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A. E. Housman letters, 1922-1958

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0618
Bib ID 4078912 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Housman, A. E (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936
Title A. E. Housman letters, 1922-1958
Physical Description 2 boxes (2 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence by and relating to Housman and to his brother, Laurence Housman. Nearly all of the letters were written to Cyril Clemens, who was working on a proposed biography of A.E. Housman. The collection includes six letters from A.E. Housman and an important group of 94 letters from Laurence Housman, which contain comments on his brother's life and activities, religious beliefs, reading, and manuscripts. There are 45 letters from relatives and persons closely related to A.E. Housman, among them his sisters, Clemence Housman and Katharine E. Symons, his publisher, Grant Richards, and his associates at Oxford University, James T. Nance and Alfred W. Pollard. Also included in the collection are twelve manuscripts, the most noteworthy of which are two signed poems by Laurence Housman and a 4-line verse in Lord Dunsany's holograph entitled "A. E. Housman.".

Using the Collection

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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); A. E. Housman letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Melville, Ward. Method of acquisition--Gift in memory of Frederick Coykendall; Date of acquisition--1963. Accession number--M-63.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.

Revision Description

2009-07-07 File created.

2012-01-23 EAD created by PTL

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

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:"
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Classicists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clemens, Cyril, 1902-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dunsany, Lord, 1878-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
England -- Religious life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Housman, Clemence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nance, James T Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pollard, Alfred W (Alfred William), 1859-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Richards, Grant, 1911-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scholarly publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Symons, Katharine E. (Katharine Elizabeth) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University of Oxford Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

English poet, classical Latin scholar. A.E. Housman's brother was Laurence Housman (1865-1959), a poet and playwright.