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Rosemary Farrar Papers, 1930-1986
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 270

Abstract:
Contains some manuscripts and published works by Rosemary Farrar. Also has an extensive run of the annual volumes of The Poetry Society of Georgia (1944-1984).

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Restrictions on use:

The Rosemary Farrar Papers are the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Rosemary Farrar was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 8, 1915, the daughter of Frederick C. and Freda F. Kelsey Farrar. They moved to Alford, Massachusetts, in 1921, and it was there that she lived most of her life. Farrar attended school in Dalton and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1932 from the Searles High School of Great Barrington.

Farrar was employed as a bookkeeper and accountant during her working career in a Ford automobile agency that successively went by the names Whalen & Kasther Agency, Mahaiwe Motors and then Whittaker Ford.

Farrar started writing while still in high school and continued to write poetry all of her adult life. Her poems were published in various publications, including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post and Yankee magazine. In 1981 her book of poetry Voices Will Ring was published. She was a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Poetry Society of Georgia, the Poetry Society of Virginia and the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, as well as an associate member of the Academy of American Poets. She was also a member of St. James' Episcopal Church in Great Barrington and a longtime member of the Alford Garden Club.

Rosemary Farrar died on March 2, 1986 in the Willowood Nursing Home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Rosemary Farrar Papers consists of some manuscript copies of her poems and a collection of publications containing her poetry. Also included are some reviews of her only book of poetry, Voices Will Ring.

This collection is organized into three series:


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Restrictions on use:

The Rosemary Farrar Papers are the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Preferred Citation

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

Rosemary Farrar Papers, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

History of the Collection

The Rosemary Farrar papers were a gift of Elizabeth Rose in 1986. Ms. Farrar left the contents of this collection to Mrs. Rose.

Processing Information

Processed by Melvin Carlson, Jr., 2007


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook
Language
English

Series Descriptions



The manuscripts include some school writings, manuscripts of published and unpublished poems and the manuscript of Farrar's book Voices Will Ring, along with reviews. The manuscripts are arranged in chronological order.




This series consists of a collection of books, magazines and newspaper clippings containing poems of Rosemary Farrar. The printed versions of Farrar's poems are arranged in chronological order.




This series consists of a collection of books, pamphlets and annual publications with which Farrar was associated. The publications are arranged in chronological order.

Contents List
SERIES I. MANUSCRIPTS



History, vol. 1-2, School writings on historic topics
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Music score book, containing exercises and compositions
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Manuscripts (typescript originals and/or carbon copies) of published poems, with notations as to where published

Includes the poems: Christmas Eve, Simple Song, Leisure, Special Grace, The Grey Squirrel, The Under-Mountain Road, Golden Anniversary, Twilight Snow, The Cocks Have Crowed

1951-1971, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Manuscripts (mostly carbon copies, but also typescript originals) of 30 unpublished poems (not in Voices Will Ring)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
The Little Yellow Cats (carbon copy), an unfinished short story (3 copies) and handwritten drafts

Verso: Whisper, a poem published in 1976

1972-1976, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Manuscript (carbon copy) of Voices Will Ring
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Notes and copies of letters related to the publication of Voices Will Ring
1981, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Folder of reviews on Voices Will Ring
1982-1983

Box 1: folder 8
Letters to Rosemary Farrar or Elizabeth Rose on Voices Will Ring
1983-1986

Box 1: folder 9
Letter from Mary Shepard White, 27 Jul 1983; from Luther Starnes, 30 Nov 1983; from Elizabeth J. Hodges, 11 Aug 1986
1883, 1986

Box 1
SERIES II. PUBLISHED POETRY



The Grey Squirrel (in The Paebar Anthology of Verse: Third Series. New York: The Paebar Co., 1935, p. 17)
1935,

Box 1: folder 10
Rustic Paradox (in American Women Poets 1937. Edited by Margery Mansfield. New York: Henry Harison Poetry Publisher, 1937, p. 37)
1937

Box 1: folder 11
Miss Caroline (in Kaleidograph 9 Dec 1937): no. 8, p. 10)
1937

Box 1: folder 12
Twilight Snow (in Yankee 5 (Mar 1939): no. 3, p. 29)
1939

Box 1: folder 13
The Land Not Rained Upon (in The Writer 52 (Sep 1939): no. 9, p. 275)
1939

Box 1: folder 14
The Cocks Have Crowed (in Voices: A Quarterly of Poetry 103 (Autumn 1940, p. 41)
1940

Box 1: folder 15
The Cocks Have Crowed (in The Poetry Society of America Anthology. New York: The Fine Editions Press, 1946, p. 57)
1946

Box 2: folder 16
Counsel (in This is my America. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Poetry, 1946, p. 37)
1946

Box 2: folder 17
The Lilac (in mimeographed pamphlet of poems, p. [12] Also another similar pamphlet of poetry.)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 18
Folder of seven poems published in newspapers that had previously been published
1940

Box 2: folder 19
SERIES III. OTHER PUBLICATIONS



Poems for Every Mood. Complied by Harriet Monroe and Morton Dauwen Zabel. Racine, Wis.: Whitman Publishing Co.

Inscribed by Rosemary Farrar to her mother, 1935

1933

Box 2: folder 20
The Poetry Society of Georgia [annual volume]. Holdings are: 20 (1944), 23 (1947), 30 (1954)-32 (1956), 49 (1973)-60 (1984)

Farrar had poems published in: v. 23, p. 18: Golden Anniversary; v. 52, p. 28-29: Waterlude; v. 53, p. 30-31: Property Settlement

1944, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1973, 1984

Box 2: folder 21
The Poetry Society of America 66th Annual Dinner: program

Also newspaper article on one of the honorees: Margery Mansfield

22 April 1976

Box 2: folder 22
The Lyric 57 (Fall 1977): no. 4
1977

Box 2: folder 23
The Poetry Society of Virginia [membership list]
1979

Box 2: folder 24
Yearbook of the First Resistance Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1980-1981

Box 2: folder 25
The Poetry Society of America Membership List
1981

Box 2: folder 26
Alford Garden Club
1981

Box 2: folder 27

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Subjects
  • Farrar, Rosemary.
  • Poets, American-20th Century-Biography-Sources

Contributors
  • Farrar, Rosemary
  • Poetry Society of Georgia


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