Harriet Monroe papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1873–1944

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

17 linear feet (24 boxes) of material consisting of literary and family correspondence of Harriet Monroe, drafts of Monroe’s poems and autobiography, and papers related to lectures, essays, and her anthology The New Poetry. Correspondents include numerous artists and people interested in the arts. A letter from painter Walter McEwen includes three pen drawings. Series II includes one photograph labeled "Miss [Sara] Hallowell's Chateau at Beauvais-au-Mar." Among the materials in Series V are miscellaneous writings on the arts, chiefly painting (including clippings) and an index and clippings of Monroe’s articles on art for the Chicago Tribune, 1909–1914.;

Biographical Historical Note

Harriet Monroe, poet, editor, and patron of the arts, was the founding publisher and first editor of Poetry magazine. Between 1888 and 1914 she also served as a free-lance art critic for the Chicago Tribune. Monroe was a member of the Eagle’s Nest art colony in Oregon, Illinois.