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MS Am 1897

Cairnie, Gordon, recipient. Letters from Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound to Gordon Cairnie: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1897
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Cairnie, Gordon, recipient.
Title: Letters from Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound to Gordon Cairnie,
Date(s): 1930-1971.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters written to bookseller Gordon Cairnie from poets Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*73M-68. Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Harvard College Library, from the estate of Gorden Cairnie, care of Arthur Freeman, 4 Trowbridge Place, Cambridge, Mass. 02138; received: 1973 November 16.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Letters from Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound to Gordon Cairnie (MS Am 1897). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Cairnie was the proprietor of the Grolier Book Shop in Cambridge, Mass. Cairnie founded the shop, specializing in poetry, in 1927.


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Scope and Contents

Collection contains letters written to book collector and seller Gordon Cairne from Conrad Aiken, Ezra Pound, and Dorothy Pound. These letters mostly are requests for books that they wish to buy from Cairne, and also concern how much money they owe the bookseller. Letters also discuss the bookselling business. The collection also contains limericks written for Cairne by Aiken, a Hallmark card with a poem written by Aiken, many postcards, a musical program, an invitation, newspaper clippings about books, and a cartoon.

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