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Creator: Henry Tim Chambers

Collection Number: M433

Title: Chambers (Henry Tim) Collection

Dates: 1930-1987

Quantity: .9 cu. ft.        


This collection contains publications, correspondence, numerical systems, and miscellaneous subjects pertaining to poet, Henry Tim Chambers.


Historical Sketch

Henry Tim Chambers was born on May 15, 1903 in Mt. Park, Oklahoma Territory.  His mother was Villa Lenora Chambers.  His father was editor of the local paper, The Nashville Oklahoma News. Chambers was small in stature as a boy, and was usually picked last in sporting games. However, he found solace in poetry, and his first poem was published at the age of four in his father’s newspaper.  He attended the Oklahoma Institute of Technology and Henry Kendall College. He also took classes at Millsaps College, Indiana University, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Alice Lloyd College and the University of Louisville.  In 1939 he moved from Oklahoma to New Orleans. 

Chambers shied away from a newspaper career upon the emergence of radio, feeling that radio would put the newspaper man out of business. Over the course of his lifetime, he published numerous articles and books of poetry.  One of his frequent co-writers was Mr. James (Jim) Bateman, and their friendship and partnership became legendary among poetry circles.  In 1971, Chambers settled in Jackson, Mississippi, where he resided until his death in May of 1988.  He left behind a wife and three children. 



Contents of the Collection


Scope and Content Note

The Henry Tim Chambers Collection consists of publications, correspondence, numerical systems and other materials relating to the life and work of Henry Tim Chambers and other poets of his acquaintance.  The inclusive dates are from around 1930-1987, but the bulk of materials date from 1980-1987. 

The collection is arranged in four series:

Series I:     Publications
Series II:   Correspondence
Series III:  Systems
Series IV:  Miscellaneous Subjects

Series I consists of publications in which Henry Tim Chambers had a hand.  These include poetry anthologies and books co-written with Mr. Jim Bateman. 

Series II deals with correspondence.  Correspondence to Mr. Bateman, publishers, magazine editors, and newspapers is included in this series. 

Series III is composed of systems that Henry Tim Chambers created.  These systems deal with an idea Chambers had to abbreviate numerical values using smaller words from the Cherokee language and other dialects.  The name of the system changed periodically, as did some of the main points of each system.

Series IV is comprised of miscellaneous subject files pertaining to Henry Tim Chambers, including affirmations, biographical information, newspaper clippings, reviews, poems, and short story excerpts.


Topics Covered

Henry Tim Chambers
James (Jim) Bateman
Mississippi Poets
Cherokee Numerical Systems


Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi by Mr. James Bateman and Mrs. Henry Tim Chambers in1988. 

Restrictions Governing Access:

No restrictions.  Open for research.

Restrictions Governing Use:

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:

Item, Title of Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Language of Materials:


Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Clark


Related Material

AM 01-72    Bateman (James A.) Papers


Other Finding Aids

Container List




M433 Container List


Box   Folder
1        1          Publications: Published Articles in Bristow, OK Daily Record (1935-1939)
          2          Publications: Selected Poems from 1930 to 1952.  Marked Copy
          3          Publications: Selected Poems Through 1953.  Marked Copy
          4          Publications: Selected Poems Through 1953.  Marked Copy
          5          Publications: Six Decades of Verse – Poems From the 1950s. (BIG PARADE)
          6          Publications: Cotton Candy & Turnip Greens (1981)
          7          Publications: The Mississippi Poetry, Inc.  Lyric Mississippi.  50th Anniversary
          8          Publications: Worship With Words  Written by Jim Bateman.  Introduction by
                                            Henry Tim Chambers.
         9          Publications: Year Eighty-One to One/Year Seventy-One to One.  Henry Tim
                                           Chambers/Jim Bateman (1984)
         10        Publications: Rhymes Henry Tim Chambers (1985)
         11        Publications: Five Mississippi Poets Bateman/Chambers/Fenwick/Parkes/Thomas
         12        Publications: Six Mississippi Poets – Considered Poems
         13        Correspondence: Publicity/Publishing (July 28, 1965-September 27, 1986)
         14        Correspondence: Osage System Publication (March 1, 1978-April 3, 1978)
         15        Correspondence: Jim Bateman (undated)


Box   Folder
2       1           Correspondence: Jim Bateman (October 27, 1980 to March 17, 1987)
         2           Correspondence: Numo Manuscript (August 15, 1987)
         3           Systems: Cherokey – Wade Hall- The Cherokey Road (1986)
         4           Systems: Numo Manuscript (August 17, 1897)
         5           Systems: The Cherokee Change
         6           Systems: The Cherokey Tongue Tode
         7           Systems: The Osage System
         8           Systems: Rionese
         9           Systems: St. Timothy’s Tode
         10         Systems: San System
         11         Affirmation of Henry Tim Chambers
         12         “A Halo of Corn Dust”
         13         Biographical Information.  Henry Tim Chambers.
         14         “Flowers That Blush Unseen”  Justification for Cotton Candy & Turnip Greens
         15         Interview – Mississippi Arts & Letters (May/June 1985)
         16         Newspaper Clippings (undated, Sep 16, 1981, March 28, 1982)
         17         Poems
         18         Reviews
         19         “Rymes it Might Be Fun to Read” From Manuscript “Miracle at St. Dominic’s”
         20         “The Butchers of Rion”  


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