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Indiana Poetry Society papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 51

Scope and Contents

The Indiana Poetry Society papers is a collection of manuscript poems and letters by members of the Indiana Poetry Society, as gathered by the society president and founder, Eletha Mae Taylor, along with some of her personal papers. Among the personal papers is a composition book containing notations on the study of poetry and literature and spelling/vocabulary lists, music scores, poetry, newspaper clippings and correspondence.


  • 1897 - 1947


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Historical Information

The Indiana Poetry Society was organized as the Indianapolis Poetry Club in October, 1921, by Mrs. Eletha Mae Taylor. Other charter members were Miss Sue Howe, Mrs. Carl Lieber, Mrs. Cora Young Wiles, Mrs. Walter Flandorf, Mrs. Frances Morrison Rabb, Miss Maybelle Chitwood, Mrs. Josephine Duke Motley, Miss Lucille Ballard, Mrs. Carrie Hunt Latta and Miss June Winona Snyder.

This group met each month in the homes of the members while enlisting the interest of others. The organization grew until its membership included more than 250 persons.

In 1927 following affiliation with the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the name was changed to the Indiana Poetry Society. Mrs. Taylor served as the only president. She was also a representative to the American Literary Association.

Officers besides Mrs. Taylor, were Edna Denham Raymond, first vice president; Carrie Abbott Guio, second vice president; Mrs. Ollah P. Toph, third vice-president; Margaret Ann Boyd, secretary; June Winona Snyder, corresponding secretary; Lola F. Echard, treasurer, and Mrs. John Robert Craig, fourth vice-president.

The society, which grew out of a meeting at the home of Meredith Nicholson, had a number of members whose literary work was published. Mrs. Taylor compiled an anthology of Hoosier poetry, and a book comprised of 200 of her own poems. Mrs. Raymond was the author of three volumes. Miss Snyder published a small volume in 1928. Miss Chitwood and her brother, William Hankins Chitwood were also authors. Mrs. Alice Fernold Emerson, representative of the Mitre Press, London, published a small volume. Poems of Mrs. Margaret Bruner were included in anthologies.


0.226 Cubic Feet (One legal-size half-width manuscript box)


The files are grouped by type of material.

Physical Access Requirements

The composition book and manuscript book are in fragile condition and should be handled with care. The manuscript book cover has red rot, so the use of gloves is advised.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, November 16, 2006, from Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Manuscripts and Archives, 551 Ridge Road, Watchung, New Jersey 07069.

Related Material

Poetry Society of Indiana -

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Some clippings containing images of people have been preserved for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research.
Indiana Poetry Society papers
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Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2012-08-03.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States