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Sybil Pittman Estess Collection

Identifier: 2014-031

This collection includes anthologies and journals that contain Estess’ poetry and reviews. Whole volumes are arranged alphabetically by journal title. In addition, the collection includes copies and tear sheets of various other poems and writings by the author. These are arranged alphabetically according to the title of the work or the title of the original publication. Estess’ original folder labels and organization have been retained.


  • 1966-2014
  • Majority of material found within 2000-2008

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


1.5 linear feet

Biographical Information

A native of Mississippi, Sybil Pittman Estess received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. In the years that followed, her writing career resulted in five collections of poems, a biography of Elizabeth Bishop, a creative writing textbook, and numerous additional poems in edited volumes. Dr. Estess taught classes at the University of Houston, the University of St. Thomas, Rice University, Houston Community College, Blinn Colleges, as well as for Inprint and the C. G. Jung Center. She was nominated for Poet Laureate of the State of Texas in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sybil Pittman Estess in 2014.

Guide to the Sybil Pittman Estess Collection
Elizabeth Barnes
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA