The League to Support Poetry Collection
Scope and Content Note
The League to Support Poetry Collection contains Dorothy Hobson Fitzgerald's written account of the League's history; her selected correspondence with such poets and critics as Van Wyck Brooks, John Gould Fletcher, Alfred Kreymborg, Archibald MacLeish, F. O. Matthiessen, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams; manuscripts by Alice Mears, Henry McLaughlin, Starr Nelson, and Eve Triem; complete sets of The Poetry Bulletin and The New Quarterly of Poetry; recordings of several radio broadcasts; a few of the mimeographed brochures that circulated among League members in 1939-1940 and 1940-1941; and other miscellaneous items.
- Fitzgerald, Dorothy Hobson (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
The League to Support Poetry Collection, 1936-1949, is open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
Founded by Ann Fox Wolfe, Nancy Ford, and Dorothy Hobson Fitzgerald, who served as its Director, the League to Support Poetry (1936-1949) began as "a plan for organizing clubs and classes interested in poetry into a permanent unit" in the hopes of fostering a "direct contact between the poet and his potential readers." The League invited pre-existing literary clubs, poetry societies, college English classes as well as individuals to subscribe with the stipulation that every group would buy one copy of each book published, with the proceeds going towards paying author royalties. Those who subscribed received The Poetry Bulletin (1937-1946), a mimeographed newsletter appearing from November 1937 to Spring-Summer 1946. To assess the poetry manuscripts submitted for publication, an initial list of judges was assembled including such critics as Witter Bynner, John Gould Fletcher, and F. O. Matthiessen. In 1938-1939 the League published an "experimental series" of seven mimeographed booklets, from which members selected Kenneth Spade Alling's Core of Fire for publication as the first major book in 1940. The mimeographed anthology Gleanings was distributed shortly thereafter, and included works by authors not selected for the experimental series. Subsequent contest winners were Ted Olson's Hawk's Way (1941), Starr Nelson's Heavenly Body (1942), Richard Leon Spain's Rock and Cumulus (1942), Gerard Previn Meyer's Louder Than the Drum (1943), Carolyn Wilson Link's There Is Still Time (1944), Alice Monks Mears's Brief Enterprise (1945), Eve Triem's Parade of Doves (1946), Howard Griffin's Cry Cadence (1947), and Henry McLaughlin's Where the Moment Was (1948). In 1946-1957 the League sponsored a series of poetry broadcasts on WNYC. By 1943 the organization changed to an annual dues system, for which members received both the newsletter and that year's featured publication, and in 1946 The Poetry Bulletin was replaced by the The New Quarterly Review of Poetry. Due to a lack of finances this new magazine came to an end in 1948, followed by the League itself a year later.
13 Linear Feet (15 clamshell manuscript boxes)
The League to Support Poetry Collection contains Dorothy Hobson Fitzgerald's written account of the League's history; her selected correspondence with such poets and critics; manuscripts by Alice Mears, Henry McLaughlin, Starr Nelson, and Eve Triem; complete sets of The Poetry Bulletin and The New Quarterly of Poetry; recordings of several radio broadcasts; a few of the mimeographed brochures that circulated among League members in 1939-1940 and 1940-1941; and other miscellaneous items.
This collection is arranged in four series.
Donated to the Poetry Collection by Dorothy Hobson Fitzgerald in December 1971.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.
- American poetry -- 20th century
- Authors and publishers -- 20th century -- United States -- History
- League to Support Poetry (New York, N.Y.)
- McLaughlin, Henry
- Mears, Alice Monks
- Nelson, Starr
- Poetry -- Publishing
- Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
- Publishers and Publishing -- Correspondence
- Triem, Eve
- Finding aid for the League to Support Poetry Collection, 1936-1949 PCMS-0010
- Finding aid prepared by James Maynard.
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Best Practices
- Language of description
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.