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Hart Crane papers, 1909-1937 

Crane, Hart, 1899-1932
Phys. Desc: 
15 linear feet (23 manuscript boxes; 1 tall manuscript box (box 17); 1 small flat box (box 16); 3 reels motion picture; 1 framed painting; 1 oversized folder)
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Biographical Note

American poet.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, and memorabilia of the American poet, Hart Crane, range in date over most of his active life. This collection includes over 500 letters written by Crane to members of his family and close friends and received by him from his family and prominent contemporary authors (Eugene O'Neill, Sherwood Anderson, T. S. Eliot, Alfred Steiglitz, Waldo Frank, Allan Tate, etc.). Among these is a group of letters written to Mrs. Crane upon Crane's death. There is correspondence and documents relating to his books, THE BRIDGE, WHITE BUILDINGS, and THE COLLECTED POEMS. Also present are most of the original manuscripts of Crane's major works ("The Bridge" "White Buildings" "West Indies Poems" etc) with corrections and additions in Crane's hand. Included here are a number of drafts of poems of his earlier period. The is also a copy of the 16mm. motion picture "In Search of Hart Crane." In addition there is one box of notes by Jethro Robinson relating to his Ph.D. dissertation, as well as a large group of photographs taken by Crane in Mexico with inscriptions and identifications in his hand and a group of Crane's scrapbooks, family photographs and mementoes. Accompanying the collection is a group of books from Hart Crane's library many of which are signed copies (series IX) and a group of periodical material which relates to Crane.