Guide to the Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian Papers, 1966-1986

Collection number: MC 86
Size: 2 boxes (0.66 cu.ft.)

About Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian

Nonny Hogrogian was born in New York City in 1932. After graduating from Hunter College, she studied art with Antonio Frasconi and Hodaka Yoshida. She started her career as a designer of children’s books but soon began illustrating and writing. She twice won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children, in 1966 for Always Room For One More and in 1972 for One Fine Day.

She married David Kherdian in 1971, poet, author and anthologist. Born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1931, Kherdian graduated from the University of Wisconsin and moved to California where he taught, wrote, and edited Ararat magazine. In 1967, he founded the Giligia Press. Kherdian’s best-known book is The Road From Home, an account of his mother’s childhood in Armenia in the early 1900s.

From 1971 to 1973 Hogrogian and Kherdian lived in Lyme Center, New Hampshire and Kherdian was the official poet-in-the-schools for the state. Their New Hampshire experiences are reflected in Kherdian’s poem “Any Day of Your Life” and Hogrogian’s illustrations for Billy Goat.

About the Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian Papers

The collection includes manuscripts, poetry postcards, broadsides, newspaper clippings and a few publications.

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], [Folder], [Box], Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian Papers, 1966-1986, MC 86, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Multiple acquisitions: purchases, Charles Seluzicki, March 1982 - September 1988 (Accession numbers: 8169, 8181, 8371, 8419, 8434, 8460, 8567, 8765, 8820)

The University Library contains many works by both Hogrogian and Kherdian.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is organized by originating author into 5 series, with an additional last series consisting of oversize items.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Works by David Kherdian, 1966-1987

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Letter to Virginia in Florence from Larkspur, California. Caligia Press, 1966. Broadside. One of an edition of 150 copies printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem.
Box 1, Folder 2Kato’s Poem. Fesno, CA: Giligia Press, 1967. Christmas card. One of an edition of 100 copies. Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 3Eight Poems. By David Kherdian and Gerald Hausman. Santa Fe, NM: Giligia Press, 1968. Portraits by Sid Hausman. One of 1000 copies published on the occasion of a first reading by the poets at St. John’s College, Santa Fe. Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 4Christmas, 1968. Christmas card. “One hundred copies printed for Janet Saghatelian . . .” Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 5Outside The Library. Broadside. “200 copies printed May 2, 1969 to celebrate the new home of Bill and Sandy Cowling in Fresno, California.” Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 6Root River. Mount Horeb, Wis.: Perishable Press, 1970. Broadside. One of 110 hors commerce copies signed by the author.
Box 1, Folder 7Of Husbands and Wives. Wedding announcement, 1971. Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 8[Birds in Suet]. Giligia Press, 1971. Christmas card. One of an edition of 150 copies with a linoleum cut by NH. Signed by Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 9Hey Nonny. Printed by Hanover Press, 1972. Drawing by Nonny Hogrogian. Christmas card. One of 75 copies. Drawing is map of DK NH home in Lyme Center, N.H.
Box 1, Folder 10Poem For Nonny. Goshen, N.H.: Phineas Press, 1973. Drawing and design by NH. Broadside. One of 100 copies.
Box 1, Folder 11Anniversary Song. Bellevue Press, 1974. Printed by Stuart McCarty II at the Geryon Press. Broadside. One of 15 author’s copies.
Box 1, Folder 12David Kherdian Sampler. Edited with an introduction by Moses Yanes. Community of Friends Special Supplement, 1974. Cover drawing by NH. SDK. Contains two previously unpublished poems.
Box 1, Folder 13The Toy Soldier. Drawn by Nonny Hogrogian. Christmas card, 1974.
Box 1, Folder 1416:IV:73. Monterey, Mass.: Arts Action Press, 1975. Illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. Printed by Hawthorne Press, Lenox, MA. Broadside. Copy no. 2 of 50 numbered and signed copies.
Box 1, Folder 15Island Park. Isat Pragbhara Press, 1976. Poetry Post Card, Series No. 1.
Box 1, Folder 16Melkon. Isat Pragbhara Press, 1976. Poetry Post Card, Series No. 1.
Box 1, Folder 17Dafje Vartan. Portland, Ore.: Prescott Street Press, 1978. Salal Series VI: Eight Poets in a Postcard Collection.
Box 1, Folder 18Letter to Charles J. Hardy From David Kherdian. Printed and handset by Kherdian, 1981. Broadside. One of an edition of 10 copies printed hors de commerce for the family.
Box 1, Folder 19Solstice. Aurora, Oregon: Two Rivers Press, 1983. One of 125 hors commerce. Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 20Poems To An Essence Friend. Morris, N.Y.: Press at Butternut Creek. “First week of December 1987.” One of 100 copies handset and printed by David Kherdian. Signed by the author.

Series 2: Works Edited or Containing Contributions by David Kherdian, 1968-1988

Box 1, Folder 21The Shivurrus Plant of Mopant and Other Children’s Poems. Compiled by Gerald Hausman. Santa Fe, N.M.: Giligia Press, 1968. Wrappers. Illustrated by Joogii. Introduction by DK. One of 1000 copies. Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 22An Evening With Saroyan:The Ghost of Shah-Mouradian: A Review of Short Drive, Sweet Chariot. Fresno, Calif.: Giligia Press, 1970. One of 1000 copies designed and printed by Noel Young. Signed by David Kherdian. Reprint of review in Ararat.
Box 1, Folder 23Poetry and The Little Press. Signed by David Kherdian. Reprinted from Ararat.
Box 1, Folder 24Ararat Vol. XII, no. 1, Winter 1971, edited by David Kherdian; Contains “The Idea” by David Kherdian and art by Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 25Ararat Vol. XII, no. 2, Spring 1971, edited by David Kherdian; Contains “The People of Yerevan” by David Kherdian and “Children’s Art, Yerevan, 1971″ and art by Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 26Ararat Vol. XII, no. 3, Summer 1971, edited by David Kherdian; Contains art by Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 27Ararat Vol. XII, no. 4, Fall 1971, edited by David Kherdian; Contains art by Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 28Ararat Vol. XXIII, no. 3, Summer 1982; Contains “The River of My Roots” by David Kherdian (signed by DK and NH) and art by Nonny Hogrogian, including the cover “Portrait of the Kherdian Family.”
Box 1, Folder 29The Lamp in the Spine. No. 5, Fall 1972. Contains 8 poems by David Kherdian and drawing of DK by Nonny Hogrogian. Signed by DK and NH.
Box 1, Folder 30A Little Directory of Poets and Writers. Great Barrington, Mass.: Arts Action Press, 1975. Printed by Hawthorne Press. Includes copy of original manuscript page of “Geneva Street Night” from Homage to Adana. Signed by David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 31Wisconsin Library Bulletin. Vol. 76, no. 2, Mar-Apr 1980. Contains “Words, Art, and the Real Self” by David Kherdian and Nonny Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 32The Book Source Monthly, Apr 1988, Vol.4, No.1, Contains a David Kherdian Checklist on pp. 8-9.

Series 3: Nonny Hogrogian, 1984-1986

Box 1, Folder 33Two page spread, drawing and watercolor for Right Now by Nonny Hogrogian
Box 1, Folder 34Letter from Nonny Hogrogian to Barbara White, UNH Special Collections, on notecard, dated Sept 4, 1984 giving permission to use art work from Carrot Cake in Friends of the Library Notes. On “Shepherd I” card with pen and ink drawing by Hogrogian.
Box 1, Folder 35Book Catalog #43 Doris Frohnsdorff book dealer. Special Issue: Nonny Hogrogian, 1986. Contains 53 Hogrogian items.

Series 4: Works By Others, 1974-1985

Box 1, Folder 36The Visit by Moses Yanes. Community of Friends Special Supplement, 1974. Poetry about a visit with David Kherdian.
Box 1, Folder 37The Circle of Our Lives by Donna Hachmuth. Aurora, Ore.: Two Rivers Press, 1981. One of 100 copies hors commerce.
Box 1, Folder 38Farm Aim by Jim Berkemeier. Aurora, Ore.: Two Rivers Press, 1982. One of 150 copies hors commerce.
Box 1, Folder 39Me – I Am by A.L. Staveley. Aurora, Ore.: Two Rivers Press, 1984. One of 150 copies hors commerce.
Box 1, Folder 40First Meeting With Mr. Gurdjieff by Vivien Elliott. Aurora, Ore.: Two Rivers Press, 1985. One of 250 copies hors commerce.

Series 5: Ephemera, 1974-1985

Box 1, Folder 41Two Rivers Press book catalogs, 1980 (2) and 1982
Box 1, Folder 42Posters and publicity flyers
Box 1, Folder 43Greenwillow Press and Knopf promotional material

Series 6: Oversize Items, 1969-1982

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Folder 1O Kentucky by David Kherdian. Giligia Press, 1969. Broadside. Signed by David Kherdian.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 2Onions From New Hampshire by David Kherdian. Drawing by Nonny Hogrogian. Studley Press, 1973. Broadside. One of 150 copies. Signed by Nonny Hogrogian.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 3In The Tradition by David Kherdian. Drawing by Nonny Hogrogian. One of 250 copies issued on the occasion of a reading by the poet at The University of Connecticut Library, Apr 18, 1974. Signed by Nonny Hogrogian.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 4Nonny Hogrogian poster: Two Rivers Farm Presents A Christmas Craft Sale. Nov 27 and 28, 1981. Signed by Nonny Hogrogian.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 5Nonny Hogrogian poster: The Second Christmas Craft Sale Presented By Two Rivers Farm Nov 26 and 27, 1982.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 6The Press at Butternut Creek. Broadside poem announcement by David Kherdian. Woodcut by Nonny Hogrogian. Handset and printed Nov 1987.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 7Remembering Mihran by David Kherdian. Arts Extension, University of Massachusetts (?), n.d. Broadside. Signed by David Kherdian.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 8Northwest: The Sunday Oregonian Magazine, Sept 9, 1979. Contains “Nonny and David: Artists in Pursuit” by Charles Gould, pp. 10-12 and cover.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 9Northwest: The Sunday Oregonian Magazine, July 12, 1981. Contains “I Remember William Saroyan” by David Kherdian, pp. 4-7 and cover.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 10The Journal Times, Racine, Wisconsin, Feb 21, Feb 26, and Feb 27, 1982. Contains excerpts from David Kherdian’s forthcoming autobiography “The River of My Roots.”