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Veneta Nielsen Papers, 1945-1998

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Nielsen, Veneta Leatham, 1909-
Title
Veneta Nielsen Papers
Dates
1945-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
8 boxes, (3.25 linear feet)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 315
Summary
This collection is composed of correspondence, poetry, and other writings as well as personal and professional papers of Veneta L. Nielsen.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Veneta Nielsen was born October 25, 1909 in Wellsville, Utah to Mr. & Mrs. Paul Leatham. She married Harold L. Nielsen, with whom she had two children. Following high school she attended Utah State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1940. In 1946 she was appointed to the faculty in the USU English department where she taught for the next thirty years. After her retirement Nielsen conducted poetry writing workshops for the Logan Chapter of the AAUW, and also served as a judge for various poetry competitions. She was the author of several volumes of poetry, among them: Familiar as a Sparrow, and Looking for the Blue.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Veneta Nielsen contain correspondence, poetry, other writings, personal & professional papers, and a collection of May Swenson materials. At the time the collection was donated to Special Collections, no clear original order remained. As a result, the following order has been placed on the collection. Outgoing correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipients' name. (Nielsen often addressed her letters by first name only, so researchers should check under both first and last names.) Incoming correspondence is arranged chronologically, with gaps throughout the run. Nielsen's poetry has been filed alphabetically by the first key word in the title or in the first sentence. Collections of poems compiled by Nielsen (typically for poetry competitions) have been placed in separate folders and then filed alphabetically with the other poetry by the first key word in the collection title. Researchers should note that Nielsen frequently retyped poems by other authors for her own files. These poems have been culled out whenever they have been identified as such, but some unidentified "third-party" poems may remain in the collection. If a critique of an individual poem or collection of poems was found with the manuscript it was placed in the same file.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Veneta Nielsen Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Veneta Nielsen Papers USU_COLL MSS 315, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 315, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Outgoing CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
A
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1 2
B
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1 3
C
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1 4
D
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1 5
E
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1 6
G
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1 7
H
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1 8
J
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1 9
K
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1 10
L
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1 11
M
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1 12
N
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1 13
Harold Nielsen
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1 14
O
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1 15
P
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1 16
R
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1 17
S
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1 18
T
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1 19
U
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1 20
V
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1 21
W
Undated
1 22
Unidentified
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Incoming Correspondence, press clippings, honorsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Incoming Correspondence
1945-1959
2 2
Incoming Correspondence
1960-1975
2 3
Incoming Correspondence
1976-1988
2 4
Incoming Correspondence
1990
2 5
Incoming Correspondence
1991-1997
2 6
Incoming Correspondence
1998
2 7
Carlton Culmsee
Undated
2 8
Incoming correspondence
Undated
2 9
USU honors and awards, Scribble
1949 March
2 10
Professional honors and recognitions—particularly from USU
Undated
2 11
Autobiographical narrative, USU Scholarship information, Tribute to Reed Stock
Undated
2 12
Blue Rose publication information
1990

Personal and professional papers, honors, and newspaper clippingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Funeral service program for Nielsen
Undated
3 2
Misc. professional records, book sales, Utah Women Prisoners Project
Undated
3 3
Newspaper clippings
Undated
3 4
Press clippings, USU Magazine
1966 Fall
3 5
Scholarly monographs
Undated
3 6
Script for "Look on the Land"
Undated
3 7
Notes for "Look on the Land"
Undated
3 8
Lecture notes on Divine Comedy
Undated
3 9
Lecture on C.G. Jung
Undated
3 10
Misc. lecture notes
Undated
3 11
Notes from students
Undated
3 12
Reviews of Nielsen's poetry
Undated
3 13
Speech to Utah State Board of Education
1966
3 14
A.A.U.W.
Undated
3 15
Pen Women
Undated
3 16
Eulogies and funeral readings
Undated
3 17
Misc. essays and short stories by Nielsen
Undated

May Swenson materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Swenson résumé, quotes about Swenson books
Undated
4 2
Essays about Swenson by Nielsen
Undated
4 3
Articles about Swenson
Undated
4 4
Correspondence from Swenson
Undated
4 5
Nielsen's introductions of Swenson at USU
1969, 1987
4 6
Local poetry readings in memory of Swenson
Undated
4 7
Poems by Swenson
Undated
4 8
Poems about Swenson
Undated
4 9
Swenson Memorial Tribute, New York City
1991
4 10
Review essay about Swenson by Grace Schulman
1994
4 11
Iconographs, a review
Undated
4 12
Critique of May Out West
1995

Poetry by NielsenReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
A
Undated
5 2
B
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5 3
C
Undated
5 4
Collection of Ten Poems (Awarded First Place)
Undated
5 5
D
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5 6
E
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5 7
F
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5 8
G
Undated
5 9
H
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5 10
I
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5 11
J
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5 12
K
Undated
5 13
L
Undated
5 14
M
Undated
5 15
Movement on Ultraviolet
Undated
5 16
N
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5 17
O
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5 18
Old, Old Poems
Undated
5 19
P
Undated
5 20
Poems
1972
5 21
Poems: Collection of Ten Poems awarded First Place
1975
5 22
Poems and Ponderings
Undated
5 23
The Point of the Mountain Poems
Undated
5 24
Q
Undated
5 25
R
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5 26
Reflections on Abstract Reality
Undated
6 1
S
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6 2
Small balls of philosopher clay
Undated
6 3
The Spartan Fox
Undated
6 4
T
Undated
6 5
Ten Poems
1970
6 6
Ten Poems: Legacy, Elegies, and Question Marks
1994-1995
6 7
Ten Times O’Clock
Undated
6 8
Timed Templates
Undated
6 9
To Examine the Doctrine of Suchness
Undated
6 10
Tree of Fire
Undated
6 11
Triton's Trumpet
Undated
6 12
U
Undated
6 13
Under Sound
Undated
6 14
Critiqued manuscript copy of Under Sound [?]
Undated
6 15
V
Undated
6 16
Voice with Gender
Undated
6 17
W
Undated
6 18
Walking Toward Forever
Undated
6 19
Words and Silences
Undated
6 20
Y
Undated
6 21
Poems with two poems on a page
Undated
6 22
Misc. drafts
Undated
6 23
Utah State Poetry Contest
1974
6 24
Utah State Poetry Contest
1977
6 25
Utah State Poetry Contest
1979
6 26
Utah State Poetry Contest
1981
6 27
Utah State Poetry Contest
1982
6 28
Utah State Poetry Contest
1985
7
Five notebooks with writings by Nielsen
Undated

Award plaquesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
8
Service Award from Life Span Learning program
1983
8
USU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award
1976