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Finding Aid for the Jean Starr Untermeyer Collection, 1904-1968

PCMS-0034

State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection


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Finding aid prepared by James Maynard.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Jason Kovari, November 2008.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: Jean Starr Untermeyer Collection, 1904-1968
Creator: Untermeyer, Jean Starr, 1886-1970
Extent: 48.75 linear feet (195 boxes)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Abstract: The Jean Starr Untermeyer Collection contains over 3,000 letters to Jean Starr Untermeyer and in some cases to Louis Untermeyer from a list of distinguished people; Jean Starr Untermeyer’s letters; Louis Untermeyer’s letters; various manuscripts for individual poems and prose works by Jean Starr Untermeyer and Louis Untermeyer; typescripts; various auxiliary manuscripts by other authors; photographs; and miscellaneous peripheral items.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, PCMS-0034, Jean Starr Untermeyer Collection, 1904-1968, The Poetry Collection, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Acquisition Information

Donated to The Poetry Collection by Jean Starr Untermeyer in various installments between 1937 and 1967. Untermeyer’s letters to Jule Brousseau Roth were donated by Roth after Untermeyer’s death.

Terms of Access

Jean Starr Untermeyer Collection, 1904-1968, is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

The poet Jean Starr Untermeyer was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1886. Between 1907 and 1951 she was married twice to the poet Louis Untermeyer, editor of, among many others, the anthology Modern American and British Poetry(1919). Their son Richard died in 1927. She spent a brief career as a lieder-singer, debuting in Vienna in 1924. In 1940 she was the Ford Madox Ford Chair of Creative Literature at Olivet College, and later taught at the New School for Social Research. Untermeyer’s books of poetry include Growing Pains (1918), Dreams out of Darkness (1921), Steep Ascent (1927), Wingèd Child (1936), Love and Need: Collected Poems 1918-1940 (1940), and Job’s Daughter (1967). She also translated Hermann Broch’s The Death of Virgil (1945), and her autobiography Private Collection (1965) recounts her experiences with Broch and with such other literary figures as Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, Sara Teasdale, Vachel Lindsay, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, Ezra Pound, Edith Sitwell, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bryher. Re-creations, an anthology of her translations, was published in 1970, the year she died.


Scope and Content Note

The Jean Starr Untermeyer Collection contains over 3,000 letters to Jean Starr Untermeyer and in some cases to Louis Untermeyer from a list of distinguished people including Louise Bogan, Bryher, H.D., Norman Holmes Pearson, Marianne Moore, May Sarton, Charles D. Abbott, Anne Sexton, Edith Sitwell, William Carlos Williams, Stanley Kunitz, Sara Teasdale, Amy Lowell, Vachel Lindsay, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Albert Einstein, and Lukas Foss; Jean Starr Untermeyer’s letters to Jule Brousseau Roth, Richard Untermeyer, Charles D. Abbott, Louis Untermeyer, and others; Louis Untermeyer’s letters to Charles D. Abbott, Richard Untermeyer, Jean Starr Untermeyer, and others; various manuscripts for individual poems and prose works by Jean Starr Untermeyer and Louis Untermeyer; typescripts with corrections for Private Collection; Hermann Broch’s typescript for Der Tod Des Vergil; typescripts with corrections for three different versions of Jean Starr Untermeyer’s translation of Broch’s The Death of Virgil; typescripts and proofs for Poets at Work: Essays Based on the Modern Poetry Collection at the Lockwood Memorial Library, University of Buffalo (1948); various auxiliary manuscripts by other authors; photographs of Jean Starr Untermeyer, Louis Untermeyer, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Valentine Ackland, Vachel Lindsay, Siegfried Sassoon, and others; and miscellaneous peripheral items.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series.


Container List

Container list in preparation.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Abbott, Charles D. (Charles David), 1900-1961
Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970
Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951--Der Tod Des Vergil
Bryher, 1894-1983
Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931
Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
Pearson, Norman Holmes, 1909-1975
Poetry Manuscripts Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Sarton, May, 1912-1995
Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964
State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933
Twentieth-Century Poetry Manuscript Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977
Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963

Subject Terms

Poetry--Male authors
Poetry--Women authors