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Gladys Campbell papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 251

Scope and Contents

The Gladys Campbell Papers contain correspondence, writings, and other papers that document the work of the poet Gladys Campbell and friends from the University of Chicago Poetry Club, as well as her relationship with other poets. The papers also contain writings of George Dillon, Charles Bell, Janet Lewis, Maurice Lesemann, Naomi Clark, and Morton Zabel. The papers span the years 1914 to 1995. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the papers and spans 1914 to 1995. Writings by Gladys Campbell and others spans 1924 to 1986 and includes undated material. Photographs and printed materials make up the smallest portion of the papers, spanning 1924 to 1992.

Dates

  • 1914 - 1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Gladys Campbell Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Serendipity Books on the Elizabeth Wakeman Dwight Memorial Fund, 2003.

Arrangement

The Gladys Campbell Papers are organized into six series: Correspondence, Writings, Writings of Others, Photographs, University of Chicago Materials, and Printed Materials.

Extent

3.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.campbellg

Overview

The Gladys Campbell Papers contain correspondence, writings, and other papers that document the work of the poet Gladys Campbell and other members of the University of Chicago Poetry Club, as well as her relationships with other poets. The papers also contain writings of George Dillon, Charles Bell, Janet Lewis, Maurice Lesemann, Naomi Clark, and Morton Zabel. The papers span the years 1914 to 1995.

Gladys Campbell

Gladys Campbell (1892-1992) attended the University of Chicago to study poetry and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1920 and a Master of Arts in 1943. Campbell was one of the early members of the University of Chicago Poetry Club, a group formed in 1917 by students who wished to address the absence of modern poetry in the University curriculum. Other members included Glenway Wescott, George Dillon, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Arthur Yvor Winters, Llewellyn Jones, Maurice Lesemann, and Janet Lewis. Harriet Monroe, the founder and editor of Poetry Magazine, visited the group often.

Gladys Campbell and George Dillon (1906-1968) were editors of the Poetry Club's publication, The Forge: A Journal of Verse, published from 1924 to 1929. Campbell and Dillon were close friends for their entire lives and Dillon sent his poems to her for criticism. He was the editor for Poetry Magazine from 1937 to 1949, during which time he also served in WWII. Another close friend of Gladys Campbell's was the writer Glenway Wescott (1901-1987). Charles Bell (1916-), another poet and Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, also sent Campbell drafts of poems for criticism.

Campbell wrote poetry throughout her life and her poems appeared frequently in Poetry, The Forge, The Dial and Book Notes. She published one collection, The Momentary Beach, in 1972. From 1922 to 1929, Campbell taught English in the University of Chicago Lab Schools and from 1929 to 1957 she taught humanities and English at the University of Chicago. She retired in 1957. Campbell was active in Hyde Park's Poetry Society, which met in her apartment. Writers such as Yvor Winters, George Dillon, and Thornton Wilder were among its members. Campbell never married and lived in the Hyde Park section of Chicago until her death in 1992.
Title
Guide to the Gladys Campbell Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Molly Wheeler
Date
April 27, 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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