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Preliminary Guide to the Helen Smith Bevington Papers, 1918-2001

Collection Overview

Family and personal papers, primarily Bevington's personal and professional correspondence (1931-2001), which includes letters from Ray Bradbury (1976-1993); typescripts of diary entries (1959-1989); 22 heavily annotated books of modern poetry, and research notes. There are also correspondence and professional records for Bevington's husband, Merle. Other items include one color and 9 black-and-white photographs, a scrapbook, passports, geneology information/records, awards, newspaper clippings, class records, and unpublished manuscripts.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Helen Smith Bevington papers 1918-2001
Creator
Bevington, Helen Smith, 1906-
Extent
9.75 Linear Feet , 3422 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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Collection is restricted.

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Contents of the Collection

Diary, 1973 September 4-1989 December 31
Box 1
Diary, 1959 July-1973 September
Box 2
Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings, 1981-1993
Box 3
Calendar, 1962
Box 3
Annotated Books of Poetry
(17 volumes)
Box 3
Annotated Books of Poetry
(5 books)
Box 4

Attention: Needs more processing attention before use. Remove letters in envelopes in boxes 2-6. Copy loose clippings that were removed to oversize box 11.

Restrictions: Class records in Box 7 are restricted.

Newspaper Clippings, 1937-1977
(2 books)

Loose Clippings removed to oversize box 11

Box 1
Girl Graduate's Record Book, 1918-1924
Box 1
Booklet, Tom Mann: 80th Birthday Souvenir
Box 1
Correspondence, 1939-1943
(one folder)
Box 2
Diaries, 1931-1934, 1990 January 1-1996 January 1

Part of diary in box 1-2 of Accession 2001-0131

(4 folders)
Box 2
Miscellaneous Items

Includes road maps, a hotel introduction booklet, postcards, etc.

(3 folders)
Box 2
Passport
Box 2
Correspondence, 1923-1978
Box 3
Correspondence, 1923-1978, cont.
Box 4
Correspondence, 1923-1978, cont.
Box 5
Correspondence, 1923-1978, cont.
Box 6
Class Records, 1943-1975
(4 folders)

Remove rusty fasteners

Box 7
Notebook
Box 7
Notes
(2 folders)
Box 7
Miscellaneous Items
Box 7
Programs for the "Reception in Honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother"
Box 7
Helen E. Smith master's thesis: " Thoreau as a Commentator on American Civilization"
Box 7
Research notes on authors and their work

Remove rusty fasteners

Box 8
Unpublished book manuscript by Merle Bevington
(one folder)
Box 9
Correspondence, 1941-2001
(9 folders)
Box 9
Family papers and certificates
(one folder)
Box 9
Correspondence, 1941-1996
(5 folders)

Remove rusty fasteners

Box 10
Publication notes and clippings, including material from Ray Bradbury
(4 folders)
Box 10
Merle Bevington's personal documents, miscellaneous papers, and clippings
(3 folders)
Box 10
Scrapbook
Box 11
Loose clippings
Box 11
Miscellaneous Oversize
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

Helen Smith Bevington was a poet, professor in the English Department at Duke University, and resident of Durham (Durham Co.), N.C. Bevington's teaching specialty was modern poetry; she died in 2001.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Smith Bevington Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Helen Smith Bevington Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Ming Guo, Ruth Bryan, Alice Poffinberger

Completed August 29, 2001

Encoded by Ming Guo, Ruth Bryan, Alice Poffinberger

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.