Special Collections Department
Louis Untermeyer Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 111
Accessioned: Purchases 1970 and 1975; scrapbook gift of Lloyd Curreg, 1978
Extent:5 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, galley proofs, scrapbooks, photographs, announcements, clippings,
lectures, anthologies, poems, reviews (criticism), programs, essays, notes, lists, and bookplates.
Access: The collection is open for research. Consult a manuscript librarian for information
on copyright permission for the Conrad Aiken letters.
Processed: Originally processed in 1971 by T. Stuart Dick, reprocessed 1989 and 1993
by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
- Contents List: Manuscripts written by Louis Untermeyer, 1912-1942
- Contents List: Lectures presented by Louis Untermeyer
- Contents List: Manuscripts written by other authors
- Contents List: Bookplate, scrapbooks, and clippings
Biographical Note Scope and Content Note Arrangement Note and Series Outline
Contents List, Series I: Correspondence, 1902-1972
Series II. Manuscripts written by Louis Untermeyer, 1912-1942 Series includes original typescripts, page proofs, galley proofs, autograph drafts, and other material written by Untermeyer for publication. Arranged in alphabetical order by title. Series II.1. "The Friar's Tale," [n.d.] A translation of the story from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. F219 Ts, [n.d.] Consists of pages 1-3 and 12-13 and bears autograph revisions, 5p. Series II.2. Light Verse, [n.d.] Anthology of light poetry which was possibly written by Untermeyer. Includes poems by Ogden Nash, Bert Leston Taylor, Hilaire Belloc, Newman Levy, Guy Wetmore Carryl, Oliver Herford, and Harry Graham (occasionally using his pseudonym, "Col. D. Streamer"). F220 Ts (carbon), [n.d.] Consists of 28p. 12 Series II.3. Miles Standish, An American Light Opera,  Lyrics for this opera written by Louis Untermeyer and an unidentified person, possibly Jean Starr Untermeyer. F221 Ts (carbon), 1912 Oct-Nov Bound Ts bears autograph corrections (156p) by Louis Untermeyer and inscriptions to Louis Untermeyer, "Philip," and "Jean." Includes a TLS from "Eddy" of the Washington Square Players (May 17, 1918). Series II.4. Modern American Poetry (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., 1942),  Galley and page proofs for the sixth revised edition. Other editions available in Morris Library stacks. F222 Galley Proofs,  Author's copy which includes the title page, foreword, preface, and contents. Includes poetry by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Edwin Markham, Louise Imogen Gainey, Richard Hovey, Edwin A. Robinson, Edgar Lee Masters, Lucinda Matlock, Stephen Crane, T.A. Daly, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, Franklin P. Adams, Witter Bynner, and William C. Williams, 31p. F223 Page Proofs,  Pages 366-376, 380-384, 502-506, 516-548, 551-553, 556-567, 570-591, 594, 597-602, 604-606, 608-611, 631-636, 645-647, 653-654, 658-661, 669-701. 153p. 13 Series II.5. Modern British Poetry (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc., 1962),  Galley proofs for the revised edition. Copy available in Morris Library stacks (PR 1224 .U6 1962). F224 Galley proofs,  Galleys numbered 44-54, 11p. Series II.6. A Treasury of Great Poems, English and American (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1942), [1941-1942]. The Ts and page proofs in this subseries all bear autograph corrections and notations by the printer and editor unless otherwise noted. A copy of this anthology is available in the Morris Library stacks (PR 1175 .U65). F225 Title page, dedication, acknowledgements, preface, and "In Praise of Poetry,"  1. Title page. Page proof, 2p. 2. Dedication. Ts (setting copy) and page proof, 2p. 3. Acknowledgements. Page proof(on the verso of the dedication), 1p. 4. "In Praise of Poetry." Ts (setting copy) and page proof, 5p. 5. Preface. Ts (setting copy) and page proofs, 26p. F226 Contents,  Ts (missing page 1), Ts (setting copy), and miscellaneous pages, 68p. F227 Part I: The Bible,  Ts (setting copy?), 20p, as well as a second Ts and page proofs, 57p. F228 Part II: Foundation of the English Spirit,  Ts and page proofs, 68p. F229 Part III: The Popular Ballad,  Ts and page proofs, 38p. F230 Part IV: Early Songs of Unknown Authorship,  Ts and page proofs, 12p. F231 Part V: Toward the Golden Age,  Ts and page proofs, 69p. F232 Part VI: Elizabethan Songs of Unknown Authorship,  Ts and page proofs, 14p. F233 Part VII: The Mirror of Mankind  Ts and page proofs, 43p. F234 Part VIII: Anatomy of the World,  Ts and page proofs, 59p. F235 [Part IX: Gallants, Puritans and Divines],  Ts and page proofs, 88p. F236 Part X: The Rise and Fall of Elegance,  Ts and page proofs, 72p. F237 Part XI: Pure Vision, Pure Song,  Ts and page proofs, 28p. F238 Part XII: The Spirit of Revolution and Romance,  Ts and page proofs, 114p. F239 Part XIII: Faith, Doubt and Democracy,  Ts and page proofs, 90p. 15 F240 Part XIV: Challenge to Tradition,  Ts and page proofs, 109p. F241 Part XV: The World of Twentieth Century,  Ts and page proofs, with acknowledgements, 186p. F242 Miscellaneous page,  Ts with autograph corrections, 1p. Series II.7. The World's Worst Poetry, [n.d.] This collection of poetry was probably gathered by Untermeyer. Includes verses by William Blake, R. Toffe, William Hamilton, Robert Dodsley, John Dyer, Isaac Watts, W.J. Mitchell, Frederic Lopere, Thomas Campis, William Shakespeare, E. Spenser, W. Perry, M. Drayton, B. Barnes, and T. Watson. F243 Autograph, Ts, and tear sheet, [n.d.] In addition to poems a list of other poets and titles is included, 34p. Series III. Lectures presented by Louis Untermeyer, [n.d.] F244 "Horace Then and Now," [n.d.] Ts bearing autograph notes, 7p. F245 "New Frontiers in American Culture," [n.d.] Ts (carbon) bearing autograph corrections, 4p. F246 "New Rhythms in American Music," [n.d.] Ts and Ts (carbon) both bearing autograph notes. Also includes clippings, 11p. F247 "Notes for Lecture on the Drama," [n.d.] Ts bearing autograph additions and corrections, 2p. F248 "Notes on Architecture," [n.d.] Ts bearing a few autograph corrections, 4p. F249 "The Painters Discover America," [n.d.] Ts (carbon) bearing autograph notes, 3p. F250 "This American Language," [n.d.] Ts (carbon) bearing autograph notes. Also includes an announcement for the lecture, 8p. 16 Series IV. Manuscripts written by other authors, [1907 and n.d.] Includes typescripts by Edwin G. Burrows and J.A. Chaloner. F251 Burrows, Edwin G., Guernica for Pablo Picasso, [n.d.] Ts (carbon) with cover, 40p. F252 Chaloner, J.A., Scorpio (Sonnets) (Palmetto Press, 1907) Ts bearing autograph corrections, includes a prologue, a biographical sketch on Chaloner, and an appendix; all written by Untermeyer. Also includes several sonnets, 20p. Series V. Louis Untermeyer's bookplate, [n.d.] F253 Bookplate, [n.d.] Series VI. Scrapbooks and clippings collected by Louis Untermeyer, 1920-1942 Two scrapbooks and one folder of loose material contain clippings, and printed material collected by Untermeyer. F254 Scrapbook, 1920-1925 Contains clippings and tear sheets of poetry written by a number of poets including: Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Leonie Adams, James Oppenheim, Anna Wickham, Winnifred Welles, Elizabeth J. Coatsworth, George O'Neill, Elinor Wylie, Louise Bogan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Vachel Lindsay, Dorothy Parker, John Crowe Ransom, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Stephen Vincent Benet, Grace Hazard Conkling, Louis Ginsberg, Nathalia Crane (with a Ts (carbon) poem), Hazel Hall, Lizette Woodworth Reese, Roberta Teale Swartz, and a copy of "Daughters of Jephthah" by Louis Untermeyer. Also includes several clippings about poets, 56p. F255 Scrapbook, 1938-1942 Includes clippings and tear sheets of literary material, as well as material concerning the Nazis and World War II. Includes poetry (or other work) by Theodore Morrison, Phyllis McGinley, Raymond Holden, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Thompson, William Randolph Hearst, Harry Brown, Sara Henderson May, May Sarton, Paul Fort, Margaret McGovern, Lewis Allan, John Gillespie Magee, Jr., and Frank Young. Also includes Untermeyer's poem titled "Country of Appeasers," ca. 60p. F256 Clippings, tear sheets, and photocopies, 1935-1941 Several of the articles are about Untermeyer and his poetry, 14p.
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