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Collection #125

Jeffrey H. Apter Papers

Date:1980 - 1990
Size:8 inches


This collection was donated by Apter’s estate (Gary H. Wright, executor).

Scope and Content

This is largely a collection of Apter’s poetry.  One file contains his personal documents, including his birth certificate, death certificate and passport, as well as a brief, signed thank-you note from Igor Stravinsky for a poem Apter sent him.  This collection would be useful to researchers who are looking for poetry by LGBT authors who were largely unpublished in their lifetimes.

History or Bio

Jeffrey Howard Apter: July 2nd, 1943 (Philadelphia, PA)-February 28th, 1990 (New York City).  Apter was an actor and singer who appeared in Off and Off-Off Broadway productions from 1968-1972.  He also worked as a copy editor for a variety of imprints including Viking and Penguin.  Apter was a prolific poet writing in the surrealist style.  His work was influenced by nature, cityscapes and his travels in Europe.

Folder List

Box 1

1. [Poetry 1]
2. [Poetry 2]
3. [Poetry 3]
4. [Poetry 4]
5. [Two copies of Apter’s one-act play, “The Ambrose Light.”]
6. VINO [Wine Lists and Labels]
7. [Jeffrey Howard Apter-personal documents, letters, photographs]