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Abstract

Writer, editor, and educator, Anne Halley was born in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1928. A child during the Holocaust, she relocated with her family to Olean, New York during the late 1930s so that her father, who was Jewish, could resume his practice of medicine. Graduating from Wellesley and the University of Minnesota, Halley married a fellow writer and educator, Jules Chametzky, in 1958. Together they raised three sons in Amherst, Massachusetts where Chametzky was a professor of English at UMass and Halley taught and wrote. It was during the late 1960s through the 1970s that she produced the first two of her three published collections of poetry. The last was published in 2003 the year before she died from complications of multiple myeloma at the age of 75.

Drafts of published and unpublished short stories and poems comprise the bulk of this collection. Letters to and from Halley, in particular those that depict her education at Wellesley and her professional life during the 1960s-1980s, make up another significant portion of her papers. Publisher's correspondence and a draft of Halley's afterward document the Chametzkys effort to release a new edition of Mary Doyle Curran's book, The Parish and the Hill, for which Halley and Chametzky oversaw the literary rights. Photographs of Halley's childhood in Germany and New York as well as later photographs thatillustrate the growth of her own family in Minnesota and Massachusetts offer a visual representation of her remarkable professional and pesonal life.

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Anne Halley Papers
1886-2004
11 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 628
Background on Anne Halley
Anne Halley, ca. 1956

Anne Halley, ca. 1956

Anne Halley was born Ute Marianne Elisabeth Halle in Bremerhaven, Germany on November 9, 1928 to Dr. Maxwell Halle and Dr. Margarethe Kohlhepp Halle. Growing up during the Holocaust, Anne's family was briefly divided after her father, who was Jewish and forbidden to practice medicine, relocated to the U.S. with her older brother in 1936. Her mother followed a year later leaving Anne and her twin sister, Renate, under the protection of a Lutheran aunt who enrolled them in the school where she taught. In 1938, after her parents achieved certification to practice medicine in America, Anne and Renate joined the family and together they settled in Orlean, New York.

Halley graduated from Wellesley in 1949 and went on to attend the University of Minnesota Minneapolis where she earned her Masters in English in 1951 and where she also met her future husband, Jules Chametzky. The two married in 1953 and moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1958 after Chametzky was offered a position at the University of Massachusetts. Over the next five decades the couple traveled extensivley and returned to Germany on teaching stints, but their permanent residence remained in Amherst and it is there they raised their three sons: Matthew, Robert, and Peter.

Halley's career as a teacher and writer began at the University of Minnesota where she worked as a teaching assistant. In Massachusetts, she taught at both UMass and Smith College as a part-time instructor and visiting lecturer, as well as at Holyoke Community College as an Assistant Professor. She was first formally recognized for her writing when she received the Wing Poetry Prize at Wellesley College in 1948. Halley went on to receive various awards for both poetry and short stories, garnering the Longview Foundation Award for Distinguished Writing in 1961, the O. Henry Prize in 1976, the Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for poetry in 1980, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for her Story "Kaiser's Horses" in 1982.

Anne Halley published three collections of poetry: Between Wars & Other Poems (1965), The Bearded Mother (1979) and Rumors of the Turning Wheel (2003). Her first work, Between Wars, was originally published by the Gehenna Press of Northampton and went through three editions. Halley also translated Deutschland üeber Alles by German satirist Kurt Tucholsky. From 1977 to 2002, she served as the poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review. Anne Halley died from complications of multiple myeloma in 2004 at the age of 75.

Contents of Collection
Anne Halley and Jules Chametzky

Anne Halley and Jules Chametzky

Anne Halley was widely recognized as an accomplished poet and author of short stories, and the heart of her collection centers around the numerous drafts and other materials related to her published and unpublished works. From reviews of her three collections of poems to typescript drafts of her short stories, poems, and book reviews, Halley's papers provide a complete picture of how she composed her works as well as how they were critically received.

Even though Halley was actively engaged in writing and teaching throughout her entire life, the collection also reflects the value she placed on family. Indeed, it is clear from the many letters and photographs included that Halley's life was divided between work and family, and that she placed as much emphasis on the one as the other. Family photographs extend as far back as a photograph album belonging to her mother (1917), with the bulk of the photos featuring the development of her own family from the birth of her three sons through their graduation from college.

As a noted feminist poet it is no surprise that Halley was involved with women's issues in her own community. Her work at a women's shelter in Northampton demonstrates her commitment to equality and social justice while also providing an insider's view into the functioning of a local organization.

Series descriptions

Correspondence ranging from personal letters written by Halley while a student at Wellesley to professional letters from publishers and editors as well as the numerous cards of condolence sent to her husband after her death in 2004. Included among her letters are those written by her brother during his service in the U.S. Army from 1944-1945. Subject files contain school records and published papers of Max Halle, materials relating to Jules Chametzky and their sons, as well as internal memos and publications produced and used by Womanshelter/Companeros.

1961-2004
2.5 boxes

Materials relating to all three of Halley's published collections of poems, drafts of poems and short stories, and notebooks. Halley and Jules Chametzky inherited the literary rights to the works of Mary Doyle Curran; the collection includes correspondence detailing the publication of a new edition of Curran's The Parish and the Hill as well as the afterward that Halley wrote for it.

1917-2000
2.5 boxes

Halley's papers contain a rich photographic archive that documents her family from its earliest days in Bremerhaven, Germany to those days that immediately followed their relocation to Olean, New York. Halley's emphasis on family life are reflected in the numerous photographs of her three sons first as infants and later as young children. The Chamtezkys extended visit to Germany in 1961 is also heavily documented.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Correspondence and Subject Files
1886-2004
Aczel, Tamas: "Arrivals"
1987
Box 1: 1
Audio cassettes
1989, undated
Box 11

Includes: Leslie's Poems read for Leslie by Gordon; Steve Halley: From the Heart; untitled.

Awards and publication acceptances
1981-1986
Box 1: 2
Bibliography: Whitman, Walt
1987, 1993
Box 1: 3
Bibliography: Whitman, Walt
1994-1996
Box 1: 4
Certificate: swimming test
1937
Box 1: 5
Chametzky, Peter
1987
Box 1: 6
Chamtezky, Robert; articles
1976-1978
Box 1: 7
Chametzky, Robert: articles
1977
Box 1: 8
Chametzky, Robert: education
ca. 1964-1978
Box 1: 9
Citizenship
1981
Box 1: 10
Condolences: cards
2004
Box 1: 11-22
Condolences: cards
2004
Box 2: 1-10
Condolences: letters
2004
Box 2: 11-14
Correspondence
1945
Box 2: 15-16
Correspondence
1946
Box 2: 17-18
Correspondence
1947
Box 2: 19
Correspondence
1952
Box 2: 20
Correspondence
1961-1967
Box 2: 21
Correspondence
1970-1973
Box 3: 1
Correspondence
1974-1976
Box 3: 2
Correspondence
1977
Box 3: 3
Correspondence
1978
Box 3: 4
Correspondence
1979
Box 3: 5
Correspondence
1980
Box 3: 6
Correspondence
1981
Box 3: 7
Correspondence
1982 Jan-June
Box 3: 8
Correspondence
1982 July-Dec
Box 3: 9
Correspondence
1983 Jan-June
Box 3: 10
Correspondence
1983 July-Dec
Box 3: 11
Correspondence
1983
Box 3: 12-14
Correspondence
1984-1986
Box 3: 15
Correspondence
1987-1988
Box 3: 16
Correspondence
1989
Box 3: 17
Correspondence
1990, 1995
Box 3: 18
Correspondence
2000-2003
Box 3: 19
Correspondence
undated
Box 3: 20-22
Correspondence: Chametzky, Jules
1950-2003
Box 3: 23
Correspondence: Chametzky, Jules
1987-2004
Box 4: 1
Correspondence: Halley, Maxwell Martin
1944-1945
Box 4: 2
Correspondence: post cards and greeting cards
various dates
Box 4: 3-6
Curriculum vitae
1987, 1997
Box 4: 7
Education: Wellesley College
ca. 1949
Box 4: 8
Education: Wellesley College
2004
Box 4: 9
Education: University of Minnesota , Minneapolis
1952
Box 4: 10
Event flyers and bulletins
1945, 1982-1991
Box 4: 11
Financial
1971-1986
Box 4: 12
Germany: course catalogs
1983, 1994
Box 4: 13
Halley, Maxwell Martin
1986, undated
Box 4: 14
Halley, Maxwell
1886-1910
Box 4: 15
Halley, Maxwell
1886-1916
Box 4: 16
Halley, Maxwell
1892-1929
Box 4: 17
Halley, Maxwell: diplomas
1896
Box 11
Halley, Maxwell and Halley, Margaret: news clipping
1975
Box 4: 18
Journal
1966
Box 5: 1
Mankin, Paul
1990
Box 5: 2
Markels, Bobby: press
1981-1997
Box 5: 3
Markels, Bobby: writings
1975-1986
Box 5: 4
Marx, Lucy: Rape of Dinah
1997-1998
Box 5: 5-8
Massachusetts Review
1969, 1980
Box 5: 9
Memorial services
1982, 1994-1996
Box 5: 10
Memorial services: Halley, Anne
2004
Box 5: 11
Memorial services: Halley, Margaret and Halley, Max
1985
Box 5: 12
Merkheft
1977
Box 5: 13
Nathan Mayhew writing seminar
1986
Box 5: 14
News clippings
1966-1979
Box 5: 15
News clippings
1974-2004
Box 5: 16
Notes
undated
Box 5: 17
Obituary
2004
Box 6: 1
Page, Alex: Writings
1959, 1990-1996
Box 6: 2
Page, Alex: Writings
1997-1998
Box 6: 3
Posters
1975-1998
Box 11
Publications: Festschrifts
1928, 1938
Box 6: 4
Publishers catalog
1977
Box 6: 5
Rice, Nancy
ca. 1986, undated
Box 6: 6
Rice, Nancy: when Eve and Lilith Laughed Together
undated
Box 6: 7-9

Co-written with Ann Thacher.

Sander, August
1987
Box 6: 10
Translations and multilingual literature
1966-2000
Box 6: 11
Translations and multilingual literature
1999
Box 6: 12-13

Ludwig Marcuse.

Travel: Europe
ca. 1977
Box 6: 14
Van Duyn, Mona
undated
Box 6: 15
Womanshelter/Companeros
1995-1997
Box 6: 16
Womanshelter/Companeros
1998
Box 6: 17
Series 2. Writings
1961-2004
Agenda
1966
Box 6: 18

Includes three poems by Halley.

"Art of Translation"
1972
Box 6: 19

Published in Graduate School Observer.

Bearded Mother: reviews
1979
Box 7: 1
"Berlin Story"
1980
Box 7: 2

Published in Carolina Quarterly.

Between Wars and Other Poems: publicity
1966
Box 7: 3
Between Wars and Other Poems: reviews
1965-1966
Box 7: 4
"Clap Hands til Poppa Comes Home"
1978
Box 7: 5

Published in Shenandoah.

"Death and Appearance, In Kansas": typescripts
ca. 1980
Box 7: 6-7
Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles: reviews
1985
Box 7: 8

Written by Kurt Tucholsky and first published in 1929; translated from German by Halley.

Drafts: untitled
undated
Box 7: 9-10
Fatherly German: A Persistent Type in the Work of American Women Writiers
1976
Box 7: 11
"Getting Back Late"
ca. 1978
Box 7: 12
"Island Groves, Saffron Tunic"
1980
Box 7: 13

Published in Iowa Review.

"Island Groves, Saffron Tunic": typescripts
ca. 1980
Box 7: 14
"Kaiser's Horses"
1980
Box 7: 15

Published in Southern Review.

"Kaiser's Horses": typescripts
ca. 1980
Box 7: 16
"King of the Castle"
ca. 1980
Box 7: 17

Published in Audience.

Lecture: gender and identity
undated
Box 7: 18
"Living and Dreaming with Genius from Cosima Wagner's Diaries, 1869-1883"
undated
Box 7: 19
"Meals-on-Wheels in the Days of Awe"
undated
Box 7: 20
"Memory on the Mother Tongue"
undated
Box 7: 21
"Modern Instance: Molly and Anita"
1980
Box 7: 22
"Moyshe Rabeyne"
1980
Box 7: 23
"Moyshe Rabeyne": typescripts
1980
Box 7: 24
Musings
1977-1978
Box 7: 25
"Nightmare Halley: A Fantasy"
ca. 1976
Box 7: 26
"North Amherst"
undated
Box 7: 27
Notebooks
undated
Box 7: 28
Notebooks
undated
Box 8: 1
"Pacman passing/Nautilus Rising": typescripts
ca. 1985
Box 8: 2-3
Parish and the Hill: afterward
1985-1986
Box 8: 4

Anne Halley and Jules Chametzky inherited the literary rights for works by Mary Doyle Curran upon her death. Halley authored the afterward for a re-printing of this novel by the Feminist Press.

Parish and the Hill: book catalog
1987-1988
Box 8: 5
Parish and the Hill: correspondence
1987, 1992
Box 8: 6
Parish and the Hill: correspondence
2001
Box 8: 7
Parish and the Hill: reviews
1988
Box 8: 8
Poems
1961, ca. 1985
Box 8: 9
Poems
ca. 2003
Box 8: 10
"Processors": typescripts
ca. 1985
Box 8: 11
"Reading the Signs": typescripts
1984
Box 8: 12
Review: "August Sander"
1978
Box 8: 13

Published in the Massachusetts Review.

Review: "Good Life in Recent Fiction"
1961
Box 8: 14
Review: "Grandma Never Lived in America"
1988
Box 8: 15
Review: "Photographs by Lotte Jacobi"
1983
Box 8: 16
Review: "Recent American Poetry"
1968
Box 8: 17
"Rosenkavalier"
1984
Box 8: 18
"Rosenkavalier": typescripts
ca. 1984
Box 8: 19
Rumors of the Turning Wheel: review
2004
Box 8: 20
Rumors of the Turning Wheel: typescripts
ca. 2003
Box 8: 21-22
"Sisterhood"
1976
Box 8: 23
"Sisterhood": typescripts
ca. 1975
Box 8: 24
"Support and Cherish": typescripts
ca. 1980
Box 8: 25
"Tools and Emblems": typescripts
1982
Box 8: 26-27
"Woman in the House"
1978
Box 9: 1

Published in Shenandoah.

"Woman in the House": typescripts
1978
Box 9: 2-3
Series 3. Photographs
1910-1952
Photographs
ca. 1955
Box 9: 4
Photographs
ca. 1965
Box 9: 5
Photographs: family
ca. 1880
Box 9: 6
Photographs: family
ca. 1900
Box 9: 7
Photographs: family
1920s
Box 9: 8
Photographs: family
1930s
Box 9: 9
Photographs: family
1940s
Box 9: 10
Photographs: family
1950s
Box 9: 11-23
Photographs: family
1960s
Box 9: 24-26
Photographs: family
1960s
Box 10: 1-4
Photographs: family
1970s
Box 10: 5-7
Photographs: family
1980s
Box 10: 8
Photographs: family
1990s
Box 10: 9
Photographs: family
2000s
Box 10: 10
Photographs: Halley, Anne
ca. 1985
Box 10: 11

Photograph by Jerome Liebling.

Photographs: negatives
ca. 1965
Box 10: 12
Photograph album
1917-1918
Box 10
Photograph album
1930-1932
Box 10
Photograph album
1932-1934
Box 10
Photograph album
1930s-1950s
Box 11
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Jules Chametzky, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Fahey, August 2009.

For materials related to the Anne Halley Papers, see:

  • Jules Chametezky Papers (FS 43)
  • Mary Doyle Curran Papers (MS 435)
Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Anne Halley Papers (MS 628). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Jews--Germany--History--1933-1945.
  • Poets, American--20th century.
  • Women authors, American.
  • Women poets, American.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
Names
  • Chametzky, Jules.
  • Curran, Mary Doyle, 1917-1981.
  • Halley, Anne.
Genre terms
  • Manuscripts.
  • Photographs.
  • Poetry.
  • Short stories.