Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Frank E. Dudley poetry and artifacts, 1920-1960 MS 364



creator Dudley, Frank Elijah
Title: Frank E. Dudley poetry and artifacts
Dates: 1920-1960
Abstract: The collection consists of approximately 235 poems, and correspondence relating to the poetry of Frank Elijah Dudley, of Beaumont, California. Also included in the collection are apparently American Indian artifacts including arrowheads, "swastika" gourd, animal sculptures and a small amount of California gold dust.
Identification: MS 364
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical note

Frank Elijah Dudley was a poet in Beaumont, California, flourishing in the 1950s.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 235 poems, and correspondence relating to the poetry of Frank Elijah Dudley, of Beaumont, California. Mr. Dudley sent copies of his writings to various institutions and politicians, and would travel giving recitations in order to fund the publication of his works. Also included in the collection are apparently American Indian artifacts including arrowheads, "swastika" gourd, animal sculptures and a small amount of California gold dust.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Frank E. Dudley poetry and artifacts must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Dudley, Frank Elijah

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank E. Dudley poetry and artifacts, 1920-1960, MS 364, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Collection was a gift of Frank E. Dudley. Received 1950's.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Poetry and correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Program of Poems, 1953-1954 "I loved living with life on this earth"
2 Program of Poems, 1954-1955
3 Program of Poems, 1957-1958 "A blessed year with Frank Elijah Dudley"
4 Poems and Sonnets, 1957-1960
5 Poems, 1920's-1954
6 Miscellaneous Poems, 1950-1959
7 Correspondence, 1951-1959
8 Photographs, programs and clippings, 1966, n.d.



Series II: Artifacts

Box
2 Pottery: canteen shaped vessel, approx. 8"x8", with swastika design inlaid on both sides and a copper swatiska pin fastened onto opening of the vessel with string. Notes also attached refer to Dudley as the owner of the vessel and its relation to one his poems, "The Quiet Mocking-bird"
a Stone carving: squirrel, 1"x1.5"
a Stone carving: filial, 1"x1.5"
a Stone carving: small body and separate head, 1"x1.5"
b Stone carvings: small owl and two frogs
c Stone carving: bird shaped pipe
d Glass bottle identified as containing California gold dust
e Stone spear points and fragments
f Stone spear points and fragments
g Small round painted box containing bird points and other shapes. Note enclosed reads Ouachita bird points, Quentin Stahl, flint, Arkansas