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

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.

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.


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

1932 - 1977
Majority of material found within 1941 - 1947
0.54 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Related Names
Littlefield, William Horace, 1902-1969
Language of Materials