Creekmore, Hubert (1907-1966)
Scope:
The Hubert Creekmore collection consists of manuscripts, diaries, correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, and other material.

Manuscripts by Creekmore in the collection include The Elephant’s Trunk (his first novel, unpublished, 1926-1928); Green Sunset (his second novel, unpublished, 1930-1932); “The Relation of Ezra Pound to Contemporary Poets and Literary Movements,” Creekmore’s Master’s thesis for Columbia University (1939); The Stone Ants (poetry, Ward Ritchie Press, 1943); The Fingers of Night (also called Cotton Country; page proofs, novel, Phoenix, 1947); The Long Reprieve (poetry, New Directions, 1946); The Welcome (novel, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948); The Chain in the Heart (novel, 1953); Lyrics of the Middle Ages (page proofs, translation, Grove, 1959); The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis (translation, Mentor, 1963); The Erotic Elegies of Albius Tibullus (translation, Washington Square Press, 1966); The Wilderness (novel, unpublished); The Letters of Arthur Rimbaud: From 1870 to 1891 (translation, unpublished); Provencal Lyrics (translation, unpublished); “Letter to a Negro Friend” (essay, unpublished); several pieces Creekmore wrote for the Mississippi Writers Project, intended for a book of folk lore and customs (unpublished); and various other drafts of prose, poetry, musical compositions, translations, song lyrics, essays, articles, short stories, teleplays, notebooks, and other writings.  The collection also contains material for an anthology titled Ghosts, with an outline by Creekmore and drafts of two stories, “The Ratcatcher” by Roald Dahl and “The Horsehair Trunk” by Dave Grubb; also included are a bibliography (in the form of call slips from the New York Public Library) and letters from Don Congdon, Anthony Boucher, and others regarding the anthology.  Also present is a draft of a play adaptation of The Welcome, by Brace Conning; translations of poems by L. R. Lind; musical manuscripts by Ben Weber; and an uncorrected proof of The Faraway Country, by Louis D. Rubin (1963).

Diaries in the collection include volumes dated 1949, 1965, and undated; and six day books, dating from 1958 to 1962.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters, to and from Creekmore.  There are several letters from editors and publishers to Creekmore, as well as numerous letters from his mother (1956-1965).  The letters date from the 1920s to 1966.  Notable correspondents include Robert Penn Warren, Clifton Fadiman, Cleanth Brooks, Alan Tate, e. e cummings, Robert Lowry, Conrad Aiken, Eudora Welty, Marianne Moore, William Arrowsmith, Wallace Fowlie, Horace Gregory, Gilbert Highet, Richmond Lattimore, Niccolo Tucci, and Richard Wilbur.  Also included with the correspondence are 3 draft classifications and seven Federal Work Agency slips regarding the Mississippi Writers Project, as well as several letters regarding Ezra Pound, as research for Creekmore’s thesis.

Printed material in the collection includes several newspaper and magazine clippings, including writings by Creekmore (reviews, poems, short stories, etc.), dating from about 1934 on.  Also present is a copy of “Mississippi Press,” written by the Mississippi Writer’s Pageant.

Scrapbooks in the collection include an album of clippings and photographs (1910-1946), with explanatory notes by Creekmore; and an album of clippings by and about Crekemore (1945-1952).

Photographs in the collection consist of images of Creekmore and his friends and family.  There are 500 prints and 1,000 negatives present.

Other items in the collection include an audio recording of “An Evening to Honor the Memory of Hubert Creekmore,” as well as a transcript of the tape; three draft cards; a collection of 130 color postcards (1920-1950); financial material (bank statements, receipts, check stubs, tax returns, etc.); and various legal documents, including Creekmore’s birth certificate.
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