Virginia Hamilton Adair (1913-2004) was a poet and an educator. Her collection contains poems, book manuscripts, subject files,
correspondence, personal papers, original drawings, autobiographical accounts, notes, poem lists, and printed matter pertaining
to her poetry and her life.
Mary Virginia Hamilton was born in the Bronx on February 28, 1913 and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. As a child she was
surrounded by poetry. Her father, Robert Browning Hamilton, was a serious amateur poet who would read to her in her crib,
from classics such as Pope's translation of Homer's Iliad. Her mother, Katharine Temple Hopson, focused on Mother Goose rhymes. Mary Virginia began writing her own poems when she
was six. She graduated from the Kimberley School in 1929, and at the age of 16 she entered Mount Holyoke College. She disliked
the name Mary and dropped it as soon as she left home. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1933 at the age of 20, already
having twice won the distinguished Glascock Prize for poetry. A year later, she earned a master's degree at Radcliffe, after
which she taught for one year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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