Guide to the Papers of Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth, 1939 - 1963Manuscript MS-1213

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth, 1939 - 1963

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1213

Collection Dates:

1939 - 1963

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear feet)

Abstract:

Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth (b. 1937), daughter of Kathleen Morrison, who was secretary-manager of the poet Robert Frost. The papers document Smyth's relationship with Frost, particularly during the last days of the poet's life in January 1963.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth contain correspondence, last dictations of Robert Frost and notes on Frost's conversations while hospitalized, documents relating to Ezra Pound, notes on hospital staff attending Robert Frost, childhood drawings of Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth, "A Robert Frost Folio," a program of a symposium "The Future of Man," a Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a list of guests invited to Robert Frost's 88th birthday party, and photocopies of letters and poems from Robert Frost.

Of note are manuscript notes taken by Smyth in January 1963 about the conversations of Robert Frost while the poet was hospitalized at the end of his life; the notes include a conversation with Princess Mary de Rachewiltz, the daughter of poet Ezra Pound. Frost's dictations of a few incomplete poems are also included in Smyth's notes.

Biography

Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth (b. 1937), daughter of Kathleen Johnston Morrison and Theodore Morrison. Smyth was acquainted with poet Robert Frost from infancy and attended Frost in the hospital during the last days of his life. Her mother, Kathleen Johnston Morrison, served as Frost's secretary-manager from 1938 until Frost's death in January 1963.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1939-1963

Includes correspondence, last dictations of Robert Frost and notes on Frost's conversations while hospitalized, documents relating to Ezra Pound, notes on hospital staff attending Robert Frost, childhood drawings of Anne Morrison Gentry Smyth, "A Robert Frost Folio," a program of a symposium "The Future of Man," a bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a list of guests invited to Robert Frost's 88th birthday party, and photocopies of letters and poems from Robert Frost.

Box: 1, Dates: 1939-1963

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1963 and undated

    Miss Caud, Philip Booth, Howard W. Hurst, Lawrance Thompson, Reginald L. "Doc" Cook, Madame Lurie

  • Folder: 2, Last Dictations of Robert Frost and notes on conversations of Frost while hospitalized, January 1963
  • Folder: 3, Documents Relating to Ezra Pound, 1958-1963
  • Folder: 4, Notes on Hospital Staff Attending Robert Frost, January 1963
  • Folder: 5, "Picher Book" of childhood drawings, undated
  • Folder: 6, "A Robert Frost Folio" by Arnold E. Grade, undated
  • Folder: 7, Program of Symposium "The Future of Man" and Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1958-1959
  • Folder: 8, List of guests invited to Robert Frost's 88th Birthday Party, circa 1962
  • Folder: 9, Photocopies of letters and poems from Robert Frost, 1939-1953

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