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Mary Barnard papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 524

Scope and Contents

The papers document the life and literary career of Mary Barnard and consist of writings, correspondence, travel papers, diaries, photographs, artwork, and audiovisual materials, dating from the 1890s to 2001.Writings include drafts of published and unpublished works, research materials, and notebooks. Correspondence pertains mostly to Barnard's writing career and personal relationships, but also includes family correspondence. Correspondents include Ezra and Dorothy Pound and William Carlos Williams. Travel papers include diaries written by Barnard, passports, brochures, maps and printed ephemera. The collection also includes a small amount of daily calendars, photograph albums, artwork, and audio and video cassettes.

Dates

  • 1890 - 2001
  • Majority of material found within 1933 - 2001

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 18 (artwork) Boxes 19-20 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mary Barnard Papers is 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

Gift of Elizabeth Bell, 2002.

Purchased from Elizabeth Bell on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, 2005.

Arrangement

Organized into six series: I. Writings, 1932-1999. II. Correspondence, 1909-2001. III. Travel Papers, 1949-1994. IV. Calendars and Address Books, 1959-2001. V. Photographs, 1890s-1990s. VI. Other Papers, 1933-2001.

Extent

20.21 Linear Feet ((24 boxes) + 1 broadside)

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.barnard

Overview

The papers document the life and literary career of Mary Barnard and consist of writings, correspondence, travel papers, diaries, photographs, and audiovisual materials, dating from the 1890s to 2001. Writings include drafts of published and unpublished works, research materials, and notebooks. Correspondence pertains mostly to Barnard's writing career and personal relationships, but also includes family correspondence. Correspondents include Ezra and Dorothy Pound and William Carlos Williams. Travel papers include diaries written by Barnard, passports, brochures, maps and printed ephemera. The collection also includes a small amount of daily calendars, photograph albums, artwork, and audio and video cassettes.

Mary Barnard, 1909-2001

American poet, biographer, and translator Mary Ethel Barnard was born in Vancouver, Washington on December 6, 1909. She was the daughter of Bertha Hoard and Samuel Melvin Barnard, who worked in the timber industry. After graduating from Reed College in 1932, Barnard established a relationship by mail with Ezra Pound, who became her literary mentor. Her poetry, prose, and translations of Greek poetry were published in literary magazines and as monographs. She was awarded numerous honors throughout her career, including the Levinson Award (1936), the Elliston Award (1979), and the Western States Book Award for Poetry (1986). Barnard died in 2001.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization at or around the time of acquisition. Further description was carried out in 2011.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Former call numbers: Uncat MSS 430, Uncat MSS 740
Title
Guide to the Mary Barnard Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Andrea Benefiel
Date
2007-05-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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Access Information

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