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Collection Number: 12030

Collection Title: William Porter Kellam Collection on "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore, circa 1823-1977

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Size Approximately 1000 items
Abstract Books, printed materials, ephemera, memorabilia, and audio recordings related to Clement Clarke Moore's Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" collected by white librarian William Porter Kellam (1905-1993) from the mid to late twentieth century. The collection contains numerous editions and printings of Moore's 1823 poem popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas" including those with illustrations by American artists Thomas Nast, Norman Rockwell, Arthur Rackham, and Grandma Moses; pastiches and parodies including Cajun Night Before Christmas (1974) and Judith Viorst's A Visit from St. Nicholas (To a Liberated Household) (1977); miniature and popular children’s editions; and printings in anthologies. Other printed materials and ephemera include Christmas cards, advertisements, coloring books, children's activity books, sheet music, articles about Moore and the poem, cartoons, posters, magazines, and newspapers. Memorabilia includes matchbooks, puzzles, a children's View-Master toy (stereoscopic viewer) and reels, panoramas, and a department store display. Audio recordings are commercial 12-inch LP records with recitations of the poem included. Acquired as part of the Rare Book Collection.
Creator Kellam, William Porter, 1905-1993.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Non-bibliographic portions of this collection are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting this collection.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Porter Kellam Collection on "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore #12030, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Porter Kellam and Mary Umstead Kellam in 1978 and 1979 (Acc. 103754).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Porter Kellam (1905-1993) of McLeansville, N.C., was a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University and library director at the University of Georgia.

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Books, printed materials, ephemera, memorabilia, and audio recordings related to Clement Clarke Moore's Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" collected by white librarian William Porter Kellam (1905-1993) from the mid to late twentieth century. The collection contains numerous editions and printings of Moore's 1823 poem popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas" including those with illustrations by American artists Thomas Nast, Norman Rockwell, Arthur Rackham, and Grandma Moses; pastiches and parodies including Cajun Night Before Christmas (1974) and Judith Viorst's A Visit from St. Nicholas (To a Liberated Household) (1977); miniature and popular children’s editions; and printings in anthologies. Other printed materials and ephemera include Christmas cards, advertisements, coloring books, children's activity books, sheet music, articles about Moore and the poem, cartoons, posters, magazines, and newspapers. Memorabilia includes matchbooks, puzzles, a children's View-Master toy (stereoscopic viewer) and reels, panoramas, and a department store display. Audio recordings are commercial 12-inch LP records with recitations of the poem included. Acquired as part of the Rare Book Collection.

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Laura Hart, November 2019

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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