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Ralph Hodgson and Aurelia Bolliger Hodgson papers


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The British poet Ralph Hodgson (1871-1962) was born September 9, 1871 in Darlington, England. He was the sixth son in a family of seven boys and three girls; his father was a coal merchant. Hodgson's childhood was spent in the English countryside, an experience which fostered his love of nature and animals, traits which would stay with him the remainder of his life. Very little is known about his early life, but in the 1890's he worked in London as a newspaper and magazine illustrator, signing some of his works 'Yorick'. He founded "The Sign of the Flying Fame" publishers along with Claud Lovat Fraser (who illustrated many of the volumes published) and Holbrook Jackson in 1913. This private press would be responsible for publishing his poems as chapbooks and broadsides.

During these years he was writing poetry, but much of it did not satisfy him and he destroyed it. His first published poem, "The Storm Thrush," appeared in the Saturday Review in 1904, and in 1907 he published his first collection of poems, The Last Blackbird and Other Lines. His second volume, Poems, appeared in 1917 and it is upon this work that his reputation was based. Included there were such poems as "Time," "You Old Gypsy Man," "The Bull," "The Song of Honour," and "Eve." Hodgson joined the army at the beginning of World War I and stopped writing during the period of his enlistment.

In 1923 he accepted a position as a lecturer in English at Sendai University in Japan. During his fourteen years there he was active in the Japanese educational community, but the volume of his poetry declined. His personal life was difficult during this time: his first wife, Janet Chatteris, died in 1920. He then married Muriel Fraser in 1924. This marriage was dissolved in 1932 and the next year he married Aurelia Bolliger, an American teaching at a local missionary school in Japan. The couple faced difficulties in the early years of their marriage: Aurelia was nearly thirty years his junior and was forced to give up her position with the school because of her relationship with Ralph. Her family struggled to accept their marriage.

Aurelia Bolliger (1898-1984) was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in September of 1898, the first child of a second-generation minister. She attended Heidelberg College in Ohio in 1917, studying English, and then moved with her family to Wisconsin in 1919, where she taught elementary school for a brief time. She applied to the Foreign Board of Missions for a position in Japan as a teacher of English and was accepted. She arrived in Tokyo in 1922, but left the city after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. She then moved to Sendai and taught for the next seven years at the Women's College of Sendai. Her younger sister Louise joined her there in 1924 but contracted pneumonia shortly after her arrival and died the following winter. Despite the loss of her sister, Aurelia remained in Japan, teaching at the university until her resignation in 1930.

With the exception of time spent in Madison, Wisconsin to see Aurelia's family and trips to England to see friends of Hodgson's, the couple remained in Japan until 1938. They then left the continent for retirement in the United States. They purchased a farm called Owlacres in the countryside outside of Minerva, Ohio where Hodgson lived his remaining years in relative seclusion and anonymity. Hodgson rarely appeared in public, with the exception of a few lectures and workshops he participated in around the country in the 1940's. Aurelia taught English at the local high school and took care of her husband in his later years.

Hodgson, however, was not inactive during this period; he published a series of broadsides entitled Flying Scrolls between 1941 and 1951, and released The Skylark and Other Poems in 1954, both with the collaboration of Seymour Adelman, a Philadelphia collector who admired his work. His health began to fail in the 1950's, and he died in November 1962, just after his 91st birthday. His Collected Poems were published in 1961.

In 1914 Hodgson won the Polignac prize for "The Song of Honour," and in 1939 Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun. He was recognized for distinguished achievement by the American Academy and the British National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1946, and received the Queen's gold medal for poetry in 1954. Throughout his life, Hodgson numbered many other writers and poets of the day among his friends, including T.S. Eliot (in photo at left with Hodgson in London, 1932), Siegfried Sassoon, W.H. Davies, Samuel Koteliansky, and Walter de la Mare.

Beyond his literary career, Hodgson had wide-ranging interests, including boxing, the outdoors and art and illustrations. As a young man he traveled to the United States and worked for a short time as an assistant scene painter in New York City's Thalia Theater. He also worked as an art editor of C. B. Fry's Weekly Magazine of Sport and Outdoor Life in 1912 and contributed illustrations to London newspapers and magazines. His fondness for drawings and design would stay with him throughout his life. He had a love of animals, particularly birds and dogs and most especially bull terriers. He was also fascinated by English history and topography, and collected rare books related to these subjects.

The collection is divided into four sections: Correspondence, Poetry, Other Material and Aurelia Hodgson Material.

Correspondence is organized into Personal Correspondence and Business Correspondence, with further distinctions made according to the period of time in which the letter was written or received. Groupings are as follows: London between 1896 and 1923, Japan between 1923 and 1938, and Ohio between 1938 and 1962. Within these groupings, letters are arranged alphabetically by sender. There are separate groups for Personal Correspondence between Ralph Hodgson and his wife Aurelia, and Personal and Professional Correspondence between Hodgson and Seymour Adelman. Finally, there is an additional group of Business Correspondence of Aurelia Hodgson following her husband's death, from 1962 till 1984.

Ralph Hodgson's Personal Correspondence consists of numerous incoming and outgoing letters to family and friends throughout his life, including lasting contacts with Japanese acquaintances, more than fifty years of correspondence with his friend and admirer Seymour Adelman (shown at right with Hodgson at Owlacres, 1947), and a folder of correspondence from various well-known writers sending congratulations on his 90th birthday; these include T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden and others. Personal Correspondence between Hodgson and Aurelia begins during their early years together in Japan and stretch into the 1940's and 1950's while they lived in Ohio. Letters between Hodgson and Seymour Adelman, beginning in 1926, center around discussions of Hodgson's work, ongoing projects the two were working on, including publications of Skylark and Other Poems and a previously unpublished sonnet of John Keats, and third party correspondence conducted by Adelman regarding Hodgson's death, his estate, and the centenary of his birth in 1971.

Hodgson's Business Correspondence, especially while in London, consists of communication with literary agents and publishers regarding his poetry, and includes letters to Holbrook Jackson, Macmillan Publishers and Four Seasons Press. Other correspondents include Walter De la Mare, W.H. Davies, C.L. Fraser, W.H. Maas, and Siegfried Sassoon. Correspondence while in Japan concerns his professorship and the university's operation, greetings from local Japanese contacts, and advice and suggestions on manuscripts and translation projects. Correspondence with Japanese contacts continued after Hodgson departed and is on both personal and professional topics; there is also some mention of World War II and its effects on U.S./Japanese relations. Business Correspondence conducted later in his life, while living in Ohio, is grouped into more general Incoming and Outgoing categories and pertains mainly to his publishing ventures, copyright permissions and fan mail. Aurelia Hodgson's Correspondence following her husband's death mostly concerns the management of his estate and her original plan to donate his papers to Yale.

Poetry is organized into five categories: Notebooks, Poetry Work, Poetry Fragments, Legal Documents and Press Material. Notebooks consist of 94 notebooks, mostly 4" x 6" spiral bound and small pocket notebooks with fragments, miscellaneous notes, dreams and ideas. Also included in this section are bound books containing handwritten poems in more finished form, small published pamphlets and brochures of poetry, an Ohio Book Award medal and certificate, and miscellaneous ephemera. Poetry Work contains many of Hodgson's poems at a variety of different stages, from handwritten to published form; they are organized alphabetically by the title of the poem. Of interest are "Eve" and "Time, You Old Gypsy Man" in proof form, with handwritten notes by Hodgson, and early handwritten copies of "Bells of Heaven" and "The Bride." Poetry Fragments contains loose pages of poems, many untitled or fragmentary, and miscellaneous fragments of notes, unbound. Legal Documents contains marriage licenses, birth and divorce certificates, an early will, deeds to the Ohio farm, documents relating to Ralph and Aurelia's pets, and miscellaneous bills and invoices. Also included are documents concerning the Bolliger family; several of Aurelia's passports, accounts of her family history, and family legal documents. Press Material contains clippings from newspapers and magazines, organized chronologically into four folders: Early Years, Middle to Later Years, Obituary Notices and published material dated after his death. Most of the articles relate to Hodgson and his poetry: reviews, appearances of his poems in print, biographies of his life, and, in some cases, articles of interest to him on a variety of subjects. Also included in this section are essays and biographical information on Hodgson by several outside sources, 8 magazines (retained because they contain articles about Hodgson or related materials), two 45 RPM records of Hodgson reading his poetry aloud from 1942, and a manuscript titled The Muse in the Meadow by Twila Carman, a reporter who wrote about Hodgson's later life for the Canton Repository, the local Ohio newspaper. Contained in her notebooks are short essays and reminiscences about visits with Hodgson in the 1950's and numerous articles collected from local and national papers about him.

Other Materials is organized into two categories: Photographs and 3-Dimensional Materials. The Photograph Collection is ordered chronologically and includes early photographs from the Hodgson and Bolliger families, images from Ralph and Aurelia's period in Japan, shots of them at their home in Ohio, a series of photographs of Ralph with his bull terriers, images of Ralph's burial and his grave site and photographs of Aurelia later in her life. Other folders contain a collection of portraits made of Ralph and two photo albums: one containing photographs of Japan and the other of Seymour Adelman's visit to the Hodgson home in 1947. Of particular interest is a collection of photographs of some of Ralph Hodgson's well known friends: CL Fraser, S.S. Koteliansky, T.S. Eliot, and Walter De la Mare, in London. Also included is a grouping of artwork, drawings and illustrations by Hodgson. 3-Dimensional Materials contains a wide range of artifacts and memorabilia, including glass transparencies of early cartoon drawings by Hodgson, printing blocks with designs for Flying Scrolls, clothing from Japan, dresses given to Aurelia by Vivienne Eliot, Japanese boxes, fans and a collection of animal figurines. Also included are two of Hodgson's walking sticks, an assortment of pipes, and a traveling watercolor set with brushes.

Aurelia Hodgson Materials is organized into two categories: Personal Correspondence and Notebooks. Personal Correspondence is divided into three categories: letters from Japan, letters from Ohio, and general family correspondence from throughout her life. Of particular interest in this category is correspondence regarding Aurelia's resignation from missionary service while in Japan. Letters contained in this group include letters to her father about her personal choices, her religious beliefs and her position as a young, independent woman in a foreign country. Also included are letters to and from the Japan Mission of The Reformed Church in the United States discussing the process of her resignation. Later letters to her family are more subdued discussions of her life in Ohio with Hodgson and related matters. Correspondence includes letters to both her parents, as well as her sister Katherine, her brother Pete, and her sister-in-law Dorothea. Her Notebooks and personal diaries record her experiences in Japan from 1922 to 1936, and include her thoughts and reflections on her relationship with Hodgson, her teaching position and the culture of Japan in general. School notebooks record her teaching plans, course curriculums and thoughts. Several account books contain monthly expenses, as well as accounts relating to Hodgson's publications. Her series of notebooks, Consider the Canary, are detailed observations of her pet birds taken between 1930 and 1937. Two notebooks contain biographical information on T.S. Eliot. Seven small yearly appointment books record her dreams from 1962 to 1968. A final folder contains miscellaneous Personal Notes, some partial essays, and an early autobiography.

Part of the collection was the gift of Seymour Adelman. The bulk of the collection was purchased by the Seymour Adelman Fund. Some items were the gift of Aurelia Bolliger Hodgson.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Claire Liachowitz, Charles Reed, Barbara Grubb, Claire Pingel, Emily Houghton, Melissa Torquato
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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Ralph Hodgson and Aurelia Bolliger Hodgson Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Literary rights in Ralph Hodgson's works belong to Bryn Mawr College, by bequest from Aurelia Bolliger Hodgson.

Collection Inventory

Family members and friends to/from RH (27 letters), 1915-1922.
Box 1 Folder 1
Hodgson, Janet (RH's 1st wife) letters to/from RH (2 letters) and condolences regarding her death (9 letters), 1896-1922.
Box 1 Folder 2
Family members and friends to/from RH (29 letters and 16 greeting cards), 1928-1938.
Box 2 Folder 1
Wedding congratulations to RH and ABH including a telegram from T.S. Eliot (13 letters), 1933.
Box 2 Folder 2
Greeting cards and post cards from Japanese correspondents (73 cards), 1920-1960.
Box 4 Folder 4
Family members and friends to/from RH and ABH (25 letters), 1938-1959.
Box 5 Folder 1
Family members and friends to/from RH and ABH (25 letters), 1959-1983.
Box 5 Folder 2
Elizabeth "Betsy" C. to RH (27 letters and cards), 1957-1962.
Box 5 Folder 3
Bryher, Mrs. from RH and ABH (13 letters), 1953-1961.
Box 5 Folder 4
Chatteris, Tommy and Adelaide to RH and ABH (43 letters, 4 cards and 2 photos), 1952-1970.
Box 5 Folder 5
Dworks, Lenore and Kerry to RH and ABH, personal friends of the Hodgsons, Lenore was Seymour Adelman's sister (46 letters, mostly photocopies), 1947-1950.
Box 5 Folder 6
Dworks, L and K from RH and ABH (36 letters), 1947-1950.
Box 5 Folder 7
Eliot, T.S. to RH and ABH (3 letters) including birthday greetings and condolence on RH's death and 1 letter from ABH (plus photocopies of 2 poems by Eliot with drawings), 1935-1964.
Box 5 Folder 8
Eliot, Mrs. T.S. to/from ABH (9 letters and 12 greeting cards), 1978-1982.
Box 5 Folder 9
Hodgson, Muriel (2nd wife) to RH (1 letter), 1948.
Box 5 Folder 10
Hodgson, Josephine (sister) to RH (17 letters), 1940-1952.
Box 5 Folder 11
Hodgson, Violet (niece) to RH and ABH (5 letters, 3 cards and 2 photos), 1935-1960.
Box 5 Folder 12
Loliger, Margaret to RH and ABH (13 letters and 2 cards), 1933-1959.
Box 5 Folder 13
Robarts, Vere to/from RH and ABH (17 letters, 2 postcards), 1950-1963.
Box 6 Folder 1
Sears, Kathleen to/from RH regarding his sister's death (5 letters), 1952-1953.
Box 6 Folder 2
Winslow, Mrs. Randolph to/from RH regarding painting his portrait (4 letters), 1953.
Box 6 Folder 3
Various correspondents: Eliot, Moore, Lowell, Auden, Williams, etc. to RH on his 90th birthday. (33letters, all photocopies of originals), 1961.
Box 6 Folder 4
Various correspondents to RH and ABH (88 greeting cards), 1930-1980.
Box 6 Folder 8
RH to ABH during early courtship in Japan (35 letters), 1926-1927.
Box 8 Folder 1
RH to ABH during separation; RH in Japan and ABH in Wisconsin (32 letters), 1928.
Box 8 Folder 2
RH to ABH in Japan (19 letters), 1930-1932.
Box 8 Folder 3
RH to ABH in Ohio (56 letters), 1939-1956.
Box 8 Folder 4
ABH to RH (37 letters), 1927.
Box 8 Folder 5
ABH to RH (17 letters), 1928.
Box 8 Folder 6
ABH to RH (56 letters), 1928.
Box 8 Folder 7
ABH to RH (29 letters), 1938.
Box 8 Folder 8
ABH to RH (28 letters), 1940-1955.
Box 8 Folder 9
First 2 letters of correspondence between Ralph Hodgson and Seymour Adelman, 1926-1927.
Box 9 Folder 1
RH and ABH to SA (126 letters), 1939-1949.
Box 9 Folder 2
RH and ABH to SA (102 letters), 1950-1954.
Box 9 Folder 3
RH and ABH to SA (98 letters), 1955-1961.
Box 9 Folder 4
ABH to SA (78 letters), 1962-1983.
Box 9 Folder 5
ABH to Adelman Family (26 letters and 12 cards), 1940-1973.
Box 9 Folder 6
RH to/from SA regarding "An uncollected sonnet" by John Keats titled "Sonnet to Spenser" (6 letters and 1 telegram); 2 TS copies of sonnet with MS corrections; 15 proof copies, one inscribed to W.H. Maas from R.H., dated January 23, 1947; 2 photostat copies of sonnet; hand-drawn map with notes of Keats' home in London by RH. Sonnet printed in Philadelphia for Seymour Adelman, 1945, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Keats' birth, 1943-1947.
Box 9 Folder 7
SA to RH and ABH (75 letters), 1928-1947.
Box 10 Folder 1
SA to RH and ABH (94 letters), 1948-1951.
Box 10 Folder 2
SA to RH and ABH (75 letters and 28 greeting cards), 1952-1970.
Box 10 Folder 3
SA to RH and ABH of rough drafts retained by SA of mailed letters (198 letters), 1939-1973.
Box 10 Folder 4
SA to 3rd parties regarding RH's matters (80 letters), 1927-1984.
Box 10 Folder 5
SA to 3rd parties regarding RH's death (22 letters), 1962.
Box 10 Folder 6
SA to 3rd parties regarding centenary birth of RH (19 letters), 1971.
Box 10 Folder 7
Blunden, Edmund to RH (1 letter), 1920.
Box 1 Folder 3
Brown, Edumund (Four Seasons Publisher) to RH regarding chapbooks for a poetry collection (1), 1917.
Box 1 Folder 4
Cazenove, C.F. (Literary Agent) from RH (6 letters), 1910.
Box 1 Folder 5
Davies, W.H. to RH (6 small cards and short notes), 1922.
Box 1 Folder 6
De la Mare, Walter, condolence on RH's first wife's death (1 letter), 1920.
Box 1 Folder 7
Fraser, C.L to/from RH (31 letters); 1 MS invoice for The Maddery Book, and 1 MS copy of poem "Magdalen" by Henry Kingsley in RH's hand with MS note on back, "written out by RH for me, 1913" signed C. Lovat Fraser, 1913-1917.
Box 1 Folder 8
Freedman, John from RH mostly regarding poetry, some references to De la Mare, WWI and boxing (11 letters), 1914-1916.
Box 1 Folder 9
Furman, Miss. from RH (2 letters), 1915.
Box 1 Folder 10
Hopkins, Mrs. (5 letters), 1918.
Box 1 Folder 11
Jackson, Holbrook to/from RH and various publishers; discusses Ezra Pound, poetry revisions and errors, and arrangements for publications (170 letters), 1911-1922.
Box 1 Folder 12

See also Box 2, Folder 9 for their correspondence while Hodgson was in Japan

Maas, W.H. from RH (1 letter), 1913.
Box 1 Folder 13
Macmillan Publishers to/from RH (9 letters and 6 invoices), 1913-1941.
Box 1 Folder 14
Massingham, H.J. to/from Jackson, Holbrook regarding Plumage Bill Group of which Massingham was the founder (25 letters); RH to Massingham (1 letter and 1 card); 1 MS poem To Primroses by Massingham sent to JC Squire and 1 MS eulogy on the death of W.H. Hudson by Massingham, 1920-1923.
Box 1 Folder 15
Millard, Christoper to/from Joseph Thorp; third person correspondence regarding publishing ventures and RH's work (6 letters), 1919-1924.
Box 1 Folder 16
Monro, Harold to RH (5 letters and 4 greeting cards), 1911-1921.
Box 1 Folder 17
Newbolt, Henry: Review of Poems by RH.
Box 1 Folder 18
Rothenstein, W. to RH (1 letter and 2 greeting cards), 1921.
Box 1 Folder 19
Sassoon, Siegfried from RH (11 letters with 6 envelopes), 1923-1962.
Box 1 Folder 20
Shorter, Clement from RH (1 letter), 1915.
Box 1 Folder 21
Stevens, Alfred T. regarding the financial accounts of Flying Fame Publishers, 1913.
Box 1 Folder 22
Japanese correspondents to RH regarding university matters, meetings and visits (30 letters), 1924-1934.
Box 2 Folder 3
Japanese correspondents to RH regarding university matters, meetings and visits and farewell letters, (41 letters, 2 telegrams and 10 postcards), 1935-1938.
Box 2 Folder 4
Japanese correspondents' long-distance letters following RH and ABH's return to America (22 letters), 1946-1977.
Box 2 Folder 5
Brennan, Mr. from RH (2 letters), 1927.
Box 2 Folder 6
Ito, Tokutaro to RH (8 letters and 5 cards), 1931-1938.
Box 2 Folder 7
Iwaya, Tominoby to RH (4 letters), 1931-1934.
Box 2 Folder 8
Jackson, Holbrook to/from RH while in Japan and Ohio (10 letters and 3 cards), 1924-1941.
Box 2 Folder 9
Kobayashi, Atsuyo to RH (3 letters), 1937-1954.
Box 2 Folder 10
Noguchi, Yone to RH (5 letters), 1934-1937.
Box 2 Folder 12
Matsumoto, B. to RH (7 letters), 1930-1940.
Box 2 Folder 11
Obata, Shigeyoshi to RH (5 letters), 1936-1938.
Box 2 Folder 13

See also Box 4, Folder 2 for Translation Project correspondence

Ohara, Kyoko to RH and ABH (11 letters and 7 cards), 1933-1972.
Box 2 Folder 14
Saito, Takeshi and Fumiko to/from RH (13 letters and 11 cards), 1931-1962.
Box 3 Folder 1
Suess, Elizabeth to RH (10 letters), 1927-1928.
Box 3 Folder 2

See also Box 7, Folder 14 for her personal correspondence with ABH

Sugimoro, Kojiro to RH (5 letters), 1933-1937.
Box 3 Folder 3
Uneda, Lucy to RH (18 letters, 4 undated short stories, and 10 poems by her), 1929-1938.
Box 3 Folder 4
Uneda, Lucy manuscript "Tracing Back My Memories", c.1931.
Box 3 Folder 5

See ABH correspondence in Box 3 for her Japanese correspondence

News clippings regarding Professor Yukitatsu Takikaw controversy in Kyoto University, Sendai, Japan, 1933.
Box 4 Folder 1
Manyoshu Translation Project: includes introduction to the manuscript, 3 letters between Shigeyoshi Obata and RH, and clippings from Japanese newspaper regarding the project, 1936-1937.
Box 4 Folder 2
Tentative translations and marked rough drafts in RH's handwriting from Manyoshu Poems: Volumes I-XII by Yunosuke Ishii and Shigeyoshi Obata, c.1937.
Box 4 Folder 3
Outgoing letters, various recipients (45), 1938-1950.
Box 6 Folder 5
Outgoing letters, various recipients (72), 1951-1962.
Box 6 Folder 6
Incoming letters, various senders (58), 1938-1962.
Box 6 Folder 7
Outgoing letters from ABH; continuing her husband's business concerns (45), 1962-1983.
Box 7 Folder 1
Incoming letters from various senders (32), 1962-1983.
Box 7 Folder 2
Concerning RH's estate, copyright issues, etc. to/from ABH (55), 1963-1982.
Box 7 Folder 3
Concerning RH's papers at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to ABH (11), 1975-1979.
Box 7 Folder 4
Government officials to/from ABH concerning political issues (21), 1959-1979.
Box 7 Folder 5
Fenton, Colin to/from ABH regarding RH's estate and publishing ventures (30), 1958-1983.
Box 7 Folder 6
Mayfield, John to ABH regarding RH's affairs (4 letters), also included are 6 photos of ABH in Washington D.C. and Award of Honorary Texan Citizenship presented to RH, 1960, 1960-1979 (1976-1979).
Box 7 Folder 7

See also Mayfield's correspondence with S. Adelman regarding RH's death in Box 10, Folder 6

McKenna, Michael; typescript poetry proofs sent to ABH, c.1960.
Box 7 Folder 8
Packman, Martin to ABH regarding Koteliansky biography (5 letters), 1983.
Box 7 Folder 9
Pearson, Norman Holmes to ABH (3 letters), 1961-1972.
Box 7 Folder 10
Smith, Robert W. to ABH (24 letters, articles and some 3rd party correspondence), 1979-1983.
Box 7 Folder 11
Sweetser, Wesley to/from ABH (12 letters), 1979-1980.
Box 7 Folder 12

6 binders with drafts and revisions of poems; some clippings and typed works. Binders 3 and 4 contain typed, unpublished versions of poetry including an alternative 'dramatic' opening to the Muse and the Mastiff, Various dates or undated.
Box 11 Folder 1-6
18 4"x 6" spiral notebooks of poems and poetry fragments as well as miscellaneous notes, dreams and ideas, 1946-1962.
Box 12 Folder 1
23 4"x6" spiral notebooks of miscellaneous poetry fragments; some notebooks are blank or empty.
Box 12 Folder 2
13 spiral notebooks, some marked "M+M" and "Country-Town Conversations" containing ideas for poems, general observations and daily reminders.
Box 13 Folder 1
12 small pocket notebooks of daily reminders and address books with contact information.
Box 13 Folder 2
11 spiral notebooks with miscellaneous poetry fragments, notes and observations.
Box 13 Folder 3
11 notebooks, some dated, with miscellaneous poetry fragments, notes and observations, 1945-1950.
Box 13 Folder 4
Medal: Ohioana Book Award presented to RH for The Skylark and Other Poems: Best Book of Poetry by an Ohioan, 1961.
Box 13 Folder 5
MSS of "The Bride" in a sketch book, 1911.
Box 13 Folder 6

Note at back: "sketch book Lovat Fraser gave me RH". Also contains paper with verse "Damsels of Time" by Emerson in RH's hand

Bound TS copy of "The Bull" with MS corrections by RH, 1911.
Box 13 Folder 7

Note in front "C. Lovat Fraser. Given me by RH at Evanstan Miles's Restaurant, 1911. This was the first copy of the poem. Corrected by RH"

Bound MSS copy of "The Bull", 1911.
Box 13 Folder 8

Signed "For Lovat Fraser. RH. Oct 1911". Note at back: "My father, Colonel AH Bagnold, C.B., C.M.G., had his daughter (i.e. me) taught bookbinding- and at a later date, not far off I am afraid- from the beginning- I practiced a bit and at last I bound this book, Ralph Hodgson's poem "The Bull" given by him to Lovat Fraser- and having bound it gave it to Lovat- 1912" signed Enid Bagnold.

Fold-out map of London, 1882.
Box 13 Folder 9
Small published pamphlet of poem "The Pearl of Toledoby Prosper" Merimee, translated by Colin Fenton; copy 47 of 120, 1966.
Box 13 Folder 10
The Battle of Britain and Other Poems by Walter N. Sinkinson with inscription to RH, booklet, 1946 July.
Box 13 Folder 11
Quintet Poems by Walter N. Sinkinson, booklet.
Box 13 Folder 12
Collection of brochures, catalogs and playbills, Various dates.
Box 13 Folder 13
Printed proof of "Time" and "Eve" with MS corrections by RH and C.L. Fraser.
Box 14 Folder 1

Note on back: "Galley proof of Ralph Hodgson's 'Eve' and 'Time' with his and my alterations. Mine are made in green ink -C.L.F."

"Bells of Heaven": MS copy of poem by RH addressed to John M. Huges and MS copy of "The Bride" with letter to H. Jackson, 1956 March, 1916.
Box 14 Folder 3
A Flying Scroll: Poems numbered 1-11; includes TS copies with MS corrections by RH, partial proofs with MS corrections and final copies; published by Namleda & Co, Philadelphia; 2 copies of Poem 1 with MS inscription by RH "Witter Bynner with warm regard from Ralph Hodgson, Owlacres, 1945" and MS inscription by ABH "With kind regards and many thanks from R. H. for 'The Way of Life'", 1944.
Box 14 Folder 2

See also Box 32 for other drafts of Flying Scroll.

"The Boxers": article by RH, MS in SA's hand; photocopy of article from The Saturday Review, 1913 January 7.
Box 14 Folder 4
"The Bull": TS copy; "Hymn to Moloch": printed from The Nation & The Athenaeum by RH, Undated and 1921.
Box 14 Folder 5
"Coronation Day": 4 TS copies, different versions by RH, 1937.
Box 14 Folder 6
"Cotes' Phoebe": 1 MSS and 2 TS copies of poem by RH, 1934.
Box 14 Folder 7
"Eve": MSS poem inscribed to SA.
Box 14 Folder 8
"The Foreman Said": 1 MS and 2 TS copies; Portable Wireless: 1 MS and 2 TS copies, 1951-1955.
Box 14 Folder 9
"The Muse and the Mastiff": 1 TS and 1 printed copy by Packington Pound Press; "The Mystery": printed by John Mayfield, 1942-1956.
Box 14 Folder 10
"Memories of Poets 1910-1920": TS of a lecture given by RH in Michigan, 1943.
Box 14 Folder 11
"Old Books": photocopied TS of a lecture given by RH.
Box 14 Folder 12
"The Royal Mails": MS copy.
Box 14 Folder 13
"Silver Wedding": early layout plans and TS copy.
Box 14 Folder 14
"Swinburne": 3 published copies by RH, published by John Mayfield, Bethesda, MD, 1961.
Box 14 Folder 15
The Skylark and Other Poems: partial proofs corrected and 1 with RH's signature, advertising flyer for book and other promotional material, 1958.
Box 14 Folder 16
The Skylark and Other Poems: press clippings and reviews, 1958-1960.
Box 14 Folder 17
Songs to Our Surnames: 5 TS copies with MS corrections and 1 proof copy, 1934, undated.
Box 14 Folder 18
"To a Linnet": 3 TS copy; Today: 2 TS copies; "To Vegetate"; 3 TS and 1 MS copies, 1908-1942.
Box 14 Folder 19
"Time, You Old Gypsy Man": 2 MSS copies, one inscribed to S.A.; 1 TS copies with MS inscription "Have just sent this in to the S.K."; 1 TS copy with MS definitions of "jennet" and "Paul's" in RH's hand and TS of The Gipsy Girl on back; 1 published version from Kokuseikwan'sEnglish Lesson Book with photo of RH; 1 illustrated copy of poem by A.E.R dated 1970; musical score set to the poem by Maurice Besly, London, 1924, Various dates.
Box 14 Folder 20
"The Visits of Ikey": article by RH published in Fry's Magazine, 1910.
Box 14 Folder 21
"Saint Athelstran" MS copy (5 pages total), 1906 May 6.
Box 14 Folder 22
A Flying Scroll: TS proof copies of poems 1 through 11 with MS corrections by RH and final drafts, some inscribed or with greetings from RH. Published by Namleda & Co, Philadelphia, 1944.
Box 31 Folder 1-11
Miscellaneous fragments and loose pages of poems or untitled works, Various dates.
Box 15 Folder 1
Miscellaneous fragments of notes and work, Various dates.
Box 15 Folder 2
Miscellaneous fragments of notes and work (including dreams), Various dates.
Box 15 Folder 3
RH's signature practiced on several pages.
Box 15 Folder 4
RH and ABH documents including marriage license, birth and divorce certificates, wills, etc, 1920's-1930's.
Box 16 Folder 1
Documents concerning purchase of Ohio farm and automobile, 1940's.
Box 16 Folder 2
Documents concerning ABH and Bolliger family; passport, grade cards, family history, licenses, Various dates.
Box 16 Folder 3
RH and ABH notes and paperwork on their pets, Various dates.
Box 16 Folder 4
RH invoices, bills and book notes, Various dates.
Box 16 Folder 5
Essays and biographic information on RH by outside sources, Various dates.
Box 15 Folder 5
Order of the Rising Sun related paperwork, 1939.
Box 15 Folder 6
Queen's gold medal related paperwork (medal is also in the Hodgson collection), 1954.
Box 15 Folder 7
Miscellaneous typed proofs, notes and works by other writers, Various dates.
Box 15 Folder 7
News clippings from RH early years, including reviews of his poetry, articles of interest to him, and appearances of his poems in print, 1917-1934.
Box 17 Folder 1
News clippings from RH middle to later years in Ohio, includes reviews of his work, biographies from the local papers, and articles of interest; many include photos, 1940-1961.
Box 17 Folder 2
News clippings regarding RH's death; obituaries and death notices from numerous papers, 1962.
Box 17 Folder 3
News clippings from after RH's death; articles of interest to ABH and/or concerning her, 1962-1983.
Box 17 Folder 4
8 Magazines containing articles on RH or related material, Various Dates.
Box 17 Folder 5

-Classmate magazine, September through October 1942, Vols. 37-41; contains article titled "Time, You Old Gypsy Woman" -Punch magazine, September 16, 1959, "Poet's Corner" p. 181 -Think magazine, April 1956, no related material -The Saturday Review of Literature, March 22, 1947; contains 4 poems by RH p. 33 -Time Magazine, March 30, 1959; "Book Review" p. 90 -Travel in Japan, 1937, general interest -TP's Weekly, August 17, 1929; contains RH's poemBells of Heaven -Life magazine, July 21, 1967; contains article on John Berryman with reference to RH in poem p. 75

Miscellaneous pages of printed books, mostly on canaries, 1860's and 1870's.
Box 17 Folder 5
Section of city directory on Darlington, England (RH's birthplace), 1894.
Box 17 Folder 7
Loose page from British Encyclopedia, section of article titled "A Sporting Story", 1797, 1870.
Box 17 Folder 8
Musical score titled Four Songs to Poems of Ralph Hodgson by Dand Barnett.
Box 17 Folder 9
2 45 RPM records of RH reading his poems, 1942 May 6.
Box 17 Folder 10
Twila Carman (a reporter for the Canton Repository Newspaper, OH) correspondence to various publishers and academic institutions regarding her experiences with RH and her manuscript about him entitled Muse in the Meadow, 1962-1985.
Box 18 Folder 1
Muse in the Meadow manuscripts by Twila Carman (4 drafts at various stages), 1983-1984.
Box 18 Item 2-5
Notebook belonging to Twila Carman containing articles, clippings, and unpublished materials relating to RH collected over various years, Various dates.
Box 18 Item 6

Early photos of the Bolliger family, including early history of the family church, Various dates.
Box 19 Folder 1
Early photos of Hodgson family and of RH, Various dates.
Box 19 Folder 2
Photos from Sendai period, 1920-1940.
Box 19 Folder 3
Photos from Sendai period, 1920-1940.
Box 19 Folder 4
RH and ABH at their home in Ohio, 1940-1960.
Box 20 Folder 1
Photos of bull terriers and RH with his dogs, Various dates.
Box 20 Folder 2
Photos of Adelman's visit to Hodgson home in Ohio (several copies of each photo), 1947.
Box 20 Folder 3
Photos of RH's burial and grave site, 1962 November.
Box 20 Folder 4
Photos of ABH later in life, alone and with family and friends, 1960-1990.
Box 20 Folder 5
Portraits of Michael Mckenna and R. Fraser.
Box 20 Folder 6
Portraits of RH: drawings, paintings, photos and photos of art work, Various years.
Box 20 Folder 7
Photo of RH and ABH at home at Owlacres, Ohio, 1959 November.
Box 20 Folder 8
Studio portraits of "Laura" and 12 related snapshots; MS poem by "Laura" and cutting of hair, 1946-1949.
Box 20 Folder 9
Photo album of RH in Japan, 1920-1940.
Box 21 Item 1
Photo album of Adelman visit to Owlacres, Ohio, 1947.
Box 21 Item 2
Photos from RH early collection of friends including: C.L. Fraser, Koteliansky, T.S Eliot, De la Mare, Various Dates.
Box 22 Folder 1
Photos from London period, 1910-1950.
Box 22 Folder 2
Portraits of friends, 1928-1932.
Box 22 Folder 3
John Harding's collected photos; skimmed from RH's greater photo collection for possible use in a book, Various/Undated.
Box 22 Folder 4
Various artwork, drawings and sketches from RH collection, Various/Undated.
Box 22 Folder 5
Various artwork by Seymour Adelman sent to RH, Various/Undated.
Box 22 Folder 6
Collection of blank postcards from Japan (over 100), Egypt (17), London (34) and America (12).
Box 26 Item 1-4
Register book from RH's funeral, 1962 November 6.
Box 26 Item 5
Glass transparencies of cartoon drawings by RH; plates made in London.
Box 27 Item 1-5
Kodak color transparencies of trip to Washington D.C. made by Aurelia; addressed to Ruth Cook, 1966 April.
Box 27 Item 6
Glass transparencies of cartoon drawings by RH; plates produced in Japan.
Box 27 Item 7
Printing blocks with designs for Flying Scroll manuscript.
Box 27 Item 8-9
5 White dress shirts with collars and scissors; made in Japan.
Box 28 Item 1-5
3 Dresses given to ABH by Vivienne Eliot and 1 black dress owned by E. Bolliger (ABH's mother).
Box 29 Item 1-4
Japanese lacquered box.
Box 30 Item 1
Paper box containing: 4 Japanese fans and 1 Japanese figural wood carving.
Box 30 Item 2
Wood box containing: 5 carved wooden figurines of animals, 1 wooden spoon, 1 Japanese handkerchief.
Box 30 Item 3
Painted wooden box, probably Japanese.
Box 30 Item 4
Animal figurines: 5 bears, 4 dogs; wooden, carved in Japan.
Box 31 Item 1-9
Porcelain child figurine in small box.
Box 31 Item 10
Japanese fan in paper box.
Box 31 Item 11
Metal box labeled and containing "RH's broken pipes- mostly bowls".
Box 31 Item 12
Small metal box containing traveling watercolor set.
Box 31 Item 13
Snuffbox with MS note inside from Seymour Adelman, "This antique pewter snuffbox was found by Ralph Hodgson in Lincoln, England while on a walk with Seigfried Sassoon. It was given by R.H. to Lenore at Owlacres in May, 1948, and given by Lenore to me a few days later. S.A.".
Box 31 Item 14
Small flask.
Box 31 Item 15
Boxed collection of paint brushes, writing tools and star patterned dish.
Box 31 Item 16
Red and black lacquered Japanese wood box.
Box 31 Item 17
White box containing collection of souvenir travel labels.
Box 31 Item 18
Suitcase containing Japanese robes, fabric, traditional Japanese shoes and socks, all belonging to ABH; 1 painted scroll, 2 canes, belonging to RH.
Box 33


See also her letters to RH while in Japan: Box 8, Folder 5-7

Notes, clippings and memorabilia collected by ABH while in Japan, 1922-1938.
Box 3 Folder 6
Japanese correspondents to ABH (33 letters), 1922-1939.
Box 3 Folder 7
Letters concerning ABH's resignation from missionary service with responses and personal notes from her father and Japan Mission of The Reformed Church in the United States (18 letters), 1930-1931.
Box 3 Folder 8
Cook, Ruth to ABH (4 letters and 6 postcards), 1963-1973.
Box 3 Folder 9
Doi, Kochi to ABH (6 letters), 1932-1977.
Box 3 Folder 10
Hani, Keiko to ABH (5 letters), 1932-1970.
Box 3 Folder 11
Nakamura, Kikuyo to ABH (15 letters and 8 cards), 1927-1982.
Box 3 Folder 12
Ohashi, Chiyoshi to ABH (31 letters and 2 cards), 1952-1982.
Box 3 Folder 13
Sano, Yoshi to ABH (5 letters), 1923.
Box 3 Folder 13
Baker, Silvia to ABH (3 letters, 1 card and bound drawings), 1933-1957.
Box 7 Folder 13
Krise, Nelle and Flynn, June to ABH (5 letters and 4 greeting cards), 1952-1979.
Box 7 Folder 14
Simkinson, Walter to/from ABH (19 letters), 1957-1982.
Box 7 Folder 15
Suess, Elizabeth (8 letters and 2 greeting cards), 1925-1962.
Box 7 Folder 16
Bolliger family members from ABH (96 letters), 1925-1983.
Box 23 Folder 1
Bolliger family members to ABH (9 letters).
Box 23 Folder 2
Theodore Bolliger (father) to ABH (20 letters), 1929-1945.
Box 23 Folder 3
Theodore Bolliger to RH (5 letters), 1933-1945.
Box 23 Folder 4
Elizabeth Bolliger (mother) to ABH (35 letters), 1931-1943.
Box 23 Folder 5
Elizabeth Bolliger to ABH (43 letters), 1944-1949.
Box 23 Folder 6
Elizabeth Bolliger to ABH (33 letters), 1950-1957.
Box 23 Folder 7
Louise Bolliger (sister) to Margaret Lyle Lolliger and biography of Louise (34 letters), 1920-1925.
Box 23 Folder 8
Katherine Bolliger Moore (sister) to ABH and Bolliger family (47 letters), 1929-1985.
Box 23 Folder 9
Katherine Bolliger Moore from ABH (19 letters), 1925-1978.
Box 23 Folder 10
Pete Bolliger (brother) to ABH (13 letters), 1930-1977.
Box 23 Folder 11
Dorothea Bolliger (sister-in-law) to ABH (45 letters), 1944-1983.
Box 23 Folder 12
Miscellaneous personal notes, essay and early autobiography.
Box 23 Folder 13
Personal Diaries from adolescence and time in Japan; includes thoughts and reflections on relationship with RH, teaching position, missionary service and culture of Japan in general, 1922-1936.
Box 24 Folder 1-8
School notebooks from adolescence and time in Japan; course curriculum, notes, ideas, etc.
Box 24 Folder 9-12
Account books relating to RH's publications (various works).
Box 24 Folder 13-14
Series of notebooks entitled Consider the Canary: Biographies; notes and observations on pet birds, 1930-1937.
Box 25 Folder 1-5
Notebooks concerning T.S. Eliot; biography notes and clippings.
Box 25 Folder 6-7
Records of expenses, 1924-1937.
Box 25 Folder 8-11
Notebook containing collection of blank Japanese postcards.
Box 25 Folder 12

See also Box 26, Item 1 for collection of other blank Japanese postcards

Addresses of correspondents and notes from various periods.
Box 25 Folder 1-8
Yearly appointment books, used as dream journals, 1962-1968.
Box 25 Folder 1-7

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