TRETHEWEY, NATASHA D., 1966-
Natasha Trethewey papers, 1942-2013 [bulk 1980-2013]

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/f7kt0


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966-
Title: Natasha Trethewey papers, 1942-2013 [bulk 1980-2013]
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1272
Extent: 15.75 linear ft. (32 boxes), 51 oversized papers (OP), A/V masters: .5 linear ft. (1 box), and Born digital material: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of American poet Natasha Trethewey including writings, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and born digital material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Series 1: Correspondence between Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough and Eric Trethewey is closed to researchers until the deaths of Eric Trethewey and Natasha Trethewey.

Series 1 and Series 5: Material relating to Joel Thomas Grimmette, III is closed until his death.

Series 1: Financial, legal and family papers are closed to researchers until Natasha Trethewey's death.

Series 6: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Series 7: Access to processed born digital materials is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Use of the original digital media is restricted. Restrictions listed for series 1 and 5 also apply to born digital material. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: The use of personal cameras is prohibited.

Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any of the digital files from the reading room laptops.

Source

Purchase, 2013.

Citation

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

Processing

Processed by Sarah Quigley, Ingrid Meintjes, and Allison Pilatsky, 2014.

Born digital materials processed by Dorothy Waugh, January, 2016. The born digital materials currently available to researchers include files taken from two of Natasha Trethewey's personal laptops, a Dell Latitude D800 and a Dell Latitude X300. For information as to how these materials were processed, see the processing note in the description of series 7, Born digital materials.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Natasha Trethewey (1966-) is an American poet and professor. She was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on April 26, 1966 to Eric Trethewey, poet and professor of English at Hollins University in Virginia, and Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, a social worker. She is married to Professor Brett Gadsden.

Trethewey received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia, Athens; a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia; and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also holds honorary degrees from Hollins University and Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Her first book of poems, Domestic Work (2000), was selected by former Poet Laureate Rita Dove as winner of the first Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Other works of poetry include Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006), and Thrall (2012). In 2010, Trethewey published Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, detailing the effects of Hurricane Katrina on her family and on the African American community in which she grew up. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and was the 2012 State Poet Laureate of Mississippi as well as the nineteenth U. S. Poet Laureate. In 2008, she was named the Georgia Woman of the Year and also received the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. She was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2009 and entered the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011.

Trethewey taught English at Auburn University in 1997 and, in 2001, joined the faculty of Emory University where she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. From 2005-2006, she served as the Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor of Documentary and American Studies, a joint appointment at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and in 2009 she served as the James Weldon Johnson Fellow in African American Studies at Yale University's Beinecke Library.

Natasha Trethewey (1966-) is an American poet and professor. She was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on April 26, 1966 to Eric Trethewey, poet and professor of English at Hollins University in Virginia, and Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, a social worker. She is married to Professor Brett Gadsden.

Trethewey received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia, Athens; a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia; and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also holds honorary degrees from Hollins University and Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Her first book of poems, Domestic Work (2000), was selected by former Poet Laureate Rita Dove as winner of the first Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Other works of poetry include Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006), and Thrall (2012). In 2010, Trethewey published Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, detailing the effects of Hurricane Katrina on her family and on the African American community in which she grew up. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and was the 2012 State Poet Laureate of Mississippi as well as the nineteenth U. S. Poet Laureate. In 2008, she was named the Georgia Woman of the Year and also received the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. She was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2009 and entered the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011.

Trethewey taught English at Auburn University in 1997 and, in 2001, joined the faculty of Emory University where she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. From 2005-2006, she served as the Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor of Documentary and American Studies, a joint appointment at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and in 2009 she served as the James Weldon Johnson Fellow in African American Studies at Yale University's Beinecke Library.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Natasha Tretheway from 1942-2013, including correspondence and personal papers; writings by Trethewey and others; printed material; photographs; audiovisual material; and born digital material. The collection documents her professional work as a poet and educator, as well as her personal relationships with her family and collaborations with other writers. Correspondence contains personal and professional letters, including letters between Trethewey and her brother Joel Grimmette, III, as well as literary correspondence and correspondence relating to Trethewey's publications, Pulitzer Prize award, and United States Poet Laureateship. Personal papers consist of Trethewey's diaries and notebooks, publication contracts, grant and fellowship applications, awards, and teaching files.

Writings by Trethewey include project proposals, drafts, manuscripts, and proofs of Trethewey's published works, Bellocq's Ophelia, Beyond Katrina, Domestic Work, Native Guard, and Thrall; Trethewey's MFA thesis, "Dyed in the Blue"; poems published in literary magazines such as Callaloo and Waccamaw; unpublished poems; speeches from conferences, convocations, and commencements; and essays from Trethewey's time as an MFA student at the University of Massachusetts. Writings by others include writings about Trethewey such as student essays and dissertations, speaker notes and interviews; as well as draft manuscripts and poetry by others, most notably two inscribed manuscripts, Abide and Interference, by the poet Jake Adam York.

Printed material by Trethewey includes poems, editorial writing, and essays, while printed material about Trethewey consists primarily of fliers, newspaper clippings, book reviews, and magazine articles. Other printed material contains magazines not featuring Trethewey and published poems and essays by other authors such as Helen Vendler and Kevin Young. Photographs are primarily of Trethewey at conferences and book festivals. The series also includes publicity shots, as well as a photograph of Trethewey with her husband, Brett Gadsden, and with her brother, Joel Thomas Grimmette III. Audiovisual material about Trethewey includes television and radio interviews on programs such as "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and footage from award ceremonies, conferences, and readings. Processed born digital material includes files taken from two of Trethewey's laptop computers, a Dell Latitude D800 and a Dell Latitude X300, and dates from 2003 to 2008. This material includes writings by Trethewey and others, digital photographs, and some correspondence. Unprocessed born digital material consists of two additional laptop computers, floppy disks and compact discs.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Correspondence and personal papers, (2) Writings by Trethewey, (3) Writings by others, (4) Printed material, (5) Photographs, (6) Audiovisual material, and (7) Born digital material.


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