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Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection

Identifier: MSS-7-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, publications, articles, and clippings by and about Edwin Arlington Robinson. The material was compiled by two of Robinson's friends, Esther Willard Bates and Winfield Townley Scott. Bates was a playwright who met Robinson at the MacDowell Colony. Possessing the rare ability to read Robinson's handwriting, she became his typist and the first reader of his manuscripts. Scott, a fellow poet who eventually settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was also a long-time friend of Robinson's. Most of the collection reflects Robinson's later career, as well as reviews of his life and work produced after his death in 1935.

Correspondence includes letters from Robinson to various friends and publishers, and letters to and from Scott and Bates about Robinson. Publications include some material by Robinson, several articles and poems about him, along with a few printer's proofs. Publication correspondence and manuscripts for Winfield Townley Scott's, "Elegy for Robinson," are also in the collection, as is Esther Willard Bates', Edwin Arlington Robinson and His Manuscripts.

This collection is also called the Esther Willard Bates Collection of Edwin Arlington Robinson.


  • 1897-1965 (bulk 1930-1965)

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is 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

Edwin Arlington Robinson was born in Head Tide, Maine, on December 22, 1869. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Gardiner, Maine, where Robinson attended public schools. Much of his later literary work was based on his early life in Maine. He studied literature at Harvard University for two years, but was forced to leave school after his father became ill. Moving to New York City, Robinson supported himself at various jobs while he concentrated on writing poetry.

Robinson was eventually recognized for his poetry. Finally able to support himself on his writings alone, he left his last regular job, as a clerk in the New York customs house, to write full-time in 1909. He also took up regular summer residence at that time at the MacDowell Colony, an artist's retreat in Peterboro, New Hampshire. Robinson received three Pulitzer Prizes for literature, in 1921, 1925, and 1927, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yale University in 1922. He died of illness in New York City in 1935.


2 boxes (.70 cu. ft.)

Separated Material

Photographs were transferred to Esther Willard Bates Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection, 1897-1965 (bulk 1930-1965)
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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