Gloria Catherine Oden (1923-2011) was an American poet, professor, and editor. She
joined the UMBC faculty as an English professor in the 1970s, and taught there until
retiring in 1996. Oden was nominated for the Pultizer Prize in 1979 for a collection
of poems entitled Resurrections. Her other books of poetry include The Naked Frame:
A Love Poem and Sonnets (1952), The Ties that Bind (1980), Appearances (2003), and
This collection was arranged into seven series: Series 1: Personal Life Series 2:
Professional Life Series 3: Publications Series 4: Unpublished Materials Series 5:
Correspondence Series 6: Oversized Series 7: Audiovisuals
Contains five accessions. UARC 1997-28 and UARC 1999-27 were transferred from Gloria
Oden/UMBC English Department. UARC 2008-21 materials were transferred prior to 2008
and accessioned on 7/9/2008. The original donor and receipt date of UARC 2009-020
are unknown; it was assigned an accession number in 2009. UARC 2013-003.
All associated accession were surveyed and rehoused into acid free folders and containers.
University publications were weeded out of the collection and transferred to the University
Publications collections. The same was done for information and correspondence related
to Gloria Oden's late husband, John Price Bell, for which UMBC is also the repository
for his collection.
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Finding Aids available.
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The collection is open for research. There are no restricted materials.
Permission required for all reproductions requests. UMBC is the copyright owner.
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Faculty
Oden, Gloria -- Archives
Poets, American -- 20th century
Series 1 contains materials concerning Gloria Oden's personal life, including items
from the passing of her mother and sister, geneological research, family albums, and
early academic achievements.
Series 2 contains materials involving her teaching career at University of Maryland,
Baltimore County and various research projects she participated throughout her academcic
career. Both subjects have been divided into two subseries.
Series 2 subseries A contains Oden's tenure dossier as she progressed to full professor
status and other supportive documents.
Series 2 subseries B contains the various research activity and collaborations with
Series 3 contains the various publications of Gloria Oden throughout her professional
career. Most publications identfy the specific page her poetry or essay's can be found.
Series 4 contains Oden's unpublished papers and poetry. Materials have been orgnaized
Series 5 contains Oden's personal and professional coorespondences with poets, other
academics, former students, academic institutions, museums, mentors, family and friends.
Series 6 contains oversized newspapers, flyers, posters and magazines that were
created for and event for Oden or inspired her work.
Series 7 contains VHS, cassette tapes, DVDs, and 3 3/4 floppy disks of various recording
of interviews with poets, interviews with Oden, and features John Price Bell. Materials
have been organized chronologically,