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Larsson, Raymond Ellsworth, 1901-1991
R. Ellsworth Larsson Papers
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-2


Consists of poetry manuscripts, drawings, and correspondence of the American poet R. Ellsworth Larsson (1901- ).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of autograph poetry manuscripts (1949-1958); but there is one autograph prose manuscript, "Hemingway at a Scene's Edge," written for Carlos Baker to use in his biography of Hemingway. There are also over 100 abstract pencil drawings (1950-1953), as well as a small selection of correspondence.

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

Collection Creator Biography:

Larsson, Raymond Ellsworth, 1901-1991

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson was born in 1901 and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His writing career began during high school, when he secured a job on the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Later, he went from newspaper to newspaper in cities like Marquette, Michigan, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City. In 1923, he began writing poetry and felt inspired by abstract art. He went to France in 1926, visited England and Belgium, and then returned to America in 1928, thereafter publishing his first book, O City, Cities! (New York: Payson and Clarke, Ltd., 1929). In 1929, he became an advertising manager for a firm that later dissolved. Under the direction of the Jesuit and Paulist Fathers, he entered the Catholic Church in 1932. His published works include Wherefore: Peace (New York: Modern Editions Press, 1932), Poetry Out of Wisconsin (New York: H. Harrison, 1937), Weep and Prepare (New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1940), Saints at Prayer (New York: Coward-McCann, 1942), and Book Like a Bow Curved (University of Detroit Press, 1961).

Collection History


Gift of the author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ran Tao, Princeton Class of 2006 in 2004. Finding aid written by Ran Tao, Princeton Class of 2006 in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

R. Ellsworth Larsson Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-2