Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth "Betty" Reed, 1926 - 1929Manuscript MS-932

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth "Betty" Reed, 1926 - 1929

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-932

Collection Dates:

1926 - 1929

Size of Collection:

1 box (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Richard Eberhart Autograph Letters signed ( dates unavailable for many ), Autograph Postcards signed by Richard G. Eberhart, Richard Eberhart Typed Letters signed to Betty Reed, Typescript Poems by Richard G. Eberhart, and Autographed Poems addressed to Betty Reed of Windsor, Vermont. 1926 to 1929

Access to Collection:

There are no general access restrictions on this collection. However, there may be access restrictions on specific items within the collection.

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

There are no general access restrictions on this collection. However, there may be access restrictions on specific items within the collection.

Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Elizabeth "Betty" Reed contain letters, postcards, poems, flyers, and envelopes.

The Reed Papers concern the correspondence from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Eberhart to Betty Reed. They document the early relationship and lifelong friendship Reed maintained with Eberhart. Eberhart sent Reed letters from the 1920's until the 1980's regarding his life and travels. During the decades of the 1920's and 1930's, Eberhart wrote to Reed about his affection for her, his travels around the world, and the various literary projects that he was working on. Eberhart often engages in philosophical discussions with Reed about issues such as personal outlooks on life and chastity before marriage. The letters note that the two did not see each other often, but thought about each other frequently. Eberhart sent Reed poems that he wrote, many of which were specifically for her. The letters from the 1980's provide short updates on Eberhart's life, as well as efforts to meet with Reed for friendly visits.

Biography

Elizabeth "Betty" Reed lived for many years in Windsor, Vermont. She attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, during the late 1920's to early 1930's. She was romantically involved with Richard Eberhart in the 1920's, although the two were often geographically distant.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1926-1982

Sixty Dartmouth Poems - Richard Eberhart foreward from a reading at the Modern Language Association, Hotel Americana, New York, December 27. 1968 - 1969; ; Envelopes for letters from Eberhart to Betty Reed of Windsor, VT - 1927-1930; ; Poem, Under the Hill, typed, with enclosed note, handwritten, January 18, 1927; Postcard of ruins of Roman Aqueduct, postmarked August 20, 1928; Postcard from Hanover, NH, postmarked March 12, 1926; Short letter, about meeting for lunch, typed, June 4, 1982; Short letter, spring term address notice and birthday wishes, handwritten, April 4, 1981; Short letter, update on life, typed, April 4, 1982; Letter, on world travels, typed, October 25, 1927; Letter, personal anecdotes, typed with handwritten addendum, April 23, 1928; Letter, personal anecdotes and philosophy, typed with handwritten addendum, December 10, 1927; Letter, on life and philosophy, typed, February 18, 1927; Letter, on love and trip to Ireland, typed, October 7, 1928; Short letter, update on life, typed, December 15, 1926; Short letter, on world travels, typed, March 29, 1927; Short letter, on European travels, typed, March 19, 1929; Short letter, update on life, typed, Tuesday the 4th [?]; Short letter, on travels and jobs, typed, September 22, 1929; Letter, on a future visit, not by Eberhart, handwritten, September 28, 1928; Postcard, from Devon, England, June 1926; Postcard from Cebu, Philippines, July 23, 1927; 1927 flyer for a Cambridge Union Society debate, handwritten note on back, postmarked December 12, 1927; Short letter, on moving, handwritten, postmarked March 14, 1931; Short letter, on travels, handwritten, April 22, 1927 ; Short note, handwritten, undated; Short note, update on life, handwritten, September 4, 1931; Letter, update on life, handwritten, undated; Short letter, on travels, handwritten, postmarked November 1930; Short letter, asking about Reed and why she is silent, handwritten, postmarked June 12, 1930; Letter, personal anecdotes, handwritten, April 15, 1927; ; Letter, about life and tutoring the prince, handwritten, October 13, 1930; Short note, about Reed visiting New York, handwritten, postmarked June 4, 1931; Short letter, about life, handwritten, postmarked October 1930; Letter, on love and with a short original poem, handwritten, undated; Short letter, handwritten, undated; Short letter, about missing Reed, handwritten, postmarked February 29, 1928; Letter, consoling Reed, handwritten, postmarked January 17, 1927; Letter, personal anecdotes, handwritten, postmarked January 4, 1927; Letter, on love, handwritten, postmarked October 11, 1926; Letter, on travels, handwritten, August 20, 1928; Letter, on chastity and with poem entitled Autumn, handwritten, October 19, 1926; Letter, update on life, handwritten, undated; Letter, on travels and life, handwritten, July 10, 1928; Letter, on travels and life, handwritten, August 26, 1930; Letter, update on life, handwritten, October 4, 1928; Letter, update on life, handwritten, postmarked July 1930; Letter, update on life, handwritten, postmarked November 12, 1926; Letter, update on life, postmarked August 2, 1926; Letter, on chastity, handwritten, postmarked 1929 [?]; Letter, on England, handwritten, March 26, 1928; Letter, on love and advice, handwritten letter, postmarked October 4, 1930; Letter, update on life, handwritten, undated; ; Poem, Dilemma, typed, November 10, 1926; Poem, signed "For Betty, RGE", handwritten, undated; Poem, Lines to the Dead in an Old New Hampshire Grave Yard, typed, postmarked February 25, 1927; Poem, Hill Climber, typed, undated; Poem, untitled, typed, undated; Poem, The Will of Life, typed, with handwritten note, undated; Poem, Hand-View, typed, August 5, 1930; Poem, untitled, typed, August 1930; Poem, An Allowance, typed, September 9, 1930; Poem, The Kiss of Stillness, typed, undated; Poem, Wentworth Place, typed, undated; Poem, Sonnet to -., typed, undated; Poem, signed "For Betty, because she lives beside a mountain.", typed, February 26, 1927; Poem, Approach to Understanding, typed, November 8, 1926; Poem, Lines to B.R. on New Year's Eve 1927-1928, typed, January 1, 1928; Poem, Sumatra Shone Leave, typed with handwritten corrections, undated; Poem, Seven Winds, typed, undated; Poem, We Drum The Earth, typed, undated; Poem, Lines to Woman Known, typed, undated; Poem, Epithalamion, typed, undated; Poem, L' Apres Midi d'un Faun, typed, undated; Poem, Summit. After First Miles of a Walking Tour, typed, Dublin, September 1928 [?]; Poem, Changes of Earth, typed, London, October 1928 [?]; Poem, A Telling, London, typed, October 1928 [?]; Poem, He Ruminated, typed, London, October 1928 [?]; Poem, He Anticipates, typed, London, October 1928 [?]; Poem, Confession of Love, typed, Dublin, September 1928 [?]; Poem, Refusal, typed, Dublin, September 1928 [?]; Poem, Ultimatum, typed, September 1928 [?]; Poem, Monody, typed, France, July 19, 1928 [?]; Poem, If Passion Knew No Cease, typed, France, July 1928 [?]; Poem, Lines for Ghost, typed, France, July 1928 [?]

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