Verne Bright papers, 1899-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bright, Verne, 1893-
Title
Verne Bright papers
Dates
1899-1975 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.5 linear feet, (4 containers, 2 volumes)
Collection Number
Ax 263
Summary
Verne Bright (1893 - ) was an Oregon author of poetry who also worked as a newspaper reporter and English teacher. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, genealogy research, sketches, scrapbooks, and publications.
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.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Verne Bright (1893 - ) was born in Brookfield, Missouri, and came to Oregon in 1911. He was educated at Pacific University and became an author of poetry. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and English teacher.

His poems have been published in magazines and newspapers, and in books of poetry, including Mountain Man (1948) which "tells the story of how the descendants of Daniel Boone come to Oregon."

[Source: http://www.ochcom.org/pdf/Oregon-Literary-Timeline.pdf]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, genealogy research, sketches, scrapbooks, and publications.

The collection is organized by accession/addendum. The initial donation, the 1969 addendum, and the 1972 addendum have been organized together. The 1974 addendum is organized separately.

The initial donation and the two subsequent addenda contain incoming correspondence (1911-1972), is organized alphabetically by last name or title and totals over 600 letters.

Correspondents include publishers, societies, and individuals including Jim Barker, Charles L. Emerson, Ethel Romig Fuller, Stewart Holbrook, Hugh Hume, Mr. and Mrs. Courtland Matthews, Oregon Historical Society, Laurence Pratt, Harold Vinal, Richard Wetjen, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood.

The 1974 addendum consists of correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, genealogy research, sketches, and publications.

Outgoing correspondence is organized chronologically, 1910; 1918; 1955-1957 and includes over 200 letters. The outgoing correspondence includes sixty-four letters from Bright, 1918-1919, when he was an infantryman in the A.E.F., written from Vancouver Barracks, Washington, Ft. McDowell, California, Ft. William McKinley, Philippines, and Vladivostok, Siberia. Most of them are to Mrs. C. E. Barker of Beaverton, Oregon. There is also a section of fan letters.

Incoming correspondence (1899-1975) is organized alphabetically by last name or title and includes over ninety letters. Correspondents include publishers, societies, and individuals including Jim Barker, Charles L. Emerson, Eleanor and Courtland Matthews, Oregon Historical Society, Pacific University, and Laurence Pratt.

Article-length manuscripts include drafts and corrections and two are about Jack Dempsey.

Poetry manuscripts often include drafts, different versions, and revisions, and are organized alphabetically by title.

The collection also contains tearsheets of articles and poetry clippings.

Genealogy material including notes, notebooks, charts, and clippings from research into various families including the Brights and early residents of Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

Other material includes notes and research on Oregon topics, photographs, sketches, memorabilia including publicity, advertisements, telegrams, book reviews, and programs, and poetry by other authors.

There are also three scrapbooks. Publications include Northwest based literary serials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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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], Verne Bright papers, Ax 263, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Poets, American--Oregon
  • Poets, American--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Sketches