The Finding Aid of the Marcyn Del Clements Collection on Virginia Hamilton Adair 0069

Rob Strauss and Alex Dan
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
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Pomona, CA 91768
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Title: Marcyn Del Clements Collection on Virginia Hamilton Adair
Creator: Del Clements, Marcyn
Identifier/Call Number: 0069
Contributing Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.54 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa 1927-1946, 1963-2010
Date (bulk): 1995-1998
Abstract: The collection contains materials collected by Virginia Hamilton Adair's friend Marcyn Del Clements, including poetry written by Virginia Hamilton Adair, drafts of Adair's first two books, magazines with articles about Adair, and videocassettes related to Adair.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Marcyn Del Clements Collection on Virginia Hamilton Adair, Collection no. 0069, Pomona Valley Historical Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Marcyn Del Clements donated the collection to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2010.

Biographical / Historical

Marcyn Del Clements is a published poet and she was a friend of Virginia Hamilton Adair (1913-2004). The two met in the early 1990s and belonged to a Claremont, California poetry group called "The Fortnitelies." Along with others, Clements assisted Adair in typing her poetry and preparing her books after Adair lost her vision.
Clements lives in Claremont and works as a massage therapist. She has had her poetry published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Eureka Literary Magazine, Literary Review, and other publications.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials collected by Virginia Hamilton Adair's friend Marcyn Del Clements, including poetry that Adair shared with her poetry group "The Fortnitelies"; drafts of Adair's first poetry books, Ants on the Melon and Beliefs and Blasphemies; and animal-related poetry that Adair and Del Clements were arranging for a possible book.
The folder poetry drafts - rituals contains a notebook and papers with poems. The poems appear to have been written by Virginia Hamilton Adair and some contain her initials.
The collection also includes audiovisual materials, including a videocassette of Adair receiving an honorary doctorate from Mt. Holyoke College in 1999, an audiocassette of poetry readings of Adair's work, and audiocassettes with performances of music by Gwyneth Walker set to Adair's poetry. Additionally, the collection includes a broadside with the text of Adair's poem "Keyring" and posters titled "Rules of Behaviour" that were printed by Adair's husband, Douglass, and colored by Adair.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Related Materials

Virginia Hamilton Adair Papers, Collection no. 0045, University Archives, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mary Virginia Hamilton Adair Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

Separated Materials

The following items have been removed from the collection and added to the Special Collections and Archives Rare Books Collection:
Adair, Virginia. Ants on the Melon. New York: Random House, 1996.
Adair, Virginia. Beliefs and Blasphemies: A Collection of Poems. New York: Random House, 1998.
Mount Holyoke College. The Llamarada. South Hadley, MA: Mount Holyoke College, 1933.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rob Strauss and Alex Dan in May 2018.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Adair, Virginia, 1913-2004
Poets, American

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Audiocassettes - Readings of Virginia Hamilton Adair's Poetry 1995-2010

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Audiocassettes - Performances of "An Hour to Dance" (Music by Gwyneth Walker set to Virginia Hamilton Adair's poetry) circa 2000 - 2010

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Audiocassette - "The Writer's Almanac" 1997 January 27

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Broadsides - Ants on the Melon - Limited Edition circa 1996

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Clippings - Book Reviews and Mentions of Virginia Hamilton Adair 1996-2010

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Draft - Beliefs and Blasphemies circa 1998

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Drafts - Ants on the Melon circa 1996

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DVD - Virginia Hamilton Adair Receiving Honorary Doctorate from Mt. Holyoke College 1999

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List of Virginia Adair's Poem Titles circa 1993-1995

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Newsletter - The Academy of American Poets 1996

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Newsletter - Mt. Baldy Zen Center 1996

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Notes and Articles from Virginia Hamilton Adair to Marcyn Del Clements circa 1987-2010

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Poems - "Book of Animals" circa 1927-1946, 1967-1995, 2010

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Poems - Fortnitelies Poetry Group [A-C] circa 1970-1979, 1990-2001, 2010

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Poems - Fortnitelies Poetry Group [G-J] 1970,1989-2000

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Poems - Fortnitelies Poetry Group [K-N] 1992-2001, 2010

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Poems - Fortnitelies Poetry Group [O-S] 1972-1974,1992-2001

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Poems - Fortnitelies Poetry Group [T-Z] 1968, 1988-2001

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Poems - "The Marcy Poems" 1991-1999

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Poetry Drafts - "Rituals" 1992-1993

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Poetry Readings - Advertisements, Programs, Notes circa 1996-1999, 2010

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Posters - "Rules for Behaviour" 1963

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Publication - American Poet 1996

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Publication - California State Poetry Quarterly (Signed by Adair) 1997

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Publication - The New York Review of Books 1996 March 21

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Publication - The New Yorker (Signed by Adair) 1995 July 31

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Publication - The New Yorker 1995 October 16

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Publication - The New Yorker 1995 November 6

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Publication - The New Yorker 1995 December 11

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Publication - The New Yorker 1995 December 25

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Publication - The New Yorker 1996 January 22

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Publication - The New Yorker 1996 February 26

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Publication - The New Yorker 1996 March 18

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Publication - The New Yorker 1997 January 20

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Publication - The New Yorker 1998 July 20

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Publication - People Weekly 1996 August 19

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Publication - Poetry 2004 December

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Publication - Poetry Pilot 1994

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Publication - Rattle 1997

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Publication - Time 1996 Mary 27

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Videocassette - Poetry Readings - Anthony Hecht and Robert Mezey 1997 February-March

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Videocassette - Virginia Hamilton Adair Receiving Honorary Doctorate from Mt. Holyoke College 1999