Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Edna St. Vincent Millay papers, 1928-1941

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0874
Bib ID 4078418 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1899-1950
Title Edna St. Vincent Millay papers, 1928-1941
Physical Description 3 boxes (3 boxes and 1 map case drawer)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged.



Letters written by Millay as well as manuscripts, proofs, documents, photographs, reviews and clippings relating to her books published at Harper & Brothers such as "Conversation at Midnight," "Wine from these Grapes," "Collected Sonnets," and others. The papers consist of materials from the files of the designer Arthur W. Rushmore who was in charge of production at Harper & Brothers and was the proprietor of the Golden Hind Press which printed limited editions of several of her works. Included are proofs of the above works with annotations and corrections by Millay and Rushmore and a carbon typescript of "Wine from these Grapes." There are also a number of clippings of poems published separately in periodicals. Other correspondents include Millay's husband, Eugen Boissevain, and George Dillon, with whom Millay translated Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil" and Selected Poems." Also in the collection are the production files for the aborted Steepletop edition of "The Buck in the Snow."

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edna St. Vincent Millay papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed RE 11/11/86.

Separated Materials

Books from Rushmore's collection have been separated from the collection and cataloged into the Rare Book collection.

The original printed finding aid was converted into an EAD document in October 2020. There is additional description in the printed finding aid that was not included in the EAD document, specifically, a list of books from Rushmore's collection that have been separated from the Millay papers and individually cataloged in the Rare Book collection (pp. 2-5 of this PDF, numbered pp. 5-8, starting with the "Books by Millay" heading). The list from the original printed finding aid is available here as a pdf.

These items can be found by searching the Libraries' online catalog here

Revision Description

2020-10-27 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American poetry -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boissevain, Eugen, -1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dillon, George, 1906-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harper & Brothers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rushmore, Arthur W., 1883-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

American poet.