Contents and Arrangement

Student Papers, undated

1 box
Restricted Content

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection highlights Blackmur's career as both a prominent literary critic and a professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton University. The first part of the collection is composed mainly of Blackmur's writings, including the literary and cultural criticism he was well-known for. Blackmur's other writings includes his poetry - most of which was written during the early half of his career - as well as novels, short stories, and plays. Manuscripts of full-length book work can also be found here, including thirty years' worth of work on an unpublished biography of Henry Adams. The second section of the collection features Blackmur's voluminous correspondence with notable literary and art figures of the twentieth century, including Conrad Aiken, Theodore Holmes, Lincoln Kirstein, Waldo Peirce, John Crowe Ransom, Delmore Schwartz, Wallace Stevens, Allen Tate, William Carlos Williams, and Yvor Winters. The nature of the correspondence ranges from the formal to the informal, and covers such topics as publishing and the creative process. The remainder of the collection is composed of Blackmur's personal and professional information, and includes teaching materials like lectures and class syllabi. Blackmur's personal papers include photographs, diaries, and reviews of his work.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Personal checks for routine domestic payments were discarded.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access


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.

Blackmur's literary rights in the papers were transferred to the Trustees of Princeton University by Blackmur's residual legatee in 1985. When copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from Firestone Library.

Credit this material:

Student Papers; R. P. Blackmur Papers, C0227, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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