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Eleanor Ross Taylor Papers

Identifier: MSS 0132

Scope and Contents

The Eleanor Ross Taylor Papers date from the 1970s and include draft and manuscript copies of poems and "Note" for Welcome Eumenides.


  • 1970 - 1972


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

Eleanor Ross Taylor was born in North Carolina in 1920. She graduated from Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1940, and married writer Peter Taylor in 1943. Her first book of poetry, Wilderness of Ladies (New York, McDowell) was published in 1960 and includes an introduction by Randall Jarrell. Her second volume of poems, Welcome Eumenides, appeared in 1972, published by Braziller, and New and Selected Poems followed in 1983 (Winston-Salem, NC, Stuart Wright).

Taylor was awarded the 1998 Shelley Memorial Prize by the Poetry Society of America. Her more recent work includes Days Going, Days Coming Back (Salt Lake City, Univ. of Utah Press, 1991) and Late Leisure (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1999). Taylor lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


21.00 Linear Feet (1 box (3 folders). Addition to collection: 24 boxes of varying sizes.)

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Eleanor Ross Taylor is a 1940 alumna of Woman's College (now UNCG) and an award-winning poet. The Eleanor Ross Taylor Papers date from the 1970s and include correspondence and draft and manuscript copies of poems.

Method of Acquisition

Original donation was a gift of the author. The 2023 addition to the collection was donated by Ross Taylor, son of the author.

Related Materials

Listen to an audio interview with Eleanor Ross Taylor courtesy of the Blackbird Online Journal at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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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