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Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Gertrude Claytor Collection of Edgar Lee Masters
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library.



Consists of selected material by and about the American poet Edgar Lee Masters, collected by Gertrude Claytor, a friend and fellow poet.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence of Masters and correspondence, photographs, and printed material relating to him, collected by Gertrude Claytor, a friend and fellow poet. The collection contains manuscripts of 48 of his poems, the manuscripts of two articles he wrote on Samuel Clemens and Vachel Lindsay, and approximately 65 of his letters.

Collection Creator Biography:

Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, novelist, and biographer, is best known as the author of the Spoon River Anthology (1915). Born in Garnett, Kansas, in 1868, he maintained a successful law practice in Chicago, Illinois, from 1892 to 1920, and made his debut as a poet in 1898 with A Book of Verse. After retiring from practicing law, he devoted himself entirely to writing. He died in Philadelphia on March 5, 1950.

Collection History


This collection donated by Gertrude Claytor (AM14827 with additions).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder Inventory added by Jameson Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Gertrude Claytor Collection of Edgar Lee Masters; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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