Marguerite Wilkinson Collection
This small collection of correspondence and archival materials was originally part of the Wilkinson collection of poetry books which consisted of over 200 titles. Many of the volumes contain presentations, notes, brief holograph poems or letters addressed to Marguerite Wilkinson. Letters and ephemera laid into the books were removed and are now filed in this Wilkinson archival collection. Presentation notes, letters or poems which are a physical part of any books have remained in them, but are acknowledged in a cataloging note. The finding aid for the Wilkinson Collection (MS191) contains the inventory of letters from poets which were removed from various volumes; the folders include the call numbers of those books. Included are seven letters from John Masefield and three letters from Ruth Comfort Mitchell Young. Other poets represented in the correspondence include Richard Aldington, Witter Bynner, Max Eastman, Robert Frost, William Griffith, A.E. Houseman, George William Russell (AE), and W.B. Yeats. The Wilkinson family also presented some ephemera related to the life, death and funeral service of Marguerite Wilkinson. Articles written about the collection between 1934 and 1946 by Northwestern University Libraries staff members are also included.
- 1912 - 1928
- Wilkinson, Marguerite, 1883-1928 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Marguerite Ogden Wilkinson (1883-1928) began writing poetry when she attended Northwestern University. She published several volumes of poetry while working as an editor and poetry reviewer for the Los Angeles Graphic, Books and Authors, The New York Times Book Review, and Poetry magazine. She lectured on modern poetry at schools, library associations, and women’s clubs. She left her library, with accompanying correspondence from various poets such as Robert Frost, John Masefield, and W.B. Yeats, to Northwestern University. The books were cataloged as a Wilkinson collection and letters and notes were removed to archival collection MS191.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Marguerite Ogden Bigelow Wilkinson left her collection of poetry volumes and any accompanying letters to Northwestern University in her will. The materials were received by the library in 1929 with the exception of a few additions donated by descendant John B. Lord, Sr. in 1993.
The 219 volumes of poetry in Marguerite Wilkinson’s library have been cataloged and can be found in the Northwestern University Libraries online catalog with a Wilkinson call number (example: Wilkinson 821.09 W687). The cataloging records indicate the existence of any presentation notes, poems or letters related to specific titles.
- Guide to the Marguerite Wilkinson Collection
- Revised by Sigrid Pohl Perry
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard