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Virginia Hamilton Adair Collection SC2006/1
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Box 1-8

Poetry Series 1 1920-2004

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.0 boxes
General Physical Description note: Boxes 1- 8 Arranged alphabetically or chronologically, Box 1: Individual Poems and Adair's lists 1930s - 1970s; poetry notebooks Box 2: Individual Poems and Lists 1980s - 2000s (incl. Adair's lists for poetry readings) Box 3: Poems in File Folders arranged alphabetically by subject, from "Aging" to "Zen" Box 4: Poems Collected into Subject Binders (arranged alphabetically by title) A-E Box 5: Poems Collected into Subject Binders (arranged alphabetically by title) F - N Box 6: Poems Collected into Subject Binders (arranged alphabetically by title) O - Z Box 7: Poems Collected as Proposed Book Manuscripts, Unpublished Box 8: Poems by Monthly Output 1995 - 2001;haiku notebook handwritten during Christmas/NewYear's 1986-1987

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Adair, Virginia, 1913-2004 -- Correspondence
Hamilton Adair, Virginia, 1913-2004 -- Correspondence
Mary Virginia, Hamilton -- Correspondence
Box 9

Prose Writings Series 2 1920-2004

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Box
General Physical Description note: Box 9: Adair's prose works such as plays, short stories, and essays; non-fiction autobiographies, book reviews, etc. Of special interest is a notebook ["Blindsight"] prepared for submission along with a letter to Oliver Sacks containing prose descriptions of recurring "visions" or "apparitions" during waking hours. These visions included human figures, buildings, objects, etc. that were like a movie on a screen inside her eyes. Often they would reappear after a hiatus, and she would welcome them as familiar totems.
Box 10

Artworks Series 3 1920-1921

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Box
General Physical Description note: Box 10: drawings, a calendar handwritten and illustrated by Virginia Hamilton Adair, handmade paper dolls in 1920s fashion, two hand-colored block prints created at Williamsburg as small posters with colonial-era admonitions to children for church and table etiquette; a handmade flip-book for children, featuring drawings of animals & people, with poems, cut into four strips to mix-and-match.
Box 11-16

Personal Papers Series 4 1920-2004

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note: Box 11: VHA's typed daily notes (1994 - 2002) including instructions to helpers, random thoughts, ideas for poems and actual poems; autobiographical details, and musings Box 12: Biographical material such as helpers' logbook pages; calendars showing events, appointments, topics of discussion, etc. re VHA 1996 - 2004; lists of addresses; obituary notes , etc. Box 13: Personal correspondence to and from friends and family; fan letters, etc., arranged alphabetically by name Box 14: Business correspondence, permissions, contracts, translations, etc.; lists of poems for public readings, etc. Box 15: Family miscellany, honors, certificates; books, travel journals and sketches; photographs Box 16: VHA's saved poems and collections of her "fortnightly poetry group" friends and others, such as family members; prose writings of friends, such as Elena DeLaurentiis' Americane in Collegio (American Girls in College) translated from the Italian original, with chapters devoted to particular classmates, among them "Ariel" who represented Virginia Hamilton; publications and clippings of/about people and subjects that interested VHA, such as Billy Collins, Harvey Shapiro, Poetry and Writing, Religion, etc.
Box 17-22

Publications Series 5 1930-2000

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note: This series is of publications that contain Adair's poems, which she collected from her college days, up till the year of her death; newspaper clippings about VHA, including obituaries; New York Times and NYT Review of Books with her Millennium poem, Harvey Shapiro book review and essay on Aging. Box 17: Publications containing early poetry 1930s - 1971 Box 18: Publications containing poetry 1972 - 1981 Box 19: Publications containing later poetry, book reviews, interviews (1990s - 2000s) Box 20: Ants on the Melon (1st book; some pre-publication material and publisher's "dead matter") Box 21: Beliefs & Blasphemies (2nd book; stages and publisher's "dead matter") Box 22: Living on Fire (3rd book; stages and publisher's "dead matter")
Box 23

Recordings Series 6

Physical Description: 1.0 Box
General Physical Description note: This series consists of cassette recordings and videos of VHA interviews and poetry readings. Of special interest are some examples from The Writer's Almanac program on PBS, which aired some of her poems. Box 23: Video and audio recordings of Adair's books, musical settings, interviews, etc. Audio cassette recordings of Adair's favorite music, poetry readings, etc.
Box 24, 24-A

Realia Series 7

Physical Description: 2.0 boxes
General Physical Description note: Box 24 (+24-a) Collected here are Adair's Olympia typewriter, her large-print New Testament; a writing template for the vision-impaired; other objects.