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Collection Number: 04977

Collection Title: Elmer N. and Margaret M. Modlin Papers (#4977) 1987, 1996

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Size 7 items (0.5 linear feet).
Abstract Elmer Nelson Modlin (1925- ), poet and actor, was born in Belhaven, N.C.; attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; and lived in Los Angeles, Calif., and Madrid, Spain. Artist Margaret Marley Modlin (1927-1998), also a native of North Carolina, exhibited paintings and drawings in California, New York, Italy, and Spain. The Modlins were married in 1949. The collection contains two manuscripts by Margaret M. Modlin and two by Elmer N. Modlin. One manuscript by Margaret Modlin, "In Silence and Exile," is a somewhat autobiographical story of a painter who received little assistance or encouragement from her family, neighbors, or government, and who thus sought a new beginning in another country. The other manuscript by Margaret Modlin, "Portaits of Henry Miller," discusses the Modlins' relationship with Miller. One manuscript by Elmer Modlin, entitled "A Poem in My Pocket," is dated February 1996 and contains poems, many on Christian religious themes, written 1977-1996. The other manuscript, "Nagasaki and I," is an account of Modlin's experiences as the first American ashore at Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bomb was dropped there in 1945 ending World War II. There are also three photographs relating to Modlin's Nagasaki experiences.
Creator Modlin, Elmer N. (Elmer Nelson), 1925- .



Modlin, Margaret M. (Margaret Marley), 1927-1998.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Elmer N. Modlin of Madrid, Spain, in May 1999 (Acc. 98365).
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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Poet and actor Elmer Nelson Modlin was born on 25 January 1925 in Belhaven, N.C., the son of Queenie Mae Martin and Elmer Nelson Modlin (b. 1904). He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 1942-1943 and 1946-1950. Margaret Marley Modlin (1927-1998) was born on 5 January 1927 in North Carolina. She attended Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., 1944-1946; received an A.B. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 1948; studied at the Los Angles County Art Institute, 1954-1958; and pursued post-graduate studies at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, 1958-1961.

Margaret M. Modlin's paintings and drawings have been exhibited in California, New York, Italy, and Spain. In 1972, she exhibited at Galeria de Luis in Madrid, Spain, and, in 1978, at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, the first foreigner invited to exhibit.

Elmer and Margaret Modlin were married on 20 August 1949. They had one son, Nelson, who was born in 1952. They moved to Madrid, Spain, in 1970.

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Two manuscripts by Margaret M. Modlin and two by Elmer N. Modlin. One manuscript by Margaret M. Modlin is entitled "In Silence and Exile." According to the author's note, "... this book is autobiographical in all areas concerning art, as the author is a painter by profession. The other parts are autobiographical in the sense that they are based on incidents of a personal nature without being essentially a factual autobiography, only continuing in the style of an autobiography." The book is about a woman painter who received little assistance or encouragement from her family, neighbors, or government, and who thus sought a new beginning in another country. The other manuscript by Margaret Modlin, "Portaits of Henry Miller," discusses the Modlins' relationship with Henry Miller.

One manuscript by Elmer Modlin, entitled "A Poem in My Pocket," is dated February 1996 and contains poems, many on Christian religious themes, written from 1977 through 1996. The other manuscript, "Nagasaki and I," is an account of Modlin's experiences as the first American ashore at Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bomb was dropped there in 1945 ending World War II. There are also three photographs that relate to Modlin's Nagasaki experiences.

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7 items (0.5 linear feet).

Two manuscripts by Margaret M. Modlin and two by Elmer N. Modlin. One manuscript by Margaret M. Modlin is entitled "In Silence and Exile." According to the author's note, "... this book is autobiographical in all areas concerning art, as the author is a painter by profession. The other parts are autobiographical in the sense that they are based on incidents of a personal nature without being essentially a factual autobiography, only continuing in the style of an autobiography." The book is about a woman painter who received little assistance or encouragement from her family, neighbors, or government, and who thus sought a new beginning in another country. The other manuscript by Margaret Modlin, "Portaits of Henry Miller," discusses the Modlins' relationship with Henry Miller.

One manuscript by Elmer Modlin, entitled "A Poem in My Pocket," is dated February 1996 and contains poems, many on Christian religious themes, written from 1977 through 1996. The other manuscript, "Nagasaki and I," is an account of Modlin's experiences as the first American ashore at Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bomb was dropped there in 1945 ending World War II. There are also three photographs that relate to Modlin's Nagasaki experiences.

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Folder 9

Modlin, Margaret: "In Silence and Exile," 1987. 655 p. #04977, Series: "Papers, 1987, 1996." Folder 1-9

Folder 10

Modlin, Elmer N.: "A Poem in my Pocket," 1996. 83 p. #04977, Series: "Papers, 1987, 1996." Folder 10

Folder 11

Modlin, Elmer N.: "Nagasaki and I," 1996. 19 p. #04977, Series: "Papers, 1987, 1996." Folder 11

Folder 12

Modlin, Margaret "Potraits of Henry Miller," 1996. 102 p. #04977, Series: "Papers, 1987, 1996." Folder 12

Folder 1/P-4977

Modlin, Elmer N.: Three photographs relating to "Nagasaki and I." #04977, Series: "Papers, 1987, 1996." Folder 1/P-4977

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Items separated include pictures (P-4977).

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