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Dudley Fitts papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 296

Scope and Contents

The Dudley Fitts Papers consist chiefly of material relating to the production of the first American edition of An Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry (New Directions, 1942). Fitts served as editor for Spanish poetry in the bilingual anthology, selecting material and translators, and supervising and editing translations. The papers include both correspondence and writings, the bulk of which date from 1941 to 1943. There are letters with contributing authors and translators, representatives of the sponsoring agency, the Committee on Publications of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, and the publisher. The writings include typescript copies of poems, drafts of translations, many of which are corrected and annotated, proofs, and other materials.

In addition to the material relating to the anthology, there are letters from other writers, concerning literary matters, and drafts and proofs to translations by Fitts of several classical texts.


  • 1928 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1943


Language of Materials

Materials in English, Spanish, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Restricted Fragile papers in boxes 17-18 may be consulted only with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies or photographic prints for reference use have been substituted in the main files.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available through Access Services.

Conditions Governing Use

The Dudley Fitts Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Dudley Fitts Papers was aquired through gifts from Dudley and Cornelia Fitts from 1941 to 1969.


The collection is organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1928-1968. II. Writings, 1935-1967.


10.47 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Dudley Fitts Papers consists chiefly of writings and correspondence relating to the production of the first American edition of An Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry (New Directions, 1942).

Dudley Fitts (1903-1968)

Dudley Fitts was a poet, translator, literary critic, and educator. Fitts was perhaps best known for his translations of classical texts. He translated several works by Aristophanes, including Lysistrata (1954), The Frogs (1955), The Birds (1957), and Ladies' Day (1959) and, in collaboration with Robert Fitzgerald, he translated Euripides' The Alcestis (1936) and Sophocles' Antigone (1939) and Oedipus Rex (1949). He is also the author of Poems, 1929-1936 (1937) and editor of An Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry (1942).

Fitts was born April 28, 1903, in Boston and educated at Harvard. He taught at the Choate School from 1927 to 1941 and then served as an instructor of English at Phillips Academy from 1941 onward.

Processing Information

The Dudley Fitts Papers contains material formerly classed as Za Fitts.

Guide to the Dudley Fitts Papers
by Michael L. Forstrom
April 22, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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