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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Clarence Urmy Papers
    Creator: Urmy, Clarence, 1858-1923
    Identifier/Call Number: M0020
    Identifier/Call Number: 165
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1878-1936

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Urmy family, 1945.

    Biographical / Historical

    Poet Clarence Urmy (1858-1923) was born in San Francisco on July 10, 1858. He was the grandson of Elea Thomas who was one of the founders of the Methodist church in the state of California. Urmy's father was a Methodist minister for 50 years. Urmy attended San Francisco public schools and then Napa College where he studied music and received a bachelor's degree. He worked for a number of years in music houses including Sherman and Clay in San Francisco. Urmy continued to study voice at this time and did some performing in San Francisco and San Jose. He was the organist at Santa Clara Methodist Church and later at Trinity Episcopal Church in San Jose. He taught piano at the College of the Pacific and four years at San Jose Teachers' College.
    Urmy was the first native poet of California. He published three volumes of collected verse: A Rosary of Rhyme, Vintage of Verse, and California Troubadour. Two more volumes were nearly ready for publication at his death: Wild Willow and Under the Toyon Tree. His poems appeared in a large number of national magazines. He also did dramatic and music criticism for the San Jose Mercury Herald.
    Urmy died on June 3, 1923 in San Jose. A Clarence Urmy Memorial was established at Stanford in 1930, which consists of a prize given each year to the student submitting the best original poem.


    Page from catalog record: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082739

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] Clarence Urmy Papers, M0020, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection contains the following:
    Correspondence to Urmy from publishers concerning his poetry. 1897-1922 ca. 35 items
    Corresponding primarily to Mabel Urmy Seares from many sources largely concerning Clarence's works and various memorials set up in his honor. A number of these are from Alfred Lindsay and Helen Millar Lehman. ca. 60 items
    Holograph and typescript of his poems and collected volumes ca. 100 items
    Clippings of his works in print, both poetry and prose, criticism of music and drams by Urmy, and a number of clippings about him (including programs etc.) ca. 260 items.
    Five photographs of Urmy
    A scrapbook of autographs
    A biography of Urmy by Mabel Urmy Seares
    Ina Coolbrith--letters, poems, and clippings ca. 7 items

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. Some of these materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.