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Fania Kruger

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Kruger, Fania; 1892-1977
Title: Fania Kruger Papers
Dates: 1908-1973
Extent: 18 boxes, 1 galley file (7.4 linear feet)
Abstract: The papers of Russian émigré poet Fania Kruger include manuscripts of her works, correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, notebooks, photographs, scrapbooks, and sound recordings.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-02344
Language: English and Russian
Access: Open for research. 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 Fania Kruger Papers (Manuscript Collection MS-02344). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Gifts, 1975-1992 (G549, G625, G1082, G1500, G1917, G3013, G4034, G9067)
Processed by: Ethel Hellman and Joan Sibley, 1994

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The papers of Russian émigré poet Fania Kruger include manuscripts of her works, correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, notebooks, photographs, scrapbooks, and sound recordings, circa 1908-1973. The collection is divided into three series: I. Works, 1937-1971, undated (9 boxes), II. Correspondence, 1908-1973 (2 boxes), and III. Personal Papers, undated (7 boxes).
Manuscripts for Cossack Laughter (1937) and The Tenth Jew (1949) are present along with manuscripts for other poems, short stories, lectures, translations, and an unpublished autobiography (alternately titled "Between Two Russian Worlds" or "Reminiscences of Russia").
Correspondence with family, friends, other writers, editors, and publishers includes such correspondents as John Ciardi, E. P. Conkle, Edward Davison, Paul Engle, John Gould Fletcher, Langston Hughes, Alfred Kreymborg, Sam Kruger, Marianne Moore, Eleanor Roosevelt, Karl Shapiro, and Bert Kruger Smith. Hughes' correspondence encloses signed carbon typescripts of two poems, "Trumpet Player: 52nd Street" and "Give Us Our Peace." Several folders of Russian language correspondence, most dating from the 1900s and 1910s, are also present.
The personal papers include biographical clippings, memorabilia, numerous notebooks and notes, and family photographs, as well as sound recordings of Kruger reading her poems.
Books from Kruger's library are also at the Ransom Center. See also the card catalog for materials removed to Vertical Files.
These papers were acquired over a long period of time in several groups and there was little discernible original order to be maintained. Poetry manuscripts were grouped alphabetically, except for some folders of miscellaneous poems which were left as found and require further identification. Manuscripts for prose works and translations were also arranged alphabetically. Correspondence has been divided into outgoing (arranged chronologically), incoming (arranged alphabetically), family correspondence, and Russian correspondence. All correspondence, except for the Russian language correspondence which remains unarranged, has been indexed in the correspondents index which appears at the end of this inventory. Many of the notebooks and notes in the personal papers require further examination as respects the presence of poems and other manuscripts in this form.

Related Material

For additional materials related to Fania Kruger at the Harry Ransom Center, see the Fania Kruger Literary File, The Fania Kruger Library, The Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records, The Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank) Papers, and the Kim Taylor Papers.

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