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Sven Armens Papers

Identifier: RG99.0050

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Scope and Contents

The Sven M. Armens papers include his manuscript drafts of poetry.


  • Creation: 1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Sven M. Armens was born August 11, 1921, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Armens received his A.M. degree from Tufts College (now Tufts University) in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1943. He took the M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Harvard University in 1947 and 1951.

Dr. Armens received a teaching fellowship at Harvard during 1949-1950. He joined the State University of Iowa English faculty as an instructor in 1950. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1954, associate professor in 1961, and was made full professor in 1966. He taught courses in American poetry, Shakespeare, and ancient and modern literature. In addition to publishing several books of poetry, he contributed to the University of Kansas City Review and other publications. Dr. Armens retired from the University in 1988.

He married Kathleen Vera Danahy on May 31, 1942, and they had two children, Karl and Sharon.


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Professor of English and published poet. Manuscripts.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University Archives by Mr. Armens in October 1994.

Related Materials

Folder, "Armens, Sven," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)

Records of the Dept. of English (RG 06.12.01)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242