Date Published: 1920 to 1938
Arthur Guiterman was an American poet of humorous verse, a co-founder of the Poetry Society of America 1910, President, Poetry Society of America, 1925-26 and an editor of Woman’s Home Companion and the Literary Digest.
The collection contains 15 items dating from 1920 to 1938 specifically, eleven letters, a manuscript of a poem, a publisher’s advertising flyer, a program, and a printing block.
1 Signed Manuscript ; 1 Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) ; 10 Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) ;
• Signed ms. of “Autumnal Toilette”, poem (8 lines), 1 p., n.d.
• ALS to Carolyn Wells (American writer and poet), 27 February 1920, “by the way, Frank Adams said a while ago my poor little `Antiseptic Baby’ was the stolenest poem he knew; but I think that your unique `week’ beats it out by several kidnappings.”
• TLS to Mark Sullivan, 10 September 1923, re copyright infringement of his work.
• TLS to W. Colston Leigh, 12 September 1924, returns a request from his return out West, the organization does not expect to pay, is writing to Mr. Rubinsky. Leigh was known for founding one of the world's leading speakers' agencies.
• TLS to Dr. Batchedler [Samuel F. Batchedler], 25 January 1926, re card received from Tom Masson of the Saturday Evening Post, the “strength and beauty of Mrs. Batchedler’s work, enclosing a fable (not present).
• 2 TLS to Emanuel Hertz, 23 December 1926 and 10 December 1927, re Abraham Lincoln and Joyce Kilmer (wanting to see a copy of a letter: “Joyce Kilmer and I were friends and allies for some years, and my recollections of him are of personal contacts rather than correspondence”).
• 3 TLS to Mr. Page, 5 May 1926, 3 November 1927, and 28 September 1931, re asking Page to speak at the next meeting of The Poetry Society, to attend one of its meetings, and Guiterman’s itinerary “Vida has made an engagement to sell her car at White River Junction….”).
• TLS to Mr. Libby, 21 February 1930, re providing an autograph to Libby.
• TLS to Genevieve Preble, 7 February 1938, providing her with his autograph, photo, and biographical sketch.
• A publisher’s flyer titled HARPER BIOGRAPHIES. ARTHUR GUITERMAN. A single sheet folded to 9 × 6 inches. Illustrated with two photos of Guiterman. Inscribed and signed by Arthur Guiterman on the front cover with a couple of lines in his hand. Several typed additions to his list of publications on the front cover. Folded some tearing at the edges and one repair. Near very good. One page is devoted to Guiterman’s poem, “Concerning the Undersigned”..
• Program, spring 1937, Metropolitan Opera House, re an opera based on Edward Hale’s The Man without a Country, for which Guiterman wrote the libretto.
• Electrotype printing block on wood of Guiterman’s “House Blessing”, text and illustration, n.d.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.