Guide to the Veneta Nielsen Papers,
1945-1998

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Nielsen, Veneta Leatham, 1909-
Title: Veneta Nielsen Papers
Dates: 1945-1998 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 8 boxes (3.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 315
Summary: This collection is composed of correspondence, poetry, and other writings as well as personal and professional papers of Veneta L. Nielsen.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

Processing Note :  

Processed in October of 2006

Acquisition 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 282

Bibliography :  Source:>
  • Obituary, Herald Journal , October 27, 1998

Detailed Description of the Collection

Outgoing Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 A Undated
1 2 B Undated
1 3 C Undated
1 4 D Undated
1 5 E Undated
1 6 G Undated
1 7 H Undated
1 8 J Undated
1 9 K Undated
1 10 L Undated
1 11 M Undated
1 12 N Undated
1 13 Harold Nielsen Undated
1 14 O Undated
1 15 P Undated
1 16 R Undated
1 17 S Undated
1 18 T Undated
1 19 U Undated
1 20 V Undated
1 21 W Undated
1 22 Unidentified Undated

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Incoming Correspondence, press clippings, honors
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Incoming Correspondence 1945-1959
2 2 Incoming Correspondence 1960-1975
2 3 Incoming Correspondence 1976-1988
2 4 Incoming Correspondence 1990
2 5 Incoming Correspondence 1991-1997
2 6 Incoming Correspondence 1998
2 7 Carlton Culmsee Undated
2 8 Incoming correspondence Undated
2 9 USU honors and awards, Scribble 1949 March
2 10 Professional honors and recognitions—particularly from USU Undated
2 11 Autobiographical narrative, USU Scholarship information, Tribute to Reed Stock Undated
2 12 Blue Rose publication information 1990

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Personal and professional papers, honors, and newspaper clippings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Funeral service program for Nielsen Undated
3 2 Misc. professional records, book sales, Utah Women Prisoners Project Undated
3 3 Newspaper clippings Undated
3 4 Press clippings, USU Magazine 1966 Fall
3 5 Scholarly monographs Undated
3 6 Script for "Look on the Land" Undated
3 7 Notes for "Look on the Land" Undated
3 8 Lecture notes on Divine Comedy Undated
3 9 Lecture on C.G. Jung Undated
3 10 Misc. lecture notes Undated
3 11 Notes from students Undated
3 12 Reviews of Nielsen's poetry Undated
3 13 Speech to Utah State Board of Education 1966
3 14 A.A.U.W. Undated
3 15 Pen Women Undated
3 16 Eulogies and funeral readings Undated
3 17 Misc. essays and short stories by Nielsen Undated

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May Swenson materials
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Swenson résumé, quotes about Swenson books Undated
4 2 Essays about Swenson by Nielsen Undated
4 3 Articles about Swenson Undated
4 4 Correspondence from Swenson Undated
4 5 Nielsen's introductions of Swenson at USU 1969, 1987
4 6 Local poetry readings in memory of Swenson Undated
4 7 Poems by Swenson Undated
4 8 Poems about Swenson Undated
4 9 Swenson Memorial Tribute, New York City 1991
4 10 Review essay about Swenson by Grace Schulman 1994
4 11 Iconographs, a review Undated
4 12 Critique of May Out West 1995

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Poetry by Nielsen
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 A Undated
5 2 B Undated
5 3 C Undated
5 4 Collection of Ten Poems (Awarded First Place) Undated
5 5 D Undated
5 6 E Undated
5 7 F Undated
5 8 G Undated
5 9 H Undated
5 10 I Undated
5 11 J Undated
5 12 K Undated
5 13 L Undated
5 14 M Undated
5 15 Movement on Ultraviolet Undated
5 16 N Undated
5 17 O Undated
5 18 Old, Old Poems Undated
5 19 P Undated
5 20 Poems 1972
5 21 Poems: Collection of Ten Poems awarded First Place 1975
5 22 Poems and Ponderings Undated
5 23 The Point of the Mountain Poems Undated
5 24 Q Undated
5 25 R Undated
5 26 Reflections on Abstract Reality Undated
6 1 S Undated
6 2 Small balls of philosopher clay Undated
6 3 The Spartan Fox Undated
6 4 T Undated
6 5 Ten Poems 1970
6 6 Ten Poems: Legacy, Elegies, and Question Marks 1994-1995
6 7 Ten Times O’Clock Undated
6 8 Timed Templates Undated
6 9 To Examine the Doctrine of Suchness Undated
6 10 Tree of Fire Undated
6 11 Triton's Trumpet Undated
6 12 U Undated
6 13 Under Sound Undated
6 14 Critiqued manuscript copy of Under Sound [?] Undated
6 15 V Undated
6 16 Voice with Gender Undated
6 17 W Undated
6 18 Walking Toward Forever Undated
6 19 Words and Silences Undated
6 20 Y Undated
6 21 Poems with two poems on a page Undated
6 22 Misc. drafts Undated
6 23 Utah State Poetry Contest 1974
6 24 Utah State Poetry Contest 1977
6 25 Utah State Poetry Contest 1979
6 26 Utah State Poetry Contest 1981
6 27 Utah State Poetry Contest 1982
6 28 Utah State Poetry Contest 1985
7 Five notebooks with writings by Nielsen Undated

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Award plaques
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
8 Service Award from Life Span Learning program 1983
8 USU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award 1976

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Nielsen, Veneta Leatham, 1909---Correspondence.
    • Nielsen, Veneta Leatham,|d1909---Correspondence.
    • Swenson, May--Correspondence.
    • Family Names :
    • Culmsee, Carlton, d1904---Correspondence.
    • Corporate Names :
    • American Association of University Women. Utah State Division.
    • National League of American Pen Women
    • Utah State University--Faculty.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Poetry--Women authors
    • Women poets

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