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Guide to the Women Poets of New York Scrapbook
1950s-1988 (bulk 1960s-1970s)
 MS 3208

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 15, 2022
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women Poets of New York (Organization)
Title: Women Poets of New York scrapbook
Dates [inclusive]: 1950s-1988 (bulk 1960s-1970s)
Abstract: One scrapbook holding poems composed by members of the Women Poets of New York organization (disbanded 1987) from the 1950s to the 1970s. 43 members are represented in the scrapbook, such as Evelyn Ames, Laura Benét, Henrietta Cholmeley-Jones, Rhina P. Espaillat, and Frances Minturn Howard.
Quantity: 1 Linear feet in one box (1 volume)
Location: Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3208

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Biographical / Historical

The Women Poets of New York was formed in 1924. It was disbanded in 1987 because of declining membership. No records were maintained by the organization until the 1960s and 1970s when a member, Frances Higginson Savage, compiled this scrapbook. Consequently, the scrapbook holds no documents earlier than the 1950s and no later than the 1970s. With the termination of the group, a small balance of remaining funds was given to the Poetry Society of America and member Rhina Espaillat arranged for the scrapbook to be donated to N-YHS.

(The above note is based on documents in the scrapbook.)

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes one scrapbook holding poems composed by members of the Women Poets of New York from the 1950s to the 1970s. The poems are primarily published pieces clipped from publications such as "The Lyric," "Bronxville Villager," "Imprints Quarterly," "Voices," "Caravan," "University Review," "Educational Forum," "American Weave," "Point West," and others, as well as mainstream newspapers and other print sources. Some poems are in typescript, rather than published, form.

The poets are represented in the album with at least one, but often many, of their writings, with some brief biographical sketches and articles. The album holds two notes from 1987 providing context for the scrapbook and the termination of the group. A copy of the February 1988 newsletter of the Poetry Society of America includes a cover article about the Women Poets disbanding, with a few of the members' poems.

Poets represented in the album are:

* Sara Van Alstyne Allen

* Evelyn Ames

* Helen Bryant

* Isabel Harriss Barr

* Gertrude Ryder Bennett

* Laura Benét

* Elizabeth Bohm

* Joan Stanford Bishop

* Henrietta Cholmeley-Jones

* Jeannette Chappell

* Sara King Carleton

* Mary Ballard Duryee

* Mariana B. Davenport

* Jean Elliot

* Rhina P. Espaillat

* Amanda Benjamin Hall

* Helen Ireland Hays

* Mildred Hayward / Mildred Hoyer

* Sophie Himmell

* Frances Minturn Howard

* Katherine Thayer Hobson

* Dorsha Hayes

* Barbara Leslie Jordan

* Mary Kennedy

* Yala Korwin

* Susan Schell Lindell

* Elizabeth Searle Lamb

* Sarah Litsey

* Carolyn Wilson Link

* Margaret Dole McCall

* Elizabeth Randall-Mills

* Dorothy Quick

* Christina Rainsford

* Francis Higginson Savage

* Louise Scott

* Candace T. Stevenson

* Helen Frith Stickney

* Susan Schell

* Katharyn Wolcott / Katharyn Grouls

* Svea Wathen

* Fanny Fay Wood


The content of the scrapbooks is arranged in alphabetical order by poet surname, though a few poems are out of strict sequence.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Poems
  • Scrapbooks.

Subject Topics

  • Women poets.
  • Women poets, American -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Women Poets of New York scrapbook, MS 3208, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Women Poets of New York, August 1987.

Processing Information

The scrapbook was cataloged by archivist Larry Weimer in April 2022.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Women Poets of New York scrapbook

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