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Bert Henderson Poems and Correspondence [RESTRICTED], 1962

 File — Box: 4265.001, Folder: 49

Scope and Contents

This file contains two poems by Alabama Poet Laureate Bert Henderson that he submitted in 1962 to Judge Jones for possible publication in theAlabama Bible Society Quarterly, with related correspondence.


  • 1962


Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Bert Henderson, Alabama's third poet laureate, was born Elbert Calvin Henderson on November 8, 1903, in Glenwood, Alabama. He was the son of Albert Holloway and Jeffie G. Henderson. He married Geraldine Downs in 1928, but was listed a widower when he enlisted in 1942. On November 2, 1946, he married Mary Middleton Smith. He was empoyed by the Exchange Hotel and the Whitney Hotel, both in Montgomery, Alabama. Henderson was commissioned by Alabama Governor John Patterson in a ceremony on December 21, 1959, and served in that capacity until 1971. His published works include: House of Paradoxes, (1941); Bright Armor, (1950); Blame Noah, (1951); Eternal Symphony, (1956); The Immortal Legions, (1966) and The Ultimate Harvest. Henderson's biographical sketch appeared in the International Who's Who in Poetry, 1974-1975. He won a national award given by CBS as well as other prizes and awards given by radio. His works were printed in numerous literary publications. After the death of his second wife in 1967, Henderson became reclusive but continued to attend Alabama Writers Conclave meetings until 1971. He died on September 15, 1974.


From the Collection: 3.8 Linear Feet


Formerly MSS.3751

Local Identifier


Processing Information

Processed by Martha Bace, 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266