Austin History Center

Austin Poetry Society Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Poetry Society
Title: Austin Poetry Society Records
Inclusive Dates: 1949-2012
Abstract: The Austin Poetry Society was founded in 1949 as the Austin chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas to promote the recognition of the art of poetry. The meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, scholarship applications, event flyers, yearbooks and scrapbooks in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1949 to 2012.
Identification: AR.1994.007
Quantity: 2.2 linear feet (4 boxes and 2 oversized scrapbooks)
Location: Archives stacks and Oversized Volumes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Poetry Society (APS) was founded in 1949 as the Austin chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas when Miss Frances Alexander sent out invitations to persons in Austin who might be interested in organizing a local chapter. The purpose of the organization is to promote recognition of the art of poetry, to kindle a finer and more intelligent appreciation of poetry, and to encourage the writing and reading of poetry. In 2006 APS was informed that they were no longer under the protective umbrella of the Poetry Society of Texas's non-profit status and applied for a non-profit corporation status as its own entity.

Meetings are held once a month and are open to anyone who loves poetry. The Society also sponsors open microphone readings and a poetry critique group that meet separately. During the program year (which runs September to May) the Society sponsors poetry contests for members, culminating in an Annual Awards Ceremony in May. Since 2007 the Society has sponsored a $1,000 Jenny Lind Porter Scholarship for an Austin undergraduate student enrolled in writing courses. The Society also observes state and national poetry celebrations with a variety of events. Along with a monthly newsletter the Society periodically publishes anthologies.

SOURCE: adapted from the 2010-2011 Austin Poetry Society Yearbook

Scope and Contents

The meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, scholarship applications, event flyers, yearbooks and scrapbooks in this collection highlight the activities of the Austin Poetry Society (APS) from 1949 to 2012. The Administrative Records series (1987-2012) consists of meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, membership lists, annual award winner lists, proposals, bylaws and the annual President's Report. The program year for APS runs from September to May and the administrative records are filed by year using the same date scheme. Materials dated during the summer months were added to the file for the next program year as the subject matter generally pertained to issues of the coming year. The Scholarship series (2007, 2010) contains correspondence and meeting minutes pertaining to the creation of the Jenny Lind Porter Scholarship in 2007 as well as the 2010 applications from students. Event programs, writings, historical information about APS and club yearbooks make up the Printed Materials series (1958-1978, 1988-2012, undated). The club yearbooks are a good source of information for membership lists, names of the officers and types of programs sponsored by APS through the years. Earlier editions of the yearbooks can be found in the scrapbooks assembled by the Society. The Scrapbook series consists of five scrapbooks the cover the years 1949-1958, 1958-1961, 1961-1964, 1997-1998, 1998-1999. The scrapbooks contain clippings from the local and national newspapers, The Poetry Society of Texas and the Austin Poetry Society's newsletters; club yearbooks; event programs; poems from APS award winners; and a limited amount of photographs.


Arranged into 4 series:
I. Administrative Records
II. Scholarship
III. Printed Materials
IV. Scrapbooks


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Blanchard, Nona.
Cogswell, Robert Elzy.
Hausser, Ralph.
Meszaros, Ruthan S.
Porter, Jenny Lind.
Austin Poetry Society (Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
American poetry--Texas--Austin.

Related Material


  • The Austin Poetry Society newsletter has changed it name several times since 1949. Please look under the following titles in the Periodical Collection. Additional issues and clippings of issues can be found in the APS scrapbooks in this collection.
  • The Muse
  • Austin Poetry Society Bulletin
  • APS Newsletter
  • Muse-Letter

General Collection

  • A 811.5408097 RE Reflections: An Anthology in Celebration of Austin Poetry Society's 60th Anniversary: Austin Poetry Society, 1949-2009
  • A 811.54 GO Golden Jubilee anthology: Austin Poetry Society, 1949-1999
  • A 811.5406 AU Who's Who in the Austin Poetry Society, 1949-1989
  • A 811.08 HE Heritage of Dreams: Twenty-seven Years with the Austin Poetry Society

Archives & Manuscripts

  • AR.Z.001 Eloise Roach Papers

Separated Material

Copies of APS newsletters (The Muse, Austin Poetry Society News Letter, APS Newsletter, Muse-Letter) have been transferred to the Periodical Collection.

A photocopy of portions of Heritage of Dreams was deaccessioned as there are two copies of the complete book in the General Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin Poetry Society Records (AR.1994.007). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1960/006

Donation Date: annually

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.


The APS donates administrative records, newsletters and member anthologies on a regular basis.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Records, 1987-2012

Box Folder
1 16 Bylaws and Constitution, 2001
1-11 Administrative files, 1987-2012

II. Scholarship, 2007, 2010

Box Folder
1 12 Scholarship creation, 2007
13 2010-2001 scholarship application, 2010

III. Printed Materials, 1958-1978, 1988, 1994-2012, undated

Box Folder
1 14 Organization history, undated
15 Events programs and writings, 2004-2008
17 Yearbooks, 1958-1978, 1988
Box Folder
2 1-3 Yearbooks, 1994-2012

IV. Scrapbooks, 1949-1964, 1997-1999

3 1949 June-1958 October
4 1958 October-1961 January
Oversized Volumes 1961 February-1964 June
4 1997-1998
Oversized Volumes 1998-1999