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

Conditions Governing Use

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Special Collections Department, Michigan State University Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Postcards

Personal Name(s)

  • Morice, Dave, 1946-
  • Olderman, Richard


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing -- Periodicals
  • Poetry

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Dave Morice poem anthologies and resume 1975-1976 

4035 1

English 228A communal novel, "Meta: or, Rebellion Rewarded" 1970 

4035 2

English 300B, "Ecology Anthology" of poems 1970 

4035 3

English 300B poem anthology, "Misc. & Etc." 1970 

4035 4

English 300B untitled poetry anthologies 1971-1972 

4035 5

Free Poetry newsletter 1969 

4035 6

Happiness Holding Tank 

Box Folder

Explicit nude printed postcards 1973 

4035 7

Happiness Holding Tank newsletter circa 1971 

4035 8

Happiness Holding Tank postcards and prints circa 1970s 

4035 9

Jack Ramey correspondence and publications 1979-1980 

4035 10

Miscellaneous correspondence 1971-1981 

4035 11

Steven Morse correspondence and copy of the poem anthology, "The White Elephant" Undated 

4035 12

Unidentified art submission 1973 

4035 13

Wilton David explicit mailed print 1973 

4035 14

Wilton David printed image 1972 

4035 15

Wilton David printed image series 1973 

4035 16
Box Folder

Miscellaneous poetry and essays circa 19790s 

4035 17

Poetry 229 anthology 1969 

4035 18

Poetry 229 anthology 1970 

4035 19

Poetry 229 poem anthology, "Greatest Hits" 1972 

4035 20

Poetry 229 poem book and schedule 1968-1969 

4035 21

Poem anthology, "Hash" Undated 

4035 22

Richard Olderman postcards 1971 

4035 23

Student newsletters - Tydctsb and the Junk Mail Review 1969-1971 

4035 24

"Ways to Work," by Albert Drake Undated 

4035 25