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Collection Number: 05274

Collection Title: Sallie Nixon Papers Relating to Ted Kooser, 1975-2005

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 80 items)
Abstract Sallie Nixon was born in Henderson, N.C. She and her husband Caldwell Nixon moved to Nebraska from North Carolina in 1967. After taking a class from poet Ted Kooser, Nixon was inspired to attend the University of Nebraska in 1969. Following her studies, Nixon returned to North Carolina. Her collections of poetry include Surely, Goodness and Mercy (1965), Second Grace (1977), Spiraling (1990), and A Kind of Peace (2006). Ted Kooser was Poet Laureate of the United States, 2004-2006. He was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He earned his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1962 and his graduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 1968. Kooser's poetry collections include Delights & Shadows, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. The collection is chiefly correspondence, 1975-2005, between Ted Kooser and Sallie Nixon. Kooser's letters discuss his writing projects. Also included are greeting cards featuring poetry and artwork by Kooser as well as printed and photocopied materials relating to him.
Creator Nixon, Sallie
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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.
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 Sallie Nixon Papers #5274, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Sallie Nixon of Gastonia, N.C., in April 2006 (Acc. 100390).
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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Sallie Nixon was born in Henderson, N.C. She and her husband Caldwell Nixon moved to Nebraska from North Carolina in 1967. After taking a class from poet Ted Kooser, Nixon was inspired to attend the University of Nebraska in 1969. Following her studies, she returned to North Carolina. Her collections of poetry include Surely, Goodness and Mercy (1965), Second Grace (1977), Spiraling (1990), and A Kind of Peace (2006). Nixon has served as president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, president of the North Carolina Writers Conference, and on the North Carolina Arts Council.

Ted Kooser was Poet Laureate of the United States, 2004-2006. He was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He earned his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1962 and his graduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 1968. Kooser wrote several collections of poetry including Delights & Shadows, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Kooser is former vice-president of the insurance company Lincoln Benefit Life. As of 2006, he is a professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

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The collection is chiefly correspondence, 1975-2005, from Poet Laureate of the United States Ted Kooser to North Carolina poet Sallie Nixon. Kooser's letters discuss his writing projects. Also included are greeting cards featuring poetry and artwork by Kooser as well as printed and photocopied materials relating to him.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1975-2005.

About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence, mostly from Ted Kooser to Sallie Nixon. Kooser's letters include information about writing projects. Some greeting cards feature poems and paintings by Kooser. For several years, Kooser sent postcards for Valentine's Day featuring a different poem each year.

Folder 1

1975-1977 #05274, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-2005." Folder 1

Folder 2

1980s #05274, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-2005." Folder 2

Folder 3

1990s #05274, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-2005." Folder 3

Folder 4

2000s #05274, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-2005." Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated #05274, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-2005." Folder 5

Folder 6

Kooser's Valentine's Day poems, 1986-2005 #05274, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-2005." Folder 6

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Printed or photocopied materials relating to Kooser, including reviews of his work and articles about him.

Folder 7

1970s, 1992 #05274, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1975-2005." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

2000s #05274, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1975-2005." Folder 8-9

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton, June 2006

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, June 2006

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