Collection on Sam Abrams

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Sam Abrams
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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Collection on Sam Abrams
Abrams, Sam
Inclusive Date(s)
Materials related to Sam Abrams, an American poet and former professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The collection includes bibliographies, holiday cards, and clippings by or about Abrams.
4.0 Folder(s)
C.S. South Shelf 811, Box 1
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Sam Abrams (Collapse)

Samuel Abrams (1935- ) was born on November 18, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY to Moe and Miriam (née Rosenthal) Abrams. After graduating from Brooklyn College with his A.B. in 1958, Abrams attended the University of Illinois where he earned his M.A. in 1959. He then worked at Drew University in Madison, NJ as an instructor and the head of the classics department.

Abrams was opposed to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He participated in anti-war demonstrations and was arrested for civil disobedience. From January 29 to February 4, 1967, Abrams participated in the Angry Arts Against the War in Vietnam protest. The protest was held in New York City and attracted over 600 artists.

In 1978, Abrams accepted a position in the Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts. As an associate professor in the English department, Abrams taught literature courses at the university. He also worked as a freelance columnist at Rochester's local paper, the Democrat & Chronicle. While serving as the coordinator for the Writers Series at RIT, he was able to convince Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to visit Rochester. Abrams was also able to bring Ted Turner to speak at the university on September 29, 1981. He retired from RIT in 2005.

Selected Works
1966 Barbara (published under Frank Newman)
1974 The Post-American Cultural Congress
1978 "People of the Dawn" (short film)
1993 The Neglected Walt Whitman: Vital Texts
2003 The Old Pothead Poems

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The Collection on Sam Abrams contains items related to the former Rochester Institute of Technology professor (RIT). This includes bibliographies of Abrams's works; columns written by Abrams in Rochester's local newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle; and clippings about Abrams. The collection also includes holiday cards that were sent to the RIT Archive Collections between 1985 and 1989. Each card features a poem written by Abrams and most are signed.

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Materials are contained in 4 folders and are grouped by type.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Abrams, Sam

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Liberal Arts. English Department.


  • Poets, American -- 20th century


  • Bibliographies
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • New Year cards

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Collection on Sam Abrams, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in February 2011.

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RIT Archives

Sam Abrams papers

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