Rare Book & Manuscript Library

W.H. Auden papers, 1931-1973

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0053
Bib ID 4078731 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 ; Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961 ; Sjöberg, Leif ; Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 ; Durham, Young ; De Wett, Olaf
Title W.H. Auden papers, 1931-1973
Physical Description 2 linear feet (4 boxes and one oversized folder)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

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Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged.



Letters, manuscripts, galley proofs, page proofs, art works, and printed materials of Auden, including three postcards to Geoffrey Grigson, one of which relates to galley proofs for Auden's poems included in THE YEAR'S POETRY, 1937. There are manuscripts, galley proofs, and page proofs of COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1927-1957 (Faber and Faber, 1966) all of which contain his corrections in ink. The manuscript of the book is comprised of typewritten and printed pages, which taken together are a mock-up of the entire book. Also, a pencil sketch of Auden by Terry Durham, a silkscreen portrait by Meyer F. Lieberman, and a portrait head cast by Olaf de Wett. There is also the manuscript and proofs of MARKINGS by Dag Hammarskjöld, translated from the Swedish by Leif Sjöberg and W.H. Auden; the libretto and score of PAUL BUNYAN by Auden and Britten; five letters from Auden to Norman Loftis criticizing Loftis' poetry; two letters from Auden to Patrick Anthony Lawlor; and four letters from Auden to Olive Mangeot.

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); Wystan Hugh papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material--at Columbia

Humphrey Carpenter papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Alternate Form Available

W.H. Auden letters are also available microfilm. See MN# 91-2095 and 91-20095A (one reel).

Collected Shorter Poems, 1927-1957, also available on microfilm. See MN# 81-0924. Includes 1. Typed manuscript and printed pages, with corrections by Auden (301p); 2. Galley proofs, with corrections (45 galleys); 3. Page proofs, with corrections by Auden (232p.)

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Leif Sjöberg, 1979; Transferred from the Music Department, 1983.

Gift of Meyer F. Lieberman.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 03/24/1989.

4 Auden letters to Olive Mangeot Cataloged HR 02/06/1996.

Revision Description

2021-01-14 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:"
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Postcards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Grigson, Geoffrey, 1905-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawlor, Pat, 1893-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lieberman, Meyer F Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Loftis, Norman, 1943- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical