Clarice Short papers, 1904-1975

Overview of the Collection

Short, Clarice
Clarice Short papers
1904-1975 (inclusive)
1.25 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 0893
The Clarice Short papers (1904-1975) consist of diaries, correspondence to her family in New Mexico, and rough drafts of poems. Short was an author and a member of the University of Utah Department of English.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Clarice Short (1910-1977) grew up in New Mexico and in 1946 began teaching English at the University of Utah as an assistant professor. She remained there until 1974. Short has published two books of poetry, The Owl on the Aerial and The Old One and the Wind. In 1970, Short became the teacher and mentor of poet Emma Lou Thayne who helped ensure the posthumous publication of The Owl on the Aerial.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Clarice Short papers (1904-1975) consist of diaries, correspondence to her family in New Mexico, and rough drafts of poems.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Emma Lou Thayne in 1986.

Separated Materials

See also the Clarice Short photograph collection (P0278) in the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Processing Note

Processed by Alison Rogers in 2003.

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Related Materials

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Many of the journals in this box are written in a spiral bound notebooks and contain short, informal entries. Oftentimes, the entries are a quotation Short heard or read, a thought, an observation, or an idea for a poem. Folder 4 contains postcards, programs, pamphlets, notes, currency, and letters from the journal in folder 3.
2 1-2
2 3
Diary of Clarice Short's Mother
2 4-7
Folder four consists of letters between Clarice and family members, friends, editors, and universities. Folders five and six contain correspondence between Clarice Short and her parents while she lived in Dodge City, Kansas, and her parents lived in Toas, New Mexico. Folder seven contains letters to her friend Norma. There are also numerous poems included in the folder.
2 8
Personal Notes
These notes are written on scrap paper as well as notepad paper. They contain observations, quotations, to-do lists, and other miscellaneous notations.
2 9
Newspaper Clippings
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
The Carved Door, Manuscript
3 2-3
The Owl on the Aerial, Drafts and Manuscript
3 4
The Old One and the Wind
3 5
Poetry Written to Dorothy
3 6-9
Poetry and Writings, Rough Drafts
3 10
Drafts and Critiques of Poetry
3 11

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Women poets, American--Utah--Archives

Personal Names

  • Short, Clarice--Archives
  • Short, Clarice--Family--Archives

Corporate Names

  • University of Utah. Department of English--Faculty--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts
  • Notebooks
  • Notes (documents)
  • Personal correspondence
  • Poetry