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Series 1
Correspondence, 1969-1997
Boxes 1-4

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence series is comprised of two subseries, one for personal literary correspondence and the other for project and business correspondence. Personal literary correspondence refers to letters for the most part sent to Ormsby regarding his own literary career as a poet or educator. The project and business correspondence subseries contains communications of a contractual and/or editorial nature sent to Ormsby by the editors or publishing houses that produced his volumes of poetry and other books.

One of the curious features of the correspondence in the Frank Ormsby papers is that it is both personal and editorial. Often in the same letter, a correspondent will address Ormsby as editor of The Honest Ulsterman and then comment on Ormsby's own poetry or editorial projects. Even as correspondence related to Ormsby's careers as poet and magazine editor is often interrelated, an effort has been made to distinguish and arrange separately letters pertaining to each of these roles. Correspondence relating to The Honest Ulsterman will be found in two places in Series 2. Some letters are located in author files and others are in a correspondence subseries. Notable writers in this series include: Peter Fallon, Seamus Heaney, John Hewitt, Edna and Michael Longley, Tom Paulin, and James Simmons.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two subseries: (1.1) Personal literary correspondence and (1.2) Project and business correspondence.

Scope and Content Note The correspondence series is comprised of two subseries, one for personal literary correspondence and the other for project and business correspondence. Personal literary correspondence refers to letters for the most part sent to Ormsby regarding his own literary career as a poet or educator. The project and business correspondence subseries contains communications of a contractual and/or editorial nature sent to Ormsby by the editors or publishing houses that produced his volumes of poetry and other books. One of the curious features of the correspondence in the Frank Ormsby papers is that it is both personal and editorial. Often in the same letter, a correspondent will address Ormsby as editor of The Honest Ulsterman and then comment on Ormsby's own poetry or editorial projects. Even as correspondence related to Ormsby's careers as poet and magazine editor is often interrelated, an effort has been made to distinguish and arrange separately letters pertaining to each of these roles. Correspondence relating to The Honest Ulsterman will be found in two places in Series 2. Some letters are located in author files and others are in a correspondence subseries. Notable writers in this series include: Peter Fallon, Seamus Heaney, John Hewitt, Edna and Michael Longley, Tom Paulin, and James Simmons.

Description of Subseries

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