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Collection Overview

Woods, Frederick
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Platform Magazine Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of miscellaneous papers related to the short-lived, twentieth-century British literary periodical Platform.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of miscellaneous papers of Platform magazine which include correspondence, typescripts, poems, galley proofs, and newspaper clippings. The correspondence includes two letters from Harold Owen to Frederick Woods, editor of the Platform, about his brother, the Scottish poet Wilfred Owen. There are two letters from Woods to Allen Tate about sending him the material in this collection, one letter from Tate to Woods, one letter from Sydney Goodsir Smith to Woods, one letter from Marvin Mudrich, and two letters in French, from François Parché to a Monsieur Eduard Champion. The poems include an English translation (9 pp., typescript) of The Serpent by the French poet Paul Valéry, translated by Charles Higham, which includes holograph corrections. Also included are two typescript poems in Scottish: Robert Garioch Sutherland's "Thoughts During a Music Festival" and Sydney Goodsir Smith's "The Kenless Strand." In addition, there are two galley proofs, as well as proof pages, of the summer 1955 edition of Platform, with autograpah corrections and annotations by G. S. Fraser, Nicholas Moore, Bernard Bergonzi, and Sydney Goodsir Smith.


Folders are arranged by genre/form in this order: correspondence, typescript of Valéry poem, galley proofs, proof sheets, and newspaper clippings.

Collection Creator Biography:

Woods, Frederick

Platform magazine was a quarterly periodical published in London from 1952 to 1955 by Frederick Woods, and edited by Woods and Bernard Bergonzi.

Collection History


Source of acquisition is unknown.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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.

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:

Platform Magazine Collection; 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:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1