University professor, folklorist. Born– October 16, 1893, Cortland, N.Y. Parents– Willis Griswold and Mary (Lamson) Carmer. Married– Doris Gere, 1914; Married– Elizabeth Black, December 24, 1928. Education– Hamilton College, Ph.B., 1914, Ph.M., 1917; Harvard University, M.A.,1915. U.S. Army, WWI and WWII.  Taught at Syracuse University, 1915-16; the University of Rochester, 1919-21; University of Alabama, 1921-27; assistant editor, Vanity Fair, 1928-29; associate editor, Theatre Arts Monthly, 1929-33; Freelance author and folklorist, 1933-76. Member Society of American Historians; Authors Guild; Poetry Society of America. Won the New York Herald Tribune’s Children’s Book Festival Award for Windfall Fiddle; cited for contributions to children’s literature by the New York State Association for Curriculum Development.  Awarded honorary degrees by Elmira College, Susquehanna University, and the University of Buffalo. Died September 11, 1976.


Contemporary Authors online; Something about the Author online.


The Boy Drummer of Vincennes. New York; Harvey House, 1972.

Dark Trees in the Wind. New York; Sloane, 1949.

Deep South. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1930.

Eagle in the Wind. New York; Aladdin, 1948.

The Farm Boy and the Angel. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1970.

A Flag for the Fort. New York; Messner, 1952.

For the Rights of Men. New York; Hinds, Hayden & Eldredge, 1947.

French Town, a Book of Poems. New Orleans; Quarter’s Book Shop, 1928.

Genesee Fever. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1941.

Henry Hudson; Captain of Ice-bound Seas. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard Press, 1960.

The Hudson. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1939.

Hurricane Luck. New York; Aladdin, 1949.

The Hurricane’s Children. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1937.

The Jesse James of the Java Sea. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1945.

Listen For A Lonesome Drum. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1936.

My Kind of Country; Favorite Writings About New York. New York; McKay, 1966.

An Outline Course in Contemporary American Poetry. University, Ala.; University of Alabama, Extension Division, 1924.

Pets at the White House. New York; Dutton, 1959.

The Pirate Hero of New Orleans. New York; Harvey House, 1975.

Rebellion at Quaker Hill; a Story of the First Rent War. Minneapolis; Winston, 1954.

The Screaming Ghost & Other Stories. New York; Knopf, 1956.

Stars Fell On Alabama. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1934.

The Susquehanna. New York; Rinehart, 1955.

Thomas Jefferson and the Mockingbird Motif. Macon, Ga.; Southern Press, 1964.

Too Many Cherries. New York; Viking Press, 1949.

Wildcat Furs to China. New York; Knopf, 1945.

Windfall Fiddle. New York; Knopf, 1950.

The Years of Grace, 1808-1958. New York; Grace Church, 1958.


Captain Abner and Henry Q.. Chamapaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1965.

College English Composition; …. Richmond, Va.; Johnson Publishing Co., 1927.

Francis Marion; Swamp Fox of the Carolinas. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard Pub. Co., 1962.

Mike Fink and the Big Turkey Shoot. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1965.

Pecos Bill and the Long Lasso. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1968.

Tony Beaver; Griddle Skater. Champaign, Ill.; Garrard, 1965.


A Cavalcade of Young Americans. New York; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1958.

Some University of Alabama Poets. Birmingham, Ala.; Studio Book Shop, 1924.

Songs of the Rivers of America. New York; Farrar & Rinehart, 1942.

The Tavern Lamps are Burning; Literary journeys Through Six Regions and Four Centuries of New York State. New York; D. McKay, 1964.

The War Against God. New York; Holt & Co., 1943.


America Sings; Stories and Songs of our Country’s Growing. New York; Knopf, 1942.


Papers of Carl Carmer are held by the Fenimore Art Museum in Otsego, New York. A collection of his letters is held by the library at Syracuse University.