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The League to Support Poetry Collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0010
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.

Dates

  • 1936-1949

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The League to Support Poetry Collection, 1936-1949, is open for research.

Copyright

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.

Extent

13 linear feet (15 clamshell manuscript boxes)

Overview

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.

Historical Note

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.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Poetry Collection by Dorothy Hobson Fitzgerald in December 1971.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

The New Quarterly Review of Poetry. Poetry Periodical Collection (no call number; shelved by title)

The Poetry Bulletin. Poetry Periodical Collection (no call number; shelved by title)

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.
Title
Finding aid for the League to Support Poetry Collection, 1936-1949 PCMS-0010
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard.
Date
2008
Description rules
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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