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Marsden Hartley papers


Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Marsden Hartley papers
Inclusive Date(s): 1908-1965
Bulk Date(s): 1908-1918
Author: Finding aid prepared by Kevin Ferst, March 2002
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Amanda Faehnel using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2010
Origination: Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943
Extent: .16 cubic feet (1 box = 1 slim document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0115
Abstract: Correspondence and poetry of Marsden Hartley.
Revision(s):
December 2010 - Revised by Amanda Faehnel
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley, one of the early modernist painters and also a poet, was born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1877. After his mother's death, he moved to Cleveland to live with his father and stepmother, attending the Cleveland Institute of Art. He then moved on to study at the New York School of Art, where he found inspiration in the works of the American transcendentalists, particularly Emerson and Whitman. Among his other influences were Emily Dickison, his friend and contemporary Hart Crane, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Although he was better received as a painter, Hartley the poet is perhaps best remembered for this anthology,. Androscoggin (1940), a poetic portrait of the region in Maine where he grew up. Some of his other works include Adventures in the Arts: Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville and Poets (1921), 25 Poems (1923), and Sea Burial (1941). Hartley died in 1943.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of materials given to Arthur Plummer by Marsden Hartley. Contents include correspondence from Hartley to Plummer, 2 typewritten poems, 4 autograph poems, and Hartley's copy of Leaves of Grass.

Statement of Arrangement

The Marsden Hartley papers are arranged by material type.

Separated Material

Hartley's copy of Leaves of Grass has been cataloged in KentLINK and is housed with the monographs in Special Collections and Archives.

Restrictions on Use

Kent State University does not own copyright for these materials. Permission must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Marsden Hartley papers. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
American poetry -- 20th century
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943
Art, American -- 20th century
Persons:
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943
Plummer, Arthur
Organizations/Corporations:
Cleveland Institute of Art
New York School of Fine and Applied Art
Functions:
Authorship
Places:
Cleveland (Ohio)
New York (N. Y.)
Occupations:
Painters -- United States
Poets, American
Material Types:
Autograph verse
Correspondence
Poems
Postcards



Detailed Description of The Collection
Box 1 / Folder 1
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, December 18, 1908
Box 1 / Folder 2
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, December 25, 1908
Physical Description: signed "Bemis Horbia"
Box 1 / Folder 3
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, February 23, 1909
Box 1 / Folder 4
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, March 16, 1909
Box 1 / Folder 5
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, November 12, 1910
Box 1 / Folder 6
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, June 1, 1911
Box 1 / Folder 7
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, July 10, 1911
Box 1 / Folder 8
Postcard from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, June 18, 1918
Box 1 / Folder 9
Typed Correspondence from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, July 10, 1918
Box 1 / Folder 10
Typed Correspondence from Marsden Hartley to Arthur Plummer, undated
Box 1 / Folder 11
Typed Poem, Family Album in Red Plush, undated
Box 1 / Folder 12
Typed Poem, Lewiston is a Pleasant Place, undated
Box 1 / Folder 13
Autograph Poem, The Foolishly Querulous, undated
Physical Description: signed "Bemis Horbia"
Box 1 / Folder 14
Autograph Poem, Vilanelle for Hattie, undated
Physical Description: signed "Bemis Horbia"
Box 1 / Folder 15
Autograph Poem, Vilanelle of Rejections, undated
Physical Description: signed "Bemis Horbia"
Box 1 / Folder 16
Autograph Poem, Vilanelle on Learning, undated
Physical Description: signed "Bemis Horbia"
Box 1 / Folder 17
Statement from Arthur Plummer detailing provenance of materials, July 2, 1965