Personal and literary correspondence both by and to Lovecraft; manuscript and typescript drafts of fiction, non-fiction, poems, plays and drawings by Lovecraft. Correspondence between friends, family, and associates of Lovecraft. Subjects include horror fiction, New England antiquities, and the amateur press. Significant correspondents include Robert H. Barlow, Robert Bloch, W. Paul Cook, August Derleth, Ernest A. Edkins, Sonia H. Greene Davis (Lovecraft's wife), Frank Belknap Long, Jr., E. Hoffman Price, Clark Ashton Smith, and Donald Wandrei among many others. The collection also includes a small selection of photographs of Lovecraft, friends and associates and objects owned by Lovecraft.
The Mary Anne Atwood Papers contains
letters and manuscripts for the period 1882-1910. Most of the
letters in the collection are written from M.A. Atwood to Mme.
Isabelle de Steiger. The collection also includes other letters
written and received by Atwood, manuscript drafts and notes.
According to the admirers of Mary Anne Atwood, "Mrs. Atwood was
truly an adept [of the metaphysical tradition]. The last one." "The
Atwood material is very important for the study of a vanished
Britain, when Neo-Platonism and High Ideas influenced the nation.
But, as Mrs. Atwood says, they went in for power and threw their
spiritual heritage out the window."
Architectural historian and
documentary filmmaker, Wheaton Holden was a specialist on the
life and work of Robert Swain Peabody and Julius Adolph
Schweinfurth. This collection contains mostly materials relating
to Holden’s research on architect Robert Swain Peabody and his
Boston-based firm Peabody and Stearns. Included are Peabody's
films, diaries, reminiscences, writings, and processed copies of his
correspondence. Also included are files on Peabody and Stearns
building projects, with drawings, plans, photographs, and
clippings. Finally the collection includes two videos created by
Holden: The Peabody Touch and Providence Remembered.