Sherwood Trask Papers
Description of the Papers
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, and personal papers by and relating to American educator and poet Sherwood Trask. Correspondence includes letters from writers, editors, publishers, members of the Modern School Movement, and family. Correspondence dating from the 1930s-40s includes letters from many writers and editors, including Edwin Muir, Edward Merrill Root, T. S. Eliot, Harriet Monroe, Marianne Moore, Lincoln Kirstein, Harold Vinal, and others. Other materials document Trask's interest in progressive education and his career as an educator, including his affiliations with the Modern School in Stelton, New Jersey and the Walden School in New York City.
- 1846 - 1969
- Majority of material found within 1921 - 1963
Information about Access
This collection is open for research.
Ownership & Copyright
The Sherwood Trask 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 note
Gift of Robert L. Jackson, 1967.
10.08 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, and personal papers by and relating to American educator and poet Sherwood Trask.
Sherwood Trask (1890-1973)
Sherwood Trask, educator and author, was born 5 February 1890 in Kewanee, Illinois. He was educated at Dartmouth (1911) before doing some graduate work at Dartmouth and Harvard and working a number of short-term jobs between 1912 and 1917, as an assistant to a social worker in Boston, an investigator of factories, a vocational counselor, and an agent to John Collier. Between 1919 and 1922 Trask studied utopian colonies and progressive schools and taught briefly at the Modern School in Stelton, New Jersey and Marrieta Johnson's School of Organic Education in Fairhope, Alabama. Trask then spent four years in Europe, from 1922 to 1926, before returning to the United States and to work at the Walden School in New York City.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. Descriptive information is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents.
Former call number: Uncat Za Ms 60.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection was previously closed to research. That restriction was lifted in July 2019.
- Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
- Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996
- Modern School (Stelton, N.J.)
- Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936
- Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
- Muir, Edwin, 1887-1959
- Photographic prints
- Poets -- United States -- 20th century
- Poets, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Progressive education -- United States
- Root, E. Merrill (Edward Merrill), 1895-1973
- Trask, Sherwood, 1890-1973
- Vinal, Harold, 1891-1965
- Walden School
- Sherwood Trask Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- July 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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