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Phyllis H. Thompson Papers

Identifier: MSS-1035-BC

Scope and Content

The collection, arranged in 7 series, documents Phyllis Hoge Thompson’s (PHT) personal life and professional career.

Biographical/Family includes material such as resumes, autobiographical writings, dreams, goals, and some photographs. Other materials document family history and genealogy.

Correspondence – Personal and Professional illuminates contacts, relationships, and communication to and from PHT. This series is generally filed chronologically, with personal and professional letters interfiled.

Professional Career begins with PHT’s time in Hawaii where she began the Poetry Workshop in the Schools program and received the Hawai’i Award for Literature in 1996. Though incomplete, literary contracts, correspondence, and records of sales are included, as are applications for residencies and fellowships, and project proposals

Writings consists primarily of manuscripts (holographic and typescript) and working drafts of PHT’s poetry and prose for both published and non-published works. Several unpublished manuscripts relate to PHT's China experiences. Money is the theme of several others. "Peggy Pond Church Poems," a manuscript (unpublished) with introductory information by Kathleen Church and a short essay by PHT is contained in this series, as are newspaper columns, introductions, and words to musical compositions written by PHT, and an audio CD of PHT reading her poems.

Publications Containing PHT Writings - Mostly poetry, but also interviews and prose from 1959-2015.

Quakers - The Quaker community was central to PHT’s life and spiritual well-being. PHT was actively involved with committees, meetings, and in codifying beliefs and guidelines. Material contained here is both universal to Quakerism and specific to New Mexico and to a lesser extent, Hawaii.

Mogollon (N.M.) - Materials relate to PHT’s research for The Painted Clock: A Memoir of a New Mexico Ghost Town Bride. Original correspondence and documents relate to Portland Southwest Mining Co., Organ (NM); H. A. Hoover, Esq. (Mogollon, NM); Girard Consolidated Mining and Milling Co. (T. F. Cooney, V.P., Consulting Engineer, Las Cruces, NM); Mogollon Mines Company; Oaks Company operating in the Cooney Mining District, Mogollon Mountains, NM. Contemporary correspondence relates to National Register designation.


  • 1895-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1960-2017

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Phyllis Hoge Thompson (PHT) was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1926 to Philip Barlow Hoge and Dorothy Morgan Anderson. She was married to John C. Rose from 1951-1963.

Her B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees were all in English (Connecticut College, Duke University, and University of Wisconsin, respectively). She never considered herself a scholar, but rather thought of her degrees as a union card that would enable her to write and talk about poems. She held positions as Professor of English at the University of Hawaii, University of New Mexico, San Francisco State University, and the State Universities of New York at Binghamton and Buffalo.

Phyllis moved to Hawaii in 1963 with her four children. Most of her professional career was as Professor of English at the University of Hawaii, where she started the first Poetry in the Schools program in the United States. Her first book of poetry Artichoke and Other Poems, was published in 1966, followed by seven more volumes of poetry (The Creation Frame (1973); The Serpent of the White Rose (1975); What the Land Gave (1982); The Ghosts of Who We Were (1986); A Field of Poetry (2000); Letters from Jian Hui and Other Poems (2001); Hello House (2012), and a memoir about her time in Mogollon, NM (The Painted Clock: A Memoir of a New Mexico Ghost Town Bride (2002). In 1995, Hoge received the Hawai’i Award for Literature, “in recognition of accomplishment as an outstanding poet, educator, and encourager of creativity.” Most of her work was published under the name Phyllis Hoge Thompson, but she also published as Phyllis Hoge, Phyllis Morgan and Phyllis Rose.

PHT became a Quaker in 1969, joining the Honolulu Friends Meeting. She transferred her membership to Albuquerque Monthly Meeting in 1984, when she retired to New Mexico. She served Albuquerque, New Mexico Regional and Intermountain Yearly Meetings through committee roles and writing.

Phyllis Hoge Thompson died on August 26, 2018. She hoped that “poets remember me as a Quaker and Quakers remember me as a poet.”

Source: Friends obituary (Box 1, Folder 1)


5 boxes (5 cu. ft.) plus 1 oversized folder


The collection documents Phyllis Hoge Thompson’s personal life and professional career.


7 series:
  1. Biographical/Family
  2. Correspondence – Personal and Professional
  3. Professional Career
  4. Writings
  5. Publications Containing PHT Writings
  6. Quakers
  7. Mogollon (N.M.)

Related Archival Material

Jeanne Shannon Papers. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Separated Material

Cooney Mining District Map (1911), Mogollon Mountains, has been catalogued for CSWR map collection.
Finding Aid of the Phyllis H. Thompson Papers, 1895-2018
B. Silbergleit
© 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131