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Norman Macleod papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 718

Scope and Contents

The Papers consist of correspondence, writings, personal papers, family papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed material that document the life and work of poet Norman Macleod. Also included are records of Pembroke Magazine, dating from 1968 to 1977, when Macleod was editor. The correspondence in the collection documents Macleod's career as a poet and editor of poetry magazines, as well as his personal and family life. Writings include autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of many of Macleod's poems, and drafts of his autobiography, Generations of Anger, that was unpublished during his lifetime. Pembroke Magazine Records include contributor files (containing submissions and correspondence with authors) and production files for each of the issues edited by Norman Macleod. The remaining material in the collection includes photographs of Macleod, family members, and associates, personal and family papers (including the autobiography of Norman Macleod's mother Alice Wicklund Mills), scrapbooks, and sound recordings of Macleod reading his poetry. The Papers are of interest not only for their documentation of Norman Macleod's life and work, but also for their documentation of twentieth-century American poetry journals, 'little magazines,' and the culture of literary journals generally.

Dates

  • 1905-1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Audiocassettes in Box 74: Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 75 (Reel-to-reel audiotape): Restricted Fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 76 (Record Album Storage): Restricted Fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 89 (Restricted Papers): Restricted until 2023. Consult the appropriate curator for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Norman Macleod 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 Norman Macleod, 1968-1985.

Arrangement

Organized into ten series: I. Correspondence, 1911-1985. II. Writings, 1923-1984. III. Pembroke Magazine Records, 1968-1981. IV. Personal Papers, 1905-1984. V. Family Papers, 1905-1981. VI. Teaching Records, 1969-1976. VII. Photographs, 1905-1980. VIII. Sound Recordings, 1937-1984. IX. Printed Material, 1913-1984. X. Scrapbooks, 1935-1953.

Extent

33.82 Linear Feet (89 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.macleod

Overview

The Papers consist of correspondence, writings, personal papers, family papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed material that document the life and work of poet Norman Macleod. Also included are records of Pembroke Magazine, dating from 1968 to 1977, when Macleod was editor. The correspondence in the collection documents Macleod's career as a poet and editor of poetry magazines, as well as his personal and family life. Writings include autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of many of Macleod's poems, and drafts of his autobiography, Generations of Anger, that was unpublished during his lifetime. Pembroke Magazine Records include contributor files (containing submissions and correspondence with authors) and production files for each of the issues edited by Norman Macleod. The remaining material in the collection includes photographs of Macleod, family members, and associates, personal and family papers (including the autobiography of Norman Macleod's mother Alice Wicklund Mills), scrapbooks, and sound recordings of Macleod reading his poetry. The Papers are of interest not only for their documentation of Norman Macleod's life and work, but also for their documentation of twentieth-century American poetry journals, 'little magazines,' and the culture of literary journals generally.

Norman Wicklund Macleod (1906-1985)

Norman Wicklund Macleod, poet, author, professor, and editor of Pembroke Magazine, was born in Salem, Oregon in 1906. He graduated from the University of New Mexico wtih a B.A. in 1930, with further studies at the University of Southern California, the University of Oklahoma, and Teachers College of Columbia University, where he received an M.A. in 1936. He began a lifelong career as a poet and editor in the 1920s, contributing to several "little magazines" and later becoming editor of Briarcliff Quarterly, and founding editor of Pembroke Magazine. Among his book-length publications are Horizons of Death (Parnassus, 1934), Pure as Nowhere (Golden Goose, 1952) and Selected Poems (1975). Macleod taught English and creative writing at several colleges and universities in the United States, as well as the University of Baghdad, Iraq, before becoming Professor of English at Pembroke State University in Pembroke, North Carolina. Macleod died in 1985 in Greeneville, North Carolina.

Biographical information from May, Hal (ed.) Contemporary Authors. Volume 116. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1986. p. 297.

Separated Materials

Material acquired from sources other than Norman Macleod is described separately as the Norman Macleod Collection (YCAL MSS 751).

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and organization into series, in 2013. 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: Za MacLeod, Uncat Za MS MacLeod, Uncat Za MS 318
Title
Guide to the Norman Macleod Papers
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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