Finding-Aid for the Marianne Moore Papers (MSS085)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Box and Folder Listing


Collection Outline

Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Typescripts

Series III. Clippings

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorMoore, Marianne, 1887-1972.
TitleMarianne Moore Papers
Quantity: 0.21 linear feet
Identification: MSS085

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Biographical Note

Marianne Moore, one of the most famous American poets of the 20th century, was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. She was raised in Pennsylvania and began writing poetry while studying at Bryn Mawr College. In 1924, she won the Dial Award for her collection Observations (1924) and was hired as an editor at Dial, where she worked until 1929 when the magazine ceased publication. Moore was recognized from her youngest days as a poet of extraordinary talent and received many awards, fellowships, and honorary degrees throughout her life. In 1952, her Collected Poems captured the three major poetry prizes: The National Book Award, The Bollingen Prize, and The Pulitzer Prize.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Marianne Moore Papers consists of correspondence principally between Mona Van Duyn, Charles Guenther, Chancellor and Mrs. Thomas H. Eliot and William Matheson, a typescript [carbon] manuscript of critical review of Louise Bogan's Selected Criticism and Kenneth Burke's Book of Moments, a typescript draft of Quoting an also private thought [poem], and a clippings.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restrictions

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to large portions of the collection held by the estate of Marianne Moore.

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Administrative Information

Source

Purchase and gift. Accession 849, gift of Mona Van Duyn. Accession 863, gift of Charles Guenther. Accession 864, gift of Thomas H. Eliot. Accession 1290, gift of Henry Wenning. Accession 1447, gift of Pamela White Hadas. Accession 1492a, gift of Randolph Kendall Tibbits.

Processing Information

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff

Accruals

Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

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Box and Folder Listing

Accession 1492a.
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Series I. Correspondence,

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, 1959: November 13. (A.C.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Elizabeth Drew, in friendship.
Originally laid in O to be a dragon by Moore. PS3525.O5616 O2 1959a
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, 1959: December 8. (T.L. [carbon]. 1 p.)
Henry Wenning to The Curator, Rare Bookroom, New York Public Library, requesting address of Eugene P. Sheehy.
Accession 1290.
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, 1959: December 10. (T.L. 1 p.)
David Stam, Editorial Assistant, New York Public Library, to Henry Wenning, providing address of Eugene P. Sheehy.
Accession 1290.
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, 1959: December 18. (T.L. [carbon]. 1 p.)
Henry Wenning to David Stam, thanking him for sending the address.
Accession 1290.
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, 1959: December 18. (T.L. [carbon]. 1 p.)
Henry Wenning to Eugene P. Sheehy, inquiring about another edition of A Face [poem] by Marianne Moore, before him, and not cited in the bibliography edited by Mr. Sheehy with Kenneth A. Lohf: The achievement of Marianne Moore; a bibliography. Requests further information on the history of the item.
Accession 1290.
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, 1960: January 3 (T.L. 1 p.)
Eugene P. Sheehy to Henry Wenning explaining printing history of A Face [broadsheet poem] by Marianne Moore.
Accession 1290.
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, 1960: January 7 (T.L. [carbon] 2 p.)
Henry Wenning to Eugene P. Sheehy, thanking him for the information on the printing history of A Face [poem]
Accession 1290.
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, 1962: Mar. 26. (T.L.S. [photocopy]. 1 p.)
Moore to Charles Guenther supplying requested information on her family relationships in Kirkwood, Missouri. Moore goes on to relate briefly her movements since then, including information on her immediate family.
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, 1964: June 29. (Ts. [carbon]. 1 p.)
Mona Van Duyn to Moore, requesting any literary ms. for the Washington University Rare Book collection.
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, 1964: July 8. (T.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn replying that she has promised her ms. to Bryn Mawr and Yale, but enclosing two pieces of criticism and the published magazine edition of one.
Searching for as of 2012; May 17
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, 1964: July 14. (Ts.[carbon]. 1 p.)
Mona Van Duyn to Moore thanking her for her contribution and inquiring after her health.
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T.L.S., 1964: July 17. (1 p.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn thanking her for her concern for her well-being, announces she is off for 3 months to Great Britain with two college friends.
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, 1964: Nov. 12. (A.C.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn thanking her for photographs of a moose in Maine pond. Remarks she was greatly benefited by stay in England.
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, 1964: Nov. 20. (Ts. [carbon]. 1 p.)
Mona Van Duyn to Moore thanking her for her postal card and enclosing another card of the Maine pond.
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, 1964: Nov. 21. (A.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn thanking her for the picture of the moose.
Searching for as of 2012; May 17
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, 1964: Nov. 30. (Ts. [carbon]. 1 p.)
Mona Van Duyn to Moore.
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, 1965: Apr. 26. (T.L.S. 3 pp.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn, enclosing the Moose photographs and announcing that she has received the magazine prints of the photos. Includes two postal cards, blank, of moose in Maine.
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, 1965: Sept. 23. (A.C.S. [photocopy]. 1 p.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn commenting on the moose photos taken by Mona Van Duyn.
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, 1965: May 19. (A.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Richard Deutsch, young student and poet, commenting briefly on a poem he has apparently sent her for criticism.
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, 1965: May 22. (A.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Richard Deutsch, making a suggestion on a poem he has apparently sent her for criticism.
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, 1966: Dec. 8. (T.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to William Matheson commenting on the gift of her book, Granite, Steel, and other topics, to the Washington University Libraries.
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, [1967: May]. (T.L.S. [photocopy]. 1 p.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn, confirming arrangements for arrival in St. Louis and announcing her plans during the visit.
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, 1967: May 26. (T.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Pamela White Hadas with Assistance [poem] for Mona Van Duyn. The poem was intended for publication in the Washington University magazine, Freelance, and apparently never published.
Accession 1447.
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, [1967: June]. (T.L.S. 2 pp.)
Moore to Mona Van Duyn and Jarvis Thurston, thanking them for showing her St. Louis on her recent trip.
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, 1967: June 6. (T.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Thomas H. Eliot, Chancellor of Washington University, thanking him for her enjoyable three day stay in St. Louis where Washington University awarded her an Honorary degree.
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, 1967: June 9. (T.L.S. 1 p.)
Moore to Mrs. Thomas Eliot thanking her for her hospitality in St. Louis and remarking upon the pleasure derived by her assistant and companion, Gladys Berry.
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, 1967: Oct. 5. (T.L.S. 1 p.)
Thomas H. Eliot, Chancellor, to Andrew J. Eaton, director, Washington University Libraries, requesting that the two June letters from Moore be preserved in Olin Library.
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, 1968: Dec. 23. (A.C.S. 1 p.)
Moore to William Matheson, thanking him for her visit to the Rare Book room of Olin Library.
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, 1978: November 28. (A.C.S.. 1 p.)
Randolph Kendall Tibbits to Rare Book, Olin Library, Washington University. Photograph by Richard Avedon used as a postcard.

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Series II. Typescripts,

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Quoting an also private thought [poem]. 1 p., n.d. (Ts. 1 p.)
Light ms. revision.
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Review, 1955: Dec. 5. (Ts. [carbon]. Also Ts. copy of pp. 3-4. 6 pp)
Review of collected criticism [Selected criticism] by Louise Bogan.
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Review, 1955: Jul. 19. (Ts. [carbon]. 4pp.)
Review of collected poetry/Book of Moments: Poems 1915 - 1954/ by Kenneth Burke.

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Series III. Clippings,

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Clipping., [1952]. (1 p.)
Review of Moore's Collected Poems by Seldon Rodman.
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Clipping., [1967: June]. ([photocopy] 1 p.)
Clipping from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat relating an interview with Moore at the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel.

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