All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Scope and Contents Note
Correspondence, manuscripts, editorial matter, notebooks, miscellany,
Series 1, correspondence between Allen Tate and Isabella Gardner,
1957-1966, discussing personal affairs, c.700 items; Series 2/1, letters
1950-1968, to Isabella Gardner, from Leonie Adams, Conrad Aiken, Lee
Anderson, W.H.Auden, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Booth,
Hortense Calisher, Paul Carroll, Elliott Coleman, Gregory Corso, Malcolm
Cowley, Edward Dahlberg, Reuel Denney, Babette Deutsch, James Dickey,
Richard Eberhart, T.S.Eliot, Maunice English, Roland Flint, Wallace
Fowlie, Nancy Hale, Elizabeth Hardwicke, Barbara Howes, Galway Kinnell,
Carolyn Kizer, Stanley Kunitz, John Logan, Robert Lowell, Andrew Lytle,
Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore, Kathleen Raine, Herbert Read,
Theodore Roethke, Karl Shapiro, Edith Sitwell, William Jay Smith, Robert
Speaight, Stephen Spender, John Hall Wheelock, Oscar Williams, James
Wright, others, c. 1025 items. Series 2/2, drafts of poems, articles, by
authors other than Gardner, inc. Anderson, Carroll, Coleman, Denney,
Jane Evan, Kinnell, William Knott, Kunitz, Logan, Roethke, Muriel
Ruykeser, Shapiro, Speaight, Williams; Series 3/1, professional
correspondence, 1936-1968, largely from editors of Houghton Mifflin and
University of Chicago Press conc. Miss Gardner's books, as well as
copies of prepublication endorsements from Eberhart, Williams, William
Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Edith Sitwell, correspondence conc.
Poetry Center readings, Library of Congress and Harvard tapes of Gardner
poetry, Yaddo, N3A nominations 1962, translations and unpublished novel,
The family tree. Correspondents also include Sitwell, David Ray, Edward
Weeks, George Abbe, Alastair Reid, English, Howard Moss, Valerie Eliot,
Alexander Laing, Reed Whittemore, 525 items. Series 3/2, drafts of Miss
Gardner's letters to New York Times, New York Review, others, 18 items;
Series 3/3, drafts of Gardner poems, inc. Triolet, first published poem
[1950 [,c.50 titles; Series 3/4, drafts of translations by Miss Gardner
of poems by Yvan Goll, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Francois Villon; Series 3/5,
drafts, editorial matter, miscellany, emanating from publication of
Birthdays From the Ocean, The Looking Glass, West of Childhood, and
untitled collection, c.1950, with ms. notes in hand of T.S.Eliot; Series
3/6, reviews, addresses, and essays; Series 3/7, notebooks, including
journal, 1924-1927, with first poem, other early poems and sketches, 2
ms. notebooks containing drafts, notes, other miscellaneous notes;
Series 3/8, miscellany, inc. clippings of reviews, articles about Edith
Sitwell, Isabella Gardner's books, readings, other professional
activities; Series 4, personal and family material including letters,
1931-1937, from Miss Gardner to her father, George Peabody Gardner,
letters and telegrams, c.1959, upon marriage of Allen Tate and Isabella
Gardner, essays and poems, 1932, 1933, and photographs, c.1923-1931 of
Arranged by author (Gardner or Tate), 1957-1966,
bulking 1958-1959, including
cablegrams, some postal cards, discussing largely personal
affairs, impending divorces, marriage and subsequent divorce. Tate
writes from England and the U.S, also discusses briefly Louis
MacNeice, William Empson, Norman Jeffares, Robert Lowell, Conrad
Iaken, break with Edward Dahlberg, other matters, 318 letters.
Gardner writes from Chicago, Cambridge Mass, comments on
friends, their careers, inc. Reuel Denney, Oscar Williams, Robert
Lowell, Richard Eberhart, Paul Carroll, John Logan, Galway
Kinnell, Stanley Kuniz, Theodore Roethke, Dahlberg, others, 254
Alphabetically arranged by writer, with unidentified
correspondents arranged by first names in Box 1, dealing heavily
with literary matters, personal affairs. Principal correspondents
include Lee Anderson [53 items] Paul Carroll  Edward Dahlberg
 Richard Eberhart  Wallace Fowlie  Galway Kinnell
 John Logan  Karl Shapiro  Oscar Williams  Other
correspondents, writing from 1 to 30 letters include Leonie Adams
 Conrad Aiken  W.H.Auden  John Berryman  Elizabeth
Bishop  Philip Booth  Hortense Calisher  Elliott
Coleman  Gregory Corso  Malcolm Cowley  Reuel Denny
 Babette Deutsch  James Dickey  T.S.Eliot [3 to ISG, 2
to George Peabody Gardner, her father] Maurice English  Roland
Flint  Nancy Hale  Elizabeth Hardwicke  Barbara Howes
 Carolyn Kizer  Stanley Kunitz  Robert Lowell 
Andrew Lytle  Archibald MacLeish  Marianne Moore 
Kathleene Raine  Herbert Read  Theodore Roethke  Edith
Sitwell  William Jay Smith  Robert Speaight  Stephen
Spender  John Hall Wheelock  James Wright 
Ts. and ms. drafts and final versions of poems, articles, other
forms, sent by writers to Isbella Gardner, alphabetically arranged
by author after all correspondence.
Inscribed to IG
Preface to Un' altra infanzia (Childhood returned:
incantations of Isabella Gardner)
Includes professional correspondence and drafts and carbons of
outgoing letters; literary manuscripts and editorial matter;
notes, journals and notebooks; miscellany. As follows:
Chronologically arranged, largely from editors and taff of
Houghton Mifflin Co., and University of Chicago Press conc.
publication, publicity and distribution of Birthdays from the
ocean  The looking glass
 and West of childhood
 Includes also letters of
congratulation from friends and colleagues, copies of
prepublication notices by Richard Eberhart, Oscar Williams,
William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens and Edith Sitwell.
Other business correspondence includes arrangements with
Elizabeth Kray for Poetry Center readings, readings over WFMT,
New York, taping of Birthdays... for Harvard University, Library
of Congress tapes, correspondence conc. Yaddo, National Book
Award nominations, 1962, and an unpublished
novel, The family tree, translations of Gardner poems into
Italian, other business matters. Correspondents also include
Edith Sitwell, David Ray, Edward Weeks, George Abbe, Alastair
Reid, Maurice English, Howard Moss, Valerie Eliot [ts.carbon]
Alexander Laing, Reed Whittemore.
Arranged alphabetically by addressee, inc. those to New York
Times on publication by Lawrence Bensky of an article on
MacDowell Colony, to Bensky, to New York Review and Geoffrey
Grigson protesting his review of Edith Sitwell's autobiography,
to the New York Review conc. the allegation that Edward Dahlberg
was forcibly sent out by Allen Tate from his house, to Conrad
Aiken, [July 1953] written for Poetry,
defending the magazine's publication of a review by Dahlberg
[see Aiken to Gardner, Series 2] to Oscar Williams, and Valerie
Eliot on the death of T.S.Eliot, to Alexander Laing, and Dean
Coleman, conc. New School Course, to editor Chicago Daily News
on unwritten Chicago poem, to National Humanities Foundation
director conc. reading tour in Southern Negro colleges,
Printed in Poetry magazine 1966 or 1967
Appeared in Poetry. Not included in any book.
A few of the sheets.
Printed in Fire Exit [?] 1967.
Variously titled The return, Letter from an empty house.
Poetry northwest sometime in 1965-not included in book.
Never finished [one draft appears finished] notprinted.
Alsowill be in Logan's edition of Poetry Northwest....
notincluded in any of my books.
Neverprinted in any book maybe in Poetry magazine. Reverse,
M.S.sent to T.S.Eliot by Shag Donohue for I Gardner
Includes Jean sans Terre: The chest of drawers and...Wraps
himself in a red coat.
From Foxcroft School and Embassy School of Acting, London.
Includes also a letter from Eileen Throndike, Embassy School to
George Gardner conc. Isabella, two drawings done by Miss Gardner
as a child, Park School report card.
Includes proofs of photographs of Miss Gardner as a child,
photograph, clipping at c.16 years,ophotograph [negative] in
dance performance in Dublin. Other materials.
Scope and Contents Note
Scope and Contents. Series I. Correspondence. I.1. General
correspondence, including manuscripts retained with correspondence.
I.2. Family correspondence. I.3. Business correspondence. Series II.
Isabella Gardner's manuscripts. Includes drafts of poems, and
miscellaneous manuscripts. Series III. That was then [collection]
(BOA Editions, 1980). Includes manuscript material, correspondence,
and miscellany relating to the publication of this book. Series IV.
Manuscripts by others. Series V. Miscellany. Includes clippings,
photographs, artwork, memorabilia, and other personal
Consists of Gardner's incoming personal and professional
correspondence. All letters are directed to Isabella Gardner
unless otherwise indicated. Gardner's own letters are filed
along with those of the individual to whom she was writing.
Correspondents are arranged alphabetically. Letters are filed
chronologically within each correspondent's folder, and undated
letters are grouped after dated letters. An asterisk indicates
that a correspondent's letters are filed alphatically in a
folder following each letter grouping; folder is labelled "Misc.
A", "Misc. B" etc. Unidentified correspondence is located in a
folder following all identified correspondence. Manuscripts
retained with individual correspondents' letters are listed
alphabetically in a separate list following the listing of
Consists of correspondence to, from, and regarding various
members of Isabella Gardner's family. Correspondents' letters
are filed alphabetically Letters are filed chronologically
within each correspondent's folder. Undated letters are grouped
after dated letters. Unidentified correspondence follows
identified correspondence in a separate folder.
Gardner, Isabella, books, magazines, and printed ephemera which
had either been removed from the Gardner Library or had been
previously removed from Acc. 1555 before it was accessioned and