Special Collections and Archives

Alma L. Gray papers

Special Collections and Archives

Alma L. Gray papers

Alma L. Gray, Papers, 1956-82, [bulk undated]


Prepared by Kevin Ferst, March 13, 2002
2 document cases, .66 ft., 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

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

Box 2

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