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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
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


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

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 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:

R. Ellsworth Larsson Papers; 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 1-2