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Jean Farley Manuscripts

Identifier: MSS 0033

Scope and Contents

The Jean Farley Manuscripts feature an original typescript with handwritten corrections and revisions for Farley's book of poems, Figure and Field (University of North Carolina Press, 1970). The collection also contains a number of poems in manuscript form, including a draft of "At Bay", a poem dedicated to the memory of acclaimed poet and Woman's College professor Randall Jarrell (1914-1965).


  • 1970 and undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Poet Jean Farley (1928-1974) graduated with a major in English from the Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1950. Farley resided in Ohio after graduating from Woman's College. Farley's husband, Ellington White, served as an editor for the Kenyon Review, and Farley contributed several poems to that publication. Her poetry has appeared in major literary journals and has been widely anthologized.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Jean Farley (1928-1974) was a poet and a 1950 alumna of Woman's College (now UNCG).

This collection includes draft copies of Farley's book of poems, Figure and Field, and a number of additional poems.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Jean Farley, circa 1970s.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US