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Lola Ridge papers, 1900-1941
16 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00131

Abstract:
The collection contains the papers of Lola Ridge, 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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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. Scholars need to contact Elaine Sproat for permission to quote from unpublished Ridge manuscripts in their publications.

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Biographical / Historical

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

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.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use.

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. Scholars need to contact Elaine Sproat for permission to quote from unpublished Ridge manuscripts in their publications.

Preferred Citation

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

Lola Ridge papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00131, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was donated by Elaine Sproat in 1997 (no accession number), 2006, and 2013.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Northampton, MA 01063

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

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
2006-S-0016. Sproat, Elaine, Class of 1968, Correspondence of Evelyn Scott, Charlotte Wilder to Lola Ridge, David Lawson
1921-1939
1 linear feet(2 boxes)

Search Terms
Sproat, Elaine, Class of 1968

2006-S-0016. Correspondence: Evelyn Scott to Lola Ridge and David Lawson
(bulk 1921-1933)

Box 1
2006-S-0016. Correspondence: Charlotte Wilder to Lola Ridge, David Lawson
(bulk 1934-1939)

Box 2

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Lawson, David
  • Poets, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Radicalism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Ridge, Lola
  • Ridge, Lola, 1883-1941
  • Sproat, Elaine, Class of 1968
  • Sproat, Elaine, Class of 1968
  • Yaddo (artists' colony)--History

Genre terms
  • Drawings
  • Financial records
  • Prescriptions
  • Reviews
  • Writings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • memorabilia
  • photographs


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