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Collection Number: 04166

Collection Title: Michael Rigsby Revere Papers, 1974-2002

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Size 1500 items (3.5 linear feet)
Abstract Michael Rigsby Revere is a poet and native of North Carolina. The collection contains chiefly correspondence and writings of Revere. Correspondence in the original deposit is slight and mostly with his mother. The additions contain more correspondence with publishers and friends. His published and unpublished works are represented. Other materials include an audio tape interview with Revere for WUNC radio, newspaper articles about Revere, items related to other activities, and photographs.
Creator Revere, Michael Rigsby, 1951- .
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Additions are unprocessed, but usable.
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 Michael Rigsby Revere Papers #4166, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Gift of Michael Rigsby Revere, 1979, 1982, April 1995 (Acc. 95045), July 1996 (Acc. 96111), and March 2002 (Acc. 99188).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Michael Rigsby Revere, formerly Michael Darrell Rigsby, was born in 1951. Growing up in a military family, he lived in six states and Europe during the first twelve years of his life. He dropped out of high school and joined the army at seventeen to avoid being sent to jail. Six months later he was discharged for "unsuppressible nomadic tendencies." Between 1969 and 1976 Revere hitch-hiked across the U.S. 24 times.

As of 1982, Revere had been married three times. His alcoholism ended his first marriage. With his second wife, Theresa, he lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., and worked as a cook. During this time he was publishing a fair number of poems in local journals. His book, Hospital Poems, was written during a stay in the mental health ward of the University of North Carolina hospital, where he was being treated for trauma experienced after almost losing his life in a fire in 1975. It was in Chapel Hill in the mid-1970s that he developed a reputation as a "street poet."

While living in North Carolina, Revere conducted writing workshops at the North Carolina Prison for Women, the Federal Correctional Institute, the Carrboro Arts School, and the Wildflower Kitchen. The Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, and Roxboro newspapers have all featured or reviewed his work.

Divorced from Theresa, Revere left North Carolina and travelled west, to Washington and Oregon. There he married for the third time to Judy Clouse. The couple moved to Montana in 1980. They had two children, Sadie (b. 1980) and Andrew (b. 1982). Revere developed an interest in Christianity that is reflected in his poetry. One of his published works represented in the collection is a republication of "Hospital Roommates" in the Christian publication, Alive Now.

In 1984, Revere and his family moved to Eugene, Ore., where they lived until 1992. In 1992, they moved to Columbia, S.C. After ten months there, they moved to Cullowhee, N.C. There Revere attended Southwestern Community College.

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The Michael Rigsby Revere collection is divided into four series. Series 1 contains correspondence. In the original deposit, most of the letters are from Revere's mother, Margaret Pope. The additions contain correspondence with many other people. Series 2 contains Revere's writings, published and unpublished. Series 3 contains reviews of Revere's work. Series 4 contains other papers, including an audio tape of an interview with Revere, newspaper articles about him, publicity for his poetry readings and musical performances, financial and legal papers, and items documenting other activities.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1975-1982.

About 40 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Revere's correspondence included here is scattered. There are usually only a few letters from any one person with the exception of his mother, Margaret Pope. The letters chiefly document Revere's efforts to maintain his contact with North Carolina literary publications while he was out of the state.

Folder 1

1975-1979 #04166, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1982." Folder 1

Folder 2

1980-1981 and undated #04166, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1982." Folder 2

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About 140 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Works written by Revere over a ten year period. In some cases entire journal issues that include Revere poems are present. Many poems are loose, however, and have been arranged alphabetically by title or first line. A few pages of Revere's autobiography and some of his reviews of other poets' work are in subseries 2.3.

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About 15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Issues of art and poetry journals in which Revere's work was published and copies of the three books of Revere's poetry published on small presses: Hospital Poems, Milky Way Poems, and Shotgun Vision.

Folder 3

Images: "Jesus," "Rusting," 1973 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 3

Folder 4

One Little Candle: "untitled," "Snails," "To a Very Pointful Professor," "Thoroughly Aged," "Untitled," "unititled," "Jesus," 1972 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 4

Folder 5

The Above Ground Review. Two poems, 1973 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 5

Folder 6

The Lunatic Fringe. untitled, 1974 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 6

Folder 7

Hyperion: "Spirit Happy," "Village Green," "2 types of degrees," 1975 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 7

Folder 8

Hospital Poems, 1975 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 8

Folder 9

What's a Nice Hillbilly Like You ... ? "Acid Creek Visions," 1973 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 9

Folder 10

The Sun, "Three Definitions of the Milky Way," May 1976 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 10

Folder 11

Milky Way Poems, 1976 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 11

Folder 12

Nitty-Gritty, "Fly Monologue," 1976 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 12

Folder 13

Shotgun Vision, 1977 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 13

Folder 14

The Sun, "West Virginia," 1978 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 14

Folder 15

Artscape: "Taking a few pot shots at Modern Culture and society," "Welcome to Chancytown," 1979 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 15

Folder 16

Alive Now, "Hospital Roommates," 1982 #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 16

Folder 17

Other Viewpoints, "untitled haiku," undated; untitled pamphlet, undated #04166, Subseries: "2.1. Published Works, 1972-1982." Folder 17

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Unpublished Works, 1979-1980.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Essays, 1979-1980.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Reviews of Revere's Work, 1974-1977.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Other Papers, 1978.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of March 2002 (Acc. 99188), 1979-2002.

About 1300 items.

Arrangement: As additions to original series with the additions of Series 5.

Correspondence, 1979-2002, writings, photographs, and other papers of Michael Rigsby Revere.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1979-2002.

About 1200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 34

1979 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

1980 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 35-36

Folder 37-38

Folder 37

Folder 38

1981 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 37-38

Folder 39-40

Folder 39

Folder 40

1982 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 39-40

Folder 41

1983 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 41

Folder 42

1984 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 42

Folder 43-44

Folder 43

Folder 44

1985 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 43-44

Folder 45

1986 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 45

Folder 46

1987 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 46

Folder 47

1988 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 47

Folder 48

1989 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 48

Folder 49

1990 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 49

Folder 50

1991 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 50

Folder 51

1992 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 51

Folder 52

1993 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 52

Folder 53

1994 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

1985 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 54-55

Folder 56

1996 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 56

Folder 57

1997 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 57

Folder 58

1998 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 58

Folder 59

1999 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 59

Folder 60

2000 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 60

Folder 61

2001 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 61

Folder 62

2002 #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 62

Folder 63-66

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Undated #04166, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1979-2002." Folder 63-66

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2. Writings, 1981-2001 and undated.

About 60 items.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Unpublished Works, 1997-2001 and undated.

About 50 items.
Folder 68-72

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Loose Poems #04166, Subseries: "2.2. Unpublished Works, 1997-2001 and undated." Folder 68-72

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Essays, 1996-1997 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4. Other Papers, 1981-1999 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5. Photographs, 1990 and undated.

10 items.

Photographs of Michael Revere, alone and with others, and photographs of relatives of Michael Revere.

Folder P-4166/1

Photographs #04166, Subseries: "5. Photographs, 1990 and undated." Folder P-4166/1

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Items separated include photographs (P-4166), videotapes (VT-4166), and a audiocassette tape (C-4166/1).

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Processing Information

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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