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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Can 11.2

Bliss Carman letters to Odell Shepard


Letters from Canadian poet Bliss Carman to his bibliographer Odell Shepherd.


  • 1917-1927

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters concerning Shepard's bibliography of Carman's works. Letters also concern Carman's poems, the progress and publication of the bibliography, as well as personal issues, discussions of travel, mutual friends, and literature. Also includes an advertisement for "A Thanksgiving Testimonial for Bliss Carman (who is ill at Saranac)" in New York.

Biographical / Historical

Carman was a Canadian poet. Shepard was the author a bibliography of Carman's works, titled Bliss Carman.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-36. Gift of Professor Odell Shepard, Bard College Annandale-on Hudson, New York; received: 1951 September.

Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929. Bliss Carman letters to Odell Shepard, 1917-1927: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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