The Fr. Abram J. Ryan Archive
at Belmont Abbey College

Fr. Abram J. Ryan was a 19th century poet and priest who served as a chaplain for the Confederacy. His writings garnered increasing attention after the Civil War, gaining him the epithet "Poet-Priest of the South." Numerous editions of his collected poems were published nationally. Margaret Mitchell included Fr. Ryan in her novel Gone with the Wind, and upon his death in 1886 his obituary was carried by newspapers across the nation, including the New York Times. His life and works continue to be topics of articles in the popular press and scholarly literature. This website describes and selectively illustrates the contents of the Fr. Abram J. Ryan Archive, located in the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library on the campus of Belmont Abbey College, near Charlotte NC. The archive includes photographs, original handwritten letters, unpublished poems, unpublished autobiographical notes, early newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. This project is 100% supported with federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Editing, digitization, & Dublin Core metadata by Donald Beagle. Electronic archival description by Susan Mayes. Letter & manuscript transcriptions by Mary Coleman.
Archive Contents

Editor's Essay

Photographs & Prints

Letters & Transcripts

Unpublished Poems & Transcripts

Articles & Artifacts

Editions & Early Publishing History

Archival Finding Aid

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