Veneta Nielsen was born October 25, 1909 in Wellsville, Utah to Mr. & Mrs. Paul Leatham. She married Harold L. Nielsen, with whom she had two children. Following high school she attended Utah State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1940. In 1946 she was appointed to the faculty in the USU English department where she taught for the next thirty years. After her retirement Nielsen conducted poetry writing workshops for the Logan Chapter of the AAUW, and also served as a judge for various poetry competitions. She was the author of several volumes of poetry, among them: Familiar as a Sparrow, and Looking for the Blue.
The papers of Veneta Nielsen contain correspondence, poetry, other writings, personal & professional papers, and a collection of May Swenson materials. At the time the collection was donated to Special Collections, no clear original order remained. As a result, the following order has been placed on the collection. Outgoing correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipients' name. (Nielsen often addressed her letters by first name only, so researchers should check under both first and last names.) Incoming correspondence is arranged chronologically, with gaps throughout the run. Nielsen's poetry has been filed alphabetically by the first key word in the title or in the first sentence. Collections of poems compiled by Nielsen (typically for poetry competitions) have been placed in separate folders and then filed alphabetically with the other poetry by the first key word in the collection title. Researchers should note that Nielsen frequently retyped poems by other authors for her own files. These poems have been culled out whenever they have been identified as such, but some unidentified "third-party" poems may remain in the collection. If a critique of an individual poem or collection of poems was found with the manuscript it was placed in the same file.
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Veneta Nielsen Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Veneta Nielsen Papers USU_COLL MSS 315, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 315, USUSCA.
Arranged chronologically and alphabetically.
Processing Note :
Processed in October of 2006Acquisition Information :
the materials in this collection were donated in 1999 by Helen Nielsen Wright, Veneta Nielsen's daughter.
Other items including a signed copy of "on Alice's Birthday, a Journal Note", "Destiny", "Apple", "In His Last Days of Summer", "Monkey on the Keys", and a signed copy of "Stranger than Eden" were found mixed with the Marie Fuhriman Olsen materials in in 2011, and added to the this collection alphabetically in 2013.Related Materials :
See also Book Collection 20 (Veneta L. Nielsen Book Collection). A collection of poetry books consisting of books and poetry written by Veneta Nielsen or given to her by other poets and authors.
Additional materials on Veneta Nielsen can be found in the May Swenson Collection Coll Mss 282Bibliography : Source:>
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