01/AR0003 Guide to the Harold Epstein Papers Epstein, Harold Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Montgomery, Hailey LaRock.

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Guide to the Harold Epstein Papers 1950/2005 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Harold Epstein Papers 1950-2005 01/AR0003 Epstein, Harold Isreal, 1950-2005 1.00 1 box, 28 digital files English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
Papers of poet and counselor Harold Isreal Epstein.
Administrative History:

Harold Isreal Epstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950. He was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease at the age of 14. Epstein conducted poetry writing sessions with participants from halfway houses, outpatient clinics, trauma units, and community centers geared toward people living with cancer. Epstein was a bookseller at Barnes & Noble Booksellers from 1997 to his death. He taught poetry class at ABC in 2003. He participated in poetry contest like "Express Yourself" for three years. Epstein not only wrote poetry, he wrote many short stories such as “the Big Slip” and created many drawings of the character “Crisis Cat." It is noted Harold Epstein was a licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor with a private practice. Epstein was married twice. In 2005, Epstein had some complications, which resulted in his death at the age of 55.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Topical Term: Poetry--20th century Poetry--21st century.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:


Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Harold Epstein Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Recordings of Epstein reading his poems can be accessed in The Portal to Texas History.

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection materials are arranged into folders which reflect the original arrangement of the collection. The folders are divided into the categories of poems, artwork, stories, drawings, documents, and photographs.

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed primarily of handwritten and printed poems with notes by Harold Isreal Epstein. In addition to the poems, the collection includes short stories, drawings, family photos, and letters.

Detailed List of Contents id160733 1 642268 id160746 1 1 Eulogy by Jennifer Pell Gasoline id160747 1 2 Family Photographs id160748 1 3 Counseling Work id160749 1 4 Influences id160750 1 5 Poetry Drafts (1 of 3) id160751 1 6 Poetry Drafts (2 of 3) id160752 1 7 Poetry Drafts (3 of 3) id160753 1 8 Short Stories id160754 1 9 "Practical Lycanthropy" (Story) id160755 1 10 Partial "Sushi Bar" (Story) id160756 1 11 "Great Uncle Chayim was a Minor Russian Assassin" (Story) id160757 1 12 "Vernon Christ" (Story) id160758 1 13 "Chris Cat" id160759 1 14 Artwork id160760 1 15 "Thursday" (Draft) id160761 1 16 "Thursday" Complete Work with Artwork id160762 1 17 "The Big Slip" (Novel) 1988 id160763 1 18 "Test Run Poetry" December 7, 2003 Title:

Test Run Poetry

id160764 1 19 Breast Feeding Canaries (Chapbook) 2005 id160765 1 20 Compact VHS Tape