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Rosalie Moore papers, 1927-1986

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Moore, Rosalie, 1910-
Title
Rosalie Moore papers
Dates
1927-1986 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.0 linear feet, (8 containers, 11 volumes)
Collection Number
Coll 215
Summary
The Rosalie Moore Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, tearsheets, and published versions of literary work. The correspondence includes personal correspondence, as well as and professional correspondence with various publishers. In addition to poetry, Moore's forte, the manuscripts contain plays and children's stories written in collaboration with Moore's husband, Bill Brown. The collection also includes published versions of Moore's work.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Rosalie Moore was born Gertrude Elizabeth Moore in Oakland, California on October 8, 1910. She first ventured into poetry as a teenager, with a poem protesting--in the grand high flown, "poetic" manner-- the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. The poem was published in the Oakland Tribune. Since that time she has become a widely published poet.

Rosalie Moore attended the University of California at Berkeley where she majored in English and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in 1932; in 1934 she received her M.A. in English Literature, also at Berkeley. However, Moore insists that her career as a poet really began several years later when she began attending the poetry-writing classes of critic and writer Lawrence Hart in 1937. Hart, Jeanne McGahey, Moore, Robert Horan, and several other poets formed a group known as the Activists who worked from the tenet that through accurate language and imagery a poem should give the reader a corresponding experience.

In 1938 Rosalie Moore was awarded the University of Chicago's Charles H. Sergel award for poetic drama with her play The Boar, now expanded and entitled The Calydonian Boar Hunt. She won the Albert Bender Award in literature in 1943, and in 1949 received the Yale Series Younger Poet Award for her collection of poems The Grasshopper's Man (originally titled "Journeys Toward Center"). Rosalie Moore also has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, in 1950 and again in 1951.

Rosalie Moore's work has been published in many periodicals, including Accent, Furioso, The New Yorker, and Saturday Review. Her books include, among others, The Grasshopper's Man and Other Poems, 1949; Year of the Children, 1977; a book of poems dealing with the Children's Crusade in Europe in 1212 A.D.; and Of Singles and Doubles, a collection of poems published in 1979. Both Year of the Children and Of Singles and Doubles were published by Woolmer/Brotherson, and Year of the Children was nominated for a Pulitzer award. With her husband, Bill Brown, she collaborated on a series of children's books published by Coward-McCann, including The Forest Fireman, Whistle Park, The Boy Who Got Mailed, Big Rig, and The Department Store Ghost. Two other books, Tickley and the Fox and The Hippopotamus That Wanted to Be a Baby were published by Lantern Press.

In 1965 Rosalie Moore joined the faculty at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, and taught basic writing and creative writing classes until her retirement in 1976. Miss Moore is currently living in the San Francisco Bay area and has three daughters and three grandchildren also living in Marin County.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Rosalie Moore collection consists primarily of correspondence, manuscripts, and published examples of her work.

The correspondence series is composed mainly of letters between Moore and her publishers concerning reprint rights to her poems. Of special not are two letters from W.H. Auden concerning his introduction to Rosalie Moore's first published volume, The Grasshopper's Man and Other Poems in the Yale Younger Poets Series. Other correspondents include Karl Shapiro of Poetry (Chicago), John Ciardi of Saturday Review, Louis Untermeyer, Lawrence Hart, Hoanne McGahey Hart, and extensive communication with both The New Yorker and Yale University Press.

The manuscripts in the collection include examples of many of Moore's poems, plays, and fictional writings. A manuscript of The Grasshopper's Man can be found here. Also available in a manuscript for Moore's poem "Catalog", a popular poem about cats that has been reprinted in many textbooks and anthologies. Play manuscripts include The Calydonian Boar Hunt.

Fiction manuscripts include "The Forest Fireman," a children's story co-written with Moore's husband, Bill Brown, and several other children's stories by Bill and Rosalie Brown.

A large portion of the collection is devoted to published examples of Rosalie Moore's work in a wide variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The Pacific Spectator, Poetry, and Voices. Also, a publication called Tuesdays, 1 to 3 (1978) contains poems written by Moore's students in her classes at College of Marin.

Book jackets, galley proofs, and tearsheets pertaining to Moore's published work are found in this collection, as well as a collection of poetry anthologies containing examples of her work. Of special note is the book entitled Learned and Leaved: A Tribute to Rosalie Moore. Written by colleagues at the Marin Poetry Center to honor Moore, it contains a more precise biography than presented here.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rosalie Moore Papers, Coll 215, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Biographical MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 2
The Academy of American Poets
1 2
Accent Magazine
1 2
Artists and Writers Press
1 2
Associated American Artists
1 2
Associated Educational Services Corporation
1 3
Auden, W.H.
1 3
Australian Broadcasting Commission
1 3
Baldridge Reading and Study Skills
1 3
Bank Street College of Education
1 3
Barker, Eric
1 3
The Beliot Poetry journal
1 3
Albert M. Bender Memorial Trust
1 3
The Berkeley Playmakers
1 3
The Berkeley Publishing Corporation
1 3
Berkeley Review
1 3
Biggerstaff, Frederic M.
1 3
Boucher, Anthony
1 3
Bretnor, Reginald
1 3
Brown, La Verne Wilson
1 3
Brown, William
1 3
Bureau of New Plays
1 4
Cadmus Books
1 4
California State Library
1 4
Cassell and Company
1 4
Cassil, R.V
1 4
The Cat Fanciers Association
1 4
Chamberlain Era
1 4
Chicago Tribune
1 4
Children's Digest
1 4
Children's Hour
1 5
Ciardi, John ( Saturday Review)
1 5
Clovernook Home and School for the Blind
1 5
Commonweal
1 5
Coward-McMann
1 5
Craig, Roderick
1 5
Crispin, Edmund
1 5
Crown Publishers
1 5
Cummins, Dorothy
1 6
D.C. Heath and Company
1 6
Dun and Lapham
1 6
G. Eggleston
1 6
Etter, Paul
1 6
The Economy Company
1 6
Experiment
1 7
Faber and Faber
1 7
Fakuda, Ributaro
1 7
Furioso
1 7
Glide Publications
1 7
Gold, Herbert
1 7
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1 8
Harper and Row
1 8
Harper, Michael
1 8
Harper's Bazaar
1 8
Hart, Lawrence
1 8
Hartley, Wesley
1 8
Hogan, William
1 8
Holahan, Par
1 8
Holmes, Barbara
1 8
Houghton Mifflin Company
1 9
Instructor
1 9
Iroquis Publishing Company
1 9
Ishmael
1 9
Jeffers, Una
1 9
Kelley, Margaret N.
1 9
Kennedy, Leo
1 9
L.W. Singer
1 9
Laughlin, James
1 9
Lawson, Todd
1 9
The Leader
1 9
Lehmer, Derrick
1 9
Leo (Brother Leo the Less)
1 9
Livre de Poche
1 9
Licheniak, Lillian T.
1 9
Longmans Green
1 10
Macmillan Company
1 10
Mademoiselle
1 10
Magner, Gene
1 10
Meeham, Francis (Brother Leo)
1 10
Nathan, Leonard
1 10
The Nation
1 10
National Federation on the Arts and the Humanities
1 10
National Poetry Association
1 10
National Thanksgiving Association
1 10
National Union of Christian Schools
1 10
Necker, Claire
1 10
Thomas Nelson and Sons
1 10
New American Library
2 1
The New Yorker
2 2
The New Yorker
2 3
New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation
2 3
Norris, Kathleen
2 3
O'Hara, F.H.
2 3
The Pacific Spectator
2 4
Pasadena Playhouse
2 4
James D. Phelan Awards
2 4
Phoenix Elementary Schools
2 5
Poetry (Chicago)
2 5
Poetry Awards
2 5
Poetry Northwest
2 5
Poetry Society of London
2 5
Provost, Carl K.
2 6
Quarterly Review of Literature
2 6
Quinn, Kerker
2 6
Rago, Henry
2 6
Robertson, Russell
2 6
Rodman, Seldon
2 6
Root, Shelton A.
2 6
Rauthrauff & Ryan, Inc.
2 6
Scheville, James
2 6
Scholastic Magazines, Inc.
2 6
Scott, Foresman & Co.
2 7
Shapiro, Karl (Prairie Schooner and Poetry, Chicago)
2 7
Simon and Schuster
2 7
Smisor, George T.
2 7
Smith, Betty
2 7
Smith, Willard
2 7
Studio Bookstore
2 7
Teitel, Nathan R.
2 7
Tibbett, Lawrence
2 7
Treasure Chest
2 8
United States Information Agency
2 8
Untermeyer, Louis
2 9
Venture, Ken
2 9
Vinal, Harold
2 9
Weintraub, Helen K.
2 9
Welch, Morris A.L.
2 9
Whisnant, Charleen
2 9
Wiley, Hugh
2 9
Witt-Diamant, Ruth
2 9
Wolfe, Reese
2 9
Wright, Ted
2 10
Yale University Press
2 10
Unidentified Correspondents

Series II:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Poetry Collections
Box Folder
3 1
The Grasshopper's Man (Original Title: Journeys Toward Center): Introduction by W.H. Auden
3 2
The Grasshopper's Man - Prospectus for Houghton Mifflin
3 2
The Grasshopper's Man - Draft
3 3
Star Ascendent
3 4
The Wheeze's Other Eye
Subseries B: Miscellaneous Poems
Box Folder
3 5
Catalog
3 5
Chicago Airport
3 5
Dedication
3 5
Fog Crossing
3 5
Shipwreck (galley proof only)
3 5
Sunlit arm cleaves the air . . . parting it
Box Folder
3 6
Early Poetry (written while at University of California, Berkeley)
1926-1930
3 7
Poetry Worksheets
Subseries C: Plays
Box Folder
3 8
The Calydonian Boar Hunt
3 9
The Leak
3 10
On the Spot
3 11
Santa's Space Ship (television only) by Bill and Rosalie Brown
Subseries D: Fiction
Box Folder
4 1
American Fable (galley proof only)
4 2
"The Forest Firemen"
4 3
The Hippopotamus That Wanted to Be a Baby, by Bill Brown and Rosalie Moore
4 4
Whistle Punk, by Bill Brown and Rosalie Moore
Subseries E: Non-fiction
Box Folder
4 5
"The Beat and the Unbeat"
4 6
"O That Shakespeare Rag"
4 7
"The Shape of Fiction to Come"
Subseries F: Other
Box Folder
4 8
Palmer John. A Ballad of the Children's Crusade, by Derrick Morman Lehmer

Series III:  Tearsheets (by Rosalie Moore unless otherwise noted)Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 9
"Catalog." Published in an unidentified grade school anthology
4 9
"Christmas Sonnet." Unidentified church newspaper
December 14, 1935
4 9
"Johnny and the Carrot." By Rosalie Moore Brown and Bill Brown. Published in San Francisco Examiner Juniorama
August 28, 1955
4 9
"Little Big-Dealer" and "Months and Months". Published in The California Pelican
1930
4 9
"Mental Radio." Published in The California Pelican
1930
4 9
"Night Ride." Published in California Arts and Architecture
March 1937
4 9
"Rain." Published in California Arts and Architecture
1937
4 9
"Relative." Published in Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine
November 21, 1971
4 9
"Reunion for Walt Whitman." Published in California Writers Club Bulletin
4 9
"The Shot." Published in California Writers Club Bulletin
November 1951
4 9
"The Smart Rabbit Saves His City." By Rosalie Moore and Bill Brown. San Francisco Examiner Juniorama
1955
4 9
"The Spring This Year" and "From a Northern Window." Published in California Arts and Architecture
April 1938
4 9
"The Whale Who Had to Sneeze." By Rosalie Moore Brown and Bill Brown. San Francisco Examiner Juniorama
1955
4 9
"The Write and the Right." Published in California Writers Club Bulletin
4 10
Book Jackets
4 11
Memorabilia

Series IV:  Publications Containing Moore's WorkReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
Accent Magazine: "Journey's Toward Center"
Autumn 1942
5 1
Accent Magazine: "Watch of the Beasts"
Autumn 1947
5 1
Accent Magazine: "Eagins of the Woods"
Winter 1956
5 2
Aisling: "The Missing"
Summer 1976
5 2
Anthology of the First Annual Women's Poetry of San Francisco: "Domestic Sonnet: Unseparate"
1977
5 3
The Blue Unicorn, Vol. 1, No. 1: "Domestic Sonnet: Unseparate"
1977
5 3
The Blue Unicorn, Vol. 1, No. 2: "Retirement Colony"
1977
5 3
The Blue Unicorn, Vol. 6, No. 2: "Sea Coast, Standing Still"
1983
5 4
The Bystander: "Old Woman With a Basket"
November 1, 1930
5 4
The California Pelican: "Ignition"
March 1930
5 4
The California Pelican: "Pretty Good"
April 1931
5 5
The California Pelican: "Mathematics"
December 1931
5 5
The California Pelican: "Only One"
5 6
California State Poetry Quarterly: "Building Charters" "Runaway"
1976
6 1
California Writers Club Poems: "Collector"
1930
6 1
California Writers Club Poems: "I Know a Splendor" "Gordon Came"
1932
6 1
California Writers Club Poems: "This Is Monterey"
1933
6 2
Child Life: "Pegleg and the Whale" by Bill and Rosalie Brown
August 1948
6 2
Child Life: "The Big Baby" by Bill and Rosalie Brown
September 1948
6 2
Child Life: "The Hopping Scotchman" by Bill and Rosalie Brown
September 1949
6 3
University of California Chronicle: "Margot's House"
April 1932
6 4
University of California Chronicle: "Forest Pastoral"
July 1932
6 5
Circle, Vol. 1, No. 1: "Poem in Two Scenes"
1944
6 5
College Forum, Vol. 1, No. 6: "Pipe Dreams About Pipe Courses"
1931
6 6
College Verse: "Song for Widsith" "To a Conqueror"
February 1934
6 7
Experiment: "Vision with Images"
Summer 1945
6 7
Furioso. Vol. 11, No. 1: "Driving by Night"
1943
6 7
Kavita. Vol. 16, No. 1: "This Is the Morning" "Elegy"
1950
7 1
Moraga Society of Catholic Poets: "Orpheus" "Pastoral"
1932
7 1
Moraga Society of Catholic Poets: "Encounter" "I Know a Splendor" "McCarren" "Star Ascendent" "The Gulls"
1934
7 2
National League for Women's Service: "Height" "Stopshot" "Doors" "The Grasshopper's Man"
September 1949
7 2
The New Yorker: "What Fun to Be, etc."
November 18, 1939
7 2
Number 5: "Wedding" "After Season"
November 1954
7 3
The Occident: "Keep the Change"
April 1931
7 3
The Occident: "After You, My Dear Steig"
Fall 1951
7 3
The Pacific Spectator, Vol. 3, No. 2: "Shipwreck"
Spring 1949
7 4
The Poet, No. 3: "Sun at Vera Cruz" "Fear By Hanging"
Summer 1952
7 4
Poetry, Vol. 74, No. 6: "Blood, Sweat and Poets"
September 1949
7 4
Poetry, Vol. 76, No. 3: "O That Shakespearian Rag"
June 1950
7 4
Poetry, Vol. 78, No. 2: "Summer Camp: Wane" "The Enchantment" "Bird and Bell" "Poem" "Venice"
May 1951
7 5
Poetry, Vol. 93, No. 2: "Richard in England" "Poem for a Commencement"
November 1958
7 5
Poetry, Vol. 110, No. 4: "Death of the Story Teller" "Sea Look" "Love Poem" "What He Sees"
July 1967
7 5
Poetry: "Poet as a Bullfighter"
October 1962-November 1962
7 6
Prairie Schooner: "The Joy Ride"
Fall 1958
7 7
Quarterly Review of Literature, Vol. 4, No. 1: "Moving, By Roads Moved . . ." "The Wheel" "Dream and Interpretation" "Prologue" "Fish and Fur" "O Bet the Nickel Daisies" "Parade with Piccolos" "Night Poem for a Child" "Appointment, December 25"
7 7
Southern Poetry Review, Vol. 14, No. 1: "Letter to Belden"
Spring 1974
8 1
Spirit, Vol. 5, No. 4: "Do Not With Too Persistent Eye"
September 1938
8 1
Spirit, Vol. 5, No. 6: "A Little Way to Glory"
January 1939
8 1
Spirit, Vol. 7, No. 5: "Down-Settling"
November 1960
8 2
300: "Talking Turkey"
November 1940
8 2
The Treasure Chest: "The Weeze's Other Eye"
November 1926
8 2
The Treasure Chest: "The Woes of a Nose"
March 1927
8 2
The Treasure Chest: "I'll Tell You--" "Matron" "Oh, Sugar"
August 1927
8 2
The Treasure Chest: "The Ballad of the Oriole" "The Western Sea"
November 1927
8 3
Tuesdays 1 to 3, Vol. 2: "The Outpost"
April 1978-June 1978
8 3
Tuesdays 1 to 3: "The Phone"
January 1978-February 1978
8 4
Variegation, Vol. 5, No. 1: "Lake Latitude"
Winter 1950
8 4
Variegation, Vol. 11, No. 41: "The Country Near Fort Ross"
Winter 1956
8 5
Voices, No. 104: "Oak"
Winter 1940
8 5
Voices, No. 115: "Poem for a Time of Year"
Autumn 1943
8 5
Voices, No. 127: "Trio for Moonlight"
Autumn 1946
8 6
Voices, No. 132: "The Ghost"
Winter 1948
8 6
Voices, No. 153: "Spinster"
January 1954-April 1954
8 7
Westward, Vol. 3, No. 6: "Michael's Song"
November 1934
8 7
Westward, Vol. 3, No. 6: "No Sight, No Sound" "Quietus"
January 1935
8 7
What's New, (a publication by Abbott Laboratories) No. 163: "A Christmas Calendar"
December 1951
8 7
Wings, Vol. 3, No. 3: "Flood in Kentucky"
Autumn 1937
8 7
Wings, Vol. 1, No. 1: "Wax Works" "Spring Revisited"
Autumn 1967

Series V:  PackageReturn to Top

Description
Scrapbook

Series VI:  Free-standing VolumesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Quinn, Kerker and Charles Shattuck (ed.). Accent Anthology. "Journey Toward Center". NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company.
1946
2
Montague, Carroll A, et. al (ed.). First the Blade, Vol. 2. "Brother". Redlands, CA: Citographic Printing Co.
1929
3
Bennett, Caroline (ed.). First the Blade, Vol. 3. "An Impression of Alcatraz Island". Claremont CA: Scripps College
1930
4
Miller, William Robert (ed.) First the Blade, Vol. 4. "Bequest" "Pathetic Fallacy". San Bernadino, CA: San Bernadino Valley Junior College
1931
5
Backus, Jean Louise (ed.). First the Blade, Vol. 5. "Hymn" "Star". Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Junior College
1932
6
Sharkey, Peter L. (ed.). Learned and Leaved: A Tribute to Rosalie Moore. Marin, CA: Marin Poetry Center
1986
7
Wetherby, Terry (ed.). New Poets, Women: An Anthology. "Letter to Belden." Millbrae, CA: Les Femmes Publishing
1976
8
Moore, Rosalie. Of Singles and Doubles. Andes, New York: Woolmer/Brotherson
1979
9
Custudio, Maurice et. al (ed.). Peace and Pieces: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. "The Glimpse." "Upon Driving Past Flowers." San Francisco: Peace and Pieces Press
1973
10
Whisnant, Charleen (ed.). Red Clay Reader. "The Disease." Charlotte, NC: Southern Review
1970
11
Chester, Laura and Sharon Barba (ed.). Rising Tides. "Imprecations for an Aesthetics Society with Newts, Warts, Waxes and Pins." "After the Storm." "The Wheel." New York: Washington Square Press
1973
12
Reese, Bette et al. (ed.). We Are Connected. Kentfield CA: Compass Rose Press (College of Marin). A collaboration with Mary Hedin and Adrianne Marcus.
1979
13
Moore, Rosalie. Year of the Children. Andes, New York: Woolmer/Brotherson
1977