Collection ID: MS 2061

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Toth, Charles W. and Combs, Tram, 1924-
Date:
1954-1963
Abstract:
Sixty-eight letters and postcards, most containing discussion on the publication of Combs' book, Pilgrim's Terrace: Poems, American, West Indian, published in Puerto Rico. The collection also includes sixteen pages of long galleys for Combs' book.
Extent:
0.25 Linear Feet
Language:
The material is in English.

Background

Acquisition information:
Transferred from the Latin American Collection Curator, 2016.
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

Sixty-eight letters and postcards, most containing discussion on the publication of Combs' book, Pilgrim's Terrace: Poems, American, West Indian, published in Puerto Rico. The collection also includes sixteen pages of long galleys for Combs' book.

Biographical / Historical:

Charles W. Toth

Charles W. Toth was a graduate of Bard College (1946) and received his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois (1947). He was a professor of history at the Polytechnic Institute in San German, Puerto Rico and the Universidad de Puerto Rico until 1975. He published several books, including American Revolution and the West Indies, Myth, Reality, and History: Selected Essays, and Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: The American Revolution and the European Response, as well as many scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Americas, Political Research Quarterly, and Western Political Quarterly.

Tram Combs

Tram Combs was born September 25, 1924 in Riverview, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a second lieutenant until 1946. He received a certificate of professional competence in meteorology from the University of Chicago. Combs studied electronics engineering and attended Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an A.B. in physics from the University of California in 1948. During the late 1940s, he began to write poetry and focused his career on writing and the arts. Beginning in 1952, Combs managed and owned book store in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands specializing in materials from Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. While living in St. Thomas he also participated in community, cultural, and political activities, and was actively involved in the gay literary community and was a regular contributor to gay periodicals, such as Mattachine Review and One. Combs wrote a number of books of poetry including Pilgrim's Terrace: Poems, American, West Indian (1957), Saints Thomas' and Francis' Cities Songs o' Tram (1958), Ceremonies in Mind: Artists, Boys, Cats, Lovers, Judges, Priests (1959), But Never Mind (1961), Saint Thomas: Poems (1965), and Briefs: Poems (1966). His poetry was also published in issues of BIM.

Arrangement:

The material is arranged chronologically.

Indexed Terms

Names:
Toth, Charles W.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale Campus
New Haven, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 432-1735
mssa.assist@yale.edu