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Leonard Bacon papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 487

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material and other papers that document the life and work of the poet Leonard Bacon. Correspondence is both professional and personal, and documents Bacon's writing and publishing activities as well as his personal and family relationships. Writings include drafts and proofs for many of his published works including Ulug Beg (1923), Lost Buffalo, and Other Poems (1930), The Furioso (1932), Dream and Action (1934), and Semi-Centennial (1939), as well as works translated by Bacon, such as Luis de Camões's The Lusiads (1950). Printed material includes several boxes of printed versions of Bacon's poetry and other writings, as well as pamphlets, reprints, newspaper clippings, and ephemera collected by Bacon. Other papers include three scrapbooks documenting Bacon's career from 1923 to 1946, as well as a small quantity of personal documents and photographs.

Dates

  • 1834 - 1962
  • Majority of material found within 1897 - 1962

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Leonard Bacon 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

Gift of Leonard and Martha Bacon, 1955-1968. Gift of Helen H. Bacon, 1996. Other material acquired from various sources, 1967-1979. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1834-1962. II. Writings, 1906-1954. III. Printed Material, undated. IV. Other Papers, 1917-1951.

Extent

37 Linear Feet ((92 boxes) + 1 framed art object)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.bacon

Overview

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material and other papers that document the life and work of the poet Leonard Bacon. Correspondence is both professional and personal, and documents Bacon's writing and publishing activities as well as his personal and family relationships. Writings include drafts and proofs for many of his published works including Ulug Beg (1923), Lost Buffalo, and Other Poems (1930), The Furioso (1932), Dream and Action (1934), and Semi-Centennial (1939), as well as works translated by Bacon, such as Luis de Camões's The Lusiads (1950). Printed material includes several boxes of printed versions of Bacon's poetry and other writings, as well as pamphlets, reprints, newspaper clippings, and ephemera collected by Bacon. Other papers include three scrapbooks documenting Bacon's career from 1923 to 1946, as well as a small quantity of personal documents and photographs.

Leonard Bacon (1887-1954)

Leonard Bacon, American poet, literary critic, and teacher, was born in Solvay, New York on May 26, 1887. He was the son of Nathaniel Terry Bacon and Helen Hazard Bacon. He graduated in 1909 from Yale, where he studied with Chauncey Brewster Tinker and co-edited the literary magazine. Bacon taught English at the University of California, Berkeley between 1910 and 1923. Shortly after the successful publication of his first book Ulug Beg (1923), he retired from education to pursue his literary career. Bacon published several volumes of poetry, including Sunderland Capture, and Other Poems (1940) which won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, as well as translations and an autobiography. In addition to his books, Bacon's poems were published in magazines such as The Saturday Review of Literature, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker.

Bacon married Martha Sherman Stringham on May 16, 1912, and they had three daughters. Bacon died in 1954.

Processing Information

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

The collection includes material formerly classed as: Za Bacon, Uncat ZA MS Bacon, Uncat ZA File Bacon, and Uncat ZA MS 493.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Leonard Bacon Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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Access Information

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