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|Size||1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)|
|Abstract||ABSTRACT BIOG/HIST The collection includes correspondence, writings, newspaper and magazine clippings, audio tapes, photographs, and other materials documenting the life and work of Robert Frost, especially as they related to Frost's friendship with Clifford Lyons, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Lyons's wife, Gladys.|
|Creator||Lyons, Clifford P. (Clifford Pierson), 1904-1992.|
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Clifford and Gladys Lyons met Robert Frost and his family when they were neighbors in Gainesville, Florida, in the fall of 1937. The Frosts were spending the winter there, and Clifford Lyons was teaching English at the University of Florida. During World War II, when Lyons was stationed near Boston, he and his wife frequently exchanged visits with Frost, who was living in Cambridge.
Clifford Lyons joined the faculty of the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946; it was largely due to their friendship that Robert Frost lectured annually at U.N.C. for the next fifteen years. Frost stayed with the Lyonses at those times, and dedicated several poems in this collection to them.
Over the years, the Lyonses acquired and saved a variety of materials relating to Robert Frost: books and pamphlets by him, correspondence, tapes, photographs, and numerous clippings about him and his work. In 1981, they donated these materials to the Rare Book Collection of the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1985, the Rare Book Collection transferred all but the published works among the Frost/Lyons materials to the Southern Historical Collection.Back to Top
These papers consist of items collected by Clifford and Gladys Lyons in the course of their friendship with Robert Frost. They include handwritten copies of poems by Frost, correspondence with him and with his daughter, Lesley Frost Ballantine, and his granddaughter, Lesley Francis Zimic.
A large portion of the material is Gladys Lyons's newspaper clipping file of articles pertaining to Frost, especially to his annual appearances at U.N.C. There are also pamphlets from Middlebury College in Vermont, relating to Frost's instructorship at its annual Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Photographs, tape recordings of Frost lecturing, and transcripts of those tapes comprise most of the rest of the collection.Back to Top
Handwritten, typed, and published copies of poems, an essay, and two plays by Frost, some initialed or signed by him. One poem, "Match-makers" (Folder 9), has not appeared anywhere in print, according to a note (circa 1981?) by Gladys Lyons.
Correspondence of Gladys and Clifford Lyons with Elinor and Robert Frost, the Frosts' daughter, Lesley Frost Ballantine, and their granddaughter, Lesley Francis Zimic, as well as letters about Frost from various individuals, including the writer Louis Untermeyer, and Frost's biographer, Lawrance Thompson. One letter, from Frost to Clifford Lyons, is under seal until 1 January 2020 (see control file).
A folder list follows.
Clippings (folder 27-57), pamphlets, brochures, lists, notes, and other materials relating to Frost's life and writings. Also included in this series are the transcripts of the tape recordings in Series 4 (folders 61-66).
Tape recordings (reel-to-reel originals, most with cassette copies), mainly of Robert Frost lecturing and being interviewed at U.N.C. Locations of transcripts are noted.
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