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Collection of Edwin Markham Materials

Identifier: MARKHAM-1

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence mostly to literary figures in New York area, and manuscripts, some with autographs or holograph notes in margins, dating from 1901-1930s.


  • 1899 - 1933


Language of Materials

Primarily English, with one letter in French.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Digital cameras are permitted. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Edwin Anson Markham (April 23, 1852 – March 7, 1940) was an American poet, educator, and social reformer. Edwin Markham was known as the Dean of American Poetry, the Laureate of Labor, and—in his own words—the Poet Highwayman. His work as a poet and social reformer brought him recognition throughout the West and across the United States. He founded the Poetry Society of American in 1910 and served as Oregon’s first poet laureate, from 1923 to 1931.


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The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts, some with autographs, dating from 1901-1930s.


Materials arranged in two series: Correspondence from Edwin Markham and Manuscripts.

Custodial History

Materials acquired via gift or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Edwin Markham Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.