Kenneth Burke papers (Burke 2), 1918-1993, bulk 1957-1988

The archival collection colloquially known as "Burke-2" has been integrated into the Kenneth Burke Papers, an aggregration of archival material acquired from Kenneth Burke or the Burke Literary Trust. Inventories for material found in "Burke-1," "Burke-2," and "Burke-3" can now be reviewed via the Kenneth Burke papers finding aid at:

Biographical or Historical Note

Kenneth Burke (1897-1993) was a poet, essayist, reviewer, novelist, translator, social commentator, and writer of short stories. But Burke was more widely known in scholarly circles as a philosopher of language, and his ever-fertile writings have continued to influence contemporary thought, particularly in areas of rhetoric, philosophy, literary theory, and cultural and communication studies. William Howe Rueckert (1926-2006) taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo and was elected the first president of the Kenneth Burke Society (1990).