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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 943.5-943.7

Stephen Spender Papers concerning Dylan Thomas


Letters from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas to English poet Stephen Spender and as well as letters from Stephen Spender to various correspondents concerning appeals for funds to aid Thomas.


  • Creation: 1940-1953

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.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Contains letters from Dylan Thomas to Stephen Spender and Peter Watson, as well as letters from Stephen Spender to various correspondents concerning appeals for funds to aid Thomas, and a balance sheet for the fund.

Biographical / Historical

Spender (1909-1995) was an English poet and critic. Thomas was a Welsh poet.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Eng 943.5: Letters from Dylan Thomas to Stephen Spender
  2. II. MS Eng 943.6: Letter from Dylan Thomas to Peter Watson
  3. III. MS Eng 943.7: Materials concerning the appeal for funds to aid Dylan Thomas

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

54M-267. Gift of Stephen Spender, Esq., Panton House 25 Haymarket London, S. W. 1, England; received: 1955 June.

Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. Stephen Spender Papers concerning Dylan Thomas, 1940-1953: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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