Department of Special Collections and University Archives
McFarlin Library. University of Tulsa.  2933 E. 6th St.  Tulsa, OK.  74104-3123 (OKT - OkTU)

Stevie Smith papers

Collection   1976-012

Dates:  1900-1990.

Extent:  (29 boxes, oversize).

Level of Description:  Item level.

Name of creator(s):  Unknown.

Date of creation:  Undetermined.

Scope and Content:   The Stevie Smith Papers are organized into five series: Correspondence; Writings; Recordings; Photographs; Personal.

Series 1: Correspondence

  • Handwritten, typed and carbon copy typed letters and postcards between Smith and her colleagues, publishers, editors, friends, family members, and stock brokers/investment counselors; handwritten and typed letters to/from William McBrien, James Vincent Barbera, and others. These include photocopies of letters acquired from McBrien and Barbera (as indicated by "[MAB]" on verso of the item) and the James MacGibbon papers, aka Palmers Green Papers, (as indicated by "[PGP"] on verso of the item). Many of the photocopies have been annotated or transcribed by McBrien and Barbera.

  • Handwritten, typed, and carbon copy typed letters and postcards to/from family members and various individuals including Smith's parents, Charles Ward and Ethel Rahel Smith; Smith's sister, Ethel Mary Francis, (aka Molly Ward Smith) as well as Smith's aunt, Margaret Annie Spear (aka "Lion Aunt").
  • Personal ephemera such as documents, diaries, birthday books, and autograph albums.

Series 2:  Writings

  • Handwritten, typed, carbon copy typed and photocopies of typed drafts.
  • Excised pages from various sources, galley and page proofs of both published and unpublished works including collections of poems, individual poems submitted to newspapers and  magazines, novels, and radio broadcast scripts.
  • Reader's reports, drawings, and recipes as well as fan mail specific to published titles.

  • 10 manuscript notebooks containing handwritten drafts of poems, songs, drawings, fragments of book reviews, personal notes and lists, and financial records.

  • Critical articles, interviews, memorials and obituaries by various authors in the form of carbon copy typescript drafts and photocopied articles as they appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines.
  • Miscellaneous material including lists of poems [for broadcast recordings], etc; press cuttings of Smith's letters to various editors; press cuttings in reference to the Cholmondeley Award for Poets (1966) and Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry (1969); general press cuttings about Stevie Smith.  Fan mail not specific to a published titles.

Series 3: Recordings

  • Cassette recorded interviews between James Vincent Barbera and various people who knew Smith personally or professionally, including tape recorded notes by Barbera. The recordings date from circa 1979-1982 and include two recordings transcribed from commercial recordings of Smith reciting her poetry.

Series 4: Photographs

  • Photographs of family and friends; travel scrap book; souvenir photograph-postcards.

Series 5: Personal

  • Document of indenture, 1807; lock of Smith's hair; birth certificate: documents pertaining to Smith's will, power of attorney, death certificate, grave marker, etc.; reading and study notes in 3 manuscript notebooks, c1919-1930; autograph album; birthday book; prayer books, scriptures text, Catholic reader; maps of France, Belgium, Palmers Green, etc.; photocopy of press cuttings appearing in Palmers Green newspapers, c1910-1918, 1971.

Administrative/Biographical History: 

Access and Copyright:

Language and Scripts:  English.

Finding aid/Inventory:  Finding aid is available online.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition:   Purchased in various lots, 1976-1993.

Date(s) of description:   Milissa Burkart, Apr 1993.

Access Points:

Subject Headings 

Personal names 

Corporate names



Alphabetical Index of Poems by Title

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Writings

Book Reviews
Manuscript Notebooks

Series 3: Recordings

Series 4: Photographs

Series 5: Personal

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Revised: 12/08/11.

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