|Title:||Reid and Susan Overcash Literary Collection: A.R. Ammons Papers|
|Creator:||Ammons, A. R., 1926-2001|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Extent:||10.91 Cubic feet, 713 items.|
April 25, 2007, (unprocessed) 429 items, 4.65 cubic feet; Papers (1955-1988, undated) pertaining to noted North Carolina-born poet and educator A.R. [Archie Randolph] Ammons, including books, manuscripts, proofs, broadsides, pamphlets, periodicals & original art by, about, or owned by Ammons during his career at Wake Forest University and Cornell University. Donor: M. Reid Overcash & Susan W. Overcash
April 25, 2007, (unprocessed addition 1) 282 items, 6.25 cubic feet; Papers (1935, 1937, 1944-1986, undated) pertaining to noted North Carolina-born poet and educator A.R. [Archie Randolph] Ammons, including books, manuscripts, proofs, broadsides, pamphlets, periodicals & original art & audio cassettes by, about, or owned by Ammons during his career at Wake Forest University and Cornell University. Donor: M. Reid Overcash & Susan W. Overcash
May 4, 2007, (unprocessed addition 2) 2 items, 0.012 cubic feet; Papers (2/18 & 4/25/2007) including "My First and Last Poem," by M. Reid Overcash & Letter from his friend, Stuart Wright, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, to M. Reid Overcash, Raleigh, North Carolina enclosing a poem by A.R. Ammons entitled "Pecker's Peak; or Piker's Pique" and concerning the Overcash-Wright Literary Collection, their friendship, and the poetry of A.R. Ammons. Donor: M. Reid Overcash & Susan W. Overcash
October 18, 2008 (unprocessed addition 3) 3 items, 0.010 cubic feet; The Making of a Poet: Five Notebooks, 1949-1975 and ECU Talk Illustrations, by Prof. Roger Gilbert (October 18, 2008), the text and illustrations for his remarks on the occasion of the opening of A. R. Ammon's Poetry and Art: A Documentary Exhibit, in the Special Collections Department of J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University; also Introl to Ammons, ECU, the notes for a video interview to precede the broadcast of the exhibit opening program. Autographed. Typescript manuscript and Compact Disk. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Prof. Roger Gilbert
February 10, 2009 (unprocessed addition 4) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet. Photograph (Spring 1993) of A. R. "Archie" Ammons and East Carolina University's Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, W. Keats Sparrow, at Commencement exercises where ECU awarded Ammons an honorary doctorate. Photographic print. 4" x 6". Color. See preliminary inventory attached. Recd. 2/10/2009. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow
May 27, 2009, (unprocessed addition 5) 1 item. 0.001 cubic feet. "Breaking Out" (1978) a poem written and illustrated by A. R. Ammons; publication information on verso. See preliminary inventory attached. 11 11/16" x 6 15/16". Rec'd 4/20/2009. Note: The donor was a personal friend of A. R. Ammons. He gave her the poem during a trip to Whiteville, North Carolina. Text on verso: "Breaking Out" by A. R. Ammons is printed in an edition of 126 copies. 100 copies numbered 1-100 are for sale. 26 lettered copies are for distribution. Illustrated by the poet. This is copy SM. ... Palaemon Broadside Number Five copyrighted 1978 by A. R. Ammons." Donor: Amanda Bible Worley
December 12, 2010, (unprocessed addition 6) 2 items. 0.050 cubic feet. The North Carolina Poems-A. R. Ammons edited by Alex Albright (2010) and The Mule Poems by A. R. Ammons edited by Alex Albright (2010). Donor: Purchased with state funds from R. A. Fountain
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Reid and Susan Overcash Literary Collection: A.R. Ammons Papers (#1096-001), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Encoded by Mark Custer, February 14, 2008
The Reid and Susan Overcash Literary Collection/A.R. Ammons Papers consists of 18 boxes and 13 oversized folders container a wide variety of materials relating to the life and works of North Carolina-born poet A.R. (Archie Randolph) Ammons. The collection documents virtually the whole of Ammons's working life, ca. 1935-1988, and the donation of his papers to Joyner Libary in 2007. Altogether, the collection holds 713 individual items containing 21,539 sheets of manuscript and other materials, amounting to 10.91 cubic feet of material by volume
The collection is arranged in 5 series: The first series consists of manuscripts relating to the Donation Ceremony on April 25, 2007. The second series contains manuscripts by and about A.R. Ammons. It is arranged in four subseries: Correspondence; Manuscript Volumes; Typescripts & Clippings; and Galleys, Page Proofes & Typescripts. The third series houses four subseries of Printed Works by, about, or owned by Ammons. The fourth series embraces Audio Recordings & Paintings by Ammons. The fifth and final series incorporates Oversized Materials such as calendars, clippings, and original art. The collection contains materials in English, Italian, and Turkish.
Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.
Typescript scroll (1973-1974). Manuscript. 1 item. 1 p. Note: "probably 1973 or 1974" written on top.
Ode to the Christ Child, by A.R. Ammons. (n.d.) Manuscript. 1 item. 44 p.
An A.R. Ammons one-of-a-kind book done in his very own hand. (11/16/1976) Manuscript. 1 item. 51 p.
Notebook: Miscellaneous Poetry. (n.d.) Spiral-bound. 1 item. 53 p.
Notebook. (n.d.) Spiral-bound. 1 item. 23 p.
Notebook. (n.d.) Spiral-bound. 1 item. 37 p.
Notebook: "Gilgamesh and Others". (1954) Spiral-bound. 1 item. 38 p.
Notebook: Copybook #1. (1959) Bound. 1 item. 52 p.
Epoch Magazine cover (1984-1985 Series) Vol. 34, no. 2. Printed. 1 item. 1 p.
Fine Days in March, by A.R. Ammons (n.d.) Edited photocopy. 1 item. 11 p. Note: "for Stuart Wright."
Nickelodeon, The (1975) edited by A.R. Ammons, Wake Forest University. Photocopy typescript. 24 items. 39 p.
Poetry Manuscripts (1950-1980). Drafts, Notes, Letters. 14 items. 14 p.
Ammons, A. R. Collected Poems 1951-1977. First edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, © 1977 by A.R. Ammons 1 item. 212 p.; Review Copy card (11/13/1972) 1 p.; Ammons, A. R. Portrait (undated) Photographic Print. B & W. 1 p.; National Book Awards News Release (3/17/1975) announcing Ammons nomination for poetry in 1973. Mimeographed. 7 p. 4 items. 209 p. Note: Dust Jacket. Autographed "A.R. Ammons" with sentiment for Stuart Wright.
Abrams, Doug. An Interview with A.R. Ammons. Student (Fall, 1974), p. 4. Periodical 1 item. 20 p. Note: Includes A.R. Ammons' poem Periphery
Ammons, A. R. Dominion. Cornell Alumni News (June, 1979), v. 81, n. 10. p. 23. Periodical 1 item. 34 p.
Ammons, A. R. Easter Morning. and Archie Randolph Ammons, Wake Forest University Magazine (04/1984), v. 31, no.4, p.80. Periodical. 1 item. 42 p.
Ammons, A. R. Nine Poems, An Appreciation: A.R. Ammons. Lillabulero (1971), n. 10 & 11. p. 53. Periodical 1 item. 82 p. Note: Multiple autographs
Ammons, A. R. Shit List; or Omnium-gatherum of Diversity into Unity. (1979), Privately printed for Stuart Wright. Broadside 1 item. 1 p. Note: Signed "For Reid, ho ho - Stuart."
Audio Cassette Recordings (1975-1981) including Ammons Conversations; Ammons Reading His Poetry; Seascapes Performed at Secca, 1981. 4 items. 4 p.
Ammons, A. R. [Untitled] (n.d.) Watercolor on paper. 7" x 10.25". 9" x 12". 2 item. 2 p. Note: Autographed "A.R. Ammons '77"
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