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Leah Bodine Drake papers, 1918-1964, 1934-1964 (bulk dates), 1934

Part of Leah Bodine Drake papers, 1918-1964, 1934-1964 (bulk dates)

68m100Drake, Leah Bodine papersLeah Bodine Drake papers, 1918-1968, undated 68m100Ida SellUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2011 June 29Special Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-03-20 14:34:50 -0400.Describing Archives: A Content Standard English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Leah Bodine Drake papers Drake, Leah Bodine 68m100 3 Cubic Feet 6 boxes 1918-1968, undated The Leah Bodine Drake papers (dated 1918-1968, undated; 3 cubic feet; 6 boxes) contain scrapbooks, writings, correspondence with publishers, photographs, and notebooks which document her career as a poet. Arrangement Collection is arranged by format. Scope and Contents The Leah Bodine Drake papers (dated 1918-1968, undated; 3 cubic feet; 6 boxes) contain scrapbooks, writings, correspondence with publishers, photographs, and notebooks which document her career as a poet. The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks of her poems and illustrations that accompany the writings. There are notebooks with her thoughts on art, poetry, and witchcraft. Additionally, the collection includes her correspondence with major publishers in the United States. The 1959 Marquis' Who's Who of Poetry is included in the collection because Leah Bodine Drake's entry. The collection includes two manuscripts for collections of poems, This Tilting Dust and Multiple Clay, a collection Drake worked on prior to her death. Finally, there are photographs of Leah Bodine Drake, her family and friends. Preferred Citation 68m100: [identification of item], Leah Bodine Drake papers, 1918-1968, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Conditions Governing Use The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Biographical note Writer and poet, Leah Bodine Drake was born in Chanute, Kanas, in 1904 to oilman Thomas Hulbert Drake. She attended Hamilton College for Women and Sayre College, both in Lexington, Kentucky. She published her first volume of poetry, A Hornbook for Witches, in 1950. From 1941-1951, she worked as a drama critic for the Evansville Courier in Indiana. Her second volume, This Tilting Dust, appeared in 1956. She reviewed poetry for The Atlantic Monthly from 1957-1958. Additionally, many of her own poems were published in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Commonweal, The Saturday Review, and other national magazines. She won several poetry awards, including the Borestone Mountain award (twice). Her last volume of poetry, Multiple Clay was collected and arranged after her death in 1964. Immediate Source of Acquisition Gift, 1953 and 1967 Women poets, American -- 20th century. Poems Scrapbooks Drake, Leah Bodine Poetry scrapbooksSeries I.1918-1964Scope and ContentsThe Poetry scrapbooks series includes colorful albums with Leah Bodine Drake's poems handwritten by her and accompanied with illustrations perhaps found in her contemporary magazines.Early poems1918-193511Domes and minarets1934-194112Magic Casement: children's poems1935-193713The Haunted Hour193814The Search of the Soul194615The Singer from the Waste1942-194916The Book of Elfin194421Troll Women and Elfin Maids194022The Garden of Spices1935-194823Mermaids' Combs and Witches' Brooms1935-194824The Court of Oberon1937-194025Black Peacocks1944-194626Fantasy in a Forest1947-195331Precarious Ground1949-195132A Hornbook for Witches1940-194833A Design for a Tapestry1952-195334Toadstool Town1952-195435The Middle Ages1953-195536Candle, Last the Night1955-195637The Fruit Uneaten195641The Turn of the Year1957-195942A Cindering of Phoenixes1959-196343Enchanted Sails: poems for children1937-194744A Record of Poetry - poems accepted for newspaper write ups and reviews1957-196445-6Collected published magazine poems1954-196447Published Poems1935-195151-2The Woods Grow Darker1962-196453NotebooksSeries II.1964, undatedScope and ContentsThe Notebooks series includes the thoughts of Leah Bodine Drake on poetry, folklore, witchcraft and art. Her writings in the notebooks suggest some ideas that influenced her own poetry.Notes on poetryundated54Notes on folklore and artundated55Notes on witchcraftundated56Poems in progress196466Correspondence with publishersSeries III.1950-1964Scope and ContentsThe correspondence with publishers series includes many letters between Leah Bodine Drake and the magazine and book industry. She often wrote reviews of works for national and local newspapers and magazines which is reflected in the communication. Also she petitioned for her poetry to be published which is also addressed in the letters of the series.1950-1960571964 July-October581964 November-December59MiscellaneousSeries IV.1935-1968Scope and ContentsThe miscellaneous series includes various writings by and about Leah Bodine Drake, as well as, photographs. Many articles and poems were published by Drake and clippings of some are included in the series. There are two copies of the 1959 Marquis' Who's Who which recognized Drake as a leading United States poetess. A copy of her final manuscript which was never published is included in the series. Some photographs of Drake, her family and friends from around the southern united states are apart of the series. Finally, the series contains a paper written on the life and work of Leah Bodine Drake by an english student at the University of West Virginia.Published poems clippings1935-195961The Supplement to Who's Who1959 March-May62This Tilting Dust manuscriptcirca 1955510Multiple Clay: new and selected poems manuscript196463Photographs1914-194764Leah Bodine Drake: paper written by Edelene Wood at University of West Virginia1968 April 1065