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Amy Marie Charles Papers

Identifier: MSS 0083

Scope and Contents

The Amy Marie Charles Papers date from 1965 to 1984 and contain documents related to George Herbert, his family, his literary works, and other 17th century literary texts; drafts of articles; correspondence; and photographs. Friends of Bemerton information, tapes, microfilm, and slides connected with Herbert programs, lectures, and research are also included, as well as a copy of the Williams MS. on negative microfilm.


  • 1965-1984


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. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Amy Marie Charles, professor of English literature at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and scholar of seventeenth-century English poet George Herbert, wrote a biography of the poet (Cornell University Press, 1977). Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 12, 1922, Charles graduated cum laude from Westminster (PA) College and received her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in 1956, she taught at Westminster and was a Bloomfield Moore Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at UNCG from her arrival in 1956 until illness prevented her from holding classes during much of 1984. Dr. Charles died in Winston-Salem in 1985. In addition to the biography of George Herbert, Dr. Charles wrote numerous articles on Herbert and other seventeenth-century English poets, and was responsible for the publication of the facsimile of the Williams manuscript. She belonged to several professional societies. Dr. Charles founded the Friends of Bemerton and served as secretary-treasurer.

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Language of Materials



Amy Marie Charles was a professor of English literature at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1956 until 1984. In addition, she authored a biography of the seventeenth-century English poet George Herbert (Cornell University Press, 1977). This collection consists of documentary material collected by Dr. Charles for her study of Herbert's life.

Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged in 6 series: 1. Research files; 2. Audio and visual materials; 3. Correspondence and biographical materials; 4. Writings and other materials; 5. Microfilm; 6. Friends of Bemerton records (unprocessed)

Method of Acquisition

Collected from Dr. Charles' home and office by James Thompson, Library Director, during the summer of 1985.

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Revision Statements

  • April 20, 2021: This finding aid underwent changes in Spring 2021 after a reparative archives review. The following link leads to the legacy version of this finding aid:

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