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James Hayford (AC 1935) Papers, 1933-1972
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Abstract:
Poetry notebooks and manuscript poems by Vermont poet, teacher, and political activist James Hayford, 1933-1993. There is also a small amount of prose writing, including the text of his Bond oration at Amherst College in 1935, his M.A. thesis (1942) on Robert Frost, and an unpublished short novel. A small amount of correspondence is also included.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the James Hayford (AC 1935) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

James Hight Hayford (AC 1935) was a noted Vermont poet. While a student at Amherst, he attracted the interest of Robert Frost, who, upon Hayford's graduation, awarded him with the first and only Robert Frost Fellowship in the amount of $1,000. It stipulated that he not attend graduate school and that he publish a book of poetry within twenty years. (Nevertheless, he earned a Master's degree in 1942 from Teacher's College of Columbia University, writing a thesis on Robert Frost.) As a poet, Hayford considered himself a "disciple" of Robert Frost, and his style is reminiscent of Frost's. His poetry is generally terse and formal, employing traditional meter and rhyme; rural and village life in Vermont was a predominant theme.

In addition to his work as a poet, James Hayford was a teacher, part-time farmer, composer of piano music, and a political activist. He did all of these things in relatively non-traditional ways, preferring to shun the mainstream culture of literature, academia and politics. He joined the Progressive party and was a founding faculty member of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Hayford's support of Henry A. Wallace, the Progressive candidate for President in the 1948, caused a controversy that led to his resignation from teaching.

By the end of his life, Hayford was acknowledged by some as Vermont's unofficial poet laureate. A few weeks before his death on June 21, 1993, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Vermont.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Poetry notebooks and manuscript poems by Vermont poet James Hayford, 1933-1993. There is also a small amount of prose writing, including the text of his Bond oration at Amherst College in 1935, his M.A. thesis (1942) on Robert Frost, and an unpublished short novel. A small amount of correspondence is also included.


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

There is no restriction on access to the James Hayford (AC 1935) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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 James Hayford (AC 1935) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed ca. 1985. Reprocessed 2002 by Sarah Sorscher (AC 2005), Student Assistant, and again in 2012 by Peter Nelson, 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

Contents List
Series 1: Prose and Music,
1935-1954 and n.d.


"The Plight of the Artist at the Present Time," Bond Oration, TS, 5 s
1935

Box 1: folder 1
"The Direction of Robert Frost: A Study in Cultural Orientation." M.A. thesis, Teacher's College, Columbia University
1942

Box 1: folder 2
"Preface: The Robert Frost Fellowship," TS with pencil annotations, 5 s. (Apparently never published, although the text refers to a book.)
1954

Box 1: folder 3
The Organ Works of James Hayford
1989

Box 1: folder 4
"To Seek His Fortune: a novel." TS. [1], iii, 179 s.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Series 2: Poetry Manuscripts,
1933-1972


The Academy at Brownington," 6 s. (also titled: "Homely," "Homemade," and "The Old Stone House at Brownington
1952

Box 1: folder 6
"Balance," 6 s. (also titled "Formal Facade," and "Formal Front")
1952

Box 1: folder 7
"The Bed," 5 s.
1972

Box 1: folder 8
"Fall Dance," 3 s. (also titled: "A Clear Advance")
1966

Box 1: folder 9
"Fieldstone Wall," 1972, 10 s. (also titled "The Stone," and "Stone Wall")
1972

Box 1: folder 10
"First Day of Summer," 6 s.
1952

Box 1: folder 11
"For Mr. Bentley," 11 s. (also titled "Mr. Bentley," "To Mr. Bentley," and "Not Two Snowflakes")
1968

Box 1: folder 12
"For Robert Frost," 13 s.
1963

Box 1: folder 13
"The Furniture of Earth," 6 s.
1950

Box 1: folder 14
"The Good Brother," 12 s.
1967

Box 1: folder 15
"Good Friday Noon" 2 s.
1933

Box 1: folder 16
"Inside Meets Outside," 5 s.
1966

Box 1: folder 17
"May Morning," 12 s. (Also titled "Quadrennial Appraisal," "Appraisal," and "A Tranquil Psalm")
1952

Box 1: folder 18
"A Moment in the Midst of my Time," 7 s. (Also titled "A Moment in the Midst of my Life.")
1952

Box 1: folder 19
Numbers," 14 s. (Also titled "Homage to Numbers," and "Homage to Meter
1964

Box 1: folder 20
"On the Opening of a Superhighway," 3 s. (also titled "Dedication of a Superhighway," and "On the Dedication of a Superhighway")
1957

Box 1: folder 21
"Our Beginnings," 16 s. (also titled "Beginnings")
1958

Box 1: folder 22
"The Roof," 4 s. (also titled "Incapable of Water," "Nursemaid's Song")
1952

Box 1: folder 23
"Sky Pond," 4 s. (also titled "A Winter's Price")
1957

Box 1: folder 24
"Sonata III," 9 s. (also titled "Paper Frame")
1960

Box 1: folder 25
"Spring Prom," 9 s. (also titled "Academic Heights")
1961

Box 1: folder 26
"Star in the Shed Window," 11 s. (also titled "On Seeing a Star in the Shed Window")
1935

Box 1: folder 27
"To Learn to Swim," 7 s.
1953

Box 1: folder 28
"To Poets," 3 s. (also titled "Imperial Worth," "Imperial Demand," and "To Writers")
1950

Box 1: folder 29
"To Sum Up," 6 s. (Also titled "Show," "The Aging Artist," and "Late Love")
1950

Box 1: folder 30
"To Write" 9 s. (also titled "To Sing")
1951

Box 1: folder 31
"The Total Scene," 4 s.
1949

Box 1: folder 32
"Transactions," 7 s. (also titled "Useful Commerce," "Thrifty Business," "Economy Enough," and "Economy")
1963

Box 1: folder 33
"The Winter Lamb," 3 s.
1950

Box 1: folder 34
"Working Model," 15 s. (also titled "Room Inside," and "In")
1962

Box 1: folder 35
Poetry Journals,
(1935-1993)


Poetry journals kept by Hayford. Gap in coverage for the years 1939-1945.
1935-1993

Box 2: folder 1-20
Correspondence (photocopies),
ca. 1957-1993


Photocopies provided by Hayford's wife Helen Hayford, presumably on the occasion of a memorial celebration of James Hayford's life. They consist mainly of incoming correspondence but also include some clippings and other printed matter.
ca. 1957-1993

Box 1: folder 21

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Subjects
  • Frost, Robert.
  • Hayford, James.
  • Poetry -- Sources.
  • Vermont -- Poetry.


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