Biography and History

Gertrude Harris Boatwright Claytor was born in Staunton, Virginia, on October 1, 1888. She later moved with her family to Roanoke, Virginia, where she was privately educated. She married William Graham Claytor, an engineer at the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company, with whom she had five sons. She began publishing poetry in publications such as the New York Times and Carolina Quarterly in the late 1920s, and published two collections, Sunday in Virginia and Other Poems (1951) and Mirage at Midnight and Other Poems (1960).

Source: From the finding aid for C1292