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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1765-1765.2

E. E. Cummings letters to Elizabeth Cummings Qualey


Letters from American poet E. E. Cummings to his sister Elizabeth Qualey Cummings.


  • Creation: 1917-1963

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research. [Collection was formerly restricted].


1.01 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 volume)

Consists of 425 letters by Cummings to his sister Elizabeth Qualey together with a few other letters to E. E. Cummings or to Elizabeth Qualey. Also includes "When I Was a Little Girl," an unpublished work about the Cummings family by Elizabeth Qualey, and one letter from E. E. Cummings to his mother, Rebecca Haswell Cummings.

Biographical / Historical

Cummings was an American poet.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 1765: Letters to Elizabeth Cummings Qualey
  2. II. MS Am 1765.1: When I was a little girl
  3. III. MS Am 1765.2: Letter to Rebecca Haswell Cummings

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

65M-34, 65M-42, and 70M-15. Gift of Mrs. Carlton C. Qualey , 100 Nevada Street Northfield, Minnesota; received: 1965 July 12, 1965 September 11, and 1970 August 26.

Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. E. E. Cummings letters to Elizabeth Cummings Qualey, 1917-1963: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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