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Rosemary Farrar papers

 Collection
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00270

Scope and Contents

The Rosemary Farrar Papers consists of some manuscript copies of her poems and a collection of publications containing her poetry. Also included are some reviews of her only book of poetry, Voices Will Ring.

Dates of Materials

  • 1930-1986

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Conditions Governing Use

The Rosemary Farrar Papers are the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the works or their legal representatives.

Biographical / Historical

Rosemary Farrar was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 8, 1915, the daughter of Frederick C. and Freda F. Kelsey Farrar. They moved to Alford, Massachusetts, in 1921, and it was there that she lived most of her life. Farrar attended school in Dalton and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1932 from the Searles High School of Great Barrington.

Farrar was employed as a bookkeeper and accountant during her working career in a Ford automobile agency that successively went by the names Whalen & Kasther Agency, Mahaiwe Motors and then Whittaker Ford.

Farrar started writing while still in high school and continued to write poetry all of her adult life. Her poems were published in various publications, including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post and Yankee magazine. In 1981 her book of poetry Voices Will Ring was published. She was a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Poetry Society of Georgia, the Poetry Society of Virginia and the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, as well as an associate member of the Academy of American Poets. She was also a member of St. James' Episcopal Church in Great Barrington and a longtime member of the Alford Garden Club.

Rosemary Farrar died on March 2, 1986 in the Willowood Nursing Home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Extent

2 boxes (1 linear feet)

Abstract

Contains some manuscripts and published works by Rosemary Farrar. Also has an extensive run of the annual volumes of The Poetry Society of Georgia (1944-1984).

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:

  1. I. MANUSCRIPTS
  2. II. PUBLISHED POETRY
  3. III. OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Rosemary Farrar papers were a gift of Elizabeth Rose in 1986. Ms. Farrar left the contents of this collection to Mrs. Rose.

Processing Information

Processed by Melvin Carlson, Jr., 2007

Title
Rosemary Farrar papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Melvin Carlson, Jr. .
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
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