Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Poetry Manuscripts, [1850s-1880s]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Poetry manuscripts
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [1850s-1880s]
Extent: 4 items
Abstract:
This collection is made up of 2 collections of manuscript poems and 2 printed items. Many of the poems are elegies about loved ones' deaths, and many were copied from publications.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1992. M-2855.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Poetry Manuscripts, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The majority of these poems were culled from various publications, and most were originally written prior to 1852. Many were later set to music and published in 19th-century songbooks.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 2 collections of manuscript poems and 2 printed items. Many of the poems are elegies about loved ones' deaths, and many were copied from publications.

The poems, which include previously published works, works set to music, and hymns, are collected in 2 loosely-bound groups. Many are elegies, laments, and narratives about death, often told from the point of view of a loved one facing an imminent loss. "James Bird," a narrative poem, pertains to a young man's death on Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Death and bereavement are the most prominent topics, but a few poems address children or pertain to love. One group of poems is bound in a copy of Philadelphia's Dollar Newspaper (November 13, 1850).

The printed items are a newspaper article about Nellie Grant Sartoris and her inheritance from her father-in-law, an Englishman ("One of Grant's Daughters") and "Quotations for Autograph Albums," which include proverbs and epigrams.

Contents

  • Book 1

    • "An Elegy on the Death of [Selah] Foster"
    • "The Traveling Preacher's Complaint"
    • "[Crazy] Jones"
    • "My Mother"
    • "Reply to the White Pilgrim"
    • "Delia's Funeral Dirge"
    • Two untitled short poems
    • "Mary Across the Wild Moor"
  • Book 2

    • "Children Go"
    • "The Troubador"
    • "Good Bye"
    • "Brazilian Lover"
    • "The Watcher"
    • "The Dying Child's Request"
    • "My Mother"
    • "James Bird"
    • "My Mother's Bible"
    • "The Orphan's Prayer"
    • "Oh Take Me Home to Die"
    • "The Orphan Boy"
    • "Are We Almost There"
    • "The Field of Monterey"
    • "Mary Across the Wild Moor"
    • "Lie Up Nearer Brother"
    • "Lilly Dale"
Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • American poetry.
    • Bereavement--Poetry.
    • Death--Poetry.
    • Thompson, H. S. (Henry S.) Lilly Dale.
    Contributors:
    • Engelbrecht, J. C.
    • Follen, Eliza Lee Cabot, 1787-1860.
    • Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879.
    • Morris, George Pope, 1802-1864.
    • Sullivan, Marion Means.
    • Thompson, H. S. (Henry S.)
    • Vane, Florence.
    • Woodbury, I. B. (Isaac Baker), 1819-1858.
    Genre Terms:
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Elegies.
    • Epigrams.
    • Poems.
    • Proverbs.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   4, Small Collections  
    Poetry manuscripts [series]
    Folder   16  
     [1850s-1880s]