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Gertrude Claytor 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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Claytor, Gertrude Boatwright, 1890?-1973.

Gertrude Harris Boatwright Claytor was born in Staunton, Virginia, on October 1, 1888. She later moved with her family to Roanoke, Virginia, where she was privately educated. She married William Graham Claytor, an engineer at the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company, with whom she had five sons. She began publishing poetry in publications such as the New York Times and Carolina Quarterly in the late 1920s, and published two collections, Sunday in Virginia and Other Poems (1951) and Mirage at Midnight and Other Poems (1960).

The collection consists of selected correspondence, photographs, and printed material of the American poet Gertrude Claytor, some of which relates to the author Edgar Lee Masters. Correspondents include Edgar Lee Masters, John Cowper Powys, Margaret Stevenson, and Olivia and Ridgley Torrence. There are also two letters from Alice Davis, Masters' companion and romantic partner, in which she talks about her relationship with Masters. In addition, there are photographs of Gertrude Claytor, Edgar Lee Masters, and Thomas O. Mabbott, as well as several photographs of miniature clay figure sculptures.

The material was a gift of the author on October 17, 1958 (AM22077).

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on November 21, 2008. Finding aid written by Natalie Kim on December 2, 2008. 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.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence of Gertrude Claytor, 1941-1956. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Photographs, 1942. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Printed Material, 1951-1955. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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