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William Horace Littlefield papers related to "Portrait Drawings of Poets, and Their Manuscripts" exhibition

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 602

Scope and Contents

The collections consists of artwork, manuscripts, correspondence, and other material relating to William Horace Littlefield's exhibition "Portrait Drawings of Poets, and Their Manuscripts" (1942). The bulk of the collection is comprised of the original portrait drawings and mounted autograph and typescript manuscripts of American and British poets displayed in the exhibit. According to an artist note found in the collection, "the drawings are portrait heads in pencil on grey-green paper, modelled in white and grey, the medium being water in oil tempera. Each is signed and dated by poet and artist." Correspondence includes letters from poets responding to Littlefield's request to sit for a portrait, as well as more general correspondence. Other material includes writings by Littlefield and printed material related to the exhibit.

Dates

  • 1932 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1947

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William Horace Littlefield Papers Related to "Portrait Drawings of Poets, and Their Manuscripts" Exhibition 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 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stiner, 1985.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Artwork and Manuscripts, 1940-1954. II. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1932-1977.

Extent

0.54 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.littlefi

Overview

The collections consists of artwork, manuscripts, correspondence, and other material relating to William Horace Littlefield's exhibition "Portrait Drawings of Poets, and Their Manuscripts" (1942). The bulk of the collection is comprised of the original portrait drawings and mounted autograph and typescript manuscripts of American and British poets displayed in the exhibit. According to an artist note found in the collection, "the drawings are portrait heads in pencil on grey-green paper, modelled in white and grey, the medium being water in oil tempera. Each is signed and dated by poet and artist." Correspondence includes letters from poets responding to Littlefield's request to sit for a portrait, as well as more general correspondence. Other material includes writings by Littlefield and printed material related to the exhibit.

William Horace Littlefield (1902-1969)

William Horace Littlefield, American painter, writer, and art collector. Littlefield was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1902, and was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1924). His exhibition, "Portrait Drawings of Poets, and Their Manuscript" (1942), featured fourteen portraits of contemporary American and British poets displayed in conjunction with autograph and typescript manuscripts of each poet. Featured poets included: William Abrahams, John Peale Bishop, John Malcolm Brinnin, John Ciardi, Richard Eberhart, Dudley Fitts, Robert Hillyers, John Holmes, Samuel French Morse, Howard Moss, Winfield Townley Scott, Theodore Spencer, Dunston Thompson, Robert Penn Warren, and Edward Weismiller.

Processing Information

The collection received initial processing at or around the time of acquisition. Further description was carried out in 2012.

Formerly classed as: Uncat ZA MS 322.
Title
Guide to the William Horace Littlefield Papers Related to "Portrait Drawings of Poets, and Their Manuscripts" Exhibition
Author
by Danijela True and Jennifer Meehan
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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Location

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Access Information

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