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A collection of biographical information, poetry, notes, and poetry journals of Ossie Tranbarger, who was born Ossie Elmo Lasley, April 6, 1914 in Birch Tree, Missouri. She married Theodore Jackson Tranbarger in 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri. They had one child, Larry Matthew Tranbarger. Ossie worked as a Special-duty Nurse Aid from 1954-72. She was also the editor of Voice of Poets newspaper column in 1968; a sponsor of the Kansas Poetry Contest, as well as a contributor to many regional, national and international poetry journals including the Southwest Times Record, Voices International, and Mark Twain Journal. Mrs. Tranbarger was a member of many different literary societies including being the President of the Kansas Author’s Club. Some of her honors and awards include Honorary Poet Laureate, United Poets Laureate International 1971, and the World Poet Award. Ossie Tranbarger passed away in 2004.

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3 linear feet

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SpC MS 0216

Tranbarger, Ossie, Collection, 1904-2003



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