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Eunice Tietjens papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Tietjens

Scope and Content of the Collection

Much of the collection consists of correspondence, primarily incoming from family, friends, and literary figures. There are also numerous manuscript copies of her works, personal memorabilia, drawings, notes for lectures and articles, notebooks of poems, diaries, clippings, photographs and other miscellaneous material.

A second Tietjens collection titled "Additions," received in 1990 from Tietjens' granddaughter Jennifer Hart Dougall, is separately described and cataloged.


  • Creation: 1898-1944



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Eunice Tietjens papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 5 folders at a time maximum (Priority II).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Eunice Tietjens papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Eunice Tietjens

American poet, novelist, journalist, children's author, lecturer, and editor.

Eunice Tietjens was born Eunice Strong Hammond in Chicago in 1884, and she died in Chicago in 1944. Mainly educated in Europe, all her life she was a constant traveler and lived for short periods of time in Florida, New York, Japan, China, the South Seas and Tunisia. She married the composer Paul Tietjens in 1904, divorced him in 1914 and in 1920 married Cloyd Head, playwright and theatrical director. She had two children, Janet T. Hart and Marshall Head.

Tietjens was a World War I correspondent for the Chicago Daily News in France, 1917-1918, and for more than twenty-five years she was on the staff of Harriet Monroe's publication, Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. Her published work is varied, consisting of four volumes of poetry, a novel, numerous articles, travel books, books for children, an anthology of Oriental poetry, translations from Spanish and French literature, and her memoirs entitled The World at My Shoulder, 1938.

Although Eunice Tietjens' role as a Chicago literary figure is interesting, her reputation rests less on her own work and more on the relationships she maintained and the influence she had as friend, critic and editor of some of the important writers of the early twentieth-century, including Edgar Lee Masters and Sara Teasdale.


10 Linear Feet (23 boxes and 1 oversize box)


Correspondence, works and miscellaneous material relating to Eunice Tietjens, Chicago poet, novelist, lecturer and associate editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. The bulk of the correspondence is incoming.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Outgoing Correspondence, 1905-1944
Boxes 1-2
Series 2: Incoming Correspondence, approximately 1908-1944
Boxes 3-14
Series 3: Writings, approximately 1908-1944
Boxes 15-21, 24
Series 4: Miscellaneous Materials, 1898-1944
Boxes 22-24

Collection Stack Location

1 34 4-5, 1 43 7

Other Finding Aids

Article: Newberry Library Bulletin, 2nd Ser. No. 5 (December 1950), p. 146-157.


Gift of Cloyd Head (husband), Marshall Head (son), Janet Hart (daughter), 1950.

Related Materials

See also Eunice Tietjens papers - Additions (Midwest MS Tietjens2) at the Newberry Library.

Processed by

Amy Nyholm, 1949-1950; Virginia H. Smith, 2000; Lisa Janssen, 2003; Jen Wolfe, 2004.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Inventory of the Eunice Tietjens papers, 1898-1944
Virginia H. Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States