|Creator:||Mastin, Florence Ripley.|
|Title:||Florence Ripley Mastin Papers|
|Quantity:||1.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American poet (1886-1968). Collection includes correspondence (1886-1967); book manuscripts, holograph (handwritten) and typescript poems and prose, notebooks; published poems; family photographs; and genealogies.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Florence Ripley Mastin (1886-1968) was an award-winning American poet.
Mastin was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania but her family moved while she was still very young to "Four Gables," the Mastin family home in Piermont, New York. Mastin graduated from Tappan Zee High School in 1903 (she wrote the class poem) and then from Barnard College.
Her poetry career began at the age of 14 when the Nyack Star published her poem, "The Hudson River." Her first book, Green Leaves, was published in 1918. She taught poetry for 38 years at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, where her students included Bernard Malamud and others. Many of her former students have publicly expressed their appreciation for her teaching and her influence on their work.
Ms. Mastin was a member of the Poetry Society of America and winner of many poetry awards. Her work was published in the New York Times, the Saturday Review and other national periodicals. In 1959 the New York State Commission on Historic Observances selected her poem, "Freedom's Dream" as the official "Year of History" poem for the 350th Hudson-Champlain Celebration, and this poem also won the Freedom Foundation Medal that year.
[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from The Piermont Newsletter, Volume XXXIX No. 1 (Spring 2009).]
The Florence Ripley Mastin Papers are divided into personal records, correspondence, writings, miscellaneous, and memorabilia.
Personal records include Mastin's 1920 diary of a trip to England, the 1857 diary of her grandmother, and family genealogical information.
Correspondence, which is both incoming and outgoing, spans more than eighty years. Correspondents include former students and colleagues at Erasmus Hall High School, editors, friends and family. Some of the letters contain poems by Mastin, such as one about fellow Erasmus teacher Grace MacColl.
The largest section, Writings, is subdivided by type (books, poetry, prose, published material, school publications, and songs). Some of the handwritten poems are illustrated either with collages or original artwork.
Miscellaneous contains writings by authors other than Mastin, while Memorabilia consists of a framed poem and some photographs.
All material is arranged alphabetically by name (for correspondence) or by title or first line (for writings). The exception is miscellaneous correspondence, which is arranged chronologically.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Florence Ripley Mastin Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Original collection, gift of Florence Ripley Mastin, 1967, 1969.
Marcel-Robin Lowell correspondence, gift of the estate of Marcel-Robin Lowell, 2011.
Sullivan correspondence, gift of Robert J. Sullivan, 2013.
Created by: DB
Date: 6 Feb 1978
Revision history: 11 Feb 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC); Jun 2011 - additions M11-056, some rearrangement (MRC); 1 Oct 2013 - Sullivan correspondence, M13-010 (MRC); 28 Jun 2021 - bioghist corrected (MRC)
|Box 1||Biographical data 1901-1966|
|Box 1||Family history 1857-1941 - diaries, genealogy, family history notes|
|Box 1||Household documents 1924-1958|
|Box 1||Gresham, William Lindsay ("Bill") 1949, 1960|
|Box 1||Lowell, Marcel-Robin (Marcel Victor Juster) 1952, 1957, 1961, 1963-1964 - includes handwritten poems, printed copy of "Freedom's Dream" signed/inscribed by Mastin|
|Gift of the estate of Marcel-Robin Lowell, 2011.|
|See also Poems: Holograph: Centuries Ago|
|Box 1||Ludwig [last name unknown] 1934, 1947 - signed/inscribed by Mastin "from Soft-Boiled Egg" and "Yer Elf"; includes photograph|
|Box 1||Malamud, Bernard 1960 - Malamud was a student of Mastin's at Erasmus High School|
|Box 1||Sullivan family 1957, 1960, 1965 - Christmas cards with poems by Mastin|
|Gift of Robert J. Sullivan, 2013.|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1886-1967, undated - editors, fans, Erasmus High School (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Across time's fence 1969 - published material, rough draft, galleys|
|Box 1||Cables of cobweb 1935-1951 - published material, reviews|
|Box 1||Green leaves 1918 - published material|
|Box 1||Over the Tappan Zee 1962 - published material|
|Box 1||A teacher's testament undated - rough draft, typescript (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Holograph, "Centuries Ago" 1938 - written on title page is "Marcel Victor Juster Christmas 1938"; illustrated|
|Box 1||Holographs undated (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Notebooks and fragments undated|
|Box 1||Printed items 1903-1964 - includes copy of "Freedom's Dream"|
|Box 1||Typescripts undated (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Holographs undated|
|Box 1||Typescripts undated|
|Box 1||Magazines 1915-1935, 1959-1967 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||News clippings 1912-1951|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1901-1952|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1917|
|Box 1||Published material 1866-1960|
|Box 1||Writings by authors other than Mastin 1857-1967|
|Box 2||Framed poem 1958|
|Box 2||Photographs 1848-1957 - one inscribed, "To Ludwig from Soft-Boiled Egg"|