Collection inventory

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Bernice W. Ames Papers

A description of her papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 5 Mar 2010

Revision history:
29 Sep 2015 processed (MRC)
14 Oct 2015 Mrs. J. J. Henry letter added (MRC)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ames, Bernice W.
Title: Bernice W. Ames Papers
Dates: 1950-1968
Quantity: 0.75 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, published material, photographs, clippings of the American poet.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Bernice W. Ames was an American poet. Her work appeared in Midwest Quarterly, University Review, Yankee, Christian Science Monitor, and in many other publications. She was a member of the Poetry Society of America, and its Bernice W. Ames Award is named for her.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bernice W. Ames Papers consists of correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, and printed material.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type or topic.


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Related Material

A copy of The Various Light: An Anthology of Poetry in Modern English was removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate this item.

Subject Headings


Ames, Bernice W.

Associated Titles

Antelope bread.


Women poets.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Bernice W. Ames Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Bernice Ames, 1967, 1969.

Letter (9/23/55) from Bernice Ames to Mrs. J. J. Henry of Sherman, New York gift of Louise Henry, 2015.

Table of Contents




Published material


Box 1 General, A-Z (6 folders)
Box 1 Country of conquest 1963
Box 1 If matter is me 1962
Box 1 In the center of the world 1957
Box 1 The open door 1950
Box 1 The rustle of silence 1954
Box 1 The rustle of silence undated
Box 1 She leans from herself 1965[?]
Box 1 Wind cut 1965
Box 1 Miscellaneous - individual poems
Box 1 A back door of the poem Apr 1963
Box 1 From the sea to the shell 19 May 1965
Box 1 Helping your poem to happen 13 May 1961
Box 1 The platform of the poem 12 Sep 1964
Box 1 Poetry is fun 1961
Box 2 Book reviews 1958, 1966-1967 - for Antelope Bread and In Syllables of Stars
Box 2 Clippings about 1961, 1963, 1967-1968
Box 2 Nametag - from unidentified event
Box 2 Photographs 1961
Box 2 Writer's Workshop programs 1961-1968
Published material
Box 2 Book, Antelope Bread by Bernice Ames, published by Alan Swallow 1966
Box 2 Poems by Ames 1954-1968 - clippings from magazines, literary journals, etc. (3 folders)
Box 2 Stories by Ames 1957, 1959, 1963-1968 - clippings from magazines, literary journals, etc.