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Collection Number: 04164

Collection Title: Virginia Love Long Papers, 1958-1976

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Virginia Love Long (Virginia L. Rudder (1941- ), journalist and poet, native of Hurdle Mills, N.C., studied at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., 1958-1961. She then married and began a career in journalism with the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times, and in the early 1970s received numerous awards for her work in poetry and journalism. Her first book was After the Ifaluk and Other Poems (1976). She later published The Gallows Lord (1978). She married first Don Ray Bagby of North Carolina and later California, and appears to have married second Harry Rudder of Florida. As of 1978, she had two sons. The collection contains primarily correspondence with other writers, especially Judy Hogan, Amon Liner (1940-1976), and Manuel Gamboa (Manazar); manuscripts poems and writings by Long, Gamboa, Liner, and others; and poetry notebooks of Long. The majority of Gamboa's letters and poetry were written while he was an inmate in Soledad Prison, Soledad, Calif., and are often sexually explicit.
Creator Long, Virginia Love.
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 Virginia Love Long Papers #4164, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Virginia L. Rudder (Virginia Love Long) in 1979.
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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Virginia Love Long (Virginia L. Rudder) was born in 1941 in Roxboro, N.C. She attended Catawba College, 1958-1961, and there met fellow student and poet Amon Liner. After college, she married Don Ray Bagby and pursued a journalism career, working primarily for the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times. She received numerous state and national awards for her work in poetry and journalism. She published her first book, After the Ifaluk and Other Poems in 1976, and another, The Gallows Lord, in 1978. As of 1978 she had two sons.

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The collection of poet Virginia Love Long (Virginia L. Rudder)is divided into correspondence, writings, and other papers. Correspondence with fellow poets, which comprises Subseries 1.1., is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Represented are Judy Hogan, Amon Liner, and Manuel Gamboa (Manazar Gamboa). Much of Gamboa's correspondence was written while he was an inmate in Soledad Prison and is sexually explicit in nature. Personal and business correspondence and fan letters, which comprise Subseries 1.2., are arranged chronologically. The writings series includes poetic works by Long as well as by Manuel Gamboa, including his translation into Spanish of Amon Liner's "Chrome Glass." Other papers include clippings, journal entries, and other materials.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1959-1978.

About 300 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by correspondent (Subseries 1.1) and chronological (Subseries 1.2).

Subseries 1.1 consists of letters received by Long from other poets, close friends who critiqued her work and whose work she apparently analyzed in turn. Included are letters from Paul Foreman and Foster Foreman, Judy Hogan, Amon Liner (1940-1976), Manuel Gamboa (Manazar), Barbara Street, and R. Z. (Roz) Wolbarsht. Subseries 1.2 consists of general correspondence with family, friends, and fans of Long's column in the Roxboro, N.C., Courier Times.

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About 200 items.

Letters received by Long from other poets and close friends who critiqued her work and whose work she apparently analyzed in turn. Included are letters from Amon Liner (1940-1976) of Charlotte and Chapel Hill, N.C., including his comments on his work, his mental and physical well-being, and his philosophy of writing. Also included are letters from Mexican American poet Manuel Gamboa (Manazar), chiefly November 1976-May 1977, the bulk of which were written while he was an inmate in Soledad Prison and many of which are sexually explicit in nature. Scattered drafts of letters from Long to Gamboa after the dissolution of their relationship are also present. Other correspondents include Paul Foreman and Foster Foreman of Thorpe Springs Press, Berkeley, Calif., and Judy Hogan of the Carolina Wren Press, Carrboro, N.C.

Folder 1

Foreman, Paul and Foreman, Foster, 1975 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 1

Folder 2

Gamboa, Manuel (Manazar), Nov 1976-Mar 1977 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 2

Folder 3

Gamboa, Manuel (Manazar), Apr 1977-Apr 1978 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 3

Folder 4

Hogan, Judy, 1974-1977 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 4

Folder 5

Liner, Amon, 1960-1961 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 5

Folder 6

Liner, Amon, 1964-1965 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 6

Folder 7

Liner, Amon, 1966-1969 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 7

Folder 8

Liner, Amon, 1970-1971 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 8

Folder 9

Liner, Amon, 1972-1973 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 9

Folder 10

Liner, Amon, 1974-1976 and n.d. #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 10

Folder 11

Street, Barbara, 1975-1977 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 11

Folder 12

Wolbarsht, R. Z. (Roz), 1977-1978 #04164, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1978." Folder 12

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About 100 items.

Business and personal correspondence, including letters from editors about works submitted, from other poets, from family and friends, and from fans of Long's articles in the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times. Topics include family affairs, mutual friends, congratulations on awards and publication of work, and sympathy over the illness of Long's mother, who suffered a stroke in 1975.

Folder 13

1959-1969 #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 13

Folder 14

1970-1973 #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 14

Folder 15

1974 #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 15

Folder 16

1975 #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 16

Folder 17

1976 #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 17

Folder 18

1977 #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 18

Folder 19

Undated #04164, Subseries: "1.2. Correspondence, Chronological, 1959-1977." Folder 19

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About 150 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by title, where possible. Long's poetry notebooks follow the loose materials.

Writings by Long and others. Subseries 2.1 contains loose poems and unpublished manuscripts by Long. Subseries 2.2 contains her poetry/memorandum notebooks. Subseries 2.3 contains works by Amon Liner and Manuel Gamboa (Manazar).

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About 75 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by title, where possible.

Loose writings by Long, including a series of early poems: "Love the Silence that Endures", a tribute to Amon Liner; and "Moontalking", a collaborative effort with poet Jimmy Santiago Baca (restricted until published).

Folder 20

Loose poems #04164, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Writings by Long." Folder 20

Folder 21

"The Gamboa Rose" #04164, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Writings by Long." Folder 21

Folder 22

"Love the Silence that Endures" #04164, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Writings by Long." Folder 22

Folder 23

"Moontalking: A Womansong" #04164, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Writings by Long." Folder 23

Folder 24

"Snake Eye" #04164, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Writings by Long." Folder 24

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17 volumes.

Memorandum and poetry notebooks, with some prose material included. All are disjointed, scattered, and mostly undated. Of particular note, however, are transcriptions from an apparent court case, in Volume #10, and drafts letters written by Long to Manuel Gamboa (Manazar) after the dissolution of their relationship, in Volume 15.

Folder 25

Poetry notebook #1 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 25

Folder 26

Poetry notebook #2 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 26

Folder 27

Poetry notebook #3 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 27

Folder 28

Poetry notebook #4 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 28

Folder 29

Poetry notebook #5 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 29

Folder 30

Poetry notebook #6 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 30

Folder 31

Poetry notebook #7 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 31

Folder 32

Poetry notebook #8 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 32

Folder 33

Poetry notebook #9 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 33

Folder 34

Poetry notebook #10 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 34

Folder 35

Poetry notebook #11 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 35

Folder 36

Poetry notebook #12 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 36

Folder 37

Poetry notebook #13 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 37

Folder 38

Poetry notebook #14 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 38

Folder 39

Poetry notebook #15 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 39

Folder 40

Poetry notebook #16 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 40

Folder 41

Poetry notebook #17 #04164, Subseries: "2.2. Poetry Notebooks." Folder 41

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Other Papers.

About 50 items.

Miscellaneous items, including excerpts from Long's journal, 1977; clippings, mostly about University of North Carolina graduate Larry Wilfred Phelps, a member of the Progressive Labor Movement, who was murdered, and a college term paper by Long, 1960.

Folder 46

Virginia Love Long's journal excerpts, 1977 #04164, Series: "3. Other Papers." Folder 46

Folder 47

Clippings #04164, Series: "3. Other Papers." Folder 47

Folder 48

Miscellaneous papers #04164, Series: "3. Other Papers." Folder 48

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Processing Information

Processed by: Eileen Parris, November 1992

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, July 1998

This collection was previously known as the Virginia Long Rudder Papers (revised January 2007 because of name change).

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