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Esther Willard Bates Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-007

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of portraits of E. A. Robinson, his friends, homes, and gravesite. Also included are portraits of Esther Willard Bates and Thornton Wilder, one postcard of a painted portrait of Robinson by Lilla Cabot Perry, and one photomechanical portrait from a publication. Photographic prints are 25 x 21 cm. or smaller.


  • 1888-1954

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


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.

Esther Willard Bates was a playwright who met Edwin Arlington 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.


13 items (1 folder) : 12 photoprints, 1 print ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller

Language of Materials



The collection consists mainly of portraits of E. A. Robinson, his friends, homes, and gravesite.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections box 1. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs transferred from the Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection.


Contact Information

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. MSC05 3020, 1, University of New Mexico
  3. Center for Southwest Research
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: 505-277-7173
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Finding Aid of the Esther Willard Bates Photograph Collection, 1888-1954
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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