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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1951

V. R. Lang papers


Manuscripts and correspondence of the American poet, playwright, and actress V. R. Lang.


  • 1929-1974
  • Majority of material found in 1943-1959

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (7 boxes)

The bulk of the collection is manuscripts by Lang consisting of poems, plays, novels, various drafts, and notes, as well as notebooks with diary entries and drafts of poems and plays. Also contains a few manuscripts by other writers including Djuna Barnes and Frank O'Hara; some personal correspondence of Lang; correspondence of her husband Bradley S. Phillips mostly concerning possible publication of his wife's work after her death; address books; and printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Lang was an American poet, playwright, actress, and a founder of the Poets' Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.


Organized into seven series:

  1. I. Compositions by Lang
  2. II. Compositions by others
  3. III. Letters to Lang
  4. IV. Letters from Lang
  5. V. Letters to Bradley Sawyer Phillips
  6. VI. Letters from Bradley Sawyer Phillips
  7. VII. Other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*76M-84. Gift of Bradley S. Phillips; received: 1977.

Lang, V. R., 1924-1956. V. R. Lang papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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