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Barbara Howes papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 59
Scope and Contents

The Barbara Howes papers contain writings, correspondence, personal and financial papers, and photographs documenting the life and literary career of American poet and editor Barbara Howes. The collection includes extensive files on all of Howes' book-length publications and many manuscripts and typescripts of individual poems, short stories and articles; her correspondence with her family, particularly with her mother and her husband, the poet William Jay Smith; and letters from a wide circle of literary friends and colleagues, including Leonie Adams, Elizabeth Bishop, Malcolm Cowley, Denise Levertov, James Merrill, W. S. Merwin, Katherine Anne Porter, Theodore Roethke, and Richard Wilbur.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 33 (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Barbara Howes 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

Series I-IV purchased from Ken Lopez Bookseller on the Dwight and Nathan funds, 2002. Series V is the gift of Barbara Howes, 1960-1966.


Organized into five series: I. Writings, 1929-1991. II. Correspondence, 1922-1995. III. Personal and Financial Papers, 1914-1995. IV. Photographs, 1916-1957.V. 1960-1966 Gifts of Barbara Howes Writings, 1959-1965..

27.34 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
Related Names
Howes, Barbara, 1914-1996
Language of Materials