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Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964
Collection on New Poems, 1943, Edited by Oscar Williams
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence, galley proofs, and a typed manuscript relating to the poetry anthology New Poems, 1943 by the American poet and editor Oscar Williams (1900-1964).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of material relating to the publication of New Poems, 1943: An Anthology of British and American Verse (New York, N.Y.: Howell, Soskin, Publishers, 1943), a collection of war poetry edited by Williams. The majority of the collection is composed of correspondence by the contributing poets to Williams, and both corrected and uncorrected galley proofs of poems. Among those who wrote to Williams are John Berryman, e. e. cummings, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Allen Tate, and Mark Van Doren. There is also a complete typed manuscript of the anthology, including Williams' introduction and background material about the 40 poets represented.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, TNS = typed note signed, and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.


The collection has been organized alphabetically by author, with miscellaneous material at the end.

Collection Creator Biography:

Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964

Oscar Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1900. He worked at various advertising agencies between 1921 and 1937. His first book of poetry, The Golden Darkness, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1921. Williams continued to work as an editor and created several anthologies. His anthologies were frequently used as textbooks in university courses.

Collection History


Originally, this collection formed part of Princeton's Archives of American Literature.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rachel Jordan in 2004. Finding aid written by Rachel Jordan in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Collection on New Poems, 1943, Edited by Oscar Williams; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1