The Poets Garden records contains publications, letters, diaries, and memorabilia of the literary group created by Los Angeles
poet Ruth Le Prade. The collection also contains materials relating to the poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940) and the labor and
socialist activist Eugene Debs.
Edwin Markham dedicated the Poets Garden, located in Ruth Le Prade's backyard at 1622 S. Spaulding Street, in April 1927 with
the planting of a sycamore tree called the Song Tree in honor of Ruth Le Prade and a wisteria tree for Peace. Between 1927
and Le Prade's death in 1969, other trees were planted in honor of poets and literary figures, including a Gingko tree to
honor the Chinese poet Moon Kwan, an oak tree for Chaucer and trees honoring William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard
Kipling and Edwin Markham. There were also trees in the Poets Garden dedicated to Jesus, the Divine Mother (Mary) and Brotherhood.
The slogan of the Garden was "Bread, Beauty and Brotherhood." Le Prade hosted events at Christmas and Markham's birthday every
year in the garden, and many of the people represented in this collection were attendees of these events.
90.0 Linear feet
98 boxes, 1 map-case folder
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