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MS Lowell 19-19.4

Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925. Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Lowell 19-19.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925.
Title: Amy Lowell correspondence
Date(s): 1883-1927
Date(s): 1910-1925
Quantity: 18 linear feet (53 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Correspondence of the American poet, Amy Lowell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bequest of Amy Lowell; received 1925.
2018M-86. Purchased from Wonder Book & Video, 2018 February.

Processing Information:

This correspondence was bequeathed to Harvard University by Amy Lowell, and was received by the Poetry Room of the Widener Library shortly after Miss Lowell's death in 1925. At that time a checklist was made of the letters written to Amy Lowell, citing author, number of titles, and inclusive dates of the letters.
The following letters mentioned in the checklist have not been located:
  • Gussac, William 1 letter 1910
  • Hill, Constance 1 letter 1912
  • Jackson, Lucy 1 letter 1925
  • MacRae, John 1 letter 1925
  • Myers, C. S. 1 letter 1925
  • Perry, (Mrs.) T.S. 1 letter [n.d.]
  • Russell, George 1 letter 1925
  • Conditions Governing Access:

    There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The trustees of the Amy Lowell estate are: Choate, Hall and Stewart, 30 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Their permission, as well as that of the Houghton Library, is required for the publication of any of this material.
    Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

    Preferred Citation for Publication:

    Amy Lowell Correspondence, 1883-1927 (MS Lowell 19, 19.1, 19.2, 19.3, 19.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

    Related Materials

    This index includes only correspondence received from the Amy Lowell bequest. The manuscript catalogue should be consulted for additional letters and manuscripts.

    Biographical / Historical

    Amy Lowell (1874-1925) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her brother, Abbot Lawrence Lowell, was president of Harvard University. At age 36, Lowell had her first poem published in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1912, her first book of poems, A dome of many colored glasses was published. She became associated with the Imagists poets when Ezra Pound, whom she had met on a trip to England, included one of her poems in his anthology, Des imagistes. Lowell wrote critical articles for periodicals in addition to her books of poetry and lectured frequently. She died in Brookline.


    Arranged into five series:

    Scope and Contents

    Correspondence is with American and English poets as well as other literary figures. The collection includes letters to Amy Lowell from approximately 1400 different correspondents, copies of her outgoing letters (chiefly after 1913), some correspondence between others, and letters of condolence received by Lowell's companion, Ada Russell, and members of Lowell's family upon her death. Finally, there is a small amount of printed ephemera from organizations in which Lowell was involved.

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