Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Alyea mss., ca. 1926-1973, consist primarily of poetry and other writings of Dorothy Collins Alyea, 1898-1974. Alyea who lived in Montclair, New Jersey, was a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, won the first prize at the Rochester Poetry Festival in 1967, and in 1973 won the membership contest of the Poetry Society of America. She died in New York in July 1974.

Alyea's poems appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including The Chicago Tribune Magazine, Christian Century, Forum, Ohio University Review, Oregonian Verse, Poetry, a magazine of verse, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and The Saturday Review of Literature. She also published two books of poetry: All My Argument in 1935 and Beach Fire in 1951.

Present in the collection are autograph drafts of poems, typed and carbon copy drafts as well as final versions, and various clippings of published poems. A preliminary inventory is available in the Library.

Gift. 2007

Collection size: 1,500 items

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