Scope and arrangement
The papers of Gwendolyn Haste are arranged in the following order: Correspondence, Diaries, Writings, Travel Journals, Literary Notebooks and Scrapbooks, General Foods Corporation Material, Biographical and Publicity Material and Photographs.
The Correspondence has been sub-divided in two groups: letters received and letters to/from her parents. Letters received, 1900-1964, are in chronological order and rough alphabetical order within the year. There is much correspondence with her friend Basil Brown, while he was serving with the Australian Imperial Force in France and Belgium during World War I and friend and fellow poet Grace Coates. There are letters from her publisher Edward K. Innes, of Innes & sons, Philadelphia, 1919-1920, and material regarding her attempts to get poems published. The letters to and from her parents, primarily outgoing and undated (ca. 1920s), reflect her life in Greenwich Village, especially her job seeking, social life and theatre going.
The Diaries were kept by Haste, one in 1908 and the other in 1912, while she was a student at the University of Chicago, reflecting social and academic activities and vacations home.
The Writings include poems, published and unpublished, short stories (alphabetical by title), typescript of "Pattern of Time", (reminiscences of her life and friends), skits, college themes and her reminiscences of American poet and editor Harriet Monroe.
The Journals, Notebooks and Scrapbooks consist of the following: journal kept in Paris and London, August 10-September 19, 1929; journal of trip to Italy, May 20-June 18, 1951; journal of trip to Greece, July 12-September 3, 1957, on tour with approximately thirty companions on the "Olympia"; portions of journal of a trip to Chicago, 1953; scrapbook, 1913-1932, containing clippings of published poems by Haste, memorabilia and a few letters from editors and anthologists; scrapbook, 1917-1919, containing memorabilia of World War I and of Haste's work at a munitions laboratory in Amatol, N. J.; literary notebooks, two volumes, containing notes from readings and rough drafts of poems.
The General Foods Corporation Material pertains to Haste's work in the company's Consumer Services Department. Includes memos, drafts of newsletter she edited and General Foods' "Current Literature Lectures", ca. 1937-1938.
The Biographical and. Publicity Material includes information about Haste, lists of published works of hers, notes and clippings.
The Photographs are of Haste and relatives.
The Gwendolen Haste papers are arranged in two series: