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Elizabeth Bishop correspondence and book of poetry

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 214] 1
Identifier: A 214

Scope and Contents

Correspondence (1947-1950) includes hand-written and typed letters to Carley Dawson from Elizabeth Bishop that refer to poets, poetry, and personal problems. Bishop also seemed to have written drafts of Dawson's writings, gives comments and advice in her letters. Also included in the correspondence is a hand-written poem by Dawson.

There are also transcribed letters from Bishop to Dawson, and from other people about Bishop, contained in a notebook. One of the letters refers to a time Bishop stayed at Dawson's house while Dawson was away.

The collection includes a book of poetry by Bishop that is inscribed to Dawson.


  • Creation: 1947-1950


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Vassar College.

During 1949 to 1950, Bishop was a consultant in poetry at the Library of Congress. Bishop was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1956 for her collection of poems titled, Poems: North and South: A Cold Spring.


0.2 linear feet (1 containers) : 2 folders

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Elizabeth Bishop was a poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1956 for her collection of poems titled Poems: North and South: A Cold Spring. The collection (1947-1950) contains original and typed transcripts of letters from Bishop to Carley Dawson, a book of poetry by Bishop, and a poem by Carley Dawson.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff in the 1970s, and Tanya Parlet.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Elizabeth Bishop Correspondence and Book of Poetry
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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA