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Edwin Arlington Robinson Papers

Identifier: E.A. Robinson papers


The Edwin Arlington Robinson Papers consists of a wide range of paper materials created throughout Robinson's career as a writer. It includes preliminary background information concerning the collection and Robinson himself, correspondence from Robinson spanning from 1895-1932 (originals, photocopies, and typed copies), manuscript works of poems and prose, proofs, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other publications by and about Robinson, as well as various printed ephemera.


  • 1895-1932


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Lincoln County, Maine, Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) was one of the 20th century's most prolific American poets. He studied at Harvard for two years, between 1891-1893, until the death of his father drew him back home. In 1896, he self-published his first poetry collection, The Torrent and the Night Before. His work received little reception until Kermit Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt's son, took interest in Robinson's second volume of poetry: Children of the Night. Impressed by Robinson's work, the President garnered a relationship with the poet, offering him a job at the New York Customs Office which he held until Roosevelt's last term. Throughout the 1920s, Robinson's work became increasingly popular, culminating in three Pulitzer Prizes for poetry in 1922, 1925, and 1928. He continued writing up until his death at the age of 65.


17 Cubic Feet (17 flat archival boxes)

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Collection is arranged by material type. There are eight series:

Series 1: Background Series 2: Correspondence Series 3: Manuscript Works Series 4: Proofs Series 5: Photographs Series 6: Newspaper clippings Series 7: Publication in periodicals Series 8: Printed Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is a gift of H. Bacon Collamore and John William Pye.

Related Materials

See also Collected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson located in the stacks at the Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Additional materials on Edwin Arlington Robinson can be located at: "Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection", Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut. "Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection", Chapin Library, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. "Edwin Arlington Robinson letters", Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library, New York, New York. "Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection", Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, New York. "Edwin Arlington Robinson Papers, 1915-1953", MC 5, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, New Hampshire.


"Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)". Poetry Foundation. Accessed November 25, 2020. "Edwin Arlington Robinson". Wikipedia. Accessed November 25, 2020. Trinity College, "Edwin Arlington Robinson Collection" (1999). Watkinson Manuscripts Finding Aids. 10.
Guide to the Edwin Arlington Robinson papers
Jessica Sullivan, using a Microsoft-Word document originally prepared for electronic publication by Michael J. Breen in July 1999.
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
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Hartford Connecticut 06106