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Sara Teasdale collection

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 746

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, and other personal papers by or relating to the American poet Sara Teasdale. Correspondence includes several autograph manuscript letters from Teasdale and third-party letters relating to her. Writings include an autograph manuscript diary kept by Teasdale on her first trip to Europe between Feburary and May 1905, six autograph manuscript notebooks, numbered IV through IX, containing poems drafted between 1911 and 1932, and several individual drafts or clean copies of poems and short works. Other materials in the collection include Teasdale's will, notebooks documenting literary submissions and payments received, and photographs. There are photographs of Teasdale, portraits of Teasdale in artwork, the poets Marianne Moore and Genevieve Taggard, Teasdale's friend Margaret Conklin, and her husband Ernst Filsinger.

Dates

  • 1890 - 1989
  • Majority of material found within 1905 - 1932

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sara Teasdale 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 from various sources. For more information consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Margaret Conklin Gift, 1905-1932. II. William Drake Purchase, 1912-1989. III. William Drake Gift, 1890-1984. IV. Material from Other Sources, 1905-1931.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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.teasdale

Overview

Collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, and other personal papers by or relating to the American poet Sara Teasdale. Correspondence includes several autograph manuscript letters from Teasdale and third-party letters relating to her. Writings include an autograph manuscript diary kept by Teasdale on her first trip to Europe between Feburary and May 1905, six autograph manuscript notebooks, numbered IV through IX, containing poems drafted between 1911 and 1932, and several individual drafts or clean copies of poems and short works. Other materials in the collection include Teasdale's will, notebooks documenting literary submissions and payments received, and photographs. There are photographs of Teasdale, portraits of Teasdale in artwork, the poets Marianne Moore and Genevieve Taggard, Teasdale's friend Margaret Conklin, and her husband Ernst Filsinger.

Sara Teasdale (1894-1932)

The American poet Sara Teasdale was born 8 August 1884 in Saint Louis, Missouri and home-schooled until she was nine. While living in the Midwest, she also traveled to Chicago, where she became part of the circle surrounding Poetry magazine and Harriet Monroe. Teasdale's first book, Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, came out in 1907. Other works followed, including Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911) and Rivers to the Sea (1915). After moving to New York City with her husband in 1916, she won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize and the Poetry Society of America Prize for Love Songs (1917). She published three additional volumes of poetry during her lifetime, Flame and Shadow (1920), Dark of the Moon (1926), and Stars To-night (1930). Teasdale died 28 January 1933 in New York City and her final collection, Strange Victory, appeared posthumously that same year.

Biographical information taken from "Sara Teasdale." Poets.org at <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/658>. 24 May 2013.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including in some instances rehousing and minimal organization, when it arrived at the library. During baseline processing of the collection in 2013, materials were organized with respect to provenance in the foure series identified below.

Former call numbers: Za Teasdale, Uncat Za Ms 113, and Uncat Za Ms 140.
Title
Guide to the Sara Teasdale Collection
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
May 2013
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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