Collection Number: 12020

Collection Title: James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989

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Size .5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract Collection contains holograph letters, manuscripts, and galley proofs of American poet Robinson Jeffers, photographs of Robinson Jeffers, his wife Una Jeffers, and their extended family and artistic circle.
Creator Patton, James Richard, 1928-

Patton, Mary
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers #12020, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Donated by James R. and Mary M. Patton, July 2013 (Acc. 102594)
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Approximately 50 items.

Holograph letters, manuscripts, and galley proofs of American poet Robinson Jeffers, photographs of Robinson Jeffers, his wife Una Jeffers, and their extended family and artistic circle.

Folder 1

"To the Stone Cutters": Holograph poem #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 1

1 leaf

Folder 2

Holograph letter "Dear Mr. Patton" from "Robinson Jeffers," 28 December 1950 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 2

1 leaf (with envelope)

Also includes 6 photocopies.

Typescript letter "Dear Mr. Patton" from Simone Solandz, 6 October 1989 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 2

1 leaf

Folder 3

Miscellaneous news clippings #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 3

Folder 4

Such Counsels You Gave to Me and Other Poems: Uncorrected galley proofs #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 4

Folder 5

Such Counsels You Gave to Me and Other Poems: Uncorrected page proofs #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 5

Folder 6

"Shakespeare's Grave": Holograph poem #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 6

1 leaf

Inscribed to William Turner Lecy from Robinson Jeffers

Folder 7

Holograph letter "Dear Mr. Patton" from "Una Jeffers," 13 March 1950 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Folder 7

1 leaf (with envelope), 1 paper wrapper

Also includes 6 photocopies.

Print Box 01

Image Folder PF-12020/1

Photographs of Una and Robinson Jeffers, circa 1927 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 01, Imagefolder PF-12020/1

7 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Contains the following images:

  • Donnan Jeffers and Garth Jeffers;
  • Erskine Scott Wood, Sara Bardfield, and Pete Steffens (1927);
  • Sara Bardfield, Una Jeffers, Donnan Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, Robinson Jeffers, and unknown person;
  • Pete Steffens, Sara Bardfield, Robinson Jeffers, Mrs. Steffens, Donnan Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, and Lincoln Steffens;
  • Garth Jeffers, Donnan Jeffers and Pete Steffens;
  • Donnan Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, and Una Jeffers;
  • Robinson Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, and Donnan Jeffers.

Print Box 01

Image Folder PF-12020/2

Photographs of Una and Robinson Jeffers, circa 1927 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 01, Imagefolder PF-12020/2

6 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Contains the following images:

  • Garth Jeffers, Donnan Jeffers, and Erskine Scott Wood (1927);
  • Robinson Jeffers, Lincoln Steffens, Ella Winter Steffens, and unknown person at Tor House;
  • Una Jeffers;
  • Una Jeffers, Sara Bardfield, and Edna St. Vincent Millan (?);
  • Robinson Jeffers and Jo Davidson;
  • Robinson Jeffers, Una Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, Donnan Jeffers, Pete Steffens, and Sara Bardfield.

Print Box 01

Image Folder PF-12020/3

Photographs of Una and Robinson Jeffers, circa 1927, 1929 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 01, Imagefolder PF-12020/3

6 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Contains the following images:

  • Pete Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, and Donnan Jeffers at Tor House (1927);
  • Ella Young, Donnan Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, and Robinson Jeffers at Tor House;
  • Unidentified bust;
  • Kay Caldwell, Garth Jeffers, Una Jeffers, Robinson Jeffers, Erskine Scott Wood, Sara Bardfield (1929);
  • Lincoln Steffen, Robinson Jeffers, Ella Winter, Donnan Jeffers, Garth Jeffers, Sara Bardfield, Erskine Scott Wood, Pete Steffens, Kay Caldwell (1927);
  • Kay Caldwell, Lincoln Steffens, Pete Steffens, Erskine Scott Wood, Sara Bardfield, Garth Jeffers, Donnan Jeffers, Una Jeffers, and Robinson Jeffers (1927).

Print Box 01

Image Folder PF-12020/4

Photographs of Una and Robinson Jeffers, circa 1937 #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 01, Imagefolder PF-12020/4

6 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Contains the following images:

  • Robinson Jeffers, Una Jeffers, and James Reilly in Ireland (1937);
  • Robinson Jeffers and Jo Davidson;
  • Lincoln Steffen and Robinson Jeffers at Tor House;
  • Sara Bardfield, Una Jeffers, and Edna St. Vincent Millan (?);
  • Robinson Jeffers, Noel Sullivan, and Lincoln Steffens, Ella Winter (Steffens) and 2 unknown people;
  • Donnan Jeffers and Garth Jeffers.

Print Box 02

Image Folder PF-12020/5

Robinson Jeffers and unidentified man sitting at Tor House, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 02, Imagefolder PF-12020/5

1 image

Oversize Black-and-White Photographic Print (11x14")

Photograph may have been made by Ansel Adams.

Print Box 02

Image Folder PF-12020/6

Robinson Jeffers sitting at Hawk Tower at Tor House, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 02, Imagefolder PF-12020/6

1 image

Oversize Black-and-White Photographic Print (11x14")

Photograph may have been made by Ansel Adams.

Print Box 02

Image Folder PF-12020/7

Robinson Jeffers (Portrait) #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 02, Imagefolder PF-12020/7

1 image

Oversize Mounted Black-and-White Photographic Print (11x14")

Inscribed "For Timmie & Maud with love from Robinson"

Photographer: Edward Weston

Print Box 02

Image Folder PF-12020/8

Una Jeffers (Portrait) #12020, Series: "James R. and Mary M. Patton Collection of Robinson Jeffers, 1927-1989." Printbox 02, Imagefolder PF-12020/8

1 image

Mounted Black-and-White Photographic Print

Inscribed "For Maud & Timmie with my steadfast love, Una"

Photographer: John Hagemeyer

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Ott and Patrick Cullom, May 2016

Encoded by: Gergana Abernathy, May 2016

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