Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Plath mss. III, 1941-1951, consist of artworks by the poet Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963. Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began writing poetry as a child. She entered Smith College in 1950 and, after an abortive suicide attempt in August of 1953, graduated in 1955. She then attended Newnham College in Cambridge for two years on a Fulbright Fellowship where late in her first year she met and shortly thereafter married poet Ted Hughes. Plath took her degree in June 1957, after which she and Hughes sailed to America for a year of teaching and a second year of writing and travel. In late 1959 they returned to England where Plath lived until her death in February 1963.

The collection contains small, medium, and large format works, both matted and unmated, and includes drawings, paintings, pastel works, watercolors, and college art projects.

An inventory is available.

Also see the Guide to the Sylvia Plath Materials in the Lilly Library.

Acquired: 1988

Collection size: 140 items

Related manuscripts: Plath mss. X, Plath mss., Plath mss. II, Plath mss. IV, Plath mss. V, Plath mss. XI, Plath mss. VI, Plath mss. VII, Plath mss. VIII, Plath mss. IX

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.