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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1444-1444.2

William Stanley Braithwaite papers


Papers of the African-American poet, literary critic, and editor, William Stanley Braithwaite.


  • 1897-1930

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.


10.5 linear feet (31 boxes)

Letters to Braithwaite from poets discussing their work and careers or giving permission to have their poems reprinted in one of Braithwaite's anthologies. Also included are many manuscripts of poems. Because of the comprehensive scope of Braithwaite's anthologies, these papers include letters from several hundred poets, great and small, and offer a rich resource for examining American poets from various sections of the country and at various levels of achievement. Also included are biographical sketches of poets, submitted for a directory of poets in the 1926 Anthology; permission slips; four boxes of proofs of poems appearing in the Anthology, as well as proofs of books of verse by various poets; clippings of Braithwaite's articles and reviews from the Boston Evening Transcript; and one box of pamphlets, programs, and other ephemera. Supplemental material includes manuscripts and proofs of works by Lucius Beebe, Robert Hillyer, and others and letters from Braithwaite and B. J. Brimmer Company to Edwin F. Edgett, literary editor of the Boston Evening Transcript.

Biographical / Historical

Braithwaite was an African-American poet, literary critic, and editor. He wrote reviews and criticism for the Boston Evening Transcript. From 1913 to 1929 he edited an annual Anthology of Magazine Verse. In the 1920s he was president of B.J. Brimmer Company, a Boston publishing firm.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to WSB and other papers
  2. II. Manuscripts from W.S.B.'s collection
  3. III. Letters to Edwin Francis Edgett

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Manuscripts (MS Am 1444) gift of Charles H. Taylor and the Friends of the Library; received: ca. 1931.

69M-152. Manuscripts (MS Am 1444.1) purchased from William Stanley Braithwaite; received: date unknown.

78M-65. Manuscripts (MS Am 1444.2) purchased with the Thomas E. Hanley Fund; received: 1978 June.

Processing Information

Boxes 21-28 in series MS Am 1444 are minimally processed and loosely sorted in groupings of types of materials.

Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. William Stanley Braithwaite papers, 1897-1930: Guide.
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