Guide to the Carlton and Maggie Bradford Papers, 1979-2014

Collection number: MC 255
Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Carlton and Maggie Bradford

Carlton (b. 1911) and Margaret (1928-2011) Bradford owned and operated the Kearsarge Bookshelf and Bradford Hallmark in New London, NH for 27 years. They began corresponding with Donald Hall when hosting a poetry reading for him in their store. Margaret died in June of 2011 aged 82. Over the years they collected correspondence and publicity related to the work of poets Donald Hall & Jane Kenyon.

About Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon

Donald Hall served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2006-2007 and is the author of over fifty books, including 22 volumes of poetry, notably The One Day (1988), Without (1998), a book of poems written after the death of his wife Jane Kenyon, and his last book, The Back Chamber (2011). He is also the author of Ox-Cart Man (1979), a children’s book which won the Caldecott Medal for 1980, and a series of books about life at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, N.H. Jane Kenyon was the author of four books of poetry during her lifetime – From Room To Room (1978), The Boat of Quiet Hours (1986), Let Evening Come (1990) and Constance (1993). She died from leukemia in 1995. A posthumous volume, Otherwise: New and Selected Poems, appeared in 1996, followed by Jane Kenyon: Collected Poems in 2005. Both Donald Hall‘s and Jane Kenyon‘s papers are held by Milne Special Collections.

About the Carlton and Maggie Bradford-Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Papers

The collection consists primarily of written correspondence between Carlton and Margaret Bradford and Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon. Additionally, there are numerous newspaper clippings, collected by Carlton and Margaret Bradford, concerning the lives and work of Hall and Kenyon. In particular, there are published tributes to Kenyon following her early death in 1995, national and local reviews of Hall’s and Kenyon’s published poetry, and news of events being attended by or dedicated to Hall and Kenyon. There are also miscellaneous papers, including broadsides and cards containing the poems by Hall and Kenyon, and invitations for Carlton and Margaret Bradford to events hosted by or in honor of Hall and Kenyon. Finally, there are a small number of photographs – two of Donald Hall, and one of Carlton Bradford.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carlton and Maggie Bradford-Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Papers, 1979-2014, MC 255, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Carlton Bradford, Jr., New London, NH, 2013 (Accession number: 2013.10)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence

Subseries A: From Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Hall and Kenyon to Carlton and Margaret Bradford, 1979-1992 (13 letters)
Box 1, Folder 2Hall and Kenyon to Carlton and Margaret Bradford, 1993 (17 letters)
Box 1, Folder 3Hall and Kenyon to Carlton and Margaret Bradford, 1994 (23 letters)
Box 1, Folder 4Hall and Kenyon to Carlton and Margaret Bradford, 1995-1996 (19 letters)
Box 1, Folder 5Hall and Kenyon to Carlton and Margaret Bradford, 1997-1999 (22 letters)
Box 1, Folder 6Hall and Kenyon to Carlton and Margaret Bradford, 2000-2007 (17 letters)

Subseries A: To Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon

Box 1, Folder 7Carlton and Margaret Bradford to Hall and Kenyon, 1993-2002 (29 letters)

Subseries C: Other

Box 1, Folder 8Carlton Bradford to Joe Medlicott, 1993 (1 letter)

Series 2: Newspaper and Magazine Clippings

Box 1, Folder 9Clippings, 1978-1982
Box 1, Folder 10Clippings, 1983-1985
Box 1, Folder 11Clippings, 1986-1992
Box 1, Folder 12Clippings, 1993-1994
Box 1, Folder 13Clippings, 1995
Box 1, Folder 14Clippings, 1996-2005
Box 1, Folder 15Clippings, undated

Series 3: Miscellaneous Material

Box 1, Folder 16Cards (e.g. Christmas cards) and broadsides, with reproductions of the poetry of Hall and Kenyon, 1983-2000 (10 items)
Box 1, Folder 17Invitations and programs for events dedicated to Hall and Kenyon, 1983-2007 (9 items) and program for the Peterborough Players production of Ragged Mountain Elegies, Summer 1983
Box 1, Folder 18Photograph of Donald Hall in 1975; printed image of “Photography party at Kearsarge Bookshelf,” 1976; printed image of Carlton Bradford at the bicentennial of New London, 1979; program for The Third-of-a-Century Award in New London, NH honoring Carlton Bradford, Jr., June 8, 2014