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Indiana Poetry Society papers


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Biographical Note

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Eletha Mae Taylor papers

Composition book

Manuscript/Poetry book compiled by members of the Indiana Poetry Society

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Indiana Poetry Society papers, 1897-1947 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Indiana Poetry Society

Extent: 1.0 Mss. Boxes. More info below.

Date Acquired: 11/16/2006

Subjects: Poetry

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Invitations

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Indiana Poetry Society papers (1897-1947; 0.2 cubic feet) is a collection of manuscript poems and letters by members of the Indiana Poetry Society, as gathered by the society president and founder, Eletha Mae Taylor, along with some of her personal papers. Among the personal papers is a composition book containing notations on the study of poetry and literature and spelling/vocabulary lists, music scores, poetry, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The composition book and manuscript book are in fragile condition.

Biographical Note

The Indiana Poetry Society was organized as the Indianapolis Poetry Club in October, 1921, by Mrs. Eletha Mae Taylor. Other charter members were Miss Sue Howe, Mrs. Carl Lieber, Mrs. Cora Young Wiles, Mrs. Walter Flandorf, Mrs. Frances Morrison Rabb, Miss Maybelle Chitwood, Mrs. Josephine Duke Motley, Miss Lucille Ballard, Mrs. Carrie Hunt Latta and Miss June Winona Snyder.

This group met each month in the homes of the members while enlisting the interest of others. The organization grew until its membership included more than 250 persons.

In 1927 following affiliation with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the name was changed to the Indiana Poetry Society. Mrs. Taylor served as the only president. She was also a representative to the American Literary Association.

Officers besides Mrs. Taylor, were Edna Denham Raymond, first vice president; Carrie Abbott Guio, second vice president; Mrs. Ollah P. Toph, third vice-president; Margaret Ann Boyd, secretary; June Winona Snyder, corresponding secretary; Lola F. Echard, treasurer, and Mrs. John Robert Craig, fourth vice-president.

The society, which grew out of a meeting at the home of Meredith Nicholson, had a number of members whose literary work was published. Mrs. Taylor compiled an anthology of Hoosier poetry, and a book comprised of 200 of her own poems. Mrs. Raymond was the author of three volumes. Miss Snyder published a small volume in 1928. Miss Chitwood and her brother, William Hankins Chitwood were also authors. Mrs. Alice Fernold Emerson, representative of the Mitre Press, London, published a small volume. Poems of Mrs. Margaret Bruner were included in anthologies

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Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 mss box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Physical Access Note: The composition book and manuscript book are in fragile condition.

Acquisition Method: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Manuscripts and Archives, 551 Ridge Road, Watchung, New Jersey 07069

Preferred Citation: MSP 51, Indiana Poetry Society papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Some clippings containing images of people have been preserved for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research. The composition book and manuscript books are in fragile condition. The manuscript book cover has red rot, so the use of gloves is advised.

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[Folder 1: Eletha Mae Taylor papers, 1925-1947],
[Folder 2: Composition book, 1897-1911],
[Folder 3: Manuscript/Poetry book compiled by members of the Indiana Poetry Society, 1924-1947],