Isabella Gardner Papers, 1915-1981
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence, manuscripts, editorial matter, notebooks, miscellany, c.1923-1968.

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Center readings, Library of Congress and Harvard tapes of Gardner poetry, Yaddo, N3A nominations 1962, translations and unpublished novel, The family tree.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 Isabella Gardner.

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