W. H. Auden collection of papers

Title
W. H. Auden collection of papers, 1809-1979 bulk (1927-1973).
Author
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
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Mixed materialPermit neededAvailableBerg Coll MSS AudenSchwarzman Building - Berg Collection Room 320

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Description
2,978 items.
Genre/Form
  • Certificates.
  • Commonplace books.
  • Correspondence.
  • Diaries.
  • Notebooks.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • Wystan Hugh Auden was a poet, translator, literary critic, librettist, and playwright.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Provenance (note)
  • This is a synthetic collection, created from materials acquired through gift and purchase from various sources. The bulk of the materials is from Elizabeth Mayer, Caroline Newton, and the Group Theatre archive. Other items came with Auden's correspondence to various individuals or with material relating to him. Some of the material was a gift from Dr. John Auden, Wendell Stacy Johnson, Eric Sheffield, and Monroe Spears.
Call Number
Berg Coll MSS Auden
Author
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Title
W. H. Auden collection of papers, 1809-1979 bulk (1927-1973).
Summary
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, notebooks dating from [1928] to [1973], undated commonplace books, diaries for 1959 through 1973, journals for 1929 through 1964, legal and financial documents, a certificate, portraits, and pictorial works. The manuscripts and typescripts consist of drafts of poems, some of which were published in "Thank you, Fog," "Epistle to a Godson," or his collected poems; librettos, notes toward works, essays, plays, lectures, speeches, criticism, and translations. The collection also contains manuscripts and typescripts relating to Auden.
The collection contains correspondence by the author, dating from 1930 through 1973, to Benjamin Britten, Nevill Coghill, Wayne Cogswell, Rupert Doone, Orlan Fox, Margaret Gardiner, Howard Griffin, Rhoda Jaffe, Noemi Kenmore, David Luke, Elizabeth Mayer, W. S. Merwin, Caroline Newton, Peter H. Salus, May Sarton, Monroe Spears, Stephen Spender, James and Tania Stern, and others. It also contains letters relating to the author, dating from 1934 to 1979, between various correspondents, including Alan Ansen, Hannah Arendt, T. S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, James Merrill, Peter Salus, Edith Sitwell, W. B. Yeats, and others, as well as letters to the author from various correspondents dating from 1936 to 1973.
Access
Restricted access; Berg Collection; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Wystan Hugh Auden was a poet, translator, literary critic, librettist, and playwright.
Indexes
Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Local Note
Creation of collection-level record funded with the generous support of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.
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Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976.
Coghill, Nevill, 1899-
Cogswell, Wayne.
Doone, Rupert, 1903-1966.
Fox, Orlan.
Griffin, Howard, 1915-1975.
Jaffe, Rhoda.
Kenmore, Noemi.
Luke, David, 1921-
Mayer, Elizabeth.
Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-2019.
Newton, Caroline, 1893-
Salus, Peter H.
Sarton, May, 1912-1995.
Spears, Monroe Kirklyndorf.
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995.
Stern, James, 1904-
Stern, Tania.
Ansen, Alan.
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.
Merrill, James, 1926-1995.
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964.
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.
Mayer, Elizabeth. Former owner
Newton, Caroline, 1893- Former owner
Johnson, Wendell Stacy, 1927- dnr.
Sheffield, Eric, dnr.
Spears, Monroe Kirklyndorf, dnr.
Group Theatre (U.S.) Former owner
Research Call Number
Berg Coll MSS Auden
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