Malcolm Cowley papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1850–2004 (bulk 1898–1985)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

77 linear feet (178 boxes, loose audio items, 3 oversize boxes, 1 artifact box, and 16 oversize folders) of material consisting of correspondence, working files, drafts of works, subject files, and personal information by and about author, poet, literary critic, and literary historian Malcolm Cowley. The collection includes correspondence with Alexander Calder (1942–1962), Peter Blume and his wife Ebie (includes work) (undated, c. 1920s–1970s), and Ben Shahn (1956), as well as material relating to Yaddo, an artists' community in Saratoga Springs, New York, with which Cowley was deeply involved.

Biographical Historical Note

Malcolm Cowley was an American writer, literary critic, and literary historian.