Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Williams, W.C. mss., 1909-1955, consist of letters from poet William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963, to his wife Florence (Herman) Williams, 1890-1976, during their courtship years and those periods of separation caused by travel or hospitalization. At least five of the letters contain poems composed by Williams about the time the letter was written. Also present are three letters Williams wrote to his mother, Raquel Helene Rose (Hoheb) Williams, 1847-1949, in 1910, 1915, and 1916; one letter to his older son William written in 1931; and one to his younger son Paul in 1953.

Letters from Florence Williams to her husband are present for the period September 1927-June 1928 when she took their two sons to Europe for a year of schooling. An undated letter from poet Nancy Clara Cunard to Florence Williams, probably from the late 1920's, completes the collection.

Collection size: 232 items

Related manuscripts: Williams, W.C. mss. II, Williams, W.C. mss. III

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