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Margaret McGorman Berry Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Berry, Margaret McGorman.
Title: Margaret McGorman Berry Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1936-1966
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American poet. Collection includes correspondence, typescript and holograph poems, the text of a lecture, published poems, and newspaper clippings about Berry.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Margaret McGorman Berry (1880-?) was an American poet. Born September 20, 1880, she was educated in Canadian grammar schools and later in the United States. Prior to her marriage she wrote under her maiden name, M. M. Lamb. She was active in poetry associations in Virginia, New York, and New Jersey. Her poems appeared in national magazines such as The Bard, Blue Moon, The Lantern, Saturday Evening Post and several small poetry magazines as well as various newspapers. A collection of her poems, Harnessed Dreams, was published in 1951, and her work has also appeared in many anthologies.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret McGorman Berry Papers consist of a subject file, correspondence, manuscripts, and published material. The Subject file contains an unpublished guide to her work including an index to her poems and a list of publications in which her work appeared. Correspondence, dated 1946-1951, contains incoming letters only. Writings include unpublished poems in both typescript and handwritten form, a partial manuscript of her book, Harnessed Dreams, and the text of a speech. Published material includes tear sheets of her poems from various journals, her book, a catalog in which she is mentioned, and a selection of newspaper clippings about her.

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Arrangement of the Collection

All material is arranged alphabetically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Berry, Margaret McGorman.


American poetry -- 20th century.
American poetry -- Women authors.
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Women poets, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Margaret McGorman Berry Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret McGorman Berry, 1967, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: May 1987
Revision history: 4 Nov 2009 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Subject files
Box 1 Guide to Berry's work, unpublished
Box 1 Incoming, A-Z 1946-1951
Box 1 Typescript and holograph poems (6 folders)
Box 1 Harnessed Dreams - partial manuscript
Box 1 Speech, "Beneath the Surface in Poetry"
Box 1 Notes, miscellany
Published material
Box 1 Poetry tearsheets
Box 1 Book, Harnessed Dreams 1951
Box 1 Catalog, "Alexandria Authors at Home" 1952
Box 1 Clippings about 1951-1963, undated

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