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Finding Aid for the Harold Monro Papers, ca. 1910-1935
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harold Monro Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1910-1935
    Collection number: 745
    Creator: Monro, Harold, 1879-1932
    Extent: 8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Harold Edward Monro (1879-1932) founded Samurai Press, founded and edited the Poetry Review (1912), Poetry and Drama (1913-14) and the Monthly Chapbook (1919), and founded the Poetry Bookshop (1913). Although he is better known as an editor than a poet, he wrote and published poetry as well. The collection contains correspondence relating to the Poetry Bookshop and literary circles in London with which Harold Monro was associated as well as manuscripts by Monro and a few manuscripts of other authors.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Letters by T.S. Eliot may not be copied without the permission of Mrs. T.S. Eliot.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • G.F. Sims, purchase, 1961.
    • Beryl Sims, purchase, 1961.
    • Alida Monro, purchase, 1961.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harold Monro Papers (Collection 745). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2470257 


    Harold Edward Monro was born on March 14, 1879, St. Gilles, Belgium; educated at Radley, 1892-96, and Cambridge, 1898-1901; married Dorothy Elizabeth Browne, 1903; founded Samurai Press and published first book, Proposals for a Voluntary Nobility (1907); moved to London, 1911; founded and edited the Poetry Review, 1912; founded the Poetry Bookshop, 1913, where he met Alida Klementaski, who later became his second wife after his first marriage was dissolved in 1916; began poetry readings at Poetry Bookshop which continued up through the time of Monro's death; founded and edited Poetry and Drama (1913-14) and the Monthly Chapbook (1919); although better known as an editor than a poet, he continued to write and publish poetry, and The Collected Poems of Harold Monro was published in 1933; died after an extended illness, 1932.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence relating to the Poetry Bookshop and literary circles in London with which Harold Monro was associated. Correspondents include T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forester, John Galsworthy, A.E. Houseman, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats, and Ezra Pound. Collection also includes manuscripts by Monro as well as a few manuscripts of other authors. Contains a poem in French by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti titled, Bombardement d'Andrinople.

    Expanded Scope and Content Note

    This is a collection of correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera of Harold Monro, London author, editor, publisher and bookseller. The correspondence, ca. 1910-1935, is addressed variously to Harold Monro or to his wife, Alida Klamantaski, and pertains to matters touching the Poetry Bookshop, poetry readings there, contributions to the periodicals published by Monro, as well as serious literary criticism, and aesthetics.
    Monro's activities during those early years of the 20th Century were devoted to the support of modern literary movements, and the list of correspondents includes such recognized names as Walter De La Mare, Thomas Stearns Eliot, Edward Morgan Forster, John Galsworthy, Gordon Craig, Alfred Edward Housman, D.H. Iawrence, Amy Lowell, Wyndham Lewis, John Masefield, Alfred Noyes, Edith and Sacheverell Sitwell, Alec Waugh, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats, and Ezra Pound.
    The correspondence ranges alphabetically through the first three boxes, and totals ca. 1500 items.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-3).
    2. Manuscripts (Boxes 4-8).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Monro, Harold, 1879-1932--Archives.
    Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, 1876-1944--Bombardement d'Andrinople--French.
    Poetry Bookshop.
    Poets, English--20th century--Archival resources.
    Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence.