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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1897

Letters from Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound to Gordon Cairnie


Letters written to bookseller Gordon Cairnie from poets Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound.


  • 1930-1971

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Collection contains letters written to book collector and seller Gordon Cairne from Conrad Aiken, Ezra Pound, and Dorothy Pound. These letters mostly are requests for books that they wish to buy from Cairne, and also concern how much money they owe the bookseller. Letters also discuss the bookselling business. The collection also contains limericks written for Cairne by Aiken, a Hallmark card with a poem written by Aiken, many postcards, a musical program, an invitation, newspaper clippings about books, and a cartoon.

Biographical / Historical

Cairnie was the proprietor of the Grolier Book Shop in Cambridge, Mass. Cairnie founded the shop, specializing in poetry, in 1927.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*73M-68. Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Harvard College Library, from the estate of Gorden Cairnie, care of Arthur Freeman, 4 Trowbridge Place, Cambridge, Mass. 02138; received: 1973 November 16.
Cairnie, Gordon, recipient. Letters from Conrad Aiken and Ezra Pound to Gordon Cairnie: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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