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Guide to the Carl Lamson Carmer letter MSS.0277

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2008

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English

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December 2012
Collection Title:

Carl Lamson Carmer letter

Unit ID:

MSS.0277

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (1 item)

Dates:

1972 August 9

Abstract:

Letter written by this acclaimed author of Stars Fell on Alabama to Mrs. Raymond McClain, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, discussing Mrs. McLain's association with Ruby Pickens Tartt, who Carmer praises for her value to the state of Alabama and her work to raise awareness of the folk traditions of Alabama.

creator

Carmer, Carl Lamson, 1893-1976

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains one letter written to Mrs. Raymond McClain of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, discussing Mrs. McLain's association with Ruby Pickens Tartt. Carmer praises Tartt for her value to the state of Alabama and her work to raise awareness of the folk traditions of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Carl Lamson Carmer, son of Willis Griswold and Mary Lamson Turner, was born in Cortland, New York, on 16 October 1893. He earned an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, and a masters degree from Harvard.

He taught briefly at Syracuse University before accepting a position teaching English at the University of Alabama from 1921-1927. While at the University he became interested in the history and culture of the state. In 1934 he wrote Stars Fell on Alabama, an autobiographical work relating his experiences in the state. The successful work led to his popularity as a writer in the 1940s and 1950s, known for his interest in folklore. Alabama native Ruby Pickens Tartt, assisted him with this 1934 work.

Carmer wrote or edited several more books including: Listen for a Lonesome Drum (1936); The Hudson (1939); Genesee Fever (1941); The Susquehanna (1955); and The Tavern Lamps Are Burning (1964). He worked as a folklore consultant for Walt Disney Productions and produced a folklore radio series called "Your Neck o' the Woods."

Carmer died on 11 September 1976, in Bronxville, New York.

Preferred Citation:

Carl Lamson Carmer letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

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Source(s)

Tartt, Ruby Pickens, 1880-1974 (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Alabama - Authors (Local)

Alabama Women's Hall of Fame Inductees (Local)

Folklife (localbroad)

Letters (correspondence) (aat)

Literature and Authors (localbroad)

Southern Life and Culture (localbroad)

University of Alabama Faculty/Staff (Local)

Women (localbroad)

Women of Alabama (Local)

Letter Box 2549