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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2669

T. S. Eliot correspondence with Conrad Aiken and other papers


Correspondence of poets T. S. Eliot and Conrad Aiken, as well as that of their wives, Valerie Eliot and Mary Hoover Aiken, along with some additional papers.


  • 1915-1991 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


Letters by T. S. Eliot require permission of the T. S. Eliot Estate to publish.


.33 linear feet (1 box)
11 letters from T. S. Eliot to Conrad Aiken, some also signed by Eliot's wife, Valerie Eliot, and some addressed to Aiken's wife, Mary Hoover Aiken. Also includes: 1 copy of a letter from Aiken to Eliot; letters from Valerie Eliot to Conrad and Mary Aiken; 1 letter from Allen Tate to Conrad Aiken concerning T. S. Eliot; a photograph of Valerie Eliot at the dedication of the Westminster Abbey T. S. Eliot memorial; and various printed items concerning Eliot.

Biographical / Historical

T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965) was an American-British poet, dramatist, and critic, who received an AB degree from Harvard College in 1909. Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer who received an AB from Harvard College in 1911. Aiken and Eliot met at Harvard in 1907 and became lifelong friends.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2008M-33. Purchased with the Amy Lowell Trust from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., 7 West 18th Street, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10011; received: 2008 October 14.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional T. S. Eliot and Conrad Aiken papers owned by the Houghton Library.

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Link to catalog
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot correspondence with Conrad Aiken and other papers, 1915-1991: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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