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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 (23 manuscript boxes; 1 tall manuscript box (box 17); 1 small flat box (box 16); 3 reels motion picture; 1 framed painting; 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Box 26 of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is cataloged, and arranged into 7 series. Former series IV, V, and VI were collappsed into subseries of series III, as they all contain cataloged materials not on microfilm.

Description

Summary

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 (series IX) and a group of periodical material which relates to Crane.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Box 26 of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized.

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

Related Materials

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

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Alternate Form Available

Boxes 1-11 are on: microfilm.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the Mildred Andrews Foundation (via Peter Putnam), 1985 (motion picture film).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1953. Accession number--M-1953.

Florian-Parmentier book from Crane's library: Source of acquisition--2293B-(Rare Book). Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--03/29/94. Accession number--M-94-03-29.

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.

In 2019, former series IV, V, and VI were collappsed into subseries of series III (cataloged materials not on microfilm). In addition, series IX (Library) and series X (motion picture) were added. kws

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Drafts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Video recordings (physical artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American poetry -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors 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
Poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American poet.

Harold Hart Crane was born at Garretsville, Ohio on 21 July 1899 He went to New York City to become a poet but was often without money. After failing in New York Crane became a writer of advertising copy in Cleveland until he returned to the East in the spring of 1923. Eventually Allen Tate and Waldo Frank recognized his poetic abilities. With the help of Otto Kahn he was able to continue his long poem The Bridge as an answer to Eliot's The Waste Land. His masetrwork was published in 1930 but by that time his nerves and drinking had reduced his capacity to function. He sailed for Mexico in the spring of 1931 with hopes of writing a poem on the Conquest. However sinking into depression he decided to return to New York. After an evening of heavy drinking he jumped off the ship from Vera Cruz to New York and drowned.