BELLE TURNBULL PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of Turnbull's published and unpublished works, personal papers, scrapbooks and ephemera. The papers range from 1860 to 1970.
Published and unpublished works comprise this series. Included are contracts, book cover designs and correspondence about the books and poems. The series contains a scrapbook of correspondence and newspaper clippings about Goldboat.
This series consists of papers generated by Turnbull's work as a teacher and a clerk typist.
Turnbull's correspondence with friends includes her original poetry as well as some of theirs. Scrapbooks of poetry and interesting quotes constitute a portion of the series.
This series consists of a ceramic Pegasus figurine representing the Le-Huff Award which Turnbull received in 1965 from the Poetry Fellowship of Colorado Springs.
This series contains photographs of Belle Turnbull, her friend, Helen Rich, and their home in Breckenridge, Colorado. Scottie dogs are featured in many photos. The series also includes photograph albums of unidentified as well as identified family and friends.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Belle Turnbull was born in Hamilton, New York on December 9, 1881. At the age of 9, her family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado because of her father's health. Her father, George Butler Turnbull, became the principal of Colorado Springs High School.
Turnbull graduated from Vassar in 1904. She took a job teaching at Westfield High School in western New York. Then in 1909, she taught at an all-boys' school in Buffalo, New York. In 1910, Turnbull returned to Colorado Springs to teach English at Colorado Springs High School until 1936.
In 1937, Turnbull retired from teaching and moved to Frisco, Colorado with her friend, fellow poet and author, Helen Rich. Two years later, they moved to a cabin in Breckenridge, Colorado, where they remained for the rest of their lives. During World War II, Turnbull worked as a clerk typist for the War Price and Rationing Board in Breckenridge. She resigned in 1944 to devote all of her time to writing.
Turnbull started writing poetry as a child. By 1933 she had a number of poems published in the Saturday Review of Literature. In 1938, Turnbull received the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize from Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. In 1940, she published Goldboat, a mining saga told in verse. Turnbull published a prose novel, The Far Side of the Hill, in 1953; a book of verse, Tenmile Range, in 1957; and another poetry book, Trails, in 1968.
Turnbull died in November 1970 in Denver, Colorado. Her remains were cremated. Breckenridge, Colorado, still honors her work as a poet as evidenced by an August 2007 reading of her poetry published in Belle Turnbull: Voice of the Mountains, an anthology by Karen Fischer and Robert D. McCracken.
1 photo boxes
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Alex Warner, 1971.
PROCESSED AND ENCODED BY:
Ann Brown, November 2007
- Authors, American -- Colorado -- Biography. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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- Turnbull, Belle --Archives.
- West (U.S.) -- Poetry. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women poets, American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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