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Etta Blum Papers

Identifier: MSS-376-BC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence between Etta Blum and editors of various poetry journals regarding the publication of Etta Blum's original poems. Journals and papers to which Etta Blum submitted poetry include the Chicago Jewish Forum, the Kansas City Star, the New York Herald Tribune, The Sixties, The Hudson Review, Chelsea, The Word-Smith, Midstream: A Monthly Jewish Review, and Poetry NOW. Among the letters congratulating Ms. Blum on the acceptance of her poetry for publication is one from Robert Bly, then editor of The Sixties. Correspondence between Etta Blum and various funding agencies (The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation) is also held in this collection. The collection also contains her translations into English of her husband's and other poetry, written in Yiddish. The greatest value of this collection lies in Etta Blum's numerous personal journals containing poetry written in her hand between 1926 and 1980. Some of the poetry from these journals is included in her publications, though most is not. There is poetry recorded on one cassette in this collection as well.


  • 1933-1981

Language of Materials

English Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Etta Blum was born in 1908 in New York City. She attended Hunter College and Columbia University and for years worked for the New York City Board of Education. She published two books of poetry (Poems and The Space My Body Fills) as well as translating from Yiddish, poems and short stories written by her husband, Eliezer Blum-Alquit. She lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1978 to the time of her death in 1981.


6 boxes (5.35 cu. ft.)


This collection is comprised of poetry by and correspondence pertaining to Etta Blum. The collection also contains Etta Blum's translations into English of poetry written in Yiddish.

Separated Material

Photographs transferred to the Etta Blum Photograph Collection.

Books transferred out of collection for cataloguing.

Processing Information

In October 2017, the collection was consolidated into fewer boxes. At this time, books were removed from the collection and sent to be catalogued.
Finding Aid of the Etta Blum Papers, 1933-1981
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131