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Drew Papers, 1943-1982 (Bulk: 1943-1972)
4 archives boxes (2.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Drew to his family in Greenfield, Massachusetts, while serving as a radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, 1943-1946, which were transcribed and printed by his cousin Conrad Totman; and poetry manuscripts, ca. 1946-1975. Included in the poetry are two copies of his book Goat Songs (1970), and letters to Drew about the book; correspondents include James Merrill. The collection also includes photographs of Drew, snapshots taken during World War II, miscellaneous correspondence and sketches.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Drew Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Drew Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Raymond Totman Drew was born in 1923 in Conway, Massachusetts, the son of Ernest Clare and Mary (Totman) Drew. He grew up in nearby Greenfield. He attended the Massachusetts School of Art, Amherst College (B.A., English, 1949) and the University of New Mexico (M.A., 1951). During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps with hopes of being an aviator, but served instead as a radio operator from 1943 to 1946, with overseas assignments primarily in Brazil and Puerto Rico. In 1958, after various stints as an art teacher and museum curator, Drew joined the faculty of New Mexico Highlands University, where he became professor of art education. Since the 1940s Drew wrote poems, several of which were published in magazines. While living in New Mexico he published a small book of poetry, Goat Songs (1970). His paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in a USIA traveling exhibition. Drew died on February 13, 1982.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Drew to his family in Greenfield, Massachusetts, while serving as a radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, 1943-1946, which were transcribed and printed by his cousin Conrad Totman; and poetry manuscripts, ca. 1946-1975. Included in the poetry are two copies of his book Goat Songs (1970), and letters to Drew about the book; correspondents include James Merrill. The collection also includes photographs of Drew, snapshots taken during World War II, miscellaneous correspondence and sketches.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Drew Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Drew Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Raymond T. Drew (AC1949) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed: 2000, 2002
Finding Aid: 2002
Prepared by: Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English.