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Suggested Library: Sidney Lanier, poet laureate

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sep 17, 2019, 3:06 am

Any interest in Sidney Lanier, our one-time poet laureate. How about any of the poets laureate?

dec 3, 2019, 2:48 pm

I'd work on that. Any ideas re his papers/library?

dec 6, 2019, 11:28 pm

>2 Muscogulus: Muscogulus, I apologize for bringing this up when I had no idea of the expectations associated with making a suggestion. I really don't know about his papers or library, but I have always found him interesting, and I remember an intriguing Science Fiction novel which referred to him many times. That was Macroscope by Piers Anthony}

dec 6, 2019, 11:33 pm

> Well, his papers are at the Johns Hopkins Library in their Special Collection.

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Sidney Lanier papers
CollectionIdentifier: MS-0007

Repository Special Collections Collection MS-0007 Sidney Lanier papers
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Sidney Clopton Lanier (1842-1881) was an American musician, poet and author. The collection spans the years 1838 to 1998, with the bulk dating from 1838 to 1972. The material consists of correspondence, prose, poetry, lecture and music manuscripts, photographs, memorial information, and newspaper clippings.
Majority of material found within 1838-1972
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881 (Person)
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This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. Collection is open for use.
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Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
31.63 Cubic Feet (7 record center cartons, 25 letter size document boxes, 3 letter half-size document boxes, 16 legal size document boxes, 3 legal half-size document boxes, 2 flat boxes (20.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches), 1 flat box (11 x 9 x 3 inches), 2 flat boxes (15.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches), 4 flat boxes (21 x 17 x 3 inches), 6 pamphlet boxes (7.25 x 4 x 10 inches))

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Sidney Lanier papers
Series 1: Clifford A. Lanier Papers, 1838, 1859-1908
Series 2: Correspondence, 1857-1932
Series 3: Personal, 1858-1891, undated
Series 4: Writings, 1850s-1881
Series 5: Lectures, 1878-1881
Series 6: Reviews, 1868-1948
Series 7: Memorials, 1881-1952, 1971, 1972
Series 8: Photographs, 1857-1946, undated
Series 9: Mary Day Lanier Papers, 1859, 1863-1921, undated
Series 10: Music, 1868-1940
Series 11: Artifacts
Series 12: Lanier Bibliography
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3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA

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Arthur Friedheim Library
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Baltimore MD 21202 USA
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA

I'll look for his library a little. I would be willing to work on this project, if I had a little guidance.

dec 6, 2019, 11:37 pm

I note that there are additional materials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

dec 6, 2019, 11:54 pm

And at Oglethorpe University.

jan 23, 2020, 10:03 pm

Here is an interesting item from the Johns Hopkins collection: Titles of books owned by the Laniers removed from Special Collections. This is among the papers of Lanier's wife, Mary Day Lanier.

There is also Items removed from books owned by MDL. I don't think this is a list of book titles, though; more likely it's a collections of slips of paper that were found between the pages of books.

If Baltimore is convenient to anyone here, these items can be requested from the above pages. You have to register as a researcher.

BTW there is a Lanier bookplate in the collection, which might make a good graphic motif for the LL if JHU is agreeable to its use.

The Lanier papers at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta are not as minutely cataloged. There might be something. That's the collection closest to me.

The UNC Chapel Hill collection contains material for a book about Lanier. All of the material seems to date from after the poet's death.