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John Gould Fletcher Collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 467

Scope and Contents

The John Gould Fletcher collection contains writings, journals, correspondence, and photographic and other materials by, about, or relating to the poet John Gould Fletcher. The collection features original drafts, many corrected, for individual poems and collections of poems, including Breakers and Granite (1921) and "Rest in the Harbour" (1916-1917), and short essays. In addition to drafts of original writings by Fletcher, the collection contains reproductions of journals and correspondence, and other papers such as documents, clippings, and printed ephemera.


  • 1911-1965


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Gould Fletcher Collection 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

Acquired through various gifts and purchases, 1942-1964.


Organized into five series: I. Writings, 1913-1947. II. Journals, undated. III. Correspondence, 1911-1965. IV. Photographic Material, 1951-1960. V. Other Material, 1922-1956.


3.34 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The John Gould Fletcher collection contains material by, about, and relating to American poet John Gould Fletcher.

John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950)

John Gould Fletcher, born in Little Rock, Arkansas and educated at Phillips Academy and Harvard (1903-1907), was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author. Fletcher lived in England for years before returning home to Arkansas where, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was active with a group of writers and poets known as the Southern Agrarians. Works by Fletcher include Fire and Wine (1913), Goblins and Pagodas (1916), The Black Rock (1928), the autobiography Life is My Song (1937), Selected Poems (1938), for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, The Burning Mountain (1946), and the history Arkansas (1947). Fletcher married twice, in 1916 to Florence Emily “Daisy” Arbuthnot, and in 1936 to childrens' book author Charlie May Simon.

Processing Information

The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition. Further organization, rehousing, and description was carried out in 2011.

Formerly classed as Za Fletcher.

Guide to the John Gould Fletcher Collection
by Beinecke staff
May 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.