The collection contains three portfolios, with correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, and various pieces
of ephemera related to Robinson Jeffers, such as announcements, broadsides, flyers, and handbills, as well as three large
matted photographic portraits. The bulk of the correspondence is between Una Jeffers and Frank Armstrong. Also included is
a bust of Jeffers by Gordon Newell, an admirer and friend of Jeffers.
The poet Robinson Jeffers was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1887. His father, a Presbyterian minister, saw to it that
the young Jeffers received a classical education, tutoring him in Greek and Latin at an early age. The family spent a good
deal of time in Europe as well, and Jeffers attended several boarding schools in France and Switzerland. In 1903, the family
settled in Los Angeles, California, where Jeffers would soon graduate from Occidental College. In school, Jeffers began submitting
his poems to student publications, and would continue to do so after entering graduate school at the University of Southern
California. After a year of studying literature, however, he returned to Switzerland to study philosophy at the University
1.5 linear feet
(2 oversize boxes and 1 record container)
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