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Ned O'Gorman Letter

 Collection — Box: VMF 11, Folder: 11
Identifier: MS-VMF-vmf128

Typed letter signed from O'Gorman to Ella Logan announcing his pleasure in meeting her and arranging for a dinner meeting. Pencil and pen scribbles, presumably by Ella Logan. Bottom half of letter apparently torn away. 1 page


  • Creation: undated


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Biographical Information

Ned O'Gorman (September 26, 1929 - March 7, 2014) is an American poet and educator.  Born Edward Charles O'Gorman in New York City, O'Gorman spent most of his early life in Southport, Connecticut, and Bradford, Vermont. In 1950, he graduated from St. Michael's College in Vermont and later received an M.A. from Columbia University. His poetry earned him Guggenheim Fellowships in 1956 and 1962. He won the Lamont Poetry Award in 1958 for his collection of poems, The Night of the Hammer.

O'Gorman was the literary editor of the Catholic magazine Jubilee from 1962 to 1965. He was appointed by the U.S. State Department to be the American studies specialist in Chile, Argentina and Brazil in 1965. He is the recipient of the Rothko Chapel Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom.  He arrived in Harlem in July 1966 and worked as a volunteer teacher in a Head Start summer program. The children's library he started two months later, named after Addie Mae Collins, one of the four children killed in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church, gradually became a tuition-free school known as The Children's Storefront, welcoming all children living in the area. Today, the school thrives with an annual budget of $2.5 million and a waiting list of 800 children.

After losing a dispute over succession, Ned O’Gorman founded the Ricardo O'Gorman Garden and Center for Resources in the Humanities which opened in 1998 with the collaboration of two teachers from the original school. The Center, which O'Gorman continues to direct, is located on West 129th Street in New York City. The tuition-free school has an annual budget of $300,000 and is supported by O'Gorman's fund-raising efforts.

O'Gorman has also taught at Brooklyn College, the New School and Manhattan College. He is the author of six books of poetry, five books of prose, and numerous articles and poetry published in various magazines.

Method of Acquisition

Originally laid in Adam Before His Mirror by Ned O'Gorman. PS3527 G63 A7 1961. Accession number 1362, October 30, 1972

Processing Information

Processed December 6, 1972

Ned O'Gorman Letter
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  • 2021 March 17: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495