Guide to the Blanche Lofton Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lofton, Blanche De Good, 1885
Title: Blanche Lofton papers
Dates: 1938-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 282
Summary: Blanche Lofton (1885-1971) was an Oregon poet and author. The collection consists of manuscripts of Lofton's poetry and prose, correspondence, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Blanche Lofton (1885-1971) was an Oregon poet and author. She was born in Nebraska, and moved to Portland in 1905 along with her husband, Frank R. Lofton. She served as poetry critic and editor of the Spectator, an Oregon literary weekly, and published numerous poems in the "Poet's Corner" of the Oregon Journal. Her first collection of poetry, Mazama and Wecoma, was published in 1952, followed by Lincoln Memorial(1959) and Song of the Seasons(1963).

Content Description

The collection consists of manuscripts of Lofton's poetry and prose, correspondence, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers.

Manuscripts include typed copies of Lofton's poems, with revisions, organized alphabetically. There are also typescripts of articles and radio broadcasts including The Beaver Hat (a drama in free verse-incomplete) and a profile of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Correspondence consists primarily of letters between Lofton and the poet Ethel Romig Fuller(1883-1965). There is also a single folder of "other" correspondence.

There are eight binders of published poetry, both Lofton's and others. Some clippings about Lofton are also included in these scrapbooks.

Miscellaneous papers include a folder of photographs of Lofton and her family, certificates, and a poem by Larry Lofton (Blanche Lofton's son).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Blanche Lofton papers, Ax 282, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Scrapbooks, and Miscellaneous.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Ethel Romig Fuller at Special Collections and University Archives include: Ethel Romig Fuller papers, Ax 650.


  • Personal Names :
  • Lofton, Blanche De Good, 1885
  • Subject Terms :
  • American poetry--Women authors
  • Authors, American--Oregon
  • Poetry--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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