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Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933
Sara Teasdale Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1907-1972 (mostly 1912-1928)
4 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists primarily of letters received by American poet Sara Teasdale (Mrs. Ernest Filsinger) from over 100 poets, authors, editors, and friends, many of whom enclose examples of their work and discuss their own and Teasdale's poetry.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of letters received by Teasdale (Mrs. Ernest Filsinger, 1914-1929) from over 100 poets, authors, editors, and friends, many of whom enclose examples of their work and discuss their own and Teasdale's poetry. There is a large group of letters from Harriet Monroe, founder and editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. Other correspondents include Sarah N. Cleghorn, Hugh M. Ferris, Hamlin Garland, Robinson Jeffers, Orrick Johns, Muna Lee, John Myers O'Hara, William Marion Reedy, Jessie B. Rittenhouse, Edwin A. Robinson, and Eunice Tietjens.

Also present are 22 letters (1924-1932) by Teasdale to Vachel and Elizabeth Lindsay, two original poems, genealogy notes, a royalty statement from Macmillan Company for the years 1916-1932, letters by Margaret Conklin and Eric Fenby to Teasdale biographer Margaret Carpenter, and printed musical scores of poems by Teasdale set to music by George R. Dyer, Wintter Watts, and others.


In this order: poems by Teasdale, letters by Teasdale to Vachel and Elizabeth Lindsay, letters received by Teasdale (A-Z), genealogy notes, Macmillan Co. royalty statement, letters by Margaret Conklin and Eric Fenby to Margaret Carpenter, and musical scores.

Collection Creator Biography:

Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933

Sara Teasdale, of St. Louis, Missouri, was an American poet. In 1918, Teasdale received the Columbia University Poetry Society prize (the forerunner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and the Poetry Society of America's prize for Love Songs. Teasdale was courted by the poet, Vachel Lindsay, prior to her marriage to Ernst Filsinger in 1914.

Collection History


Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in 1990.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Sara Teasdale Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4