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Collection Number: 05333

Collection Title: Elizabeth Oliver Papers, 1972-2000

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Size 7.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract Elizabeth Oliver was born in 1940 on her father's dairy farm in Virginia. After attending the University of North Carolina, she moved to New York City, N.Y., and worked as a set designer in the theater. In 1968, she taught craft workshops at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. She then moved back to New York City to work as a video producer and editor. In 1977, Oliver was a student at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Me., where she was later invited to teach and serve as a visiting artist. Her primary topics were papermaking and crafts. In the 1990s, she also ventured into poetry and began performing her work. None of her work was published. Around 1997, she was diagnosed with cancer and began three years of treatments. She died on 10 October 2000 in Virginia Beach, Va. The collection contains correspondence and other papers of Elizabeth Oliver. Correspondence is primarily with her father, mother, and other family members, as well as with her students, assistants, friends, and other acquaintances. In her letters, Oliver discussed family matters; her health; course information and teaching, including her work at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; politics; financial matters; and other topics. Some of the letters are drafts and were never sent. Also included are drafts of poems and other writings, diary entries, samples of Oliver's artwork, photographs, class and teaching notes, clippings, programs, and fliers, and other items.
Creator Oliver, Elizabeth, 1940-2000.
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.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Elizabeth Oliver Papers #5333, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Billy and Katherine Bernstein in June 2007 (Acc. 100691).
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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Elizabeth Oliver was born in 1940 on her father's dairy farm in Virginia. After attending the University of North Carolina, she moved to New York City, N.Y., and worked as a set designer in the theater. In 1968, she taught craft workshops at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. She then moved back to New York City to work as a video producer and editor. In 1977, Oliver was a student at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Me., where she was later invited to teach and serve as a visiting artist. Her primary topics were papermaking and crafts. In the 1990s, she also ventured into poetry and began performing her work. None of her work was published. Around 1997, she was diagnosed with cancer and began three years of treatments. She died on 10 October 2000 in Virginia Beach, Va.

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The collection contains correspondence and other papers of artist, crafts teacher, and poet Elizabeth Oliver of Virginia, New York, N.Y., and other locations. Correspondence is primarily with her father, mother, and other family members, as well as with her students, assistants, friends, and other acquaintances. In her letters, Oliver discussed family matters; her health; course information and teaching, including her work at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; politics; financial matters; and other topics. Some of the letters are drafts and were never sent. Also included are drafts of poems and other writings, diary entries, samples of Oliver's artwork, photographs, class and teaching notes, clippings, programs, and fliers, and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1985-2000.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence is primarily with her father, mother, sister and her in-laws, brother and his in-laws, as well as with her students, assistants, friends, schools, and other acquaintances. In her letters, Oliver discussed family matters, her health, course information, politics, financial matters, and other personal events. Some of these letters are drafts and were never sent.

Folder 1-6

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Correspondence, 1985-2000, undated #05333, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1985-2000." Folder 1-6

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: alphabetically by subject, then chronological.

Drafts of poetry and other writings, diary entries, samples of Oliver's artwork, photographs, class and teaching notes, clippings, programs, fliers, and other items. Oliver arranged some of this material by topic and her original folder titles have been maintained.

Folder 7

Art and Teaching #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 7

Folder 8

Buddha #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 8

Folder 9

Class Notes #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 9

Folder 10

Contact Lists #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 10

Folder 11

Dreams #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 11

Folder 12

Matching #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 12

Folder 13

Narratives #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 13

Folder 14

Oliver Dealer Notebook #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 14

Folder 15

Poetry, Letters #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 15

Folder 16

Poetry, Undated #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 16

Folder 17

Sykes #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 17

Folder 18

Theater #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 18

Folder 19

Times and Reading Lists #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 19

Folder 20

Tin Cans #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 20

Folder 21

Writing #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Folder 21

Box 3-8

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Other Papers #05333, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1972-2000." Box 3-8

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kathryn Roth, October 2007

Encoded by: Kathryn Roth, October 2007

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