Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Hart Crane papers, 1909-1937

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0304
Bib ID 4079683 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Crane, Hart, 1899-1932
Title Hart Crane papers, 1909-1937
Physical Description 15 linear feet (15 linear feet 25 boxes; 3 reels motion picture; 1 framed painting)
Language(s) Material is in English.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged into 8 series: Series I: Cataloged Correspondence; Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts; Series III: Cataloged letters, manuscripts and documents not on microfilm; Series IV: Correspondence; Series V: Manuscripts; Series VI: Documents; Series VII: Drawings and Paintings; Series VIII: Cataloged manuscripts other than by Hart Crane



Correspondence, manuscripts, and memorabilia of the American poet, Hart Crane, range in date over most of his active life. This collection includes over 500 letters written by Crane to members of his family and close friends and received by him from his family and prominent contemporary authors (Eugene O'Neill, Sherwood Anderson, T. S. Eliot, Alfred Steiglitz, Waldo Frank, Allan Tate, etc.). Among these is a group of letters written to Mrs. Crane upon Crane's death. There is correspondence and documents relating to his books, THE BRIDGE, WHITE BUILDINGS, and THE COLLECTED POEMS. Also present are most of the original manuscripts of Crane's major works ("The Bridge" "White Buildings" "West Indies Poems" etc) with corrections and additions in Crane's hand. Included here are a number of drafts of poems of his earlier period. The is also a copy of the 16mm. motion picture "In Search of Hart Crane."

In addition there is one box of notes by Jethro Robinson relating to his Ph.D. dissertation, as well as a large group of photographs taken by Crane in Mexico with inscriptions and identifications in his hand and a group of Crane's scrapbooks, family photographs and mementoes. Accompanying the collection is a group of books from Hart Crane's library many of which are signed copies and a group of periodical material which relates to Crane.

General Note

See also: Ms Coll\Galpin; Ms Coll\Loveman; Ms Coll\Schwartz; Ms Coll\Unterecker

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

Reader must use microfilm of materials specified above.

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); Hart Crane papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

Boxes 1-11 are on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Entered in AMC 09/17/90.

Florian-Parmentier book from Crane's library Listed HR 03/30/94.

Revision Description

2010-01-25 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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:"
Drafts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American poetry -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American poet.