May Sarton Papers, 1939-1988

Collection number: MC 366
Size: (1 box) (0.10 cu.ft.)

About May Sarton (1912-1995)

May Sarton was a poet and novelist who lived in Nelson, NH and York, ME. She is buried in Nelson.

About the May Sarton Papers, 1939-1988

One folder of manuscript and typescript poems, and 11 folders of letters to friends and admirers. This collection was assembled through donations and purchases by the archive.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], May Sarton Papers, 1939-1988, MC 366, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Various donations and purchases, ca. 1977 - ca. 1990

Collection Arrangement

  • This collection is arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent.

Collection Contents

Series 1: May Sarton Papers, , 1939-1988

(0.01 cubic feet)

Letters and poems.

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Poems and a newsclipping, mostly by May Sarton, 1939-1942

Eighteen poems: Elegy, The Teachers, Winter-Jasmine, Question, End of Summer, A Poem for Women, While the Great Moon Rises, Legend, In Praise of Music, New Mexican Santos, The Sacred Order, The Just Exchanges, Intimation, Allegory, a Rose for Rilke, Villanelle, The Scholar Mourns, and In Praise. One newsclipping of Sarton's review of Jean Giono's Joy of Man's Desiring.

Box 1, Folder 2Letters, 1955-1977

Three letters concerning giving copies of her books to the UNH Library, a birthday card to Katharine Davis, two memorial speeches (Rollo Walter Brown and an unidentified woman), and six poems printed for Christmas between 1955 and 1962.

Box 1, Folder 3Ruth Harriet Carter, 1974-1979

Three letters and poems from Carter to Sarton.

Box 1, Folder 4Letters from Carter to Sarton, 1975-1987

Five letters from Carter to Sarton.

Box 1, Folder 5Letters from Sarton to Carter, 1984-1987

Nine letters from Sarton to Carter, including a 1984 Christmas card with her poem Abstenance and a photograph by Lotte Jacobi.

Box 1, Folder 6Letters from Sarton to Carter, 1988

Three letters from Sarton to Carter, including a postcard featuring a photo of Sarton taken by Lotte Jacobi.

Box 1, Folder 7Photographs and Clippings, undated

Four photographs: two of Carter, one of Sarton with her dog, one of Sarton's cat and dog. Some clippings dated 1988.

Box 1, Folder 8Letters to Llewellyn Jones, 1946-1958

Six letters written from Sarton to Jones, a writer in Boston.

Box 1, Folder 9Letters to Nancy, 1943-1947

9 letters and 1 photo to Sarton's close friend Nancy [surname unknown].

Box 1, Folder 10Letters to Agnes Swift and Alice Thorp, 1940-1977

Seventeen letters to Agnes Swift and Alice Thorp.

Box 1, Folder 11Letters from Sarton to Thorp, 1975

Letter to Anne [Longfellow] Thorp, dated 11 February 1975, and 2 photographs.

Box 1, Folder 12Lettesr from Sarton to Swift sisters, 1939-1942

Eleven letters, ten to Elisabeth Mary Swift and one ot hier sisters Agnes Swift, both of whom were among Sarton's poetry students.


Letters & Postcards
Photographs, Slides & Negatives