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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 943, 943.2-.3

Dylan Thomas papers


Correspondence, literary drafts, photographs and a drawing by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.


  • 1936-1954

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)

Contains worksheets of Thomas' poems in various stages including drafts for Prologue. Other manuscripts include Adventures in the skin trade and Memories of early days. Letters include correspondence with his New York City friend, the poet and critic Oscar Williams. Also contains a few letters by Caitlin Thomas; photographs of Thomas, Williams, and Gene Derwood; and a drawing by Thomas.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas was a Welsh poet.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Eng 943: Compositions
  2. II. MS Eng 943.2: Papers concerning Dylan Thomas
  3. III. MS Eng 943.3: Letters from Caitlin Thomas

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

54M-125. Gift of Oscar Williams, 35 Water Street New York City; received: 1954 December 9.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953. Dylan Thomas papers, 1936-1954: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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