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Robert Peter Tristram Coffin Collection M037

Title:
Robert Peter Tristram Coffin collection
Creator:
Coffin, Robert P. Tristram, (Robert Peter Tristram), 1892-1955
ID:
M037
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1910-1955
Date [inclusive]:
1842-1989, undated
Extent:
49.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains correspondence; drafts, proofs and notes of books, poems, essays, plays and lectures; notes, examinations and other material relating to teaching, and biographical materials.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Robert Peter Tristram Coffin collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Robert P.T. Coffin (1892-1955), writer, professor and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, was born and educated in Brunswick, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College (Class of 1915), Princeton (A.M. 1916) and, as a Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University (A.B. 1920); while in England, he served to 2nd Lieutenant of the U.S. Army. Coffin began his teaching career as instructor and, later, professor of English at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. (1921-1934), where he ran the English honors course. He returned to Bowdoin as Pierce Professor of English (1934-1955), was a visiting lecturer at several colleges and universities from the 1930s through 1950s, and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Athens in 1953-54.

Coffin is best known as a writer of more than three dozen works of prose, poetry and history, and as the winner of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book, Strange Holiness. He lectured widely and was frequently invited to read from his popular poetry. Coffin married Ruth Phillip in 1918; they had four children, and both sons attended Bowdoin.

The collection contains correspondence; drafts, proofs and notes of books, poems, essays, plays and lectures; notes, examinations and other material relating to teaching at Bowdoin, Wells, and other institutions; personal records outlining his education (grade school through Oxford University) and his personal life; documents both personal and professional; recordings of his poems; and photographs. Major correspondents include members of the Coffin family and of the Bowdoin College staff; letters from literary and artistic colleagues are also included.

Series Description:

Correspondence of Coffin, 1910-55 and undated; most are to family members, publishers, literary agents, or Bowdoin colleagues. When possible, undated letters are dated to a given year or month, and are filed at the beginning of that period; otherwise, they are filed at the end, arranged alphabetically. Also included is correspondence dating from 1981, with June Coffin, regarding Coffin and the Coffin Collection.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

General Note:

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Oct. 3, 1910 - Dec. 3, 1917

Box 1

Dec. 6, 1917 - Dec. 1920

Box 2

Jan. 1921 - Jan. 22, 1925

Box 3

Jan. 23, 1925 - July 22, 1927

Box 4

July 28, 1927 - July 16, 1929

Box 5

July 18, 1929 - Aug. 20, 1930

Box 6

Aug. 21, 1930 - Dec. 22, 1931

Box 7

Dec. 23, 1931 - Apr. 15, 1933

Box 8

Apr. 18, 1933 - Mar. 27, 1934

Box 9

Mar. 29 - Nov. 2, 1934

Box 10

Nov. 3, 1934 - Apr. 26, 1935

Box 11

Apr. 29 - Dec. 30, 1935

Box 12

Jan. - June 1936

Box 13

July 1936 - Jan. 23, 1937

Box 14

Jan. 24, 1937 - June 29, 1937

Box 15

June 30, 1937 - Jan. 12, 1938

Box 16

Jan. 13 - Aug. 18, 1938

Box 17

Aug. 23, 1938 - Feb. 21, 1939

Box 18

Weequahic High School thank-you letters, Feb. 21 - Feb. 28, 1939

Box 19-20

Feb. 23 - Nov. 28, 1939

Box 21

Nov. 29, 1939 - July 1, 1940

Box 22

July 2, 1940 - Feb. 14, 1941

Box 23

Feb. 15 - Aug. 24, 1941

Box 24

Aug. 28, 1941 - Mar. 11, 1942

Box 25

Mar. 12 - Nov. 5, 1942

Box 26

Nov.6, 1942 - Apr. 18, 1943

Box 27

Apr. 19, 1943 - Jan. 9, 1944

Box 28

Jan. 10 - July 6, 1944

Box 29

July 7 - Dec. 12, 1944

Box 30

Dec. 13, 1944 - May 23, 1945

Box 31

May 24, 1945 - Jan. 5, 1946

Box 32

Jan. 7 - Sept. 12, 1946

Box 33

Sept. 16, 1946 - Mar. 31, 1947

Box 34

Apr. - Aug. 23, 1947

Box 35

Aug. 24, 1947 - Jan. 25, 1948

Box 36

Jan. 26 - Aug. 6, 1948

Box 37

Aug. 8, 1948 - Mar. 23, 1949

Box 38

Mar. 25, 1949 - Nov. 2, 1949

Box 39

Nov. 3, 1949 - June 19, 1950

Box 40

June 20, 1950 - Jan. 5, 1951

Box 41

Jan. 6 - Apr. 3, 1951

Box 42

Apr. 4 - Aug. 20, 1951

Box 43

Aug. 21 - Dec. 28, 1951

Box 44

Jan. - Apr. 14, 1952

Box 45

Apr. 15 - Sept. 2, 1952

Box 46

Sept. 4 - Dec. 31, 1952

Box 47

Jan. 1, 1953 - July 7, 1953

Box 48

July 8, 1953 - Dec. 28, 1953

Box 49

Jan. - June 7, 1954

Box 50

June 11 - Sept. 30, 1954

Box 51

Oct. 1, 1954 - May 4, 1955

Box 52

Undated correspondence, ca. 1910-1955

Box 53-54

Undated correspondence, ca. 1910-1955

Box 55 Folder 1-7

1981-1986, Letters to June Coffin

Box 55 Folder 8

1986-1989, n.d., Correspondence between Mark Anderson and June Coffin (includes drafts and an offprint by Mark Anderson)

Box 55 Folder 9

Series Description:

Newspapers and magazine clippings, collected and saved by Coffin, arranged by year. Many record major historical events, such as the deaths of Roosevelt and Goering; contain articles on people he knew; relate to places with which he was associated, including Bowdoin; or were saved for private reasons. Other clippings, including biographical pieces, published poems, or book reviews, can be found in the appropriate series.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1842-1953

Box 218 Folder 1-2

1911-1954

Box 56 Folder 1-16

[undated]

Box 56 Folder 17

Series Description:

Proofs, illustrations, drafts, notes, reviews and other material (1923-[54?] and undated) relating to Coffin's books, published and unpublished, arranged alphabetically by title; followed by Coffin's notes for books never written. Some of the earliest drafts include material not in the final works. Collections of poems or essays, such as Primer for America and the Pulitzer Prize winning Strange Holiness, are included with historical works such as Kennebec: Cradle of Americans, from the "Rivers of America" series.

A Book of Seventeenth Century Prose, edited with Alexander M. Witherspoon, is combined with Seventeenth-Century Prose and Poetry, an expanded version of the work. Some J.J. Lankes illustrations, including those for Saltwater Farm are contained in Works by other authors.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Title and content pages

Box 57 Folder 1

Page proofs

Box 57 Folder 2-6

Original jacket design and envelope

Box 57 Folder 7

Designs

Box 57 Folder 8-12

Misc.

Box 57 Folder 13

Promotional material

Box 57 Folder 14

Reviews and announcement

Box 57 Folder 15-16

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Early drafts

Box 57 Folder 17-19

"Princes and Coasts" - preliminary pages

Box 57 Folder 20

Designs

Box 57 Folder 21

Book jacket, etc.

Box 57 Folder 22

Promotional material

Box 57 Folder 23

Copyright, January 1943

Box 57 Folder 24

Memorandum of Agreement, June 15, 1928

Box 57 Folder 25

Reviews and announcements

Box 57 Folder 26

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 11

Signed draft, cover pages, title page, contents, pp. 1-34, end pages

Box 58 Folder 1-2

Galley proofs

Box 58 Folder 3-5

Page proofs

Box 58 Folder 6-8

Binder's dummy

Box 58 Folder 9

Designs

Box 58 Folder 10-13

Material re

Box 58 Folder 14-15

Reviews and announcements

Box 58 Folder 16

Contents

Box 59 Folder 1

Partial carbon copy

Box 59 Folder 2-5

"J.C.C." Galley proofs

Box 59 Folder 6-10

Author's proof

Box 59 Folder 11

Book jacket

Box 59 Folder 12

Documents, etc.

Box 59 Folder 13

Contract

Box 59 Folder 14

Reviews and announcements

Box 59 Folder 15-16

Introduction

Box 59 Folder 17

Biographies

Box 59 Folder 18-20

"Biographies & the Minors"

Box 60 Folder 1-6

Biographies, early drafts

Box 60 Folder 7-8

"Burton"

Box 60 Folder 9-12

"Donne"

Box 60 Folder 13-14

"John Donne"

Box 60 Folder 15-18

"Life of Herbert"

Box 60 Folder 19-21

"Archbishop William Laud"

Box 60 Folder 22

Title page and preliminaries

Box 60 Folder 23

Notes on 17th century poetry

Box 60 Folder 24

Promotional material

Box 60 Folder 25

Documentation, January 9, 1928

Box 60 Folder 26

Galley proofs

Box 61-67

Page proofs

Box 68-71

Page proofs [cont.]

Box 72 Folder 1-9

Reviews and announcements

Box 72 Folder 10

Manuscript draft

Box 73 Folder 1

Typescript draft, preliminary information, pp. 1-105

Box 73 Folder 2-6

Galley proofs

Box 73 Folder 7-9

Page proofs

Box 73 Folder 10-13

Jackets

Box 73 Folder 14

Material regarding

Box 73 Folder 15

Contract, May 1942

Box 73 Folder 16

Reviews and announcements

Box 73 Folder 17

Galley proofs

Box 74 Folder 1-7

Page proofs

Box 74 Folder 8-15

Documents, February 1938

Box 74 Folder 16

Typescript draft

Box 75 Folder 1-15

Binder's dummy

Box 75 Folder 16

Coffin's notes

Box 75 Folder 17

Diaries

Box 75 Folder 18

Promotional materials

Box 75 Folder 19

Promotional materials [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 3

Material regarding

Box 75 Folder 20

Reviews and announcements

Box 75 Folder 21-23

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Designs

Box 76 Folder 1

Jacket

Box 76 Folder 2

Typescript draft

Box 76 Folder 3

Material re

Box 76 Folder 4

Promotional material

Box 76 Folder 5

Assignment of copyright, Christchurch and Dew and Bronze

Box 76 Folder 6

Reviews and announcements

Box 76 Folder 7

Promotional material

Box 76 Folder 8

Transfer of title

Box 76 Folder 9

Document, July 28, 1941

Box 76 Folder 10

Reviews and announcements

Box 76 Folder 11

Artwork

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 4

Preface

Box 76 Folder 12

Dedicatory page

Box 76 Folder 13

Carbon copy

Box 76 Folder 14

Additional text, carbon copy

Box 76 Folder 15

Partial typescript

Box 76 Folder 16

Partial carbon copy of typescript

Box 76 Folder 17

Additions to "Coast Calendar"

Box 76 Folder 18

Designs

Box 77 Folder 1-11

Gallery proofs

Box 77 Folder 12-15

Promotional material

Box 77 Folder 16-17

Documentation, December 18, 1948

Box 77 Folder 18

Reviews and announcements

Box 77 Folder 19-20

Galley proofs

Box 78 Folder 1-10

Page proofs

Box 78 Folder 11-12

Page proofs

Box 79 Folder 1-8

Contents

Box 79 Folder 9

Duplicate proof of title page, dedication, and portrait page

Box 79 Folder 10

Binder's dummy

Box 79 Folder 11

Sample pages

Box 79 Folder 12

Original jacket design

Box 79 Folder 13

Designs

Box 79 Folder 14

Recommendations for

Box 79 Folder 15

Material re

Box 79 Folder 16

Jacket material

Box 79 Folder 17

Promotional material

Box 79 Folder 18

Reviews and announcements

Box 80 Folder 1-4

Documents, July 2, 1947

Box 80 Folder 5

Draft

Box 80 Folder 6

Promotional materials

Box 80 Folder 7

Reviews and announcements

Box 80 Folder 8

Partial typescript

Box 81 Folder 1-4

"Playboys of the Stuart World" - manuscript draft

Box 81 Folder 5-10

Typescript draft

Box 82 Folder 1-5

Page proofs

Box 82 Folder 6-9

Page proofs [cont.]

Box 83 Folder 1-8

Bound typescript copy of "The Dukes of Buckingham by Sir Anthony Vandyk" by Emeline L. Hilton

Box 84 Folder 1

Material re

Box 84 Folder 2

Promotional material

Box 84 Folder 3

Reviews and announcements

Box 84 Folder 4-5

Contract, July 1928

Box 84 Folder 6

Contents

Box 84 Folder 7

Galley proofs

Box 84 Folder 8

Page proofs

Box 84 Folder 9

Promotional material

Box 84 Folder 10

Reviews and announcements

Box 84 Folder 11

Ca. 1933; manuscript draft

Box 85 Folder 1

Ch. 1-25; typescript draft

Box 85 Folder 2-10

Ch. 26-36; typescript draft

Box 86 Folder 1-4

Changes and additions, cover page, pp. 1-35, plus card w/partial list of characters

Box 86 Folder 5-6

Changes and additions, partial carbon copy, pp. 6-292

Box 86 Folder 7-8

Designs

Box 86 Folder 9

Reviews

Box 86 Folder 10

Manuscript "Finished December 1, 1935"

Box 87 Folder 1

Chapters 1-16; typescript

Box 87 Folder 2-10

Chapters 17-25; typescript

Box 88 Folder 1-5

Galley proofs

Box 88 Folder 6-12

Page proofs

Box 89 Folder 1-10

Designs

Box 89 Folder 11

Jackets

Box 89 Folder 12-13

Material re

Box 89 Folder 14

Promotional material

Box 89 Folder 15

Contract

Box 89 Folder 16

Reviews and announcements

Box 90 Folder 1-5

Manuscript draft

Box 90 Folder 6-9

Typescript draft

Box 91 Folder 1-10

Later draft of pp. 225-230B

Box 91 Folder 11

Early typescript draft

Box 92 Folder 1-12

Page proofs

Box 93 Folder 1-5

Material re

Box 93 Folder 6

Promotional material

Box 93 Folder 7

Promotional material [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 5

Contract

Box 93 Folder 8

Notes

Box 95 Folder 1

Original manuscript - "Laud: The Shepherd in Purple"

Box 95 Folder 2-3

Early draft - "Laud: The Shepherd in Purple"

Box 95 Folder 4

Typescript draft

Box 95 Folder 5-8

Page proofs

Box 96 Folder 1-9

Material re

Box 96 Folder 10

Promotional material

Box 96 Folder 11

Reviews and announcements

Box 96 Folder 12-14

Outline

Box 97 Folder 1

Manuscript draft

Box 97 Folder 2

Drafts, chapters I & II

Box 97 Folder 3

Carbon typescript [1951]

Box 97 Folder 4

Contract - carbon copy

Box 97 Folder 5

Reviews and announcements

Box 97 Folder 6

Outline and Chapters I & II

Box 97 Folder 7

Manuscript draft

Box 97 Folder 8

Typed manuscript [carbon]

Box 97 Folder 9-10

Page proofs (set 1)

Box 97 Folder 11-16

Page proofs (set 2)

Box 98 Folder 1-6

Page proofs (set 3)

Box 98 Folder 7-10

Page proofs (set 3) [cont.]

Box 99 Folder 1-4

Designs

Box 99 Folder 5

Title page

Box 99 Folder 6

Jacket

Box 99 Folder 7

Material re

Box 99 Folder 8

Promotional material

Box 99 Folder 9

Reviews and announcements

Box 99 Folder 10-16

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Manuscript draft

Box 97 Folder 8

Typed manuscript [carbon]

Box 97 Folder 9-10

Page proofs (set 1)

Box 97 Folder 11-16

Page proofs (set 2)

Box 98 Folder 1-6

Page proofs (set 3)

Box 98 Folder 7-10

Page proofs (set 3) [cont.]

Box 99 Folder 1-4

Designs

Box 99 Folder 5

Title page

Box 99 Folder 6

Jacket

Box 99 Folder 7

Material re

Box 99 Folder 8

Promotional material

Box 99 Folder 9

Reviews and announcements

Box 99 Folder 10-16

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Galley proofs

Box 100 Folder 1-2

Page proofs

Box 100 Folder 3-5

Binder's dummy

Box 100 Folder 6

Document, February 1938

Box 100 Folder 7

Excerpt, "New England Hurricane"

Box 100 Folder 8

Jacket design

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 6

Jacket

Box 100 Folder 9

Material re

Box 100 Folder 10

Reviews and announcements

Box 100 Folder 12-14

Typescript draft

Box 101 Folder 1-7

Material re "Maine Matters"

Box 101 Folder 8

Sketches/drawings

Box 101 Folder 9-17

Jacket design

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 7

Proofs of designs

Box 102 Folder 1-11

Order forms

Box 102 Folder 12

Reviews and announcements

Box 102 Folder 13-15

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Maine Cookery: recipes

Box 103 Folder 1

Galley proofs - copy 1

Box 103 Folder 2-10

Galley proofs - copy 2

Box 103 Folder 11-13

Galley proofs - copy 2 [cont.]

Box 104 Folder 1-8

Page proofs

Box 104 Folder 9-15

Page proofs [cont.]

Box 105 Folder 1-7

Materials re

Box 105 Folder 8

Promotional material

Box 105 Folder 9-10

Reviews and announcements

Box 105 Folder 11-15

Typescript drafts

Box 105 Folder 16-18

Material re

Box 105 Folder 19

Manuscript notes and draft

Box 106 Folder 1-2

Galley proofs

Box 106 Folder 3-7

Page proofs

Box 106 Folder 8-15

Promotional material re lectures

Box 106 Folder 16

Promotional material re book

Box 106 Folder 17

Reviews and announcements

Box 106 Folder 18-19

Manuscript notes and draft

Box 107 Folder 1-4

Typescript draft

Box 107 Folder 5-11

Carbon typescript, with manuscript notations

Volume 1

Designs

Box 108 Folder 1-2

Document, January 31, 1951

Box 108 Folder 3

Reviews and announcements

Box 108 Folder 4-6

Galley proofs

Box 109 Folder 1-2

Page proofs

Box 109 Folder 3-4

Designs

Box 109 Folder 5-14

Material re

Box 109 Folder 15

Promotional materials

Box 109 Folder 16

Document, September 2, 1948

Box 109 Folder 17

Reviews and announcements

Box 109 Folder 18-21

Galley proof

Box 110 Folder 3-5

Page proofs

Box 110 Folder 6-9

Materials re

Box 110 Folder 10

Reviews and announcements

Box 110 Folder 11-13

Galley proof

Box 111 Folder 1-2

Page proofs

Box 111 Folder 3-4

Materials re

Box 111 Folder 5

Promotional material

Box 111 Folder 6

Jacket text - typescript draft

Box 111 Folder 7

Reviews and announcements

Box 111 Folder 8-10

Contract, January 1935

Box 112 Folder 1

Manuscript draft

Box 112 Folder 2

Manuscript note

Box 112 Folder 3

Typescript draft

Box 112 Folder 4-8

Galley proofs

Box 112 Folder 10-11

Page proofs

Box 113 Folder 1-3

Binder's dummy with notes by RPTC

Box 113 Folder 4

Illustrations

Box 113 Folder 5

Proofs re

Box 113 Folder 6

Promotional material

Box 113 Folder 7

Document, June 1931

Box 113 Folder 8

Reviews and announcements

Box 113 Folder 9-14

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

"American Primer" typescript draft

Box 114 Folder 1-6

Galley proofs

Box 114 Folder 7-10

Page proofs

Box 114 Folder 11-15

Sample pages, etc

Box 114 Folder 16

Designs

Box 114 Folder 17-20

Book jacket

Box 115 Folder 1

Promotional material

Box 115 Folder 2

Promotional material

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 8

Reviews and announcements

Box 115 Folder 3-7

Typescript draft, Ch.I-XV

Box 115 Folder 8-15

Typescript draft, Ch. XVI-XXI

Box 116 Folder 1-3

Galley proofs (set 1)

Box 116 Folder 4-12

Galley proofs (set 2)

Box 117 Folder 1-5

Promotional materials

Box 117 Folder 6-7

designs

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 9

Contract

Box 117 Folder 8

Reviews and announcements

Box 117 Folder 9-12

Galley proofs

Box 118 Folder 1-2

Page proofs

Box 118 Folder 3-5

Material re

Box 118 Folder 6

Jacket

Box 118 Folder 7

Contract, December 1936

Box 118 Folder 8

Reviews and announcements

Box 118 Folder 9-16

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Woodcut prints engraved by J.J. Lankes in 1936

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 11

Galley proofs

Box 119 Folder 1-5

Page proofs

Box 119 Folder 6-12

Material re

Box 119 Folder 13

Reviews and announcements

Box 119 Folder 14

Galley proofs

Box 120 Folder 1-2

Page proofs

Box 120 Folder 3-4

Designs

Box 120 Folder 5

Binder's dummy

Box 120 Folder 6

Book jacket

Box 120 Folder 7

Material re

Box 120 Folder 8

Reviews and announcements

Box 120 Folder 9-11

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Manuscript notes and draft

Box 120 Folder 12-13

Typescript draft

Box 121 Folder 1-6

Galley proofs

Box 121 Folder 7-9

Page proofs

Box 121 Folder 10-13

Page proofs [cont.]

Box 122 Folder 1-2

Promotional material

Box 122 Folder 3

Reviews and announcements

Box 122 Folder 4-6

Notes

Box 122 Folder 7

Galley proofs

Box 122 Folder 8-9

Page proofs

Box 122 Folder 10-12

Material re

Box 122 Folder 13

Promotional material

Box 122 Folder 14

Reviews and announcements

Box 122 Folder 15-20

Manuscript draft

Box 123 Folder 1

Typescript draft

Box 123 Folder 2-5

Typescript draft

Box 123 Folder 6

Galley proofs

Box 123 Folder 7-13

Proof mock-up

Box 123 Folder 14

Designs

Box 123 Folder 15

Binding fabric

Box 123 Folder 16

Reviews and announcements

Box 123 Folder 17

Manuscript draft

Box 124 Folder 1-2

Typescript draft

Box 124 Folder 3-14

Galley proofs

Box 124 Folder 15-17

Galley proofs [cont.]

Box 125 Folder 1-3

Page proofs

Box 125 Folder 4-11

Designs

Box 125 Folder 12

Material re

Box 125 Folder 13-14

Document

Box 125 Folder 15

Reviews and announcements

Box 125 Folder 16-19

Carbon typescript, title page - pp.324

Box 126

Carbon typescript. pp.325 - 531

Box 127 Folder 1-9

"Maine Coast" Dec. 1945 - Mar. 1946

Box 127 Folder 10-12

Typescript draft

Box 128 Folder 1-14

Galley proofs

Box 128 Folder 15-21

Designs

Box 129 Folder 1-8

Jacket

Box 129 Folder 9

Material re

Box 129 Folder 10-11

Reviews and announcements

Box 129 Folder 12-21

Reviews [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 10

Galley proofs (2 sets)

Box 130 Folder 1-4

Page proofs

Box 130 Folder 5-6

Binder's dummy

Box 130 Folder 7

Material re

Box 130 Folder 8

Promotional material

Box 130 Folder 9-10

Reviews and announcements

Box 130 Folder 11-12

Notes for books never written

Box 130 Folder 13

Series Description:

Essays and short stories by Coffin on various subjects, 1923-51 and undated. Most were published in scholarly journals or popular magazines; several were later collected into books of essays, including An Attic Room, A Book of Uncles and Mainestays of Maine. The majority are typescripts or carbon typescripts, although some are manuscripts, proof copies, or printed texts. The alphabetically arranged essays are followed by mixed notebooks ([1930]-51 and undated) and newspaper clippings (1922-47 and undated) arranged chronologically. Several of the essays refer to events and people in the history of Bowdoin and Wells colleges, others are on literary topics, the state of Maine, or personal reminiscences.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Abenaki Clambake

Box 131 Folder 1

Add Maine to Your New England

Box 131 Folder 2

Addition to the Family

Box 131 Folder 3

The Aesthetical Writings of Schiller

Box 131 Folder 4

Afterglow

Box 131 Folder 5

Amateurs in Arcady

Box 131 Folder 6

American Creator

Box 131 Folder 7

An American for a Father

Box 131 Folder 8

The Arm of a Friend

Box 131 Folder 9

Aunt Emma

Box 131 Folder 10

Autobiographical Sketches

Box 131 Folder 11

Backwaters of Berkshire

Box 131 Folder 12

The Battle of the Books, A Berry Good Time

Box 131 Folder 13

The Bike Bucephalus

Box 131 Folder 14

Bird Stew

Box 131 Folder 15

A Blighted Rose of Sharon

Box 131 Folder 16

Book and Crowns, The Book of Tenants

Box 131 Folder 17

Books

Box 131 Folder 18

Books and Poetry

Box 131 Folder 19

Bookworms of Bodley

Box 131 Folder 20

Boys Grown Tall

Box 131 Folder 21

The Brigger

Box 131 Folder 22

Bright Maine

Box 131 Folder 23

British Breakfast, The Britter

Box 131 Folder 24

The Burning Balsam

Box 131 Folder 25

Buy the Bonds

Box 131 Folder 26

Captain Pye, Cathedrals to Live In

Box 131 Folder 27

Cavalier and Puritan Athletes, Challenge

Box 131 Folder 28

Charles Theodore Burnett

Box 131 Folder 29

The Chateau of the Starved

Box 131 Folder 30

Children of Crystal

Box 131 Folder 31

Chlorophyl Unlimited

Box 131 Folder 32

Christmas Came Alive

Box 131 Folder 33

Christmas Came in Fur

Box 131 Folder 34

Christmas in Maine

Box 131 Folder 35

Christmas in New England

Box 131 Folder 36

Christmas in North Wales

Box 131 Folder 37

Codfish Chowder and Sun, A College of Plays

Box 131 Folder 38

The Contribution of Literature and the Arts...

Box 131 Folder 39

Corpus Christi, Texas

Box 131 Folder 40

The Course in Creative Writing

Box 131 Folder 41

Courses in Living

Box 131 Folder 42

A Day of "Eights" at Oxford, David's Room and Daniel's

Box 132 Folder 1

Davy Prince's Diamonds

Box 132 Folder 2

The Delectable Voyage

Box 132 Folder 3

Description in the Anglo-Saxon Epic (longhand typescript)

Box 132 Folder 4

The Diamond Coast

Box 132 Folder 5

District Thirteen

Box 132 Folder 6

Doctors of Death: On the Radio Broadcast of Hitler, July 19, 1940

Box 132 Folder 7

The Dramatic Technique of MacBeth

Box 132 Folder 8

Early May Flowers

Box 132 Folder 9

English Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (2 copies)

Box 132 Folder 10

The Everlasting Captain

Box 132 Folder 11

Extremities of Pig, Far Away Peter

Box 132 Folder 12

The Farm of the Future

Box 132 Folder 13

First Catch Your Eel

Box 132 Folder 14

Friends and Neighbors

Box 132 Folder 15

From Whitehead to Le Havre

Box 132 Folder 16

General Aspects of Literature

Box 132 Folder 17

A Genius This Late

Box 132 Folder 18

The Georgics of Virgil

Box 132 Folder 19

Gilded Spurs and Captain's Boots

Box 132 Folder 20

Gilt Heels and Captains' Boots

Box 132 Folder 21

Goethe as a Literary Critic

Box 132 Folder 22

Hair into Bowstrings

Box 133 Folder 1

Halibut Heaven

Box 133 Folder 2

Happiness is Work

Box 133 Folder 3

Hardy and Houseman

Box 133 Folder 4

The Haunted Lobster-Warp

Box 133 Folder 5

Hazlitt's Critical Temperament

Box 133 Folder 6

[History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, manuscript)

Box 133 Folder 7

[History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, typescript with holograph corrections)

Box 133 Folder 8

[History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, carbon typescript with note by RPTC)

Box 133 Folder 9

[History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, carbon typescript)

Box 133 Folder 10

[History of Bowdoin] (unpublished, carbon typescript with added introduction)

Box 133 Folder 11

Honor Courses in College

Box 133 Folder 12

Hound-Dog Mostly

Box 133 Folder 13

The House Divided

Box 133 Folder 14

If England is Blotted Out

Box 133 Folder 15

Iffley the Unspoiled

Box 133 Folder 16

In Defense of Phaon

Box 133 Folder 17

Indian Literature - Epics

Box 133 Folder 18

The Institute of Modern Literature, 1950

Box 133 Folder 19

The Irish Dramatists

Box 133 Folder 20

The Jenny Lind Dollar

Box 133 Folder 21

The Jewel of Landladies

Box 133 Folder 22

John Ridd's Thanksgiving

Box 133 Folder 23

The Knave of Diamonds (missing p. 1)

Box 133 Folder 24

The Ladder

Box 133 Folder 25

Last Day

Box 134 Folder 1

Let's Be Americans Again (2 copies)

Box 134 Folder 2

Let's Produce Men, Not Mechanics; Let Us Give Thanks

Box 134 Folder 3

Life of Rowe

Box 134 Folder 4

Log of a Seagoing Farm

Box 134 Folder 5-14

Designs

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 12

The Long Day

Box 134 Folder 15

The Long Thanksgiving Table

Box 134 Folder 16

Lorna Doone

Box 134 Folder 17

Maine: State of Being American

Box 135 Folder 1-2

Maine Ballads

Box 135 Folder 3

Maine Christmas

Box 135 Folder 4

Maine Enters Literature

Box 135 Folder 5

Maine Thanksgiving, Maine and Trinity

Box 135 Folder 6

Make Friends With a Firefly

Box 135 Folder 7

Mary-Alice Coffin, Sculpture in Chalk

Box 135 Folder 8

The Matter of Poetry

Box 135 Folder 9

May Day Morning

Box 135 Folder 10

Measure for Measure

Box 135 Folder 11

Miss Hattie's Soldier

Box 135 Folder 12

The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met

Box 135 Folder 13

Mountains of Merlin

Box 135 Folder 14

My Father's Chicken Dumplings, My Quicksilver Uncle

Box 135 Folder 15

My Uncle Ancil

Box 135 Folder 16

The Nest Egg

Box 135 Folder 17

The New Combination Honor Course at Wells College

Box 135 Folder 18

New England Artist at the Stove

Box 135 Folder 19

New England Living

Box 135 Folder 20

Night of Lobsters [fragments]

Box 135 Folder 21

Of Bags

Box 135 Folder 22

On Writing the Ballad

Box 135 Folder 23

On Writing the Regional-Biographical-Historical Book

Box 135 Folder 24

The Paradox of Oxford

Box 136 Folder 1

The Pie Was Christmas

Box 136 Folder 2

Pinero

Box 136 Folder 3

The Pioneer Impulse

Box 136 Folder 4

Playthings that are Free

Box 136 Folder 5

A Poem in the Making

Box 136 Folder 6

A Poem is a Strange Thing, The Poet is Face by Christmas, Poetry

Box 136 Folder 7

Poetry is here and now [with] Independence of a Poem [and] American Mythology

Box 136 Folder 8

The Poetry of the Old Testament

Box 136 Folder 9

Poetry of Today and Tomorrow

Box 136 Folder 10

A Preface to A. E. Houseman

Box 136 Folder 11

Preserves and Reserves

Box 136 Folder 12

Princes of the Coast

Box 136 Folder 13

The Prize Pumpkin

Box 136 Folder 14

The Problems of the Genesis

Box 136 Folder 15

Quahaugs and Uncle Quentin, A Question of Sentiment, Radio Talk on Honor Courses for the Forum June 8, 1928

Box 136 Folder 16

Rainbow Gold

Box 136 Folder 17

Red Poppies

Box 136 Folder 18

The Return of the College Ideal

Box 136 Folder 19

Reunion at Thanksgiving

Box 136 Folder 20

The Revolution in the College

Box 136 Folder 21

Saint-Pol in the Sun, Saints and Cream and Devon Things

Box 136 Folder 22

Sally Kane's Life Preservers

Box 136 Folder 23

School Days and Life Days

Box 136 Folder 24

Semi-Annual Fulbright Report, January 14, 1954

Box 136 Folder 25

September Commencement

Box 136 Folder 26

Seraph in the Apple Trees

Box 136 Folder 27

The Shape of New England

Box 136 Folder 28

Shore Dinner

Box 136 Folder 29

Sir Isaac Coffin: Admiral and Prophet [for the Newcomen Society]

Box 136 Folder 30

Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart: Admiral and Prophet - printed; contract, September 19, 1954

Box 136 Folder 31-32

The Snow Farm

Box 136 Folder 33

Society and Caste

Box 136 Folder 34

Springs on the Mountain

Box 137 Folder 1

The State of Maine

Box 137 Folder 2

The Story of Maine

Box 137 Folder 3

A Study of the Nature of S[hakespeare]

Box 137 Folder 4

The Sufficient Street

Box 137 Folder 5

Teddy Roosevelt

Box 137 Folder 6

Thanksgiving in France

Box 137 Folder 7

That Hardy Perennial, Christmas

Box 137 Folder 8

The Thin World, There Went Forth a Decree

Box 137 Folder 9

This Tourist House and Its Owner

Box 137 Folder 10

Thomas Hardy

Box 137 Folder 11

The Three Ring Farm

Box 137 Folder 12

The Thousand Mile Duck

Box 137 Folder 13

Three Folios of Indiana

Box 137 Folder 14

Tipsham Fair

Box 137 Folder 15

The Tired Horse

Box 137 Folder 16

The Toe Prints of Tirralirra

Box 137 Folder 17

Tris Took Over Christmas

Box 137 Folder 18

Troilus and Cressida

Box 137 Folder 19

Two Poems of Mine I Like

Box 137 Folder 20

Uncle Henry

Box 137 Folder 21

The Uncommon Man

Box 137 Folder 22

United States of Maine and Vermont

Box 137 Folder 23

Visit With the Vast

Box 137 Folder 24

What is New England

Box 137 Folder 25

What Kind of People Are We?, White Port of the Future

Box 137 Folder 26

Whom Pets Have Neglected

Box 137 Folder 27

Wide Ears

Box 137 Folder 28

The Wild Garden, Will Christman

Box 137 Folder 29

The World is Young, clippings

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 13

A Yankee Looks at the South, The Young Poet Talks on Poetry

Box 137 Folder 30

Zenobia Sees a Ghost

Box 137 Folder 31

Boys Grown Tall, Captain Stover, Tipsham Fair

Box 138 Folder 1

Notebooks of prose by Coffin, May 2, 1940 - December 1951

Box 138 Folder 2-12

Notebooks of misc. articles/poetry/prose by Coffin [n.d.]

Box 138 Folder 13

Newspaper articles, 1920s-40s and n.d.

Box 138 Folder 14-17

Announcements

Box 138 Folder 18

Series Description:

Loose pages (1929-35) and notebooks, containing manuscript drafts of poems (1935-55), many with holographic corrections; followed by largely undated sections of typescripts and clippings, both arranged alphabetically. Also included are an illustrated volume of fair copies of poems dedicated to Coffin's son Richard, and a microfilm of three similar volumes. Many of the poems were later collected into books like Dew and Bronze. The series also includes submission records.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1923, song lyrics (Christmas Pageant)

Box 139 Folder 1

Poems, 1927-1947

Box 1

Bookcover for "Poems, 1927-1947"

Box 2

1929-35

Box 139 Folder 2-7

July 1935 - Jan. 1942

Box 139 Folder 8-14

Jan. 1942 - Jan. 1950

Box 140

Jan. 1950 - Jan. 1955

Box 141 Folder 1-7

Miscellaneous poems, 1936-52 and undated - printed

Box 141 Folder 8

Misc. poems/manuscripts, 1953 and undated

Box 141 Folder 9

Misc. poems/manuscripts: "Dories," 1953, inscribed to David Anderson

Box 141 Folder 10

[Poems, undated manuscript volumes on microfilm]

Box 2

A - EP

Box 142

ET - NEV

Box 143

F - H

Box 218 Folder 15

NEW - SMA

Box 144

SMO - Z, Poems - printed

Box 145 Folder 1-6

A - M

Box 218 Folder 14

A - F

Box 146

G - M

Box 147

N - S

Box 148

T - Z, untitled

Box 149 Folder 1-9

Reviews and announcements

Box 149 Folder 10

Submissions

Box 149 Folder 11

Series Description:

Undated manuscript and typescript drafts, including some carbon copies, of several plays by Coffin; "The Trojan Horse" also contains a manuscript outline for the play, and "The Yankee Princess" an early manuscript draft.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

The Housecleaning ofOdysseus

Box 150 Folder 1

Into the Light

Box 150 Folder 2-3

The Lightning Bird

Box 150 Folder 4-5

Odysseus and Polyphemus

Box 150 Folder 6

Music

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 16

The Trojan Horse

Box 150 Folder 7-11

VIP, manuscript drafts/notes in twenty-two fascicles (blue books)

Box 150 Folder 12-13

The Yankee Princess

Box 150 Folder 14-18

Series Description:

Notebooks and printed material relating to Coffin's contributions to the works of others, together with his book reviews (1935-48, undated). The contributions include book prefaces and introductions; and essays, reviews and announcements for works such as Robert T. Sterling's Lighthouses of the Maine Coast and the Dictionary of American Biography. There are also issues of Modern Literature (1935-37) and Everyday Reading for which Coffin served as contributing editor.

Coffin's reviews include several mixed manuscript notebooks, the "Overture to a Book Review Column ..." entitled "Book Talk" for Yankee Magazine, and typescripts arranged alphabetically by author, followed by clippings similarly arranged. Coffin's are followed by several reviews written by his wife, Ruth Coffin.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Ashes & Sparks - preface by Coffin

Box 151 Folder 1

Dictionary of American Biography

Box 151 Folder 2

Dictionary of American History

Box 151 Folder 3-5

Down to the Sea in Maine, by A.C Shelton - captions for photographs

Box 151 Folder 6

Everyday Readings, 1937-43

Box 151 Folder 7-11

Lighthouses of the Maine Coast, by Robert T. Sterling - Introduction and material regarding

Box 151 Folder 12-13

The Little Boys of Texas, score (words by Deems Taylor)

Box 151 Folder 14

Modern Literature, May 1935 - May 1936

Box 151 Folder 15-19

Modern Literature [cont.], June 1936 - June 1937

Box 152 Folder 1-5

National Cyclopedia of American Biography

Box 152 Folder 6

The Prize Pumpkin

Box 152 Folder 7

This is My Best, by Whit Burnett, [Maine is a Poem]

Box 152 Folder 8

[cross references to other collection material]

Box 152 Folder 9

Contracts

Box 152 Folder 10

Reviews and announcements

Box 152 Folder 11-13

Notebooks of reviews and articles

Box 153 Folder 1

Notebooks of reviews

Box 153 Folder 4-Feb

Overture to a book review column by Robert P. Tristram and Margaret Coffin, "Book Talk," for Yankee Reviews by Coffin

Box 153 Folder 5

Abbe - Hurd

Box 153 Folder 13-Jun

Field, Follett

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 17

Indiana University - Worker's of the Federal Writers' Project

Box 154 Folder 1-10

Miscellaneous

Box 154 Folder 11

Clippings, A-Z

Box 154 Folder 12-15

Reviews by Ruth Coffin

Box 154 Folder 15-16

Series Description:

Drafts and scripts, some with holograph corrections, of Coffin's lectures or addresses (1935-54 and undated), and radio broadcasts (1938-50); together with notes for poetry readings and other events at clubs, schools and colleges (1931-55), related printed programs, announcements, tickets (1936-55 and undated), itineraries (1936-50 and undated), and clippings (1920-1955 and undated). It includes the University of Athens lecture series and two series of Columbia lectures.

Those that were later gathered and published in book form, such as New Poetry of New England or On the Green Carpet, are included in the material concerning Coffin's books.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Wells [News?], February - May 1934

Box 155 Folder 1

Maine and My Poetry (Maine Federation of Women's Clubs, Bates College, May 25, 1935)

Box 155 Folder 2

First Parish Fellowship Supper

Box 155 Folder 3

The Americanism of John G. Whittier, June - December 1937 - notes

Box 155 Folder 4

Maine: A State of Grace (Commencement Address, University of Maine, June 14, 1937)

Box 155 Folder 5-9

Contemporary Poetry (Columbia Lectures: First series, August 9-13, 1937; Second series, July 25-29, 1938)

Box 155 Folder 10-12

New England Society in NY Annual Dinner, December 22, 1937

Box 155 Folder 13

Indian Color in Our Life (Maine Historical Society, January 14, 1938)

Box 155 Folder 14

Alumnae College, Wells, June 9-11, 1941 - notes

Box 155 Folder 15

Contemporary American Writers (Indiana Lectures, Feb.-Mar., 1942)

Volume 1

The Westbrook Lectures, Lectures on Creative Writing [Oct.-Dec. 1944]

Box 156 Folder 1

University of Florida Talks, August - September, 1947

Box 156 Folder 2

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

Box 156 Folder 3-4

Notes

Box 156 Folder 5-8

Preliminary information, The Heritage of Greece in the New World, The Forest

Box 156 Folder 9

The Ship

Box 156 Folder 10

Country Things

Box 156 Folder 11

The Seasons

Box 157 Folder 1

The Farm I

Box 157 Folder 2

The Farm II (listed in contents as The Snow Farm)

Box 157 Folder 3

Schoolhouse and Church

Box 157 Folder 4

The Village

Box 157 Folder 5

Mimeograph copies

Box 157 Folder 6-13

An American Looks at Greece: Provincial Lecture [1953-1954]

Box 157 Folder 14

Teacher and Poet in Greece [1953-54]

Box 157 Folder 15

The Subjects of Poetry, April 19, 1954 (Syrian University)

Box 157 Folder 16

[Abstracts and Short Pieces, n.d.]

Box 157 Folder 17

The Metaphysical and Elinor Wylie, [n.d.] - notes

Box 157 Folder 18

"Bowdoin-on-the-Air" (April 1942-October 1945)

Box 158 Folder 1

Coffin and William Rose Benet (WEAF, May 20, 1935)

Box 158 Folder 2

Interview...(American School of the Air, January 25, 1938)

Box 158 Folder 3

Transatlantic Call, Maine (CBS, June 23 [1943?]

Box 158 Folder 4

2 Old Testament Talks (WCSH, September 4, 1946)

Box 158 Folder 5

"Book of Books", 1948-49

Box 158 Folder 6

Poems by Bob Coffin (Bowdoin-on-the-Air, May 1949)

Box 158 Folder 7

Views of the News [Interview], February 24, 1950

Box 158 Folder 8

1935-39

Box 158 Folder 9

1940-44

Box 158 Folder 10

1945-49

Box 158 Folder 11

1950-55

Box 158 Folder 12

[n.d]

Box 158 Folder 13

Itineraries, 1936-53 and undated

Box 158 Folder 14

Lecture announcements and notices, 1920-1955, [n.d.]

Box 159-160

Lecture announcements and notices, 1942-1950

Box 199 Folder 19

Lecture programs, tickets, etc.: 1933-55

Box 161 Folder 1-22

Lecture programs, tickets, etc.: 1939-48

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 18-19

Lecture programs, tickets, etc.: Undated

Ovsz-Box 218 Folder 20

Lecture programs, tickets, etc.: Undated

Box 161 Folder 23

Series Description:

Original pencil, pen-and-ink or watercolor sketches and drawings by Coffin, [1920-52?], together with prints, Christmas cards, stencils, gravestone rubbings, and original printing blocks. Images include bookplate designs, sketches for the Bowdoin Bugle, land and seascapes, MacMillan Hall at Wells College, and family homes in Brunswick and Pennelville. Art from Coffin's childhood [1906-10?] is also included. Designs and studies prepared as illustrations for his published works can be found with the book material.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Childhood sketches

Box 162 Folder 1-10

Christmas cards - from original designs by Coffin, 1920s-1940s

Box 162 Folder 11-13

Christmas cards - from original designs re-used by others

Box 162 Folder 14

Etching - "My Only Etching..."

Box 162 Folder 15

Gravestone rubbings

Box 163 Folder 1

Illustrations for the work of others

Box 163 Folder 2

Sketches/drawings

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 3

Program - Thanksgiving dinner, Oxon, 1920

Box 163 Folder 3

Abingdon to Houses

Box 163 Folder 4-26

Iffley Woodcuts to Wild geese

Box 164 Folder 1-28

Sketches/drawings [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 4

Stencils

Box 164 Folder 29

Exhibitions

Box 164 Folder 30

Original Printing Blocks

Box 165-66

Series Description:

Coffin's bibliographies of his own work, prepared between 1935 and 1953, covering work from 1916 to 1953. The lists cover poems, articles and essays, illustrations, books (including reviews of his books) and radio broadcasts. Also included are the 1941 and 1942 Harvard Film Service catalogues, listing five Coffin recordings available for sale.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1916-35, with manuscript additions to 1939 - poems

Box 167 Folder 1

1916-36 - poems, articles & essays, books

Box 167 Folder 2

1916-36, with manuscript additions to 1936 - poems

Box 167 Folder 3

1916-41 [i.e. 1916-36, with manuscript additions to 1941]

Box 167 Folder 6-7

Checklist, July 19, 1941

Box 167 Folder 8

Catalogue of Phonograph Records [1941 amd 1942] Harvard Film Service

Box 167 Folder 9

Works ... published in 1946

Box 167 Folder 10

July, 1947 - December, 1952, with manuscript additions to December, 1953

Box 167 Folder 11

Fragments and miscellaneous

Box 167 Folder 12-13

Institutional holdings

Box 167 Folder 14

Series Description:

Essays, notebooks, examinations, documents and other material, 1904-32, relating to Coffin's education in the Brunswick schools, Bowdoin, Princeton and Oxford; arranged chronologically, with all diplomas together at the end.

The school material (1904-11) includes Coffin's class work, essays and notebooks (three marked "English III" appear to be for different courses), and other printed and manuscript items.

The Bowdoin material, 1911-15, contains essays, notebooks and examinations, especially papers for English and other classes. There are literary works, many published in the Quill, Bowdoin's literary magazine; prize essays submitted for competitions or for commencement; and printed ephemera.

Course notebooks and essays are also contained in the Princeton (1915-16) and Oxford (1916-17, 1919-21) sections; as well as class material and other documents, including the draft of Coffin's Oxford thesis on John Donne. The contents of an Oxford "notebook", now disbound, includes letters, drafts, essays, and other memorabilia relating to Coffin's year in England, but extends through 1932, when he was a member of the Wells College faculty.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Brunswick Grammar School

Box 168 Folder 1-7

The American Common-School Reader and Speaker (1844): added verse by R.P.T. Coffin on end sheets

Volume 1

Brunswick High School

Box 168 Folder 8-20

English [1, Div.] B & History 2: notebook, 1911-12

Box 169 Folder 1-2

Hygiene: notebook, [Fall 1911]

Box 169 Folder 3

[Latin 1 & 2]: essays, [1911-12]

Box 169 Folder 4

[Latin 1]: examination, Jan. 27, 1912 (with draft of short story)

Box 169 Folder 5

[History 2]: examination, June 13, 1912

Box 169 Folder 6

[Latin 2]: translations from Horace, [Spring 1912]

Box 169 Folder 7

English 3: essays, [Fall 1912]

Box 169 Folder 8-33

English 3 [con't]

Box 170 Folder 1-13

German II: examination, Jan. 25, 1913

Box 170 Folder 14

Greek A: examination, Feb. 3, 1913

Box 170 Folder 15

Latin 3: examination, Feb. 6, 1913

Box 170 Folder 16

English 4: essays, etc. [Spring 1913]

Box 170 Folder 17-27

Greek B: examination, [Spring 1913]

Box 171 Folder 1

Greek Literature VIII, Topics for thesis ... [Spring 1913]

Box 171 Folder 2

Latin 4: examination, June 20, 1913

Box 171 Folder 3

[Art 1 & 2]: notebook, 1913-1914

Box 171 Folder 4

English 9: essays, [Fall 1913]

Box 171 Folder 5-10

German 13: essays, etc. [Fall 1913]

Box 171 Folder 11-19

Greek I: examination, Jan. 1914

Box 171 Folder 20

Latin 5: essay, [Fall 1913?]

Box 171 Folder 21

German 14: essays, etc. [Spring 1914]

Box 171 Folder 22-28

Latin 6: essay and examinations [Spring 1914]

Box 171 Folder 30-31

Ethics [Philosophy 2], Spring 1915

Box 171 Folder 32

Commencement 1915, clippings

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 5

Diplomas, 1911-1930

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 7

Documents, 1911-25

Box 172 Folder 1-3

Literary works

Box 172 Folder 4-23

Literary works [cont.]

Box 173 Folder 1-13

Manuscript drafts, notes and fragments

Box 173 Folder 14-15

Printed ephemera, 1911-15

Box 173 Folder 16-20

Printed ephemera, [n.d.]

Box 173 Folder 21

Class of 1915 Phi Chi poster

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 6

Prize essay, 1912-[15]

Box 173 Folder 21-24

Prize poetry, [n.d.]

Box 173 Folder 25

Personal material

Box 174 Folder 1-6

Shakespeare [i.e. Elizabethan Drama], 1915-1916

Box 174 Folder 7

Literary Criticism, 1915-16

Box 174 Folder 8

English [i.e. Modern] Drama, Spring 1916

Box 174 Folder 9

Paper on the Seige of Rhodes by William D'Avenant

Box 174 Folder 10

Personal material, 1909-28

Box 175

"The Prose Works of John Donne" thesis

Box 176-177

Material from the Oxford notebook

Box 178

Course notebooks, 1915-20

Box 179

Series Description:

Records relating to Coffin as professor and teacher including lecture notes, schedules, syllabi, registers, examinations, etc.; arranged by institution, then alphabetically within each.

Wells College (1921-34) contains class records, and information on the establishment of an English Honors Course; Coffin's manuscript notes for a discussion on his faculty position; an anonymous play; and printed material relating to the college. (See also the Oxford notebook, which contains some material on the Wells years.)

Bowdoin College (1934-55) contains class records, including information on a World War II Air Force class; faculty notices and reports; manuscript notes; and printed event programs, memorial pamphlets, historical sketches, prize competition flyers, and other archival items.

The University of Cincinnati (1951) section contains material on Coffin as Elliston Professor; and that of the University of Athens (1953-54) includes documents concerning his travels and the Fulbright grant, schedules of his public lectures, and some class records. (The text of Coffin's Athens lectures can be found in the lecture series).

These are followed by material concerning summer programs at the University of New Hampshire Writers Conference (1938-55) and the Corpus Christi Fine Arts Colony (1947-54), including promotional material, schedules and lecture notes.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Course descriptions

Box 180 Folder 1

English Honors Course

Box 180 Folder 2-7

Exams - 1921-34, n.d.

Box 180 Folder 8-13

Gradebooks, schedules and student lists, 1921-1934, n.d.

Box 181 Folder 1-9

Lecture notes, 1932-33

Box 181 Folder 10

Poems by Coffin's students

Box 182 Folder 1

Syllabi of classes

Box 182 Folder 2

Clippings re

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 8

Manuscript and typescript notes, drafts, etc.

Box 182 Folder 3-6

Printed material

Box 182 Folder 7-9

Printed material [cont.]

Box 183 Folder 183

Course descriptions

Box 184 Folder 1

Exams, 1934-53, n.d.

Box 184 Folder 2-3

Handouts

Box 184 Folder 4

Lectures and lecture notes, 1938-1952, n.d.

Box 184 Folder 5-12

Contemporary English and American Literature, 1940-41

Volume 1

Major meetings, itineraries, 1950-51

Box 184 Folder 13

Registers, 1934-40

Box 185 Folder 1-4

Syllabi, 1935-52

Box 185 Folder 5

U.S. Army Air Forces Technical Training

Box 185 Folder 6

Clippings re

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 10

Coffin at Bowdoin

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 11

Faculty material

Box 186 Folder 1-5

Manuscript notes

Box 186 Folder 6-8

Printed material

Box 186 Folder 9-15

Bowdoin Orient, 1939-55

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 9

Printed material [cont.]

Box 187 Folder 187

University of Cincinnati, University of Athens

Box 188 Folder 1-3

Class material

Box 188 Folder 4-5

Documents

Box 188 Folder 6-9

Fulbright

Box 188 Folder 10-13

Manuscript material

Box 188 Folder 14-18

Printed material

Box 188 Folder 19-25

University of New Hampshire Writers Conference

Box 189 Folder 1-9

Corpus Christi Fine Arts Colony

Box 189 Folder 10-12

Series Description:

Personal records include essays, legal documents, genealogies, notes, pamphlets and other private material, collected by Coffin or his family; arranged alphabetically by material type.

There are biographical and autobiographical sketches, newspaper articles (arranged by year), notes, obituaries, and memorials (1941-78), and material concerning the Rhodes scholarships. His Pulitzer Prize certificate is accompanied by folders of clippings. Genealogies, clippings and other family information is grouped under family history. Records of Coffin's military service (1917-18) include his army field message book and officer's identity card.

Legal documents (1882-1955) contain travel records, deeds, licenses, contracts, and birth and death certificates. Financial records (1917-55) include banking information, receipts, royalty statements, and tax, insurance and annuity records.

Societies and associations are represented by brochures, flyers, etc. (1932-53), relating to groups of both personal and literary interest.

There are also desk calendars (1936-53), announcements, invitations, pamphlets, programs and other ephemera; as well as folders on the Brunswick bicentenary, the dedication of the Bowdoin library's Coffin Room, material (mostly printed) relating to various schools and colleges, and alumni material from Bowdoin, Princeton and Oxford.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Alumni material

Box 190 Folder 1-3

Announcements

Box 190 Folder 4-6

Bicentenary of Brunswick

Box 190 Folder 7

Biographical material

Box 190 Folder 8-28

Biographical material [cont.]

Box 191-193

Diploma, 1937

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 15

Calendars, 1936-37, 39-45, 47-50, 52-53

Box 194-95

Dedication of the Coffin Room

Box 196 Folder 1

Documents

Box 196 Folder 2-17

Passport, 1916; 19th century ships' documents

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 15

Ephemera

Box 197 Folder 1-10

Family history

Box 197 Folder 11-24

Family history [cont.]

Box 198 Folder 1-10

Design of Ruth Neal Coffin's headstone

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 13

Financial

Box 198 Folder 11-19

Financial [cont.]

Box 199

Financial [cont.]

Box 200 Folder 1-9

Guest Book

Box 200 Folder 10

Invitations

Box 201 Folder 1

Military service

Box 201 Folder 2-8

Commissions and certificates, 1917-26

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 14

Obituaries and other clippings

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 12

Pamphlets

Box 202 Folder 1-6

Programs

Box 202 Folder 7-10

Pulitzer Prize

Box 203 Folder 1-3

Certificate, 1937

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 15

Clippings

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 16

Schools and colleges, Societies and associations

Box 203 Folder 4-14

American Academy of Arts and Letters to Authors' Club

Box 203 Folder 15-21

Brunswick Rotary Club to New England Poetry Club

Box 204

Newcomen Society to Poetry Society of America

Box 205

Pulitzer Prize to Zeta Psi

Box 206

Beechwood Players to Zeta Psi

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 17

Series Description:

Essays, poems, artwork, proofs, and published works by various authors and artists, 1921-1969 but mostly undated; arranged alphabetically, with anonymous works at the end of each section. They include illustrations by J.J. Lankes; essays by Vance Bourjaily, Charles Mergendahl, Gorham D.Munson, and Ruth, Peggy and Robert Coffin, Jr.; poems by Bourjaily, Odell Shepard and Harold Palmer, Jr.; proofs of part of Lankes's A Woodcut Manual and Rachel Field's Time Out of Mind; and presentation copies of works by Cyril Clemens, Mary Sinton Leitch, and others.

Some of the poems were by Coffin's students, were inspired by or dedicated to him, or were submissions to Yankee Magazine. Similar items, sent as enclosures, can be found with their cover letters in the correspondence.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

J.J. Lankes

Box 207 Folder 1-4

Mildred E. Danforth (sketch of Coffin)

Box 207 Folder 5

Herbert L Rand - C.W. Taylor

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 18-19

Anonymous

Box 207 Folder 6

Vance Bourjaily - Writers' War Board

Box 207 Folder 7-18

Anonymous

Box 207 Folder 19

Joan Lee Allen - Mrs. Wendell W. Wyatt

Box 208 Folder 1-13

Anonymous

Box 208 Folder 14-15

Bernard DeVoto

Box 209 Folder 1

Rachel Field

Box 209 Folder 2-9

J.J. Lankes

Box 209 Folder 10-11

Elizabeth Atkins - Winthrop Steele

Box 209 Folder 12-23

Reviews and announcements

Box 209 Folder 24

Series Description:

Unsorted material, 1937-52 but mostly undated, broken into broad categories: literary drafts, manuscript notes and fragments, printed material, material re Coffin's works, research or lecture notes, and typescript notes and fragments. This material should be reviewed in person.

Arrangement:

Not arranged.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Literary drafts

Ovsz-Box 210 Folder 1-2

Manuscript notes and fragments

Ovsz-Box 210 Folder 3-6

Photocopies

Ovsz-Box 210 Folder 7

Printed material

Ovsz-Box 210 Folder 8-11

Printed material [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 210 Folder 1-2

Printed material [cont.]

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 20

Re Coffin's works

Ovsz-Box 211 Folder 3

Research or lecture notes

Ovsz-Box 211 Folder 4-11

Typescript notes and fragments

Ovsz-Box 211 Folder 12

Series Description:

Recordings of Coffin reading his poetry (several self-recorded), giving lectures or radio broadcasts (1935-47 and undated); together with a recording on the Pulitzer Prize award ceremony and a few miscellaneous other recordings (1931 and undated). For use if appropriate listening equipment is available, as these are LP sound disc recordings.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Crystal Moment," "Golden Falcon," "Young Spring," "Strange Holiness," "Hummingbird." 12", 1940.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 1

"Roxiney Boody," "Lomey Catlin," "Winter Milking," "The Pheasant." 12", 1940.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 2

"Foxes and Graves," "Barn Swallows," "The Race," "Easter Orr," "There Yet Survived a God." 12", 1940.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 3

"How to Make a Willow Whistle," "Where I Took Hold if Life," "This is My Country," "Cows Are Coming Home in Maine." 12", 1940.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 4

"The Cry," "Paths in the Dew," "This Was the Word," "Footsteps of Flame." 12", 1940.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 5

"The Race," "Lomey Catlin," "San Lorenzo," "Hummingbird." Acetate record, 12", 78rpm. 15 February 1939.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 6

"How to Make a Willow Whistle," "Roxiney Boody." Acetate record, 12" 78rpm. 15 February 1939.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 7

"Foundation of a Man," "A Poem is an End," "Wind From Home," "Apples by Ocean. 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945."

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 8

"Spider." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 9

"The Fog," "This is My Country," "Footsteps of Flame," Foxes and Graves." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 10

"How to Make a Willow Whistle," "Late Christmas," "There Will be Bread and Love," "Joy Meets Boy." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 11

"The Race," "Codfish Song," "Little Boys of Texas," "He Learned From Primers," "Coast Babies Sit Up Late." 12" 78 rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 12

"Hummingbird," "Lullaby for Peregrine," "There Yet Survived a God," "When I Took Hold of Life." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 13

"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.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 14

"Country Party," "Hound on the Church Porch," "Roxiney Boody." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 15

"He Put Out His Hands," "Country Doctor," "Stop One Instant Still," "Oh Boyhood Goodbye." 12" 78rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 16

"The Cupola," "An Old Man Raking Leaves," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Rocker." 12" 78 rpm. 25 May 1945.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 17

"The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart." 10".

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 18

"The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart.; 10" [broken].

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 19

"The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart." 10".

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 20

"The Fog," "Lantern in the Snow," "The Secret Heart." 10".

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 21

"Bates Mfg. Co. Christmas Show," RPTC. 12" 78rpm. 21 December 1947.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 22

RPTC reading. 10". 11/10/1942.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 23

"Bates Mfg. Co.: RPTC Thanksgiving Program." 12". 11/23/1947.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 24

"Broadcast: RPTC." 10". 10 November 1942.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 25

WTAG-FM, Worchester. RPTC poems. 12" 78rpm. 25 March 1947.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 26

WNYC. "Dedicatory Ode: Hunter College," RPTC. 12". 10/8/1940.

Ovsz-Box 212 Folder 27

"The Spider," "The Cupola," "Foxes and Graves," "One Who Knows His Seagulls." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 1

"The Woodland Orchard," "The Pheasant," "Country Church," "Something Holy." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 2

"There Yet Survived a God" [good], "There Yet Survived a God" [not good]. 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 3

"Where I Took Hold of Life," "New Guests," "Bread and Milk on the Stoop." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 4

"Country Party," "Getting Ready for Town." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 5

"Old Farmer Alone," "Barn Swallows." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 6

"Winter Milking," "Go to the Barn with a Lantern." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 7

"Foxes and Graves," "Crystal Moment." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 8

"Crystal Moment," "Thunder Pools," "The Secret Heart," "The Golden Falcon." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 9

"This is My Country," "The Fog." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 10

"This is My Country," The Sharp Coast." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 11

"How to Make a Willow Whistle;" "Bread and Milk on the Stoop." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 12

"The Secret." 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 13

"Lazy Bones," "Thief Jones," "The Rocker," "Departure," "Being." 12".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 14

Speech Department Laboratory at Texas State College for Women: untitled. 12" 33 1/3 rpm [sides 1,4].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 15

Speech Department Laboratory at Texas State College for Women: untitled. 12" 33 1/3 rpm [sides 3,6].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 16

Speech Department Laboratory at Texas State College for Women: untitled. 12" 33 1/3 rpm [sides 2,5].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 17

"Comments by Mr. Harry Hansen on Pulitzer Prize Award for Poetry: Mr. Robert P.T. Coffin." 12" [aluminum].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 18

"He's got the Whole World in His Hands," "Just Like a Tree Planted by the Water." 10" [music recording].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 19

"The Congo," Vachel Lindsay, The National Council of Teachers of English. 10".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 20

"In a Monastery Garden," "In a Persian Market." 12".

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 21

"Transcontinental: A Choric Poem of the Railroad," "Midnight Caravan: A Choric Poem of the Trucks on Route 1," by A.M. Sullivan. 12" 78rpm.

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 22

St. Louis Speaks: Discussion, Dr. Taylor Interview ["Where I Took Hold of Life"]. 12" 33 1/3 rpm. 9 February 1941 [#1,#2].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 23

St. Louis Speaks: Discussion, Dr. Taylor Interview. 12" 33 1/3 rpm. 9 February 1941 [#3,#4].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 24

St. Louis Speaks: Discussion, Dr. Taylor Interview. 12" 33 1/3 rpm. 9 February 1941 [#5,#6].

Ovsz-Box 213 Folder 25

Series Description:

Photographic prints, slides and negatives, grouped by size. Those of Coffin include portraits, publicity images, class photos, and group shots with others (many unidentified). There are photos of members of his family, his artwork, his travels (mostly to Greece, including half the negatives), and his family homes. An oil painting of Coffin and a sculpted head are also included.

Arrangement:

Arranged by size.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Bowdoin faculty album, 1858

Volume 1

Negatives and slides

Box 214

Photographs

Box 215

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

Box 216

Photographs

Box 217

Photographs and engravings

Ovsz-Box 219 Folder 21

Portraits - two framed oil paintings of Coffin

Object Alpha Wall

Sculpture of Coffin's head

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