The collection consists primarily of letters and postcards by Tate to various friends, fellow poets, and associates, such as Gertrude Hooker, Leonard Unger, Barbara Howes Smith, Carlos Baker, Louis O. Coxe, and Sally Wood Cohn. Also present are some letters received by Tate, a few of his poems, including two versions of "The Buried Lake," and three photographs.
Allen Tate, American poet, edited The Fugitive (1922), wrote interpretive biographies of Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, and published numerous collections of poems and literary criticism.
Versions of "the Buried Lake" is a gift of Samuel H. Monk '24. Letters to Maritain are an exhcange with Circle D'Etudes. Additions to papers were purchased from the author in 1977. Letter to Gerlach purchased from Walter R. Benjamin. Letters from Tate and Gordon are a gift of Joseph Horrell. Letter to Robie was purchased from David Holmes. More letters from Tate and Gordon were purchased from Amelia Wood Silver. Letter from Tate to granddaughter was purchased from Mrs. Christopher Follon. Letters purchased from Sotheby's. Letters and postcards to Coxe is a gift of Prof. Louis Coxe '40. 2 poems are a gift of Isabella Gardner Tate. Letter to Bush is a gift of the Chronicle. Letters to Weingert are a gift of S.L. Weingert. Letters to J.W. Clark were purchased from Prof. J.W. Clark. Photographs Received from Alfred Bush. Letters to Monk are a gift of Samuel Holt Monk. Letters to Sutcliffe purchased from Mrs. Denham Sutcliffe. Letters to Babette Deutsch purchased from William Young and Co. Letter to Morse is a gift to Mrs. Marston Morse.
The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.
This collection was processed in 2004. Finding aid written in 2004.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Allen Tate Collection; 1931-1979, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.