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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1823-1823.10

E. E. Cummings papers

Correspondence and working drafts of poems and other writings by American poet E. E. Cummings.


  • 1870-1969

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


18 linear feet (116 boxes)

The Cummings collection includes most of the papers that were in his possession at the time of his death. Includes correspondence, manuscripts and working drafts of poems and other writings. There are letters by Cummings to his mother and father, and carbon copies of most of the outgoing letters from the later years of his life. Cummings' correspondence includes long runs of family letters, letters from literary friends, and letters from publishers (chiefly from Harcourt, Brace), and from his agents Brandt & Brandt.

Biographical / Historical

Cummings was an American poet.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. MS Am 1823: Letters to E. E. Cummings
  2. II. MS Am 1823.1: Letters from E. E. Cummings
  3. III. MS Am 1823.2: Letters to Marion (Morehouse) Cummings
  4. IV. MS Am 1823.3: Other letters
  5. V. MS Am 1823.4: Books and pamphlets
  6. VI. MS Am 1823.5: Poems
  7. ___A. Published poems
  8. ___ B. Other poems
  9. VII. MS Am 1823.6: Prose
  10. VIII. MS Am 1823.7: Notes, drawings, tapes, and film
  11. ___A. Notes and drawings
  12. ___ B. Tapes and film
  13. IX. MS Am 1823.8: Business papers and miscellaney
  14. ___A. Agreements and contracts
  15. ___ B. Royalty statements
  16. ___C. Miscellaney
  17. X. MS Am 1823.9: Other manuscripts
  18. XI. MS Am 1823.10: Additional correspondence

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-150. Purchased with the Lowell fund from Mrs. Edward Estlin Cummings, 4 Patchin Place, New York, New York 10011; received: 1966.
Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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