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Collection Number: 04739

Collection Title: Howard Ramsden Papers, 1944-1968

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 275 items)
Abstract Poet Howard Ramsden was a native of New England, but lived for many years in Leaksville, N.C. His poems were published in a wide variety of publications, including little magazines, literary journals, and daily newspapers. Materials include letters, 1944-1968 and undated, relating to publication of Ramsden's poems. In the late 1940s, these letters are largely from publications that published Ramsden's poems granting him permission to use those poems in a compilation of his works (probably never published). There are also numerous acceptances and rejection slips for poems Ramsden tried to place. Also included are many poems by Ramsden and poems he collected that were written by others, as well as his notes relating to various literary works.
Creator Ramsden, Howard.
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 Howard Ramsden papers #4739, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Jean S. Hart of Nashville, Tenn., in January 1995 (Acc. 95016).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Poet Howard Ramsden was a native of New England, but lived for many years in Leaksville, N.C. His poems were published in a wide variety of publications, including little magazines, literary journals, and daily newspapers.

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Materials include letters, 1944-1968 and undated, relating to publication of Ramsden's poems. In the late 1940s, these letters are largely from publications that published Ramsden's poems granting him permission to use those poems in a compilation of his works (probably never published). There are also numerous acceptances and rejection slips for poems Ramsden tried to place. Also included are many poems by Ramsden and poems he collected that were written by others, as well as his notes relating to various literary works.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1944-1968 and undated.

About 45 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Materials include letters, 1944-1968 and undated, relating to publication of Ramsden's poems. In the late 1940s, these letters are largely from publications that published Ramsden's poems granting him permission to use those poems in a compilation of his works (probably never published). There are also numerous acceptances and rejections slips for poems Ramsden tried to place.

Folder 1

1944-1949 #04739, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1968 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1951-1954 #04739, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1968 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1962-1968 and undated #04739, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1968 and undated." Folder 3

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About 225 items.

Typed, holograph, and published poems by Ramsden, most of them collected into titled volumes as listed below.

Folder 4-6

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

The Actual Illusion #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 4-6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

The Clear Destiny #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

Cry Hylas #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

Earthly Season #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 10-11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Forgiveness in the Thorn #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 12-13

Folder 14

In Discovery of Fate #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Inside Thin Houses #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

A New Budding #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

A New Say #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

The Savour and the Shining #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Songs from a Buried Grove #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Ten Poems #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

This Person in Front #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 21

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

The Undying Search #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 22-23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

We Live the Myth #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 24-25

Folder 26

The Western Path #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

When Things Look Kind #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

You Clasp the Shadow #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

The Young World Calling #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 29

Folder 30-37

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Miscellaneous poems #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 30-37

Folder 38

Miscellaneous published poems #04739, Series: "2. Writings by Ramsden, Undated." Folder 38

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