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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3307

Mary Freeman letters from Julia Budenz


Contains letters from poet Julia Budenz to peer and friend Mary (Prentice) Freeman, along with some related ephemera.


  • 2000-2014

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.25 linear feet ((1 box) )
Contains letters from Julia Budenz to fellow poet Mary Freeman from 2002 to 2010, as well as related ephemera and notes from 2014. The content of the letters ranges from topics relating to the writing of poetry, presentation of related topics at conferences, and more personal matters. There are also a few poems written for Mary Freeman, including those celebrating holidays, from Budenz.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Freeman (1943-) was born and raised in Maine. She completed degrees in English and Literacy education from the University of Maine, and raised nine children, while also pursuing a career as a teacher as well as a poet. She is a formalist metaphysical poet, and has written pastiches of multiple poems, including Julia Budenz’s epic poem “The Gardens of Flora Baum.” Budenz and Freeman were friends and spoke at length about poetry and other topics. Budenz and Freeman had a lengthy correspondence between 2000 and 2010. Budenz was a nun, classics scholar, and poet whose work consists of this single epic poem: “The Gardens of Flora Baum,” which is divided into five volumes.


The letters are arranged in chronological order, followed by a folder of ephemera.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2013M-122. Gift of Mary Freeman, 2014 June.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2019.
Link to catalog
Freeman, Mary, 1943-. Mary Freeman letters from Julia Budenz, 2000-2014 (MS Am 3307): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 May 29
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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