As recently reported in the New York Times, recordings of the American poet, Theodore Roethke, reading selected works are among the latest additions to The Poetry Archive. This project to make historic recordings of poetry read by their authors freely available to the public was initiated by U.K. Poet Laureate Andrew Motion in 2005. With the cooperation of the Poetry Foundation, the collection has expanded its scope to include American authors.
The Special Collections Division holds many materials relating to Roethke (who was a member of the University of Washington faculty from 1947-1963), including his papers. The Roethke papers are described in a rather complicated finding aid, which you can begin to work your way through here. Although the collection contains many photographs, this image is from our nearby neighbor, the Museum of History and Industry. It shows Roethke (right) with Seattle-born musician and composer, Armand Russell in an undisclosed location. Russell, who trained at the University of Washington, played double bass with the Seattle Symphony and several other orchestras, before joining the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1961.