Sharon Brown McConnell
Kentucky State Poetry Society Records
Eastern Kentucky University ArchivesRichmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
This collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Kentucky State Poetry Society Records, 1966-1986, University Archives, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.
The Kentucky State Poetry Society (KSPS) grew out of a meeting of the Eastern Kentucky Poetry Society in Ashland, Kentucky in 1965. In 1966, KSPS was accepted by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. The first annual meeting was at the Henry Clay Hotel in Ashland on October 14, 1967. In 1976 Governor Julian Carroll proclaimed October 15th as National Poetry Day. In 1966, the first Pegasus was printed. At that time the publication consisted of four pages. By 1970 it grew to a larger periodical and has been issued from two to four times a year.
Membership in KSPS is not restricted to Kentuckians nor is age a barrier. In the early seventies there were over five hundred members. An annual contest is held each year containing more than thirty categories. In addition a book fair is held each year by L. B. Dalton book store in Oxmoor Center in Louisville. KSPS continues to prosper and grow. The collection of publications generated by members is housed in University Archives.
The Kentucky State Poetry Society records were housed at the Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University from 1975 until 1988. At this time they were moved to the University Archives. The collection consists of five boxes of publications, one box of business papers, and eight scrapbooks containing photographs and clippings. The collection was transferred in good condition. Even the alphabetical sequence of the publications was maintained. Papers have been arranged by subject and then filed chronologically. Scrapbooks were measured and wrapped. Cards for the material had been typed previously and were sent with the collection. Items will be added to the collection from time-to-time by the historian and the curator of the society.
The Publication Series is filed in five boxes. The first three boxes contain volumes of verse by members of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. These are arranged alphabetically by the author's lastname. The fourth box contains anthologies and a few periodicals in which the works of members are published. The fifth box holds copies of Pegasus printed in the years 1971-2.
The Subject Series consists of one box of papers relating to the Kentucky State Poetry Society. Each folder contains papers arranged alphabetically under the title of the folder and chronologically thereunder. Very little correspondence has been gathered. The constitution of the Society in included. Random contests are accounted for. While this material is valuable, it is by no means complete. These items cover the years 1966-1986.
Eight parcels are included in this series. Many are a mixture of photographs of members and clippings about members or of the annual meetings of the Society. One volume contains photographs of members and holograph poems by members. It was the effort of the group at one time to have a picture and poem by each member. The goal fell far short. Most of the items are not dated; the first is from 1967. Emphasis is definitely on the late sixties and the early seventies.
This item contains articles and clippings about the finding of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. Some photographs are included. There are a few newsletters from the Eastern Kentucky Poetry-Society.
This scrapbook contains clippings about poets and published poems by members of the Society. A letter from Lou Dell McIntosh of the Department of Parks in Frankfort is included.
This scrapbook contains clippings about poets and published poems.
This scrapbook is comprised of articles about poets and published poems. A list of contest winners from 1974 is included.
This book contains a photograph, biographical sketch, and holograph poem of certain poets in KSPS. There are a few loose items.
This scrapbook contains photographs of poets including Jesse Stuart and Jim Wayne Miller.
This collection consists of photographs of members taken during the annual meetings.
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