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Columbia University English Department Correspondence, 1896-1961

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Call No.: MS#0257
Bib ID 4078635 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Department of English and Comparative Literature
Title Columbia University English Department Correspondence, 1896-1961
Physical Description 1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. This collection is arranged into two series.



A collection of letters from authors, critics, and scholars, primarily relating to lectureships and courses given under the auspices of the English Department. Some of the correspondence, notably the ten letters from Amy Lowell, deal with essays written for the revised edition of C.D. Warner's LIBRARY OF THE WORLD'S BEST LITERATURE. The letters are written to Ashley H. Thorndike, John W. Cunliffe, George R. Carpenter, Ernest H. Wright, and Marjorie Nicolson. The correspondents include John Mason Brown, Marchette Chute, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Padraic Colum, Bernard DeVoto, T.S. Eliot, John Erskine, Robert Frost, Otto Jespersen, Howard Mumford Jones, Joyce Kilmer, Ludwig Lewishon, Amy Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Thomas Mann, Brander Matthews, H.L. Mencken, Christopher Morley, Ezra Pound, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles P. Snow, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and Edmund Wilson. Two boxes of miscellaneous uncataloged correspondence cover the years, 1896-1917, and a folder for the 1935 Mark Twain Centennial sponsored by the English Department. The correspondence is chiefly with Ernest Hunter Wright.

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This collection is located on-site.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Columbia University English Department letters collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the English Department, 1962; transferred from Columbiana, 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--English Dept. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1962. Accession number--M-62.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged 05/05/89.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2014-06-20 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carpenter, George R. (George Rice), 1863-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chute, Marchette, 1909-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coffin, Robert P. Tristram (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cunliffe, John William, 1865-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
De Voto, Bernard, 1897-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English language -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Erskine, John, 1879-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jespersen, Otto, 1860-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jones, Howard Mumford, 1892-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1882-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Matthews, Brander, 1852-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicholson, Marjorie Hope Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scholars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy), 1905-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tate, Allen, 1899-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thorndike, Ashley Horace, 1871-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Ernest Hunter, 1882-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 3 Adler, Elmer

Box 3 Arvin, Newton

Box 3 Baker, George P.

Box 3 Baldwin, Roger S.

Box 3 Bellow, Saul

Box 3 Boyensen, H J almar H o,

Box 3 Boynton, Henry W.

Box 3 Bradley, William A.

Box 3 Brewster, Dorothy

Box 3 Brown, John M.

Box 3 Burton, Richard E.

Box 3 Butler, Nicholas Mo

Box 3 Campbell, Oscar J.

Box 3 Canby, Henry Seidel

Box 3 Chute, Marchette

Box 3 Coffin, Robert P.T.

Box 3 Colum, Mary M.

Box 3 Colum, Padraic

Box 3 Colum, Padraic and Mary

Box 3 Cunliffe, John W.

Box 3 Davis, Elmer

Box 3 DeVoto, Bernard

Box 3 Edel, Leon

Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight D.

Box 3 Eliot, Thomas Stearns

Box 3 Erskine, John

Box 3 Fadiman, Clifton

Box 3 Fletcher, Jefferson B.

Box 3 Frost, Robert

Box 3 Grainger, Percy

Box 3 Greenslet, Ferris

Box 3 Hayes, Carlton-J.H.

Box 3 Eersey, John

Box 3 Jack, Theodore H.

Box 3 Jespersen, Otto

Box 3 Johnson, Edgar

Box 3 Jones, Howard Mo

Box 3 Kazin, Alfred

Box 3 Kilmer, Joyce

Box 3 Krutch, Joseph W.

Box 4 Laski, Harold J.

Box 4 Lattimore, Richmond

Box 4 Leacock, Stephen

Box 4 Leavis, Frank R.

Box 4 Lewisohn, Ludwig

Box 4 Lowell, Amy

Box 4 McCormick, Harriet H.

Box 4 Mack, May nard

Box 4 MacLeish, Archibald

Box 4 Mahan, Alfred T.

Box 4 Mann, Thomas

Box 4 Matthews, Brander

Box 4 Mencken, Henry L.

Box 4 Morley, Christopher

Box 4 Morris, Lloyd R.

Box 4 Nevins, Allan

Box 4 O'Connor, William Vaa

Box 4 Pound, Ezra

Box 4 Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan

Box 4 Rhodes, James Ford

Box 4 Roosevelt, Theodore

Box 4 Skinner, Otis

Box 4 Snow, Charles P.

Box 4 Tate, Allen

Box 4 Tillyard, Eustace Mandeville W.

Box 4 Tuve, Rosemond

Box 4 Undset, Sigrid

Box 4 Van Doren, Carl

Box 4 Van Doren, Mark

Box 4 Villard, Oseald G.

Box 4 Warren, Robert Penn

Box 4 Wells, Carolyn

Box 4 Wilson, Edmund

Box 4 Wright, Ernest Hunter

Series II: Miscellaneous Correspondence and Printed Material

Box 1 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1896-1905

Box 2 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1906-1917, undated, 1906-1917, undated

Box 2 Printed Material