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Gertrude Claytor Collection of Edgar Lee Masters

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Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.

Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, novelist, and biographer, is best known as the author of the Spoon River Anthology (1915). Born in Garnett, Kansas, in 1868, he maintained a successful law practice in Chicago, Illinois, from 1892 to 1920, and made his debut as a poet in 1898 with A Book of Verse. After retiring from practicing law, he devoted himself entirely to writing. He died in Philadelphia on March 5, 1950.

The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence of Masters and correspondence, photographs, and printed material relating to him, collected by Gertrude Claytor, a friend and fellow poet. The collection contains manuscripts of 48 of his poems, the manuscripts of two articles he wrote on Samuel Clemens and Vachel Lindsay, and approximately 65 of his letters.

This collection donated by Gertrude Claytor (AM14827 with additions).

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Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.. Manucripts of Edgar Lee Masters, 1933-1945. 7 folders.
Scope and Contents

Manuscripts of Masters, handwritten and typewritten.

Physical Description

7 folders

Letter to the Editor of Evening Sun by Padraic Colum on Masters' "The New World." Typewritten manuscript, 4 pp., undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.. Letters of Edgar Lee Masters to Gertrude Claytor, 1939-1950. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.. Letters of Edgar Lee Masters to Nathan Haskell Dole, 1915-1916. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.. A.L.S. Edgar Lee Masters to Nathan Haskell Dole, 1920 March 27. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A.L.S. dated March 27th 1920. along with copy of said letter from Margaret Dole McCall to Gertrude Claytor.

Physical Description

1 folder

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.. Letters of Edgar Lee Masters to persons other than Gertrude Claytor, 1915-1940. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

A.L.S. signed of John Cowper Powys to Gertrude Claytor, 1961 July 26. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence of Gertrude Claytor, 1939-1953. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs of Edgar Lee Masters, 1924--1942. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

A collection of photographs, many by A.M. Sullivan.

Physical Description

2 folders

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.. Photostats of inscriptions, in books presented to Gertrude Claytor, 1898-1942. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Negative photostats with versos (left hand-side pages) available only on microfilm.

Physical Description

1 folder

Printed Materials, 1914-1961. 4 folders.
Scope and Contents

Articles about Masters as well as publications of his work, etc.

Physical Description

4 folders

Pictures of Masters (non-photographic), 1940-1941. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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