Albert E. Clements Papers

1924-1962


 

 

 

The Hudson Area Library’s History Room

Hudson Area Library

Hudson, New York

  

 

 

Contact Information:

Hudson Area Library

51 North 5th St.

Hudson, New York 12534

Phone 518.828.1792

Email: info@hudsonarealibrary.org 


Descriptive summary Notes

Title: Albert E. Clements Papers

Dates:  1924-1962

Abstract

Albert E. Clements documenting the literary career of Hudson resident, writer, novelist and poet; consisting of personal documents, typescript drafts, reviews, and a few newspaper articles.

Administrative  Information

Accession number: A 2017-001 - Main floor,  Archives room– shelf 5

Extent: 1.27 Linear Feet

Access/ Use restrictions: None

Repository: Hudson Area Library

Language (s): Materials are in  English

Access restriction: No restriction

Public rights: Property rights reside with the Hudson Area Library. For permission to reproduce or to publish contact the Library: 518-828-1792 Ext. 100 or reference@hudsonarealibrary.org

Preferred citation: Albert E.Clements Papers, Hudson Area Library, Hudson, N.Y.

Accruals: New materials are added to the collection as they are received from individual donors.

Processing information: Collection processed by Archivist Marie O’Toole, August, 2018.

Biographical/Historical note

Albert Edward Clements was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1906. The family moved to Hudson when he was twelve years old. There is little information about his life, but the information in the collection shows that Albert E. Clements developed his love of writing and poetry early in his life. He resided at 245 Allen Street and he went to Hudson High School, where he participated in various school activities. Later, he worked as bookkeeper at The Farmer’s National Bank and at the Athens Imperial Life Boat Company. Besides his professional life, Albert Edward Clements wrote several poems and novels published in many literary reviews and, in 1935, the author and poet was honored by The New York Society in the early 1940s.

Scope and content note

This collection consists mainly of personal documents, typescript drafts, reviews, a self-portrait, a photograph, and a few newspaper articles. The entire collection is in good condition with the exception of Series 4. The newspaper articles should be handled with great care until a restoration plan is implemented.

Arrangement  

The collection is arranged by alphabetical and chronological order into five series.

Series 1: Student records

Series 2: Rejection letters

Series 3:Typescript drafts

Series 4: Newspaper articles

Series 5: Literary reviews

Subject Terms

Description of the collection

Box 1

Series 1. Student records, and life 1924-1925, 1944, undated

10 items

Student records and life include: a Certificate of Proficiency in Typewriting dated in May 1st, 1924; a certificate of the High School Department of the Public Schools that Albert E. Clements obtained in June 23rd, 1925; the Hudson High School “Blue and Gold” yearbook of 1925, and The Maritime “M” Award for Production Excellence, August 5th, 1944; a copy of a charcoal self-portrait, 1929; copy of a photograph of the Author [undated]; black and white photographs of Albert E. Clements at “Rocky’s Community Grill”and family’s members [undated]; letter written by donor summarizing the main lines of his life [undated].

Series 2. Rejection letters, 1947-1950, undated

32 letters

Rejection Letters that Albert E, Clements received. These 32 letters bring an interesting look to the names of publications in the 40's and 50's. Only three letters are dated 1947-1950.

Series 3. Typescript drafts, circa 1930s-1962

1 container

Typescript drafts including a large number of poems (many are undated). Annotated pencil marks and corrections have been made by the author.  “Hym, As one, Thanksgiving in New England…” are among the titles of this compilation of poems.

Series 4. Newspaper articles, 1929-1939

9 items

Excerpts of the newspapers presenting Albert E. Clements as the “author of the literary world is going to keep its eyes on”. As early as 1929, the Hudson Evening Register published an article titled "Banker-poet is Clements 'Achievement." A year later the Hudson Register presented the author "Clements' Fame as Poet is World-Wide". One of his poems was published in the World-Telegram Sports in 1934. The name of Albert E. Clements appears in 1937 and 1939 in The New York Times Book Review and New York Herald Tribune Books; two years after New York Society attributed recognition.

Boxes 2 and 3

Series 5. Literary reviews, 1929-1951

1 container

Literary reviews comprise the published poems and novels of Albert E. Clements.