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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.

Overview and metadata sections

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.

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

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.

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

Print, Suggest