Collection SC/086 - Jane Sloan Collection

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US ILfC SC/086

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Jane Sloan Collection



1 box

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(1888 or 1889-?)

Biographical history

Jane (Hunter) Sloan was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. Sloan was a 1910 graduate of Lake Forest College. While at the College, she was active in co-curricular organizations and her senior year was president of Lois Durand residence hall. She married Martin Luther Sloan, Jr. in 1911 and the two moved to Ohio.

Sloan attended graduate school at Western Reserve University, studying verse writing with Ralph Cheney and poetry reading at the Cleveland Playhouse. Sloan's first poetry book, titled "Prairie Vagabond" was published in 1939. She published a second book years later in 1967 titled "Moments Apart." Sloan's poems also appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post, the New York Herald-Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as several magazines.

During her life, Sloan was a member of the Ohio Poetry Society, the Cleveland College Club, and the local chapter for the National League of American PEN Women.

Sloan continued to write poetry until her death.

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This collection includes copies of published poems by Sloan, as well as unpublished drafts of her poetry. Also contained in the collection are "Pen-mark" newsletters from the Palo Alto branch of the National League of American PEN Women. In addition, there is a small book containing quotes that have been handwritten.

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  • English

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Gift from the estate of Jane Sloan in 1983

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