Scope and Content Note
This subseries showcases Frank Ormsby's long and varied career as a poet. Notebooks from the early 1970's contain drafts of many of his earliest published poems as well as very interesting prose synopses or descriptions of other poems. Published poems are arranged chronologically by volume; poems in individual volumes are listed alphabetically. A separate subsection includes typescripts of volumes that were proposed for publication but ultimately went unpublished. A large number of unpublished poems are presented alphabetically. Many of these poems are dated by Ormsby. In some cases, notes indicate that particular texts are linked to others that are more readily dated. There are also a large number of untitled manuscript and typescript fragments roughly arranged chronologically by several-year periods.
Organized into three sections: (3.1a) Notebooks, (3.1b) Collected poetry, and (3.1c) Uncollected poetry.