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

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.

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