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Princeton University Library Collection of Robert Frost Materials


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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Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.

Robert Frost was a widely-recognized 20th-century American poets who wrote primarily wrote about the character, people, and landscape of New England. Frost taught and lectured at several universities, including Amherst, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. Among Frost's volumes of poetry are New Hampshire (1923), West-Running Brook (1928), Collected Poems (1930), A Further Range (1936), and A Witness Tree (1942). Frost won the Pulitzer Prize four times, and, in 1961, at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, he became the first poet to read a poem ("The Gift Outright") at a presidential inauguration.

The collection consists of selected correspondence, poetry, photographs, and printed material of and relating to Robert Frost. Included are a letter (1941) by Frost's daughter, Lesley, to professor Lawrence Thompson, a personal letter (1943) by Frost to his editor, William Sloane, and a signed typescript of Frost's poem "The Pauper Witch of Grafton." Additionally, there are several photographs of Frost as a young man and printed ephemera related to birthday celebrations in Frost's honor.

Arranged in order of accession.

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.

Includes various purchases and gifts. AM 18667, AM FL77-14, AM 77-101, AM 78-7, AM 79-95, AM 79-96, AM 14560, and AM 2018-116.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 17, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2018

No appraisal information is available.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
James Flannery, Jameson Creager (2015), Faith Charlton
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Papers, including clippings and the seating list for his eighteenth birthday celebration, 1954-1976. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Robert Frost to Prof. L. Thompson asking for help with an exhibit for Robert Frost, 1941 March 3. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Robert Frost to William Sloane, 1943 May 21. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Two photographs of Robert Frost as a young man, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Robert Frost to Miss Carter, 1927 December 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

First Day Cover addressed to Lawrence Roger Thompson with Robert Frost Stamp, 1974 March 26. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Posted Announcement of a birthday dinner for Frost, Typescript of "The Pauper Witch of Grafton", Prospectus for Frost's "A Boy's Will", 1924. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Recording of Robert Frost Visit to Princeton University, 1953. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Live recording on 33-rpm aluminum record (content on both sides) of Robert Frost at Princeton University in the winter of 1953. After being introduced by Professor Carlos Baker, Frost spoke and read some of his poetry.

Physical Description

1 box

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