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CARR, SHARON, 1967-1990.
Sharon Carr papers, 1981-1991

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Carr, Sharon, 1967-1990.
Title: Sharon Carr papers, 1981-1991
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 692
Extent: 2.75 linear feet (9 boxes) and 1 oversized papers box (OP)
Abstract:Papers of Emory alumnus and poet Sharon Carr.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 1991, with subsequent additions from various donors.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Sharon Carr papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Barbara J. Mann, October 1991.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Sharon Michele Carr, daughter of Robert and Ruth Carr, was born March 27, 1967 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. During the summer of 1984, Sharon Carr was diagnosed as having brain cancer. Despite surgeries to remove the tumor, the cancer remained.

Carr enrolled in Emory University in the fall of 1985 with a double major of English and religion. She remained in residence for two years, but had to withdraw in September of 1987 when her condition worsened. During her academic career she maintained a 3.9 academic average and won a Bobby Jones Scholarship to attend Saint Andrews University in Scotland for a year, but declined because of her health problems. In the spring of 1987, Emory president James T. Laney and Dean David Minter traveled to Augusta to present Carr a baccalaureate degree based on her scholastic work and poetry.

Poetry, which had been a hobby for Sharon Carr, became an outlet for dealing with her disease. She poured her feelings and faith into her writings. As the disease progressed and she was unable to write, friends devised a device to make it possible for Sharon to continue to use her word processor. In 1988 she sent autographed copies of her poems under the title of "Poems and Meditations of a Creature" to select friends. One such recipient was Dr. Floyd C. Watkins, Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Literature at Emory University. It was he who contacted Sharon Carr about publishing her poems and served as her agent in getting them published. Working together, poems were selected and edited, though she died before the book Yet Life Was a Triumph: Poems and Meditations (Oliver-Nelson, 1991) was actually published.

Sharon Carr died October 1, 1990 in Augusta, Georgia.

Sharon Michele Carr, daughter of Robert and Ruth Carr, was born March 27, 1967 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. During the summer of 1984, Sharon Carr was diagnosed as having brain cancer. Despite surgeries to remove the tumor, the cancer remained.

Carr enrolled in Emory University in the fall of 1985 with a double major of English and religion. She remained in residence for two years, but had to withdraw in September of 1987 when her condition worsened. During her academic career she maintained a 3.9 academic average and won a Bobby Jones Scholarship to attend Saint Andrews University in Scotland for a year, but declined because of her health problems. In the spring of 1987, Emory president James T. Laney and Dean David Minter traveled to Augusta to present Carr a baccalaureate degree based on her scholastic work and poetry.

Poetry, which had been a hobby for Sharon Carr, became an outlet for dealing with her disease. She poured her feelings and faith into her writings. As the disease progressed and she was unable to write, friends devised a device to make it possible for Sharon to continue to use her word processor. In 1988 she sent autographed copies of her poems under the title of "Poems and Meditations of a Creature" to select friends. One such recipient was Dr. Floyd C. Watkins, Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Literature at Emory University. It was he who contacted Sharon Carr about publishing her poems and served as her agent in getting them published. Working together, poems were selected and edited, though she died before the book Yet Life Was a Triumph: Poems and Meditations (Oliver-Nelson, 1991) was actually published.

Sharon Carr died October 1, 1990 in Augusta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Sharon Carr papers from 1981-1991. The papers include manuscripts of writings, correspondence, and printed materials. These papers form part of the Floyd C. Watkins American Literary Collection.

Series 1, Sharon Carr papers, were given to the library by her parents. The bulk of this series consists of poems written by Sharon Carr, mainly in the form of photocopied word processsor typescripts, although a handful of holograph poems are also found. Also included in this series are some personal materials such as correspondence, including a letter each from Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and letters to her parents and Floyd C. Watkins; journals she kept while in high school and college; articles about her (also OP 1) and awards she received; and programs from her memorial service and from "A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving to God for the Witness of Sharon M. Carr". Emory University professors' materials (Series 2) came from three different sources and have been grouped accordingly. The Floyd C. Watkins materials relate to the publishing of Sharon Carr's poems and includes proposals; correspondence with Carr and her parents, with Westminster-John Knox Press, Oliver-Nelson Books, James T. Laney and others; drafts of the foreward written by Watkins; manuscript for the book, mainly in the form of word processor typescript photocopies; and an autobiographical writing by Watkins entitled " A Dying Child" which recounts his first meetings with Sharon Carr.

The David Blumenthal materials contain correspondence between Blumenthal/Carr and her parents and photocopied word processor typescripts of Carr's poems. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Chair of Judaic Studies, was Carr's religion adviser during her tenure at Emory.

The Walter Reed materials also relate to the publishing of Carr's book and consists of photocopied word processor typescripts of the book manuscript drafts including those under the original title of "In the Valley of the Shadow: Poems of Trouble and Trust", correspondence, and corrections suggested by Floyd C. Watkins. Also included are items of correspondence pertaining to Carr's baccalaureate degree, a copy of the memorial service program, and clippings. Reed is Professor of English and department chair at Emory University.

Duplication of some of the materials relating to the publication of this book, especially in the form of manuscripts and correspondence, is found in all three groups.

Series 3, collected material, contains clippings collected by this department.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Sharon Carr papers, (2) Emory University professor’s matierals, and (3) Collected materials.


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