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Prepared for the Web by Brian Leszcz, March 14, 1997; Updated July 2016; Last Updated: March 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1956-1976
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Helen Adam was born on December 2, 1909 in Glasgow, Scotland. She died in New York City on September 19, 1993. She was a writer of Scottish ballads and later participated in the Beat poetry movement. She attended Edinburgh University for two years. After leaving Edinburgh University she worked as a journalist in London. In 1939 she moved to the United States. From there she moved to San Francisco. In San Francisco she worked with such influenti al poets as Allen Ginsburg and Robert Duncan. Her publications include the following: The Elfin Pedlar and Tales Told by the Pixie Pool, 1923; Charms and Dreams from the Elfin Pedlar's Pack, 1924; Shadow of the Moon, 1929; The Queen O' Crow Castle, 1958; Ballads , 1964; Counting Out Rhyme, 1972; Selected Poems and Ballads, 1974; Ghosts and Grinning Shadows (a collection of short stories), 1977; Turn Again to Me and Other Poems, 1977; Gone Sailing, 1980 Songs with Mus ic, 1982; The Bells of Dis, 1984; (with Auste Adam) Stone Cold Gothic, 1984. She and her sister collaborated on a play entitled San Francisco's Burning, published in 1963. A collection of her poems was collected in a work titled Selected Poems and Ballads. She also acted in two films: Death and Our Corpses Speak, both of which were filmed in Germany. Her life was a subject of a documentary film directed by experimental film maker Rosa von Praunheim.
Scope and Content: This collection consists of letters written by James Broughton to Helen Adam from 1956 to 1976. These letters are personal in content and deal with his relationship with her and personal matters affecting him. As such, these papers provide a valuable insight into the mind of James Broughton and his relationship with Helen Adam, but unfortunately is limited to this narrow viewpoint.
Related Materials: Additionally Special Collections has several of Adam's published works, which are cataloged in KentLINK, and located in the LC-classified book collection.
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