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Florence Hamilton:

An Inventory of Her Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Hamilton, Florence, 1873-1968
Title: Florence Hamilton Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: circa 1896-1968
Extent: 385 items
Abstract: The Florence Hamilton Literary File Photography Collection consists of 385 items pertaining to the life and career of Florence Hamilton, poet and lecturer.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02712
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Nitrate negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please email Visual Materials Reference staff. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Florence Hamilton Literary File Photography Collection (Photography Collection PH-02712). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Internal transfers.
Processed by: HRC Staff

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Florence (Danforth) Hamilton was born in Upper Jay, New York on July 20, 1873. She married Ernest Hamilton around 1890. She was lecture manager and secretary to Edwin Markham, a prominent American poet, from 1920 until he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1936. After Markham's stroke and eventual death, Hamilton published several volumes of her own poetry, lectured on poetry herself, and was an active member of several organizations for poets, including the National League of American Pen Women, the Congress of American Poets, and the American Academy of Poets. Hamilton died in Richmond, Virginia in 1968.


From the guide to the Florence Hamilton Collection Relating to Edwin Markham, 1857-1959 (bulk 1926-1942), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress).

Scope and Contents

The Florence Hamilton Literary File Photography Collection consists of 385 items pertaining to the life and career of Florence Hamilton. There are loose prints, nitrate negatives, card format photographs, two albums, and a tintype. Subjects include Hamilton, Edwin Markham, group portraits taken at lectures and poetry society meetings, as well as prominent actors, writers, artists, and poets. There is also a printing block (possibly linoleum on wood) with a portrait of Hamilton. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this literary file.
This collection forms a part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

Related Material

The Harry Ransom Center holds related manuscript material in the Florence Hamilton Collection and the Edwin Markham Collection. Additional materials from the Florence Hamilton Collection are located in the Walt Whitman and the Sidney Lanier Literary File Photography Collections.

Index Terms


Alves, Juliet, 1887-1947.
Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn, 1857-1948.
Bartlett, Alice (Hunt) 1870-1949.
Brady, James Buchanan, 1856-1917.
Derwood, Gene, 1909-1954.
Eames, Emma, 1865-1952.
Hamilton, Florence.
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.
London, Jack, 1876-1916.
Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940.
Mitchell, Ruth Comfort, 1882-1954.
O'Neill, Rose Cecil, 1874-1944.
Reynolds, Adeline de Walt, 1862-1961.
Stewart, James, 1908-1997.
Young, Clara Kimball, 1890-1960.


Photography of art.
Poetry--Societies, etc.
Poets, American.

Document Types

Cabinet photographs.
Nitrate negatives.
Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

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