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Elizabeth A. Drew Papers, 1946-1961
6 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of English, author, and critic. Contains biographical material, correspondence, lecture notes, and published works.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Elizabeth A. Drew was born in Singapore on December 17, 1887 and educated in England. Before her career at Smith College, she taught English at Girton College, Cambridge, England from 1916-19, and the University of Cambridge from 1934-37. She also taught in the summer at the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont from 1940-46. She survived the V-2 bombings of London during World War II and soon relocated to the U.S. Shortly after arriving from England, Drew gave a lecture at Smith College, and using a letter of introduction from college dean Ada Comstock, embarked on a lecture tour. From 1946 until 1961 she was a visiting lecturer then professor in English at Smith. By her later life she had become a well-known author, critic, and lecturer, having published numerous books on poetry, modern literature, and drama. She retired from Smith in 1961 and received an honorary doctorate in letters at the 1962 Smith College Commencement. In 1963, she became a Sophia Smith Fellow. Drew died in April 1965 at the age of 77 and in her will left the college a bequest of more than $100,000 to be used by the English Department.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, lecture notes, and published works. It is separated into four series as follows:

  • Series I: Biographical Materials
    • This part of the collection contains biographical materials, both personal and professional, and photographs.
  • Series II: Correspondence
    • This part of the collection consists of correspondence both personal and professional.
  • Series III: Notes and Lectures
    • The largest series of the collection, this section consists of lecture notes, as well as four books of poetry notated by Drew.
  • Series IV: Published Works
    • This part of the collection consists of books, articles, and other published writing authored by Drew.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Elizabeth A. Drew Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Elizabeth A. Drew Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Series I: Biographical Materials



Biographical Materials
1948-1965

Box 769: folder 1
Honorary Degree
1961-1962

Box 769: folder 2
Retirement
ca. 1961

Box 769: folder 3
Memorial Service
1965

Box 769: folder 4
Photographs
ca. 1887-1962

Box 769: folder 5
Series II: Correspondence



Correspondence: General
1926-1963

Box 769: folder 6
Correspondence: Aaron, Daniel
ca. 1941

Box 769: folder 7
Correspondence: Connor, George
1955-1964

Box 769: folder 8
Correspondence: Eliot, T.S.
1948

Box 769: folder 9
Correspondence: Richards, I.A.
1964-1965

Box 769: folder 10
Series III: Notes and Lectures



Lectures: Discovering Modern Poetry (2 folders)
ca. 1960

Box 770: folder 1
Notes: Literature and the Social Background
n.d

Box 770: folder 2
Lecture Notes: Auden (4 folders)
n.d

Box 770: folder 3-6
Lecture Notes: Coffee Houses
n.d

Box 770: folder 7
Lecture Notes: Dickens
n.d

Box 770: folder 8
Lecture Notes: Discovering Modern Poetry (2 folders)
n.d

Box 770: folder 9-10
Lecture Notes: Dylan Thomas
n.d

Box 770: folder 11
Lecture Notes: Eliot (3 folders)
n.d

Box 770: folder 12-14
Lecture Notes: Four Quarters (3 folders)
n.d

Box 770: folder 15-17
Lecture Notes: Freshman Poetry (6 folders)
n.d

Box 770: folder 18-23
Lecture Notes: Hopkins (4 folders)
n.d

Box 770: folder 24-27
Lecture Notes: Jane Carlyle
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 1
Lecture Notes: Joyce (6 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 2-7
Lecture Notes: Modern Drama (3 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 8-10
Lecture Notes: Modern Drama (4 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 11-14
Lecture Notes: The Novel
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 15
Lecture Notes: The Novel (3 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 16-18
Lecture Notes: The Novel II (3 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 19-21
Lecture Notes: Novel 211 (4 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 22-25
Lecture Notes: Pepys Diary
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 26
Lecture Notes: Poetry 211 (4 folders)
n.d

Box 770.1: folder 27-30
Lecture Notes: Shakespeare Sonnet
n.d

Box 771: folder 1
Lecture Notes: Shakespearean Sonnet
n.d

Box 771: folder 2
Lecture Notes: Sweeney Among the Nightingales
n.d

Box 771: folder 3
Lecture Notes: Thomas Hardy
n.d

Box 771: folder 4
Lecture Notes: Thomas Love Peacock
n.d

Box 771: folder 5
Lecture Notes: Yeats (5 folders)
n.d

Box 771: folder 6-10
Lecture Notes: Untitled (5 folders)
n.d

Box 771: folder 11-15
Lecture Notes: Untitled (4 folders)
n.d

Box 771: folder 16-19
Lecture Notes: Untitled (2 folders)
n.d

Box 771: folder 20-21
Yale University Notebook I: Contemporary Poetry
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 1
Yale University Notebook II
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 2
Yale University Notebook III
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 3
Yale University Notebook IV: Poetry and Society
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 4
Series IV: Published Works



"A Hundred Years Ago"
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 5
Jonathan Swift
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 6
"The Library of Lady Mary Wortley Montag"
1934

Box 771.1: folder 7
"Life and Art in the Novel"
1962

Box 771.1: folder 8
"Literature in College"
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 9
The Literature of Gossip (6 folders)
n.d

Box 771.1: folder 10-15
The Literature of Gossip (5 folders)
n.d.

Box 772: folder 1-5
"Mother and Daughter"
n.d

Box 772: folder 6
"Novels by Hamlet with a Camera"
1941

Box 772: folder 7
"Poetic Patterns: A Note on Versification"
1956

Box 772: folder 8
"Poetry and Existence"
n.d

Box 772: folder 9
"The Relationship of Form to Content in the Poetry of W.H. Auden" (2 folders)
n.d

Box 772: folder 10-11
"Salad Days"
n.d.

Box 772: folder 12
"Salve for the Servantless"
n.d

Box 772: folder 13
"Shakespeare and All That"
1935

Box 772: folder 14
"Wanted: New Myths for Writers"
1941

Box 772: folder 15
Reviews of Published Works
1959-1965

Box 772: folder 16
Speeches
n.d

Box 772: folder 17
Commencement address at Bread Loaf School of English
1953

Box 772: folder 18
Robert Frost dinner
1954

Box 772: folder 19
Book: Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats
1951

Box 772
Book: Collected Poems 1909-1935 T. S. Eliot
1935

Box 772
Book: Four Quarters
n.d

Box 772
Book: Poems 1940-1947 Theodore Spencer
1948

Box 772

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