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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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Personal Affairs and Biographical Material



Personal affairs and biographical material
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Personal affairs and biographical material
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Series 2: Correspondence - Army letters home,
1943-1946


"An Army of Civilians" - Letters home by Raymond T. Drew, 1943-1946, transcribed by Conrad Totman
1999

Box 1: folder 3
Army letters - Atlantic City
1943 Feb-May

Box 1: folder 4
Army letters - St. Anselm's
1943 May-Aug

Box 1: folder 5
Army letters - Greensboro, North Carolina
1943 Aug-Nov

Box 1: folder 6
Army letters - Scott Field, Illinois
1943 Nov-1944 Jan

Box 1: folder 7
Army letters - Truax Field, Wisconsin
1944 Jan-Mar

Box 1: folder 8
Army letters - Scott Field, Illinois
1944 Mar-Jul

Box 2: folder 1
Army letters - Selfridge Field, Michigan; Miami and Miami Beach, Florida
1944 Jul-Sep

Box 2: folder 2
Army letters - Natal, Brazil
1944 Sep-Dec

Box 2: folder 3
Army letters - Natal, Brazil
1944 Dec-1945 Mar

Box 2: folder 4
Army letters - Natal, Brazil
1945 Mar-Jun

Box 2: folder 5
Army letters - Natal, Brazil
1945 Jun-Aug

Box 2: folder 6
Army letters - Bahia and Natal, Brazil
1945 Aug-Nov

Box 2: folder 7
Army letters - Bahia and Natal, Brazil; San Juan, Puerto Rico
1944 Sep-1946 Mar

Box 2: folder 8
Series 3: Other correspondence,
1959-1972


Letters to cousin Conrad Totman
1959

Box 2: folder 9
Letters to cousin Conrad Totman
1960

Box 2: folder 10
Letters to cousin Conrad Totman
n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Incoming correspondence
1979-1981

Box 2: folder 12
Incoming correspondence - Amherst College
1971-1972

Box 2: folder 13
Series 4: Poetry



Brevities, book
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Brevities, ms.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
"Fifteen Brevities"
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Poems, published
1949, 1965, n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Poems, ms.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5-20
Proofs
n.d.

Box 3: folder 21
Quotations
n.d.

Box 3: folder 22
Writings
n.d.

Box 3: folder 23
Poems
n.d.

Box 3: folder 24
Writings
n.d.

Box 3: folder 25
Writings
n.d.

Box 3: folder 26
Poems - typed, four copies
1947-1949

Box 4: folder 1
Poems - typed, four copies
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Poems - typed, four copies
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Goat Songs - book, illustrations by Bob Totten
1970

Box 4: folder 4
Goat Songs - tape recording, 1 reel tape and 1 cassette dub
1971 Mar 28

Box 4: folder 5
Goat Songs, ms.
n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Goat Songs, ms.
n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
Goat Songs, ms.
n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
Goat Songs, ms.
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
Goat Songs, proofs
n.d.

Box 4: folder 10
Goat Songs, correspondence
1970

Box 4: folder 11
Goat Songs, correspondence with David Kherdian (Giligia Press)
1969-1970

Box 4: folder 12
Goat Songs, publicity and reviews
1970-1972

Box 4: folder 13
Series 5: Photographs



Photos - Army and home
c. 1942-1943

Box 5: folder 1
Photos - Natal and Bahia
c. 1944-1945

Box 5: folder 2
Photos - Natal; Puerto Rico
c. 1945-1946

Box 5: folder 3
Photos - RTD portraits
n.d.

Box 5: folder 4
Series 6: Sketches



Sketches
n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
Sketches
n.d.

Box 5: folder 6

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Artists--United States--20th century.
  • Drew, Raymond Totman, 1923-1981.
  • New Mexico Highlands University--Faculty.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1947. Merrill.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1949. Drew.
  • Merrill, James Ingram.
  • Totman, Conrad D.


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