JESSICA POWERS PAPERS Biographical Note/Scope and Content

Papers of a Wisconsin poet and Discalced Carmelite nun (Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit, 1905-1988), including correspondence (mostly letters received), handwritten and typescript drafts of poems, clippings of her poems and other writings from magazines and newspapers, and writings about her. Notable correspondents include August Derleth, Raymond E. F. Larsson, Robert F. Morneau, and Regina Siegfried.

Letters from Jessica Powers are in the Sr. Margaret Ellen Traxler Papers in this repository.

Gift of the Carmelites of the Carmel of the Mother of God in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, 1989.


Biographical Note

See Winter Music: A life of Jessica Powers: Poet, Nun, Woman of the 20th Century, by Delores R. Leckey, and the online Jessica Powers Poetry Page.


Scope and Content

Series 1, Writings by Jessica Powers, 1924-1998, undated, is arranged in three subseries, containing manuscripts

  1. published poetry and other writings
  2. Sr. Regina Siegfried's editorial files for Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers
  3. Selected poetry and editorial files (1982, 1987-1988, 1998).


Series 2, Private Correspondence, 1930-1988, is fragmentary, composed mostly of letters to Powers, but including letters she sent to Christopher Powell and Sr. Regina Siegfried. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Series 3, Biographical and Subject Files, 1939-2001, includes articles, books, and a master's thesis about Powers; information on the 1989 Marquette University in her honor; and a limited number of photographs.

Series 4, Oral History Interviews, 1986-1990, contains 24 audio recordings of interviews conducted by Delores Leckey for her biography of Powers and the transcript of an interview of JP by Bishop Robert Morneau and Sr. Regina Siegfried.

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


Marquette Archives