Ina Ladd Brown Collection, 1957-1984

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Volume: 1 linear foot

Organization/Arrangement: Organized as a single series.

Biographical Note: Ina Ladd was born in Sebec, Maine to Walter S. and Carolyn Loring Ladd. She was educated at Foxcroft Academy and Shaw Business College in Portland. She was secretary to three chief justices and one associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine. In 1955, she became the personal secretary of John W. Ballou of the firm Mitchell-Ballou. She was married to Harold P. Brown and in the late 1940s co-founded the Bangor Civic Theater, of which she was a past president and active member.

During this time she wrote four plays, including "Dear David," "Peace and Quiet," "The Grass is Always Greener," and "Dark Music." She also directed, produced, and acted in several productions and was awarded a distinguished service trophy. Brown served three terms as president of the Poetry Fellowship of Maine, twelve years as executive secretary, and two terms as member of Board of Review. Her other positions include vice president of the National League of American Pen Women, Pine Tree Branch; member of Maine Writers Research Club; and member of Radio-TV Women.

Furthermore, Brown published several volumes of poetry, including Leaves on the Wind, Merry-Go-Round, Just for Luck, More of the Same, As Time Goes By, and Homespun. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Women and the International Who's Who in Poetry. Brown has won more contest prizes at the Maine Writers Conference over ten years than any other writer, including the judges' First Prize and the Richard Recchia Award, for her contribution to poetry in Maine. She died in 1985.

Description: This collection consists of typescripts of Brown's poetry (some unpublished) and plays, as well as essays on the subject of writing. A small amount of correspondence and ephemera related to her writing is included. There are also clippings, student papers about Brown, and one folder of photographs from throughout Brown's life. Audiocassette recordings of Brown's poetry, read by her cousin Wayne McKusick, are also included in the collection.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Ina Ladd Brown Collection, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:
001.  Unpublished poems - handwritten
002-003.  Unpublished poems - original drafts
004.  With Both Hands - unpublished poems, 1980-1984
005.  Unpublished poems - typed
006.  Poems - carbons and photocopies from author
007.  "Dear David" - short play
008.  "Dark Music" - full-length play
009.  "Bitter Bread" - script and playbill
010.  "Bitter Bread" 3 copies
011.  "Run of the Mill" - short story
012.  "Guilty as Charged"
013.  "The Mystery of Big Bog Dan"
014.  "The Grass is Always Greener" - typescript
015.  "That's What I Always Say" - play script
016.  "Hurricane" - article typescript
017.  Lectures on poetry and play-writing
018.  "Letter to Tomorrow" about poetry, 1975
019.  [Poetry contest judging]
020.  Ladd's description of her work
021.  Published poetry
022.  Poetry Fellowship of Maine
023.  Publishers' Brochures
024.  Christmas cards, 1970-80
025.  Arizona State University Library certificate, 1970
026.  Tribute poetry to I.L.B.
027.  Correspondence with MWWC
027a.  Correspondence to Prof.  Jackson [March 2, 1960]
028.  Biographical information
029.  1981 essay on ILB by Kendra Joyce (Portland High School senior)
030.  Laura Smiley Miller essay, 1988
031.  Photographs
032.  Clippings, 1979-84
033.  To Wayne from Ina, Tapes 3 and 4, 8/80
034.  Unpublished Poems #1 & 2, 10/25/80
035.  Unpublished Poems #3 & 4, 10/25/80
036.  Wayne & Ina - Ina's Poems 1981-1982 (1), 4/6/82
037.  Wayne & Ina - Ina's Poems (2), 4/6/82
038.  Wayne & Ina - Echoes (3), 4/6/82
039.  "A Breath of Beauty" pre-publication party, 11/17/82
040.  "A Breath of Beauty" pre-publication party - Recent poems, 11/17/82
041.  Ina's Poems read by Wayne McKusick, 11/82 - 4/9/83
042.  Ina's Poems read by Wayne McKusick, 7/83 - 9/17/93
043.  Ina's Poems read by Wayne McKusick, 9/83 - 11/30/83
044.  Ina's Poems read by Wayne McKusick, 11/17/84
045.  Poems by Ina Ladd Brown, read by Wayne McKusick