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Robert Francis Papers, 1891-1986
17 boxes (8.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 403

Abstract:
Poet, essayist, 1984 winner of Academy of American Poets award for "distinguished poetic achievement." Contains notes, worksheets, drafts, typescripts, galley proofs, and bound volumes relating to Francis' book-length writings, essays, columns, and poems. Includes correspondence with other writers, publishing houses, and readers, notably Paul Theroux. Also contains personal photographs and Francis family records.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biographical Note

Robert Francis was born on August 12, 1901, in Upland, Pennsylvania, the son of the Rev. Ebenezer F. Francis and Ida May Allen Francis. In 1910 the family moved to Massachusetts where Robert finished his grammar schooling and attended Medford High School, from which he graduated in 1919 as valedictorian. He entered Harvard College that year and graduated in 1923. The next year he taught English in the Prep School of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. During 1925-1926 he earned an Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A few months later he moved to Amherst to teach English in the high school. Although that position lasted for one year, he established his residence in Amherst, and used it as a base for his developing career as a writer. During these early years he supported himself by his writing, and by his violin teaching.

Numerous essays he wrote appeared in newspaper columns within the next decade. Some of these contributions, were on a regular basis, for example in the Christian Science Monitor "Home Forum" column (1938-1954). In addition, Francis' poems and longer essays appeared frequently in those pages, and in numerous other publications.

His first volume of poetry, Stand With Me Here, was published by Macmillan in 1936. With this volume Robert Francis formally began his poetic career. This event prompted the attention and acquaintance of fellow writers. One of those instrumental in the publication of Stand With Me Here was David Morton of Amherst College, whose friendship brought the benefits of encouragement and wide experience with publishing.

In August, 1937, Mr. Francis was given a fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference in Vermont, where he met Kentucky writer James Still. Valhalla and Other Poems, his second volume, and the praise which it drew from Robert Frost, followed a year later. In March, 1939, he vas co-recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award. Mr. Francis was also involved with the New England Poetry Club, and so became acquainted with another important friend and literary sponsor, Gretchen (Mrs. Fiske) Warren. In 1942-1943 he held the Golden Rose Award of the New England Poetry Club.

In 1940, Mr. Francis moved into the one-man house which was built for him on Market Hill Road, to which he gave the appellation Fort Juniper in 1942. Here he fulfilled all of the essential conditions of his philosophy, as he stated them in his autobiography: nature, leisure, and solitude.

After serving a brief stint in the army in World War II, he took a teaching position in the English Department at Mount Holyoke College in 1944. When he again resigned from the teaching profession, he renewed his commitment to his writing career. His essays, poems, and "Country Comment" columns were a regular feature of Forum magazine, beginning in 1946. A prose work, We Fly Away, was published in 1948, and Francis published his next volume of poems, Face Against the Glass, himself in 1950. In the early 1950's he experienced what he called "Lean Years." However, several following events were to balance the scales of success. His frequent violin solo performances in churches, publications in The New Yorker Magazine and The Saturday Review were some of the highlights of the next half-decade. He was Phi Beta Kappa poet at Tufts University in 1955, and at Harvard in 1960. Francis spent 1957-1958 at the American Academy in Rome with a fellowship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Amy Lowell Poetry Scholarship again took him to Italy ten years later.

His next volume of poems was titled Come Out Into the Sun, published in 1965. Robert Francis' autobiography, The Trouble With Francis, appeared in 1971. In 1972, he published Frost: A Time to Talk, his account of visits by Robert Frost in the 1950's, taken from Francis' journals. Like Ghosts of Eagles, a poetry volume, appeared in 1974. The University of Massachusetts Press handled the publication of these works, and became his regular publisher. A Certain Distance, a book of prose, "sketches" was published by the Pourboire Press. Francis' Collected Poems, published by the University of Massachusetts Press, appeared in 1976. Francis On the Spot: An Interview With Robert Francis conducted by Philip Tetreault and Kathy Sewalk-Karcher appeared in 1976.

Mr. Francis gave numerous readings at the Jones Library (the public library of Amherst), and was featured on the Five College radio station, WFCR, in a program entitled "Poems to a Listener." By his appearances he helped to advance the appreciation of poetry, particularly among the young.

The beginning of the 1980's marked a period of activity and new-found recognition for Francis: a statement of his poetics, Pot Shots at Poetry, was published in 1980 by the University of Michigan Press; the Academy of American Poets bestowed upon him its award for "distinguished poetic achievement" in April 1984, while a book of poems, Butter Hill, and a book of prose, The Satirical Rogue on All Fronts, were published later that year; in 1985 Richard Gillman wrote a laudatory article about Francis in the New York Times Book Review, and Francis' prose work, Travelling in Amherst, was published one year later.

Robert Francis died in July, 1987.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert Francis Papers at the University of Massachusetts are a rich source of information about the life and philosophy of Robert Francis and the development of his poetry. They were given to Special Collections and University Archives by Robert Francis beginning in November 1975, along with a collection of his printed works which are now housed in the Rare Books collection of the Special Collections and University Archives department. There were additions to the papers from Francis Quinn, Mr. Francis' literary executor; from the University of Massachusetts Press; and from the Tunnel Press in 1977.

The papers occupy approximately 8.25 linear feet and are divided into seven series, including Bio-bibliographical, Correspondence, Poetry, Non-fiction, Fiction, Photographs, and Recordings.

The correspondence, poetry, and non-fiction series are especially strong and provide a detailed account of Mr. Francis' long literary career.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Robert Francis Papers (MS 403). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from: Robert Francis 1975-1987; Francis Quinn; the University of Massachusetts Press; and the Tunnel Press.

Accruals:

Additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Welch and Mark Madigan, 1988. The following letters, now interfiled with the Correspondence series, were previously arranged by Robert Francis in a file called "Help asked for and received."

Apodaca, La VerneApril 20, 1980
Brazeau, PeterApril 27, 1978
Cochran, J.March 30, 1980
Haney, PaulaMay 1, 1980
Juscik, Steven.d.
Motts, DonaMay 28, 1980
Norbutt, JohnJanuary 10, 1979 (with response January 22, 1979)
O'Gorman, NedMarch 8, 1980 (with response March 18, 1980)
Quinn, John RobertJuly 22, 1978; July 28, 1978
Richards, Lucie A. (2 copies)March 6, 1979
Sussman, Sherry (with photo of Francis)n.d.
Shetline, Leonard J.May 28, 1978
Tuttle, ClaireSeptember 1978
Liz [?]July 30, 1978

The following letters, now interfiled with the Correspondence series, were previously arranged by Francis in a file called "Letters of appreciation."

Abbe, GeorgeMay 20, 1978
Boyd, CharlesJuly 16, 1977
Brown, RosellenNovember 16 [?]
Brown, RosellenMay 13, 1977
Cate, Edward W.January 22, 1977
Emery, MaryDecember 23, 1977
Faust, PamelaMarch 22, 1980
Hicks, JohnOctober 5, 1976
Howes, JeanneFebruary 12, 1977
Osborne, Marion A.September 6, 1977
Peterson, LaniJanuary 17, 1979
Philbrick, StephenNovember 5 [?]
Rand, Frank L.December 16, 1955
Reidy, P. MichaelSeptember 23, 1977
Rigby, LibbySeptember 27, 1975
Roberts, Haslin CherieAugust 13, 1978
Rosten, NormanDecember 6, 1976
Smith, Nathaniel B.July 29, 1978
Taylor, ThurstonOctober 17, 1977
Tetreault, PhilMay 29, 1979
Yolsen, Melvin B.August 21, 1978
Frank [?]December 16, 1954
Shirley [?]February 2, 1975

The following items, now filed in box 13, folders 165-169, were originally interleaved in the author's copy of The Trouble With Francis in the pages noted below.

PAGESITEMS
Front matterNear East, November 1954
4-5photographs: "Entrance to Market Hill Rd in 1940," "The Old House by the Brook, 1937-38"
12-13photographs (4): "Adamites"
18-19letter to Literary Executor for Robert Frost.
28-29photograph: "Henry King of Flat Hills Road and one of his oxen"
32-33photographs (2): "Forrest Sanborn"
34-35photograph: "Porter Dickinson"
56-57Christmas card (photo of rock.)
64-65photographs "Walter from Brooklyn" & "Lord Wilbur"
70-71photograph: "Richard Gillman at Fort Juniper"
74-75photograph: "Full-grown mantids"
92-93newspaper clippings (3) and photocopies about soybeans
98-99Thanksgiving Dinner menus (8) with photocopies for Fort Juniper
108-109postcard from Rebecca Richmond of Chautauqua Writer's Institute
116-117photographs (2): "Pasquino, Rome" & "Trattoria Pasquino"
118-119newspaper clippings about late birthday card with photocopies; birthday card delayed in mail nearly 30 years.
122-123Christmas card from Francis Gillespie; postcard of Tyrellspass; vacation brochure
136-137photographs: "Ferris Pemberton" & "Baptist Church, Greenport, NY"
142-143photographs: "Aunt Addie" & "Aunt Nell" (2)
150-151photographs: "James Allen Francis" & "West Medford Baptist Church"
156-157offprint of Matthew Francis photograph postcard: "Tower in Lawrence Fels, West Medford"
158-159photograph: [?]
162-163photograph: Pat Francis [cat]
178-179letter concerning Francis' illness
180-181photographs: "Miss Phelan's house, Cambridge, Mass." (2), "Fellow inmate" (2)
182-183news clipping, Harvard Alumni Bulletin 5/13/50
184-185letter of appointment to American University of Beirut, 3/21/23
186-187photograph: RF with students in Beirut; carbon of letter from Dr. F.J. McIntyre
188-189letters (2) from Bancroft Beatley; news clipping and news photo of Harvard
192-193photograph: "Theodore Ward"; typescript epitaph for Theodore Ward
196-197photographs: "Schoonmaker family"; [?]
198-199photographs (2): "Hildegard"
200-201photograph: "Frost's house on Sunset Avenue"
204-205photographs: "Jones Library" (2); "Prof. Arthur John Hopkins" [?]
218-219Harvard Divinity School news clipping; letter to Harvard Divinity School


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions



Francis family records, Francis' own notes as a student, lectures, student papers and theses about the poet, along with blueprints of Fort Juniper, diplomas, and newspaper and magazine articles are found in Series 1. Also included is an extensive bibliography. Copies of the Syracuse University guide to the collection of papers Francis donated in 1968-1969 (4.5 linear feet) and the Jones Library guide to their collection of Francis materials, mostly published versions, are filed here as well. See also Series 4.




Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and content:

Incoming letters and copies of outgoing letters, chiefly with other writers, publishing houses, and readers are in Series 2. Notable are the letters relating to publishing and business matters in general. These letters are revealing examples of the poet's economics, or, as Mr. Francis has said, "how a lone poet learns to look out for his financial interests." A number of letters come from young writers looking for advice and encouragement. Of special importance is the correspondence of novelist Paul Theroux, who came to know Mr. Francis while studying with Joseph Langland at the University of Massachusetts. The bulk of their correspondence is from Theroux's graduation in 1963 until 1970. Series 2 also contains copies of correspondence between poet Marianne Moore and the University of Massachusetts Press (1956-1968). In these letters Ms. Moore extends her praise to Robert Francis and to the Press for the worthy publication of his works. Other correspondents include John Ciardi, Peter DeVries, Gerald Warner Brace, Dudley Fitts, Donald Hall, Rolfe Humphries, Howard Moss, Richard Wilbur, Rosellen Brown, and Ted Shawn. See also Series 4.




Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and content:

Series 3 is divided into subseries by book titles, which are arranged chronologically. Under the book title headings are author's notes, worksheets and drafts, typescripts, galley proofs and copies of proofs. Book reviews and comments are filed under each title as well. Worksheets of poems in some instances contain page references to the poem in its final form in the Collected Poems. Journals in which Francis' poems are published, Francis' teaching materials, and Francis' comments on poetry are also included in this series.




Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and content:

Series 4 is divided into subseries by book titles, which are arranged chronologically, in the same manner as Series 3. Newspaper and magazine columns follow book-length works in the series and are arranged chronologically within their own subseries. Materials pertaining to the author's autobiography, The Trouble With Francis, including his interleaved copy of the book (Mr. Francis keyed photographs, biographical documents, correspondence, and notes to their corresponding pages), are also contained in Series 4.




Series 5 contains Mr. Woodchuck (three chapters of an unfinished novel) and "What a Witch Told Me."




Photographs from virtually every period of Francis' life and of Francis' family and friends are included in Series 6. See Series 4 for additional photos.




Tapes of Mr. Francis reading and discussing his poetry; WFCR Radio "Poems for a Listener" broadcasts; phonograph recordings of readings; and a phonograph recording of Koopman's musical composition for "Picasso and Matisse" are in Series 7.

Contents List
Series 1. Bio-bibliographical



Guide to the Robert Francis Papers
1988

Box 1:1
UMass public info file on Robert Francis
n.d.

Box 1:2
Contemporary Authors biographical entry
n.d.

Box 1:3
Bibliography
n.d.

Box 1:4
Revised bibliography
n.d.

Box 1:5
Syracuse and Jones Library inventories
1977

Box 1:6
Guide to the Robert Francis Collection at the Jones Library
1979

Box 1:7
Autobiographical notes
n.d.

Box 1:8
Allen grandparents: genealogy, news clippings
n.d.

Box 2:9
Francis: family genealogy
n.d.

Box 2:10
Francis, James (RF's uncle): diary
1891-1896

Box 2:11
Francis, May Allen (RF's mother): funeral notices
n.d.

Box 2:12
Francis, Ruth Isabel (RF's sister): biographical sketch
n.d.

Box 2:13
Francis grandparents: Tupper Family Association
1949-1980

Box 2:14
Robert Francis' education records
1904-1919

Box 2:15
Fort Juniper house plans

see Fort Juniper blueprints, Map Case 4, Drawer 1, and Posters for readings 1948-1977, Map Case 4, Drawer 1

1940

Box 2:16
Readings: notices
1941-1977

Box 2:17
Readings: news clippings
1941-1977

Box 2:18
Mass. State College: class notes, botany
1946-1947

Box 2:19
Mass. State College: lecture notes, geology
1946-1947

Box 2:20
Chautauqua Writer's Workshop: student comments
1956

Box 2:21
Notes on Italy, American Academy
1957-1958

Box 2:22
School visits: mementos
1960-1975

Box 2:23
Honorary degree from University of Massachusetts
1970

Box 2:24
Massachusetts Archive: pamphlet
1973

Box 2:25
American Poets Fellowship Award
1984

Box 2:26
Articles about Robert Francis
1936-1967

Box 3:27
Articles about Robert Francis
1969-1976

Box 3:28
Articles about Robert Francis
1977-1981

Box 3:29
Articles about Robert Francis
1982-1988

Box 3:30
Wellman, Cora B., undergraduate paper on RF, Harvard University
1937

Box 3:31
Lectures (2) on RF by Howard Nostrand
1945

Box 3:32
California State College, student papers (7) on RF
1971

Box 3:33
Coleman, J.M., undergraduate paper on RF, U. of Virginia
1972

Box 3:34
Zmuda, R., undergraduate paper on RF, Allegheny Community College
1972

Box 3:35
California State College, undergraduate papers (5) on RF
1973

Box 3:36
"Robert Francis: A Critical Biography" (master's thesis) by Elinor Phillips Cubbage
1975

Box 3:37
"Freedom to Fastidious Form: Theory, Form and Theme in the Poetry of Robert Francis" (master's thesis) by Charles Sides
1975

Box 3:38
Lecture by David Young
1975

Box 3:39
"Move Over, Henry Thoreau" and "Robert Francis's Concept of 'E'" by Charles Sides
1976

Box 3:40
"Robert Francis: The Best Neglected Poet" by Delores Whitney
1978

Box 3:41
Series 2. Correspondence



Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Abbe - Arnold (except Allen grandparents)


Box 4:42
Allen grandparents


Box 4:43
Atlantic Monthly


Box 4:44
Baird - Beasley


Box 4:45
Beirut, American U.


Box 4:46
Bennetto - Boyd (except Berger, Arthur and re: "The Boy Who Will Play Beethoven's Fifth")


Box 4:47
Berger, Arthur


Box 4:48
re: "The Boy Who Will Play Beethoven's Fifth"


Box 4:49
Brace - Cates


Box 4:50
Cheroweth - Crozier (except Contemporary Poets)


Box 4:51
re: Contemporary Poets


Box 4:52
Dakin - DeMarrais


Box 4:53
Donnelly, Dorothy


Box 4:54
Dostal - Fox


Box 4:55
Fox, Walter


Box 4:56
Francis grandparents


Box 4:57
Francis, James, Francis, Matthew


Box 4:58
Francis, May Allen


Box 4:59
Francis, Robert (French author)


Box 4:60
Francis, Robert (RF's namesake)


Box 4:61
Francis, Ruth I.


Box 4:62-63
Francis - Hamburger


Box 4:64
Hammarstrom - Hosford


Box 5:65
re: "Home Forum" column


Box 5:66
Howes, Jeanne C.


Box 5:67
The Power of Will (Howes enclosure)


Box 5:68
Humphries - Juscik (except Junkins, Donald)


Box 5:69
Junkins, Donald


Box 5:70
Kaplan, Herbert


Box 5:71
Kaplan, Peter


Box 5:72
Hates - Ledert


Box 5:73
Lindh - Lyric


Box 5:74
McGinty - Maynard (except MacMillan Publishing Co.)


Box 5:75
MacMillan Publishing Company


Box 5:76
Meachem - Musser (except Miller, Charles)


Box 5:77
Miller, Charles


Box 5:78
Nelson, Howard


Box 5:79
NY Times - New Yorker


Box 5:80
Nicholson - Osbourne


Box 5:81
Pacelli - Phillips


Box 5:82
Piskor, Frank


Box 5:83
Plunge - Rigby


Box 5:84
Risdon - Scherer (except Sanborn, Forest)


Box 5:85
Sanborn, Forest


Box 6:86
School groups


Box 6:87
Schoonmaker - Starbuck


Box 6:88
Stein - Thompson (except Still, James)


Box 6:89
Still, James


Box 6:90
Theroux, Paul
1962-1963

Box 6:91
Theroux, Paul
1964-1970

Box 6:92-93
Torell - Virginia Quarterly (except re: The Trouble With Francis and Tunnel Press)


Box 6:94
The Trouble With Francis


Box 6:95
Tunnel Press


Box 6:96
re: "Two Days Among the Feeble Minded"


Box 6:97
U of Massachusetts Press


Box 6:98-99
U of Massachusetts Press (L. Stein - M. Moore)
1956-1968

Box 6:100
Visual Education - Walcott


Box 6:101
Warren, Gretchen


Box 6:102
Warren, Gretchen


Box 7:103
Wesleyan U. Press


Box 7:104
Wesleyan U. Press - Worrel
l

Box 7:105
Yoken Young


Box 7:106
Robert Francis' Christmas cards


Box 7:107
Poems written for Robert Francis


Box 7:108
Poems written for Robert Francis


Box 7:109
Poems written for Robert Francis


Box 7:110
Series 3. Poetry



Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Stand With Me Here: proofs
1936

Box 8:111
Valhalla and Other Poems: proofs
1938

Box 8:112
The Sound I Listened For: proofs
1944

Box 8:113
Valhalla and Other Poems, The Sound I Listened For: Reviews
1938, 1944

Box 8:114
The Face Against the Glass: proofs
1950

Box 8:115
The Orb Weaver: proofs
1960

Box 8:116
We Fly Away, Face Against the Glass, The Orb Weaver: reviews
1948, 1950, 1960

Box 8:117
Come Out into the Sun: galley proofs
1965

Box 8:118
Come Out into the Sun: proofs with author's corrections
1965

Box 8:119
Come Out into the Sun: proofs
1965

Box 8:120
Come Out into the Sun: reviews
1965

Box 8:121
Like Ghosts of Eagles: worksheets of poems
n.d.

Box 8:122
Like Ghosts of Eagles: Poems 1966-74: typescript with author's manuscript alterations
1974

Box 8:123
Like Ghosts of Eagles: Poems 1966-74: mss. and reader's evaluation
1974

Box 8:124
Like Ghosts of Eagles: Poems 1966-74: mock-up
1974

Box 8:125
Like Ghosts of Eagles: Poems 1966-74: proofs
1974

Box 9:126
Like Ghosts of Eagles: Poems 1966-74: reviews and comments
1974

Box 9:127
Collected Poems: worksheets
n.d.

Box 9:128
Collected Poems: worksheets
n.d.

Box 9:129
Collected Poems: original unpublished preface
1976

Box 9:130
Collected Poems: proofs
1976

Box 9:131
Collected Poems: proofs
1976

Box 9:132-33
Collected Poems: proofs
1976

Box 10:134-36
Collected Poems: reviews
1976

Box 10:137
Journals with Robert Francis' poems
1972-1977

Box 10:138
Field: journal celebrating Robert Francis' birthday
1970

Box 10:139
The Hollins Critic: special issue on RF
10/1977

Box 10:140
Misc. offprints, photocopies of published poems
n.d.

Box 11:141
Misc. offprints, photocopies of published poems
n.d.

Box 11:142
Miscellaneous worksheets
n.d.

Box 11:143
Miscellaneous worksheets
n.d.

Box 11:144
Father Gander Rhymes
1952

Box 11:145
"Seagulls": signed typescript
n.d.

Box 11:146
Poems by Robert Francis' students
1950-1959

Box 11:147
Robert Francis' comments on poetic theory
n.d.

Box 11:148
Notes on geographical locations of poems
n.d.

Box 11:149
Series 4. Non-fiction



Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

The Satirical Rogue: source materials
1968

Box 12:150
The Satirical Rogue: essays in Field
1975

Box 12:151
The Satirical Rogue: proofs of 1964 and1968 printings
1964, 1968

Box 12:152
The Satirical Rogue: reviews
1968

Box 12:153
The Trouble with Francis: author's notes
n.d.

Box 12:154
The Trouble with Francis: "Soybeans for Walden" typescript
n.d.

Box 12:155
The Trouble with Francis: "Todo and the Mantises": material related to
n.d.

Box 12:156
The Trouble with Francis: original typescript with author's alterations
n.d.

Box 12:157
The Trouble with Francis: carbon copy of final typescript, chapters 1-12
n.d.

Box 12:158
The Trouble with Francis: carbon copy of final typescript, chapters 13-17 and index (two drafts)
n.d.

Box 12:159
The Trouble with Francis: reviews
1971

Box 12:160
The Trouble with Francis: galley proofs with manuscript corrections
n.d.

Box 13:161
The Trouble with Francis: author's position on Chapter 17
n.d.

Box 13:162
The Trouble with Francis: materials pertaining to J. Still, W. Shumway, R. Gillman
1940-1948

Box 13:163
The Trouble with Francis: materials pertaining to pp. 63-64
n.d.

Box 13:164
The Trouble with Francis: materials interleaved in author's copy (list attached)
n.d.

Box 13:165-169
The Trouble with Francis: author's copy
1971

Box 13:170
Frost: A Time to Talk: reader's evaluation
1971

Box 13:171
Frost: A Time to Talk: page proofs with author's manuscript corrections
1971

Box 13:172
Frost: A Time to Talk: reviews
1972-1973

Box 13:173
A Certain Distance: manuscript of the prose items
n.d.

Box 13:174
A Certain Distance: reviews
1976

Box 13:175
Francis On the Spot: working papers
1976

Box 14:176
Francis On the Spot: mock ups
1976

Box 14:177
Travelling in Amherst: copy of book
1986

Box 14:178
Newspaper publications
1925-1977

Box 14:179
Two Days Among the Feeble Minded: unpublished manuscript
1931

Box 14:180
"Country Comment" column: selected newsprint copies and carbon manuscripts
1946-1950

Box 14:181
Philadelphia Forum: newsprint copies and carbon typed version
1947-1948

Box 14:182
"Home Forum" column: carbon typed manuscripts
1951-1954

Box 14:183
Christian Science Monitor: newsprint copies of selected essays
n.d.

Box 14:184
Christian Science Monitor: author's statement on refusal to publish further columns in CSM
1954

Box 14:185
"The Satirical Rogue Again": typescript with author's manuscript alterations
1970

Box 14:186
"The Satirical Rogue Returns": typescript with author's manuscript alterations
1970

Box 14:187
"A Month in Amherst in the 1920's": drafts, news clippings
1975

Box 15:188
Misc. publications in journals: typed manuscripts and published versions
1946-1966

Box 15:189
Misc. publications in journals: carbon typed manuscripts and published versions
1951-1967

Box 15:190
Publications in various journals
n.d.

Box 15:191
Addresses


Box 15:192
Series 5. Fiction



Mr. Woodchuck: three chapters of an unfinished novel
c.1950

Box 15:193
"What a Witch Told Me": a copy of typescript
n.d.

Box 15:194
Series 6. Photographs



Early photos of Robert Francis
n.d.

Box 16:195
Photo album (1)
n.d.

Box 16:196
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
1923-1924

Box 16:197
Photo album (2)
1936-1976

Box 16:198
American Academy, Italy
1957-1958

Box 16:199
Photo album (3)
1972-1976

Box 16:200
U of Mass. photo center: contact sheets
1974

Box 16:201
Allen grandparents
n.d.

Box 16:202
Francis grandparents
n.d.

Box 16:203
Francis, James, and Francis, Matthew (RF's uncles)
n.d.

Box 16:204
Francis, May Allen (RF's mother)
n.d.

Box 16:205
Series 7. Recordings



Robert Francis Reads His Poetry: 7 1/2 IPS two track tape


Box 17:206
Discussion by Doris Abramson, Joseph Langland, Quentin de Streel and Robert Francis of the recently published Like Ghosts of Eagles, broadcast by WFCR, Part I: 7 1/2 IPS two track tape
1974

Box 17:207
Discussion, Part II: 7 1/2 IPS two track tape
1974

Box 17:208
Robert Francis reading from his Collected Poems at their publication party, with an introduction by Joe Langland and introductory comments by Francis
1976

Box 17:209
"Poems to a Listener" -- WFCR broadcast tape of the program and script: 7 1/2 IPS two track tape
1976

Box 17:210
RF Day, Jones Library

In MS Phonograph Records Box:

1980

Box 17
1. Today's Poets, volume 1: 33 RPM
1967

Box 17
2. Robert Francis Reads His Poems From Like Ghosts of Eagles and Come Out Into the Sun: 33 RPM
1975

Box 17
3. Picasso and Matisse: 33 RPM (and score)
1966

Box 17

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Subjects
  • Poetics.
  • Amherst (Mass.)
  • Brown, Rosellen.
  • Ciardi, John, 1916-
  • De Vries, Peter.
  • Fitts, Dudley, 1903-
  • Francis, Robert, 1901-1987 -- Bibliography.
  • Francis, Robert, 1901-1987.
  • Hall, Donald, 1928-
  • Humphries, Rolfe.
  • Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972.
  • Moss, Howard, 1922-
  • Poetry -- Publishing.
  • Poets -- Massachusetts -- Amherst.
  • Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972.
  • Theroux, Paul.
  • University of Massachusetts Press.
  • Wilbur, Richard, 1921-

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes.
  • Photographs.
  • Phonograph records.


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