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Guide to the Bliss Carman Papers, ca. 1888-1926

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929
Title: Bliss Carman Papers
Dates: ca. 1888-1926
Quantity: 0.8 cubic ft (3 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, a scrapbook and other material relating to the life and work of the poet, Bliss Carman.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbook

Biographical Note

Canadian poet, born in Frederictown, New Brunswick, 15 April 1861. His parents, William Carman Sophia Mary Bliss Carman, fled to Canada from America after the Revolutionary War. Carman graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1881 with honors in classics. He received his M.A. from New Brunswick as well, in 1884. He also studied at Harvard and the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh.

In 1888 Carman began working as a journalist in New York for Cosmopolitan and other magazines. In subsequent years, he established the short-lived The Chapbook and then moved to Boston and worked with a number of other magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly, Boston Transcript, and The Literary World. Carman's first volume of poetry, Low Tide on Grand Pre, garnered much acclaim. Other publications include Songs from Vagabondia, The Poetry of Life, The Making of Personality, Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics, and other collections of essays and poetry.

At the end of Carman's career, he lectured wideley and received a number of honorary degrees and awards including the Lorne Pierce Medal, Canada's highest literary distinction. Soon after receiving that degree, on 8 June 1929, he died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage.

For more infomation, see Carman's biography in the Literature Online (LION) database.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, a scrapbook and other material relating to the life and work of the poet, Bliss Carman.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Subjects:

  • Canadian Poetry
  • Authors--Canadian
  • Poets--Canadian

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, November 2006.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bliss Carman Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original proceesing date unknown.

Updated by Dean Rogers and Laura Finkel, November 2006.

Acquisition Information

Provenance is currently unclear, but at least some part of the collection was donated by Mitchell Kennerley in 1931.

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Container List

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