Open House Featuring T.S. Eliot Materials Takes Place Friday, September 22

T.S. Eliot and his second wife, Valerie Eliot. Photo by Ida Kar, vintage bromide print, 1956

Please join us for an Open House display of research materials about writer T.S. Eliot from the Libraries’ Special Collections.


Olin Library, Special Collections Classroom: Level One
September 22, 2017 – 10:00 am-1:00 PM

T.S. Eliot was born in St. Louis in 1888 and was the grandson of one of the founders of Washington University William Greenleaf Eliot. Although T.S. Eliot left St. Louis at age sixteen to attend school and would only return for brief visits he later wrote,

It is self-evident that St. Louis affected me more deeply than any other environment has ever done. I feel that there is something in having passed one’s childhood beside the big river, which is incommunicable to those people who have not.

Washington University Studies, New Series: Literature and Language, no. 23 (St. Louis: Washington University Press, 1953)

Correspondence, drafts, and photographs from the T.S. Eliot Collection will be on view and the event is open to the public.






About the author

Reference and Outreach Supervisor in Special Collections.