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Bernard R. Breyer and Donald Davidson Correspondence Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0573
Overview The collection contains four letters, one typed and three handwritten, dated from 1945 to 1946. Two of the letters discuss military life in World War I and World War II. Also included is a discussion regarding the Vanderbilt University athletic program and the upcoming football season.
Dates: 1945 - 1948

Cleanth Brooks Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0054
Overview This small collection (.21 linear feet ) includes correspondence between Cleanth Brooks and a number of Vanderbilt University faculty about the Fugitive Poets Reunion at Vanderbilt in 1956, the Literary Symposia in 1958 and 1964, and other literary and academic matters. There are also newspaper clippings and articles and several photographs taken by Merrill Moore at the 1956 Fugitive Poets Reunion at Vanderbilt.
Dates: 1938 - 1977

Robert Harris Chapman Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0248
Overview This collection contains seven letters from Robert Penn Warren to Robert Harris Chapman, and one poem by Robert Penn Warren.
Dates: 1958 - 1975

Brainard Bartwell Cheney and Frances Neel Cheney Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0004
Overview This collection contains the papers of Brainard Bartwell Cheney and Frances Neel Cheney. Major topics of interest include multiple versions of Brainard Cheney’s novels, the Pine Barrens and Rivers of Southeastern Georgia, materials relating to the Cheney’s friendships with many of the Fugitive/Agrarian writers, Brainard Cheney’s interest in Catholicism, Tennessee Politics in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, race relations and civil rights, Library Science and reference services.
Dates: 1841 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1940s-1970s

Walter Clyde Curry Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0097
Overview Walter Clyde Curry (1887-1967), a long-time member of the Department of English at Vanderbilt, was a scholar of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. He was one of the initial members of the Fugitive literary movement.
Dates: Inclusive: 1933-1967; Majority of material found within Bulk: 1955-1963

Donald Davidson Early Poems Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0698
Scope and Content Note This small collection of 11 typescript poems with some holograph notes by Donald Davidson dating from 1916 was given to Vanderbilt University Special Collections by James Summerville, who was given the poems by Will Ella Tatom Johnson Smith ( Mrs. James Mapheus Smith), who was given the poems by Donald Davidson. Mrs. Smith was first married to Stanley Johnson, one of the Fugitive poets, and she herself wrote poetry. These poems were never published in the ...
Dates: multiple

Donald Davidson Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0002
Scope and Contents The Donald Davidson Papers (1906 - 1968) include correspondence and writings by Davidson as well as reviews, research materials, publications materials, publicity for books, legal and financial documents, family records, newspaper clippings and photographs, segregation materials, and manuscripts of writings by others. The bulk of the materials come from the 1920's through the 1960's. Davidson received his B. A. and M. A. degrees from Vanderbilt University and remained at the...
Dates: 1906 - 1968

James Marshall Frank Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0153
Overview These papers consist primarily of correspondence and manuscript material that Fugitive poet James Marshall Frank collected. Also included here are items that came from him and other Fugitive poets and which were donated to Special Collections by his daughter Helen Frank. Donald Davidson, Laura Riding Gottshcalk, Sidney Hirsch, Merrill Moore, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren are among the Fugitive poets whose work is represented, and there are also letters to and from various members of the...
Dates: 1902 - 1981

Fugitive and Agrarian Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0160
Overview This collection contains 1.67 linear feet of materials on the Fugitive Poets and the Nashville Agrarians. Most of the materials have to do with the years in the 1920’s when the Fugitive poet group was formed and the resulting poems, manuscripts, and correspondence. In addition there are a few items, mostly articles, that concern the Agrarian group.
Dates: 1922 - 1979

Fugitive and Agrarian Collection Addition

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Identifier: MSS.0622
Scope and Content Note This collection, 3.34 linear feet, is an addition to the Fugitive and Agrarian Collection MSS 160. It includes a wide range of items relating to the Fugitive and Agrarian groups and is especially valuable in the holdings of items from the 1980’s and 1990’s including correspondence, articles, book reviews, and other materials. In addition to the Fugitives and Agrarians themselves, whose biographical notes follow below, associates represented in this collection include:
Dates: 2012

The Fugitive Reunion Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0693
Scope and Content Note This small collection (2.33 linear feet) consists of the recordings and transcripts of the proceedings of the sessions of the Fugitive Poets Reunion held in Nashville, Tennessee and at Vanderbilt University on May 3, 4, 5 in 1956. The recordings were originally made on reel to reel tape, and have been transferred to audio cassettes and in 2010 to compact disc format. The 26 reel to reel tapes, audio cassettes and compact discs are included here. The transcriptions are bound in two...
Dates: 1956

Sidney M. Hirsch Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0556
Dates: multiple

David McDowell Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0272
Scope and Content Note The papers of David McDowell, editor, were acquired by Speical Collections in 1983. The collection, consisting mostly of incoming correspondence, covers a period of 1939-1980. While attending St. Andrew's in Sewanee, Vanderbilt, and Kenyon College, McDowell became acquainted with many of the laureates of Southern literature whose letters can be found in this collection. David McDowell strengthened these ties when he served as an editor for several of the writers at Random House and at...
Dates: undated; 1939-1980

Arthur Mizener Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0295
Overview This collection is an exchange of letters between Arthur Mizener and John Crowe Ransom, Mizener and Robert Penn Warren, and Mizener and Allen Tate. It covers the years 1938 through 1974. Literature, criticism, research, publishing, and employment possibilities are the major subjects of the letters.
Dates: 1938 - 1974

Margaret Moore Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0717
Dates: multiple

Merrill Moore and Louise Davis Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0302
Scope and Contents The Merrill Moore and Louise Davis Collection, 1943-1956, includes an Autobiographical sketch of Merrill Moore, correspondence, poetry, bibliography and articles, publication materials, articles about Merrill Moore, and personal and biographical materials. The collection is small, only 1/3 of a cubic foot. The majority of this collection is focused on the person of Merrill Moore, both as a doctor and a poet.
Dates: 1943 - 1956

Merrill Moore Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0301
Overview This three-box collection contains materials relating to the life of Merrill Moore. Merrill Moore (1903-1957) was a native Tennessean, neurological physician, veteran, and poet. The collection is primarily comprised of his poetry, manuscripts, and letters (both incoming and outgoing) about and by Merrill Moore. It also includes photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, biographical materials, tape recordings, and miscellaneous documents all pertaining to Merrill Moore’s life.
Dates: 1929 - 1955

Eugene P. Nassar Correspondence Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0644
Scope and Content Note This small collection .21 linear feet is made up of photocopies of correspondence between Eugene Nassar and Cleanth Brooks, and between Nassar and John Crowe Ransom, for the years 1966-1993. The collection also contains an obituary of Cleanth Brooks and two articles by Eugene Nassar “Rhodes Institutes in America?” in the American Oxonian and “Symbols and Texts: A Personal Sketch of Literary Criticism Since the Fifties” in The Virginia...
Dates: 2007

Frank Lawrence Owsley Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0003
Overview The papers of Frank Lawrence Owsley (1913-1959) consist of ten cubic feet of materials and are primarily concerned with the professional life and career of this historian, author, and teacher. The major series in the papers include the Correspondence, the Writings, Personal and Biographical Materials, Agrarians, Publication Material, Academic Career, Professional Activities, and Research Materials.
Dates: 1913 - 1959

The William Plumley/Robert Penn Warren Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0336
Scope and Content Note William Plumley presents this small archive of material on and from Robert Penn Warren as it reveals Warren’s working as a poet and writer. He corresponded with Warren in the years 1969 through 1984, and that correspondence is an important component of this collection.
Dates: multiple

 

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