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John T. Ackerson (George Jarrboe) papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2022-0041

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and a scrapbook relating to the life and career of John Thaddeus "Jack" Ackerson, (1898-1975), who published radical antiwar poetry under the name George Jarrboe after his naval service during World War I. Ackerson wrote the chapbook "The Unknown Soldier Speaks" and many other pieces of writing under this pseudonym. The bulk of the collection consists of 500 letters. Most of the correspondence is between Ackerson, his girlfriend and then-wife Katharine Bowen, and his immediate family; 137 are letters written by Ackerson himself. Other correspondents include Frank di Gioia; Agnes Inglis; Robert O. Erisman; James Neill Northe; Masaki Ikeda; F.V. Lamsin; Fernand Jouan; Harriet T. Hassell among others. Also included is a scrapbook and several letters about Ackerson's poetry and the release and reception of his chapbook, The Unknown Soldier Speaks, twenty-four manuscripts, seven typescripts, and approximately twenty-five family documents. A 1929 copy of "Unrest", and a 1945 copy of "Anchor with a laurel wreath" were removed and are cataloged separately.

Acquisition Type



Purchased 17 March 2022.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1822 - 1961



1.726 Cubic Feet (1 legal document box, 2 letter document boxes. 1 half letter document box, 1 drop front box)


Box 1 - mpts, typescripts,anuscri and family correspondence, c1911-1943 Box 2 - family correspondence, family documents, WWI correspondence, friends correspondence, c.1822-1961 Box 3- family correspondence, c.1914-1942 Box 4- family correspondence, c.1908-1924 Box 5 - scrapbook, 1932-1933