Adelaide Crapsey Papers
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- 1913 - 1977
- Crapsey, Adelaide, 1878-1914. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
In 1903, Crapsey returned to Kemper Hall as a teacher of history and literature. In 1905 she studied at the School of Archeology in Rome, and following her return to the United States the next year, she became an instructor of history and literature in Miss Lowe's Preparatory School in Stamford, CT. However, her health was suffering from the effects of tuberculosis, and she was forced to stop teaching in 1908. She spent much of this time in Italy and England, working on her book, Analysis of English Metrics, which she considered her serious life work. Crapsey was also a talented poet, and invented her own metrical form, the cinquain. In 1911, Crapsey accepted a position as Instructor of Poetics at Smith College. In 1913 she became gravely ill and had to abandon her literary and academic work. She retreated to Saranac Lake in New York, where she died on October 8, 1914. She was 36 years old.
A book of poetry, Verse, was published posthumously by her parents in 1915 as well as the unfinished work A Study in English Metrics, in 1918.
0.229 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
- I. Biographical Materials
- II. Correspondence
- III. Publications
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Finding aid to the Adelaide Crapsey Papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Gayla B. Spaulding
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- 2018-11-02: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey
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