The Ned O'Gorman Papers Part 2 consist primarily of correspondence, manuscripts, notes and diaries. In addition to personal correspondence and manuscripts, the collection contains material from three projects that O'Gorman undertook. The organization of the papers reflects this, as each of the projects is a separate series. In 1965 O'Gorman returned from a tour in South America and began work on a book for Random House that would be titled "Prophetic Voices: Ideas and Words on Revolution." He wrote letters to people across the country and around the world explaining his idea and asking for their assistance in finding "the free, young, unfamous, courageous mind...the prophetic, revolutionary, visionary imagination." He received many responses to his idea with comments on revolution and suggestions on who to contact for essays. Letters include those from Peter Levi, Henry Miller, Huston Smith, Susan Sontag, and Mark Van Doren. Manuscripts for the essays are included with correspondence from the author or at the end of the series. The book was published in 1969. The next project O'Gorman undertook was the organization of a poetry reading for the Compassionate Arts of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The reading, "Poets for Peace," took place at Town Hall in New York City on November 12, 1967. O'Gorman received correspondence regarding the event from poets including Daniel Berrigan, Louise Bogan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Eberhart, Abbie Huston Evans, Paul Goodman, Galway Kinnell, Denise Levertov, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore, Anais Nin, and Richard Wilbur. The last large project cataloged here is O'Gorman's work on a biography of Allen Tate. The work was begun in 1979. O'Gorman ran ads and wrote many letters to gather information on Tate and received voluminous responses. Many of Tate's friends and acquaintances recorded their memories of him in these letters. Some letters of note are from Robert Bly, William Condon, Laura Riding Jackson, Lincoln Kirstein, Kathleen Raine, and Robert Penn Warren. This series also contains photographs of Allen Tate. O'Gorman's work on the biography of Allen Tate was stopped short and never published. The collection also contains personal materials such as correspondence, scrapbook items, photographs of O'Gorman and his son, Ricky, and diaries. The letters O'Gorman wrote to his friend Sarah Lorimer between the years 1959 and 1986 were returned to him and offer wonderful descriptions of his school and daily life in New York City.
SERIES SYNOPSIS: The Ned O'Gorman Papers Part 2 are arranged into eight series.
SERIES: 1. General and Personal Correspondence
DESCRIPTION: Correspondence written mostly to Ned O'Gorman, the majority being personal in nature. A few letters relate to the publishing of his poetry.
SERIES: 2. Prophetic Voices Book Project
DESCRIPTION: This series contains the correspondence written to collect the essays used in the book "Prophetic Voices: Ideas and Words on Revolution," edited by Ned O'Gorman. The incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically and carbon copies of the letters written by O'Gorman are included in the folders with the responses (the outgoing carbons are not individually indexed). Outgoing letters written by O'Gorman that were not responded to are collected at the end of the correspondence and arranged alphabetically. The series also includes the typed manuscripts for the book.
SERIES: 3. Poets for Peace Project
DESCRIPTION: Correspondence regarding the Poets for Peace Poetry Reading organized by Ned O'Gorman. The event took place on November 12, 1967. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically.
SERIES: 4. Allen Tate Biography Materials
DESCRIPTION: This series contains the research and correspondence files kept by Ned O'Gorman while he was working on a biography of Allen Tate. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically with carbon copies of Ned O'Gorman's outgoing letters filed with their responses where possible. The series contains photocopies of Tate Correspondence held at other institutions, articles on Tate, and photographs of Tate and his family and friends. This series also contains O'Gorman's notes towards the biography and the beginning manuscripts.
SERIES: 5. Manuscripts
DESCRIPTION: Manuscripts of poems, some non-fiction, and a play by Ned O'Gorman.
SERIES: 6. Scrapbook and Printed Items
DESCRIPTION: Items from Ned O'Gorman's scrapbook along with printed items. Arranged chronologically.
SERIES: 7. Photographs
DESCRIPTION: Photographs are arranged first by person or subject, then by date. This series also contains a photobook and notebook of Ricky O'Gorman's and an oversize manuscript by Lucia Dlugoszewski.
SERIES: 8. Diaries and Datebooks DESCRIPTION: Diaries and Datebooks kept by Ned O'Gorman. Some poetry manuscripts are included in these books.
ABBREVIATIONS: ALS - Autograph Letter Signed ACS - Autograph Card Signed TLS - Typed Letter Signed TC - Typed Card AMS - Autograph Manuscript Signed AM - Autograph Manuscript TMS - Typed Manuscript Signed TM - Typed Manuscript b/w - Black and White (Photograph)
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