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Mary Caroline Richards papers, 1898-2007, bulk 1942-1999

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Richards (Mary Caroline) papers
Series I. Black Mountain College and its critical reception, 1945-1999 3.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Series I.A. Period of Black Mountain College, 1945-circa 1966 0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Subseries I.A. includes letters, speeches and poetry written by Richards at Black Mountain College. Some poetry is critiqued in ink by Charles Olson. This series also includes Black Mountain College promotional materials, Black Mountain College-era photographs, and lecture notes, quizzes and student writing from Richards's classes.
box folder
1 1 Portraits of the Levi's and some of their neighbors, undated
Anonymous book of ink drawings, caricaturing various Black Mountain College personalities.
1 2-2a Photographs and postcards, 1945-1948 44 items
Correspondence and letters, 1946-1954
box folder
1 4 Richards's letter to Ted and Bobbie Dreier, 1948, 1951 2 items
Regarding Black Mountain College internal problems, and a draft of a letter to the faculty circa 1951, recommending that Charles Olson be invited to join the faculty.
1 6 Letter from Charles Olson to Richards, circa 1951 20 items
Includes poems by Richards annotated by Charles Olson.
1 12 Assorted correspondence, 1946-1954 3 items
One letter, Two pieces of business correspondence.
For Black Mountain College class materials, see also Herb Cable material in Series III, box 38. Mervin Lane's manuscript "Going To Town" in box 41, folder 6 contains many Black Mountain College anecdotes.
1 3 Black Mountain College promotional materials, 1951 6 items
Includes a promotional article by Richards, "Experimental College Combines Practical Work with Arts and Academics."
84, 217* Clipping and promotional materials, 1952-circa 1953, undated 3 items
Includes clipping from The Christian Science Monitor; pamphlet for Black Mountain College, Work Camp; promotional clipping from Package festival with information on Richards, Cage, Cunningham and Tudor.
box folder
1 7 Additional Black Mountain College-era Richards poetry, 1947-1951 40 items
Typed and handwritten.
1 8 Black Mountain College-era creative prose writing by Richards, undated 2 items
box folder
84 2 Poems, 1947 December 1 item
Contains one book of poems by Richards made at Black Mountain College print shop.
"The Ruse of Medusa," 1948, circa 1966
Original play, Le piège de Méduse, by Erik Satie, translation by Richards.
box folder
84 3 1948 1 item
box folder
1 9 circa 1966 1 item
Translated and performed during her time at Black Mountain College. This copy dates from the mid-sixties, and is accompanied by a letter from Renée Levine from SUNY Buffalo regarding a 1966 performance.
box folder
84 4 Knights of the Round Table, 1949 1 item
Original play by Jean Cocteau, translation by Richards.
84 5 Marriage on the Eiffel Tower, 1949 5 items
Original play by Jean Cocteau, translation by Richards. Contains three copies of the play, including original typescript, and two copies of the preface.
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1 5 Richards's speech opening the summer session, 1951 1 item
1 10 Lecture notes and quizzes from Richards's classes, undated 3 items
1 11 Student writing from Richards's classes, 1945-1951 30 items
With a program booklet from a 1946 regional arts forum, listing one of Richards's student's composition. Also includes writing by Richards.
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84 6 Receipt, 1952 1 item
Receipt is for Richards wages.

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