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Marilyn Nelson Papers

Identifier: 1992-0056

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from Nelson's MFA students at Vermont College> and from other poets, personal notebooks, photographs, manuscripts of poetry and translations and term papers written while Nelson was a student.


  • Creation: 1940-2014


Personal diaries as indicated in the inventory are restricted and closed for research until the year 2046 as per Marilyn Nelson.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


Marilyn Nelson was born 26 April 1946 to Johnnie E. Nelson and Melvin Nelson, Sr. She is a graduate of Hiram Johnson High School and the University of California at Davis, and has a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of 6 books of poetry, 2 children's collections and a few chapter books. Her book Carver: A life in Poems has been awarded the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for excellence in children's literature. The Homeplace was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize and won the 1998 Poet's Prize. Nelson has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and recently named Connecticut's Poet Laureate by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Marilyn Nelson has been teaching at the University of Connecticut since 1978.


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The collection contains the papers of Marilyn Nelson, author of several books of poetry and formercurrent Poet Laureate for the State of Connecticut.


Series I: Poetry Correspondence and Manuscripts (undated, 1964- 1992) contains term papers while Nelson was a student, manuscripts of poetry, poems written with childern, correspondence from theologian Mary Pellauer; poets Dave Smith and others, and translation of Thornvig Bjorvig poems.

Series II: Other Correspondence and Photographs (1986-1992) from MFA students at Vermont College and magazines as well as photographs.


The collection has been reordered and divided into two series. Photographs were removed from original folders and placed in a separate folder created for photographs. Publications were also removed for cataloging.

Acquisition Information

Professor Marilyn Nelson donated her collection in 1992.

Separated Material

Motley, Volume 2, Number 1, Winter 1964. Dodd Periodicals

Moving Out: Feminist Literary & Arts Journal, Volume 5, Number 1, 1975. Dodd Periodicals

Christianity and Crisis, Volume 44, No 13, August 13, 1984. Dodd Periodicals

Touchstone: Viterbo College, Vol. 25, 26, Spring 1974, 1975. Dodd Periodicals

The Pennsylvania Gazette, Vol. 69. No. 5, March, 1971. Dodd Periodicals

Nelson Bibliography


Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 120: American Poets since World War II, ThirdSeries, Gale, 1992. Booklist, September 1, 1994. Hudson Review, Summer, 1991. Kenyon Review, Spring, 1991. Multicultural Review, March, 1995. Parnassus, Volume 17, number 1, 1992. Publishers Weekly, , November 16, 1990; August 29, 1994 School Library Journal, June, 1991. Shenandoah, Winter, 1992.
Marilyn Nelson Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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