Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of typescripts, a manuscript, and correspondence. The typescripts consist of a poem and notes for work by the author, as well as poems by Muriel Rukeyser sent to Untermeyer. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence from the author, dating from 1914 to 1975, to Wystan Hugh Auden, Saul Bellow, Truman Capote, T. S. Eliot, Randall Jarrell, Charlotte Mary Mew, Harold Monro, Mary Norton, Muriel Rukeyser, Tennessee Williams, Humbert Wolfe, and others, as well as a letter, dated 1923, from Amy Lowell to Mrs. Becker, relating to the author. There are letters to Untermeyer from Conrad Aiken, Ray Bradbury, Erskine Caldwell, Mary Ellen Chase, Padraic Colum, Crowell-Collier Publishers, Christopher Davis, Babette Deutsch, Paul Engle, Langston Hughes, Mary Lavin, Archibald MacLeish, Bernard Malamud, Muriel Rukeyser, W. D. Snodgrass, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Gore Vidal, Eudora Welty, Herman Wouk, and others, dating from 1936 to 1971.
The Louis Untermeyer collection of papers are arranged in two series: