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Candace Thurber Stevenson Papers, 1916-65
7 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 155

Abstract:
Poet and teacher. The papers include manuscripts of poems and stories; correspondence; materials related to writers' conferences and workshops; and Stevenson's book, First the Blade. Correspondence with editors, literary agents, readers, colleagues and friends reveal her personal life and career as a poet and writer.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Cover design draft for Stevenson's First the Blade   ,undated

Cover design draft for Stevenson's
First the Blade ,undated

Candace Thurber was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1883. Her mother supported the family by taking in boarders. She graduated from the Packard Institute, received her A.B. from Smith College in 1904, and her M.A. from Columbia University. After completing her education she taught English in a private school and co-owned a children's bookstore in New York City. In 1912 she married Thomas Kennedy Stevenson, They had one daughter, Caroline. During her adult years Candace Stevenson lived in Missouri, New York City, and Vermont. Many of her poems appeared on the editorial page of the New York Times. She submitted many of her stories to magazines but endured much rejection. She published a collection of her poems, First the Blade, in 1952. Stevenson died July 30, 1968.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include biographical notes, manuscripts of poems and stories, correspondence, materials related to writers' conferences and workshops, and Stevenson's book, First the Blade. Correspondence with editors, literary agents, readers, colleagues and friends reveal her personal life and career as a poet and writer.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Candace Thurber Stevenson Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Candace Thurber Stevenson's papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her daughter, Caroline Pullman in 1969.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Biographical sketch by her daughter, Caroline Pullman,
1969

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence



Schaffner, John (literary agent) re: Singing Rock,
1953-65

Box 1: folder 3-4
with publishers in regard to poetry,
1920s-60s

Box 1: folder 5
with publishers in regard to O'Brien's, Best Short Stories,
1941

Box 1: folder 6
with publishers in regard to poetry,
1916-43, 1952-54

Box 1: folder 7
Contract and royalty reports for First the Blade,
1952

Box 1: folder 8
SERIES II. CONFERENCES AND ORGANIZATIONS



Antioch Writer's Conference,
1958

Box 2: folder 1
Bread Loaf Writer's Conference,
1957

Box 2: folder 2
Women Poets (a New York organization to which she belonged),
1956

Box 2: folder 3
Smith College class of 1904 in 1944 (includes correspondence from her class members),
1944

Box 2: folder 4
SERIES III. WRITINGS



Poems



A-O by title (printed),
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
A-O (transcripts),
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2-15
P-Z (printed),
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
P-Z (transcripts),
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2-8
Harold Vinali poetry class,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9-10
Articles and drafts



"Baggage and Excess Baggage,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
"Contest Etiquette,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
"The County of Westchester,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
"Four-year Plan for Wilkie Voters" (includes criticisms),
1940

Box 5: folder 4
"Middle-sized Plan,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
"More Reflections on the Lazy Thirties,"
1927

Box 5: folder 6
"New Versions of Teaching Posture" (two versions and titles),
1940

Box 5: folder 7
"Portrait of a School Election,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 8
"Two Nuns out of Convents,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 9
"We, the Republicans,"
1940

Box 5: folder 10
"Your Money and Your Life" (includes correspondence),
1950

Box 5: folder 11
"Service Entrance" (first draft, includes criticisms),
n.d.

Box 5: folder 12
"Stuyvesant Court" (novel),
n.d.

Box 5: folder 13
Short stories



"Black Magic,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 14
"Board Lore,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 15
"Borderline,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 16
"The Christmas Gift,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 17
"The Crystal Ball,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 18
"Gateway to the Arena,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 19
"Georgette, Debutante,"
1927

Box 5: folder 20
"Good Egg, Bad Egg" (includes criticism),
1920

Box 5: folder 21
"The Grab Bag,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 22
"A Grasshopper Cambol,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 23
"Green Light" (two versions and titles),
n.d.

Box 5: folder 24
"Heaven Knows Why,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 25
"Hyena,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 26
"The Invaders" (various versions, includes criticisms),
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
"It Was Algernon,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
"The Kilmeny Look" (various version, includes criticisms),
1958

Box 6: folder 3
"A Legacy from Aunt Levinia" (various versions with criticisms),
1929-46

Box 6: folder 4
"May Day,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
"Offshore Wind,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 6
"Out of the Fog,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 7
"The Pewter Teapot,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
"The Private Life of Corey Ames,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 9
"Pumpilia's Broom,"
1951-52

Box 6: folder 10
"The Return,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
"Shades of Sherwood,"
1961

Box 6: folder 12
"A Sign for Miss Kitty,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
"The Singing Rock,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 14
"Spring Again,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 15
"Spring Holiday,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 16
"Sugar Loaf Scannel,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 17
"Top Secret,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 18
"Tranquil Souls,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 19
"Vendetta,"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 20
First The Blade



Typescript,
n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Proof sheets,
1952

Box 7: folder 2
Book jackets,
1952

Box 7: folder 3
Publicity,
1952

Box 7: folder 4
Financial statements and correspondence with publisher, E.P. Dutton,
1952-55

Box 7: folder 5
Correspondence with publishers other than Dutton,
1952

Box 7: folder 6
Permission to reprint already published poems,
1949-50

Box 7: folder 7
Reviews of First the Blade and correspondence about reviews,
1952

Box 7: folder 8
Congratulatory notes,
1952

Box 7: folder 9

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Subjects
  • Poets, American--20th century--Sources
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--History--Sources
  • Stevenson, Candace Thurber
  • Women authors, American --20th century--Sources


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