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Robert Frost Collection

Identifier: MS-Retro-032
This collection contains background files, correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, greeting cards, periodicals, ephemera, and photographs related to well-known 20th century American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). The background files contain notes on the eminent poet. The collection also includes correspondence spanning the 1920s-1930s addressed to and from Frost during the height of his career, manuscript poems such as At the Woodward’s Garden (1940), and signed proofs such as “To a Thinker in Office” (1936). Greeting cards spanning 1934-1957 make-up a portion of the collection, as well as periodicals containing first releases of poems, ephemera such as programs and advertisements, and photographs spanning 1913-1962.


  • 1913 - 2014


Language of Materials

Collection is primarily in English with an anthology of American poetry in Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


15.5 Cubic Feet (46 flat boxes, 1 portfolio )

Biographical / Historical

Robert Frost (1874-1963), acclaimed 20th century American poet, published his first poem in 1894, “My Butterfly: An Elegy.” Frost attended Dartmouth College and Harvard University, but did not complete a degree. He farmed and taught school, namely at Pinkerton Academy (Derry, New Hampshire). His first book was published in London, England in 1913, titled A Boy’s Will. From his early works, Frost began to incorporate elements of the northern New England landscape, and vernacular into his poetry. He went on to publish North of Boston (1914), Mountain Interval (1916), and New Hampshire (1923) which went on to receive the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Frost went on to become one of the most highly decorated poets of the 20th century, reading at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.


This collection is arranged into thirteen series:

Series I: Background Files Series II: Correspondence Series III: Manuscript Poems Series IV: Proofs for Poems Series V: Christmas and New Year’s Cards Series VI: Periodicals: Poetry First Appearances Series VII: Periodicals: Other Appearances of Poetry Series VIII: Periodicals: About Frost Series IX: Ephemera Series X: Photographs Series XI: Audio Recordings Series XII: Centennial At Trinity College Series XIII: Newspapers

Series I-V are arranged chronologically, and Series VI-VII are arranged alphabetically by periodical title. Series VIII is arranged by topic. Series X is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is a gift of H. Bacon Collamore and Charles R. Green.

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106