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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.


  • Creation: 1915-1991 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Any requests to publish Eliot material must be cleared through Faber and Faber’s Permissions Department.


.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.

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.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T. S. Eliot correspondence with Conrad Aiken and other papers, 1915-1991: Guide.
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