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Ned O'Gorman Papers 3

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS431

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Ned O'Gorman Papers 3 are comprised of a portion of the personal papers of Ned O'Gorman, a noted poet and philanthropist. The collection includes correspondence sent to O'Gorman from individuals, such as John Andrew, Isaiah Berlin, Carla Carlisle, Jorge Guillermo, Shirley Hazzard, Joan Hooker, Albert Kresch, James Kritzeck, Samuel Menashe, Kathleen Raine, Ned Rorem, and Bill Scott, among others. Other materials in this collection include address books, diaries, printed materials, and photographs. O'Gorman is pictured in a few of the photographs. The Ned O'Gorman Papers: Part 3 are preserved in 3 archival boxes (1.5 linear feet). The Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections also holds the Ned O'Gorman Papers 1 and the Ned O'Gorman Papers 2.

Series Synopsis: Series 1 - Correspondence. Series 2 - Address Books. Series 3 - Diaries. Series 4 - Trips and Travel Manuscripts. Series 5 - Printed Materials. Series 6 - Photographs.


  • 1956 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 2007

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Biographical note

Edward Charles O'Gorman, prominent poet and philanthropist, was born on September 26, 1929, in New York City. In 1950, he obtained a B.A. from St. Michael's College, and then he received an M.A. from Columbia University. His poetry is widely praised. In 1958, he won the Lamont Poetry Selection. His collected works appeared as "The Night of the Hammer" (1959). His book "Adam Before His Mirror," published in 1961, contained more of his poetical works. His "The Buzzard and the Peacock" was published in 1964. O'Gorman's other 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), "The Wilderness and the Laurel Tree" (1972), and "The Children Are Dying" (1978). In addition to writing, O'Gorman taught at Iona College in 1957. Also, he edited the journal "Jubilee" from 1962 to 1965. In 1965 and 1966, O'Gorman taught at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. O'Gorman established a school of youths in Harlem, New York called "The Children's Storefront." His son, Ricardo "Ricky" O'Gorman, who was one of the students at that school, lived with him from 1971 until Ricky's death at 26 years old in 1996. In 1998, O'Gorman established the Ricardo O'Gorman Garden and Center for Resources in the Humanities.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Acquisition Information

Provenance: Gift of Ned O'Gorman, 5/17/2005 and 8/9/2008.

Ned O'Gorman Papers 3
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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