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MS Am 1905

Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Robert Lowell papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1905
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Robert Lowell papers,
Date(s): 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (8.5 linear feet (33 boxes)
Abstract: Compositions, letters, and other papers of the American writer Robert Lowell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*73M-90. Purchased from Robert Lowell; received: 1973.
Letters to Frank Bidart were purchased from Bidart, 1977.
Evaluations of student compositions were a gift of William Alfred, 1978.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff, items: 2202-2204, 2267, 2293
Letters soley by or to Elizabeth Hardwick were available for research only with her permission during her lifetime; this restricted ended in December 2007.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Robert Lowell Papers (MS Am 1905). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lowell was an American poet.


Organized into the following series: Please note that item numbers 2424 and 2808 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Approximately two-thirds of the collection is compositions by Lowell. These consist of manuscripts of his poems, both published and unpublished, in various forms from heavily revised drafts to galley proofs, as well as autobiographical and miscellaneous prose. The correspondence is with other writers and family members and concerns his writing and his personal life. Major correspondents include his second wife Elizabeth Hardwick, Elizabeth Bishop, Peter Taylor, Allen Tate, and Randall Jarrell. Also includes third party correspondence, manuscripts by others, legal papers and documents, photographs, printed material, and a title index to Lowell's manuscripts in the collection.

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