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Ned O'Gorman Papers 4

Identifier: GTM-050910

Scope and Contents Note

The Ned O'Gorman Papers 4 comprise part of the personal papers generated by Ned O'Gorman (b. 1929), a noted American poet, author, and educator. This collection primarily contains lengthy drafts of O'Gorman's autobiography entitled, "Venerated Trinkets, Kept Memorials, and Things Lifted Up: A Volume of Autobiography." In addition, many other manuscripts written by O'Gorman are retained in this archive, which includes some of his poetry. Additional materials include letters with notable individuals, mauscripts by O'Gorman, printed materials by him, and his datebooks.

The Ned O'Gorman Papers 4 supplement prior accessions of the Ned O'Gorman Papers. The Ned O'Gorman Papers 4 are preserved in 7 archival boxes amounting to 4.5 linear feet of material.


  • 1951 - 2011

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical Note

Edward Charles O'Gorman was born on September 26, 1929 in New York City. He earned a B.A. from St. Michael's College in Vermont and subsequently an M.A. from Columbia University.

Ned O'Gorman earned early accolades for his writings. He received Guggenheim fellowships in 1956 and 1962. He won the Lamont Poetry Selection award in 1958. In 1959, O'Gorman's collected works were published for the first time in his book entitled, "The Night of the Hammer."

In 1961, O'Gorman's new set of poems was published as "Adam Before the Mirror." From 1962 to 1965, he worked as an editor of "Jubilee." Another set of his poems was soon published in 1964 as "The Buzzard and the Peacock."

Ned O'Gorman taught at Iona College in 1957 and Tougaloo College from 1965 to 1966.

In the mid-1960s, O'Gorman founded the Children's Storefront, a school for youth situated in Harlem in New York City. O'Gorman administers and teaches at the school.

During his career, Ned O'Gorman has published widely. Some of his works include "The Harvester's Vase: Poems (1968)," "Prophetic Voices: Ideas and words on Revolution" (1969)," "The Storefront: A Community of Children on 129th Street and Madison Avenue (1970)," "The Blue Butterfly (1971)," "The Flag and Hawk Flies (1972)," and "The Children Are Dying (1978)."


5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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Ned O'Gorman Papers 4
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057