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Collection Number: 04023

Collection Title: Southern Poetry Review Records, 1962-1978.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6,800 items)
Abstract Southern Poetry Review is a journal dedicated to the publication and promotion of poetry in and of the American South. The collection includes correspondence, financial materials, circulation and advertising files, and other business records, typed originals of poems, and related records of Southern Poetry Review (and its forerunner Impetus) for the years 1962-1978, during which the journal was edited by Guy Owen, poet, novelist, and teacher at North Carolina State University. Letters from writers and editors discuss writing and publishing poetry; among correspondents are poets A. R. Ammons, Charles Edward Eaton, and Robert Morgan.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Southern Poetry Review Records, #4023, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Southern Poetry Review is a journal dedicated to the publication and promotion of poetry in and of the American South. The first issue of Impetus, forerunner of Southern Poetry Review, was published by Guy Owen (1925- ) in Deland, Fla. Owen created the magazine out of frustration at the lack of a local outlet for the creative work of his students at Stetson University. Soon Impetus began publishing faculty work as well as that of students, and the work of poets with whom Owen was familiar. Owen moved to North Carolina State University in 1963, and continued to publish the journal there. In 1964, with its ninth issues, Impetus became Southern Poetry Review. Southern Poetry Review continued under Owen's editorship until 1978. As of 2009, the journal was still in publication, edited by Robert Parham of Augusta State University and hosted by Amstrong Atlatic State University, both in Georgia.

Among poets featured in Southern Poetry Review during Owen's tenure were A. R. Ammons, James Dickey, Fred Chappell, William Harmon, Wendell Berry, Van K. Brock, and Heather Ross Miller.

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The collection includesorrespondence, financial materials, circulation and advertising files, and other business records, typed originals of poems, and related records of Southern Poetry Review (and its forerunner Impetus) for the years 1962-1978, during which the journal was edited by Guy Owen, poet, novelist, and teacher at North Carolina State University. Letters from writers and editors discuss writing and publishing poetry; among correspondents are poets A. R. Ammons, Charles Edward Eaton, and Robert Morgan. Finanical material, circulation files, and communications about advertising and reprinting largely constitute the business records included in these papers. There is also a group of printed material, which includes items illustrating the printing stages of Southern Poetry Review and information about other literary magazines, manuscript versions of much of the material which appeared in Impetus and Southern Poetry Review, and an incomplete run of issues of Impetus and Southern Poetry Review.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1962-1978.

About 2000 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by last name of letter writer.

Correspondence of Guy Owen with scholars, teachers, poets, and writers chiefly related to the publication of Southern Poetry Review. Some letters from personal and professional correspondence discuss their careers and the experience of writing poetry. Notable correspondents include Alice Moser Claudel, Julia Fields, Heather Ross Miller, Paul Ramsey, Leslie Phillabaum, David Howell Jones, Gordon Weaver, Norman McLeod, David Madden, Miller Williams, John Foster West, A. R. Ammons, Charles Edward Eaton, Doris Betts, Fred Chappell, William Harmon, Wendell Berry, and Jesse Stuart.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 1a

Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, A #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 1-3

Folder 2 contains letters from A. R. Ammons.

Folder 4-9

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Correspondence, B #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 4-9

Folder 6 contains lettes from Ron Bayles.

Folder 10-18

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence, C #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 10-18

Folders 12-16 contain letters from Alice Moser Claudel.

Folder 19-24

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Correspondence, D #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 19-24

Folders 20-21 contain letters from Victor Dalmas.

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

Correspondence, E #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 25-26

Folder 26 contains letters from Charles Edward Eaton.

Folder 27-29

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Correspondence, F #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 27-29

Folder 29 contains letters from Warren French.

Folder 30-32

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Correspondence, G #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 30-32

Folder 33-39

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Correspondence, H #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 33-39

Folder 39 contains letters from Ralph W. Hyde.

Folder 40

Correspondence, I #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 40

Folder 41-42

Folder 41

Folder 42

Correspondence, J #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 41-42

Folder 42 contains letters from David Howell Jones.

Folder 43-44

Folder 43

Folder 44

Correspondence, K #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 43-44

Folder 45-46

Folder 45

Folder 46

Correspondence, L #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 45-46

Folder 47-57

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Correspondence, M #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 47-57

Folder 50 contains letters from Norman McLeod; Folder 55 contains letters from Heather Ross Miller; Folder 57 contains letters from Robert Morgan.

Folder 58-60

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Correspondence, N-O #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 58-60

Folder 59 contains letters from Paul B. Newman.

Folder 61-64

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Correspondence, P #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 61-64

Folder 64 contains letters from Leslie E. Phillabaum.

Folder 65-69

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Correspondence, R #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 65-69

Folder 66 contains letters from Paul Ramsey.

Folder 70-76

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

Correspondence, S #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 70-76

Folder 77-80

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

Correspondence, T #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 77-80

Folders 78-79 containing letters, from William E. Taylor, are located in Box 13.

Folder 81

Correspondence, U-V #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 81

Folder 82-90

Folder 82

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Folder 90

Correspondence, W #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 82-90

Folder 84 contains letters from Gordon Weaver; Folder 89 contains letters from Miller Williams. Folders 85-86, containing letters from John Foster West, are located in Box 13.

Folder 91-92

Folder 91

Folder 92

Correspondence, Y-Z #04023, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1978." Folder 91-92

Folder 91 contains letters from Jack Zucker.

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About 900 items.

Includes circulation files, business communications, records of day-to-day financial transactions, information about grants, and other items. The bulk of this material consists of files, established by the Southern Poetry Review office, which pertain to the distribution of Southern Poetry Review. For each letter of the alphabet there are two folders, one marked "Subscription," containing material pertaining to institutional subscribers, and one marked "Membership," containing material pertaining to individual subscribers. The latter category also includes letters from subscribers with personal discussions and comments about poetry and publishing.

Business correspondence is principally concerned with finances, printing, reprinting, and advertising; only a small number of copies of communications from the Southern Poetry Review office are included. Some office and inter-departmental memoranda discuss financial difficulties.

Other business material includes bills and receipts, records of deposits and withdrawals, information about grants pursued and received by Southern Poetry Review and copyright certifications.

Folder 93-95

Folder 93

Folder 94

Folder 95

Business Correspondence #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 93-95

Folder 96

Office and Interdepartmental Memoranda #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 96

Folder 97-144

Folder 97

Folder 98

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Folder 144

Circulation Files #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 97-144

Folder 145

Information about Exchange Subscriptions #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 145

Folder 146

Contributors Payment Lists #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 146

Folder 147

Copyright Certificates #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 147

Folder 148

Deposit Records #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 148

Folder 149

Withdrawal Records #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 149

Folder 150

Account Statements #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 150

Folder 151

Bills and Receipts #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 151

Folder 152

Cash Book, 1964-1973 #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 152

Folder 153

Varitype Records #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 153

Folder 154-155

Folder 154

Folder 155

Grants: Coordinating Council for Little Magazines #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 154-155

Folder 156

Grants: National Endowment for the Arts #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 156

Folder 157-158

Folder 157

Folder 158

Grants: North Carolina Arts Council #04023, Series: "2. Business Records, 1964-1977." Folder 157-158

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975.

About 800 items.

Includes original typescripts of many of the poems published in Southern Poetry Review and of some of those published in Impetus. In some cases editorial emendations and comments have been added. A copy of the typescript version of Paul Ramsey's In an Ordinary Place is also included.

Folder 159

Impetus, 5 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 159

Folder 160

Southern Poetry Today #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 160

Folder 161

Impetus, 7 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 161

Folder 162

Impetus, 8 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 162

Folder 163

In An Ordinary Place #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 163

Folder 164

Southern Poetry Review, VII, 2 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 164

Folder 165

Southern Poetry Review, VIII, 1 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 165

Folder 166

Southern Poetry Review, VIII, 2 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 166

Folder 167

Southern Poetry Review: A Decade of Poems #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 167

Folder 168

Southern Poetry Review, XI, 2 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 168

Folder 169

Southern Poetry Review, XII, 1 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 169

Folder 170

Southern Poetry Review, XII, 2 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 170

Folder 171

Southern Poetry Review, Special Raleigh Issue #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 171

Folder 172

Southern Poetry Review, XIII, 1 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 172

Folder 173

Southern Poetry Review, XIII, 2 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 173

Folder 174

Southern Poetry Review, XIII, 3 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 174

Folder 175

Southern Poetry Review, Special Women's Issue #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 175

Folder 176

Southern Poetry Review, XIV, 1 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 176

Folder 177

Southern Poetry Review, XIV, 2 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 177

Folder 178

Southern Poetry Review, XV, 1 #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 178

Folder 179

Southern Poetry Review, Special Issue, North Carolina Poetry: The Seventies #04023, Series: "3. Manuscript Versions of Material that Appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 1960-1975." Folder 179

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About 500 items.

Includes printed material about the Southern Poetry Reivew, received as correspondence, a sample of material illustrating stages of printing Southern Poetry Review, and miscellaneous printed material. Printed material about Southern Poetry Review includes clippings and articles, an announcement, and an advertisement.

The printed material received as correspondence by the Southern Poetry Review office includes circulars, form letters, newsletters, and press releases, many about other magazines. Some, especially those from Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers (COSMEP) are annotated. The miscellaneous material consists of articles and clippings making no direct reference to Southern Poetry Review.

Folder 180

Impetus, 5 #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." Folder 180

Folder 181

Impetus, 7 #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." Folder 181

Folder 182-183

Folder 182

Folder 183

Southern Poetry Review, VIII, 1 #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." Folder 182-183

Folder 184

Southern Poetry Review, XII, 1 #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." Folder 184

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-4023/1

Printing examples #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." X-OPF-4023/1

Includes items illustrating printing stages of Southern Poetry Review.

Folder 185-191

Folder 185

Folder 186

Folder 187

Folder 188

Folder 189

Folder 190

Folder 191

Printed Material Received as Correspondence #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." Folder 185-191

Folder 192-194

Folder 192

Folder 193

Folder 194

Other Printed Material #04023, Series: "4. Printed Material, 1960-1977." Folder 192-194

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About 30 items.

Includes copies of about three-fourths of the issues of Impetus and Southern Poetry Review published before 1978. Also includes a copy each of Southern Poetry Today (1962); In An Ordinary Place, by Paul Ramsey (1965); and Southern Poetry Review: A Decade of Poems (1969).

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Folder 210

Folder 211

Copies of Impetus and Southern Poetry Review #04023, Series: "5. Copies of Impetus and Southern Poetry Review" Folder 195-211

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Oversize papers (X-OPF-4023/1).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, November 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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