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Finding-Aid for the Marianne Moore Papers (WTU00085)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Marianne Moore Papers
Creator: Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972.
Extent: 27 items
Call number: WTU00085
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130


Access and Use:
Access Restrictions:

Open.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to large portions of the collection held by the estate of Marianne Moore.

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff March, 1970.. EAD encoded finding-aid complete December, 2001

Preferred Citation:

Preferred CitationMarianne Moore Papers, Washington University in St. Louis


Biography

Marianne Moore, one of the most famous American poets of the 20th century, was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. She was raised in Pennsylvania and began writing poetry while studying at Bryn Mawr College. In 1924, she won the Dial Award for her collection Observations (1924) and was hired as an editor at Dial, where she worked until 1929 when the magazine ceased publication. Moore was recognized from her youngest days as a poet of extraordinary talent and received many awards, fellowships, and honorary degrees throughout her life. In 1952, her Collected Poems captured the three major poetry prizes: The National Book Award, The Bollingen Prize, and The Pulitzer Prize.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

Folder 1 includes correspondence principally between Mona Van Duyn, Charles Guenther, Chancellor and Mrs. Thomas H. Eliot and William Matheson, 23 items. Folders 2 - 4 include Ts. [carbon] manuscript of critical review of Louise Bogan's Selected Criticism, and Kenneth Burke's Book of Moments; ts. draft of Quoting an also private thought [poem], and a St. Louis clipping.

27 items.

Subject Terms

  • Guenther, Charles, 1920-
  • Van Duyn, Mona, 1921-
Contents List
      Title
box-folder   1/1-4  
Correspondence [series]:
box-folder   1/1  
1962: Mar. 26. (T.L.S. [photocopy]. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Charles Guenther supplying requested information on her family relationships in Kirkwood, Missouri. Moore goes on to relate briefly her movements since then, including information on her immediate family.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: June 29. (Ts. [carbon]. 1 p.)   
Scope: Mona Van Duyn to Moore, requesting any literary ms. for the Washington University Rare Book collection.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: July 8. (T.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn replying that she has promised her ms. to Bryn Mawr and Yale, but enclosing two pieces of criticism and the published magazine edition of one.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: July 14. (Ts.[carbon]. 1 p.)   
Scope: Mona Van Duyn to Moore thanking her for her contribution and inquiring after her health.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: July 17. T.L.S. (1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn thanking her for her concern for her well-being, announces she is off for 3 months to Great Britain with two college friends.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: Nov. 12. (A.C.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn thanking her for photographs of a moose in Maine pond. Remarks she was greatly benefited by stay in England.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: Nov. 20. (Ts. [carbon]. 1 p.)   
Scope: Mona Van Duyn to Moore thanking her for her postal card and enclosing another card of the Maine pond.


box-folder   1/1  
1964: Nov. 21. (A.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn thanking her for the picture of the moose.


box-folder   1/1  
1965: Apr. 26. ( T.L.S. 3 pp.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn, enclosing the Moose photographs and announcing that she has received the magazine prints of the photos. Includes two postal cards, blank, of moose in Maine.


box-folder   1/1  
1965: Sept. 23. (A.C. [photocopy]. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn commenting on the Moose photos taken by Mona Van Duyn.


box-folder   1/1  
1965: May 19. (A.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Richard Deutsch, young student and poet, commenting briefly on a poem he has apparently sent her for criticism.


box-folder   1/1  
1965: May 22. ( A.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Richard Deutsch, making a suggestion on a poem he has apparently sent her for criticism.


box-folder   1/1  
1966: Dec. 8. (T.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to William Matheson commenting on the gift of her book, Granite, Steel, and other topics, to the Washington University Libraries.


box-folder   1/1  
[1967: May]. (T.L.S. [photocopy]. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn, confirming arrangements for arrival in St. Louis and announcing her plans during the visit.


box-folder   1/1  
[1967: June]. (T.L.S. 2 pp.)   
Scope: Moore to Mona Van Duyn and Jarvis Thurston, thanking them for showing her St. Louis on her recent trip.


box-folder   1/1  
1967: June 6. (T.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Thomas H. Eliot, Chancellor of Washington University, thanking him for her enjoyable three day stay in St. Louis where Washington University awarded her an Honorary degree.


box-folder   1/1  
1967: June 9. (T.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to Mrs. Thomas Eliot thanking her for her hospitality in St. Louis and remarking upon the pleasure derived by her assistant and companion, Gladys Berry.


box-folder   1/1  
1967: Oct. 5. (T.L.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Thomas H. Eliot, Chancellor, to Andrew J. Eaton, director, Washington University Libraries, requesting that the two June letters from Moore be preserved in Olin Library.


box-folder   1/1  
1968: Dec. 23. (A.C.S. 1 p.)   
Scope: Moore to William Matheson, thanking him for her visit to the Rare Book room of Olin Library.


box-folder   1/2-4  
Typescripts and Interviews [series]:
box-folder   1/2  
n.d. Quoting an also private thought [poem]. 1 p. (Ts. 1 p.)   
Scope: Light ms. revision.


box-folder   1/3  
[1967: June]. Clipping. ([photocopy] 1 p.)   
Scope: Clipping from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat relating an interview with Moore at the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel.


box-folder   1/4  
1955: Dec. 5. Review (Ts. [carbon]. Also Ts. copy of pp. 3-4. 6 pp)   
Scope: Review of collected criticism [Selected criticism] by Louise Bogan.


box-folder   1/4  
1955: Jul. 19. Review (Ts. [carbon]. 4pp.)   
Scope: Review of collected poetry/Book of Moments: Poems 1915 - 1954/ by Kenneth Burke.