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Carmen Nelson Richards papers

Identifier: ua00775


This collection contains the papers of Carmen Nelson Richards, a writer, and an alumna of the University of Minnesota.

The records include questionnaires, autobiographies and letters from the people surveyed in preparation for the books, Minnesota Writes and Minnesota Writers, which featured autoblographical stories by Minnesota prose writers. Additional records include a foreward written by University President Walter C. Coffey, and a signed poem, Power, by Joseph Warren Beach, written for for the anthology, Minnesota Skyline - a book of poems edited by Richards in 1944 for the League of Minnesota Poets.


  • 1940-1945


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Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Note

Carmen Richards was born in Minneapolis and received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1913. She was public school teacher and taught at various schools in Minnesota and Florida.

She joined the University of Minnesota Alumnae Club in 1945, and from 1958-1960 served as president. During her tenure as president, the Alumnae Club Scholarship Fund was started. Upon retirement in 1964, Richards moved to Dunedin, Florida where she established the Suncoast Chapter of the Minnesota Alumnae Club, also serving as its president. She received an Alumni Service Award in 1967.

Carmen Richards was also active in various literary societies, including the League of Minnesota Poets, the Minneapolis Poetry Society and the National League of American Pen Women. She was an editor of The Moccasin, a poetry magazine, and Minnesota Skyline, coeditor of Minnesota Writes, published in 1945 and editor of Minnesota Writers, published in 1961. She authored Death Stalks the Philippine Wilds, published in 1951.

Carmen Richards died on June 9, 1978 in Dunedin, Florida.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger)

Source of acquisition

The source of acquisition for this collection is unknown.

Carmen Nelson Richards papers
Maxine Clapp; updated by Amy Flessert and Karen Klinkenberg
July 2006
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