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MS Am 3049

Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings additional papers and oil paintings, 1899-1968: 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 3049
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962.
Title: E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings additional papers and oil paintings
Date(s): 1899-1968 and undated
Quantity: 1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters, poems, paintings and other materials of American poet, E. E. Cummings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006M-55. Gift of Elizabeth Aldred Rice and Bob Rice; received: 2007 March 8.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Additional Papers and Oil Paintings, 1899-1968 (MS Am 3049). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was an American poet and painter. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Edward Cummings, a professor of sociology and political science at Harvard University and later a Unitarian minister, and Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings. He was educated at the Cambridge Latin School and then at Harvard College, receiving an AB in 1915 and an AM in 1916. During World War I he volunteered for and served with the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps with his friend William Slater Brown and John Dos Passos. Cummings married his first wife, Elaine Orr, the former wife of his mentor Scofield Thayer, though she divorced Cummings within a year. They had one child, Nancy Thayer Andrews (1919-2006) who first married Willard Roosevelt, a grandson of former President Theodore Roosevelt and later married Kevin Andrews. In 1977 she published Charon's daughter ; a passion of identity under the name, Nancy Cummings De Forêt.


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Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript (signed) juvenile letters, many with sketches, from E. E. Cummings to his parents and grandmother(s?), 1899-1903; many typescript poems, including autograph manuscript Epithalamion, 1916, in honor of Elaine Orr's wedding to Scofield Thayer; a copy (1968) of a photograph of William Slater Brown; and compositions by and about Elaine Orr. Also includes 2 oil paintings by Cummings: an undated landscape and a 1948 portrait of his daughter, Nancy. Some items in this collection are annotated in the hand of Nancy Thayer Andrews.

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