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E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings:

An Intentory of His Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
Title: E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: 1918-1958
Abstract: The E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Literary File consists of 202 photographs, including portraits of Cummings and photographic reproductions of his artwork.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02682
Extent: 202 items (.83 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Literary File consists of 202 photographs, including portraits of Cummings and photographic reproductions of his artwork.

This collection forms part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.



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Index Terms

Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962.
Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935.
Morehouse, Marion, 1906-1969.
Norman, Charles, 1904-1996.
Watson, Hildegarde Lasell, -1976.
Camp Devens (Mass.).
Berlin (Germany).
Document Types
Cabinet photographs.
Gelatin silver prints.
Photographic prints.

Related Material

The Harry Ransom Center holds related materails in the E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Papers (MS-01009) and in the E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Art Collection (AR-00054).

Administrative Information


Internal transfer(s) from manuscript collection(s) at the Harry Ransom Center.

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Item List

Box 1 Portraits of Cummings in uniform, while on leave from Camp Devens, taken by his father, 1918, undated.
Publicity photographs of Cummings, undated.
Photographic reproductions of self-portraits of Cummings (some color), undated.
Photographic reproductions of portraits by John Carroll of Cummings, undated.
Photographic reproductions of a drawing by Hildegarde Watson of Cummings, undated.
Photograph of a bust sculpture of Cummings, undated.
Photographic reproductions of artwork by Cummings, undated.
Photographic reproductions of illustrations for Charles Norman's book E. E. Cummings, the Magic-maker (each mounted on board), before 1972.
Cabinet card photograph of four unidentified women, likely late 19th century.
Portraits of unidentified men, undated.
Candid photograph of two men outdoors playing some sort of game with balls; handwritten below image: Simpson [and] Matheson(?); handwritten on image verso: “Kenyon School of English -- summer, 1948”, 1948.
Wedding portrait of Faith Clark and David Wilson, undated.
Photographic reproduction of a drawing by Hildegard Watson of David Diamond, 1956.
Photographic reproductions of Cummings’ writings and artwork, undated.
Photograph of Marion Morehouse and Cummings seated at a café table, Paris, 1937.
Portrait of Cummings at Patchin Place, 1925.
Photograph of Cummings standing in the doorway of Patchin Place, May 1958.
Portrait of Cummings; handwritten below image: “Original of frontispiece photo. George Firmage” (for A Miscellany), 1958.
Photograph reproductions of sketches and writings by Cummings, undated.
Photographic reproduction of a manuscript page of David Lougee’s poem “Fiercely, lady, do we ride,” likely 1960.
Photograph of a plan of Avignon(?) and the surrounding area done in needlework (from Das Magazine V.I. Berlin?), undated.
Photograph of a sculpture by Cleo Hartwig of a bear cub, undated.
Photograph of five bird sculptures by Richard O'Haulon, undated.
Small, commercially produced souvenir photographs of sculptures by Michelangelo, undated.
Views of Das Reichstagsgebaude, Berlin, after bombing (P98) and before (P99), circa 1945.
Box 2 Photographs of an orangutan behind bars (P100), hippopotami in a pond (P101-P102), and a goat (P103), undated.
Close-up of a cow’s eye, undated.
Scenes of elephants, some with handlers, undated.
Portrait of Cummings as a young man, early 1900s.
Snapshot of an unidentified young man, undated.
Photograph by J. S. Watson, Jr., of a bust sculpture by Gaston Lachaise of Cummings, 1924 or later.
Photograph of a framed painting (Noise No. 1) by Cummings on display in a room, undated.
Photographic reproduction of a painting (Noise No. 12) by Cummings, undated.
4 auto-strip machine portraits of Cummings, undated.
Miscellaneous photographs associated with Charles Norman's revised editon of E. E. Cummings, the Magic-maker (see the associated material, filed with the prints, for identification), undated.

Index of Photographers

  • Cameron-King--P44
  • Cummings, Edward, 1861-1926--P1-P7, P59
  • Etting, Gloria Braggiotti--P56
  • Firmage, George James--P60
  • Haytin, Boris--997:0105:0321, 0323
  • Lodder Photo Service Co.--P77
  • Morehouse, Marion, 1906-1969--P8-P9, P11, P58-P59
  • Pienick, Pips--P98-P99
  • Reutlinger (Paris, France)--P41
  • Schrag, Karl--P74
  • Watson, James S. (James Sibley), 1894-1982--P57
  • Ylla, 1910-1955--P100-P104