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Identifier: 03

Collection Scope and Content

From the Collection: This collection includes manuscripts, diaries and notebooks, personal and professional correspondence and memorabilia, appointment books, scrapbooks, and other papers from Coatsworth's life. It is possible that Coatsworth used the scrapbooks she constructed of clipped images from magazines and other sources as inspiration for her own work. The scrapbooks also contain personal mementos from her family such as a short poem from her husband, Henry Beston, signed the Chimney Farm Farmer, a child’s crayon drawing, Coatswroth's grandmother's 1891 passport to Greece, an original Christmas song on sheet music written by Elizabeth Coatsworth, sketches and correspondence from friends, clipped stories and poems. There are early family photographs, photographs of Coatsworth as a Vassar student and later in her life, of Chimney Farm, her coastal home, sketchbooks, and notebooks from her school days and travels. Also included are drafts and manuscripts of poems and some of her published works, including The Cat Who Went to Heaven, The Princess and the Lion, and Jock’s Island, as well as a collection of royalty statements. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence to and from Coatsworth, dating from 1917, including family, Vassar College friends, and a number of emerging writers and literary professionals with whom she retained relationships. There are also Coatsworth family letters dating back to 1854, and including a group of letters written between Coatsworth's mother and father between 1887-1907. There is a large collection of letters written by Coatsworth in the last three decades of her life to the children's book publisher, Susan Hirschman and some responses from Hirschman, rich in personal touches and whimsy. The collection also includes secondary literature about Coatsworth, such as magazine interviews and profiles, as well as book reviews, and honorary degrees.


  • 1854-1986


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 8.5 linear feet (345 folders)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Maine Women Writers Collection Repository

Abplanalp Library
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland Maine 04103 United States