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Eunice Tietjens papers - Additions

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Tietjens2

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Eunice Tietjens papers - Additions consists of a few pieces of incoming correspondence, including one letter and one poem from Edgar Lee Masters and two letters from Sara Teasdale, a small number of mementos and miscellaneous items and several boxes of Tietjens' work, both manuscript and published, as well as material relating to Tietjens' forebears, the Hammonds and the Strongs, her daughter, Janet Tietjens Head, and her first husband, Paul Tietjens. There are three boxes of photographs of Eunice Tietjens and her family, including her mother, Idea Hammond, her sisters Elizabeth and Louise, her brother Laurens, and her daughter Janet, as well as a number of images of well-known people such as Robert Frost, Vachel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters, Harriet Monroe and Mark Twain.


  • Creation: 1847-1972



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Eunice Tietjens papers - Additions 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 - Additions 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 important writers of the early twentieth-century, including Edgar Lee Masters and Sara Teasdale.


5.5 Linear Feet (10 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. Also material relating to the Hammond and Strong families, Eunice Tietjens' daughter, Janet Tietjens Hart, and Eunice Tietjens' first husband, Paul Tietjens; and three boxes of photographs.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Eunice Tietjens Correspondence and Miscellaneous, ca. 1898-1961
Box 1
Series 2: Eunice Tietjens Works, ca. 1913-1944
Boxes 2-4
Series 3: Family Papers, ca. 1847-1936
Box 5
Series 4: Paul Tietjens Material, 1897-1942
Box 6
Series 5: Janet Tietjens Hart Material, ca. 1911-1943
Box 7
Series 6: Photographs, ca. 1860-1955
Boxes 8-10
Oversize Box

Collection Stack Location

1 34 5


Gift of Jennifer Hart Dougall (granddaughter of Eunice Tietjens), 1990.

Processed by

Virginia H. Smith, 2000


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 - Additions, 1847-1972
Virginia H. Smith
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Repository Details

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

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States