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Raymond Ellsworth Larsson letters, poems, and manuscripts

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0867

Scope and Content Note

American Catholic poet Raymond Larsson's letters to his friend James Gallagher include handwritten copies and a galley proof of his poems. This small collection of letters reflect the friendship between Larsson and Gallagher, as well as Larsson's encouragement of Gallagher as a poet. Of the eleven pieces of correspondence, only two letters and one postcard have text other than poetry. The other items are poems, usually inscribed, sent by the poet to his friend.

In the 1941 letter, Larsson mentioned a recent move to 22nd Street in New York, discussed the publication of his book by Devin-Adair Company, and responded to the possibility of Gallagher being drafted. Larsson's 1953 letter encouraged Gallagher's poetry writing, asked of his whereabouts, and mentioned his own current writing, including experimenting with Japanese forms. The two Japanese forms were illustrated by the enclosed poem. In this letter he also mentioned that the libraries at the University of Notre Dame and Princeton were collecting his work and encouraged Gallagher to donate any of Larsson's work to these institutions.

Most of what Larsson sent to Gallagher were recently written poems, nine in all. Several of poems were composed to mark Christian Holy Days or seasons, including two each for Christmas Epiphany.


  • Creation: 1940-1953
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1941


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson (1901- )

Raymond Edward Francis "Ellery" Larsson was an American Catholic poet whose work was best known in the 1920s and 1930s. His poetry appeared in a 1927 issue of Transition magazine, along with the work of James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Gertrude Stein, Hart Crane, André Gide, and Archibald MacLeish. James Gallagher of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was a friend of Larsson's who also wrote poetry.

Wisconsin; a guide to the Badger state, compiled by workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Wisconsin, New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce [c1941]. Information derived from the collection.


10 item (19 pages)


American Catholic poet Raymond Larsson's letters to his friend James Gallagher include handwritten copies and a galley proof of his poems.


Arranged chronologically.


Purchase, December 2009.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 60, F0867: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

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Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, July 2010. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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