Alma L. Gray papers

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Alma L. Gray papers

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Special Collections and Archives

Alma L. Gray papers

Alma L. Gray papers

Finding Aid

Prepared by Kevin Ferst, March 13, 2002


Inclusive Dates: 1956-1982
Extent: .66 cubic foot (2 document cases)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Biographical Note: Alma L. Gray, born in West Virginia, lived and wrote in Akron, Ohio, for over 65 years. She was past president and charter member of the Akron Manuscript Club, and member of the Ohio Poetry Society, the Ohio Historical Society, DAR, Zonta International, the American Presswomen, and other organizations. She was former poet laureate of Ohio, and nationally recognized writer of gospel songs. She died on May 2, 1982.


Scope and Content: This collection consists of typescripts of 44 short stories (some in several drafts), miscellaneous correspondence, and some printed material. Most of this material is undated.


Box 1
​​​​​​​Folder - Contents

  1. "Big Time", undated
  2. "Boy Back Home", undated
  3. "Breakaway", undated
  4. "A Chance with Chuck", undated
  5. "Daddy's Little Girl", undated
  6. "The Devil to Pay", undated
  7. "Dixie Sothern's Shoes", undated
  8. "Double Chocolate Malted", undated
  9. "Down Went McGinty", undated
  10. "Eatin' Down", undated
  11. "Five", undated
  12. "Ghosts Have Dancing Feet", undated
  13. "A Gift For a Lady", undated
  14. "Give Johnny Give", undated
  15. "Hot Stuff", undated
  16. "I Walk Alone", undated
  17. "I'll be Back", undated
  18. "I'm Engaged", undated
  19. "It Always Spoils a Party", undated
  20. "Judge of Conti Court", undated
  21. "Kiss for a Curl", undated
  22. "Lady From Purgatory", undated
  23. "The Little God Laughed", undated
  24. "Little Helpless Things", undated
  25. "Love Walked By", undated
  26. "Make a Wish for Romance", undated
  27. "Man of Honor", undated
  28. "My Little Sister", undated

Box 2
Folder - Contents

  1. "White Rabbits", undated
  2. "Yonkopin Yates", undated
  3. Correspondence, 1959-1965
  4. Miscellaneous notes, undated
  5. Printed Material, 1956-1982
  6. "A Prayer for England", undated
  7. "The Onion That Was Beautiful", undated
  8. "Orpha Drake", undated
  9. "Pickup", undated
  10. "Rambler Roses", undated
  11. "Shoes for Gustavel", undated
  12. "Ship of Dreams", undated
  13. Score: "Silver Saddle", undated
  14. "Six Hours to Paradise", undated
  15. "Soldier Martin - Santa Clause", undated
  16. "Substitute Romance", undated
  17. "There's Something in Blues", undated
  18. "Turn to the Right", undated
  19. "When Your Little Shoes", undated (Rose Mazen and Alma Gray)