This is a rich collection of Lois Beebe Hayna’s creative works. It begins with poetry from her college days, and a play she co-authored during her first teaching job in the 1930s. The collection also contains essays and short stories she wrote in the 1970s – 1980s. Of significance is a very comprehensive collection of her poems from the 1970s to the present.
Also among her writing are drafts for an unpublished book on herbs, entitled The Casual Herbist, as well as her notes on herbs and a bibliography. While researching this book, Hayna had a brief correspondence with Waverley Root, a noted writer about food.
The collection contains correspondence, rejection and acceptance letters to Hayna from publishers, citations for her numerous awards, publications that include her works, clippings, flyers for poetry programs, and photographs of Hayna and members of the Hayna Writers, a group for poets that she started in 1974.
All materials in Archives & Special Collections can be found on the 4th floor of Dayton Memorial Library, Room 401. We are currently in the process of hiring a new Archivist; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure access until we have staffing in place.