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Poetry Society of Georgia records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Poetry Society of Georgia.
Title: Poetry Society of Georgia records
Dates: 1923-1998
Extent: 6.35 cubic feet (12 boxes, 2 volumes)
Identification: MS 1215

Biographical/Historical Note

The Poetry Society of Georgia was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1923 by five women: Elfrida DeRenne Barrow, Katherine Hartridge Strong, Lucy Barrow McIntire, Laura Palmer Bell, and Harriet Lawrence Huston. Its membership was comprised of poetry aficionados from not only the Savannah area but also surrounding states. It has held eight monthly meetings each year to discuss well-known poets, as well as the readings and discussion of members’ original poetry.

Guest speakers have been a tradition within the group since the beginning. The poets James Stephens, Carl Sandburg and John Crowe Ransom visited the Poetry Society of Georgia in 1920s. In the 1960s, the Poetry Society of Georgia began participating in the Gilmer Lecture Series in Savannah, inviting Mark Van Doren in 1963 and continuing throughout the 1970s. The Society began the Conrad Aiken Lecture Series in 1974.

Annual poetry prizes are also a mainstay of the Poetry Society of Georgia. Poetry is submitted from all over the United States for many of the Poetry Society of Georgia prizes. The Poetry Society of Georgia publishes an annual yearbook, which includes the year’s prize poems and some of the best monthly poems read at meetings.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains five series.

Series 1, Organizational Records (1923-1980), contains reports from both general meetings and executive board meetings from the Society’s inception in 1923 until 1976. Information specific to the Poetry Society of Georgia’s meetings and membership lists are also in this area, including a collection of reminder cards mailed out to members prior to every meeting. This group also contains both in-coming and out-going correspondence to the Poetry Society and its officers. Correspondence from the poets Conrad Aiken and William Carlos Williams can be found in Box 2, folders 8 and 10.

Series 2, Publications and Submissions (1923-1998), consists of poetry collections and poems written by members. Included in this group are three poetry collections published by the Poetry Society of Georgia. The monthly poems (1923-1980) are poems read anonymously at meetings and discussed by the membership. Winning poems would be eligible for the Popular Prize each year. The yearbooks (1923-1998) of the Poetry Society of Georgia contain notes about the past year’s meetings and lectures, the year’s winning prize poems, activities of members, and lists of both officers and the general membership. The prizes and contests (1966-1976) folders contain information about the annual prizes and contests offered to members. The correspondence folders contain letters to poets around the United States requesting their participation as judges for various prizes.

Series 3, Clippings (1922-1991), contains newspaper clippings related to the Poetry Society of Georgia, mainly from the Savannah Morning News and the Savannah Evening Press.

Series 4, Poets (1923-1941), contains biographical information and collected poetry of several specific poets. Molly Bernstein , a Poetry Society of Georgia member in the early decades of the organization, set poems written by other Poetry Society members to music and performed them at meetings. These have been arranged by the last name of the poet who wrote the lyrics. Mary Hope Cabaniss was a Savannah artist and writer, as well as a member of the Poetry Society of Georgia. Along with her poetry, which is divided here by type, she also wrote a manuscript for a book about her experiences with poetry and her Ouija board, called Whirlpool.

Series 5, Miscellaneous (1922-1998) contains miscellaneous information about the Poetry Society of Georgia. Various histories of the organization can be found here, as well as the organization’s charter and constitution. Folder 11 contains loose material removed from the scrapbook kept by Josie Lee Herrin.

This collection also contains two uncataloged books. The first is entitled Echoes. It is a collection of the poetry of Eliza McIntosh Burroughs, a member of the Poetry Society of Georgia for 42 years until her death in 1978 at the age of 95. This collection was compiled by her son Mac H. Burroughs of Miami, Florida and presented to the Poetry Society of Georgia in 1979. The second is a scrapbook collected by member Josie Lee Herrin. It contains the monthly poems from 1934 to 1951.


Index Terms

American literature--Georgia.
American poetry--20th century.
American poetry--Georgia.
American poetry--Musical Settings.
Barrow, Elfrida DeRenne, 1885-1970.
Bernstein, Molly, 1894-1969.
Cabaniss, Mary Hope, 1882-1941.
Duncan, John D., b. 1937.
Killorin, Joseph, b. 1926.
Poetry competitions.
Sieg, Gerald Chan, 1910-2005.
Strong, Katherine Hartridge, 1876-1963.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The records remained with the Poetry Society of Georgia until 1991.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Poetry Society of Georgia records, MS 1215, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Poetry Society of Georgia, 1991.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Organizational Records, 1923-1977

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11Reports, 1923-1924
2Reports, 1925-1926
3Reports, 1927-1928
4Reports, 1929-1931
5Reports, 1932-1933
Reports
Reports
Reports
Reports
Reports
Reports
Reports
Executive Board Minutes, 1966-1971
Executive Board Minutes, 1972-1976

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21Meetings -- Cards
2Meetings--Programs
Meetings -- 1931 notebook, 1931
4Meetings--Miscellaneous, 1923-1970
5Membership Lists, 1923-1924
6Membership Lists, 1927-1944
7Membership Lists, 1965-1968
8Correspondence, 1925-1930
9Correspondence, 1931-1938
10Correspondence, 1941-1965
11Correspondence, General, 1966
12Correspondence, Killorin, J., 1966
13Correspondence, 1967
Correspondence, 1968

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31Correspondence, 1969
2Correspondence, 1970
3Correspondence, 1971
4Correspondence, 1972-1980
 

Publications and Submissions, 1929-1998

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35Poetry collections -- Anthology of Verse, 1929
Poetry Collections -- Anniversary Book, 1948, 1973
Poetry Collections –- Copyright permissions for 50th anniversary book, 1972

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38Monthly Poems, 1923
9Monthly Poems, 1924
10Monthly Poems, 1925-1929
11Monthly Poems, 1930-1933
12Monthly Poems, 1935-1944

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41Monthly Poems, 1945-1948
2Monthly Poems, 1951-1959
3Monthly Poems, 1960-1964
4Monthly Poems, 1965-1966
5Monthly Poems, 1967
6Monthly Poems, 1968
7Monthly Poems, Submissions, 1968
8Monthly Poems, 1969
9Monthly Poems, Submissions, 1969
This folder contains submissions from January 1969 through March 1969.
10Monthly Poems, Submissions, 1969
This folder contains submissions from April 1969 through December 1969.
11Monthly Poems, 1970

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51Monthly Poems, Submissions, 1970
This folder contains submissions from January 1970 through April 1970.
2Monthly Poems, Submissions, 1970
This collection contains submissions from May 1970 through December 1970.
3Monthly Poems, 1971
This folder contains submissions from January 1971 through March 1971.
4Monthly Poems, 1971
This file contains poems from April 1971 through December 1971.
5Monthly Poems, 1972
This folder contains poems from January 1972 through October 1972.
6Monthly Poems, 1973
7Monthly Poems, 1974
8Monthly Poems, 1975-1976
9Monthly Poems, 1977-1978
10Monthly Poems, 1979-1980
11Monthly Poems

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61Yearbooks, 1924-1926
2Yearbooks, 1927-1928
3Yearbooks, 1929-1930
4Yearbooks, 1931-1932
5Yearbooks, 1933-1934
6Yearbooks, 1935-1936
7Yearbooks, 1937-1938
8Yearbooks, 1939-1940
9Yearbooks, 1941-1942
10Yearbooks, 1943-1944
11Yearbooks, 1945-1946
12Yearbooks, 1947-1948
13Yearbooks, 1949-1950
14Yearbooks, 1951-1952
15Yearbooks, 1953-1954
16Yearbooks, 1955-1956
17Yearbooks, 1957-1958
18Yearbooks, 1959-1960

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71Yearbooks, 1961-1962
2Yearbooks, 1963-1964
3Yearbooks, 1965-1966
4Yearbooks, 1967-1968
5Yearbooks, 1969-1970
6Yearbooks, 1971-1972
7Yearbooks, 1973-1974
8Yearbooks, 1975-1976
9Yearbooks, 1977-1978
10Yearbooks, 1979,1981
11Yearbooks, 1982-1983
12Yearbooks, 1985-1986
13Yearbooks, 1987-1988
14Yearbooks, 1989-1990
15Yearbooks, 1991-1992
16Yearbooks, 1995-1996
17Yearbooks, 1997-1998

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81Prizes and Contests - Rules and Lists
2Prizes and Contests - Correspondence, 1966
3Prizes and Contests - Poems, 1967
4Prizes and Contests - Popular Prize, 1967
5Prizes and Contests - Versatility Prize, 1967
6Prizes and Contests - Triolet Contest, 1967
7Prizes and Contests - Quatrain Contest, 1967
8Prizes and Contests - Correspondence, 1967
9Prizes and Contests, 1976
10Prizes and Contests - Miscellaneous
 

Clippings, 1922-1991

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811Clippings, 1922-1924
12Clippings, 1925-1927
13Clippings, 1928-1930
14Clippings, 1931-1932

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91Clippings, 1933-1935
2Clippings, 1936-1939
3Clippings, 1940-1942
4Clippings, 1943-1948
5Clippings, 1949-1962
6Clippings, 1963-1967
7Clippings, 1968-1970
8Clippings, 1971
9Clippings, 1972
10Clippings, 1973-1974
11Clippings, 1975-1976
12Clippings, 1978-1991
13Clippings - Other poetry societies and misc. poems by members
 

Poets

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101Poets - Aiken, Conrad
2Poets - Edwards, Kate Flourinor
3Poets - Shuey, Martha Summerfield
4Poets - Thomson, Eunice
5Poets - Miscellaneous
6Bernstein, Molly - Biography
7Bernstein, Molly - program, 1933 November 14
8Bernstein, Molly - sheet music, poets Barrow to Latimer
9Bernstein, Molly - sheet music, poets Malloch to Shelley
10Bernstein, Molly - sheet music, poets Sieg to Young
11Bernstein, Molly - sheet music, no author
12Bernstein, Molly - sheet music, no words
13Bernstein, Molly - sheet music, no words, attributed to N.A. Hardee

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111Cabaniss, Mary - Personal papers and PSG Tribune newspaper clippings
2Cabaniss, Mary - Poems, lyrical and nature
3Cabaniss, Mary - People, places, quatrains, religious, social consciousness, sonnets
4Cabaniss, Mary - Manuscripts, light verse, love, lyrical, nature
5Cabaniss, Mary - People, places, quatrains, religious, social consciousness
6Cabaniss, Mary - Prose, miscellaneous
7Cabaniss, Mary - Whirlpool, Chapters 1-4
8Cabaniss, Mary - Whirlpool, Chapters 5-9
9Cabaniss, Mary - Whirlpool, Chapter 10
10Cabaniss, Mary - Manuscripts, prose
11Cabaniss, Mary - Manuscripts, prose
12Cabaniss, Mary - Miscellaneous
13Cabaniss, Mary - Duplicate poems
 

Miscellaneous

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121Miscellaneous - Histories
2Miscellaneous - Charter, petition and seal, 1923
3Miscellaneous - Pamphlets
4Miscellaneous - Constitution and revisions
5Miscellaneous - Poetry periodicals, 1922-1927
6Miscellaneous - Poetry periodicals, 1935
7Miscellaneous - Standards, 1930
8Miscellaneous - Creative writing project, 1969
9Miscellaneous - Critics Committee anthology
10Miscellaneous - Photographs
11Miscellaneous - Scrapbook addenda
12Miscellaneous - Unrelated material

Book

1 Echoes by Eliza McIntosh Burroughs

Book

2Scrapbook by Josie Lee Herrin
Loose materials were removed from this book and placed in Box 6, Folder 11.