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Harriet Monroe Memorabilia

Identifier: Midwest-MS-169

Scope and Content of the Collection

Six items, dated 1891, relating to the early career of Harriet Monroe, consisting of three forms used to raise subscriptions for a volume of Monroe’s poems, and two short notes to a subscriber about her work. Also, one magazine article which discusses Monroe’s “Dedicatory Ode,” written for the opening of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, and her selection as the poet to write the ode for the opening of the World’s Columbian Exposition.


  • Creation: 1891



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Harriet Monroe Memorabilia are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Harriet Monroe Memorabilia are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Harriet Monroe

American editor, critic, and poet.

Harriet Monroe was born in Chicago in 1860, and she remained identified all her life with the city. After gaining some local recognition as a poet, a newspaper critic and a lecturer on poetry, Monroe’s literary reputation was based on her conception of a magazine wholly devoted to poetry. In 1912, the first number of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse appeared, and Monroe spent the rest of her life as the magazine’s editor and champion of both established and new poets.

Harriet Monroe died in 1936.


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A few items relating to poet and editor Harriet Monroe, consisting of two short notes, three subscription forms, and one clipping, all dated 1891.

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Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Harriet Monroe Memorabilia, 1891
Virginia Hay Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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