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Donald E. Axinn collection

Identifier: C-41
Collection contains galleys and drafts of Axinn's book, Ego Makers, poetry submissions, business materials, poetry publications that include Axinn's poems, poetry drafts and edits, and materials related to Axinn's novels.


  • 1970-2000


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:


13 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

Donald Everett Axinn (1929-2009) was a member of the Middlebury College class of 1951 and the namesake of the Donald E. Axinn '51 Litt. D. '89 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library. Axinn received an honorary doctor of letters from Middlebury College in 1989. He also endowed a chair in English and creative writing in 1987 and contributed the funds necessary to build the Axinn Center at Starr Library.

Axinn was an author, poet, and avid aviator. He was the founder and chairman of Donald E. Axinn Companies, an investment firm and developer of office and industrial parks throughout the New York metropolitan area. Axinn was the author of three novels and eleven books of poetry, and served as a director and partner of the publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He produced the film version of his novel Spin. A number of articles by Axinn about flying were published in major New York newspapers, including the New York Times.

After graduating from Middlebury, Axinn received a master's degree from Hofstra University in 1975. He and his wife, Joan, had six children.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was given to Middlebury College by Donald E. Axinn in stages, beginning in 2001.

Processing Information

Collection is not fully processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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