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Loeb, Harold, 1891-1974
Broom Correspondence of Harold Loeb
Manuscripts Division
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1920-1956 (mostly 1921-1924)
2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of correspondence files of Harold Loeb (Princeton Class of 1913), one of the founding editors of Broom, An International Magazine of the Arts.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the correspondence files, primarily from 1921-1924, of Broom, An International Magazine of the Arts, edited in Italy by Harold Loeb (Princeton Class of 1913) in association with Matthew Josephson, Alfred Kreymborg, Malcolm Cowley, and Lola Ridge. Approximately half of the collection consists of editorial and business correspondence between Loeb and his associates, while the balance contains few or single letters from over 150 American, British, and European authors and artists. Among the correspondents represented are Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ford Madox Ford, Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Richard Aldington, Djuna Barnes, Sylvia Beach, Kay Boyle, Winifred Bryher, E. E. Cummings, André Gide, Aldous Huxley, Man Ray, and William Carlos Williams, as well as others. Some related newspaper clippings and manuscript lists are also present.

Researchers should note that correspondence for some authors has been arranged in a single folder, whereas others' correspondence is included in general alphabetical files for each letter. Where this occurs, a list of included names is present in a note at the folder-level. Some correspondents, whose names may not be listed, can also be found in relevant alphabetical files.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Loeb, Harold, 1891-1974

A graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1913), Loeb served in World War I, later becoming a boxing and sparring partner of novelist Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway used him as the model for the character Robert Cohn in The Sun Also Rises. Loeb was co-editor of an influential "small" literary magazine, Broom, An International Magazine of the Arts, and published The Way It Was: A Memoir in 1959.

Collection History


Gift of Harold A. Loeb (AM 16669).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in May 2007. Finding aid written by John Delaney in May 2007.

The collection was reprocessed by Kelly Bolding in August 2014.

In 2022, restrictions on Ernest Hemingway letters where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Broom Correspondence of Harold Loeb; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2