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Claytor, Gertrude Boatwright, 1890?-1973.
Gertrude Claytor Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence, photographs, and printed material of the American poet Gertrude Claytor, some of which is related to the author Edgar Lee Masters.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence, photographs, and printed material of the American poet Gertrude Claytor, some of which relates to the author Edgar Lee Masters. Correspondents include Edgar Lee Masters, John Cowper Powys, Margaret Stevenson, and Olivia and Ridgley Torrence. There are also two letters from Alice Davis, Masters' companion and romantic partner, in which she talks about her relationship with Masters. In addition, there are photographs of Gertrude Claytor, Edgar Lee Masters, and Thomas O. Mabbott, as well as several photographs of miniature clay figure sculptures.

Collection Creator Biography:

Claytor, Gertrude Boatwright, 1890?-1973.

Gertrude Harris Boatwright Claytor was born in Staunton, Virginia, on October 1, 1888. She later moved with her family to Roanoke, Virginia, where she was privately educated. She married William Graham Claytor, an engineer at the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company, with whom she had five sons. She began publishing poetry in publications such as the New York Times and Carolina Quarterly in the late 1920s, and published two collections, Sunday in Virginia and Other Poems (1951) and Mirage at Midnight and Other Poems (1960).

Collection History


The material was a gift of the author on October 17, 1958 (AM22077).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on November 21, 2008. Finding aid written by Natalie Kim on December 2, 2008. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Gertrude Claytor Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1