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Louise Pound, Collected Materials

Title: Louise Pound, Collected Materials

Creator: Pound, Louise, 1872-1958

Dates: 1881-1989

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-10-15

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Louise Pound, Collected Materials (RG 12-10-15). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Louise Pound was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 30, 1872. She earned a B.A. in 1892 and a M.A. in 1895 from the University of Nebraska. She matriculated at Heidelberg University where she received her Doctor of Philosophy in 1900. Upon her return to Nebraska, Pound taught in the English Department at the University of Nebraska, and did not retire from teaching until 1945. Pound died in Lincoln on June 28, 1958.

Scope and Content:

The Pound materials include selected copies of correspondence, most of which are photocopies. The only original correspondence is a single letter written by Pound to "Mr. Filley" on December 4, 1949 and an additional two letters sent to Pound from John Ferguson. In one letter dated April 24, 1923, he thanks her for sending a copy of Poetic Origins and asks her to accept a copy of a volume by David Gray. In the second letter, dated June 2, 1923, Ferguson asks her to accept a copy of his work titled Thyrea and Other Sonnets. Additional materials include reprints of Pound's articles and book reviews and biographical materials such as obituaries, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Many of the obituaries and biographical materials are written by individuals who knew the Pound family, including copies of reminiscences written by Olivia Pound and a transcribed letter written by Laura B. Pound, Louise's mother. Later newspaper clippings include tributes or commentaries on Pound's life and her achievements.


Ballads, English -- United States

Folk-songs, English -- United States

English language -- Study and teaching (Higher)

English language -- United States -- Phonetics

English language -- United States -- Pronunciation

English language -- Word formation

English language -- Slang

English language -- Comparison


English language -- Early modern, 1500-1700

Folk-songs -- Nebraska

Songs, English -- United States

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1881-1949 Box 1. Folder 2. Syllabus, "Folk-Song of Nebraska and the Central West," 1913-1915 Box 1. Folder 3. Bibliography, "Rise and Progress of Christianity," 1890 Box 1. Folder 4. Article reprints, 1890-1905Item 1."List of Strong Verbs and Preterite Present Verbs in Anglo-Saxon," 1898 Item 2. "Questions on Tennyson's Lancelot and Elaine," 1901 Item 3. "Comparison of Adjectives in English," 1901 Item 4. "Tennyson's Lancelot and Elaine," 1905 Box 1. Folder 5. Article reprints, 1913-1920Item 1. "Southwestern Cowboy Songs and the English and Scottish Popular Ballads," 1913 Item 2. "Traditional Ballads in Nebraska," 1913 Item 3. "British and American Pronunciation: Retrospect and Prospect," 1915 Item 4. "Why Attend the University," 1916 Item 5. "Beginnings of Poetry," 1917 Item 6. "Ancestry of a 'Negro Spiritual'," 1918 Item 7. "Vogue Affixes in Present-Day Word-Coinage," 1918 Item 8. "'Stunts' in Language," 1920 Item 9. "The 'Uniformity' of the Ballad Style," 1920 Item 10. "The English Ballads and the Church," 1920 Box 1. Folder 6. Article reprints, 1921-1930Item 1. "Use and Abuse of the Contemporary in the Teaching of English," 1921 Item 2. "Nebraska Folk-Song," 1922 Item 3. "Plurals-Singulars from Latin Neuters," 1927 Item 4. "Nebraska Sandhill Talk," 1928 Item 5. "'Peter Funk' The Pedigree of a Westernism," 1929 Item 6. "Recent Theory of Ballad-Making," 1929 Item 7. "Whipping the Cat," 1929 Item 8. "Note on Walt Whitman and Bird Poetry," 1930 Item 9. "Research in American English," 1930 Item 10. "Extensions of Usage of a Pronoun," 1930 Box 1. Folder 7. Article reprints, 1931-1940Item 1. "Biographical Accuracy and 'H. H.'," 1931 Item 2. "American Indefinite Names," 1931 Item 3. "On the Pronunciation of 'Either and 'Neither'," 1932 Item 4. "On the Dating of the English and Scottish Ballads," 1932 Item 5. "On Poe's 'The City in the Sea'," 1934 Item 6. "American Euphemisms for Dying, Death and Burial," 1934 Item 7. "Some Texts of Western Songs," 1939 Item 8. "American English Today," 1940 Item 9. "Lowell's 'Breton Legend'," 1940 Box 1. Folder 8. Article reprints, 1941-1945Item 1. "Doubtful Whitman Lore," 1942 Item 2. "Literary Anthologies and the Ballad," 1942 Item 3. "Nebraska Strong Men," 1943 Box 1. Folder 9. Article reprints, 1946-1949Item 1. "Nebraska Rain Lore and Rain Making," 1946 Item 2. "Nebraska Snake Lore," 1946 Item 3. "Old Nebraska Folk Customs," 1947 Item 4. "Future of Poetry," 1947 Item 5. "Nebraska Legend of Weeping Water," 1947 Item 6. "Nebraska Cave Lore," 1948 Item 7. "Nebraska's Antoine Barada Again," 1949 Item 8. "Nebraska Legends of Lovers' Leaps," 1949 Item 9. "Miscellany," 1949 Box 1. Folder 10. Article reprints, 1950-1957Item 1. "Olof Bergstrom: Swedish Pioneer," 1950 Item 2. "Legend of the Lincoln Salt Basin," 1951 Item 3. "American Folksong Origins, Texts, and Modes of Diffusion," 1951 Item 4. "Scholarly Study of Folklore," 1952 Item 5. "John G. Maher Hoaxes," 1952 Item 6. "'It' Once More: A Supplementary Note," 1954 Item 7. "Two Curious Words," 1955 Item 8. "Then and Now," 1956 Item 9. "Yet Another Joe Bowers," 1957 Box 1. Folder 11. Article reprints, undatedItem 1. "Caedmon's Dream Song," undated Item 2. "Sir Andrew Barton in Nebraska," undated Item 3. "More 'Joe Bowers' Lore," undated Item 4. "'Joe Bowers' Again," undated Item 5. "By Homeopathic Treatment," undated Box 1. Folder 12. Book reviews, 1926-1948 Box 1. Folder 13. Obituaries, biographical materials, undatedItem 1. Cassette recording, Evelyn Haller, "Life of Louise Pound," 1988, Nov. 10 (see Audio/Visual collections) Box 1. Folder 14. Newspaper clippings, biographical materials, 1898-1989 Box 1. Folder 15. Photographs, Louise Pound, undated
Related Material and Resources: Louise Pound Papers, Nebraska State Historical Society, Louise Pound Folklore Collection, Harold B. Lee Library

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