Guide to the Elizabeth Henley Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Henley, Elizabeth, 1912-
Title: Elizabeth Henley Collection
Dates: 1928-1981 ( inclusive )
1955-1972 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.15 cubic foot, including 8 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS Henley
Summary: The Elizabeth Henley Collection documents the writings and life of poet and Oregon State English professor Elizabeth W. Henley. The collection includes poems, newspaper clippings, publications, and photographs. Henley joined the faculty at Oregon State College in 1959.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Watts Henley was an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University from 1959 until her retirement in 1972. Henley was born in Bellingham, Washington, and attended Western Washington University. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Washington. Henley taught at the University of Washington, Hunter College, and Portland State College before coming to Corvallis. She was active in the OSU Poetry Association; many of her poems were published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Henley died in Corvallis in 1981.

Content Description

The Elizabeth Henley Collection documents Henley's life and work as a poet and English professor at Oregon State University. The collection includes poems, newspaper clippings, publications, and photographs. Three handwritten and typed poems are included with the collection. Three anthologies that include poems by Henley are part of the collection: The March 1960 issue of the journal Poetry (v. 95, no. 6); Unique: 66 Poems by 66 Poets, a 1969 anthology of Oregon poems collected and edited by Ruth McCorkle; and Birthday Candles Burning Bright by Sara and John E. Brewton (1960).

The photographs consist of b/w and color photographic prints depicting Henley and her family. The photographs include several portrait photographs of Henley and her home at 826 NW 34th Street in Corvallis.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Elizabeth Henley Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The materials were donated to the Archives in 2009 by Henley's son, John Henley.

Related Materials :  

The OSU Archives houses the papers of several Oregon State English faculty including Peter Copek; Richard E. Dankleff, with poetry by Dankleff; Ray S. Hewitt; Sigurd H. and Ruth Peterson; and M. Ellwood Smith. The English Department Records are part of the College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143); the English Department Photographs (P 222) consist of photographs of Bernard Malamud during his years as a faculty member at Oregon State; the OSU Libraries Special Collections includes the Bernard Malamud Papers. The Edwin T. Reed Papers include poetry written by Reed.


    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon State University--Faculty.
    • Subject Terms :
    • American poetry--Oregon.
    • Children's poetry.
    • Poetry--Women authors.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographic prints.
      • Other Creators :
      • Brewton, John Edmund, 1898-1982.
      • Brewton, Sara Westbrook.
      • McCorkle, Ruth.

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