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Guide to the Robinson Jeffers / Frank H. Armstrong Collection
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Series 1.  Scrapbooks/Portfolios

Box 1: 1

Blue Scrapbook

Abstract: [ Mainly correspondence, arranged chronologically]
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Aug. 18, 1931. 1 ALS, Robinson Jeffers to Mr. Smith, his publisher's editor, referring to work soon to be published (Descent to the Dead).

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Apr. 5, 1938. 1 ALS, Ward Ritchie to Frank Armstrong, describing "The Apology for Bad Dreams."

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May 9, 1939. 1 TLS, Lawrence Clark Powell to Jake Zeitlin, discussing Jeffers' poems "The Cloud" and "Pelicans."

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July 3, 1943. 1 TL, Ben Abramson, Argus Book Shop, to Una Jeffers regarding a copy of House-Dog's Grave for Frank Armstrong, Winnetka, Illinois.

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July 16, 1943. 1 ALS, Una Jeffers to Mr. Abramson, offering "Rock and Hawk" and "One Sundown" ["Winter Sundown"] for a friend.

Abstract: [Gives the history of "Rock and Hawk." Makes an offer of seven other items. The poet is writing; she doesn't know what. Remarks on the troubled times and his difficulty in writing steadily.]
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July 31, 1943. 1 TL, Frank Armstrong to Una Jeffers, suggesting a price for the offered books.

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Aug. 4, 1943. 1 ALS, Una Jeffers to Frank Armstrong, commenting on manuscript of "Winter Sundown" poem.Going to San Francisco for the first time in nine months (before went "at least once a month").

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Aug. 10, 1943. 1 TL, [Frank Armstrong] to Una Jeffers, acknowledging receipt of "Rock and Hawk" and asking for "October Weekend." Remarks on bust of Jeffers by Archie Garner.

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Aug. 13, 1943. 1 ALS, Una Jeffers to Frank Armstrong, regarding sale of further items.

Abstract: [Mentions a "box of things" upstairs. Maurice Evans has called Garth in the Pacific for Judith Anderson. Melba Bennett, biographer, has a house nearby for month; Jeffers disinterested. Una traces family back to 1636. Prefers careful, if colorless record, for biography.]
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Aug. 30, 1943. [Frank Armstrong] to Una Jeffers, commenting on Jeffers items, support for biography, and trip to Ireland where he visited Cuala press and met Yeats' sister.

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Sept. 10, 1943. 1 ALS, Una Jeffers to Frank Armstrong, writing of trip to Irelan

Abstract: [No manuscripts available at present. RJ keeps manuscripts of books intact. Whitney has RS, WPS, C, DJ, and TL through Ruder, a New York bookseller. They still have Solstice (151 pages), Such Counsels, and Be Angry at the Sun, valued at $500 each. Cruel Falcon and Distant Rainfall lent to exhibit and stolen. Give Your Heart misplaced. Two blimps constantly over today. Landing boats practicing in front of Tor House.]
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[1943]. 1 TLS, Frank Armstrong to Una Jeffers, referring to Jeffers books he received from her.

Abstract: [Says he started collecting husband's books in 1930, when he was a college sophomore. Will send a portrait (side view) of the Jeffers bust by Archie Garner.]
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5 b/w photographs

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Birthplace of Robinson Jeffers, Ridge Ave., Allegheny, n.d.; Group photo with Jeffers, Una, Donann, and Judith Anderson, n.d.

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Jeffers next to Davidson bronze bust, n.d.

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With Una in boat, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 1937

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Yeats' tower, Co. Galway, Ireland, July 1937.

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1 newsclipping "Columbia to Film Two Jeffers Poems," namely "Roan Stallion" and "Thurso's Landing." N.p., n.d.

Box 1: 2

Red Portfolio

Abstract: [Various ephemera relating to Jeffers, arranged chronologically]
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Announcement in Southern California Daily Trojan (USC) that Robinson Jeffers to be present at the Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremonies, Apr. 25, 1940

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Material laid in Jeffers books (mainly clippings of reviews), 1940-1948

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Tower Beyond Tragedy - Handbill for production starring Judith Anderson, at the Forest Theatre, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, July 2-5, [1941]

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Lonely Eminence - Review of Be Angry at the Sun and Other Poems, in Saturday Review, Apr. 25, 1942

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Rock and Hound (holographic poem, with inscription: - Copied for Frank H. Armstrong - Sincerely, Robinson Jeffers. Tor House, Carmel, California, September 2, 1943

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Lime Kiln Press - Prospectus for Tragedy Has Obligations, [1973]

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First Day Issue envelope and stamp - "American Poet Series, Robinson Jeffers, 1882-1962," stamped Aug. 13, 1973

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First Day Issue envelope and stamp - "American Arts Series, Honoring Robinson Jeffers," stamped Jan. 31, 1975

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Beilke, Marlan - Shining Clarity: God and Man in the Works of Robinson Jeffers (prospectus), [1977]

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The Condor - Broadside (reproduction of Jeffers poem first appearing in the June 9, 1904 edition of The Youth's Companion), 1977

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Tor House (flyer), ca. 1978

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Ward Ritchie and Robinson Jeffers

Abstract: [A printed Ward Ritchie checklist, works by and about Robinson Jeffers, on the occasion of a lecture by Ward Ritchie at California State University, Long Beach, April 23, 1979, noting that all of these publication are in the Robinson Jeffers Collection at California State University, Long Beach Library, Department of Special Collections. 15 "Tor House: Lines from Robinson Jeffers" - Flyer for film by James Eddy Hatch, spoken by Burgess Meredith, [1980]]
Box 1: 3

Green Portfolio

Abstract: [Mainly whole issues of magazines and newspapers in which Jeffers items appeared, arranged chronologically]
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Jeffers, Robinson - "Noon" (poem), The New Republic, July 21, 1926

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Harrowed Marrow (cover story, review of Jeffers' book Thurso's Landing), Time, April 4, 1931

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Robinson Jeffers Honored by College from which He Graduated 30 Years Ago (article on commemoration at Occidental College), The Carmel Pine Cone, May 3, 1935

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Masters, Marcia - "From the hands of World-Famed Poet" (cover story on Jeffers and Tor House), Los Angeles Times, Sunday Home Magazine, Feb. 2, 1947

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Older, Mrs. Fremont - "He Built Her a Tower" (article on Jeffers and his wife Una), American Weekly, February 25, 1951

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look only: seclusion (article on Jeffers and Tor House), Los Angeles Times, Sunday Home Section, July 20, 1958

 

Series 2.  Oversize

Box 2: 1

1 b/w photograph of Robinson Jeffers (inscription on back to Dame Judith Anderson, from Cole Weston; notes negative by Edward Weston and print by Cole Weston), 1933

Box 2: 2

2 b/w photographs of Robinson Jeffers, by Leigh A. Wiener (gift of Dame Judith Anderson)

Box 3

Bust of Robinson Jeffers, by Gordon Newell, n.d.