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Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Robert Frost Materials
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 2


Consists of selected correspondence, poetry, photographs, and printed material of and relating to 20th-century American poet Robert Frost.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence, poetry, photographs, and printed material of and relating to Robert Frost. Included are a letter (1941) by Frost's daughter, Lesley, to professor Lawrence Thompson, a personal letter (1943) by Frost to his editor, William Sloane, and a signed typescript of Frost's poem "The Pauper Witch of Grafton." Additionally, there are several photographs of Frost as a young man and printed ephemera related to birthday celebrations in Frost's honor.


Arranged in order of accession.

Collection Creator Biography:

Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.

Robert Frost was a widely-recognized 20th-century American poets who wrote primarily wrote about the character, people, and landscape of New England. Frost taught and lectured at several universities, including Amherst, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. Among Frost's volumes of poetry are New Hampshire (1923), West-Running Brook (1928), Collected Poems (1930), A Further Range (1936), and A Witness Tree (1942). Frost won the Pulitzer Prize four times, and, in 1961, at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, he became the first poet to read a poem ("The Gift Outright") at a presidential inauguration.

Collection History


The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Includes various purchases and gifts. AM 18667, AM FL77-14, AM 77-101, AM 78-7, AM 79-95, AM 79-96, AM 14560, and AM 2018-116.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 17, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2018

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.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Robert Frost Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 2