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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Bliss Carman Collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1905-1928
    Collection Number: mssBlissCarmanCollection
    Creator: Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929.
    Extent: 65 pieces in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection includes 24 letters by Canadian-American poet Bliss Carman (1861-1929), written between 1905 and 1928, as well as 40 pieces of ephemera.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Bliss Carman Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Mrs. Nelson Smith, August 1985.

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    Biographical Note

    Bliss Carman (1861-1929) was a regional poet of both the Maritime Provinces, where he was born, and the New England area of the United States, where he passed away. Between 1893 and 1905 Carman published almost twenty volumes of verse, some of which were a collaborative effort with Richard Hovey (1864-1900). Carman also wrote prose works on various subjects and, from 1890 onwards, worked as an editor for numerous journals in New York City.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers of Canadian-American poet Bliss Carman (1861-1929). There are 65 items in the collection, which consists of correspondence and ephemera.
    There are 24 letters written by Bliss Carman to Irving Way. In addition, there is one letter from Mitchell Kennerley, from Kennerly Mitchell Publisher written in 1911. The letters written by Bliss Carman are in between 1905 and 1928. The subject matter within Carman’s letters relates to his travels, with general remarks about the weather. Other matters mentioned are Carman's personal life, professional life, and trifling advice to his friend Irving Way.
    There are 40 various pieces of ephemera found in two separate folders. The items include printed items from Bliss Carman, which include his verses and poems. Additional ephemera consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, greeting cards, and note cards. In addition, there are some printed materials with marginal notes and are signed by Bliss Carman.


    The correspondence in this collection is arranged in a chronological order. The ephemera, contained in two folders, follows the correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929.
    Poets, American -- Correspondence.


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States.

    Additional Contributors

    Kennerley, Mitchell, 1878-1950.
    Way, Irving, addressee.