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Faye Carr Adams Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2008.077
The Faye Carr Adams collection consists of materials pertaining to Adams’ poetry, publications, personal life and interests, and career as secretary to the Poetry Society of Texas. It serves as a snapshot not only of Adams’ life, but the lives and successes of many Texas poets – in news clippings, poetry, and notes from the Poetry Society of Texas. The collection is organized into five series: Activity Files, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Printed Materials, and The Poetry Society of Texas.

Series I, Activity Files is organized alphabetically by the last name of subject. Folders contain clippings or manuscripts attributed to the subject for which each folder is named. In the case of the Lesley and Robert Frost file, correspondence is also contained here due to the significance of their acquaintance with Adams.

Series II, Correspondence is organized alphabetically by folder and subject, then chronologically for each subject’s bulk of correspondence within the folder. Most of the letters focus on Adams’ works, relation to the Poetry Society of Texas, or personal interests. Correspondence between Adams and Lesley or Robert Frost may be found in their file under the Activity Files series. Correspondence relating to the Poetry Society of Texas may be found in Series V.

Series III, Manuscripts is organized alphabetically by folder – beginning with personal Notes by Faye Carr Adams and Poems by Faye Carr Adams, followed by poems from various authors (not documented in the Activity Files) and finally, manuscripts by unknown authors. There are more poems by other authors in this series than by Adams, however, her poetry also makes up a substantial amount of this series.

Series IV, Printed Materials is organized alphabetically by folder – first, Announcements for new poetry books, then Announcements for various publications, followed by News Clippings on Poets & Poetry, News Clippings on Various Topics, Adams’ Printed Material Collection of miscellaneous subject matter not in newsprint, and Photographs of Unknown Subject. This series consists primarily of publication announcements and news clippings on Adams’ peers not covered in the Activity Files series. However, a list of subjects present throughout the files is listed alphabetically in the finding aid under each respective folder.

Series V, The Poetry Society of Texas, heretofore PST, is organized alphabetically by folder – first Correspondence associated with the PST, then Manuscripts organized by the PST followed by Printed Materials from the PST, and Publicity for the PST such as public sponsored events or news clippings on the Society. The bulk of this series is in the manuscripts arranged by PST members, including a book of award winning poems by its participating poets, and a collection of Holographs from 1962-1963.

Dates

  • 1920-1995, inclusive
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1990,

Creator

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Born in Jeff Davis County, Texas circa 1905, it is said in The Magnificent Mesquite that Faye Carr Adams “grew up talking to cowboys at the Prude Ranch about ranch life and early times in Texas.” Over time, this connection to her native state and love of her home town’s rural landscapes would reveal itself in Adams’ many interests – most vividly in poetry, art, and Texas history. Though Ms. Adams served as vice president of administration for Morgan Express, a trucking company where she began working in 1943, she found time to pursue these interests throughout her life.

The Poetry Society of Texas was the association with which Ms. Adams spent most of her time - as a Counselor, Director, Corresponding Secretary, and member. She was also a member of and organizer for the Women’s Forum in Wichita Falls, where she lived. In addition, Adams was affiliated with the Academy of American Poets, the Texas State Historical Association, the Poetry Society of London, and was named a Texas Woman of Distinction. Through these associations, Miss Adams made acquaintance with many peers and fellow poets, and maintained correspondence with them throughout her life - collecting their works and finding inspiration in the shared experience of artistic expression. One of the connections she made through her involvement in the poetry sphere was Lesley Frost, the daughter of Robert Frost.

Adams published several books of poetry on Texas throughout her life including Sweet is the Homing Hour (1948), More Than a Loaf (1968), and As Seasons Pass (1971). She also contributed individual poems to many national magazines and anthologies, and for the years of 1970-1971 and 1971-1972, she was recognized as a Texas Poet Laureate Alternate.

Ms. Adams passed away July 18, 1996 in her home in Dallas, Texas.
Title
Faye Carr Adams Collection
Status
completed
Author
Jenny Dempsey
Date
11/23/2015
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Gee Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository

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