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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1891-1891.7

Witter Bynner papers


Correspondence and compositions of American poet and translator Witter Bynner.


  • 1829-1965

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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49.5 linear feet (99 boxes)

Correspondence (including carbon copies of outgoing letters); manuscripts of poems, plays, and prose writings; diaries and memoirs; scrapbooks of publications and reviews; photographs of family members and friends from the literary and theatrical worlds; manuscripts of writings by others, many with annotations by Witter Bynner. Includes letters to Bynner's uncle, the novelist Edwin Lassetter Bynner, and other family letters. Also contains tapes of interviews with Bynner as well as business and legal papers belonging to him.

Biographical / Historical

Bynner was an American poet and translator.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1891: Letters to Witter Bynner
  2. II. bMS Am 1891.1: Letters from Witter Bynner
  3. III. bMS Am 18911.2: Family letters: a. Letters to Edwin Lassetter Bynner
  4. III. bMS Am 18911.2: Family letters: b. Other family letters
  5. IV. bMS Am 1891.3: Other letters
  6. V. bMS Am 1891.4: Compositions of Witter Bynner (unbound): a. Individual poems
  7. V. bMS Am 1891.4: Compositions of Witter Bynner (unbound): b. Collections of poems
  8. V. bMS Am 1891.4: Compositions of Witter Bynner (unbound): c. Prose and plays
  9. VI. bMS Am 1891.5: Compositions of Witter Bynner (bound): a. Poetic notebooks
  10. VI. bMS Am 1891.5: Compositions of Witter Bynner (bound): b. Other notebooks and bound manuscripts
  11. VI. bMS Am 1891.5: Compositions of Witter Bynner (bound): c. Scrapbooks
  12. VII. bMS Am 1891.6: Other papers
  13. VIII. bMS Am 1891.7: Tapes, business and legal papers, photographs, etc. belonging to Witter Bynner

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*70M-131. Gift of the Estate of Witter Bynner c/o Mr. Henry J. Hughes, Sena Plaza, P.O. Box 340, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501; received: 1970.

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Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. Witter Bynner papers: Guide.
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