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Roberts, Elizabeth Madox, 1881-1941
Selected Papers of Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Manuscripts Division
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1919-1960 (mostly 1920-1939)
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of selected letters and poems of American poet/novelist Elizabeth Madox Roberts.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains 92 letters (1919-1939) by Roberts to her friends Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler (plus five carbons of letters by Wheeler to Roberts); 20 poems by Roberts including "The Tree," "Upon the Hill," and "Christmas Morning"; and a few notes and incomplete articles about Roberts by Wescott. Also present are three letters by Marianne Moore to Monroe Wheeler (n.d.), Glenway Wescott (n.d.), and Mrs. Floyd Wescott (1960).

Collection Creator Biography:

Roberts, Elizabeth Madox, 1881-1941

Born on October 30, 1881, Elizabeth Madox Roberts spent the majority of her life in Perryville and Springfield, Kentucky. In 1910, Roberts moved to Colorado with her sister and, during this time wrote several poems that were published as part of In the Great Steep's Garden (1915). Following her time in Colorado, Roberts studied at the University of Chicago (1917-1921). In 1922, a group of poems that Roberts wrote as an undergraduate were published as Under the Tree. Roberts went on to publish several novels before her death in 1941, notably The Time of Man (1926), The Great Meadow (1930), and A Buried Treasure (1931).

Collection History


This collection was the gift of Monroe Wheeler in 1981.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Selected Papers of Elizabeth Madox Roberts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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