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Robert Peter Tristram Coffin Collection 1842-1989, n.d. (bulk 1910-1955)


Correspondence, 1910-1955, 1981-1989, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.1

An incomplete item level chronological listing for correspondence 1954 and prior (PDF file) is available here.


Box 1 Oct. 3, 1910 - Dec. 3, 1917
2 Dec. 6, 1917 - Dec. 1920
3 Jan. 1921 - Jan. 22, 1925
4 Jan. 23, 1925 - July 22, 1927
5 July 28, 1927 - July 16, 1929
6 July 18, 1929 - Aug. 20, 1930
7 Aug. 21, 1930 - Dec. 22, 1931
8 Dec. 23, 1931 - Apr. 15, 1933
9 Apr. 18, 1933 - Mar. 27, 1934
10 Mar. 29 - Nov. 2, 1934
11 Nov. 3, 1934 - Apr. 26, 1935
12 Apr. 29 - Dec. 30, 1935
13 Jan. - June 1936
14 July 1936 - Jan. 23, 1937
15 Jan. 24, 1937 - June 29, 1937
16 June 30, 1937 - Jan. 12, 1938
17 Jan. 13 - Aug. 18, 1938
18 Aug. 23, 1938 - Feb. 21, 1939
19-20 Weequahic High School thank-you letters, Feb. 21 - Feb. 28, 1939
21 Feb. 23 - Nov. 28, 1939
22 Nov. 29, 1939 - July 1, 1940
23 July 2, 1940 - Feb. 14, 1941
24 Feb. 15 - Aug. 24, 1941
25 Aug. 28, 1941 - Mar. 11, 1942
26 Mar. 12 - Nov. 5, 1942
27 Nov.6, 1942 - Apr. 18, 1943
28 Apr. 19, 1943 - Jan. 9, 1944
29 Jan. 10 - July 6, 1944
30 July 7 - Dec. 12, 1944
31 Dec. 13, 1944 - May 23, 1945
32 May 24, 1945 - Jan. 5, 1946
33 Jan. 7 - Sept. 12, 1946
34 Sept. 16, 1946 - Mar. 31, 1947
35 Apr. - Aug. 23, 1947
36 Aug. 24, 1947 - Jan. 25, 1948
37 Jan. 26 - Aug. 6, 1948
38 Aug. 8, 1948 - Mar. 23, 1949
39 Mar. 25, 1949 - Nov. 2, 1949
40 Nov. 3, 1949 - June 19, 1950
41 June 20, 1950 - Jan. 5, 1951
42 Jan. 6 - Apr. 3, 1951
43 Apr. 4 - Aug. 20, 1951
44 Aug. 21 - Dec. 28, 1951
45 Jan. - Apr. 14, 1952
46 Apr. 15 - Sept. 2, 1952
47 Sept. 4 - Dec. 31, 1952
48 Jan. 1, 1953 - July 7, 1953
49 July 8, 1953 - Dec. 28, 1953
50 Jan. - June 7, 1954
51 June 11 - Sept. 30, 1954
52 Oct. 1, 1954 - May 4, 1955
53-54 Undated correspondence, ca. 1910-1955
Box 55
Folder 1-7 Undated correspondence, ca. 1910-1955
Folder 8 1981-1986, Letters to June Coffin
Folder 9 1986-1989, n.d., Correspondence between Mark Anderson and June Coffin (includes drafts and an offprint by Mark Anderson)

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Clippings, historical and miscellaneous, 1842-1954, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.2


folio Box 218
Folder 1-2 1842-1953
Box 56
Folder 1-16 1911-1954
17 [undated]

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Books: proofs, illustrations, drafts, notes, etc., 1923-[54?], n.d. [Apples By Ocean to Dew and Bronze]

Catalog Number: M37.3


Box 57
Apples By Ocean
Folder 1 Title and content pages
2-6 Page proofs
7 Original jacket design and envelope
8-12 Designs
13 Misc.
14 Promotional material
15-16 Reviews and announcement
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
Box 57 An Attic Room
17-19 Early drafts
20 "Princes and Coasts" - preliminary pages
21 Designs
22 Book jacket, etc.
23 Promotional material
24 Copyright, January 1943
25 Memorandum of Agreement, June 15, 1928
26 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 11 Reviews [cont.]
Box 58 Ballad of Square-Toed Americans
Folder 1-2 Signed draft, cover pages, title page, contents, pp. 1-34, end pages
3-5 Galley proofs
6-8 Page proofs
9 Binder's dummy
10-13 Designs
14-15 Material re
16 Reviews and announcements
Box 59 Book of Crowns and Cottages
Folder 1 Contents
2-5 Partial carbon copy
6-10 "J.C.C." Galley proofs
11 Author's proof
12 Book jacket
13 Documents, etc.
14 Contract
15-16 Reviews and announcements
Book of Seventeenth Century Prose
17 Introduction
18-20 Biographies
Box 60
Folder 1-6 "Biographies & the Minors"
7-8 Biographies, early drafts
9-12 "Burton"
13-14 "Donne"
15-18 "John Donne"
19-21 "Life of Herbert"
22 "Archbishop William Laud"
23 Title page and preliminaries
24 Notes on 17th century poetry
25 Promotional material
26 Documentation, January 9, 1928
Box 61-67 Galley proofs
Box 68-71 Page proofs
Box 72
Folder 1-9 Page proofs [cont.]
10 Reviews and announcements
Box 73 Book of Uncles
Folder 1 Manuscript draft
2-6 Typescript draft, preliminary information, pp. 1-105
7-9 Galley proofs
10-13 Page proofs
14 Jackets
15 Material regarding
16 Contract, May 1942
17 Reviews and announcements
Box 74 Captain Abby and Captain John
Folder 1-7 Galley proofs
8-15 Page proofs
16 Documents, February 1938
Box 75
Folder 1-15 Typescript draft
16 Binder's dummy
17 Coffin's notes
18 Diaries
19 Promotional materials
folio Box 218
Folder 3 Promotional materials [cont.]
Box 75
Folder 20 Material regarding
21-23 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
Box 76
Christchurch
Folder 1 Designs
2 Jacket
3 Typescript draft
4 Material re
5 Promotional material
6 Assignment of copyright, Christchurch and Dew and Bronze
7 Reviews and announcements
Christmas in Maine
8 Promotional material
9 Transfer of title
10 Document, July 28, 1941
11 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 4 Artwork
Box 76
Coast Calendar
12 Preface
13 Dedicatory page
14 Carbon copy
15 Additional text, carbon copy
16 Partial typescript
17 Partial carbon copy of typescript
18 Additions to "Coast Calendar"
Box 77
1-11 Designs
12-15 Gallery proofs
16-17 Promotional material
18 Documentation, December 18, 1948
19-20 Reviews and announcements
Box 78 Collected Poems
Folder 1-10 Galley proofs
11-12 Page proofs
Box 79
Folder 1-8 Page proofs
9 Contents
10 Duplicate proof of title page, dedication, and portrait page
11 Binder's dummy
12 Sample pages
13 Original jacket design
14 Designs
15 Recommendations for
16 Material re
17 Jacket material
18 Promotional material
Box 80
Folder 1-4 Reviews and announcements
The Connecticut Path
5 Documents, July 2, 1947
Dew and Bronze
6 Draft
7 Promotional materials
8 Reviews and announcements

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Books: proofs, illustrations, drafts, notes, etc., 1923-[54?], n.d. [Dream Farm to Portrait of an American]

Catalog Number: M37.3


Box 81
Dream Farm (unpublished)
Folder 1-4 Partial typescript
Dukes of Buckingham
5-10 "Playboys of the Stuart World" - manuscript draft
Box 82
Folder 1-5 Typescript draft
6-9 Page proofs
Box 83
Folder 1-8 Page proofs [cont.]
Box 84
Folder 1 Bound typescript copy of "The Dukes of Buckingham by Sir Anthony Vandyk" by Emeline L. Hilton
2 Material re
3 Promotional material
4-5 Reviews and announcements
Golden Falcon
6 Contract, July 1928
7 Contents
8 Galley proofs
9 Page proofs
10 Promotional material
11 Reviews and announcements
Box 85 Hawkweed (unpublished)
Folder 1 Ca. 1933; manuscript draft
2-10 Ch. 1-25; typescript draft
Box 86
Folder 1-4 Ch. 26-36; typescript draft
5-6 Changes and additions, cover page, pp. 1-35, plus card w/partial list of characters
7-8 Changes and additions, partial carbon copy, pp. 6-292
Hellas Revisited
9 Designs
10 Reviews
Box 87 John Dawn
Folder 1 Manuscript "Finished December 1, 1935"
2-10 Chapters 1-16; typescript
Box 88
Folder 1-5 Chapters 17-25; typescript
6-12 Galley proofs
Box 89
Folder 1-10 Page proofs
11 Designs
12-13 Jackets
14 Material re
15 Promotional material
16 Contract
Box 90
Folder 1-5 Reviews and announcements
Kennebec: Cradle of Americans
6-9 Manuscript draft
Box 91
1-10 Typescript draft
11 Later draft of pp. 225-230B
Box 92
Folder 1-12 Early typescript draft
Box 93
Folder 1-5 Page proofs
6 Material re
7 Promotional material
folio Box 218
Folder 5 Promotional material [cont.]
Box 93
Folder 8 Contract
Box 94 Reviews and announcements
Box 95 Laud: Storm Center of Stuart England
Folder 1 Notes
2-3 Original manuscript - "Laud: The Shepherd in Purple"
4 Early draft - "Laud: The Shepherd in Purple"
5-8 Typescript draft
Box 96
Folder 1-9 Page proofs
10 Material re
11 Promotional material
12-14 Reviews and announcements
Box 97
Life in America: New England
Folder 1 Outline
2 Manuscript draft
3 Drafts, chapters I & II
4 Carbon typescript [1951]
5 Contract - carbon copy
6 Reviews and announcements
The Loon (unpublished)
7 Outline and Chapters I & II
Lost Paradise (also titled "The Happy Seat")
8 Manuscript draft
9-10 Typed manuscript [carbon]
11-16 Page proofs (set 1)
Box 98
Folder 1-6 Page proofs (set 2)
7-10 Page proofs (set 3)
Box 99
Folder 1-4 Page proofs (set 3) [cont.]
5 Designs
6 Title page
7 Jacket
8 Material re
9 Promotional material
10-16 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
Box 100 Maine Ballads
Folder 1-2 Galley proofs
3-5 Page proofs
6 Binder's dummy
7 Document, February 1938
8 Excerpt, "New England Hurricane"
folio Box 218
Folder 6 Jacket design
Box 100
Folder 9 Jacket
10 Material re
12-14 Reviews and announcements
Box 101 Maine Doings
Folder 1-7 Typescript draft
8 Material re "Maine Matters"
9-17 Sketches/drawings
folio Box 218
Folder 7 Jacket design
Box 102
Folder 1-11 Proofs of designs
12 Order forms
13-15 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
Box 103 Mainstays of Maine
Folder 1 Maine Cookery: recipes
Folder 2-10 Galley proofs - copy 1
11-13 Galley proofs - copy 2
Box 104
Folder 1-8 Galley proofs - copy 2 [cont.]
9-15 Page proofs
Box 105
Folder 1-7 Page proofs [cont.]
8 Materials re
9-10 Promotional material
11-15 Reviews and announcements
New Eurydice and Other Poems (unpublished)
16-18 Typescript drafts
19 Material re
Box 106 New Poetry of New England
Folder 1-2 Manuscript notes and draft
3-7 Galley proofs
8-15 Page proofs
16 Promotional material re lectures
17 Promotional material re book
18-19 Reviews and announcements
Box 107 On the Green Carpet
Folder 1-4 Manuscript notes and draft
5-11 Typescript draft
Volume 1 Carbon typescript, with manuscript notations
Box 108
Folder 1-2 Designs
3 Document, January 31, 1951
4-6 Reviews and announcements
Box 109 One Horse Farm
Folder 1-2 Galley proofs
3-4 Page proofs
5-14 Designs
15 Material re
16 Promotional materials
17 Document, September 2, 1948
18-21 Reviews and announcements
Box 110
A Patchwork Quilt (unpublished)
Folder 1-2 Partial typescript
People Behave Like Ballads
3-5 Galley proof
6-9 Page proofs
10 Materials re
11-13 Reviews and announcements
Box 111 Poems for a Son with Wings
Folder 1-2 Galley proof
3-4 Page proofs
5 Materials re
6 Promotional material
7 Jacket text - typescript draft
8-10 Reviews and announcements
Box 112 Portrait of an American
Folder 1 Contract, January 1935
2 Manuscript draft
3 Manuscript note
4-8 Typescript draft
9-11 Galley proofs
Box 113
Folder 1-3 Page proofs
4 Binder's dummy with notes by RPTC
5 Illustrations
6 Proofs re
7 Promotional material
8 Document, June 1931
9-14 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]

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Books: proofs, illustrations, drafts, notes, etc., 1923-[54?], n.d. [Primer For America to Yoke of Thunder]

Catalog Number: M37.3


Box 114 Primer for America
Folder 1-6 "American Primer" typescript draft
7-10 Galley proofs
11-15 Page proofs
16 Sample pages, etc
17-20 Designs
Box 115
1 Book jacket
2 Promotional material
folio Box 218
Folder 8 Promotional material
Box 115
Folder 3-7 Reviews and announcements
Red Sky in the Morning (originally titled "Red Sun in the Morning")
8-15 Typescript draft, Ch.I-XV
Box 116
Folder 1-3 Typescript draft, Ch. XVI-XXI
4-12 Galley proofs (set 1)
Box 117
Folder 1-5 Galley proofs (set 2)
6-7 Promotional materials
folio Box 218
Folder 9 designs
Box 117
Folder 8 Contract
9-12 Reviews and announcements
Box 118 Saltwater Farm
Folder 1-2 Galley proofs
3-5 Page proofs
6 Material re
7 Jacket
8 Contract, December 1936
9-16 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
folio Box 218
Folder 11 Woodcut prints engraved by J.J. Lankes in 1936
Box 119 Selected Poems
Folder 1-5 Galley proofs
6-12 Page proofs
13 Material re
14 Reviews and announcements
Box 120 Strange Holiness
Folder 1-2 Galley proofs
3-4 Page proofs
5 Designs
6 Binder's dummy
7 Book jacket
8 Material re
9-11 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
Box 120
Substance that is Poetry
12-13 Manuscript notes and draft
Box 121
Folder 1-6 Typescript draft
7-9 Galley proofs
10-13 Page proofs
Box 122
Folder 1-2 Page proofs [cont.]
3 Promotional material
4-6 Reviews and announcements
There Will be Bread and Love
7 Notes
8-9 Galley proofs
10-12 Page proofs
13 Material re
14 Promotional material
15-20 Reviews and announcements
Box 123 Third Hunger and The Poem Aloud
Third Hunger
Folder 1 Manuscript draft
2-5 Typescript draft
The Poem Aloud
6 Typescript draft
7-13 Galley proofs
14 Proof mock-up
15 Designs
16 Binding fabric
17 Reviews and announcements
Box 124 Thomas-Thomas-Ancil-Thomas
Folder 1-2 Manuscript draft
3-14 Typescript draft
15-17 Galley proofs
Box 125
Folder 1-3 Galley proofs [cont.]
4-11 Page proofs
12 Designs
13-14 Material re
15 Document
16-19 Reviews and announcements
"VIP" (unpublished)
Box 126 Carbon typescript, title page - pp.324
Box 127
Folder 1-9 Carbon typescript. pp.325 - 531
Yankee Coast
10-12 "Maine Coast" Dec. 1945 - Mar. 1946
Box 128
Folder 1-14 Typescript draft
15-21 Galley proofs
Box 129
Folder 1-8 Designs
9 Jacket
10-11 Material re
12-21 Reviews and announcements
folio Box 218
Folder 10 Reviews [cont.]
Box 130 Yoke of Thunder
Folder 1-4 Galley proofs (2 sets)
5-6 Page proofs
7 Binder's dummy
8 Material re
9-10 Promotional material
11-12 Reviews and announcements
13 Notes for books never written

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Essays and short stories: notebooks, drafts and proofs, 1923-51, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.4


Box 131
Folder 1 Abenaki Clambake
2 Add Maine to Your New England
3 Addition to the Family
4 The Aesthetical Writings of Schiller
5 Afterglow
6 Amateurs in Arcady
7 American Creator
8 An American for a Father
9 The Arm of a Friend
10 Aunt Emma
11 Autobiographical Sketches
12 Backwaters of Berkshire
13 The Battle of the Books, A Berry Good Time
14 The Bike Bucephalus
15 Bird Stew
16 A Blighted Rose of Sharon
17 Book and Crowns, The Book of Tenants
18 Books
19 Books and Poetry
20 Bookworms of Bodley
21 Boys Grown Tall
22 The Brigger
23 Bright Maine
24 British Breakfast, The Britter
25 The Burning Balsam
26 Buy the Bonds
27 Captain Pye, Cathedrals to Live In
28 Cavalier and Puritan Athletes, Challenge
29 Charles Theodore Burnett
30 The Chateau of the Starved
31 Children of Crystal
32 Chlorophyl Unlimited
33 Christmas Came Alive
34 Christmas Came in Fur
35 Christmas in Maine
36 Christmas in New England
37 Christmas in North Wales
38 Codfish Chowder and Sun, A College of Plays
39 The Contribution of Literature and the Arts...
40 Corpus Christi, Texas
41 The Course in Creative Writing
42 Courses in Living
Box 132
Folder 1 A Day of "Eights" at Oxford, David's Room and Daniel's
2 Davy Prince's Diamonds
3 The Delectable Voyage
4 Description in the Anglo-Saxon Epic (longhand typescript)
5 The Diamond Coast
6 District Thirteen
7 Doctors of Death: On the Radio Broadcast of Hitler, July 19, 1940
8 The Dramatic Technique of MacBeth
9 Early May Flowers
10 English Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (2 copies)
11 The Everlasting Captain
12 Extremities of Pig, Far Away Peter
13 The Farm of the Future
14 First Catch Your Eel
15 Friends and Neighbors
16 From Whitehead to Le Havre
17 General Aspects of Literature
18 A Genius This Late
19 The Georgics of Virgil
20 Gilded Spurs and Captain's Boots
21 Gilt Heels and Captains' Boots
22 Goethe as a Literary Critic
Box 133
Folder 1 Hair into Bowstrings
2 Halibut Heaven
3 Happiness is Work
4 Hardy and Houseman
5 The Haunted Lobster-Warp
6 Hazlitt's Critical Temperament
7 [History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, manuscript)
8 [History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, typescript with holograph corrections)
9 [History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, carbon typescript with note by RPTC)
10 [History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, carbon typescript)
11 [History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, carbon typescript with added introduction)
12 Honor Courses in College
13 Hound-Dog Mostly
14 The House Divided
15 If England is Blotted Out
16 Iffley the Unspoiled
17 In Defense of Phaon
18 Indian Literature - Epics
19 The Institute of Modern Literature, 1950
20 The Irish Dramatists
21 The Jenny Lind Dollar
22 The Jewel of Landladies
23 John Ridd's Thanksgiving
24 The Knave of Diamonds (missing p. 1)
25 The Ladder
Box 134
Folder 1 Last Day
2 Let's Be Americans Again (2 copies)
3 Let's Produce Men, Not Mechanics; Let Us Give Thanks
4 Life of Rowe
5-14 Log of a Seagoing Farm
folio Box 218
Folder 12 Designs
Box 134
Folder 15 The Long Day
16 The Long Thanksgiving Table
17 Lorna Doone
Box 135
Folder 1-2 Maine: State of Being American
3 Maine Ballads
4 Maine Christmas
5 Maine Enters Literature
6 Maine Thanksgiving, Maine and Trinity
7 Make Friends With a Firefly
8 Mary-Alice Coffin, Sculpture in Chalk
9 The Matter of Poetry
10 May Day Morning
11 Measure for Measure
12 Miss Hattie's Soldier
13 The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met
14 Mountains of Merlin
15 My Father's Chicken Dumplings, My Quicksilver Uncle
16 My Uncle Ancil
17 The Nest Egg
18 The New Combination Honor Course at Wells College
19 New England Artist at the Stove
20 New England Living
21 Night of Lobsters [fragments]
22 Of Bags
23 On Writing the Ballad
24 On Writing the Regional-Biographical-Historical Book
Box 136
Folder 1 The Paradox of Oxford
2 The Pie Was Christmas
3 Pinero
4 The Pioneer Impulse
5 Playthings that are Free
6 A Poem in the Making
7 A Poem is a Strange Thing, The Poet is Face by Christmas, Poetry
8 Poetry is here and now [with] Independence of a Poem [and] American Mythology
9 The Poetry of the Old Testament
10 Poetry of Today and Tomorrow
11 A Preface to A. E. Houseman
12 Preserves and Reserves
13 Princes of the Coast
14 The Prize Pumpkin
15 The Problems of the Genesis
16 Quahaugs and Uncle Quentin, A Question of Sentiment, Radio Talk on Honor Courses for the Forum June 8, 1928
17 Rainbow Gold
18 Red Poppies
19 The Return of the College Ideal
20 Reunion at Thanksgiving
21 The Revolution in the College
22 Saint-Pol in the Sun, Saints and Cream and Devon Things
23 Sally Kane's Life Preservers
24 School Days and Life Days
25 Semi-Annual Fulbright Report, January 14, 1954
26 September Commencement
27 Seraph in the Apple Trees
28 The Shape of New England
29 Shore Dinner
30 Sir Isaac Coffin: Admiral and Prophet [for the Newcomen Society]
31-32 Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart: Admiral and Prophet - printed; contract, September 19, 1954
33 The Snow Farm
34 Society and Caste
Box 137
Folder 1 Springs on the Mountain
2 The State of Maine
3 The Story of Maine
4 A Study of the Nature of S[hakespeare]
5 The Sufficient Street
6 Teddy Roosevelt
7 Thanksgiving in France
8 That Hardy Perennial, Christmas
9 The Thin World, There Went Forth a Decree
10 This Tourist House and Its Owner
11 Thomas Hardy
12 The Three Ring Farm
13 The Thousand Mile Duck
14 Three Folios of Indiana
15 Tipsham Fair
16 The Tired Horse
17 The Toe Prints of Tirralirra
18 Tris Took Over Christmas
19 Troilus and Cressida
20 Two Poems of Mine I Like
21 Uncle Henry
22 The Uncommon Man
23 United States of Maine and Vermont
24 Visit With the Vast
25 What is New England
26 What Kind of People Are We?, White Port of the Future
27 Whom Pets Have Neglected
28 Wide Ears
29 The Wild Garden, Will Christman
folio Box 218
The World is Young
Folder 13 clippings
Box 137
30 A Yankee Looks at the South, The Young Poet Talks on Poetry
31 Zenobia Sees a Ghost
Box 138
Folder 1 Boys Grown Tall, Captain Stover, Tipsham Fair
2-12 Notebooks of prose by Coffin, May 2, 1940 - December 1951
13 Notebooks of misc. articles/poetry/prose by Coffin [n.d.]
14-17 Newspaper articles, 1920s-40s and n.d.
18 Announcements

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Poetry: notebooks, drafts, etc., 1923-55, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.5


Box 139 Poems - manuscript
Folder 1 1923, song lyrics (Christmas Pageant)
Folio Volume 1 Poems, 1927-1947
Folio Volume 2 Bookcover for "Poems, 1927-1947"
Box 139
Folder 2-7 1929-35
8-14 July 1935 - Jan. 1942
Box 140 Jan. 1942 - Jan. 1950
Box 141
Folder 1-7 Jan. 1950 - Jan. 1955
8 Miscellaneous poems, 1936-52 and undated - printed
9 Misc. poems/manuscripts, 1953 and undated
micro Box 2 [Poems, undated manuscript volumes on microfilm]
Poems - typescripts
Box 142 A - EP
Box 143 ET - NEV
folio Box 218
Folder 15 F - H
Box 144 NEW - SMA
Box 145
Folder 1-6 SMO - Z, Poems - printed
folio Box 218
Folder 14 A - M
Box 146 A - F
Box 147 G - M
Box 148 N - S
Box 149
Folder 1-9 T - Z, untitled
10 Reviews and announcements
11 Submissions

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Plays: drafts and outlines, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.6


Box 150
Folder 1 The Housecleaning of Odysseus
2-3 Into the Light
4-5 The Lightning Bird
6 Odysseus and Polyphemus
folio Box 218
Folder 16 Music
Box 150
Folder 7-11 The Trojan Horse
12-13 VIP, manuscript drafts/notes in twenty-two fascicles (blue books)
14-18 The Yankee Princess

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Contributions and reviews: drafts, notebooks, etc., 1935-48, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.7


Box 151 Contributions
Folder 1 Ashes & Sparks - preface by Coffin
2 Dictionary of American Biography
3-5 Dictionary of American History
6 Down to the Sea in Maine, by A.C Shelton - captions for photographs
7-11 Everyday Readings, 1937-43
12-13 Lighthouses of the Maine Coast, by Robert T. Sterling - Introduction and material regarding
14 The Little Boys of Texas, score (words by Deems Taylor)
15-19 Modern Literature, May 1935 - May 1936
Box 152
Folder 1-5 Modern Literature [cont.], June 1936 - June 1937
6 National Cyclopedia of American Biography
7 The Prize Pumpkin
8 This is My Best, by Whit Burnett, [Maine is a Poem]
9 [cross references to other collection material]
10 Contracts
11-13 Reviews and announcements
Box 153 Reviews
Folder 1 Notebooks of reviews and articles
2-4 Notebooks of reviews
5 Overture to a book review column by Robert P. Tristram and Margaret Coffin, "Book Talk," for Yankee Reviews by Coffin
6-13 Abbe - Hurd
folio Box 218
Folder 17 Field, Follett
Box 154
Folder 1-10 Indiana University - Worker's of the Federal Writers' Project
11 Miscellaneous
12-15 Clippings, A-Z
15-16 Reviews by Ruth Coffin

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Lectures, addresses, readings and radio broadcasts: drafts, pamphlets, notes and programs, 1920-55, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.8


Box 155 Lectures and addresses:
Folder 1 Wells [News?], February - May 1934
2 Maine and My Poetry (Maine Federation of Women's Clubs, Bates College, May 25, 1935)
3 First Parish Fellowship Supper
4 The Americanism of John G. Whittier, June - December 1937 - notes
5-9 Maine: A State of Grace (Commencement Address, University of Maine, June 14, 1937)
10-12 Contemporary Poetry (Columbia Lectures: First series, August 9-13, 1937; Second series, July 25-29, 1938)
13 New England Society in NY Annual Dinner, December 22, 1937
14 Indian Color in Our Life (Maine Historical Society, January 14, 1938)
15 Alumnae College, Wells, June 9-11, 1941 - notes
Volume 1 Contemporary American Writers (Indiana Lectures, Feb.-Mar., 1942)
Box 156
Folder 1 The Westbrook Lectures, Lectures on Creative Writing [Oct.-Dec. 1944]
2 University of Florida Talks, August - September, 1947
3-4 The Poems That Write the Poet, March 24, 1953; The Makings of American Literature (University of Athens Lectures), 1953-1954:
The Makings of American Literature
(University of Athens Lectures),
1953-54:
5-8 Notes
9 Preliminary information, The Heritage of Greece in the New World, The Forest
10 The Ship
11 Country Things
Box 157
Folder 1 The Seasons
2 The Farm I
3 The Farm II (listed in contents as The Snow Farm)
4 Schoolhouse and Church
5 The Village
6-13 Mimeograph copies
14 An American Looks at Greece: Provincial Lecture [1953-1954]
15 Teacher and Poet in Greece [1953-54]
16 The Subjects of Poetry, April 19, 1954 (Syrian University)
17 [Abstracts and Short Pieces, n.d.]
18 The Metaphysical and Elinor Wylie, [n.d.] - notes
Box 158 Radio broadcasts:
Folder 1 "Bowdoin-on-the-Air" (April 1942-October 1945)
2 Coffin and William Rose Benet (WEAF, May 20, 1935)
3 Interview...(American School of the Air, January 25, 1938)
4 Transatlantic Call, Maine (CBS, June 23 [1943?]
5 2 Old Testament Talks (WCSH, September 4, 1946)
6 "Book of Books", 1948-49
7 Poems by Bob Coffin (Bowdoin-on-the-Air, May 1949)
8 Views of the News [Interview], February 24, 1950
Readings, notes:
9 1935-39
10 1940-44
11 1945-49
12 1950-55
13 [n.d]
14 Itineraries, 1936-53 and undated
Box 159-60 Lecture announcements and notices, 1920-1955, [n.d.]
Box 199
Folder 19 Lecture announcements and notices, 1942-1950
Box 161 Lecture programs, tickets, etc.:
Folder 1-22 1933-55
folio Box 218
Folder 18-19 1939-48
20 Undated
Box 161
Folder 23 Undated

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Art work: sketches, drawings, prints, wood-blocks, etc., [1906-52?]

Catalog Number: M37.9


Box 162
Folder 1-10 Childhood sketches
11-13 Christmas cards - from original designs by Coffin, 1920s-1940s
14 Christmas cards - from original designs re-used by others
15 Etching - "My Only Etching..."
Box 163
Folder 1 Gravestone rubbings
2 Illustrations for the work of others
folio Box 219
Folder 3 Sketches/drawings
Box 163
Folder 3 Program - Thanksgiving dinner, Oxon, 1920
Sketches/drawings
4-26 Abingdon to Houses
Box 164
Folder 1-28 Iffley Woodcuts to Wild geese
folio Box 219
Folder 4 Sketches/drawings [cont.]
Box 164
Folder 29 Stencils
30 Exhibitions
Box 165-66 Original Printing Blocks

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Bibliographies, 1935-53, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.10


Box 167
Folder 1 1916-35, with manuscript additions to 1939 - poems
2 1916-36 - poems, articles & essays, books
3 1916-36, with manuscript additions to 1936 - poems
4-7 1916-41 [i.e. 1916-36, with manuscript additions to 1941]
8 Checklist, July 19, 1941
9 Catalogue of Phonograph Records [1941 amd 1942] Harvard Film Service
10 Works ... published in 1946
11 July, 1947 - December, 1952, with manuscript additions to December, 1953
12-13 Fragments and miscellaneous
14 Institutional holdings

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Education: essays, notebooks, theses, etc., 1904-32

Catalog Number: M37.11


Box 168
Folder 1-7 Brunswick Grammar School
Volume 1 The American Common-School Reader and Speaker (1844): added verse by R.P.T. Coffin on end sheets
Box 168
Folder 8-20 Brunswick High School
Bowdoin College
Box 169 Class material:
Folder 1-2 English [1, Div.] B & History 2: notebook, 1911-12
3 Hygiene: notebook, [Fall 1911]
4 [Latin 1 & 2]: essays, [1911-12]
5 [Latin 1]: examination, Jan. 27, 1912 (with draft of short story)
6 [History 2]: examination, June 13, 1912
7 [Latin 2]: translations from Horace, [Spring 1912]
8-33 English 3: essays, [Fall 1912]
Box 170
Folder 1-13 English 3 [con't]
14 German II: examination, Jan. 25, 1913
15 Greek A: examination, Feb. 3, 1913
16 Latin 3: examination, Feb. 6, 1913
17-27 English 4: essays, etc. [Spring 1913]
Box 171
Folder 1 Greek B: examination, [Spring 1913]
2 Greek Literature VIII, Topics for thesis ... [Spring 1913]
3 Latin 4: examination, June 20, 1913
4 [Art 1 & 2]: notebook, 1913-1914
5-10 English 9: essays, [Fall 1913]
11-19 German 13: essays, etc. [Fall 1913]
20 Greek I: examination, Jan. 1914
21 Latin 5: essay, [Fall 1913?]
22-28 German 14: essays, etc. [Spring 1914]
30-31 Latin 6: essay and examinations [Spring 1914]
32 Ethics [Philosophy 2], Spring 1915
folio Box 219
Folder 5 Commencement 1915, clippings
7 Diplomas, 1911-1930
Box 172
Folder 1-3 Documents, 1911-25
4-23 Literary works
Box 173
Folder 1-13 Literary works [cont.]
14-15 Manuscript drafts, notes and fragments
16-20 Printed ephemera, 1911-15
21 Printed ephemera, [n.d.]
folio Box 219
Folder 6 Class of 1915 Phi Chi poster
Box 173
Folder 21-24 Prize essay, 1912-[15]
25 Prize poetry, [n.d.]
Box 174 Princeton University
Folder 1-6 Personal material
Class material:
7 Shakespeare [i.e. Elizabethan Drama], 1915-1916
8 Literary Criticism, 1915-16
9 English [i.e. Modern] Drama, Spring 1916
10 Paper on the Seige of Rhodes by William D'Avenant, Oxford University
Box 175 Personal material, 1909-28
Box 176-77 "The Prose Works of John Donne" thesis
Box 178 Material from the Oxford notebook
Box 179 Course notebooks, 1915-20

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Professional records: lecture notes, registers, syllabi, etc., 1921-55

Catalog Number: M37.12


Box 180 Wells College
Class material
Folder 1 Course descriptions
2-7 English Honors Course
8-13 Exams - 1921-34, n.d.
Box 181
Folder 1-9 Gradebooks, schedules and student lists, 1921-1934, n.d.
10 Lecture notes, 1932-33
Box 182
Folder 1 Poems by Coffin's students
2 Syllabi of classes
folio Box 219
Folder 8 Clippings re
Box 182
Folder 3-6 Manuscript and typescript notes, drafts, etc.
8-9 Printed material
Box 183 Printed material [cont.]
Bowdoin College
184 Class material
Folder 1 Course descriptions
2-3 Exams, 1934-53, n.d.
4 Handouts
5-12 Lectures and lecture notes, 1938-1952, n.d.
Volume 1 Contemporary English and American Literature, 1940-41
Box 184
Folder 13 Major meetings, itineraries, 1950-51
Box 185
Folder 1-4 Registers, 1934-40
5 Syllabi, 1935-52
6 U.S. Army Air Forces Technical Training
folio Box 219
Folder 10 Clippings re
11 Coffin at Bowdoin
Box 186
Folder 1-5 Faculty material
6-8 Manuscript notes
9-15 Printed material
folio Box 219
Folder 9 Bowdoin Orient, 1939-55
Box 187 Printed material [cont.]
Box 188
Folder 1-3 University of Cincinnati, University of Athens
4-5 Class material
6-9 Documents
10-13 Fulbright
14-18 Manuscript material
19-25 Printed material
Box 189
Folder 1-9 University of New Hampshire Writers Conference
10-12 Corpus Christi Fine Arts Colony

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Personal records: documents, essays, notes, etc., 1882-1978, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.13


Box 190
Folder 1-3 Alumni material
4-6 Announcements
7 Bicentenary of Brunswick
8-28 Biographical material
Box 191-93 Biographical material [cont.]
folio Box 219
Folder 15 Diploma, 1937
Box 194-95 Calendars, 1936-37, 39-45, 47-50, 52-53
Box 196
Folder 1 Dedication of the Coffin Room
2-17 Documents
folio Box 219
Folder 15 Passport, 1916; 19th century ships' documents
Box 197
Folder 1-10 Ephemera
11-24 Family history
Box 198
Folder 1-10 Family history [cont.]
folio Box 219
Folder 13 Design of Ruth Neal Coffin's headstone
Box 198
Folder 11-19 Financial
Box 199- Financial [cont.]
200
Folder 1-9 Financial [cont.]
10 Guest Book
Box 201
Folder 1 Invitations
2-8 Military service
folio Box 219
Folder 14 Commissions and certificates, 1917-26
12 Obituaries and other clippings
Box 202
Folder 1-6 Pamphlets
7-10 Programs
Box 203
1-3 Pulitzer Prize
folio Box 219
Folder 15 Certificate, 1937
16 Clippings
Box 203
Folder 4-14 Schools and colleges, Societies and associations
15-21 American Academy of Arts and Letters to Authors' Club
Box 204 Brunswick Rotary Club to New England Poetry Club
205 Newcomen Society to Poetry Society of America
206 Pulitzer Prize to Zeta Psi
folio Box 219
Folder 17 Beechwood Players to Zeta Psi

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Works by others: essays, poems, illustrations, etc., 1921-1969, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.14


Box 207
Artwork:
Folder 1-4 J.J. Lankes
5 Mildred E. Danforth (sketch of Coffin)
folio Box 219
Folder 18-19 Herbert L Rand - C.W. Taylor
Box 207
Folder 6 Anonymous
Essays:
7-18 Vance Bourjaily - Writers' War Board
19 Anonymous
Box 208 Poems:
Folder 1-13 Joan Lee Allen - Mrs. Wendell W. Wyatt
14-15 Anonymous
Box 209
Proofs:
Folder 1 Bernard DeVoto
2-9 Rachel Field
10-12 J.J. Lankes
Printed works:
12-23 Elizabeth Atkins - Winthrop Steele
24 Reviews and announcements

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Unsorted material, 1937-52, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.15


Box 210
Folder 1-2 Literary drafts
3-6 Manuscript notes and fragments
7 Photocopies
8-11 Printed material
Box 211
Folder 1-2 Printed material [cont.]
folio Box 219
Folder 20 Printed material [cont.]
Box 211
Folder 3 Re Coffin's works
4-12 Research or lecture notes
12 Typescript notes and fragments

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Recordings, 1931-47, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.16


LP sound disc recordings:
Box 212
Harvard Vocarium Records.
Enve. 1 "Crystal Moment," "Golden Falcon," "Young Spring," "Strange Holiness," "Hummingbird." 12", 1940.
2 "Roxiney Boody," "Lomey Catlin," "Winter Milking," "The Pheasant." 12", 1940.
3 "Foxes and Graves," "Barn Swallows," "The Race," "Easter Orr," "There Yet Survived a God." 12", 1940.
4 "How to Make a Willow Whistle," "Where I Took Hold if Life," "This is My Country," "Cows Are Coming Home in Maine." 12", 1940.
5 "The Cry," "Paths in the Dew," "This Was the Word," "Footsteps of Flame." 12", 1940.
Harvard Film Service.
6 "The Race," "Lomey Catlin," "San Lorenzo," "Hummingbird." Acetate record, 12", 78rpm. 15 February 1939.
7 "How to Make a Willow Whistle," "Roxiney Boody." Acetate record, 12" 78rpm. 15 February 1939.
Library of Congress recordings.
8 "Foundation of a Man," "A Poem is an End," "Wind From Home," "Apples by Ocean. 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945."
9 "Spider." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
10 "The Fog," "This is My Country," "Footsteps of Flame," Foxes and Graves." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
11 "How to Make a Willow Whistle," "Late Christmas," "There Will be Bread and Love," "Joy Meets Boy." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
12 "The Race," "Codfish Song," "Little Boys of Texas," "He Learned From Primers," "Coast Babies Sit Up Late." 12" 78 rpm. 25 May 1945.
13 "Hummingbird," "Lullaby for Peregrine," "There Yet Survived a God," "When I Took Hold of Life." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
14 "Don't Name Your Son With a President's Name," "Alexander Graham Bell Did Not Invent the Telephone," "Old Farmer Alone," "Go To the Barn with a Lantern." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
15 "Country Party," "Hound on the Church Porch," "Roxiney Boody." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
16 "He Put Out His Hands," "Country Doctor," "Stop One Instant Still," "Oh Boyhood Goodbye." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.
17 "The Cupola," "An Old Man Raking Leaves," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Rocker." 12" 78 rpm. 25 May 1945.
National Council of Teachers of English.
18 "The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart." 10".
19 "The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart.; 10" [broken].
20 "The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart." 10".
21 "The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart." 10".
WGAN, Portland, Maine, Radio.
22 "Bates Mfg. Co. Christmas Show," RPTC. 12" 78rpm. 21 December 1947.
23 RPTC reading. 10". 11/10/1942.
24 "Bates Mfg. Co.: RPTC Thanksgiving Program." 12". 11/23/1947.
25 "Broadcast: RPTC." 10". 10 November 1942.
26 WTAG-FM, Worchester. RPTC poems. 12" 78rpm. 25 March 1947.
27 WNYC. "Dedicatory Ode: Hunter College," RPTC. 12". 10/8/1940.
Box 213
Self-recorded [aluminum].
Enve. 1 "The Spider," "The Cupola," "Foxes and Graves," "One Who Knows His Seagulls." 10".
2 "The Woodland Orchard," "The Pheasant," "Country Church," "Something Holy." 10".
3 "There Yet Survived a God" [good], "There Yet Survived a God" [not good]. 10".
4 "Where I Took Hold of Life," "New Guests," "Bread and Milk on the Stoop." 10".
5 "Country Party," "Getting Ready for Town." 10".
6 "Old Farmer Alone," "Barn Swallows." 10".
7 "Winter Milking," "Go to the Barn with a Lantern." 10".
8 "Foxes and Graves," "Crystal Moment." 10".
9 "Crystal Moment," "Thunder Pools," "The Secret Heart," "The Golden Falcon." 10".
10 "This is My Country," "The Fog." 10".
11 "This is My Country," The Sharp Coast." 10".
12 "How to Make a Willow Whistle;" "Bread and Milk on the Stoop." 10".
13 "The Secret." 10".
14 "Lazy Bones," "Thief Jones," "The Rocker," "Departure," "Being." 12".
15 Speech Department Laboratory at Texas State College for Women: untitled. 12" 33 1/3 rpm [sides 1,4].
16 Speech Department Laboratory at Texas State College for Women: untitled. 12" 33 1/3 rpm [sides 3,6].
17 Speech Department Laboratory at Texas State College for Women: untitled. 12" 33 1/3 rpm [sides 2,5].
18 "Comments by Mr. Harry Hansen on Pulitzer Prize Award for Poetry: Mr. Robert P.T. Coffin." 12" [aluminum].
Recordings of Others.
19 "He's got the Whole World in His Hands," "Just Like a Tree Planted by the Water." 10" [music recording].
20 "The Congo," Vachel Lindsay, The National Council of Teachers of English. 10".
21 "In a Monastery Garden," "In a Persian Market." 12".
22 "Transcontinental: A Choric Poem of the Railroad," "Midnight Caravan: A Choric Poem of the Trucks on Route 1," by A.M. Sullivan. 12" 78rpm.
23 St. Louis Speaks: Discussion, Dr. Taylor Interview ["Where I Took Hold of Life"]. 12" 33 1/3 rpm. 9 February 1941 [#1,#2].
24 St. Louis Speaks: Discussion, Dr. Taylor Interview. 12" 33 1/3 rpm. 9 February 1941 [#3,#4].
25 St. Louis Speaks: Discussion, Dr. Taylor Interview. 12" 33 1/3 rpm. 9 February 1941 [#5,#6].

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Photographs and other images, 1858-1954, n.d.

Catalog Number: M37.17


Volume 1 Bowdoin faculty album, 1858
C-ph.sm Box 214 Negatives and slides
C-ph.sm 215 Photographs
C-ph.lg 216 Photographs (contains small, medium and large)
Box 216 Photograph: RPT Coffin's Harpswell Road residence, ca. 1952, with holograph note from Bill Key (graduating high school student) to his teacher, Mrs. Etelman
C-ph.xlg 217 Photographs
folio Box 219
Folder 21 Photographs and engravings
Alpha Portraits - two framed oil paintings of Coffin
Obj Stor Sculpture of Coffin's head

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