This small collection consists primarily of correspondence between H.D. and her brother Harold Doolittle and his wife Nettie, as well as correspondence between Bryher and Harold. There are also a few letters written by H.D.'s mother Helen Doolittle; another brother Melvin Doolittle; a distant relative W.F. Doolittle; Norman Holmes Pearson; and miscellaneous business letters written to Harold Doolittle. Most of the letters were written by H.D. and Bryher, during the 1930s and 1940s in Europe.
The poet and philhellenist H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) was born in 1886 in Bethlehem, PA. Around 1895, the Doolittle family moved from the Moravian community in Bethlehem to Upper Darby. While living in Pennsylvania, H.D. met fellow poets Ezra Pound, to whom she was briefly engaged, and William Carlos Williams. Both of the young men were students at the University of Pennyslvania, where Hilda's father was a professor of astronomy. She began attending Bryn Mawr College in 1905 as a day student and made the acquaintance of fellow students Marianne Moore and Mary Herr. After three semesters, H.D. withdrew from college. Her motives for leaving are not clear, although the catalyst may have been illness, poor grades, or her relationship with Ezra Pound. Years later she would write to Mary Herr (1959 July 19) that she was "practically invisible" at the college. The collection consists of one box of material, divided into two categories: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials.
This collection consists of manuscripts of literary and musical figures from the United States, England, and Europe collected by Amy Lowell. Includes writings by friends of Lowell such as Richard Aldington, Hilda Doolittle Aldington, and John Gould Fletcher.