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Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954) was born in Barron, Wisconsin and educated in North Dakota. He worked as a compositor, printer, and editor in Nelson County, North Dakota, and then as editor and publisher of the Gold Hill News, Gold Hill, Oregon (1912-1916).
From 1916 he was an editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian. He wrote short stories, essays, and poems for a variety of periodicals, a novel, and non-fiction books. He was designated poet laureate of Oregon in 1951.
The collection contains manuscripts for books, poems, editorials and essays, correspondence with magazine editors, speeches, printed material, biographical material, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Manuscripts materials are separated into series by type of writing: Series I: book-length; II: essays, stories, editorials, paragraphs; III: poems; IV: music. Books manuscripts include The Corning of the Pond Fishes. Within each type, material is organized alphabetically by title.
Series V: contains correspondence (1916-1945) with magazine editors includes letters exchanged with William L. Finley, and Nature magazine. There is also a separate section of correspondence with sources for the book The Corning of the Pond Fishes. That correspondence is filed with the manuscript material for the book.
Series VI: contains five speeches.
Series VII: printed materiel includes pamphlets, reprints of editorials, broadsides, and offprints, among them the pamphlet, Centralia, Tragedy and Trial (1920).
Series VIII: biographical material consists of sketches and mementos, including inscribed copies of the Senate resolution urging Lampman's appointment as Oregon's Poet Laureate.
There are also photographs (series IX), and fourteen scrapbooks (series X) that include clippings, letters, photographs, mementos, manuscripts, and printed pieces.
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[Identification of item], Ben Hur Lampman papers, Ax 426, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.