Edgar Lee Masters Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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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 miscellaneous material by and about Masters: correspondence, typescripts of poetry, a photo album (1983) with comments by Alice Davis Tibbetts, an autograph manuscript by John Cowper Powys titled "The Real Edgar Lee Masters," and a copy of the 100th anniversary booklet of the Chelsea Hotel which contains a poem by Masters. There are also two versions, with holograph corrections, of Masters' poem "Let Us Build America Again." Correspondents include Ernest Briggs, Edwina Stanton Babcock, Harry Barnard, Gertrude Boatwright Claytor, Emory Holloway, Frank Prentice Rand, and Irita Taylor Van Doren. Also includes an original charcoal portrait of Edgar Lee Masters by Walter Tittle.
Arranged by accession number.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
The "Let Us Build America Again" material was a gift of Irita Taylor Van Doren.
Twenty-one letters, four poems, and five "spoofs" were purchased.
The album of photographs was a gift of Alice Davis Tibbetts.
The letter to Gertrude Claytor and the manuscript by John Cowper Powys were gifts of Mrs. Graham Claytor. Various AM.
Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Reproduced in The Century Magazine, Vol. 110, No. 4 (August 1925).Physical Description