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Prepared by Barbara Bass, April 28, 1997; Revised and updated by Cara Gilgenbach, March 14, 2002; Last Updated: April 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1921-1984
Extent: 9 cubic feet (9 record storage boxes)
Physical Location: Storage
This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.
Hazel Collister Hutchison (1893-1977)
Born in 1893 in Cleveland, Ohio, Hazel Collister Hutchison (who used the pen name "Collister Hutchison") was a poet, teacher, and professional handwriting analyst. She attended the Cleveland Normal School for two years, followed by two years at Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) where she earned a B.A. She also spent a year in France studying French history and art history at the Sorbonne. Hutchison was a public schoolteacher in Cleveland for 46 years and also taught at the Murray Hill School in Little Italy from 1936-60.
Hutchison's poems were published in major magaizines of her day including Poetry, the American Scholar, and The Atlantic. Her best-known work is Toward Daybreak (Harper, 1950) for which she received critical acclaim. She also published a book of poetry called Seven Christmas Poems.
Clark C. Livensparger
Clark C. Livensparger was born in Newark, Ohio, and moved to Akron, Ohio, when he was twelve. He received a B.A. from the University of Akron. In 1945 he moved to Cleveland and worked as a bridge leverman for the B & O Railroad. He also taught English and short-story writing for Western Reserve University. In 1951 he became a lexicographer and associate editor for Webster's New World Dictonaries at the World Publishing Company in Cleveland. Livensparger knew Hazel Collister Hutchison for many years and was one of her literary executors.
Scope and Content: This collection contains correspondence, photographs, newspapers clippings, articles, manuscripts, and other miscellaneous documents by and about Hazel Collister Hutchison and Clark C. Livensparger.
Correspondence to Hazel Hutchison - Folder 1-49
Correspondence from Hazel Hutchison to others - Folder 50-65
Correspondence to and from Clark Livensparger - Box 4
Manuscripts by other artists - original and photocopied