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Valerie Harms papers, 1940-2014
16 boxes (16.25 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00288

Abstract:
Publisher, Magic Circle Press; Editor; Consultant; Instructor; Therapist. The Papers include personal and professional correspondence; articles; proposals; unpublished manuscripts, notes, and research files for Harms' writings, including Voices From Within: Women Prisoner's Poetry, and her unpublished novels; copies of her books; Magic Circle Press material; conference and workshop material on the "Intensive Journal method"; and audio tapes from "Celebration with Nin" and the "Myth I" and II conferences.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

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Biographical / Historical

Valerie Harms (1940-) was born in Chicago, later moved to Texas as a teen. She earned A.B. from Smith College in English in 1962; married Laurence F. Sheehan (divorced 1981), and had 2 children. In 1955 she started one of the first Elvis Presley fan clubs in west Texas. She lived in France for 3 years; co-founded a Montessori School in Connecticut. Her 1st book, Unmasking: Ten Women in Metamorphosis (1973) grew out of involvement with group of feminists in the arts. Later she co-founded Magic Circle Press, a publication company for books by women. She also edited the journal Celebration in 1973 with Anais Nin, her friend and mentor. Harms has studied and practiced Depth Psychology, Jungian analysis and Intensive Journal Method since the 1970s. Other books she's written include Stars in my Sky: Nin/ Montessori/ Skloff (1976); a biography of Elvis Presley (1977); and Inner Lover: Using Passion as a Way to Self-Empowerment (1992). Recently she's been involved in environmental science, editing the journal of the National Audobon Society, (1987- ). She also wrote the National Audobon Society Almanac of the Environment/Ecology of Everyday Life (1994). Harms organized first Women Writers Conference. She consults, gives workshops and private counseling since 1980.

Scope and Contents

The Valerie Harms Papers include personal and professional correspondence; articles; proposals; unpublished manuscripts, notes, and research files for writings, including Voices From Within: Women Prisoner's Poetry, as well as unpublished novels; copies of her books; Magic Circle Press material; conference and workshop material on the "Intensive Journal method"; and audio tapes from "Celebration with Nin" and the "Myth I" and II conferences.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Valerie Harms Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00293, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Valerie Harms in 1995-2015. Accession numbers: 95S-44, 10S-12, 10S-38, 13S-29, 15S-20.

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Jessup in 1995.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
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Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Contents List
2010-S-0038. Harms, Valerie, Valerie Harms correspondence, writings and related materials
1985-2009
0.75 linear feet(2 boxes)

Search Terms
Harms, Valerie

2010-S-0038. Published books and articles, typescripts, materials related to publishing and correspondence
1985-2009

Box 1
2010-S-0012. Magic Circle Press materials
1976-1990
0.75 linear feet(2 boxes)

Search Terms
Harms, Valerie

2010-S-0012. Correspondence, contracts, typescripts, notes, photographs and miscellaneous materials related to Magic Circle Press
ca.1976-1999

Box 1
2010-S-0012. Anais Nin "Waste of Timelessness and Other Early Stories" typescript, photographs and notes
1970-1979

Box 1
2010-S-0012. Miscellaneous memorabelia
undated

Box 2
2013-S-0029. Harms, Valerie, Valerie Harms personal correspondence, photographs and published works by Harms and others
1959-2013
1 linear feet(1 box)

2013-S-0029. Correspondence related to "Tryin' to Get Back to You" and original inscribed photographs of Elvis Presley
ca.1986-2000 (bulk 1999-2000)

Box 1
2013-S-0029. "Elizabeth's Memorial"
2003

Box 1
2013-S-0029. Correspondence with Elizabeth Hatcher
1982-1985

Box 1
2013-S-0029. Photograph albulms
undated

Box 1
2013-S-0029. Calendars
1959-1961

Box 1
2013-S-0029. "Juggling, 1962-1987," Smith College Reunion
undated

Box 1
2013-S-0029. Smith friends' wedding invitations, announcements and correspondence including note from Eudora Welty
1961-1969

Box 1
2013-S-0029. Biographical aterials
2013 undated

Box 1
2013-S-0029. Six books by Harms
1973-2005

Box 1
General

Almanac of the Environemnt: The Ecology of Everyday Life (1994) Dreaming of Abimals: Dialogue Between Self and World (2005) The Inner Lover: Using Passion as a Way to Self-Empowerment (1992, 1999) Maria Montessouri, Anais Nin, Frances Steloff: Stars in My Sky (1976) Tryin' to Get to You: The Story of Elvis OPresleyt (1979, 2000) Unmasking: Ten Women in Metamorphosis (1973)

2013-S-0029. Books "Gatherings from a Dancer's Journal" by Carolyn Bildbach and "Waste of Timelesssness and Other Early Stories" by Anais Nin
1992 1977

Box 1
2015-S-0020. Valerie Harms published books and article and family photographs
1940-2014
0.5 linear feet(1 box)

2015-S-0020. Published books and articles
1989-2013

Box 1
2015-S-0020. Articles by and about Jan Beyea
1990-1991

Box 1
2015-S-0020. Distinctly Montana summer and fall issues, Valerie Harms, editor
2014

Box 1
2015-S-0020. Family photographs
1940-2014

Box 1

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Creative writing--Study and teaching
  • Diaries--authorship
  • Environmental protection--United States-History--20th century--Sources
  • Feminism and art--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Feminism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Feminists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Group relations training-United States--History--Sources
  • Harms, Valerie
  • Harms, Valerie
  • Magic Circle Press--History--Sources
  • Montessori, Maria, 1870-1952
  • Nin, Anais, 1903-1977
  • Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977
  • Progoff, Ira
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--History--Sources
  • Small presses--United States
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Steloff, Frances, 1887-
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women publishers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women--Psychology

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Books
  • Contact sheets
  • Ephemera
  • Negatives
  • Writings
  • correspondence
  • photographs


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