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Collection Number: 05487

Collection Title: Marie Gilbert Papers, 1944-2009

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 850 items)
Abstract Marie Rogers Gilbert was born in 1924 in Florence, S.C. In 1946, she married Richard A. Gilbert, a finance officer for the Air Force. In 1952, as an Air Force reservist, Richard A. Gilbert was called up for duty in the Korean War and served in an account-auditor in Seoul, Korea. The Gilberts had two children, R. Austin Gilbert Jr. and Laurence (Laurie) Gilbert. Marie Gilbert published several collections of poetry. Gilbert was active in the North Carolina Poetry Society, serving as president, 1990-1992. She received numerous awards for her work, including the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Awards in 1994 and the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award in 2003, and she served as writer-in-residence at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., from fall 2000 to spring 2001. Marie Gilbert died in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2007. The collection contains correspondence, writings, and other materials related to Marie Gilbert's family life and to her career as a poet. The bulk of the correspondence is between Gilbert and her husband Richard A. Gilbert while he was stationed overseas during the Korean War. There are also letters relating to other Gilbert family members. Also included are drafts of Gilbert's books, poems, and essays as well as reviews and promotional materials related to Gilbert's published works. Other items include teaching materials, information on workshops taught and attended by Gilbert and her academic residency at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., audiocassette recordings featuring Marie Gilbert, and research notes. There are also some records of the North Carolina Poetry Society, including meeting notes, newspaper clippings, program brochures, and promotional material for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. Some scattered materials relate to other poets, including Sam Ragan, Fred Chappell, and Ronald Bayes.
Creator Gilbert, Marie.
Language English
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This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Marie Gilbert Papers #5487, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lawrence Gilbert Sanford in October 2010 (Acc. 101391).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Marie Rogers Gilbert was born in 1924 in Florence, S.C. She graduated from Rollins College with a dual major in English and psychology in 1945. In 1946, Gilbert married Richard A. Gilbert, a finance officer for the Air Force. In 1952, as an Air Force Reservist, Richard A. Gilbert was called up for duty in the Korean War and served in an account-auditor in Seoul, Korea. Marie and Richard had two children, R. Austin Gilbert Jr. and Laurence (Laurie) Gilbert.

Marie Gilbert published several collections of poetry, including Myrtle Beach Back When (1989), The Song and the Seed (1983), Connexions (1994), Brookgreen Oaks (1999), and Freedom in the Twenty-First Century (2006). She was active in the North Carolina Poetry Society, serving as president, 1990-1992. Gilbert received numerous awards for her work, including the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Awards in 1994 and the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award in 2003. She served as writer-in-residence at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., from fall 2000 to spring 2001. Marie Gilbert died in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2007.

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The collection contains correspondence, writings, and other materials related to Marie Gilbert's family life and to her career as a poet. The bulk of the correspondence is between Gilbert and her husband Richard A. Gilbert while he was stationed overseas during the Korean War. There are also letters relating to other Gilbert family members. Also included are drafts of Gilbert's books, poems, and essays as well as reviews and promotional materials related to Gilbert's published works. Other items include teaching materials, information on workshops taught and attended by Gilbert and her academic residency at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., audiocassette recordings featuring Marie Gilbert, and research notes. There are also some records of the North Carolina Poetry Society, including meeting notes, newspaper clippings, program brochures, and promotional material for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. Some scattered materials relate to other poets, including Sam Ragan, Fred Chappell, and Ronald Bayes.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1944-1953.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily correspondence between Marie Gilbert and her husband Richard A. Gilbert while he was stationed overseas during the Korean War. Letters from Richard describe his dissatisfaction with the military, accounts of the people and living conditions in Japan and Korea, and his work as an account-auditor in the Air Force. Letters from Marie describe her daily life while living in Greenville, S.C., with their children, Austin and Laurence (Laurie). Letters from family and friends, especially from Richard A. Gilbert's mother and father, are also included. Additional items include newspaper clippings and cards.

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Marie Gilbert and Richard A. Gilbert correspondence, 1944-1951 #05487, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1944-1953." Folder 1-5

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Marie Gilbert and Richard A. Gilbert correspondence, 1952-1953 #05487, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1944-1953." Folder 6-24

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Other letters and related material, 1944-1953 and undated #05487, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1944-1953." Folder 25-28

Letters to Marie and Richard A. Gilbert from family and friends, especially from Richard A. Gilbert's father and mother, and from Sam Ragan and Fred Chappell.

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject file name.

Drafts of Gilbert's books, poems, and essays. There are also reviews and promotion materials related to her published works. Included is some correspondence Other items include teaching materials, information on workshops taught and attended by Gilbert and her academic residency at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., and research notes. Some scattered materials relate to other poets, including Sam Ragan, Fred Chappell, and Ronald Bayes.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 29

A Ramble to the Sea: Draft, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Affair with the Sea: Draft, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

American Grain Workshop, 2006 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Art from Science, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Awards and certificates, 2000-2004 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Barnes and Noble reading, October 1998 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Ronald Bayes correspondence, 1989-2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Blue Heron Poetry Reading, 1999 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 36

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Brookgreen Oaks: Draft, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 37-38

Folder 39

Brookgreen Oaks: Publicity, 1999-2000 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Charles Fitts correspondence, 2007 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Connexions: Comments and fan mail, 1990-2001 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Connexions: Related materials, 1993-1994 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Connexions: Publicity, 1994-1995 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Contacts to remember, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Debordieu Workshop, 1996-2000 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

Debordieu Poetry Workshop, 1999 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

Debordieu Club, 2007 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

Down in There: Poems, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Four C's workshop, 2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Freedom in the 21st Century: Correspondence with publishers, 1996-2006 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Freedom in the 21st Century : Poems published, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Georgetown Rice Museum, 2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Richard Gilbert newspaper clippings, 1982-1984 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

Greensboro Group Inc., 2000-2002 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

Greensboro reading, September 2006 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

Heffernan on Dickinson, 2001 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 56

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The Inside of Faces: Draft, 1992-1993 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

Inspirational tidbits, 1995-2003 and undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

Journal, 1998-1999 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Letters and miscellaneous papers, 1992-1997 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

Marching On: Draft, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

Myrtle Beach Back When: Draft, circa 1988 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

Myrtle Beach Back When: Draft, circa 1988 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 63

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Myrtle Beach Back When: Publicity, 2002-2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 64

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Myrtle Beach workshop, 1992, 1996 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, Weymouth Renovation, 2001-2002 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

Gilbert's file on the North Carolina Poetry Society, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

North Carolina Writers' Network, 1998 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 68

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On Reading Aloud What You Write, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 69

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Poems after 9/11, 2006 and undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

Poems and notes, 2002-2005 and undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Poems: "Best Resources," undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

Poems in progress, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Poems published in anthologies, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Poetry correspondence and poems by friends, 1996-1999 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

Poetry event: Anthony Abbott, 1999-2001 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

Poetry link with art, music, and prose article, 2000-2001 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

Publicity, 1983-2000 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 78

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Published poems, 1984-2006 and undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 79-80

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Published poems from books, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 81

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Removed from A Ramble to the Sea and Brookgreen Oaks, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 82-83

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Rollins College, 1985, 2004 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 84

Folder 85

Ronald H. Bayes Creative Writing Fund, 1998-2002 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 85

Folder 86

Scotia Village program, 2007 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 86

Folder 87

The Song and the Seed: Background material, 1966-1984 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 87

Folder 88

The Song and the Seed: Related letters, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 88

Folder 89

The Song and the Seed: Draft, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 89

Folder 90

The Song and the Seed: Promotional materials, 1983-1984 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 90

Folder 91

The Song and the Seed: Reviews, 1983-1985 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 91

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The Song and the Seed: Writings, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 92

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Saint Andrews Presbyterian College, 2000-2001 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 93-94

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Saint Andrews Presbyterian College: Poetry reading, 2004 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 95

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Saint Andrews Presbyterian College: Sam Ragan Award, 1994 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 96

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Saint Andrews Presbyterian College and North Carolina Poetry Society, 2002 and undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 97

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Saint Andrews Press Birthday and Fortner Award, 2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 98

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Stories by Lauren Sanford, 1995-1996 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 99

Folder 100

Submissions, 2005-2007 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 100

Folder 101

Sundown Poetry Series, 1999 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 101

Folder 102

Sundown reading, 2004 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 102

Folder 103

Travel journal of Portugal and Spain, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 103

Folder 105

Untitled drafts, undated #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 105

Folder 106

Words and Witness; 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry, 1999-2000 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 106

Folder 107

Workshop: How to Write a Poem, 2002-2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 107

Folder 108

Writing from strong feelings, 2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 108

Folder 104

Other papers and poems, 1998-2003 #05487, Series: "2. Subject Files and Writings, 1966-2007 and undated." Folder 104

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About 50 items.

Materials related to the North Carolina Poetry Society include meeting notes, newspaper clippings, program brochures, and promotional material for the Gilbert Chappell Distinguished Poet Series; copies of emails; letters; materials relating to the 2004 Winners Anthology; correspondence regarding the initial donation of materials from the North Carolina Poetry Society to the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library; and other items.

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North Carolina Poetry Society records, 1989-2009 #05487, Series: "3. North Carolina Poetry Society Records, 1989-2009." Folder 109-122

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Processing Information

Processed by: Allison Moore, February, 2011

Encoded by: Allison Moore, February, 2011

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