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Lola Ridge Papers, 1900-1941
16 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 131

Abstract:
Poet. Papers include manuscripts of poetry published in Firehead (1929); correspondence, art work, biographical material, clippings, diaries, memorabilia, photographs, reviews, and published works.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

This collection has not been fully processed.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. 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
Lola Ridge and David Lawson, undated

Lola Ridge and David Lawson, undated

American poet Lola Ridge was born Rose Emily Ridge in Dublin, Ireland in 1873. At age three she and her mother moved first to Sydney, Australia and then to New Zealand. She took classes through Trinity College (England) and studied art under Julian Ashton at the Academie Julienne in Australia. She moved to New York in 1908. Her radical poetry appeared in The Ghetto and Other Poems (1918), Emma Goldman's monthly, Mother Earth, as well as in more mainstream periodicals. She wrote poetry on radical themes, and about her anarchist friends Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. After World War I, Ridge revived Alfred Kreymborg's magazine, Others, and served as the American editor of Broom. In 1923 she won Poetry magazine's Guarantor's Prize. During her lifetime, Ridge published five books of poetry, including Firehead, about the Crucifixion. She completed Firehead in 1929 at the Yaddo retreat. In the 1930s she visited Paris and Baghdad, and a Guggenheim fellowship enabled her to travel to Taos, New Mexico, and parts of Mexico. She received the Shelley Memorial Award in 1934 and 1935. Lola Ridge died of cardiomyopathy in 1941.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lola Ridge Papers consist of manuscripts, correspondence, art work, biographical material, clippings, diaries, memorabilia, photographs, reviews, and her published works. The manuscript material consists of drafts of the poems published in Firehead (1929). There is substantial correspondence to Louise Adams Floyd and with Ridge's husband David Lawson.

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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.

This collection has not been fully processed.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. 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:

Lola Ridge Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Poets, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Radicalism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Ridge, Lola, 1883-1941
  • Yaddo (artists' colony)--History


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