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Special Collections: Guide to the Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth Papers

Collection title: Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth Papers
Collection number: MS 102
Dates of collection: 1930-1968
Size of collection: 1 box
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage building. One week's notice required for retrieval


Born in Buffalo, New York in 1893, Coatsworth married writer Henry Beston. She graduated from Vassar in 1915 and Columbia with an M.A. in 1916. Belongs to Phi Beta Kappa, won a Newbery Medal in 1931. Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Award, 1971, an L.H.D. from New England College, and has published numerous books and poems. See: "Something about the Author", v.2, p. 65.

Scope and Content Note

Notebooks and diaries of Elizabeth Coatsworth, poet and author of children's books. Two manuscripts of her husband, Henry Beston.

Contents of Boxes

Box 323

f1 Check-list of books by Elizabeth Coatsworth on deposit in the Kerlan Collection of the Research Center for Children's Books at the University of Minnesota. [6p.] Includes the original manuscripts in the Kerlan Collection.

f2 The city under the sea. A - Z, with double-lettered pages also Ms., proof copy with notes, some pages handwritten.

f3 Four notebooks with jottings of conversations and miscellaneous information used for reference in her Maine adult books. 1941-59. 4v.

f4 Letter to "Miss Rich," May Day, 1963. [5p.] Photocopy.

f5 Miscellaneous clippings and information relating to Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston. Sources vary.

f6 The two millers. A - R, illus., varied size. Proof copy, handwritten pages, with notations.

f7 The wonderful tune. A - W, illus., varied size. Handwritten pages, book pages, with notations.

f8 Poems begun at Chimney Farm, August 8, 1946. 240p. Holograph. Gift of the author.

f9 Diary of trip to Yucatan and Mexico, January 17 [1936?] Holograph. Gift of the author.

f10 Diary [of] trip, 1928, married June 1929.

f11 A collection of poems by various poets and several pictures in bound volume. Typescript.

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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