The Robbins mss., 1964-1972, consist of correspondence of Indiana University Professor of English J. Albert Robbins, 1914-1992, with poets Robert Fitzgerald and Louis Untermeyer, concerning an American poetry exhibition in the Lilly Library. Other correspondence concerns attempts to obtain a copy of J. Gordon Coogler's Purely Original Verse (Columbia, SC, 1897) for inclusion in the exhibition. "Three Centuries of American Poetry: An Exhibition of Original Printings" was shown in the main gallery of the Lilly Library in 1965.
Other correspondents include Irvin Ehrenpreis and Tillie Olsen, the latter writing in response to a survey of living American authors that Robbins was conducting for the Modern Language Association in 1972, preparatory to compiling the volume American Literary Manuscripts (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1977).
Also present in the collection is a small file of papers and letters, 1909-1914, of the Boisselet family of Paris, France, relatives of Simone Robbins, widow of Professor Robbins. Correspondents in this portion include Jules Lermina, Jules Troubat, and Alexandrine MÃ©ley Zola. Four photographs of Jules Troubat, one of an unidentified older couple, and one of the Boisselet's country house at Aulnay-s.-Bois, along with a clipping from The National Financial News about Simone Robbins's godfather, Colonel Simon Godchot, complete the collection.
Gift. Simone Robbins, Bloomington, IN 1993
Collection size: 51 items